716 Tasting Notes

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.

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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

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
716 tasting notes

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
716 tasting notes

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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drank Cacao Mint Black by Teavana
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This is one of the first loose leaf teas I tried many years ago and the first one I’m having in the 2016 new year! I’m just coming out of a head cold that mucked up my sense of taste and I’m hoping mint will help clear my sinuses and the flavor be strong enough to taste. I can pick up a little of the mint, but not much. Maybe I’ll be able to taste better tomorrow. Still, it’s comforting holding a hot cup of tea!

Happy New Year y’all!

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Sip down! I had to filter out all the dust at the bottom of the tin to get the tea leaves separated. I ended up with a smaller than I’d like amount for a cup and it resulted in the most disappointing cup of the tin. It’s still a really good tea, but this last weak cup doesn’t do it any justice. I would love to buy another tin of this someday, but must wait until I have sipped down some of the other chocolate malty teas I have. This could take a while!

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drank Honey Tea by TWG Tea Company
716 tasting notes

I’m so glad the semester is over! I now have time again to write about the tea I have been chugging to get me through the day!

Lots of honey scent in the dry tea and once steeped. Not much flavor in the sip, which has a bitter tinge to it. The honey taste comes back on the aftertaste, but it’s more like a scent than a strong flavor. I’m having it without additions right now, but when I add cream it does change it a bit. The cream adds more of a base to the high notes in the flavor and makes the honey taste more tangible instead of all being on the nose.

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

Yay for finishing the semester! I wrote my last exam for the semester this morning :)

Dustin

Nice! Congratulations!

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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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