473 Tasting Notes

drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
473 tasting notes

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I may have under watered/over leafed this because I’m getting a slight bitter taste mingling with all the other flavors. This tea is heavy, all base notes and earthiness with the pu erh and chocolate. I added some sweetened coconut creamer and it really changed the cup. It gives it an almost root beer base. It is interesting and I think there is a lot of potential for chocolate pu erh, but this one isn’t quite hitting the spot for me.

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

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Judging by the fact that over half the rooibos in this package is gone, I must have enjoyed this tea more in the past. Right now it’s not doing much for me. The spices are clearly there, but it seems all high notes and doesn’t have a good base. I have some coconut creamer in it and it’s okay, but it isn’t hitting the spot either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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There was some vanilla in there, but the rooibos really ruined it for me. I added some coconut creamer to my cup and it kinda just took over. It tasted good, but I think it was mostly the creamer I was picking up on. The second cup I made I drank straight, but enjoyed it more for the heat since I’m on the verge of getting sick and it felt a little relieving. It is a rare case when rooibos wows me these days.

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

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
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This has a really heavy base type taste to it! It is heavy like coffee, but the spices lighten it up a bit. It has an earthiness to it for a split second before the cardamon takes over. I made the mistake of adding a little sweetened creamer and it totally changed the taste. Hrm. Not really sure what to make of this tea.

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

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Well I was enjoying this tea! That was until I ate a giant pumpkin shaped marshmallow. After that the tea tasted a little dull. Halloween is one of my other obsessions/loves and I go a little crazy this time of year with all the limited edition pumpkin foods, or in this case just pumpkin shaped.

The scent of apple is really strong and it comes through in the tea! I added a little creamer that is sweetened and it rounded it out nicely. It reminds me of Nina’s Marie Antoinette minus the rose (which is a really amazing combo). The apple flavor is very true. It is a really nice tea and I’d probably be head over heels for it if I hadn’t had that other tea or wanted just an apple tea. It would be a great second pick in the apple tea category.
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mj

Halloween is my favorite holiday too! Of course, that’s because it’s my birthday lol

Dustin

It was supposed to be my daughter’s birthday too, but she held out for two more weeks!

mj

Haha, I showed up a month early to arrive on Halloween. It’s probably better for your daughter anyway! When you’re little, you can never have your birthday party on your birthday because it interferes with trick-or-treating.

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
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Oooooh, this is interesting! On the sip it is cinnamon without the bite, but as I swallow it the spice kicks in and lingers in the aftertaste. It seems really well balanced with just the right amount of smoke to even things out while heating up my throat. I like!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mj

Sounds like dragon tea :)

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PTS TTB

This tea is weird! First flavor I get is diluted dough! The more I sip, the more it fades. The tea is well balanced and nice with a little bit of grassy green in the aftertaste. It is nice, but isn’t grabbing me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose by Kusmi Tea
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Eh, this tea is okay. It has a clear rose flavor without going over the top and having a super strong powdery taste that I detest. It just seems very one dimensional and doesn’t have a lot of depth to it. It is like it is all high notes and isn’t well rounded.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
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PTS TTB

This stuff is weird. I taste watermelon and mint, but I also get this dirt/alkaline taste too. A little bit of melon rind and cucumber are in there too. Might be better with a sweetener, but at that point I might as well drink real watermelon juice with mint.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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From the PPT TTB.

This smells like autumn potpourri! All the spices and stuff! It tastes a little like it too, but not in a bad way. I think it’s the cinnamon. Cinnamon is the main flavor I’m picking up on, then I catch the nutmeg, then some clove. I’m not really getting a pumpkin flavor or any hint of chocolate. I’m having it without any cream or sugar. Added a little cream to the end of the cup and it mellows out the spices a bit, but it doesn’t bring out the missing flavors. Still, it is an interesting cup.

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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