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This smells really nice and caramel like, but 4 minutes was too long of a steep and the cup went bitter. Still, with enough sugar I drank the whole cup.
Note to self: try 3 minutes next time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tochiotome Green by Lupicia
469 tasting notes

Oh man this smells crazy good in the bag! It is this intense juicy strawberry smell with a slight tartness. The instructions say to steep it at boiling water for 1-2 minutes which seems really strange for a green tea. I’m doing a lower temp for my first cup. Once steeped the tea smells fine, but the leaves have a hint of canned cat food scent. WTH?!
Sipping now… there is a strong strawberry taste, a little tart with an almost gummi type flavor to it. I’m not crazy about it so far, but I think I’ll try steeping it the way Lupicia suggests and see if that works out any better. When I ordered, I saw that they have a couple types of strawberry flavored tea and I wonder how this variety (the Japanese variety of strawberry) differs from their others.

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

canned cat food LOL ewwwww

Dustin

I know, right?! I have been having the strangest flavors come out in tea lately. Cat food, smoked lox, baby powder.

TeaBrat

I almost got this today but now I’m glad I didn’t :)

Dustin

It could (and likely is) just me. My sense of smell has been inconsistent lately.

I did do the second steep in boiling water and it was bitter once it cooled. I’m sticking with lower temps for my greens.

TeaBrat

you should never really use boiling water for green tea

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drank Creamy Caramel Oolong by Tealish
469 tasting notes

Thanks for this sample Moraiwe!
This really is kinda creamy! It is very light and hints at caramel. It is not a super strong flavor and the oolong is quite subtle. I don’t think I would have picked it out as an oolong. There is almost a hint of mint on the sip and the aftertaste gets a bit more carmely. It is an interesting tea, but not one I’m super taken by.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
469 tasting notes

Thank you Marcel Duchamp for sharing this with me!
I am liking this. It is a light and floral green. I’m not sure exactly what cherry blossoms are supposed to taste like, but this is nice. It tastes similar to a Le Palais tea that I have and checking that bag reveals it is a cherry blossom tea too, so I guess I am learning the taste of the blossom! It isn’t as strong as the Le Palais tea, which I’m thinking I prefer, but it doesn’t have the astringency I was getting on the other either. It is in a convenient bag for steeping on the go, so I think I will save the other bag for when I need tea while out of the house.

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

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drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
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I did a rare trip to a mall today and had one of the best Teavana experiences ever! The sales people weren’t pushy or rude at all! The main gal I was talking to was really chill and it made me feel really comfortable and didn’t raise the urge to run out of the store like I have done before.

I decided to get a cup of this iced to go. It smelled really good and didn’t have hibiscus in it like the other strawberry tea I was interested in. The first few sips were good, but then it changed. The beginning of each sip was nice, light and strawberry like, but then it morphed into a light, but very distinctive smoked salmon taste. Like lox without the salt. I’m sure if I added salt it would be dead on. I really do love lox, so I was able to drink it, but I think I prefer that taste NOT in my tea. Glad I didn’t get any of this to take home!

Preparation
Iced
Anna

Aww, that’s so great about your store visit. Less great about the, uh, salmon. Fish should never be liquid.

__Morgana__

LOL. Liquid fish makes me think of SNL and the Bass-o-Matic.

Dustin

I think there is a time and place for liquid fish… like in a bisque with some fish chunks, but I think that is the ONLY time and place.

I never saw that SNL skit. I’m going to have to youtube it.

Dustin

Found it. Oh god… ewww! Drop some strawberries in that blender and it’s probably a close match to that tea!

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I tried steeping this in hot water and pouring it over ice because I was too impatient to cold steep and it was quite a fail. It tasted genmaicha like, but there was no cherry or cheesecake and it was quite sad. Cold steeping and planning ahead is the way to go with this tea. I’m going to put some in the fridge right now and do it right!

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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
469 tasting notes

Dry this tea is smelling like fruit, but steeped it smells floral! It is a very light oolong with slightly floral flavors. As it cools, the floral flavor turns into grape with a strong grape scent. I sweetened the last bit of my cup and it intensifies the flavor but is still pretty subtle. This tea is interesting, but I’m not sure that it packs enough of a flavor punch for my taste. I’m still on the fence about oolongs. Glad to have gotten to try it! Thanks for the sample with my order Butiki!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m not usually a big breakfast tea fan, in fact I’m totally baffled by it and don’t understand what makes a tea breakfast type, BUT despite all that I’m enjoying this cup. I got a small bag of it in bulk while tea shopping in California, figuring I’d give it a try since I wasn’t likely to be able to find sample sizes again. This is a really solid heavy tea, relying on heavier base notes. I get a deep smooth malty flavor which isn’t bitter at all! I’ll be interested to see if it grows on me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
MzPriss

I’m with you. I’ve never really understood what makes a tea a breakfast tea.

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I steeped this then poured it over ice for a cool drink. It is very similar to a genmacha with that roasty flavor, but there is something different at the bottom of the sip. Almost plasticy, but not in a super gross way. I have had roasted buckwheat tea before and enjoyed it, but this one isn’t impressing me the way the other did. It’s okay, but I think there are much less expensive options for this at my local Asian market.

Preparation
Boiling 5 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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