469 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
469 tasting notes

I got this as a sample in a trade with someone, but it has been tucked away for a while and I have forgotten who gave it to me. Thank you who ever you are!
I steeped this for four minutes in boiling water and think that over did it. The first sip was really smooth and vanilla-y, but a few sips into it and it started tasting bitter. If I take a break and come back to it, the first sip is fine and additional sips are bitter. Strange. I’ll have to try it again sometime and adjust my brewing technique.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
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I told myself no more purchases from 52Teas. At least not until I go through some of the 10 or so bags of it in my cupboard that I’m already working on, which will take a while now that it’s winter and I’m not likely to cold brew the blacks the way I prefer them. THEN I saw this tea and I had to have it. I’m a sucker for tiramisu and it’s an oolong which means I’d likely brew it hot and drink it this winter. Must be the 50% Italian in me as well as one of my three gateway loose leaf teas being a discontinued and longed for rooibos tiramisu.

Anyways, I opened the bag and was greeted with a super strong alcohol scent along with chocolate and creamy coffee. The smell was amazing and delicious. Once brewed, the marshmallow root comes out as creaminess, the chocolate and coffee merge and the alcohol scent fades into the background with the oolong as an aftertaste. It works really well together and I’m guessing I have already gone through half the bag. I have gotten two good steeps out of each serving with a third steep being a little weaker, but letting more of the oolong flavor take center stage.

Now I have to figure out how much I love it. One more bag worth? Two more bags worth? Do I not overdo it and hope for a reblend in the future? I’m spending way too much brain power agonizing over it. It’s a good life.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

I’ve seen a lot of talk about re-steeping. It’s something I don’t normally do. When do you tend to re-steep teas?

Dustin

I usually resteep the same day as the original steep. Sometimes it is just after I finish my first cup, sometimes several hours after. I have heard of some people putting the wet leaves in the fridge to save them for the next day. It also depends on the tea. Some flavored teas spend the most of their flavor in the first steeping, especially if they have melty things like sprinkles or chocolate chips and some straight teas are steeped numerous times letting different aspects of the flavors come out in each steep. Veredent’s lashoan black (butchering the spelling I’m sure), is one that people will steep repeatedly and really geek out on about the flavor of each steep. Some of the tasting notes are really in depth and neat to read.

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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I love spicy chocolate, but this tea just isn’t hitting the spot for me today. I guess I need to be in the right mood for cardamon even tho it is a favorite spice of mine. There is a little bit of kick with the chili which I like, but doesn’t leave my mouth burning. I’ll have to try it again on a “I have not been up all night with a sick kid-o who has the scream of a ring wraith and wanted a second dinner at 1am” kinda morning. sigh I like those mornings.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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I love that some of Nina’s teas are available on Amazon! What that means is that I can put it on my wish list and people who are wanting to get me a gift can look and see what I’d like. THEN the tea magically arrives in my mailbox just like it did yesterday! Yay me! This tea is just as good as the sample I so enjoyed and I’m on my third steeping with remarkable flavor.

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drank Bangkok Lemongrass by Teavana
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I loved this tea and was disappointing to see it discontinued. Luckily I went into Teavana after they had bagged the remaining stock up into give away with purchase gifts. The girl working the counter (who is by far the most awesome non pushy chill “teaologist” I have ever encountered at a Teavana) was kind enough to give me the the few remaining bags which I have been hoarding ever since. I adore lemongrass and this tea has always been good to me… until now. It is summer so I have been cold brewing teas. This is the first time I have had this tea cold brewed and it either changes the flavors to a sharper more lemon/citrusy bite OR my stash is past it’s peak. I have hot brewed it and then iced it and it was good that way, but it is really not doing it for me this way. I’m not sure if I was subliminally put off by the looks of the rehydrated for a few days after being dehyrated for a few years slice of citrus, but I swear it looked like a grey slice of preserved lung.

I’ll have to review this tea again next time I hot brew it because cold really isn’t doing it justice.

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I haven’t quite gotten the hang of this tea yet. I have tried it hot and cold brewed now and either way it still has this uneven edge to the taste that turns me off just a little. I love chocolate and orange, and I get that in every sip, but it just doesn’t balance out as well as other chocorange teas I have had. I bought a pound of it during Ovation’s closing sale, so I’ll have plenty of it around for a while to try brewing different ways in the hopes of a better cup.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Cold brewed in the fridge for a few days with a touch of sugar turns this tea into the most mouthwatering juicy tasting honey dew drink ever! It really is weird how dead on the taste is without actually being fresh squeezed fruit. I can’t taste the rooibos at all.

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I have been drinking this stuff cold brewed in a mason jar and it is fantastic! I try to let it sit for a few days before I drink it, but the wait is difficult. The genmaicha is surprisingly refreshing when cold. I have been sweetening it lightly and it really goes well with the cherry. I still have a hard time picking out the cheesecake aspect of cheesecake flavored teas. Is it just a creaminess to it I wonder? Either way, I need to slow down on this so I don’t plow through the whole bag in one week.

Preparation
Iced
Tea Sipper

I’ll have to try this one iced!

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smells amazing, but brewed it ends up really tangy and tart. I’m not a huge fan of tangy and tart. There were very few tea leaves leaving the dried fruit to dominate the mix. It disappoints me to pay tea prices for dried fruit. It needed some sugar to be enjoyable and it ends up tasting more like juice than tea. Not for me.

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drank Mudslide Rooibos Tea by Teavana
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Thank you for this sample Mitch! I have been wanting to try it for a while, but didn’t want to buy 2oz without taste testing!

This tea has a strong artificial banana flavor to it and artificial banana flavor is one of my favorites. It has a pretty good mixture of banana and chocolate and tastes good on it’s own, but it tastes even better done up as a latte with some sugar. It really makes the mudslide taste complete. On the last few sips I noticed a nutty taste which was nice. I really like it, but it tastes very similar to The Republic of Tea’s Banana Chocolate rooibos. In my opinion it is just a little better than the RoT, but after finding out more about Teavana’s poor ethics I think I’m going to try avoiding that business in the future.

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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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