556 Tasting Notes

drank Strawberry Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
556 tasting notes

After shampooing my kid’s head today, I got the sudden craving for strawberry tea. Smelling strawberry shampoo = wanting strawberry tea in my brain! Kusmi, I choose you!

This tea is SUPER fragrant in the tin! I find myself lured to a bunch of strawberry teas by scent and then find them a little weak when it comes to taste. Because of that, I used 2tsp for this cup. It turned out quite strong, which is fine because I wanted to add cream and sugar. With those additions, it’s pretty delicious! The overleafing is mellowed out by the cream and I get a yummy creamy strawberry flavor. I can pick up on the fact that there is some tea in there if I think about it, but mostly I get dessert in a cup. So far I’m pretty happy with this purchase.

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

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After reading the description, I’m not sure why I chose this tea. I do like ginger. Maybe it was the combo of different types of teas? Maybe I’ll never know what I was thinking. I ended up steeping it at a low temp for a short period to avoid bitterness from the green and white tea, but not all of the leaves uncurled.

The ginger is odd here! Usually I find ginger to be a very bright high flavor, but it has a lot of depth to it here. My brain first thinks smokey and then I realize there is no smoke flavor. Adding sugar makes the ginger a little more crisp, but doesn’t do anything other than that. Cream really doesn’t add to it either. I get a hint of a hearty black tea that I didn’t taste before. It isn’t a bad tea, it just isn’t meeting my ever rising bar of expectations. I might try it cold steeped before I totally give up on it.

Overall, Istanbul is kind of boring. I think I might spend my weekends elsewhere.

  • edit * Second steeping at 195 for 3min is better. Ginger seems a little perkier. Still not wowing me.
Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I bought this quite some time ago and I’m getting a little worried about the shelf life of my teas with coconut. I have one that is questionable at the moment, so I’m rushing to get through them before they go bad!

I cold steeped this in the fridge overnight and it turned out pretty good. I can taste a hint of the green tea in the beginning of the sip, but coconut dominates all other aspects. The coconut has a nice buttery aftertaste that I enjoy. It’s a nice cup, but not something I will restock.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Byzance by Le Palais des Thes
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WTH is this?! It’s like they took a bunch of left over tea parts and tossed them together with a few other random spices. I tried steeping it hot and it was awful and now I have tried cold brewing it and it isn’t as bad, but it’s still gross. I get a little cardamon in the aftertaste if I REALLY think about it. It smells slightly fruity, but I don’t really get that in the taste. I have about 5 or 6 Palais teas that I really like and when visiting their NYC store I really wanted to get another to try. I sniffed a ton of different teas and this was the most interesting, but it was the wrong choice. Straight to the get rid of pile!

Cheri

Sounds awful

Dustin

Yup. I’m really selling it, aren’t I?! Blech!

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drank Hatsukoi by Lupicia
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As I come to the end of the pitcher I made of this tea, I think it’s growing on me. It still won’t be a restock, but it’s not going into a get rid of it pile either. Not a very good testimony, but even with liking it more it isn’t striking me as amazing.

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drank Le Earl Grey by Fauchon
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This is a very fragrant smelling tea! It tastes pretty strong once steeped too. I added cream and sugar which mellows out the intensity and I’m really enjoying it. It tastes pretty smooth to me and there is a bunch of bergamot at the back end of every sip.

I just read Lala’s review and didn’t realize it is a black green mix either! I thought it turned out really good, but I’ll have to see if it is even better if steeped at a lower temp. Flavor wise it seems similar to Lupicia’s breakfast EG.
Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
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I think I brewed this a bit to strong because I’m getting quite a jasmine bite! I cold steeped it overnight and may not have added enough water. Waiting for some ice to melt and dilute it a little. I can smell a little mandarin in it right before I sip, then the jasmine takes over, then the mandarin comes back on the end a bit. Sweetening it a little and waiting for the ice to melt makes this a much nicer cup. The jasmine isn’t biting as much and I taste the mandarin much sooner in the sip, but there is a little bite on the end. It is really nice and might be a good alternative price wise to the Mariage Freres version of this, but it is missing something that MF has that knocks it up another level. Could be the intensity of the flavors isn’t there in the same way.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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OMG, I hate this! It’s really no surprise since I hate the fruit too, but I figured I’d give it a try anyways since it came in the Lupicia newsletter. I cold steeped it after reading someone’s review, but it didn’t win me over even cold steeped. Maybe if it didn’t taste so much like grapefruit I’d like it, but it is pretty much what I was expecting after seeing the name. Maybe the hubby will like it…

Preparation
Iced
TeaBrat

send it to me.. :)

Cheri

Hey, you gave it a try.

Dustin

TeaBrat, it was just a tea bag sample that they send out in their news letter. If it was any more then I’d be looking for someone to pawn it off on for sure!

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
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Cold brew is the way to go on this! I cold brewed the tea bag overnight with some sugar added in (a little too much sugar) and it is way better than it was hot. The pineapple flavor really comes out nicely, but there is still that dirt/ginseng flavor. Don’t think I’m a ginseng hater, I like it and it’s alkaline taste, but it is a little odd mixed in a fruity tea. It blends okay with the pineapple at the beginning of the sip, but the aftertaste is all ginseng and reminds me of when I was younger and would get the liquid ginseng shots from some of the Asian markets near where I worked. I loved the little bottles they came in. As I get closer to the bottom of this cup, the ginseng seems to fade or maybe my brain is just muting it out, but the pineapple is more prominent and that is nice. I like this a lot better now! I still don’t feel like it is something I’d pick out and buy, but I’m glad to have tried it.

Preparation
Iced

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Trying this again… I cold steeped it this time. It tastes okay at first, a little bit of almond, then a wave of bitterness mixed with a hint of orange washes over my tongue. I added cream which really tones down the bitterness, but it also masks a lot of the potential flavor. I’m not digging this one, sadly.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

bitter even cold steeped? well drat!

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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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