720 Tasting Notes

drank Momoko by Lupicia
720 tasting notes

Oh Momoko! Save me from this awful mood I have woken up with! Wrap me in your peach flavored arms and carry me to the peaceful orchards where you are from.

I haven’t had a cup of this in a long time and it’s just as good as I remembered. It is mixing really well with the candied ginger waffles I made for breakfast. This is the only peach tea I need in my cupboard!

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

I wish I were in some orchards about now too. :D

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
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I got a sample of this somewhere along the line, but I’m not sure from who at this point. I tried it before, but don’t remember what I thought of it. I’m getting a slight bitter taste and maybe a little malt hidden behind that. As it cools the flavors merge and mellow a little. There is something fruity hidden in the aftertaste. A grapefruit flavor? With a hint of cherry? I’m so confused! LOL!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Turmeric by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I like tumeric teas! This is the second one I have tried and I like them both! This one is bright, has a citrusy edge and a slight sweetness. I didn’t think I’d like the pineapple based on other pineapple teas I have had, but it seems to work well here. On the sip the fruit comes off as tropical, but in the aftertaste the distinction of mango comes out. It is great without anything added. I have the rest of the sample cold steeping in the fridge and am anxious to try it that way!

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

I love turmeric, I gotta try this!

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drank Grand Bazaar by American Tea Room
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This tea smells SO wonderful in the bag! Rich, nutty and sweet. It smells that way when steeped too, but I’m finding the flavor comes through more fruity than I expected from the scent; almost a cherry apricot flavor. The almonds have a deeper baked smell, like in a pastry. I added some creamer and it changed the taste quite a bit. I get more of a fresh grass like the ending tang of wheat grass. Maybe I’ll try adding a little sugar and holding the cream on my next go at this tea. I’m enjoying it and intrigued by it, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet either.

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This tea is weird. I cold steeped it over night in the fridge. I get a candied cherry taste along with cinnamon, which seems like an odd combo. I also get a little alkaline taste towards the end of the sip that is unpleasant. Adding cream masks the alkaline flavor. It is a little earthy at the beginning of the sip in an almost ginseng sort of way. I’m really not wowed or thrilled by this tea. There are so many more interesting teas to drink that I really don’t care if I never cross paths with it again.

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Trader Joe's
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This was one of my favorite jasmine teas for a while there when it was still in stock. It was before I was super into loose leaf teas, but I was pretty impressed at the quality considering it was bagged. It was my first pearl/ball tea and I was super amused at the preparation. I have had a bag or two kicking around for YEARS now and steeped one up today. The bag had a slight rip in it, so between that and the age I’m not expecting top notch flavoring. The instructions on the tag say to steep it for five minutes, but I steeped for only two since it is my standard for green teas. This still has quite a bit of flavor, although it is more muted than I recall. It has a slight sweetness to it and a nice aftertaste. I do wish TJ’s would bring it back because it would be a great jasmine tea to travel with.

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drank Tea Party by TWG Tea Company
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Not quite the cup I was in the mood for this morning, but it is a good one. I wish I had tried this one in my malty tea sip off to see how it compares with some of the others. This seems to have a slightly lighter base and a bright note, almost citrusy. There is a light chocolate malt taste. It is smooth with even flavors, but still not jumping out at me. I remember liking the smell much better when I sniffed an open tin at Dean and Deluca’s. I also could have sworn it wasn’t just a black tea, but had more things blended in. Did I get the right tea?! Now I’m wondering…

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

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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
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I had a craving for this tea today and like always, it delivers a powerful flavor punch. The aftertaste is very enjoyable too. I’m sipping down this cup pretty quickly as I watch how to videos on skateboard tricks. I have been skating since I was five, but never got the hang of anything but staying on the board. Oh the shame! ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Wow! Looking back over my tasting notes makes me realize this sample is over two years old! It has been that long since I visited Santa Monica.

Since I last had this tea I have developed an appreciation for breakfast teas. This reminds me of the hearty base found in breakfast teas, without the complexity and depth. I’m guessing that comes with the blending of other teas to make a fuller flavor. I get a hint of smoke in the flavor and a slight leathery taste. I like it much better than the first time I tried it, but I think I’d prefer a breakfast blend over this.

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

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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This sample is pretty old, but is still kicking out a bit of flavor! I still have the lingering aftertaste of my mouthwash that is distracting, but I can taste a nice hearty base. The coconut and banana seem to dance together, then apart and back together again. I’m betting cream and sugar would amp this up a bit, but I’m enjoying it as is for the moment. It looses some of it’s appeal as it cools to room temp, an issue relieved with a zap in the microwave. I can always appreciate a banana coconut without the pineapple combo. I wish I had more time to become better acquainted with this tea because it is very enjoyable.

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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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