575 Tasting Notes

drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
575 tasting notes

I finally ordered this tea and it doesn’t taste anything like the sample I pulled from a traveling tea box a while back. It smells like alcohol, exactly like tiramisu, but tastes odd. The sip is very light and has a split second of being floral and the tiramisu flavor comes in on the aftersip. It doesn’t have enough of a base like tiramisu has from the coffee. There is a slick of oil on the top of my tea and side of my cup from the white chocolate chips. This tea is kinda weird and doesn’t at all compare to Teavana’s long gone rooibos tiramisu like I was hoping it would. The search for a replacement goes on.

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

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drank Kumquat by Lupicia
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I love kumquats. There is a kumquat tree in the back yard of the house I grew up with and I have fond memories of eating these. I have a small tree in a pot at my house now. The fruit is the size of a large olive and the skin is sweet while the flesh is sour. You eat the whole thing like a grape and it’s a wonderful mixture of sweet and sour.

The scent of this tea is dead on and strong. It mellows out a bit once steeped. Adding a little sugar brings out the sweetness that this fruit has. Even once it is sweetened it still has a little tang to it like the flesh of the fruit. It is a really accurate interpretation of the fruit and the tea is well done, but I’m not crazy about it on first cup. I wonder what spices go well with kumquat and if I can blend a couple teas together to make a super kumquat tea.

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

ok I need to try a kumquat apparently :D

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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HHTTB

This is so weird! I was eating cranberry and sage Triscuits with my first few sips of this tea and it made it taste like Indian food! Once I finished the box of crackers, the tea started tasting more like I remembered. Creamy banana coconut! It is strong, but subtle at the same time. The flavor is subtle during the sip, but it really pops out on the aftertaste with a tropical flavor. I love banana and coconut, but so often it is paired with pineapple (which I have allergies to) so I’m always excited when I see the two without the pineapple addition. Nice blend!

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

I sipped mine down this weekend. Loved it. Sadness!

Dustin

Is it all out of stock or is there time for one last hoard of an order?

Stephanie

There’s some left…but too many other things I want!

Dustin

I’m in that boat too. I just placed an order with a bunch of other stuff I want to try before it’s gone.

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drank Joyeux Noël by Lupicia
575 tasting notes

I was just reading the description of this tea and Lupicia’s Chaud Les Marrons and they are the same. Is Lupicia renaming this for holiday sale?

This tastes very similar to their chocolate chestnut tea, but with a little less base. The first part of the sip is really light, then it starts tasting heavier. At the end is has a deep roasted flavor that joins the chestnut flavor that hangs out the entire sip. I added a little cream at the end and it really brought out a nutty flavor.

This tea is nice, but I really prefer their green based chestnut tea.

whatshesaid

What’s the green one called?

Dustin

It looks like it is just called Chestnut. http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/12408226.htm

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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
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OMG I love this tea! After I bought it I lost it at my parent’s house and it just resurfaced. It is pretty EG on the sip, but that fades into a really nice passion fruit flavor at the end. It is such an interesting twist to EGs and I’m really bummed that Lupicia is discontinuing it. I only have 5 or so tea bags left. :(

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

Aw, that’s a shame that they’re discontinuing this one. I wish they offered the Hawaiian blends online, I would love to try them!

Dustin

They discontinued several of them. One in particular deserved to be discontinued, but not this one. Occasionally they will sell them online, you just have to keep an eye on the site.

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drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
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Hmmm, tasting a little bitter. Did I over steep?! Cream and sugar to the rescue! It’s much better now. Seems like a nice breakfast type tea. I think I can pick out a tiny bit of bergamot in the end of the sip. There are other breakfast type teas that I like better than this one, so I’m not likely to pick this one up, but am glad to have tried it.

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

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drank Mango Ice Cream by 52teas
575 tasting notes

Not sure how old this sample is, but I get nothing from this tea. :( I’m not able to detect mango or ice cream. Another black tea that my taste buds don’t get along with.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Skysamurai

bummer. You should try Mango Lassi by Davids. soo yummy

Kittenna

Nuts, this tea was actually pretty good when it came out, but I believe that was a couple years ago.

Dustin

Yeah, two years is a good amount of time for tea to loose flavor.

I’ll have to check out the Mango Lassi! What is the base?

Kittenna

Just FYI – Mango Lassi is up for retirement, so it may be difficult to get. It’s an herbal though, with chamomile. Pretty tasty but the chamomile is a bit overwhelming (unless you like chamomile, in which case it might not be).

Skysamurai

ahhhhh pooo….. I knew I shoulda picked up more while I was at the store. Dustin i can send you some if you wish =]

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HHTTB

Huh, this is kind of earthy. Smooth. Almost a faint taste of hay. Adding cream and sugar makes this delicious! This is nice!

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HHTTB

This seems really light for a black tea! I can get the apricot notes, but I’m also getting this aftertaste that is similar to the aftertaste of the ocean, but without the salt. Weird, right?! I get more flavor from it cold than I do hot and the flavor is very light and subtle. It’s very nice, but I’m a fan of bolder flavors.

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

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HHTTB

This has a much brighter lighter taste than the last tea I just tasted! It is almost tart like the skin of a plum and there is an aftertaste like tobacco. This tea is almost juicy. There is a slight dryness after each sip. Interesting!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 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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