609 Tasting Notes

drank Smoked Earl Grey by The Tao of Tea
609 tasting notes

Pulled a serving of this out of one of the traveling boxes. I’m wondering if this is the right tea. It is a little smokey and not really EG like. A few sips in and the tea base is what I mostly taste. It’s mellow and smooth, a little bit of dry grass/hay flavor on top of malt. But that isn’t right, is it?! I feel like I need to walk away from the cup for a few minutes and come back later. Nope, still not what I would expect with the name, but also a very enjoyable cup.

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

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drank Black tea & Thyme by HYLEYS
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Got this in a swap with Kaylee. Thanks Kaylee!

I tried Fauchon’s thyme tea and really liked it, so I was excited to try this version. I’m definitely getting a nice mouthful of thyme! Pretty strong for a three minute steep. I get a little tea taste on the aftertaste, but the thyme rules the sip for sure! It isn’t quite as well rounded as I remember the other tea. This one has more high notes in the sip and lacks the mid and base notes that my favorite teas have. Still, it’s pretty good if you are looking for a slightly savory thyme tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Awww, sipdown time. I have been avoiding this. It has that nice mellow malt to it. It’s really smooth and has a slight grassy tang at the end. I’ll have good memories to keep of this tea.

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I bought this a couple years ago now and when I first bought it, it tasted sharp and unbalanced. Now that it has had time to mature, I’m liking it much more! The orange has mellowed out and is even with the chocolate. It makes for a much smoother cup!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Palau Peach by Jade Monk
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The package promised energy… Lots of it. I’m still waiting for the energy, but it hasn’t been that long since I drank it. It has a natural peach taste that has an artificial edge or tang to it. Weird. The match part didn’t seem that impressive, but it did t have much of a chance to shine out from under the overwhelming peach. It was way too sweet and has that gross stevia taste hidden in there. It didn’t mix very well in the hot water I used. Even after I stirred it a bunch of it settled down to the bottom and made for an intense and difficult last couple of sips. I like the packaging tho. It has an interesting dragon on the package which drew me it, but it’s not going to be anything I seek out again.

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My stomach has been giving me grief for a week now and I have been on a road trip AND I just started a new semester at school AND I’m stressed about having everything together to do my first show in June…. it has all left me with little time for tea and an even smaller amount of time to write about tea. I’m using stolen time here.

This tea has really grown on me and I have even longed for it’s strange flavor combo at times. I have been double bagging the Republic teas lately and it works out well for a stronger flavor. A little soy creamer to round it out and this is making for a nice evening cup. I’m still not convinced that this is one I need to buy again (especially since I am curious about other flavors in the Cocoa line), but I’m going to enjoy it down to the last bag.

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

Poor Dustin. Feel better! Your tummy might feel better if you avoid milk and creamer for a few days. Is there a good herbal tea you like for soothing your stomach?

Dustin

Thank you! I have been going pretty easy on the milk and creamer. I drank some kombucha today and that seemed to make my stomach a little happier. I’m consuming all the probiotics I can get my hands on!

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
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Hmmmm, this is nice. The flavors could be a little stronger. I can pick out creamy coconut over other fruity flavors. I think I taste the pineapple. No bitterness from the tea base. It’s nice with a little sugar too, seems to make the fruit a little richer and bolder. I like it, but I don’t think it’s a must have once this pack is over.

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

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Oh man, cookie to save the day, warm me up and settle me down into a nice cup of comfort. A little cream and sugar make this tea a delicious treat with a little malt. It never fails to deliver and surprise even after I have forgotten about for a while and find it again buried in my cupboard.

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

Happy :)

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drank Ginger Oolong by Lupicia
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I’m not yet sure how I feel about this tea. I didn’t like it when I first tried it, but now that another ginger tea has grown on me, I feel this one is a little too. I’m not a big fan of oolongs finding them to have a sort of flat cardboard like taste, yet I keep trying them as if it’s going to somehow change. The ginger isn’t a bold fresh ginger taste, but more of a dried and powdered spice ginger taste, muted and earthy.

I’ll likely give this tea one more try and then call it quits if I’m not won over by then. La Route Du Temps by Marriage Freres is my preference of the two.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I’ve had this before and I remember liking it, but it’s just tasting super flat this time. I can pick out the vanilla, but there is also this cardboard/rooibos taste that takes over. Maybe it’s old? Maybe it’s better with cream and sugar? No clue, but it gets worse as it cools.

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

So many people love this but I much prefer the Paris decaf!

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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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