574 Tasting Notes

Very citrusy. Tastes a little unbalanced like it is all high notes and sharper flavors, which is unusual for MF teas. There is an odd sensation on my tongue when I drink it, almost metallic. The aftertaste is nice and floral fruity. Nah, I don’t like it. I’ll stick with MF’s French Breakfast!

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

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It is smooth, a tiny bit citrusy, has a mellow green base…. and that is about it. A little on the dull side.

Thank you Greenteafairy for the chance to try this!

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

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I have been doing tasting flights of tea this morning to get through all the samples I have. This is the first tea (out of maybe 10) that I have enjoyed. It has a nice popped rice and caramel flavor to it while still staying smooth. I am enjoying it without any additives, but I think cream and sugar may make it more decadent. And I was wrong. About the sugar at least. I’m finding sugar takes away from some of the flavors here! I said in my previous review that I didn’t think I’d buy a tin of this and I think that may still hold true, but I wouldn’t be opposed to buying a smaller amount to feel it out some more.

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

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
574 tasting notes

I’m really not a huge David’s fan. I think I like their accessories more than their tea. This definitely has a melon taste to it. Green rooibos is much less obnoxious than red, so I approve on that choice although I’m still getting dry mouth. Adding sugar makes it taste a lot juicier. It is okay, but failing to impress. I fear that fantastic tea may be jading me to average tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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If all I had to choose from was ROT, this wouldn’t be a bad one to pick. They managed to do a fruit tea without the hibiscus and the sage is an interesting idea to pair with berries. There is a slight bitterness on the back of my tongue. I can taste the blackberry but have a hard time picking out the sage. Good idea, but poor execution.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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ROT, where every fruity tea must have the disgusting addition of hibiscus. Totally ruins it for me.

Kat_Maria

Aaah, I remember when I was just starting with tea and RoT seemed like the hottest, greatest sh*t at the time… ;)

Dustin

They have a bunch of ROT in bulk at my local grocery store, so I thought I’d give it a try. Now I know. And I know for less than $5 for a bunch of different samples!

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drank Montagne d'Or by Mariage Frères
574 tasting notes

I cold brewed some of this and I think it is better than having it hot. Unfortunately it doesn’t drastically improve it. I’m still getting that mineral undertone taste and I don’t think it was the water this time. Still getting generic fruit flavors. A little floral.
It is going in the get rid of pile. I don’t have time for mediocre tea!

Preparation
Iced
keychange

I know what you mean about not having time for mediocre tea.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
574 tasting notes

Smells good in the bag. Steeped it seems a little weak. Adding sugar helps. I can pick out a creaminess, some chocolate… it’s okay, but I might pass on this bag to someone else. What I don’t like is the ring of red around my mug from the sprinkles. I know it is kind of novel to have flashy color in your tea, but I’m a bit of a party pooper and would prefer to not have artificial colors in my tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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
574 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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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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