433 Tasting Notes

drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
433 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Variatea! Thanks! :)

On the first sip, my immediate thought was “pickle juice?!”. What the? Even after reading that it is supposed to be apricot and cream, I still get that. There is this tang that is mildly pickley. When I sweeten it, it just tastes like a sweet version of what I was tasting. I don’t know what I did to this sample or what I had it next to that it may have been absorbing odd flavors from, but this is not right! It is actually making me laugh a bit. My husband tried a sip and said that he tastes fruit, but also what I was talking about. I will definitely give this another go someday and see what I make of it then!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Pickle juice? That is an interesting thing to taste. Gotta love how everyone experiences everything differently.

Dustin

I know, right?! There was one tea that tasted like baby powder and raisins to me while everyone else was getting lovely florals.

VariaTEA

Oh no. Well I am sorry that was the taste you were getting. I will be sure to look for it in my next cup :)

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drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
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Oh I get it now! It is a minty earl grey! It’s really very nice when cold brewed! I get the refreshing mint with the floral EG notes! Very lovely and great for summer time refreshment. Wow, really good with a splash of cream too! It has been a little while since a tea has blown my mind and this one is doing exactly that! This might have to be a restock! I can’t stop using exclamation points!!!! !! ! OMG SO GOOOOOOOOD!!!!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Wegmans
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Super strong jasmine scent coming from this bag! Once steeped I get a fairly strong, clean, crisp and light jasmine taste. It isn’t a mind blowing level of jasmine, but it is really good! I’m not getting any of that soapy taste that some jasmine teas have. I like this one!

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

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drank Sencha/Matcha by Wegman
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I don’t know. I don’t know how I feel about this. I’m getting a really nice matcha flavor during the sip and the after taste. I think the sencha flavor comes out in the beginning. This is interesting, but leaves me confused.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Apple Jade by TEA ReX
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Tea Rex! Cute.
I think I get a little apple from this… I think. Mostly what I’m getting is grass and a something reminiscent of petting zoo feed pellets. A little cruel, I know. It really does taste like I put a handful of those things in my steeper tho. :/

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Huh, this says white tea, but all I see is green rooibos. This is interesting. It is tart, sweet, floral. I’m guessing that adding sugar would even out the tart, but I don’t want to mess it up and turn it into juice. I think Teavana actually did okay with this one.

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

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Ooooch, wow! Yup, that’s a chai! The spices are intense in this and exactly what I’d expect from a chai! Adding cream and sugar mellows out the spices a little. I prefer my chais to be a little more peppery and hot, but this is a really nice cup too. The cup seems to be pretty well balanced and isn’t too much of one spice or another. It looks like the base might be CTC? It is a good first impression of Persimmon Tree!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I have found in the past that I wasn’t a huge fan of DT’s black base, but I’m a sucker for almond and decided to give it a try since it was in the ATTB. It does taste like almonds and chocolate, but I’m missing the delight part of it. Like the other black teas, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’ll stick to DT’s rooibos and green based stuff!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I admit it, I wanted to try this because of the name! This is a really thick and rich tea! It reminds me of the Hobbee’s tea, minus the stomach ulcer levels of cinnamon and orange (my tastebuds love it, but my stomach protests). It has that same almost coffee like base. The spices are nice, the tea becomes bitter as it cools, it is a little better sweetened. I like it enough to drink, but wouldn’t buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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I seem to not really enjoy many of Adiago’s single flavored teas and this one is no exception. It has a slightly bitter edge to it, but it does taste like a ginger molasses mix. It just doesn’t have much else going on for it and strikes me as dull for a flavored tea.

Preparation
Boiling 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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