556 Tasting Notes

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
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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
556 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
556 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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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
556 tasting notes

TTB PTS

This has a really heavy base type taste to it! It is heavy like coffee, but the spices lighten it up a bit. It has an earthiness to it for a split second before the cardamon takes over. I made the mistake of adding a little sweetened creamer and it totally changed the taste. Hrm. Not really sure what to make of this tea.

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

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PTS TTB

Well I was enjoying this tea! That was until I ate a giant pumpkin shaped marshmallow. After that the tea tasted a little dull. Halloween is one of my other obsessions/loves and I go a little crazy this time of year with all the limited edition pumpkin foods, or in this case just pumpkin shaped.

The scent of apple is really strong and it comes through in the tea! I added a little creamer that is sweetened and it rounded it out nicely. It reminds me of Nina’s Marie Antoinette minus the rose (which is a really amazing combo). The apple flavor is very true. It is a really nice tea and I’d probably be head over heels for it if I hadn’t had that other tea or wanted just an apple tea. It would be a great second pick in the apple tea category.
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mj

Halloween is my favorite holiday too! Of course, that’s because it’s my birthday lol

Dustin

It was supposed to be my daughter’s birthday too, but she held out for two more weeks!

mj

Haha, I showed up a month early to arrive on Halloween. It’s probably better for your daughter anyway! When you’re little, you can never have your birthday party on your birthday because it interferes with trick-or-treating.

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
556 tasting notes

PTS TTB

Oooooh, this is interesting! On the sip it is cinnamon without the bite, but as I swallow it the spice kicks in and lingers in the aftertaste. It seems really well balanced with just the right amount of smoke to even things out while heating up my throat. I like!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mj

Sounds like dragon tea :)

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PTS TTB

This tea is weird! First flavor I get is diluted dough! The more I sip, the more it fades. The tea is well balanced and nice with a little bit of grassy green in the aftertaste. It is nice, but isn’t grabbing me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 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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