614 Tasting Notes

drank Almond Cookie Green by Tea Embassy
614 tasting notes

A solidly reliable cup for to get me through a hectic day. Last day of the semester at school, after that I got two fillings at the dentist, then fought my way through traffic, now dragging myself through dinner. Early bedtime is in store for me tonight, but not before a resteep of this with dinner!

TeaBrat

boo for fillings! I need four done myself.

Dustin

Aww, that’s no fun! I’m lucky that these were small and done quickly, but man I hate the high pitched sound of that drill!

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Yup, tastes like Xmas stuff. I get cinnamon and clove and lots of it. I can pick out a little orange, but no almond. It is okay, but it isn’t super impressive. Sort of a ho hum..

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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First thing I get is strawberry and then a hint of chocolate comes through. This is pretty light for a black tea. I’m not tasting much of the base, mostly just strawberry. It gets a little bitter as it cools. It is a decent tea, but not one that I will seek out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sunrise Sensation by sTEAp Shoppe
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Finishing off a sample in ATTB. This is really nice! It makes me think of the green tea they often serve in sushi restaurants, but there is more to it than that, it’s heartier too. There is a hint of cinnamon and popped rice. It isn’t quite savory, but almost. I’m not really getting any hints of maple, but the bottom of the bag isn’t always the most accurate representation of a tea either. I would like to cross paths with this tea again some day.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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I kept glancing at the bag of this tea and reading “Jonestown Special” as the name of the tea. Yikes!
This tea started out being really sweet when warm. Sweet and fruity. But as it cools it starts to taste more like a Flinstone’s children’s vitamin. There is that artificial fruity taste followed by the vitamin aftertaste. Does this have Stevia in it?! I don’t like it. At all. :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
keychange

hahaha at Jonestown!

Marzipan

That would taste like grape!

Dustin

I think it was a little grape like, actually!

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So strange! This is like drinking a mild cup of patchouli with some vetiver added in. I don’t know how to feel about this. Kind of pleasant, kind of odd.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Aaaaah! I didn’t read before I steeped and used water that was too hot! Luckily this tea seems to be forgiving me. It is quite smooth and there is a light blueberry taste coming through. I like that it is blueberry without the hibiscus that so many other blueberry teas pile in there. This is a nice solid tea! It isn’t as flashy as I prefer my teas, but if I was looking for something on a more mellow day, this would be a good choice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Turkish Apple by Art of Tea
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Mmmm, cinnamon apple! I’m not a big apple tea fan, but I wanted to try this anyways and it is good. It is pretty smooth and true to apple taste. It tastes more like cooked or baked apple and that impression is helped along by the cinnamon. I’m not sure what makes this Turkish. Do Turks often eat apples with cinnamon?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
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Fig?! I’m getting more apricot/peach than fig. I can detect a little bit of cinnamon, but not much. It seems a little astringent, but I may have made it a little too concentrated since I’m doing 1/4 cup flight tastings and don’t always have the measurements dialed in. This tea also could be old, having been in a TTB. It doesn’t taste much like what I’d expect, but it isn’t bad either.

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

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drank Red Velvet Cake Mate by 52teas
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Red velvet cake freaks me out a little. It is the food coloring. There is just so much Red 40 or whatever it is. It has inspired me to someday make a cake for a party that has so much powdered beet in it that what goes in red comes out red on the other side. It would have to be a dark chocolate cake, so no one suspected anything from a bright magenta cake. /irrelevant tangent

The tea! I can taste the mate base. I haven’t had enough mate to really know how to describe the taste. I can taste a hint of chocolate and something else that I can’t quite identify. Is it a cakiness? Cream? Either way, this is a nice mate with a touch of smokiness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 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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