614 Tasting Notes

drank Gingerbread Smoke by 52teas
614 tasting notes

HHTTB

Oh! I think I like this one! There is a bit of ginger in there, but it is more of a sweet ginger as opposed to a ginger with bite or kick. I’m usually one for very strong ginger, but this works well here. There is a little smoke, but it isn’t overpowering or dominating at all. This tea seems really well rounded to me. I’m really enjoying this one!

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

What a weird combination! I’m always amazed at how tea makers think these kinds of combinations up and turn them into success when I just look at the name and go “No way….really? But are they serious?” That, of course, usually leads to “Well, now I have to try it because it can’t possibly be good…”

hippiechick 42

Sounds yummy!

Dustin

I have always liked odd flavors, so when I see something strange or unusual I want to try it. Have you ever seen the book The Flavor Bible? It’s awesome! It’s like a dictionary of different common ingredients and what other flavors are known to pair well with it. I come up with some interesting food combos with it. Last night I made lobster pizza with alfredo sauce topped with coconut shavings, truffle oil and kaffir lime powder. I should have used more kaffir lime and truffle oil, but I think it turned out pretty good! I wonder if tea makers use that book too.

The Cookie Lady

Whoa! I’ve heard of that book, but I didn’t know it was like that or could inspire food like that! My goodness. Sounds like you’d be a good person to have in the Sweet + Savory Tea and Recipes TTB I’ve been thinking about putting together!

Dustin

That is a really interesting idea for a box! So is all the tea supposed to be sweet and savory or either sweet or savory? I can’t think of any teas that I have had that were both!

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HHTTB

First sip: Bleeeech! Hibiscus?!
Second sip: Yuck. Hibiscus.
Third sip: Hibiscus… WHY?! Why would you do that?!
Fourth sip: Hibiscus and… coffee? I don’t get it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Cheri

I’m sorry…this made me laugh. I hope all you had was four sips and down the drain it went….

The Cookie Lady

Your tasting notes are cracking me up today :)

hippiechick 42

Bwhaha! Hibiscus and coffee?! Sounds nasty!

Dustin

I was laughing at myself writing this too. I’m glad y’all can laugh with me. And yes, it went down the drain pretty quickly! So gross.

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HHTTB

I’m smelling apple cinnamon pie, but there are no apples in this! It is tasting a bit like Teavana’s long gone Almond Biscotti that I dearly loved! It might have a little more cinnamon (which is fine by me) and has that almond cookie flavor to it too. I think I’m going to fall hard for this one. Thank you traveling tea boxes! I never would have thought to seek this one out otherwise!

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

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HHTTB

Awwww, I just tried Zen tea’s Bossa Nova and didn’t like it, was hoping to have a better experience with this one, but it’s not happening. I guess I need teas that pack a powerful flavor punch and this one doesn’t. I’m not getting much flavor and what I do get is watery and vague.

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

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
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HHTB

I have never really gotten into oolongs. I can appreciate some, but they aren’t something I seek out, so my opinion might be biased. This a little floral… I taste some nuttiness… a little vanilla, but I’m not getting any depth to the flavors. It feels too light and bland for me. :(

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

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drank Saigon by THE O DOR
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Drinking the last of this sample that I got ages ago! I made the mistake of letting my cup get cold and it didn’t do the tea any favors. I heated it back up and it is much better. I’m not getting much fig this time around. Not sure if it is because of the age of the tea or the allergies I’m dealing with at the moment. What I’m picking up on most is the lemon, which evaded me in previous cups. There is a little tang that I’m getting on the sides of my tongue. The flavors seem delicate and not something I can pick up on right now.

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

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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
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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
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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
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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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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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