644 Tasting Notes

drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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After eyeing F&M teas online, I finally came across some at William Somoma and picked up a tin! I decided to cold steep this overnight and it turned out quite light. I get a little malt to it, but not nearly as much as I’d expect with a breakfast blend. Adding a little cream to it is nice. It is strange, but now that I read apple is one of the flavors, I can definitely pick it out on the after taste! So far this tea is nice, but not amazing.

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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is a totally different animal when cold steeped! Much more enjoyable and refreshing. It still has that weird tang that leaves me suspecting stevia like a couple other David’s Teas that have sugar added. The tea is sweet, but has a slight sour tang or pucker to it. I’m still not head over heels about it, but if cold steeped, I can easily finish the rest of this sample.

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
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I’m smelling peaches. It reminds me of Lupicia’s Momoko, but on a black base instead of green. Oh ughck! I steeped it hot, poured it over ice and it tastes disgusting! Does pineapple flavoring go bad? It has this horrid bitter aftertaste followed by this dirt/alkaline taste. I seem to remember some other pineapple tea having the same dirt taste to it. Adding cream makes it better and brings out the vanilla, but there is still underlying yuck. Maybe cold steeping this would be better?

Note to self: try cold steeping
Response to self: Nope, other Dustin, cold steeping was no good either. Time to chuck this tea.

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

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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know what to make of this tea. Hot steeped and poured over ice. It has an artificial cherry taste that I’m not opposed to, but there is this underlying tang causing me to search the ingredients for hibiscus. It is much better with a little cream added, which tones down that tang! I’ll have to come back to this one and visit again.

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

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
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Cold steeped some of this overnight and added a little cream to my cup. Although it is good, it’s missing something it had yesterday when I had it the same way. Maybe it needs a little more time? It’s just missing a little of the umph (for a technical term) that it had in my last cup.

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drank Cha Yen Thai Black Tea by Teavana
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This tea used to be one of my favorites. Now it is more of a background tea. I found an unopened pouch of it in the back of the cupboard last night and cold steeped it overnight. The coconut in the tea I had in a tin had the coconut go bad in that soapy sort of way, so I was surprised to find this pouch still in decent shape. This tea seems a little weaker than I remember, but maybe that is the difference between a hot and cold steep. It is still pretty good and I get a bit of almond cardamon flavor with a creaminess to it. Maybe I’ll cold steep a pitcher of it and kill the rest of this bag before the coconut turns on this one too!

It really tastes nothing like Thai iced tea, btw.

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I am still loving this tea! Today I steeped it concentrated, then poured it over ice with a little sugar and cream. It reminds me a little of several other chocolate malty type teas like MF’s wedding imperial and american breakfast. I feel like I should have a face off with those three tea, choose my favorite and restock the winner when I’m done with the others. I’m trying so hard to narrow down my favorites and get my cupboard in order!

Preparation
Iced

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When my brother announced he was going to Paris, I immediately put in vague request for tea! He came home with four pouches full of Marriage Freres teas for my sister and I to split! I’m so jealous that he got to go into an MF store and grateful that he brought some home to me! American Breakfast was one that he chose. When he requested something almond/chocolatey, this was what was recommended. I do get a little chocolate malt, but no almond. Today I steeped this for three minutes at 205, my go to for blacks, but it tastes a little weak at the moment. I’ll have to try adjusting things. When I add a little soy creamer, it makes it much richer, but I’d like to find a good setting so it tastes great on it’s own. I do get a little of that maltiness that I associate with breakfast teas and it reminds me like a lighter version of Wedding Imperial. I’d like to try it cold steeped. So far, I prefer MF’s French Breakfast.

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

French breakfast is awesome. Paris Breakfast, not so much. Still haven’t tried the American :)

Dustin

I didn’t know there was a Paris Breakfast! Guess I’m not missing much!

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I’m not a big fan of oolong, but the description of this and knowing that I wouldn’t be able to buy any more Butiki teas spurred this purchase. I cold steeped this in the fridge at a concentrated level, expecting to drink it over ice. It is a little bitter in it’s concentrated form, but when I add soy creamer, deliciousness pops out! I get creamy cashew first, followed quickly by raspberry and then they blend at the end of the sip. There is a touch of something bitter in there, almost like rose petals, but it isn’t overwhelming. Overall it feels very rich and decadent! I’m enjoying this, but I’m happy to say I won’t likely be longing for it once I polish off the rest.

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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
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I freakin loved this tea when it first came out! Like adored it. Now that it has been sitting around for a while, it has lost it’s umph. There is a little something bitter in the front part of the sip, followed by some flatness and ending with more bitter. I might be getting a little flat chocolate in the end. This is a prime example of my tea hoarding nature gone wrong. I wanted to save this tea so I could savor it over time and revisit it when I missed it, but it was better fresh and I should have guzzled it down when it was fresh. So sad!

Nichole

I think a lot of us feel that the flavor dwindles with time on the old 52Teas.

Dustin

I wonder why that is. Different brands of flavoring? Less preservatives? I have some teas that have held up wonderfully over the years, some that even did better with age. I’m glad I don’t have a ton of 52teas left and I’ll hopefully go through what I have left this summer.

TeaBrat

most teas are better when you drink them within a year I think. The exception being puerh, some straight black teas and roasted oolongs like da hong pao. Flavored teas just lose their flavoring after a while. I don’t know what would account for the bitterness though.

Dustin

Maybe the bitterness was there before, but worked with the other flavors that masked it or hid it in the background?
There have been flavored teas that did better after sitting for six months or so, letting the flavors mingle nicely, but in general I think you are right about the year rule. I have been so good about not buying much tea and still my stash is out of control.

TeaBrat

so is mine, lol…

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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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