603 Tasting Notes

I love going to the Asian supermarket! It is never a quick trip for me. I can easily spend hours in there checking out things I have never seen and trying to find the english on packages to determine what the contents are. I usually pickup a few things to try that are new to me. This trip it was lotus cake which I am a little eh on, a new flavor of rice seasoning which I need to try and a can of Assam Chocolate Milk Tea which caught my eye.
I get a sweetened condensed milk taste in the first part of the sip. There is a little chocolate flavor with a little tea behind it, but then in the aftertaste I get a wave of soapiness similar to other canned drinks I have had with sweetened milk. The first part of the sip is enjoyable and pleasant, but the second part just ruins it. I’m making a mental note to stay away from this in the future.

Stephanie

I’ve had this one! Tasted like Yoohoo! LOL

Dustin

I saw that! You are the only other reviewer. :) I don’t know that I have ever had Yoohoo, so I’m missing that association.

Stephanie

You’re not missing anything, trust me :P

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
603 tasting notes

Got this in a swap a while back from Moraiwe. Thanks!
Ooooh! I just had a lemon starburst candy and then took a sip of this! It added a nice lemon flavor that went well with the tea! Once that wears off, I get a nice malty flavor with a little earthiness that is very much like some breakfast teas I have had. It’s pretty smooth and enjoyable! I bet it would be great iced with some lemon!

I used 3 pearls.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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This is… actually not bad! It smells exactly like eggnog and tastes pretty similar too minus the creamy sweetness. I added a little sugar, but think I prefer it without. Adding cream distracts me from the flavor on the sip, but makes the aftertaste a little creamier and richer. I’m really surprised at how palatable this is!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pu'erh Tahiti by Simple Loose Leaf
603 tasting notes

This must be an old sample. The coconut has that old soapy taste like coconut gets when it goes stale. I’m getting a combo of that and perfume. The aftertaste is very patchouli like… earthy perfume. I’m not digging it, but I’d give it another go with a fresh sample if I came across it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I started off trying this cup without anything added, but there was an edge to it that I didn’t like. I could still get the malty hay flavors, but the bitterness was distracting. I added a little cream and it made it much more palatable for me. I’m enjoying this tea, but I don’t think it is a must order and keep stocked kind of tea for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
603 tasting notes

I have had Simpson and Vail’s recreation of this tea and enjoyed it, so I was excited to try the original when they brought it back. This one is sweeter and is fine without sugar added. Does it have a sweetener in it already? Stevia? There is more apple in this one with a tartness to it. A little more mellow on the coconut. As I get through more of the cup, the sweetness is putting me off. I think I like the recreation better than the original.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Blueberries you say?! Wow, no kidding! This was a sample I pulled from a traveling box. It was in a small ziplock and got tossed in with my samples to try pile, so it wasn’t treated that well at all. There was only enough for one cup, so I was nervous about messing it up. When I opened the bag and sniffed, there was the faintest scent of blueberries. I steeped it up and WHAM… blueberries! No yucky hibiscus tang to ruin it like most blueberry teas have. It starts to get a little bitter as the cup cools. Adding a bit of sugar really didn’t improve the tea and a touch of cream ruins it. It leaves my mouth a little dry after each sip. I bet this would also be really good cold steeped, but I’ll likely never know! This is definitely one of the best blueberry teas I have had! Now to resteep it for all it’s worth!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I pulled this sample from a traveling tea box a while back. It has been sitting with my samples for a couple months.

First thing I notice is a burnt cigar scent… which also happens to be the first thing I taste! It is this dry ashy flavor that takes over the sip. After the sip, the caramel creeps our from under the ash. Adding sugar doesn’t do much for bringing out the caramel. I’m not enjoying this cup. I think this one is a dumper. Next!

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

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Tea Embassy
603 tasting notes

Sipdown. :( This is the same as Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon, which is delicious. I haven’t been drinking this one as much lately, but it’s no reflection on the tea. Creamy lemon flavor that the rooibos doesn’t ruin. It is a great decaf option and once I’ll eventually restock.

Nattie

Is this literally the same tea as DT’s version?

Dustin

Yes, exactly the same. They must both purchase it from the same supplier.

Dustin

They both also have the same almond green tea. DT calls it Almond Biscotti and TE calls it Almond Cookies Green. It is also super delicious.

Nattie

I have the almond biscotti but my sample got ruined. Good to know!

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Watson’s mustache creeped me out a little, as mustaches sometimes do. Luckily this tea is no reflection of strange facial hair and is actually quite yummy. It’s like a gingerbread chai with some hazelnut mingling in there. Some sips are more chai like and others are more gingerbread like. The hazelnut usually comes out towards the end of the sip. I get more gingerbread as it cools with clove on the end. I bet this would be good with some sugar, but right now I’m enjoying it without.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °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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