429 Tasting Notes

ROT, where every fruity tea must have the disgusting addition of hibiscus. Totally ruins it for me.

Kat_Maria

Aaah, I remember when I was just starting with tea and RoT seemed like the hottest, greatest sh*t at the time… ;)

Dustin

They have a bunch of ROT in bulk at my local grocery store, so I thought I’d give it a try. Now I know. And I know for less than $5 for a bunch of different samples!

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drank Montagne d'Or by Mariage Frères
429 tasting notes

I cold brewed some of this and I think it is better than having it hot. Unfortunately it doesn’t drastically improve it. I’m still getting that mineral undertone taste and I don’t think it was the water this time. Still getting generic fruit flavors. A little floral.
It is going in the get rid of pile. I don’t have time for mediocre tea!

Preparation
Iced
keychange

I know what you mean about not having time for mediocre tea.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
429 tasting notes

Smells good in the bag. Steeped it seems a little weak. Adding sugar helps. I can pick out a creaminess, some chocolate… it’s okay, but I might pass on this bag to someone else. What I don’t like is the ring of red around my mug from the sprinkles. I know it is kind of novel to have flashy color in your tea, but I’m a bit of a party pooper and would prefer to not have artificial colors in my tea.

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

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Oh, eck, blech! ROT strikes out again! I taste tea, I taste cinnamon and I taste perfume like floral that I guess is supposed to represent plum? Adding sugar redeems nothing and my mouth is left feeling dry. Down the sink it goes!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Plum Red/Black by Teance
429 tasting notes

I got a sample of this last year at Teance, but now I don’t see any reference to it on their website. Oh well! On to the tea!
This tea is strange. It is very smooth and balanced. It has a little bit of a fruity taste, but it is also almost savory. It isn’t salty at all, but it reminds me of salted preserved plums that you get at Asian markets. It seems well done, but isn’t striking a chord with me. I may try it again and see if my opinion changes.

Steeping instructions on the bag say 1tsp to 1c water at 205F for 1 minute and it is good for 4-5 infusions.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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ROT is really failing to wow me. This tea does taste like blueberry, but in a very unimpressive way. They didn’t use hibiscus and there was a dried berry in with my leaves, so kudos for that, but the tea just fails to deliver much else. Super glad I only bought a sample size!

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

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This smells strongly of honey candy. It is that fake floral what they think honey should smell like scent. It tastes lightly of lemon and on the end I get a hint of honey. It is okay, but kinda weak.

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

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drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
429 tasting notes

This is kind of nice. It has a light fruity floral taste. Slightly peach flavored. Slightly citrusy. Nice without sugar. I’m guessing this could make a great cold brewed tea. It isn’t super impressive, but it isn’t totally boring either. (Great endorsement, right?)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Roasted Twig by Teance
429 tasting notes

Wow, it looks like this is 90% twig and 10% oolong. It is slightly roasty and it tastes a little like an oolong, but I fear I may be missing the finer nuances of this tea because it just seems sort of bland. Not a fan of this one.

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

Hahaha, mmm twigs

Dustin

I know, right?! Roasted twigs at that!

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drank Coconut Oolong by Rishi Tea
429 tasting notes

Dry, the tea smells strongly of coconut. Steeped, it tastes lightly of coconut rice. It has a starchy back ground and sweetness to it that is rice like. The oolong is okay, slightly floral, but nothing too exciting. I’d reach for this out of a selection of Rishi, but it would be one of my last picks if I was choosing from my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °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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