628 Tasting Notes

HHTTB

Huh, this is kind of earthy. Smooth. Almost a faint taste of hay. Adding cream and sugar makes this delicious! This is nice!

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HHTTB

This seems really light for a black tea! I can get the apricot notes, but I’m also getting this aftertaste that is similar to the aftertaste of the ocean, but without the salt. Weird, right?! I get more flavor from it cold than I do hot and the flavor is very light and subtle. It’s very nice, but I’m a fan of bolder flavors.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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HHTTB

This has a much brighter lighter taste than the last tea I just tasted! It is almost tart like the skin of a plum and there is an aftertaste like tobacco. This tea is almost juicy. There is a slight dryness after each sip. Interesting!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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HHTTB

This tea is really interesting! It almost has a spice on it. It is really smooth, has a little malt to it. I added some cream and sugar and WOW. This is really good. I need to hang onto this and have some more.

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drank Sexy Chai by Steep City Teas
628 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
628 tasting notes

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
628 tasting notes

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. :(

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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
628 tasting notes

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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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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