641 Tasting Notes

drank Ginger Oolong by Lupicia
641 tasting notes

I’m not yet sure how I feel about this tea. I didn’t like it when I first tried it, but now that another ginger tea has grown on me, I feel this one is a little too. I’m not a big fan of oolongs finding them to have a sort of flat cardboard like taste, yet I keep trying them as if it’s going to somehow change. The ginger isn’t a bold fresh ginger taste, but more of a dried and powdered spice ginger taste, muted and earthy.

I’ll likely give this tea one more try and then call it quits if I’m not won over by then. La Route Du Temps by Marriage Freres is my preference of the two.

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

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I’ve had this before and I remember liking it, but it’s just tasting super flat this time. I can pick out the vanilla, but there is also this cardboard/rooibos taste that takes over. Maybe it’s old? Maybe it’s better with cream and sugar? No clue, but it gets worse as it cools.

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

So many people love this but I much prefer the Paris decaf!

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Oh rooibos, you ruin damn near everything for me. All I get is that woodsy rooibos flavor. I can tell that there are supposed to be other flavors, but the rooibos drowns them out. They never had a chance.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have been drinking a ton of tea lately, but haven’t posted any notes! Classes started so I’m usually brewing two thermoses worth of tea to get me through the day and drinking them while I’m out. I do sometimes find it hard to get through a whole thermos of one tea when I’m used to switching it up every cup if I get the urge. I found out today that if I can add one more class to my schedule this semester, then I only need an art history class to fulfill the requirements for my degree! It’s so close I can taste it! Unlike this tea at the moment. :/

I have had a bunch of chest congestion lately that seems to be migrating to my sinuses which makes tea drinking a sad and frustrating event. I can taste a little malt, but that is about it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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Sipdown. I have enjoyed having this as a decaf option in my cupboard and may reunite with it again in the future. The cherry is a little tart and there have been many evenings where I have had this with a little milk and sugar and settled in for a little tv watching. Funny the associations you get with flavors or scents over the years. I guess this is my cozy late night tea!

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

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drank Jasmine Green by Zhi Tea
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The green part of this tea is nice and smooth. Mellow with a touch of hay on the end. The jasmine is present in the scent, but just barely there in the taste. I don’t get that soapy taste that I have found in some jasmine teas, but I’m not getting much jasmine either. I like my jasmine bold, not shy. Kind of a bummer cause if they upped the jasmine it would be excellent.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I was excited to see a local tea vendor on a trip to a farmer’s market near my parents house while visiting California. This market by the way is one of the few places you can now find my all time favorite muffin that I used to eat all the time… the raspberry poppyseed cheesecake by Rebecca’s Mighty Muffins. She used to have a bakery in Santa Cruz where I lived and distributed to a ton of bay area health food stores, but then she decided to close down shop, travel the world and settled down into a much smaller operation when she got back, which leaves a HUGE muffin sized hole in my heart. But I have digressed quite far now… I see tea at the market, they had a cough drop tea and my family was coughing so I decided to give it a try. I believe this was a mistake. I should have stuck with the muffins.

When I steep the tea, I get a piney scent like Pinesol floor cleaner. When I sip it, the first two seconds are fine, but then I’m hit with a Pinesol taste like my mouth has just been disinfected from a weeks worth of dirty footprints. In the last part of the sip a bitter wave crashes through my mouth. I hate bitter. Maybe that is why they suggest adding honey. I was trying to work on the computer while sipping this, but it was just so shocking and distracting that I had to write a review and tell you all about it. It gets a little more palatable as I go on, but not by much. Maybe it’s because all my taste buds have now been killed by pine. I think my cough has slowed down a bit, so that is a plus. I wonder if I can put the remaining tea bags in some alcohol with honey and make a cough syrup type thing that would go down easier and carry a buzz to get me through the taste.

There HAS to be a way to make a tea that soothes a cough and doesn’t taste like you are chewing on a bunch of pine needles. This is unacceptable. I’m going to take a closer look at David’s cold line for an alternative.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

YUCK. I’d recommend something with licorice as it feels like it coats your throat.

Dustin

Throat Coat was always a winner and has a lot of licorice, but I didn’t think it was supposed to help with coughing.

Brooklynsheep

Dustin, this is really funny and very useful to boot! Have you tried any elderberry teas? They’re usually good for coughs.

Kittenna

Usually when I’m sick and coughing, part of it has to do with throat dryness! :)

Dustin

I just saw these replies, so I’m a little late to respond…
No, I haven’t tried elderberry teas!
I had a lot of chest congestion which was making me cough, so I don’t think it was a dryness issue. If anything it was a too wet issue. I’m almost done with the cough now after a round of brutal antibiotics that have ticked off my stomach something fierce! I so want to feel well again.

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Huh, not bad for coming out of a box! I mixed it with some vanilla soy milk which may have been a mistake because it is a bit on the sweet side. I think it would have done better without the added sweetness of the soy. There is a slight soapiness to it, but only if I’m really thinking about it (which is a problem I have run into with other pumpkin spice chai). The spices seem to be mixed well with clove slightly dominating. There is something leaving a nice little burn in my throat after each sip and I can’t tell if it is pepper or ginger. I’m on the verge of getting a cold, so the extra heat feels good and my whole body warmed up a bit after several sips. I put a little of the concentrated tea in the pot of oatmeal that I was making and it made it smell really good, but it’s hard to tell if the taste came through especially when I’m sipping on a mug of it. I’ll have to experiment more in the future with oatmeal chai.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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This tea is so confusing! So it’s a white tea that you steep at black temps that tastes light a light black? Whatever it is, I like it! It has a light malty flavor, no bitterness, it’s a little sweet and somehow hearty. I’m really enjoying it!

Thanks Greenteafairy for the chance to try this!

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

Maybe it is like a bai mu Dan, it is white nut they let it sit and oxdize

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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I’m liking this tea better as it cools. When it was hot I could smell the rum part, but it wasn’t translating to the taste. I could taste a little caramel, but it wasn’t super strong. Now that it is cooler, I’m getting that butterscotch combo of the flavors playing off each other. It tastes a little stronger, but it’s still not amazing. Maybe with some sweetener it would taste better, but that is an experiment for another cup. It’s late and I’m not venturing back downstairs for sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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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