619 Tasting Notes

drank Pisces by Nina's Paris
619 tasting notes

Thank you to VariaTEA for this sample! I had been wanting to try more of Nina’s astrological rooibos!
I think I brewed this a little too strong, but I don’t want to water down the rich caramel flavor! The flavor is more present on the aftertaste, but does start to show mid sip. At the beginning of each sip, there is this mild tartness that made me think this was a fruit flavor at first. My mouth is left a little dry, like most rooibos teas would. It was a very nice cup, but won’t make it to my “must stock” list although I do look forward to a cup or two more before the sample is gone.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I have never gotten a tartness from this. I will be sure to look for it next time I brew this cup…

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Today I opened my mailbox to find many new teas to sample courtesy of VariaTEA! Thanks, VaraiTEA!

This is the first that I am trying. This is definitely creamy! I get pistachio more on the aftertaste. It almost tastes like a mint herbal tea if you took out the mint. It has a similar base taste. Adding sugar brings out the pistachio in the aftertaste. This is interesting and I like it, but not enough to buy a huge 1lb closeout bag which is the only size they had on the David’s website. Really glad I got to try it tho since I was so curious.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it.

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Oh! Ooooooooooh. Huh.
I foolishly took a bite of smoked trout before my first sip, so I’m trying to get through the fishy aftertaste and into the tea. I mostly taste a mild cilantro. I can maybe pick out a little bit of pineapple undertones and this tea is really smooth with a little creaminess on the end. I think I’m having an allergy attack today, so it is a little hard to pick out the nuances of this tea, but I’m enjoying it as much as I can anyways!

Thanks to Marcel Du Champ for this sample!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

My allergies have been terrible lately. Stupid pollen! shakes fist at it

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I have been drinking this a bit lately, which surprises me since it isn’t my usual type of tea. Today it is a little on the bitter side at the beginning of each sip, but then mellows out into it’s usual tastiness. I may try a shorter steep or lower temp next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Almond Cookie Green by Tea Embassy
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Found this tea over leafed and steeped once in the steeper that I had left on the counter full of my tea that I wanted a second cup of later. Boo! I’m guessing by the lights on the kettle that it was steeped at boiling and probably for too long. No matter, I shall try it anyway! Aaaaaaaaand meh. It is just a shadow of it’s true self. A light creamy almond on the sip with a strong honey aftertaste. It isn’t bad, it just isn’t what I expect from this tea.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Flavored matcha usually comes with a steeper (heh) price tag than I am often willing to indulge in. So when I got the notice that Redleaf was doing a special offer on their caramel matcha, I had to give it a go. When I opened the bag, this wall of caramel scent rose to greet me! It was so rich and thick. I put a teaspoon in a cup with some sugar, poured a little hot water over it, whisked and then added milk. It is really tasty stuff! I’m not sure which grade matcha this is, but when it was warmer I couldn’t taste the matcha at all, only the creamy caramel flavor. As it gets colder there is a little matcha bitterness on the back of my tongue after each sip. It is super delicious stuff and I could see how someone could get hooked on this!

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Definitely growing on me. I made some of this tea yesterday to take out with me and when I got back home I found that SOMEONE had tossed the leaves I was going to resteep. I apparently didn’t get my fix because I’m drinking it again this morning. It isn’t a super flashy flavored tea like I’m often drawn to, but what it has it does really well.

Dustin

Ugh! I went for a second steep after a nap and came back to an empty steeper again. We have four steepers on that counter, three of which were not in use, yet mine was dumped to steep some other tea. My husband is usually pretty good about leaving my leaves, so I’m suspecting it was our house guest. :(

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Awww, my computer spazed out and lost my note! Still struggling to get the perfect cup out of this tea and haven’t made notes the last few times I have tried it. This time is a lot closer than before with a short steep and lower temp. It was still a little bitter, but adding sugar took care of that and let the rich caramel flavors come through. I may try an even lower temp next time.

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

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Mixed feelings here. I’m glad I’m going through my obscene amounts of tea, but it sucks when I come to an end of a tea that I am going to miss. I dumped the rest of this tea in a mason jar with some sugar and let it cold brew in the fridge for a few days. SO. DAMN. GOOD. It was a little grainy since all the dust from the bottom of the bag was in the jar and didn’t filter out, but I don’t care. I get the gemaicha taste very clearly, but the cherry is a little hard to pick out as cherry in this cup. It is definitely a fruity flavor, but the distinction of cherry is escaping me today. Genmaicha is amazingly refreshing cold! Kinda blows my mind.

Stephanie

I’ve never tried iced genmaicha…I guess I should :)

Dustin

Yes, yes you should!

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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Trying this tea again, but overleafing for this go round. The flavors are much stronger! Almond seems to play a more behind the scenes roll to the rose and jasmine, rose being dominant. I can taste some almond at the beginning of the sip, but by the end of it the floral flavors have taken over. There was another Fauchon tea I had who’s floral notes tasted like raisins and baby powder. I’m getting a light touch of that here, but it isn’t overwhelming like the other tea was. I’m not sure what flavor tastes like that, the rose perhaps? I am enjoying this cup, but I don’t think it is one I’d go for a tin of.

Big thanks again to Dinosara for this sample!!!

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

I really like this one, but I experienced more almond than floral for some reason!

yyz

I get more almond too! But I also get Turkish delight, and I like floral teas when I’m in the mood. It seems that those who are sensitive to florals, seem to pick out those notes a little more.

Dustin

Oh, I hadn’t thought of Turkish delight! I usually do like florals, but this one just wasn’t doing it for me. :/

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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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