713 Tasting Notes

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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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
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I think I brewed this a bit to strong because I’m getting quite a jasmine bite! I cold steeped it overnight and may not have added enough water. Waiting for some ice to melt and dilute it a little. I can smell a little mandarin in it right before I sip, then the jasmine takes over, then the mandarin comes back on the end a bit. Sweetening it a little and waiting for the ice to melt makes this a much nicer cup. The jasmine isn’t biting as much and I taste the mandarin much sooner in the sip, but there is a little bite on the end. It is really nice and might be a good alternative price wise to the Mariage Freres version of this, but it is missing something that MF has that knocks it up another level. Could be the intensity of the flavors isn’t there in the same way.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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OMG, I hate this! It’s really no surprise since I hate the fruit too, but I figured I’d give it a try anyways since it came in the Lupicia newsletter. I cold steeped it after reading someone’s review, but it didn’t win me over even cold steeped. Maybe if it didn’t taste so much like grapefruit I’d like it, but it is pretty much what I was expecting after seeing the name. Maybe the hubby will like it…

Preparation
Iced
TeaBrat

send it to me.. :)

Cheri

Hey, you gave it a try.

Dustin

TeaBrat, it was just a tea bag sample that they send out in their news letter. If it was any more then I’d be looking for someone to pawn it off on for sure!

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
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Cold brew is the way to go on this! I cold brewed the tea bag overnight with some sugar added in (a little too much sugar) and it is way better than it was hot. The pineapple flavor really comes out nicely, but there is still that dirt/ginseng flavor. Don’t think I’m a ginseng hater, I like it and it’s alkaline taste, but it is a little odd mixed in a fruity tea. It blends okay with the pineapple at the beginning of the sip, but the aftertaste is all ginseng and reminds me of when I was younger and would get the liquid ginseng shots from some of the Asian markets near where I worked. I loved the little bottles they came in. As I get closer to the bottom of this cup, the ginseng seems to fade or maybe my brain is just muting it out, but the pineapple is more prominent and that is nice. I like this a lot better now! I still don’t feel like it is something I’d pick out and buy, but I’m glad to have tried it.

Preparation
Iced

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Trying this again… I cold steeped it this time. It tastes okay at first, a little bit of almond, then a wave of bitterness mixed with a hint of orange washes over my tongue. I added cream which really tones down the bitterness, but it also masks a lot of the potential flavor. I’m not digging this one, sadly.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

bitter even cold steeped? well drat!

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This is really nice right now. It is chocolaty and minty. Could be a little stronger, but it’s nice with cream and sugar this evening. Not too much rooibos flavor, which I appreciate.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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First sip was a little green and bitter. I couldn’t make out the flavors at all. The subsequent sips are much better! I get the green base mixed with the strawberries first and then the mint comes in at the back and rides out the aftertaste. I don’t think I have ever had strawberries and mint, which is why this tea sounded so intriguing. Adding sugar really amps up the berry flavors! It is almost floral at the front of the sip, then I get sweet berries, then more floral and mint in the aftertaste. I must try this cold brewed and iced sometime! I bet the mint would perk up quite a bit! So far I like this!

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

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
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I was sniffing this tea bag while waiting for the kettle to heat up and was trying to pin the familiar scent. Pineapple. It smells like pineapple candies I used to have when I was young. It still smells faintly of that once steeped and the pineapple comes out well in the flavor. I first get the pineapple flavor and when that trails off at the end of the sip, the ginseng creeps in and tastes a little like alkaline desert dirt, which is oddly nostalgic this time of year with the big burn in the desert coming up and all my friends who build the city posting that they are off to the playa already. Even so, it’s an odd aftertaste that I’m not exactly at peace with. Adding sugar perks up the pineapple, but also amplifies the ginseng, which isn’t what I was hoping for. Adding cream changes the whole thing again! Pineapple at the front of the sip is gone, but creeps in a little at the very end leaving just a suggestion of pineapple and the ginseng is really muted. I don’t get any berries in this like the description says. This tea is interesting, it makes me consider trying more pineapple teas in the future, but I certainly wouldn’t follow it to the check out lane and invite it home with me.

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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