619 Tasting Notes

The Ovation EGs I got were very sharp in taste when I first got them. I decided to give them a while to settle down, they made their way to the back of my cupboard only to reemerge now. Now this tea seems a little on the weak side. I added a little sugar which rounds out the raspberry. The EG flavors are pretty muted which gives the raspberry a little room to come out. Adding cream knocks out the flavors a bit and leaves it tasting more like just a black tea. Not super exciting, but better with just sugar.

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

I think I bought a pound of this too!

Dustin

I’m tempted to dump it all in the tub and take a bath in a giant cup of tea. It’s reasonable, right?

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I’m not sure how I feel about guyusas. I’m not even sure how to spell it. It seems to have a very earthy flavor, almost tobacco like. The combo of vanilla, mint and lavender is very nice, although this cup seems a little heavier on the lavender than previous cups I have had. I wish I could hide in this cup. I can’t handle long winter breaks when I have no time off from my family to do my own thing. Save me Killer’s Vanilla! Save me from my spawn!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate-Mint by TeaGschwender
619 tasting notes

I got a free sample of this with my very small TeaGschwender order. It says it is a rooibos, but there isn’t that much rooibos in there which is nice! It looks like it is mostly mint leaves. I get a subtle undertone of chocolate mixing with the clean taste of mint. This is the only chocolate mint rooibos listed on their site, but I’m surprised to read the ingredients because I taste no hibiscus (thank god!) or lemon grass or lemon balm. It almost has a sweetness of it’s own, so I declined to add sugar which is unusual for me especially with flavored teas.

If the minimum purchase amount was less than 100g, I might think about getting this since I’m enjoying it. I just hate when the minimums are so large when I want to try a little of everything. And what’s up with measuring in grams?! I can’t think in grams unless I’m thinking in metals!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
619 tasting notes

I keep waiting to be impressed by a H&S tea, but it hasn’t happened yet and this tea is no exception to that trend. It smelled a little caramel like, but I’m not really getting that in the taste. The beginning of the sips are perfumy and joined by a sharp bergamot taste. I’m left with a dry mouth. This tea is not balanced very well with sharp high notes.

I keep reading “Master Tea Blenders” on H&S’s bags and think, “Realy?! Says who?!”. Prove it.

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

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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
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Oh no! I’m so bummed! I guess the flavors don’t hold up well over time in this tea. I plowed through half the bag, decided to savor the rest and take my time with it to make it last, but that may have been the wrong choice. All I can taste is the oolong. So sad.

Kittenna

Boo. I should finish mine sooner rather than later, then.

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Having this again today with a little sugar. I can smell the chocolate as I go in for a sip and I can taste it laying low underneath the bergamot flavors. The bergamot is a little sharp and I do wish the chocolate was a little more intense and could match or nearly match the strength of the bergamot, but I still enjoy it anyways. The chocolate has a really natural flavor to it like other TWG teas I have tried, which is nice. At this point I’m thinking this isn’t a keep in stock tea, but that could change by the time I finish the bag.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Chocolate Earl? Oh dear…that sounds vaguely dangerous…

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drank Passion Fruit by Harney & Sons
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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
619 tasting notes

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
619 tasting notes

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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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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