438 Tasting Notes

Trying this again… I cold steeped it this time. It tastes okay at first, a little bit of almond, then a wave of bitterness mixed with a hint of orange washes over my tongue. I added cream which really tones down the bitterness, but it also masks a lot of the potential flavor. I’m not digging this one, sadly.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

bitter even cold steeped? well drat!

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This is really nice right now. It is chocolaty and minty. Could be a little stronger, but it’s nice with cream and sugar this evening. Not too much rooibos flavor, which I appreciate.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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First sip was a little green and bitter. I couldn’t make out the flavors at all. The subsequent sips are much better! I get the green base mixed with the strawberries first and then the mint comes in at the back and rides out the aftertaste. I don’t think I have ever had strawberries and mint, which is why this tea sounded so intriguing. Adding sugar really amps up the berry flavors! It is almost floral at the front of the sip, then I get sweet berries, then more floral and mint in the aftertaste. I must try this cold brewed and iced sometime! I bet the mint would perk up quite a bit! So far I like this!

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

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
438 tasting notes

I was sniffing this tea bag while waiting for the kettle to heat up and was trying to pin the familiar scent. Pineapple. It smells like pineapple candies I used to have when I was young. It still smells faintly of that once steeped and the pineapple comes out well in the flavor. I first get the pineapple flavor and when that trails off at the end of the sip, the ginseng creeps in and tastes a little like alkaline desert dirt, which is oddly nostalgic this time of year with the big burn in the desert coming up and all my friends who build the city posting that they are off to the playa already. Even so, it’s an odd aftertaste that I’m not exactly at peace with. Adding sugar perks up the pineapple, but also amplifies the ginseng, which isn’t what I was hoping for. Adding cream changes the whole thing again! Pineapple at the front of the sip is gone, but creeps in a little at the very end leaving just a suggestion of pineapple and the ginseng is really muted. I don’t get any berries in this like the description says. This tea is interesting, it makes me consider trying more pineapple teas in the future, but I certainly wouldn’t follow it to the check out lane and invite it home with me.

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

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drank Geisha Blossom by TWG Tea Company
438 tasting notes

Summer fruits they say? Smells like peaches to me! It tastes very peachy, but there is something else in there too. The peach flavor reminds me of Lupicia’s Momoko, which is the first peach tea I have had that I like and tastes like real peaches. This tea is like that, but is a slightly less intense in both peach and cream. I’m having it without anything added and it is really nice. The green tea is hidden behind the peach and is pretty smooth. If I hadn’t tried Momoko, I’d be pretty ecstatic about this tea. As it is, Momoko is less expensive, easier to obtain and has a slightly better flavor. Even so, it’s still a great option if you are looking for a good peach tea!

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

where do you get your TWG teas?

Dustin

I ordered 12 off of urbantea.com. Canadian company with free shipping when you spend $100. They gave me 5 free samples and a personalized note. I was impressed! I also bought one at a recent trip to a Dean and Deluca, who also sells online. UT sells in bulk so I think the prices are better, but there are a few teas that D&D has that are exclusive.

TeaBrat

Interesting, thanks! They sure are pricey.

Dustin

I was surprised that they weren’t crazy expensive when I was looking at the loose tea 50g options. Most were around $10 which seems really reasonable after the sticker shock on the tins!

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drank Midnight Hour by TWG Tea Company
438 tasting notes

This tasted a little tart when I first sipped it. I may have put too little water in it, but cream and sugar fixed it right up. I’m getting mostly fruit in this cup, but I can’t say what kind. I can’t really pick out the tea in there. The aftertaste is floral, smooth and nice.
It’s a nice tea, but it’s boring and doesn’t make the cut. I’m glad to have tried it tho! Yay for free samples with my Urban Tea Merchant order!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
438 tasting notes

I could melt away into this cup and never come back! I added a little soy creamer and sugar and it is making this cup quite dreamy. The cream really amplifies the creaminess that the tea already has. I can smell a little nutmeg in the cup and get a hint of it just before the tea reaches my mouth. The cream takes over at the start of the sip, riding on a nice solid base, then the nutmeg comes back out at the end. The aftertaste might be my favorite part where they nutmeg and cream hang out together. I need to slow down because I’m downing this cup way too fast. It’s really hitting the spot!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
rosebudmelissa

Mmm, sounds delicious. I love nutmeg flavors in chai.

Dustin

I don’t know that I have picked nutmeg out in chai before! I usually get all cardamon, clove and cinnamon. I’ll have to start paying more attention!

rosebudmelissa

Sometimes I make homemade chai, or add some extra spice to chai I’ve bought, so I’ve experimented with quite a few spices.

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I may have found the first TWG tea that is definitely not for me! I’m getting mostly bitterness, but I’ll try cream and sugar to see if it mellows out. OMG, that is so much better. It still has a harsh edge to it, but it is drinkable now. I’m getting a little maltiness in there and it is smooth at the end of the sip. Still… I don’t like it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

Try reducing the temperature and reduce the leaf. My Ceylons can be sensitive to both of these. I use 1tsp/8oz and keep the temperature under 95°C.

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I got a free sample of this with my Urban Tea Merchant order! It smells really good… almost like a lemony custard dessert. I think I didn’t add enough water because the tea has a little bite to it, but the lemon is really nice. I don’t get red berries at all like it says in the description. Adding a little cream and sugar mellows out the bite. Mellow creamy lemon goodness!

This is a really nice cup! The heartiness of the tea balances out well with the fruit… what ever kind of fruit it is. This is a tea I could see ordering in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Saicho by TWG Tea Company
438 tasting notes

I must have chosen this tea because of the pomegranate blossoms. It’s the first time I have heard of them being used for anything and I have no idea what flavor they are. The tea is nice and well balanced. The green base is even, but hidden behind floral flavors. I can’t pin what type of floral (probably because I have no reference for pom blossoms), but it is pleasant. My mouth feels a little dry after I sip the tea.

It’s nice, but not a rebuy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 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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