429 Tasting Notes

drank Black Currant Tea by Cameron's
429 tasting notes

Eh, this is okay. I’m having it unsweetened and it is a tiny bit tart, a little floral and fruity. It tastes like what I would expect from a currant, the tea base seems pretty mellow. It just isn’t captivating me. I think I may try cold brewing the rest of this sample from Moraiwe (thank you btw) in the fridge. I can see it being really delicious that way.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Skysamurai

The best black currant tea I had was in New Zealand by twinings but it was somehow different down there. The only one Ive found comparable up here is by harney and sons

Dustin

How strange! So same tea, different location? That reminds me of Dr. Pepper. It tastes different in Texas (where it originated) than it does in any other state that I have had it. It is a little heavier and richer here and I think the other stuff is made at a non Texas location. I wonder if that is the same issue for that tea. Made in different places effecting the taste.

MzPriss

In Texas we have Dublin Dr Pepper which is made in Dublin,Texas and they use came sugar instead of the High Fructose Corn Syrup

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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Cream, grass, vanilla, nuts… yup! I get all the flavors listed! The first sip was fantastic and nutty and sweet, but then my tongue got used to it and it registered as less flavorful a few sips in. If I take a 5 minute break, then the first sip is more intense again. Bodies are so strange! I’m not getting ice cream level of flavor, but I’m also trying to take at least a few sips of my teas without sugar and see if I can do the whole cup that way. This one is much better with sugar and it brings out the cream, making it more true to the ice cream part of it’s name.

This is the second pistachio tea I think I have had and I can taste the similarity of the nut’s flavors in the teas, but pistachio has such a light flavor for a nut that it isn’t as intense as a lot of almond teas that I love. I think almond teas have altered my expectations of nut intensity and I need to readjust my thinking.

Wow, I think I’m enjoying this tea more now that it is cool! Of course that means I’m at the bottom of my cup and only have a sip or two left. :( Time to steep another cup!

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

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Two minutes at 175F is making for a really light and smooth cup! There is no bitterness to be found! I would like it a little heartier like I was getting in other cups, but I think I’m on the right track now. I enjoyed this cup much more than any of the others!

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

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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Why is it that I get the best cup only when I am nearing the bottom of this tin?! It always had a bothersome tanginess too it that I had to mellow out with cream and sugar. This time I steeped it at 200F for 1.5 minutes and it was so much smoother! I still added a little sugar, but it was more to round out the sweetness of the cherry. I’m still getting a little bit of tart (this is supposed to be a sour cherry tea, right?) but it doesn’t dominate the cup. My tongue is a little dry after each sip.

I’m begining to think that Lupicia doesn’t know how to steep it’s own teas! All the greens say to use boiling water and the steeping times end up being way too long! I get much better cups when I use cooler water and shorter steeps.

Update: I left my cup out all night and came back to it this morning slightly chilled and wow! This would make a great iced tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Malama by Lupicia
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I’m sipping this tea thinking of my upcoming travel plans to Hawaii! I’m SO going to stop by the Lupicia store in Honolulu and check out their other Hawaii only blends! It is one of the things I’m really looking forward to. Ooooo, and the chocolate coconut covered macadamia nuts! And the poke. And the fresh fruit. And swimming. And seeing lava on a live volcano. Okay, there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to!

This tea is nice and tasty. I’m getting a light “Lupicia black” base. It is that creamy starchy base that I have tasted in teas like Cookie and Sweet Potato Pie. There is chocolate on top of that, but I’m having a hard time picking out the macadamia nut. They are such a creamy fatty decadent yet mild tasting nut. I don’t think I have ever had them in a tea before, so it is a little more difficult to identify. It is a little bland without sugar, but perks up a bit with the addition. I was finding this tea pretty smooth until I got the the cooler bottom of the cup where I found a little bit of astringency. The second steeping is pretty good too. A little less chocolaty than the first which may be letting the macadamia out a little more especially in the aftertaste. Either way, this is a nice cup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
MzPriss

Have a bunch of fun in Hawaii!

Dustin

Thanks! I sure hope to, but how can I not, right?! It’s freakin Hawaii!

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Very citrusy. Tastes a little unbalanced like it is all high notes and sharper flavors, which is unusual for MF teas. There is an odd sensation on my tongue when I drink it, almost metallic. The aftertaste is nice and floral fruity. Nah, I don’t like it. I’ll stick with MF’s French Breakfast!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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It is smooth, a tiny bit citrusy, has a mellow green base…. and that is about it. A little on the dull side.

Thank you Greenteafairy for the chance to try this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have been doing tasting flights of tea this morning to get through all the samples I have. This is the first tea (out of maybe 10) that I have enjoyed. It has a nice popped rice and caramel flavor to it while still staying smooth. I am enjoying it without any additives, but I think cream and sugar may make it more decadent. And I was wrong. About the sugar at least. I’m finding sugar takes away from some of the flavors here! I said in my previous review that I didn’t think I’d buy a tin of this and I think that may still hold true, but I wouldn’t be opposed to buying a smaller amount to feel it out some more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m really not a huge David’s fan. I think I like their accessories more than their tea. This definitely has a melon taste to it. Green rooibos is much less obnoxious than red, so I approve on that choice although I’m still getting dry mouth. Adding sugar makes it taste a lot juicier. It is okay, but failing to impress. I fear that fantastic tea may be jading me to average tea!

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

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If all I had to choose from was ROT, this wouldn’t be a bad one to pick. They managed to do a fruit tea without the hibiscus and the sage is an interesting idea to pair with berries. There is a slight bitterness on the back of my tongue. I can taste the blackberry but have a hard time picking out the sage. Good idea, but poor execution.

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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