628 Tasting Notes

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I love it when a traveling tea box comes my way and has stuff that I have been wanting to try in it! This would be one of the teas. I tried to love the black version of this, but just couldn’t pick up on the flavors that others were tasting. It is a problem I sadly have with many 52 blacks, but I discovered that I love their genmaichas and have yet to explore many of their greens.

This tea smells amazing! I can totally smell a blueberry danish! Wow, I can taste it too! It is a little more of an aroma taste, kind of like perfume as opposed to a bold flavorful taste. If that makes any sense. But yeah, spot on with the taste. I’ll have to keep an eye out for a reblend!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank 1001 Nights by Tea Moments
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This tea didn’t smell like much in the bag, but I wanted to give it a go anyways. Once steeped, it has a faint honey like scent. It tastes really smooth on the sip, but at the end it gets a little dull and leaves my mouth feeling dry. I’m not sure what all I’m tasting, but the flavors are really light. Could be how the tea was meant to be, could be old. Who knows! Overall I feel pretty eh about it.

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

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drank Sakura Sencha by Den's Tea
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First sip of this was a bit bleh! Reading other’s reviews, I may have over steeped this with a 2m time. Adding a little more water helps! This has a really nice aftertaste with what I associate as cherry blossoms or leaves. I get a little bit of the fruit at the beginning of the sip. There is a grassiness to it. I’m not super impressed with this tea (not really a sencha kind of gal), but I’d guess that in the right setting I might be. Like if I was sitting down for a meal of really nice sushi, this would be a pleasant surprise in my cup.

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

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drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
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I don’t think I have had a white tea from Teavana before! It was a little difficult to make sure I got some tea leaves in my steeper with all the dried fruit in there! I do hate when I am paying tea prices for trailmix. This tea is actually kinda nice. I hate loving newly introduced to me Teavana teas because I’m mostly broken up with the company. This tea has a fruity sweet scent to it. I can taste some pineapple in there and maybe a little grape. I don’t really know what white tea tastes like on it’s own, so I couldn’t tell you if I’m tasting the tea at all. It has a slight sweetness of it’s own, so I didn’t add any sugar. Has a nice aftertaste.

It’s okay. It gets (as my husband calls this look) the frown of approval.

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

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
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Tea of the month! I love that Lupicia sends out samples in their tea magazine! I had this this morning. It tasted like many of their other chocolate combo teas without the combo flavor. I have had their chocolate with strawberry, banana and chestnut, all of which really add something to the chocolate base. I don’t think the chocolate is interesting enough to stand on it’s own as a tea. It is great mixed with other stuff. I have a lavender EG that I have been wanting to try with chocolate, so maybe I’ll resteep this in the morning with the EG. We’ll see if this tea has a place in my cupboard as an additive to other teas.

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

Tried it with the other tea and the chocolate couldn’t shine through the strength of the other tea’s flavors. Oh well! Guess I don’t need it.

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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I haven’t been a big rooibos fan lately. Still, when I read that Lupicia had a limited time tea with chestnut and pumpkin, I had to give it a go. I have had their sweet potato black tea before and it has a similar taste to this. I can pick out a little chestnut, but I’m not really getting the pumpkin. The first few sips were really flavorful, but the sips after that left me searching out the intensity I had gotten before. At the end of each sip my mouth gets dry. Thank you rooibos.

This is a really interesting flavor combination, although I’m not crazy about this tea. I’d love to make a soup with these flavors. I’d also love to try this tea in a black base!

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

Didn’t really like this one….but now that I think of it, these flavors in a soup would be brilliant! That’s a great idea!

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drank Sunset In Seattle by Market Spice
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I didn’t know if I’d like this one, but I think I do. I can pick out the vanilla and spearmint which has a slight cooling effect. I also get a slight lemongrass flavor. It’s been a long time since I have been in Seattle and I don’t know that I paid attention to the sunsets, most likely because I was trying to track down the things that had been stolen out of my van and find my way through the city, but I’ll have to pay more attention next time I visit and think of this tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This has that same dry grassy smell that pet stores often do! It doesn’t sound like a complimentary association, but it is a fond one in my mind. It tastes like dry malty grass too! Very smooth with a nice finish on the sip. I can see why unflavored tea fans love this stuff!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MzPriss

LOVE this!

hippiechick 42

Lol! I love that smell too!

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
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Caramel. Niiiice. This tea has that same delicious caramel taste that MF’s Wedding Imperial has, but seems much more forgiving on the steeping parameters. It is a little similar to Japon minus the genmacha too. It is very evenly flavored and is a very enjoyable cup!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
hippiechick 42

This is an amazing tea!

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drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
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Ooooh, wow! Yup, that’s cardamon! I love cardamon, but it pretty much takes over in this cup. I can’t taste the tea or anything else that might be around, just cardamon. It seems like a fairly even flavor with a tiny bite at the beginning of the sip, but there isn’t much going on. I’d love to see this paired with something else that can match the strength of the spice. Still, if you want to drink a cup of cardamon, this is your tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 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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