624 Tasting Notes

drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
624 tasting notes

OMG, I don’t know what I did to disgrace this tea so badly! I’m sure it isn’t normally unbearably bitter. Did I over leaf? Over steep? Call it names? Cream and sugar help a little bit, but I’m sure this isn’t how it is supposed to taste. Maybe we will cross paths again someday and can start fresh!

Thank you to Greenteafairy for this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Oh no, sounds dreadful. Sorry to hear it turned out so bitter.

greenteafairy

I’m so sorry! I found it a little bitter, but nothing like that. I wonder if it hasn’t aged well—it had been sitting around for possibly a bit too long before I sent it to you.

Dustin

I think I over leafed. When I tossed the steeped leaves it looked like more than normal for a cup. I eyed what was in the bag and dumped it in my steeping basket and I think there were more leaves hiding under the other ingredients than I thought.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I decided to cold brew some of this in the fridge and I think it was the right choice! It has been in there for days and I have been sipping on it periodically to see how it was doing. A couple times it needed a little more sugar to even out the bitter tinge that goes with spearmint being overpowering, but I think I have almost got it down now. The spearmint is still a little over the top and if I was patient enough to let the ice melt, it just might be a perfect cup. But I am not patient. The marshmallow root ads a slight creamy vanilla like flavor that rounds out the mint nicely. I can see going through the whole bag of this iced over the summer! I must pace myself!

Preparation
Iced

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This is nice. It is a little more fruity/floral than most EGs. I’m not crazy about it, but some MF teas have grown on me over time, so we will see if this one does too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Montagne d'Or by Mariage Frères
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I’m getting mystery fruit flavors when sipping this tea, but also something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Almost like a mineral taste. It is a little less noticeable on the sip when sweetened, but still lingers in the aftertaste. It is striking me as a little boring, but I can see it being delicious iced!

Edit: The funny taste was my kettle! It had been a while since I rinsed it out and the minerals must have built up. Poor tea taking the blame!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
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It is mint, with a touch of bergamot in the sip and aftertaste. It is nice and very smooth, but I keep expecting more. Maybe if I added sugar and had it iced? As it cools, the bergamot comes out more. Right now, unimpressed.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
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I’m having this chilled today with a little sugar and a bit of cream! I was surprised at the low steeping temp, but it seems to work! The chocolate comes through for sure, but the hazelnut is a little more hidden for me. Nutella is my go to hazelnut/chocolate association and this isn’t nearly as bold as that. It is still really good and I look forward to trying more of it.

Thanks for the sample Barbara!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So close to a sip down on this! I’m not sure if I will buy it again in my next order or take a bit of a break from it. I drank it today without sugar and it wasn’t as enjoyable. It still had that starchy richness and nice base, but something is missing without the sweet.

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Thanks goes out to Greenteafairy for a sample if this tea!

This tea is smooth and rich, yet has a light caramel flavor. I’m not tasting much of the tea base here, just the caramel. It reminds me a bit of MF’s Wedding Imperial which is impossibly difficult to brew a perfect cup of. This tea is much more forgiving in the brewing department and lacks the bitterness that Wedding Imperial is prone to. I like this tea, but probably not enough to buy a tin of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This tea is… weird. I had it hot the other night and I’m having it iced today and there is something that was really strange both times. I was really wanting a chocolate coconut combination and liked ROT’s Banana Chocolate fairly well, so I thought this was a safe bet. I like that it is low in caffeine, since I need more evening options. Maybe it is the chicory root that is making this strange for me? I don’t hate it, but I’m not sure that I’m liking it either.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
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Much better steeped at a lower temp! I did 205 this time. I’m getting a bit of the chocolate in a familiar Lupicia base with the light taste and astringency of chestnut. I’m feeling like chestnut is better suited with green teas because of the lighter flavor and feel of the base, but chocolate is better on a black base. But chocolate and nuts are so good together! I guess that leaves me conflicted, but that won’t stop me from drinking the rest of this cup and enjoying the rest of this bag!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 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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