473 Tasting Notes

drank Paris by Harney & Sons
473 tasting notes

From the PTS TTB.

I had a cup of this earlier today. Added a little creamer, a couple of ice cubes and downed it pretty quickly on my way out the door. I was surprised to get nothing more than what tastes like a mild breakfast tea. I didn’t taste any flavoring, just the tea. I’m not sure how old this tea is since it is in a traveling box, but I wasn’t impressed. If I cross paths with it again I may give it another go, but I’m not going to seek it out.

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

Sorry you didn’t get to taste it because this is a really good tea. Surely this was an old sample! Paris has a decent amount of added flavor.

TeaBrat

I agree with ashmanra. Paris usually has a lot of flavor, even the decaf version is good.

Dustin

After I wrote this note I saw that I had tried it before and had a similar impression. I can’t remember where I got that sample, but this tea is on a loosing streak with me!

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
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Decided to try this again today. I had it steeping for two minutes at a lower temp, tasted it and put it in for a minute more. It is still tasting a little bitter, but it is better. When I add a little creamer it mellows out the bitter and I’m left with a more roasty depth which is nice, but it still isn’t amazing. I’m remembering getting a better cup out of this tea at some point, but don’t remember what I did to get it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
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This tea is a little bitter today. Should have checked previous notes on how I steeped it before. I’m having it with a touch of sugar and it is reminding me of Mariage Freres’s Wedding Imperial. It doesn’t have quite the amount of depth that WI has, but it is pretty darn close. They both have that toffee taste with a heavy base. I’ll have to compare the two side by side someday. Until then, I need to dial in my steeping parameters.

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

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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It has been a long time since I have crossed paths with this tea. It is easy to overlook teas in my out of control amount of tea. It smells a little soapy and a hint of that is coming through in the taste. I’m guessing the culprit is the old coconut. I’m hit with a wave of spices mingling with tropical fruit flavors. It is nice despite it’s age. It doesn’t remind me anything of Thai tea, but that is okay. I’m noticing rooibos being much more tolerable when blended with other teas and that is definitely the case in this tea. I really enjoy this tea, but I won’t be sad when it is gone since I have so many other teas I like more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I was enjoying this cup earlier, but then put it down and came back to it cold. Not the same. Either way it has that nice pu erh earthiness and depth to it with the strawberry notes on top of that, but it just tastes better warm. I liked this tea a lot in the past, but now that I have tried Lupicia’s chocolate strawberry puer, I think I prefer that one. I mean, doesn’t everything taste better with chocolate?!

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

Yes, that is a fact

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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I decided to revisit a few Teavana teas that have been kicking around my house for a while and this was one of them. I’m surprised at how much I like it! It has a deep flavor, almost coffee like, but not bitter. I can taste a little bit of almond and some notes of chocolate. After recently having a disastrous tea that was a blend of several types of teas and herbals, I’m impressed that this was pulled off so well. I’m not really a fan of Teavana anymore for numerous reasons, but this tea reminds me of why I was drawn to them in the beginning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
darby

I really like this one too! I’ve run out, but would replace once I have room. It’s nice now and then.

Dustin

I think I bought this one on a whim during a sale without having tried it before. It was a lucky pick!

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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I still love this tea. I have been noticing some French teas having this baby powder flavor to them, which I am now hyper aware of, which I have attributed to almond flavoring. Revisiting this tea, I’m noticing it here now too. Not nearly as strong and gross as in other teas, but it is there and is distracting all the same. I’m having this with just cream and I think sugar really does a lot for the flavors in here.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
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I first tried steeping this tea hot and I wasn’t impressed. This time I cold steeped it and it is much better! I get a wheatgrass tang from this at times and a really strong flavor that sometimes seems floral and other times seems grape or muscat like. I think I prefer this slightly sweetened which makes the grape part more full or true. I like it, am glad to have tried it, will enjoy the rest of the sample I got, but I don’t feel compelled to buy it again.

Preparation
Iced
Indigobloom

I tried it as a sample in the store. I was not impressed! Very little grape taste and a little artificial

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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
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A while back I soaked a bunch of this in some vodka and made an extract of this tea which I used when I made some marshmallows and they turned out SOOOO GOOD!!! Now when I drink this tea it brings me back to the memory of stuffing my face full of marshmallows! Today I’m having it with cream and sugar and it is super delicious. I steeped it for two minutes just below boiling and it think that is the magic settings for this tea because it is perfect. It has a nice lavender punch to it with an amazing aftertaste. I can’t pick out any citrus on it’s own, but I suspect it is working with the lavender to perk up and amplify the floral flavor. This tea is pretty amazing and ALMOST makes up for them discontinuing their Kashmiri Chai, which was my all time favorite. If you like lavender, this one is a must try!

Zhi, if you are reading this, job well done on the VF and bring back the KC by any means necessary!!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Wow, cool idea on the marshmallows!!

Indigobloom

Oh man I forgot all about that. And I went camping. Twice!

Dustin

They turned out really good! I also did a batch of raspberry white chocolate coated in matcha. They were super yum too!

Indigobloom

Mmmmm. I think I’ll try it with some variation of chocolate. Not sure if I’ll use chocolate tea or cocoa. Or maybe cacao.

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drank Traktir by Kusmi Tea
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It was the description of citrus and smoke that made me curious about this tea. It looks like a black tea with random silver needles sprinkled throughout. Once steeped, it smells like a smokey puer. When I taste it, I get a bunch of different flavors. I get smoke, citrus, leather, puer earthiness… There is a lot going on in this tea! It is a heavier tea overall, similar to the heartiness of breakfast teas. The smoke isn’t overpowering here and has a similar intensity as the other flavors making things really well balanced.

With non dessert type teas, it usually isn’t love at first sip, but over time I could learn to love this tea and I sure hope I do since I got a whole tin of this!

*Hubby just took a sip and said it tastes like non alcoholic scotch, which I thought was a pretty spot on description!

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

sounds good

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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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