719 Tasting Notes

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
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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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drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not often a fan of oolongs, yet I keep trying them anyway when I see flavor combos that sound interesting. There is something about how all the flavor is in the mid to high range leaving me feeling like there is a lack of depth and substance to the overall taste. Can you tell I’m a huge fan of black tea? That being said, I was taken by the scent of this tea and pleasantly surprised at the taste! I way overleafed this cup to use the rest of the tea in the bag and it is giving a nice intense flavor. The cinnamon adds a bit of sweetness and the walnut gives it a nice depth. It looses it’s appeal for me as it cools and is letting that light oolong flavor come through. It’s been a long time since I have had baklava, so my comparison is a little rough, but I get more the impression of baklava instead of an exact replica baklava in a cup type thing. I can’t really pick out the honey or rose, but it is all blending together in a nice pastry flavor. Although I’m enjoying this cup, it’s not something I feel compelled to go out and buy more of. I’m just not an oolong kind of girl.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
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The first sips of this cup were almost unbearable! It was super strong and had a bitter edge to it, even with cream which usually mellows it out. The next few sips were better, but almost overwhelming with the floral flavor. A few sips after that and I could pick out some raspberry in the floral mix. As I go to take another sip, I catch almond notes in the scent. Maybe that is the intense floral I’m picking up? It gets better as it cools, but it’s definitely not an enjoyable cup from beginning to end. I was looking at the steeped leaves and they looked more green than black so I may try steeping at a lower temp if I decide to try this tea again, but I’m getting to the point in my tea appreciation that I don’t have patience for teas that don’t yield a great cup.

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

It’s definitely better at lower temps.

Dustin

I’m glad to hear there is still hope. I have over half a tin left!

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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I’m not quite feeling this one today. Started sipping on it plain, but there was something edging on bitter, so I added some cream. The cream evens out whatever I was focusing on, but also dampens some of the bite from the berry, which I enjoy. Even tho I’m not into this one right now, it still hasn’t stopped me from finishing two cups!

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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
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I’m reheating a cup of this that I didn’t finish yesterday. I also have the tea bag out still for a second steeping. This may be one of my favorite EGs. The passion fruit flavor adds such a nice twist. I really hope Lupicia decides to bring this one back to replace one of their generic Hawaii tropical fruit mashes. Tried adding a splash of creamer in for the last couple sips and it didn’t do the tea any favors. I may try a touch of sugar in my next steep to see if it does anything for the fruit flavors.

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

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I’m trying to go through my Butiki teas lately so I can enjoy them before they are past their prime. This is probably one of my top four Butiki favorites and the flavors are holding on pretty strong! I haven’t noticed diminished taste on this one at all! Such a good tea! I’m going to be searching for a comparable replacement when this one is gone, but for now I will enjoy every sip!

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I want to say I have tried a sample of this before, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember. Feeling a little blah today and figured it would be a good time to give it another go. It has a nice deep menthol like feel, likely from the eucalyptus. The first cup was okay, but not amazing. The second steeping was getting close to awful. It has this savory taste that makes me think of broth, not tea. It has a weird smell that makes me thing of meat a second before I sip it. I have no idea what the association was about, but it is a bit of a turn off. Mmmmmm meat tea!

Brooklynsheep

Thanks for reviewing this, Dustin! I bet the juniper contributed to the weird smell. I consider juniper a fairly outré choice for an anti-cold herbal tea blend; most herbal medicine references I’ve found consider it a liver detox/anti-fart thing. My favorite tea for fighting a cold is Yogi’s Cold Season, which has a touch of valerian (nicely veiled by high-powered aromatics like clove, ginger, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and black pepper), which makes it a great tea to drink about two hours before bedtime. I find I don’t particularly enjoy it unless I am fighting/do have a cold, however — wouldn’t recommend it for sipping pleasure.

Dustin

I bet you are right about the juniper being the culprit. I can imagine it working well in the turkey soup I’m working on too!
I like the idea of hidden valerian in a bed time tea! I’ll have to keep a look out for that.

Brooklynsheep

Dustin, how did the soup turn out?

Dustin

The soup turned out good, but I wasn’t able to find juniper berries in my cupboard. I could have sworn I had some…
I’ll have to look for some next time I’m spice shopping!

Brooklynsheep

Glad things all worked out well. Happy shopping!

Dustin

Last night I found the juniper berries at the bottom of the pantry behind the shelves. I bought them a while ago and when I finally think of something to use them for, they are hidden. Figures!

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drank Kashmiri Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I have been drinking cup after cup of this tea today! I decided to try steeping it at a higher temp (195) and it evened everything out, giving the tea that depth I felt the lower temp cups lacked. This tea is fantastic! Now to figure out how much more to buy! Is 6oz overkill?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 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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