473 Tasting Notes

drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
473 tasting notes

This tea needs a little sugar to do it for me. Once it it sweetened, it has a really nice creamy starch like flavor. I added a little soy creamer and it is even more creamy delicious! The base has a similar taste as some other Lupicia blends. I enjoy this tea, but it isn’t one that I turn to often or am wowed by and with that in mind I’m trying to convince myself that I don’t need to buy it again right now and should try other teas. It just pains me to think that it might not be there on the off chance that I crave it. I don’t need ALL the teas. I don’t need ALL the teas. I don’t need ALL the teas. Come on will power!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Not sure if I have reviewed this tea before. Anyways, it smells fruity, but also sort of ashy. Like tangerine pipe tobacco ash? I don’t know! When tasting it I get something earthy that slowly fades into a distinct tangerine taste. It isn’t earthy like a puerh, it is something different that I can’t name. Is it the guyusa I’m tasting? I’m not too familiar with guyusa. Adding brown sugar changes the earthiness, but not the fruit flavors. Next I’m adding cream which is making for a creamy earth taste. The tangerine always stays a little behind the earthy taste. It’s good, but I think I need to play around with it a little more to get a wow out of it. Not sure if it is good for multiple steeps, but either way my cup is finished and I’m diving into a second steep!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yeah, guayusa is kinda earthy :) You should try it straight sometime or one of the other flavors for comparison!

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drank Peach Oolong by Catherine's Corner
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I’m getting a clear peach flavor, dried peaches, but the rest of it is a little eh and lacks depth. The tea is a little floral and light, but it also has a flat taste to it, like a piece of the picture is missing and there should be more to it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong Shalimar by Tin Roof Teas
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Super smooth, floral,l fruity and light! I don’t have a lot of experience with oolongs, but this seems pretty okay in my book.

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

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I must have made this way too concentrated because the first taste was horribly bitter and grassy! Watering it down helps a lot! Much smoother now. Half way through the sip I get a wheatgrass type taste that holds on into the after taste. I get that same mouth sensation that I do when I take a shot of wheatgrass juice. Almost a slight puckering. The first part of the sip is different and a little more mellow, but I don’t know how to describe it. Interesting tea, but not one I need to seek out.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
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I’m not super familiar with hojichas, but this one seems decent. Not amazing, but it has a good roasty taste, slightly caramely and isn’t bitter. I’d love to try an Adagio flavored hojicha sometime.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Wegmans
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Mmmmm, nice and smokey! This has such a rich smokey scent! It tastes really smokey and deep too, but doesn’t have any bitterness at all, really quite smooth! I am not familiar with the nuances of lapsang, but this one is really enjoyable!

jeweledthumb

I’ve been really impressed with the Wegmans teas in general (we just got some stores near me)!

Dustin

I hadn’t tried or heard of them before this traveling tea box got to me. So far I like and will try more from them. I’ll have to keep an eye out for retail locations!

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Wow, very malty tea! It tastes very similar to that malted drink powder that you put in milk, without all the sugar. I mean that in a nice way. :) My husband just took a sniff and sip and declared it to be artichoke tea. I can see the comparison, but it still tastes malty to me. Never thought of artichokes as malty before. Huh. I don’t know if it is sacrilege to think of blending this, but I bet it would be fantastic with a strong chocolate flavor mixed in, just like a chocolate malty shake.
This tea is really quite nice!

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

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drank Candy Cane Black by Virtuous Teas
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This seems to be a nice minty black. The tea is well balanced and I’m not getting any bitterness. The mint isn’t super powerful, but it is present. It is a good choice if you are looking for a pleasant no frills black mint.

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

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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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Another Nina’s rooibos sample from Variatea! :)
I definitely get strawberries from this cup! I guess it is kind of creamy for a rooibos. I get a bit of the woody rooibos base. It is a nice cup, but it isn’t captivating me right now.

Preparation
Boiling 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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