519 Tasting Notes

I was enjoying this cup earlier, but then put it down and came back to it cold. Not the same. Either way it has that nice pu erh earthiness and depth to it with the strawberry notes on top of that, but it just tastes better warm. I liked this tea a lot in the past, but now that I have tried Lupicia’s chocolate strawberry puer, I think I prefer that one. I mean, doesn’t everything taste better with chocolate?!

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

Yes, that is a fact

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drank MateVana by Teavana
519 tasting notes

I decided to revisit a few Teavana teas that have been kicking around my house for a while and this was one of them. I’m surprised at how much I like it! It has a deep flavor, almost coffee like, but not bitter. I can taste a little bit of almond and some notes of chocolate. After recently having a disastrous tea that was a blend of several types of teas and herbals, I’m impressed that this was pulled off so well. I’m not really a fan of Teavana anymore for numerous reasons, but this tea reminds me of why I was drawn to them in the beginning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
darby

I really like this one too! I’ve run out, but would replace once I have room. It’s nice now and then.

Dustin

I think I bought this one on a whim during a sale without having tried it before. It was a lucky pick!

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
519 tasting notes

I still love this tea. I have been noticing some French teas having this baby powder flavor to them, which I am now hyper aware of, which I have attributed to almond flavoring. Revisiting this tea, I’m noticing it here now too. Not nearly as strong and gross as in other teas, but it is there and is distracting all the same. I’m having this with just cream and I think sugar really does a lot for the flavors in here.

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

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
519 tasting notes

I first tried steeping this tea hot and I wasn’t impressed. This time I cold steeped it and it is much better! I get a wheatgrass tang from this at times and a really strong flavor that sometimes seems floral and other times seems grape or muscat like. I think I prefer this slightly sweetened which makes the grape part more full or true. I like it, am glad to have tried it, will enjoy the rest of the sample I got, but I don’t feel compelled to buy it again.

Preparation
Iced
Indigobloom

I tried it as a sample in the store. I was not impressed! Very little grape taste and a little artificial

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drank Violet Femme by Zhi Tea
519 tasting notes

A while back I soaked a bunch of this in some vodka and made an extract of this tea which I used when I made some marshmallows and they turned out SOOOO GOOD!!! Now when I drink this tea it brings me back to the memory of stuffing my face full of marshmallows! Today I’m having it with cream and sugar and it is super delicious. I steeped it for two minutes just below boiling and it think that is the magic settings for this tea because it is perfect. It has a nice lavender punch to it with an amazing aftertaste. I can’t pick out any citrus on it’s own, but I suspect it is working with the lavender to perk up and amplify the floral flavor. This tea is pretty amazing and ALMOST makes up for them discontinuing their Kashmiri Chai, which was my all time favorite. If you like lavender, this one is a must try!

Zhi, if you are reading this, job well done on the VF and bring back the KC by any means necessary!!!!

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

Wow, cool idea on the marshmallows!!

Indigobloom

Oh man I forgot all about that. And I went camping. Twice!

Dustin

They turned out really good! I also did a batch of raspberry white chocolate coated in matcha. They were super yum too!

Indigobloom

Mmmmm. I think I’ll try it with some variation of chocolate. Not sure if I’ll use chocolate tea or cocoa. Or maybe cacao.

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drank Traktir by Kusmi Tea
519 tasting notes

It was the description of citrus and smoke that made me curious about this tea. It looks like a black tea with random silver needles sprinkled throughout. Once steeped, it smells like a smokey puer. When I taste it, I get a bunch of different flavors. I get smoke, citrus, leather, puer earthiness… There is a lot going on in this tea! It is a heavier tea overall, similar to the heartiness of breakfast teas. The smoke isn’t overpowering here and has a similar intensity as the other flavors making things really well balanced.

With non dessert type teas, it usually isn’t love at first sip, but over time I could learn to love this tea and I sure hope I do since I got a whole tin of this!

*Hubby just took a sip and said it tastes like non alcoholic scotch, which I thought was a pretty spot on description!

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

sounds good

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
519 tasting notes

Cold steeped in the fridge for several days before I remembered to try this. Ooops! I Didn’t use much water with the idea that I’d add ice later, but I have been enjoying it concentrated. When I first sip, it’s a mouthful of fruit. Peaches at first, apples later and some other flavors I can’t name. After the sip when all else fades, I get a green flavor… like wheatgrass tingling the sides of my tongue. The whole thing is very crisp tasting. Adding a little sugar rounds out the fruit taste a bit and also tones down the wheatgrass nip. I like this, it’s refreshing, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it when there are so many other amazing Lupicia teas to explore and love.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
519 tasting notes

Trying this cold steeped now… this is odd. I want to like it. There is a slight tang to it, like someone actually used an appropriate amount of hibiscus for once. It doesn’t taste like caramel corn on the sip, but at the very end and definitely in the aftertaste it makes an appearance. There are little chunks of apple floating in the cup, but I really can’t pick out any apple taste. They don’t really taste like apple either. There is a definitive caramel corn flavor to this and I’m glad to have tried it, but now I can move on. I have conquered the caramel corn tea.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
519 tasting notes

Chocolate macaroon, I’m so sorry I hated on you at first! I take it back!
Steeped hot, yes, this tea is pretty gross. Cold steeped is a different story tho! It’s perfect! I taste chocolate, coconut and macadamia nuts. It tastes like the chocolate coconut covered macadamia nuts that you can buy in Hawaii, but in tea form! That weird sweetener taste that I complained about when this is hot is muted and almost undetectable. This is pretty enjoyable and I wish I had tried a cold steep last month when it was still in stock and I was near a store where I wouldn’t have had to buy it in 250g increments. Maybe they will bring it back next summer… and I’ll be wiser.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
519 tasting notes

Cotton Candy cold steeped, take two. Second steep is a little on the lighter side, but it still puts out a decent amount of flavor! I’m impressed.

Preparation
Iced

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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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