554 Tasting Notes

drank Kashmir Rose by Simpson & Vail
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I received a sample of this from Marcel Duchamp! After falling in love with a green chai with the name Kashmiri, the similar name of this tea is intriguing.

I’m smelling rose and cardamon when the tea is steeped. Wow, rose and cardamon go really well together! I used to work next door to this shop that sold a specific type of middle eastern food (the exact country is escaping my memory) and they would have desserts that I would get regularly. Most had rosewater in them, but one ice cream was rose and cardamon, which is why this tea is bringing back that memories.

The tea is really smooth and I’m not getting any bitterness. I’m finding I like it just as much with as without sugar. The cardamon is strong, but not overpowering which is a really impressive balance. The rose merges so well with the cardamon that it is hard to pick out on it’s own at times. The tea looses it’s smooth edge just slightly once the cup has cooled. I really like it, but I haven’t decided if it is a must have or not. Maybe I’ll know in a few more cups.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jen

As someone with a Cardamon Problem (ahem), I’ll have to snap this one up!

Dustin

Well in that case… you should check out Zhi Tea’s chais. They LOAD them with cardamon! You have to love cardamon to appreciate them, otherwise they are just overkill!

TeaBrat

I like this one :)

MzPriss

I have a cardamom problem as well, and I do like Zhi’s chais. My favorite is the Steeping Room’s House Chai. All of the spices are very up front but nicely balanced, and the cardamom is definitely very present. I’m going to have to try this one as I also like rose.

TeaBrat

Bombay breakfast from the Jasmine Pearl tea merchant is also good.

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I’m remembering this tea having grown on me a bit since I first reviewed it and I was eager to try it again today as a latte, but I can’t taste a thing through this cold! I’m imagining it as creamy, carmaely and delicious. It is like trying to see in the dark. Sometimes I wonder if there was a sense I would prefer to loose over taste and smell, but I honestly can’t come up with an answer. It is one of those things you take for granted until it is gone… like indoor plumbing!

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Sipping on a sample of this from Marcel Duchamp! This is the first tea I have been able to taste in a few days! Cold season has been brutal on me this year.

I do enjoy this tea. I love the earthiness of the pu erh, the sweetness of the strawberry, but I have no idea what the slender part is supposed to be about. Some magical pu erh property? I’m sure the strawberry part is a little artificial, but I don’t mind the strawberry candy taste! I sure hope Teavana keeps this one around for a while!

Ze_Teamaker

I think it is becuaes Pu-Erh helps break up fast in your stomic, and/or is a deretic that can boost your metabolism.

Dustin

I thought all tea containing caffeine were a diuretic.

Skysamurai

That one is one of my favorites! I also like to add a bit of honey to mine.

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drank Sweet Matcha Original by Rishi Tea
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I grabbed a bit of this from the bulk section in Whole Foods and it has been kicking around for a while until today. My sinuses are a bit stuffy, so I’m not tasting as well as normal, but I got ZERO matcha flavor from this. When they say sweet, they mean it and sweet is about all I got from this. It seems more like a matcha with training wheels or arm floaties to get you to step into the matcha water. It just doesn’t do it for me.

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drank Cherry Marzipan by Tea Forte
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I’m a little confused with the prep on this tea. It is green but the instructions say to brew it at boiling for three minutes. I ended up doing 175 in fear of burning this tea. I do get an almond cherry which is nice, but it does seem to lack some depth. I get the rooibos dry mouth at the end. It is not bad. It is missing something to make it an awesome tea, but I couldn’t tell you what it is.

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

Oh! Oh! Oh! I have a bag of this in the kitchen! I will try mine soon.

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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Yay for mystery swaps with Moraiwe!
I’m thinking I may have steeped this with too little water. I taste a nice tea base with something else, but I’m not sure what that something else is. Reading the ingredients, I see it has chocolate in it which I think is the something else, but I don’t get all the other fruity goodness that is listed. There is a little bit of bitterness on the sides of my tongue in part of the sip. Feeling a little eh on this one. On to try other teas!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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So strange! When I smell this tea dry I get baby powder and raisins?! It is supposed to be orange and rose, right? The tea is gorgeous in the tin, black with tiny dried rose petals throughout and I’m loving the Fauchon tins.

When sipping this I do get a bit of rose, but I get a ton of baby powder on the aftertaste. I’m really trying to get into this tea, but maybe I was never meant to enjoy afternoons in Paris. I might try this cold before I give up on it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

oh gross, baby powder tea? ick :(

Dustin

Yeah, I’m getting the taste of baby farts here. Finding it a little unpleasant, but I’m trying to get to the bottom of the cup anyways.

moraiwe

It’s weird, but I’ve found a lot of floral French teas to have a baby wipe-y/powdery taste.

Dustin

This is the first time I have had this experience, but I’m glad I’m not the only one! Makes me feel like my taste buds are a little less crazy pants.

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I got up this morning thinking I wanted something chocolatey, something almondy, but what? What almond tea do I have that would blend well with a chocolate tea? I started looking though my teas and remembered the sample of Chocolate Almond Allure that Dinosara sent me. YES, that will do wonderfully!

I was reading over my notes for the chocolate strawberry by Talbot and decided to try steeping this tea at a lower temp and for a shorter period with a little more tea than I normally would because I want it iced. The result was pretty wow! I’m getting a really deep chocolate flavor, like dark chocolate with that bitter edge to it. There is definitely almond flavoring in there, but I can’t pin down exactly what kind. Not roasted. Maybe raw? I don’t know, but I’m spending way too much brain power on trying to suss that out when I should just be enjoying this cup!

I’m thinking it is going to be mandatory to have a chocolate almond tea kept in stock in my cupboard from now on and am hoping my local grocery store will start carrying this flavor!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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This tea is listed as having a ton of different ingredients, but when blended together my palate reads them as rose and litchi. It is a very aromatic and perfumy tea, which is a trait that I enjoy. I’m actually drinking this without sugar and enjoying it, which is rare for me. It leaves my tongue feeling a bit dry tho. I bought this tea in the Vente sale on description alone (always a little hard for me when I can’t smell the tea first and am unfamiliar with the company) and I think I’m pretty happy with this choice!

  • update * This makes for an incredible iced tea! We had a warm summer like day yesterday and I served this iced to a neighbor who was pretty blown away by how good it was! She isn’t a huge tea person but was really taken by this. I think I know what to get her for her birthday if I can find somewhere to purchase it again. It is bright and refreshing and delicious! I’m going to plow through the whole tin of this during summer!
Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anna

Then again, you’ve had a lot of Dammann Frères, and Fauchon = DF. =)

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drank Petrushka by Kusmi Tea
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I get to try this tea courtesy of Dinosara! Sweeeeeeet! I love almond teas and I don’t think I have tried anything from Kusmi yet.

I swear I smell cinnamon when this tea is dry, but it is supposed to be almonds and rose, right? Once brewed I still smell the cinnamon, but I also pick up on orange and a hint of rose. Sipping, I taste the rose in the front with almond hiding behind it and the black base in the back. It is a little more subtle than I prefer my flavored teas, but it is nice and smooth too. It is strange tho, I still smell cinnamon orange, but the taste is totally different. It is like tea magic! The taste didn’t change much as it cooled. I think I may try brewing it with a little more leaf next time to get stronger flavor.

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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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