469 Tasting Notes

So strange! This is like drinking a mild cup of patchouli with some vetiver added in. I don’t know how to feel about this. Kind of pleasant, kind of odd.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Aaaaah! I didn’t read before I steeped and used water that was too hot! Luckily this tea seems to be forgiving me. It is quite smooth and there is a light blueberry taste coming through. I like that it is blueberry without the hibiscus that so many other blueberry teas pile in there. This is a nice solid tea! It isn’t as flashy as I prefer my teas, but if I was looking for something on a more mellow day, this would be a good choice.

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank turkish apple by Art of Tea
469 tasting notes

Mmmm, cinnamon apple! I’m not a big apple tea fan, but I wanted to try this anyways and it is good. It is pretty smooth and true to apple taste. It tastes more like cooked or baked apple and that impression is helped along by the cinnamon. I’m not sure what makes this Turkish. Do Turks often eat apples with cinnamon?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
469 tasting notes

Fig?! I’m getting more apricot/peach than fig. I can detect a little bit of cinnamon, but not much. It seems a little astringent, but I may have made it a little too concentrated since I’m doing 1/4 cup flight tastings and don’t always have the measurements dialed in. This tea also could be old, having been in a TTB. It doesn’t taste much like what I’d expect, but it isn’t bad either.

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

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drank Red Velvet Cake Mate by 52teas
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Red velvet cake freaks me out a little. It is the food coloring. There is just so much Red 40 or whatever it is. It has inspired me to someday make a cake for a party that has so much powdered beet in it that what goes in red comes out red on the other side. It would have to be a dark chocolate cake, so no one suspected anything from a bright magenta cake. /irrelevant tangent

The tea! I can taste the mate base. I haven’t had enough mate to really know how to describe the taste. I can taste a hint of chocolate and something else that I can’t quite identify. Is it a cakiness? Cream? Either way, this is a nice mate with a touch of smokiness.

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

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drank Cuba Libre Black Tea by 52teas
469 tasting notes

This is really cola like! So strange, tasting this flavor hot! The cola is so prominent that I really can’t pick out the tea base. I’m really not getting a rum taste that others have mentioned, but the cola is done really well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
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This tea is interesting and savory, but I feel like it is all cumin. I’m used to cumin accompanying other things. Like when I use it in sweet potato quesadillas it is carried by the creamy sweetness of the potato, making it much more rounded. I don’t think I like it much on it’s own. It is kind of sharp.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is kind of interesting! My husband would call the look on my face my “frown of approval”. This has a nice minty scent and a light minty taste. There is a hint of chocolate that is carried well by the heaviness of the puerh. When I sweeten it the mint comes out a bit more and some of the earthiness goes away. The chocolate is a little more true, but I think I liked it better plain. This is a nice mellow chocolate mint! I like!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Anyone know of a palate cleanser between tasting cups of tea? I’m trying to get a feel for this tea, but I can’t get the lime puerh catastrophe taste out of my mouth! A little bit of malt o meal seems to be doing the trick. I’m not tasting too much puehr here, just a little earthiness. I’m not getting too much caramel or toffee either. it is more like a whisper or lingering smoke of flavor. Not awful, but not my fav either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Trying this from the ATTB. The lime smells old. It isn’t a fresh bright scent, but more like a salted and preserved orange peel smell. The kind you find in Asian grocery stores. The smell lightens once steeped and is joined by an earthy smell reminiscent of a pet store. Things aren’t looking good for this tea! Sipping… okay, it isn’t as horrible as I feared, but it isn’t really good either. The flavors don’t seem balanced. It is like there are lots of high notes and lots of base notes, but nothing in the middle to tie them together and make them flow nicely. It is just kind of meh.

Preparation
Boiling 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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