401 Tasting Notes

drank Peach Oolong by Catherine's Corner
401 tasting notes

I’m getting a clear peach flavor, dried peaches, but the rest of it is a little eh and lacks depth. The tea is a little floral and light, but it also has a flat taste to it, like a piece of the picture is missing and there should be more to it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong Shalimar by Tin Roof Teas
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Super smooth, floral,l fruity and light! I don’t have a lot of experience with oolongs, but this seems pretty okay in my book.

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

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I must have made this way too concentrated because the first taste was horribly bitter and grassy! Watering it down helps a lot! Much smoother now. Half way through the sip I get a wheatgrass type taste that holds on into the after taste. I get that same mouth sensation that I do when I take a shot of wheatgrass juice. Almost a slight puckering. The first part of the sip is different and a little more mellow, but I don’t know how to describe it. Interesting tea, but not one I need to seek out.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
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I’m not super familiar with hojichas, but this one seems decent. Not amazing, but it has a good roasty taste, slightly caramely and isn’t bitter. I’d love to try an Adagio flavored hojicha sometime.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Wegmans
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Mmmmm, nice and smokey! This has such a rich smokey scent! It tastes really smokey and deep too, but doesn’t have any bitterness at all, really quite smooth! I am not familiar with the nuances of lapsang, but this one is really enjoyable!

jeweledthumb

I’ve been really impressed with the Wegmans teas in general (we just got some stores near me)!

Dustin

I hadn’t tried or heard of them before this traveling tea box got to me. So far I like and will try more from them. I’ll have to keep an eye out for retail locations!

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Wow, very malty tea! It tastes very similar to that malted drink powder that you put in milk, without all the sugar. I mean that in a nice way. :) My husband just took a sniff and sip and declared it to be artichoke tea. I can see the comparison, but it still tastes malty to me. Never thought of artichokes as malty before. Huh. I don’t know if it is sacrilege to think of blending this, but I bet it would be fantastic with a strong chocolate flavor mixed in, just like a chocolate malty shake.
This tea is really quite nice!

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

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drank Candy Cane Black by Virtuous Teas
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This seems to be a nice minty black. The tea is well balanced and I’m not getting any bitterness. The mint isn’t super powerful, but it is present. It is a good choice if you are looking for a pleasant no frills black mint.

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

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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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Another Nina’s rooibos sample from Variatea! :)
I definitely get strawberries from this cup! I guess it is kind of creamy for a rooibos. I get a bit of the woody rooibos base. It is a nice cup, but it isn’t captivating me right now.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
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I received a sample of this from Variatea! Thanks! :)

On the first sip, my immediate thought was “pickle juice?!”. What the? Even after reading that it is supposed to be apricot and cream, I still get that. There is this tang that is mildly pickley. When I sweeten it, it just tastes like a sweet version of what I was tasting. I don’t know what I did to this sample or what I had it next to that it may have been absorbing odd flavors from, but this is not right! It is actually making me laugh a bit. My husband tried a sip and said that he tastes fruit, but also what I was talking about. I will definitely give this another go someday and see what I make of it then!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Pickle juice? That is an interesting thing to taste. Gotta love how everyone experiences everything differently.

Dustin

I know, right?! There was one tea that tasted like baby powder and raisins to me while everyone else was getting lovely florals.

VariaTEA

Oh no. Well I am sorry that was the taste you were getting. I will be sure to look for it in my next cup :)

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drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
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Oh I get it now! It is a minty earl grey! It’s really very nice when cold brewed! I get the refreshing mint with the floral EG notes! Very lovely and great for summer time refreshment. Wow, really good with a splash of cream too! It has been a little while since a tea has blown my mind and this one is doing exactly that! This might have to be a restock! I can’t stop using exclamation points!!!! !! ! OMG SO GOOOOOOOOD!!!!

Preparation
Iced

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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.

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