527 Tasting Notes

Thanks goes out to Greenteafairy for a sample if this tea!

This tea is smooth and rich, yet has a light caramel flavor. I’m not tasting much of the tea base here, just the caramel. It reminds me a bit of MF’s Wedding Imperial which is impossibly difficult to brew a perfect cup of. This tea is much more forgiving in the brewing department and lacks the bitterness that Wedding Imperial is prone to. I like this tea, but probably not enough to buy a tin of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This tea is… weird. I had it hot the other night and I’m having it iced today and there is something that was really strange both times. I was really wanting a chocolate coconut combination and liked ROT’s Banana Chocolate fairly well, so I thought this was a safe bet. I like that it is low in caffeine, since I need more evening options. Maybe it is the chicory root that is making this strange for me? I don’t hate it, but I’m not sure that I’m liking it either.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
527 tasting notes

Much better steeped at a lower temp! I did 205 this time. I’m getting a bit of the chocolate in a familiar Lupicia base with the light taste and astringency of chestnut. I’m feeling like chestnut is better suited with green teas because of the lighter flavor and feel of the base, but chocolate is better on a black base. But chocolate and nuts are so good together! I guess that leaves me conflicted, but that won’t stop me from drinking the rest of this cup and enjoying the rest of this bag!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Okay, cold brewed? Wow! This is really good as a cold brewed tea! It is bright, fruity, citrusy and delicious. There is a lot of lemon grass that takes over this cup and it reminds me of two other teas that it is very similar too that I also enjoyed! I’m liking it!

Thanks again VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Glad you liked it. I am excited to get back to trying more samples once my exam is finished.

Dustin

Good luck on that exam! That is once nice thing about my jewelry classes… no exams!

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drank Breakfast Earl Grey by Lupicia
527 tasting notes

The bag smells so much like bergamot that it is almost pine like! This was a free sample with my last order. I’m starting to have mixed feelings about these free samples. Last time I had to have more of their Momoko and placed another order. Wow, this is overpoweringly strong! What did I do?! It does have a very fresh tang, like fresh rose petals. Adding sugar and soy milk is making it much more palatable. It is a very bright and floral tasting tea! I’m not a huge EG fan, but I’m really enjoying this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
527 tasting notes

From reading the ingredients I didn’t think I was going to like this tea. When I took a sip I got lemon, pepper and smokiness! Very interesting! Almost like smoked paprika with a hint of lemon. This is a much more savory tea than I am used to, but I’m really liking it!

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

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drank Euphoria by Kusmi Tea
527 tasting notes

Huh! Interesting little sewn muslin for a tea bag! That is kind of charming. Holy smokes! The orange in this is like the bright fresh oil from the peel! The chocolate is in there somewhere, but this tea is all about the orange. The aftertaste is like I just had a sip of OJ. As it cools, the chocolate hides even more. The first cup was so flavorful that I didn’t need sweetener. Not sure if it would have helped the chocolate come out some more. I sweetened the second steeping, which is weaker, but still delicious. This tea is amazing and I would like to have more of it someday!

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

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drank Cucumber Mint by Tea Forte
527 tasting notes

I want to like this. Cucumber and mint sound like an excellent combo, but what is coming through is chemical like. It smells a little like perfume and some of that comes through in the taste. It is flat, the flavors don’t seem to dance well, there is a walnut aftertaste and my skin doesn’t feel any smarter (advertised as a skin smart tea). I just can’t get over the gross. Mmmm, and dry mouth to top it off. Nice. : [

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drank Honey Yuzu by Tea Forte
527 tasting notes

Ehhhhhh…. Tastes a little of honey, I guess. Leaves my mouth dry. That is about it. Bummer.

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

I was not impressed at all with Tea Forte :/

Dustin

Yeah, I think I’m there with you. Drinking my 3rd sample from them and all have been on the gross side.

darby

It’s sad, I haven’t found one I like from them either!

CHAroma

I personally enjoyed their Black Currant and Chamomile Citron.

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Having this tea again and coming to the same conclusions as my first tasting note. The tea is nice enough, but kind of mellow and a little boring for the price tag. I do wish they had added something to make this tea spectacular like apricot, honey, cream, mango, chocolate… There is really a lot that pairs well with ginger, so why stop with just ginger?

I tried adding honey, but the honey from my yard was too flavorful and overpowered. Maybe store bought honey? I tried adding powdered goat milk (my go to for cream flavor) and sugar, which was good, but I think it was too much milk. I’m determined to find something to make this tea more exciting. The quest goes on!

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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