719 Tasting Notes

drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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This cup ended up a little too bitter to enjoy without cream. It is actually a little bitter with cream! I get a bit of malt, but the aftertaste is bitter as well. I’ll have to try this at a lower temp and see if it improves. So far this tea doesn’t taste nearly as gorgeous as the tins look. The one I have is an embossed turquoise color. I love those square tins with the wedged in lids.

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

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drank Hanalei by Lupicia
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This tea still has a super powerful smell when dry. After steeping, there is a hint of the soapy taste I was getting before. It also seems a little flat in flavor and I’m wondering if that is the development of my rooibos aversion. Adding creamer distracts from the flat taste, but otherwise isn’t doing much for the tea. I think the scent of the tea is much more exciting than that flavors I’m getting from it. I’m getting more rooibos yuck as it cools. I’m over it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Sticky Rice by ETTE TEA
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I’m down to the last cup of this bag and it’s filled with dust and bits. It is a little flat, which is expected with the last of the bag. The mango flavor is a little lighter than in previous cups, but the toasty rice flavor is still there. I have another unopened bag of this that I’ll have to break out soon. I enjoy this tea enough to make it a staple in my tea collection.

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I’m getting lots of sour cherry flavor from this right now, which I’m not a super big fan of. Floral flavors come out in the front of the sip with a mild spice like cinnamon that lingers in the end. Adding cream dampens the flavors a little, smoothing them out in a way that doesn’t make the tea more enjoyable. I’m feeling pretty eh on this one.

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

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2 minutes at 200. 2 minutes at 200. I have to remember that!

It has been a long road and this is the first time I have been able to enjoy this tea without any additions! I may try 3 minutes at 200 next time, but I feel like I’m finally right in the sweet spot with this tea. There is no bitterness, it seems to have a good amount of flavor although I think some taste from the water is coming through. I think I would enjoy it having a little heavier of a base like a breakfast tea would have, but this is pretty good.

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

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I was hoping to drown my sorrows of the news of David Bowie’s passing in a good cup of TF this morning, but my tea hoarding may have been a negative factor for this tea. Time has seemed to weaken the flavors and the orange seems to be a ghost of it’s former self. Adding a little more sweetener helps a little, but I’d still love a freshly blended cup of this! Maybe I can help it limp along a little with some orange extract? I still have several cups worth left of this tea. Time to focus on Butiki sip downs.

Inkling

I really need to get serious about sipping down my Butiki collection as well. So sad to see these awesome teas gone for good!

Dustin

I know! I keep hoping Stacy will consider a reunion tour with all our favorites at some point!

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I was excited to drink this today, a good start to what is likely going to be an exciting and hopefully a sting free day, but unfortunately it seems to have fallen flat. The tea is in a bag as a sample sent by Lupicia. It isn’t super old, but isn’t brand new either. It smells great, but has this flat cardboard like taste. It has been so long since I have had it that I don’t remember what my steeping parameters were. I could have looked it up, but I was busy prepping everything for the day and took a wrong guess. I’m now waiting for my drill to charge which gives me a few free moments to write a tasting note.

What am I so excited about today…..? I get to do my first cut out! In beekeeper talk, it’s when you cut a hive out of where it isn’t supposed to be. I keep my hive at a neighbor’s family farm and their neighbors told me they just bought an old trailer that has bees living in the wall. I went to check it out and it’s a small colony of honey bees, the drywall is pulled off exposing the hive and it’s perfect for my first cut out! I’m getting all my extra hive equipment set up and planning my strategy of removal and installation into their new home. Oh the things I find thrilling!

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Sounds really interesting. I know absolutely nothing about beekeeping but it always seems very pastoral. :)

Dustin

I love it! I used to have my hive in my front yard and enjoyed sitting and watching my girls going about their work bringing in pollen and all, but we changed the yard around so I keep my hive at another location where it’s a better set up.
I was a little nervous yesterday, but the installation went really well. The bees were super gentle after just a little puff of smoke and I’m now the proud keeper of two hives!

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drank Kashmiri Chai by Golden Moon Tea
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I forgot to check if I had any creamer before making a cup of this and am now drinking the cup without any additives which is unusual for me with a chai. It was better when it was warmer, but now that I have neglected the cup and let it cool, the tea isn’t as even as it was when hot. I like this chai, but I don’t think it is going to be one I restock after it is gone.

I’m at the point in my tea drinking exploration where I want to find my favorite version of each tea I like and hone in on those in my cupboard. I have yet to find my favorite version of a black chai. I think it would be similar to this, but stronger and with a touch of chili.

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Ahhhhhh sipdown! I have enjoyed this tea, but it is time to move on. It is similar to Lupicia’s Strawberry Pu-erh, but that one has chocolate. I’m enjoying this cup with a little cream. The earthiness of the pu-erh is nice with the bright flavor of the fruit. Pretty decent flavor for Teavana.

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
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I just steeped a cup of this and when I sipped it I noticed the tea wasn’t as hot as it should be. Makes me concerned for the health of my beloved Breville kettle! Even at a lower temp, this tea is putting out a good amount of flavor. It is a little lighter than usual, but still very well rounded and the spices come through nicely. Good morning!

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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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