613 Tasting Notes

drank Passion Fruit by Harney & Sons
613 tasting notes

This doesn’t taste like passion fruit! It tastes like a combination of muscat and apple gummies with a little flatness in there. Not what I was expecting or hoping for at all. H&S is really striking out with me!

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

I thought American Tea Room’s was much better. Much.

Dustin

I’ll have to give that one a go sometime!

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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I know I have had this before and I thought I had liked it more than I do now. When I opened the sample, the chocolate had a very chemical like smell. It is gone once steeped, but it still isn’t that great. It isn’t well rounded and leaves something to be desired. It’s like the chocolate doesn’t have the proper depth to it. The coconut is very light and lost in the nutty flavor. It tastes better with a little cream and sugar. The chocolate comes out better in the end of the sip, but I’m still feeling like the chocolate coconut combo could be done better.

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

I thought I had liked it more than I do now, too. I keep looking at the tin sideways in the cupboard these days. Not a hated tea, but I don’t enjoy it like I did when I first opened it.

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All I can taste is grapefruit. I hate grapefruit. It is like mild hot grapefruit with mint trying to fight it’s way out from the heavy weight of the fruit at the end of the sip. Monty Python comes to mind. The mint is crying “I’m not dead yet!”.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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My blackcyberconsumerweekend purchase finally came in! I chose five teas to get sample sizes of. There were about five more that I was interested in, but they were out of sample sizes during the sale and they now have them back in. :/ Shipping took a while, but oh well.

This one was intriguing because of the sesame seeds. I get a very green flavor in the start of the sip and it is only after the sip that the caramel and sesame flavors come out. It has a little grassy bite at the end of the aftertaste. This tea has a little sweetness of it’s own, but I wanted to try it with some sugar added anyways. I think the addition of sugar makes it less green in the beginning of the sip, a little more buttery and makes the caramel and sesame come out a little sooner. I don’t know that sugar really makes this tea better, just a little different than before. It leaves my mouth feeling dry.

It’s a really interesting tea for a slightly flavored green. At this point I think I could go either way with it. It is possible that by the end of this sample I’ll fall in love with it or loose any interest at all.

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

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I had a nasty run in with some shrimp scampi yesterday that kept me up all night and has left my stomach feeling queasy today. I thought some ginger tea might hit the spot and thankfully I’m getting along better with this tea than I have in the past. I added a little sugar and soy creamer which is rounding this out nicely. The ginger isn’t super strong and dominating, which I wouldn’t have minded especially right now, but it is in there. I’m guessing the cream mellowed it out. I can see enjoying this more when prepared this way when I’m not looking for a strong ginger bite, but I still don’t think this tea warrants the MF price tag.

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

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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Dry, this totally smells like orange juice. I hope it doesn’t trigger my citrus allergy!
The taste is really weird! And so far it’s not weird in a cool sort of way, but more an odd sort of way. The first few sips were alkaline like in flavor… dry leaves. Kind of dirt like with a little orange on the end. I’m not much of a mate drinker, so I’m not super familiar with the taste. This has the flavor of orange juice without the kick that makes oj so juicy and mouthwatering. It’s okay I guess, but not something I’d buy and so far I’m not getting any mate kick from it which sucks because I desperately need a pick me up.

Second cup is a little better with some sugar, but still not something that is rocking my taste buds.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Winterfylleth Brew by Handmade Tea
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I thought I’d remember who I got this sample from in a long ago trade, but I don’t. :/

It smells like cinnamon and yams. After reading the description I can see how the yam scent is a little apple like. When I sip it, I just get light flavors of tea. Damn you head cold!!!! If I blow my nose and then sip really quickly after, I kind of get a little flavor. This tea will have to be revisited when I’m better.

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

This is why I started writing people’s names on things that I get from them. In Sharpie. :P I always think I’ll remember and then I don’t…

Dustin

I thought that I had, but apparently didn’t! I think it was Moraiwe.

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drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
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Not getting much from this today. When I am able to get those fleeting glimpses of taste through this awful head cold, I get a nice creamy white chocolate flavor with a tiny floral notes. Unfortunately most of the cup was drank through the filter of no taste. Maybe I need to move somewhere that they don’t have nearly as many allergens. Like Alaska. My tea intake would spike drastically in an effort to stay thawed if I did that.

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drank Histoire Tibetaine by THE O DOR
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One of my older samples from a trade with Barbara.

I could smell lemon in the dry tea! This tea is so well rounded and balanced! There is an almost caramel/vanilla undertone to it with slight citrusy notes in there. Almost a touch of malt, but then it slips away. It is also very nice with cream and sugar.

I wish I had made tasting notes for this tea ages ago when I first got it! Kind of funny, but this sample has been in my travel pack and has traveled with me to Ireland, Dominican Republic, California, Hawaii and New York! And I’m just now having my 2nd cup ever of it! If I come across this tea, I’d definitely like to try some fresh!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Place Saint Marc by THE O DOR
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I can pick out a little fruity strawberry flavor in this. Cream and sugar is working well for this tea. It is pretty smooth and comforting on this overcast day, but it’s not calling to me to get more either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 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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