470 Tasting Notes

I was looking for a particular tea today, one I think I left at someone else’s house, when I caught a whiff of this and needed a cup. It’s strange that I likely have a couple hundred teas to choose from, but I’m focused on one that I noticed was missing and not there when I wanted it. I’m glad this tea was there to distract me.

The caramel smell is much stronger than the flavor, but the flavor is quite nice. The roastiness goes well with the caramel making a well rounded tea. No sugar in my cup today. I still get a lot of flavor on the aftertaste. I think I have about a serving left of this tea and I may cold brew it since I don’t think I have tried it that way yet. I can’t believe I got this tea two years ago according to my first tasting note! Time… she is a flying!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Today I’m having this with cream and sugar. I’m still getting the solid breakfast background with the chocolate coming through part way through each sip. It’s really nice and I have apparently drank a decent amount of it in the past two months judging by how much of the tin I have gone through. It does remind me of New York since that is where I bought and first tried it. It’s neat having that association with this tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This stuff is really good cold steeped! I get that super refreshing genmaicha toasted rice flavor and a hint of strawberry. I could stand a little more strawberry flavor. I added a little sweetener which works out pretty well.

This tea makes me want to try making Neapolitan marshmallow treats! I know I have seen a recipe for it before…

Preparation
Iced
NayLynn

That sounds like a great idea!

TeaBrat

This is too light on strawberry for me whether cold or hot steeped… alas

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drank Kilauea by Lupicia
470 tasting notes

This is a totally different tea when cold brewed! It seems pretty well balanced. There is something dark and heavy tasting in the sips which fade out to a citrusy flavor in the aftertaste. I’m reminded of lime flavored candies from when I was a kid. This tea doesn’t remind me of a volcano, but I can see an association with the ocean if I really try. Even tho this tea is much better steeped cold than it is hot, I can see why Lupicia decided to cut this one from their Hawaiian line.

Preparation
Iced

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Oh man I need some caffeine! While reading some reviews of this tea, my brain couldn’t register what bergamot was. I was thinking it was some sort of spice! I totally have the correct information in my brain, I was just not able to locate it and came to a different conclusion.

Anyways, brain malfunction aside… This tea came to me from Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson, whom I have not yet properly thanked for the teas she added for me in the PTS TTB. So a big thank you to you lady!

My sense of taste is a bit weakened by a recent cold, so this tea tastes really delicate to me at the moment. I can pick up a tiny bit of rose at the beginning of the sip. I’m getting a little bergamot in there too. It seems like a really smooth cup, I’m just not able to taste much else. I’ll have to try it again another time!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
470 tasting notes

This is really strange! I love the unexpected combination of sweet and savory. It reminds me of an ice cream flavor from a local made ice cream company, Lick, which was peach and rosemary. The two went really well together, surprisingly so and I think the same goes for this tea too. The scent of thyme is dominant, but lets the peach come through a bit in the sip. I think it is even better with a bit of sugar to round out the peach flavor. I added a little soy milk to see what would happen and I think it kind of kills the flavors. The thyme is muted and the peach is only present in the aftertaste. Should have stuck with just sugar.
This is a really creative and unusual blend! I like it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sarsonator

hhhmmm… interesting. This sounds a little scary, but now I kind of want to try it. LOL. I would never have thought to put these flavors together!

Angrboda

I had the same sort of experience with it. Unusual and surprisingly lovely. Days before I got a sample of this one I saw a green tea with raspberry and thyme. When I got a chance to purchase that one recently, I did so without even blinking. :)

Dustin

It is definitely worth a go if you come across it.
So how did you like the raspberry and thyme tea, Angrboda?

Angrboda

It’s lovely. :)

Tuscanteal

Those words pretty much describe how I felt about it too. To be honest, I haven’t given the tea a fair chance, so I need to try it again. It’s not a tea I would gravitate to in the morning as it’s flavours are quite strong.

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drank Fu Man Chu by SerendipiTea
470 tasting notes

TTB PTS

Funny that some of the other reviews say too much jasmine, because I’m finding it to be too little jasmine. There is only a hint of jasmine and I like really strong jasmine flavor. The rest of the tea seems really well balanced, but it just doesn’t pack enough punch for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
470 tasting notes

TTB PTS
I may have under watered/over leafed this because I’m getting a slight bitter taste mingling with all the other flavors. This tea is heavy, all base notes and earthiness with the pu erh and chocolate. I added some sweetened coconut creamer and it really changed the cup. It gives it an almost root beer base. It is interesting and I think there is a lot of potential for chocolate pu erh, but this one isn’t quite hitting the spot for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Judging by the fact that over half the rooibos in this package is gone, I must have enjoyed this tea more in the past. Right now it’s not doing much for me. The spices are clearly there, but it seems all high notes and doesn’t have a good base. I have some coconut creamer in it and it’s okay, but it isn’t hitting the spot either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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PTS TTB

There was some vanilla in there, but the rooibos really ruined it for me. I added some coconut creamer to my cup and it kinda just took over. It tasted good, but I think it was mostly the creamer I was picking up on. The second cup I made I drank straight, but enjoyed it more for the heat since I’m on the verge of getting sick and it felt a little relieving. It is a rare case when rooibos wows me these days.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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