608 Tasting Notes

I had four of these for about a year and used them almost daily. I love the size of the mug, that it has a nice lid and that it is clear so I can watch my tea steep. Sure they probably don’t hold heat as well as the ceramic version, but I rarely get to the bottom of a cup and have cold tea.

Now that it’s been over a year, I only have two of them left. The two that broke both developed hairline cracks at the bottom when I was washing them. I use a dish brush and noticed an odd sound when the plastic part of the brush came in contact with the glass. It was the crack forming. I’m not slamming my brush down in the cup, but I’m apparently not being as gentle and careful as I should be. I guess I’m going to have to suck it up and switch to ceramic. No more watching the water change color for me. :(

Stephanie

I had one once. It didn’t last long.

Uniquity

Really? I’ve used one daily for 2 years, banged it around a couple times, and no issues. Maybe I’ve been lucky! Or they might have changed the material composition to something more or less sturdy at some point.

Dustin

They always seemed a little thin to me. Maybe they used to make them a little thicker.

Cameron B.

I really like the new Silver Starburst glass perfect mug they have for winter… But I don’t want to buy it if it’s going to break. :(

Uniquity

…and I came home today to find out my cat knocked it off the table and smashed it. I should have kept my mouth shut. Now I need a new perfect mug and I’m never near a David’s.

Dustin

^Oh no! :( Order it online?

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drank Russian Caravan by Fairway
608 tasting notes

I went to New York this summer and was very excited to see a selection of bulk teas at a local Fairway market. I sniffed a few and ended up going home with about three or four of them.

I’m having this tea with a little cream and sugar right now and it is really quite nice! It is so well rounded and hearty. There is a tiny touch of smoke, a little citrus and a really nice base. I had some Marriage Freres French Breakfast this morning and this tea is very similar and hits the same spot. I could see falling in love with this, but how do I get my hands on more?! Talk my husband’s cousin into picking some up for me? It may come to that.

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

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drank morning storm by TWG Tea Company
608 tasting notes

I can’t find any mention of this tea online! My husband went to Korea and visited one of the Seoul TWG shops for me. I had asked him to pick up London Breakfast, but all they had left was a tiny amount at the bottom of the tin (and I’m learning it’s not anywhere near as lovely when it isn’t fresh) so the ladies sold him this as a similar substitute. This tastes nothing like LB, but it is a nice breakfast tea with cream and sugar. I tried it plain and I found it unpalatable, but with the additions it is nice. I don’t know what the cost was, but I’m sure I have had breakfast teas that were as lovely if not more, for a lower cost, that were easier to get. I’ll likely go through this slowly and not reorder unless I have some sort of epiphany with this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank TWG Honey Tea by TWG Tea Company
608 tasting notes

Have you ever had a honey flavored candy? This tea tastes like a faint floral version of that. The aroma is lovely and a little stronger than the taste. I’m having it with a little cream and sugar which I think I prefer over having it plain. I’m not really tasting the black base at all. I don’t know that this will become a favorite, but I’m sure I will enjoy what I have. Big thanks to my hubby for picking this up for me in Korea! (He’ll never read this, but it’s out there anyway)

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

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
608 tasting notes

You really can’t do wrong with this tea. I have never had a bad cup. It’s really forgiving and delivers the same tasty cardamon chai goodness every time. It is well balanced and smooth, but strong and dependable. It’s like my perfect guy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
608 tasting notes

I don’t think this tea could be any more perfect! I cold steeped it overnight and it is delicious! It is a little strong because I steeped it that way for adding ice, but I’m enjoying the intensity of the flavor at the moment.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

I love Lupicia fruity teas iced

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This has been one of the most challenging teas to try to get an awesome cup out of! Today after going over my past notes I decided to go for 195 for 2 minutes. There is no bitterness and it is quite nice, but it still doesn’t have some of that malty depth that the bitter cups had. Is it possible to get malt without the bitter? I love this tea, but I’m starting to wonder if it will ever be as wonderful as it smells and as I hope to taste.

On a brighter note, I found a super low price for it! Market Hall Foods sells it for $13.50 for a 3oz refill which is MUCH less than the $30 I shelled out for a tin!
http://markethallfoods.com/mariage-freres-wedding-imperial-tea

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

Oh my word! I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while now. Couldn’t figure out where to get it-but that is a cheap price. :O Think I’ll have to get some :O

Ost

Thanks for the heads up!

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drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
608 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I have made a tasting note on a tea. That is because it has been a while since I have had my sense of taste and smell. SO glad it is back because looking at my tea and knowing I couldn’t enjoy it was torture!

This tea has that strange yet enjoyable base that some of the Lupicia teas have. I get the astringency from the chestnut, which mellows out with a little sugar. I can pick up on some cocoa notes too. I enjoy it even when my cup has cooled because I’m taking my sweet time sipping it. Ah tea! How I missed you!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I was looking for a particular tea today, one I think I left at someone else’s house, when I caught a whiff of this and needed a cup. It’s strange that I likely have a couple hundred teas to choose from, but I’m focused on one that I noticed was missing and not there when I wanted it. I’m glad this tea was there to distract me.

The caramel smell is much stronger than the flavor, but the flavor is quite nice. The roastiness goes well with the caramel making a well rounded tea. No sugar in my cup today. I still get a lot of flavor on the aftertaste. I think I have about a serving left of this tea and I may cold brew it since I don’t think I have tried it that way yet. I can’t believe I got this tea two years ago according to my first tasting note! Time… she is a flying!

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

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Today I’m having this with cream and sugar. I’m still getting the solid breakfast background with the chocolate coming through part way through each sip. It’s really nice and I have apparently drank a decent amount of it in the past two months judging by how much of the tin I have gone through. It does remind me of New York since that is where I bought and first tried it. It’s neat having that association with this tea!

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

Does it have any “coffee” notes? Coffee is, I believe, endemic to New York in a way tea can only dream about.

Dustin

No, no coffee that I can pick up on. Just a malty breakfast tea with chocolate.

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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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