695 Tasting Notes

drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
695 tasting notes

The first sips of this cup were almost unbearable! It was super strong and had a bitter edge to it, even with cream which usually mellows it out. The next few sips were better, but almost overwhelming with the floral flavor. A few sips after that and I could pick out some raspberry in the floral mix. As I go to take another sip, I catch almond notes in the scent. Maybe that is the intense floral I’m picking up? It gets better as it cools, but it’s definitely not an enjoyable cup from beginning to end. I was looking at the steeped leaves and they looked more green than black so I may try steeping at a lower temp if I decide to try this tea again, but I’m getting to the point in my tea appreciation that I don’t have patience for teas that don’t yield a great cup.

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

It’s definitely better at lower temps.

Dustin

I’m glad to hear there is still hope. I have over half a tin left!

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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I’m not quite feeling this one today. Started sipping on it plain, but there was something edging on bitter, so I added some cream. The cream evens out whatever I was focusing on, but also dampens some of the bite from the berry, which I enjoy. Even tho I’m not into this one right now, it still hasn’t stopped me from finishing two cups!

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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
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I’m reheating a cup of this that I didn’t finish yesterday. I also have the tea bag out still for a second steeping. This may be one of my favorite EGs. The passion fruit flavor adds such a nice twist. I really hope Lupicia decides to bring this one back to replace one of their generic Hawaii tropical fruit mashes. Tried adding a splash of creamer in for the last couple sips and it didn’t do the tea any favors. I may try a touch of sugar in my next steep to see if it does anything for the fruit flavors.

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

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I’m trying to go through my Butiki teas lately so I can enjoy them before they are past their prime. This is probably one of my top four Butiki favorites and the flavors are holding on pretty strong! I haven’t noticed diminished taste on this one at all! Such a good tea! I’m going to be searching for a comparable replacement when this one is gone, but for now I will enjoy every sip!

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I want to say I have tried a sample of this before, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember. Feeling a little blah today and figured it would be a good time to give it another go. It has a nice deep menthol like feel, likely from the eucalyptus. The first cup was okay, but not amazing. The second steeping was getting close to awful. It has this savory taste that makes me think of broth, not tea. It has a weird smell that makes me thing of meat a second before I sip it. I have no idea what the association was about, but it is a bit of a turn off. Mmmmmm meat tea!

Brooklynsheep

Thanks for reviewing this, Dustin! I bet the juniper contributed to the weird smell. I consider juniper a fairly outré choice for an anti-cold herbal tea blend; most herbal medicine references I’ve found consider it a liver detox/anti-fart thing. My favorite tea for fighting a cold is Yogi’s Cold Season, which has a touch of valerian (nicely veiled by high-powered aromatics like clove, ginger, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and black pepper), which makes it a great tea to drink about two hours before bedtime. I find I don’t particularly enjoy it unless I am fighting/do have a cold, however — wouldn’t recommend it for sipping pleasure.

Dustin

I bet you are right about the juniper being the culprit. I can imagine it working well in the turkey soup I’m working on too!
I like the idea of hidden valerian in a bed time tea! I’ll have to keep a look out for that.

Brooklynsheep

Dustin, how did the soup turn out?

Dustin

The soup turned out good, but I wasn’t able to find juniper berries in my cupboard. I could have sworn I had some…
I’ll have to look for some next time I’m spice shopping!

Brooklynsheep

Glad things all worked out well. Happy shopping!

Dustin

Last night I found the juniper berries at the bottom of the pantry behind the shelves. I bought them a while ago and when I finally think of something to use them for, they are hidden. Figures!

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drank Kashmiri Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I have been drinking cup after cup of this tea today! I decided to try steeping it at a higher temp (195) and it evened everything out, giving the tea that depth I felt the lower temp cups lacked. This tea is fantastic! Now to figure out how much more to buy! Is 6oz overkill?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Kashmiri Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I nearly lost my mind when I saw David’s had a green Kashmiri Chai. Years ago Zhi Tea had a green Kashmiri Chai that I adored and very sadly was discontinued. I have searched for an equivalent for ages. I never wrote a tasting note for it, so I’m going on memory of what it was like… strong, lots of cardamon and delicious. David’s version comes pretty close.

I can smell a lot of clove and get a good mix of clove and cardamon in the sip. The spice level is pretty good and intense, but it isn’t a pepper sort of spice which I think would be really nice. It has good mid and top notes, but is missing lower base notes that would really round it out for me. It makes me want to steep it longer to give it more depth, but I don’t think that is really the answer. I tried adding cream, but that doesn’t really do it either. I would like to try it both cold steeped and steeped in warm milk like traditional chai. I’m holding this tea up to the impossible memory of another tea I considered damn near perfect, which is a pretty high bar, but it is the closest thing I have found and it does a pretty good job at meeting my tastes. Now I have to figure out how long David’s is going to keep this around and hoard it appropriately.

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

Happy Earth Tea has a pretty good green chai (I own it)

Dustin

Oooooh! I’ll have to be on the lookout for it!

TeaBrat

PM me if you want a sample ;)

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My brother went to France several months back, so I requested he pick up some Fauchon tea for me, but when he got there his friend’s family scoffed at the idea of letting him buy grocery store brand tea, like Fauchon and took him to Marriage Freres instead. It worked out just fine for me, but the perception that Fauchon is mere grocery store tea when here in the US we are gleeful to get our lustful little hands on it is pretty amusing contrast.

Such an intense floral mix dominated by rose in this tea! I’m surprised that I didn’t break it out at all this summer for some cold steep! I’m not sure what my summer obsession tea was this year, but I’m glad that this one is holding up.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
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Trying this again. It has a nice alcohol like scent full of tirimisu, but when I sip it ends up a little flat. There is a little sweetness to it and then it all goes away. Weird tingling at the back of my throat. Kind of sad.

Jim

Did you order from them offline?? I placed an order with them but they never sent me a shipping conformation nor did they respond to my e-mail, so i’m a little worried. How long did it take for your tea to arrive?? Thanks — Jim

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I agonized AGONIZED over which tea to choose for my 666th tasting note. I’m delighted that I hit that number during October with Halloween coming up, but what to choose?! Graveyard Mist? Black Cat? Smaug? Something with pumpkin? The pumpkin matcha I had the other day? I was torn for hours trying to decide. I ran across a sample of this and not remembering if I had tried it before, I thought with the name having “dark side” in it, it was a good match. I now have the appropriate Pink Floyd album playing in the background as I steep.
The aroma coming off the cup is a light sweet melon scent. Mellon is on the sip and although it is bright, there is something deeper to it, earthier. The melon is able to carry it’s flavor without the needed addition of sugar, something I find necessary to round out the flavor for many fruity teas. The espresso seems to work behind the scene propping up and complimenting the melon. I never would have guessed the two flavors would work so well together! Drinking this tea and listening to Pink Floyd is making for a really great afternoon. I do wish Butiki was still around so I could grab more of this, but it kinda makes it special that it is a limited thing too.

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

I think I have a good sized bag of this.

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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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