713 Tasting Notes

drank Yumberry Wulong Oolong by Teavana
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This is weird. I think I taste a touch of hibiscus on the edges of my tongue. It isn’t overdone, but I still don’t appreciate it’s presence. After the hibby tang passes, there is a brief moment of an alkaline taste which is washed away by a fruity perfume like aftertaste. After the sip I’m left with a slight sour taste in my mouth. Even if I did like the flavors, the oolong base seems strange. The whole thing is unbalanced, which I have come to expect from the majority of Teavanna teas, but I keep trying them anyways when they pass by me in a traveling tea box.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by The Tea Smith
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Trying some of this from the Matcha TTB.
The first thing I notice is an almost earthy grain taste, but it is gone before I can pin point it. This tea is smooth with a very light taste. I’m not a huge fan of oolongs, but I’m trying to understand them better. This one doesn’t captivate me, but is a nice cup none the less.

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

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
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From the matcha TTB.

This tea is really nice! It has a little sweetness to it, slightly grassy on the end of the sip, but without the tang. It is pretty smooth! I don’t know if this is a run out and grab it type tea, but it is enjoyable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I *think * this may be the tea I’m drinking. Traveling matcha tea box sample that came in a metallic blue bag and no name on it. It has a bit of sweetness on it’s own. I’m drinking it with some soy creamer which amps up the sweet and creamy. It’s really nice for an American public take on matcha. The front of the sip is a mellow on the matcha taste, but then come in stronger later in the sip and aftertaste. I can see how this would be a good one to add to smoothies and shakes without feeling like you are abusing finer top quality matcha.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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RedLeaf’s cheesecake is the best! It’s so creamy and smooth. A little bit of cream and sweetener really rounds out and amplifies the taste. Super good!

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drank Raspberry Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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It smells like fresh raspberries. The taste is a little perfume like, but raspberry is in there. It tastes a bit better with cream and the fruity taste would probably be rounded out well with some sweetener. It isn’t something I’m going to be running out to buy, but it does have attention.

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Matcha Traveling Box

I must have made this too strong at first because I got a bitter perfume unpleasantness. After adding a little creamer it was much better. I get a little bit of popcorn on the sip with some mild caramel. The popcorn is a little more present in the after taste. It is a fun flavor, but not one I’m compelled to run out and pick up. Glad to have gotten the change to try it!

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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Trying this again and still not super impressed. I do prefer it with cream and get some smooth malt, but there really isn’t much more to it that grabs my attention.

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

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My dad works at a tech company and when they have employees come in from Asian countries, they often bring gifts. One of the gifts was a tin on tea from this guy that has a small tea farm. From what my father said, it was a side hobby/project that the man had. My father isn’t a fan of tea, but graciously accepted the gift and passed it onto the biggest tea fanatic he knows. Lucky me! I can’t read any of the writing on the tin, so I don’t really know anything else about this tea.
It looks like a dragonwell, so I steeped it for two minutes at 175. It is very buttery, a little sweet and a very light grassy/hay taste. As the cup cools I get a little bit of a mineral like taste in the end of the sip, which could very well be my water source. This tea is so light and tasty!

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
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Having this hot steeped and poured over ice today. This is very floral! I get a ton of rose in the aftertaste with a bitter wave. I might be able to imagine raspberry in the sip before the rose kicks in. With some teas there is a bitter taste in the first few sips that fades once I get used to it, but it stays strong in this tea! Adding cream makes this tea WAY better! I can pick out notes of raspberry in the scent of the tea, but it is still difficult to pick it out in the sip. I’m not super familiar with the taste of macaroons, but this tea is inspiring me to become more acquainted with them. I’m not crazy about this tea, but I’m not turned off by it either.

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

Coconut? I always associate that and chocolate with macaroons.

Nicole

Macaroons have coconut. Macarons are ground almonds. Macarons are one of the “in” foods at the moment. Macaroons are old fashioned. Personally, I prefer the old fasioned kind dipped in chocolate. :) This tea was okay when I tried it. Good girly tea party tea. Didn’t try it iced though.

Dustin

Ground as in almond meal type flour? I have noticed a surge in macaroon popularity in the past few years.

Nicole

Ground almonds but not necessarily as flour. To the best of my knowledge, never having made them, they are like meringue cookies – no flour at all in the recipe. Whipped egg whites, sugar and finely ground almonds.

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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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