624 Tasting Notes

drank Sexy Chai by Steep City Teas
624 tasting notes

HHTTB

This tea is striking me as odd. I get only the faintest taste of spice, very muted. I can kind of imagine lavender, but I really have to think about it. It almost tastes like there is cacao in the aftertaste and the longer aftertaste turns a little bitter. I’m betting some sugar would help, but I’d be worried that adding milk would wipe out what little flavor there is.

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

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drank Thai Chai by Fusion Teas
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HHTTB

Not sure how old this sample is, but the coconut is doing that old coconut thing and tasting a little soapy. Beyond that I get a nice lemongrass flavor. A little bit of spice, but not much is getting past the lemongrass. This tea is okay, but it isn’t impressive either.

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

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HHTTB

Wow, I can smell the cinnamon in this one through two layers of bags! That is some strong stuff. The scent is intensely cinnamon once steeped too. There is so much cinnamon that it tastes a little sweet on it’s own. It reminds me of Hobbie’s orange cinnamon tea that has so much cinnamon that it gives me a stomach aches. The most delicious stomach aches ever, mind you, but I have learned my lesson over time and am concerned of the same happening here. I don’t even taste the tea. Just cinnamon. That is what this tea is all about.

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

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drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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HHTTB

52 blacks and I don’t get along so well and I kinda think this one isn’t an exception. I can taste a little ginger on the sip and in the long lingering aftertaste I get some coffee, but there isn’t much in the middle. I’m sure there is likely something spectacular that others can taste, but not me. :(

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

FWIW this one’s actually a green.

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drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
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HHTTB

I don’t generally like senchas, but I do like houjichas. It seems strange since they seem similar. Oh well!

This tea has that roasty flavor that houjichas have. Almost a slight barley taste to it. I really don’t get the cocoa notes that it is supposed to have tho. The aftertaste lingers and is nice too.

Wow! This is my 500th tasting note! I feel like this is a milestone of some sort!

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

Congrats on 500!

Dustin

Thanks! I feel like such an accomplished tea drinker! :)

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HHTTB

Hmmmm… I’m not digging this one. It may be the association I have with an orange blossom soap. At the beginning of the sip the orange almost tastes old, like those asian fermented orange peel candies. It’s better in the middle of the sip, but I don’t think this tea is for me.

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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HHTTB

I love it when a traveling tea box comes my way and has stuff that I have been wanting to try in it! This would be one of the teas. I tried to love the black version of this, but just couldn’t pick up on the flavors that others were tasting. It is a problem I sadly have with many 52 blacks, but I discovered that I love their genmaichas and have yet to explore many of their greens.

This tea smells amazing! I can totally smell a blueberry danish! Wow, I can taste it too! It is a little more of an aroma taste, kind of like perfume as opposed to a bold flavorful taste. If that makes any sense. But yeah, spot on with the taste. I’ll have to keep an eye out for a reblend!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank 1001 Nights by Tea Moments
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This tea didn’t smell like much in the bag, but I wanted to give it a go anyways. Once steeped, it has a faint honey like scent. It tastes really smooth on the sip, but at the end it gets a little dull and leaves my mouth feeling dry. I’m not sure what all I’m tasting, but the flavors are really light. Could be how the tea was meant to be, could be old. Who knows! Overall I feel pretty eh about it.

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

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
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First sip of this was a bit bleh! Reading other’s reviews, I may have over steeped this with a 2m time. Adding a little more water helps! This has a really nice aftertaste with what I associate as cherry blossoms or leaves. I get a little bit of the fruit at the beginning of the sip. There is a grassiness to it. I’m not super impressed with this tea (not really a sencha kind of gal), but I’d guess that in the right setting I might be. Like if I was sitting down for a meal of really nice sushi, this would be a pleasant surprise in my cup.

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

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drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
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I don’t think I have had a white tea from Teavana before! It was a little difficult to make sure I got some tea leaves in my steeper with all the dried fruit in there! I do hate when I am paying tea prices for trailmix. This tea is actually kinda nice. I hate loving newly introduced to me Teavana teas because I’m mostly broken up with the company. This tea has a fruity sweet scent to it. I can taste some pineapple in there and maybe a little grape. I don’t really know what white tea tastes like on it’s own, so I couldn’t tell you if I’m tasting the tea at all. It has a slight sweetness of it’s own, so I didn’t add any sugar. Has a nice aftertaste.

It’s okay. It gets (as my husband calls this look) the frown of approval.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 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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