469 Tasting Notes

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
469 tasting notes

PPT TTB

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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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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From the PTS TTB.

I had a cup of this earlier today. Added a little creamer, a couple of ice cubes and downed it pretty quickly on my way out the door. I was surprised to get nothing more than what tastes like a mild breakfast tea. I didn’t taste any flavoring, just the tea. I’m not sure how old this tea is since it is in a traveling box, but I wasn’t impressed. If I cross paths with it again I may give it another go, but I’m not going to seek it out.

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

Sorry you didn’t get to taste it because this is a really good tea. Surely this was an old sample! Paris has a decent amount of added flavor.

TeaBrat

I agree with ashmanra. Paris usually has a lot of flavor, even the decaf version is good.

Dustin

After I wrote this note I saw that I had tried it before and had a similar impression. I can’t remember where I got that sample, but this tea is on a loosing streak with me!

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
469 tasting notes

Decided to try this again today. I had it steeping for two minutes at a lower temp, tasted it and put it in for a minute more. It is still tasting a little bitter, but it is better. When I add a little creamer it mellows out the bitter and I’m left with a more roasty depth which is nice, but it still isn’t amazing. I’m remembering getting a better cup out of this tea at some point, but don’t remember what I did to get it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
469 tasting notes

This tea is a little bitter today. Should have checked previous notes on how I steeped it before. I’m having it with a touch of sugar and it is reminding me of Mariage Freres’s Wedding Imperial. It doesn’t have quite the amount of depth that WI has, but it is pretty darn close. They both have that toffee taste with a heavy base. I’ll have to compare the two side by side someday. Until then, I need to dial in my steeping parameters.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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It has been a long time since I have crossed paths with this tea. It is easy to overlook teas in my out of control amount of tea. It smells a little soapy and a hint of that is coming through in the taste. I’m guessing the culprit is the old coconut. I’m hit with a wave of spices mingling with tropical fruit flavors. It is nice despite it’s age. It doesn’t remind me anything of Thai tea, but that is okay. I’m noticing rooibos being much more tolerable when blended with other teas and that is definitely the case in this tea. I really enjoy this tea, but I won’t be sad when it is gone since I have so many other teas I like more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I was enjoying this cup earlier, but then put it down and came back to it cold. Not the same. Either way it has that nice pu erh earthiness and depth to it with the strawberry notes on top of that, but it just tastes better warm. I liked this tea a lot in the past, but now that I have tried Lupicia’s chocolate strawberry puer, I think I prefer that one. I mean, doesn’t everything taste better with chocolate?!

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

Yes, that is a fact

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drank MateVana by Teavana
469 tasting notes

I decided to revisit a few Teavana teas that have been kicking around my house for a while and this was one of them. I’m surprised at how much I like it! It has a deep flavor, almost coffee like, but not bitter. I can taste a little bit of almond and some notes of chocolate. After recently having a disastrous tea that was a blend of several types of teas and herbals, I’m impressed that this was pulled off so well. I’m not really a fan of Teavana anymore for numerous reasons, but this tea reminds me of why I was drawn to them in the beginning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
darby

I really like this one too! I’ve run out, but would replace once I have room. It’s nice now and then.

Dustin

I think I bought this one on a whim during a sale without having tried it before. It was a lucky pick!

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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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