556 Tasting Notes

Oh, eck, blech! ROT strikes out again! I taste tea, I taste cinnamon and I taste perfume like floral that I guess is supposed to represent plum? Adding sugar redeems nothing and my mouth is left feeling dry. Down the sink it goes!

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

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drank Red Plum Red/Black by Teance
556 tasting notes

I got a sample of this last year at Teance, but now I don’t see any reference to it on their website. Oh well! On to the tea!
This tea is strange. It is very smooth and balanced. It has a little bit of a fruity taste, but it is also almost savory. It isn’t salty at all, but it reminds me of salted preserved plums that you get at Asian markets. It seems well done, but isn’t striking a chord with me. I may try it again and see if my opinion changes.

Steeping instructions on the bag say 1tsp to 1c water at 205F for 1 minute and it is good for 4-5 infusions.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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ROT is really failing to wow me. This tea does taste like blueberry, but in a very unimpressive way. They didn’t use hibiscus and there was a dried berry in with my leaves, so kudos for that, but the tea just fails to deliver much else. Super glad I only bought a sample size!

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

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This smells strongly of honey candy. It is that fake floral what they think honey should smell like scent. It tastes lightly of lemon and on the end I get a hint of honey. It is okay, but kinda weak.

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

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drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
556 tasting notes

This is kind of nice. It has a light fruity floral taste. Slightly peach flavored. Slightly citrusy. Nice without sugar. I’m guessing this could make a great cold brewed tea. It isn’t super impressive, but it isn’t totally boring either. (Great endorsement, right?)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Roasted Twig by Teance
556 tasting notes

Wow, it looks like this is 90% twig and 10% oolong. It is slightly roasty and it tastes a little like an oolong, but I fear I may be missing the finer nuances of this tea because it just seems sort of bland. Not a fan of this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Hahaha, mmm twigs

Dustin

I know, right?! Roasted twigs at that!

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drank Coconut Oolong by Rishi Tea
556 tasting notes

Dry, the tea smells strongly of coconut. Steeped, it tastes lightly of coconut rice. It has a starchy back ground and sweetness to it that is rice like. The oolong is okay, slightly floral, but nothing too exciting. I’d reach for this out of a selection of Rishi, but it would be one of my last picks if I was choosing from my cupboard.

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

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drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
556 tasting notes

Gah, Rishi, NO! No hibiscus! That is what I hate about so many fruity teas, they feel the need to hibiscus it. Luckily they didn’t overdo it, but it would be nice if they (grocery store tea “they”) didn’t depend on it. The oolong is less prominent than in the Rishi peach I just had. The aftertaste is vaguely plum like and it also has a mild sweetness to it, like the peach. Very unexciting.

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

I agree! The obsession with hibiscus is annoying!

Dustin

I don’t get it at all! Especially when restaurants offer hibiscus tea that is nothing but hibiscus. Who drinks that?!

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drank Peach Oolong by Rishi Tea
556 tasting notes

As I scooped out some tea, hibiscus was spotted. Crap! I steeped it anyways and was pleased to see the water turn to only a slight pink hue. I can taste the hibiscus, but it seems to be used in the rare measurement of moderation here! There is a sweetness at the back of each sip and a nice oolong base. I’m not necessarily getting peach from this tho, maybe a little on the aftertaste. As it cools the hibiscus becomes more prominent. Boo! It could probably do with a little sweetener at this point, but I may just gulp down the cup to get it over with instead. Not bad, but far from spectacular. Definitely not a rebuy.

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

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
556 tasting notes

I steeped this for just over a minute this time and I think it turned out better. It still had a slight bitterness to it and improves greatly with cream and sugar. It has an almost coffee like richness to it. I’m thinking I may try a longer steep with a lower temp in the future. Funny, I am now on my second package of it and haven’t taken the time to find spot on brewing parameters yet. I’m slacking!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Dang, I need to try this one.

whatshesaid

Me too, people seem to love it

Dustin

It isn’t “OMG!!! good”, but it is pretty tasty and has that yummy Lupicia base. Second steeping at 200F for two minutes was much better! Might try that on the first go for my next cup if I remember.

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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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