710 Tasting Notes

drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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Cotton Candy cold steeped, take two. Second steep is a little on the lighter side, but it still puts out a decent amount of flavor! I’m impressed.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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This is MUCH better cold! Hot steeped and poured over ice. I added some sugar to amp it up a bit and make it more true to cotton candy. It is almost a little fruity. I get a bit of rooibos at certain points, but it isn’t consistent. I’m cold steeping the rest of this sample in the fridge. Sipdown? That’s a rare thing for me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
darby

I love this with their agave over sugar – brings out the cotton candy even more!

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drank La Rose (Loose Tea Tin) by Fauchon
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I see that Fauchon has a rose and litchi as well as a rose and apple tea! Alas, all that was at Marshall’s was rose. Poor me, right? :)
I was concerned that this tea might have that baby powder flavor that I loathe in some French teas, but I wanted to try it anyways. It is a little powdery, but not overwhelmingly so. It definitely tastes and smells rose like, very floral and I got a smooth cup out of this. I steeped it at 200, a little lower than I normally do blacks at, but I was trying to avoid any bitterness and it worked! It is really nice with a little bit of sugar and tastes lighter and more floral with a little cream. I think I like this one!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This time I did 175 at 3 minutes. Still feeling like there is room for improvement. Maybe a slightly higher temp next time to bring out a little more depth. I’m having this with cream and sugar and it’s pretty tasty. Chocolate, a little bit of malt, some cream. It’s tasting pretty good.

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

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drank Strawberry Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
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After shampooing my kid’s head today, I got the sudden craving for strawberry tea. Smelling strawberry shampoo = wanting strawberry tea in my brain! Kusmi, I choose you!

This tea is SUPER fragrant in the tin! I find myself lured to a bunch of strawberry teas by scent and then find them a little weak when it comes to taste. Because of that, I used 2tsp for this cup. It turned out quite strong, which is fine because I wanted to add cream and sugar. With those additions, it’s pretty delicious! The overleafing is mellowed out by the cream and I get a yummy creamy strawberry flavor. I can pick up on the fact that there is some tea in there if I think about it, but mostly I get dessert in a cup. So far I’m pretty happy with this purchase.

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

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After reading the description, I’m not sure why I chose this tea. I do like ginger. Maybe it was the combo of different types of teas? Maybe I’ll never know what I was thinking. I ended up steeping it at a low temp for a short period to avoid bitterness from the green and white tea, but not all of the leaves uncurled.

The ginger is odd here! Usually I find ginger to be a very bright high flavor, but it has a lot of depth to it here. My brain first thinks smokey and then I realize there is no smoke flavor. Adding sugar makes the ginger a little more crisp, but doesn’t do anything other than that. Cream really doesn’t add to it either. I get a hint of a hearty black tea that I didn’t taste before. It isn’t a bad tea, it just isn’t meeting my ever rising bar of expectations. I might try it cold steeped before I totally give up on it.

Overall, Istanbul is kind of boring. I think I might spend my weekends elsewhere.

  • edit * Second steeping at 195 for 3min is better. Ginger seems a little perkier. Still not wowing me.
Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I bought this quite some time ago and I’m getting a little worried about the shelf life of my teas with coconut. I have one that is questionable at the moment, so I’m rushing to get through them before they go bad!

I cold steeped this in the fridge overnight and it turned out pretty good. I can taste a hint of the green tea in the beginning of the sip, but coconut dominates all other aspects. The coconut has a nice buttery aftertaste that I enjoy. It’s a nice cup, but not something I will restock.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Byzance by Le Palais des Thes
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WTH is this?! It’s like they took a bunch of left over tea parts and tossed them together with a few other random spices. I tried steeping it hot and it was awful and now I have tried cold brewing it and it isn’t as bad, but it’s still gross. I get a little cardamon in the aftertaste if I REALLY think about it. It smells slightly fruity, but I don’t really get that in the taste. I have about 5 or 6 Palais teas that I really like and when visiting their NYC store I really wanted to get another to try. I sniffed a ton of different teas and this was the most interesting, but it was the wrong choice. Straight to the get rid of pile!

Cheri

Sounds awful

Dustin

Yup. I’m really selling it, aren’t I?! Blech!

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drank Hatsukoi by Lupicia
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As I come to the end of the pitcher I made of this tea, I think it’s growing on me. It still won’t be a restock, but it’s not going into a get rid of it pile either. Not a very good testimony, but even with liking it more it isn’t striking me as amazing.

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drank Le Earl Grey by Fauchon
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This is a very fragrant smelling tea! It tastes pretty strong once steeped too. I added cream and sugar which mellows out the intensity and I’m really enjoying it. It tastes pretty smooth to me and there is a bunch of bergamot at the back end of every sip.

I just read Lala’s review and didn’t realize it is a black green mix either! I thought it turned out really good, but I’ll have to see if it is even better if steeped at a lower temp. Flavor wise it seems similar to Lupicia’s breakfast EG.
Preparation
Boiling 3 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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