716 Tasting Notes

drank Lanikai by Lupicia
716 tasting notes

This has been cold steeping in my fridge for a few days now. It has a generic tropical fruit smell where I can’t quite pick out the individual fruits, but it’s not the more common non tropical fruits. I want to say I taste mango, but I also get that alkaline taste that happens for me in pineapple teas. I don’t get any coconut this time. Maybe a little creaminess on the end of the sip. It baffles me which of the Hawaii teas Lupicia decided to keep and which they discontinued. I think this is one that they kept while cutting out Loki Lani, which makes no sense to me. This one really doesn’t come across as anything special.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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I cold steeped this overnight and it really brings out the green tang. I get a little creamy butter at the end of the sip, but the eggnog correlation is still sadly evading me and makes me want a up of nutmeg dusted custard to really get that eggnog tang!

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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After eyeing F&M teas online, I finally came across some at William Somoma and picked up a tin! I decided to cold steep this overnight and it turned out quite light. I get a little malt to it, but not nearly as much as I’d expect with a breakfast blend. Adding a little cream to it is nice. It is strange, but now that I read apple is one of the flavors, I can definitely pick it out on the after taste! So far this tea is nice, but not amazing.

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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is a totally different animal when cold steeped! Much more enjoyable and refreshing. It still has that weird tang that leaves me suspecting stevia like a couple other David’s Teas that have sugar added. The tea is sweet, but has a slight sour tang or pucker to it. I’m still not head over heels about it, but if cold steeped, I can easily finish the rest of this sample.

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
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I’m smelling peaches. It reminds me of Lupicia’s Momoko, but on a black base instead of green. Oh ughck! I steeped it hot, poured it over ice and it tastes disgusting! Does pineapple flavoring go bad? It has this horrid bitter aftertaste followed by this dirt/alkaline taste. I seem to remember some other pineapple tea having the same dirt taste to it. Adding cream makes it better and brings out the vanilla, but there is still underlying yuck. Maybe cold steeping this would be better?

Note to self: try cold steeping
Response to self: Nope, other Dustin, cold steeping was no good either. Time to chuck this tea.

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

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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know what to make of this tea. Hot steeped and poured over ice. It has an artificial cherry taste that I’m not opposed to, but there is this underlying tang causing me to search the ingredients for hibiscus. It is much better with a little cream added, which tones down that tang! I’ll have to come back to this one and visit again.

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

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drank Vanilla Chai by Ovation Teas
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Cold steeped some of this overnight and added a little cream to my cup. Although it is good, it’s missing something it had yesterday when I had it the same way. Maybe it needs a little more time? It’s just missing a little of the umph (for a technical term) that it had in my last cup.

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drank Cha Yen Thai Black Tea by Teavana
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This tea used to be one of my favorites. Now it is more of a background tea. I found an unopened pouch of it in the back of the cupboard last night and cold steeped it overnight. The coconut in the tea I had in a tin had the coconut go bad in that soapy sort of way, so I was surprised to find this pouch still in decent shape. This tea seems a little weaker than I remember, but maybe that is the difference between a hot and cold steep. It is still pretty good and I get a bit of almond cardamon flavor with a creaminess to it. Maybe I’ll cold steep a pitcher of it and kill the rest of this bag before the coconut turns on this one too!

It really tastes nothing like Thai iced tea, btw.

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I am still loving this tea! Today I steeped it concentrated, then poured it over ice with a little sugar and cream. It reminds me a little of several other chocolate malty type teas like MF’s wedding imperial and american breakfast. I feel like I should have a face off with those three tea, choose my favorite and restock the winner when I’m done with the others. I’m trying so hard to narrow down my favorites and get my cupboard in order!

Preparation
Iced

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When my brother announced he was going to Paris, I immediately put in vague request for tea! He came home with four pouches full of Marriage Freres teas for my sister and I to split! I’m so jealous that he got to go into an MF store and grateful that he brought some home to me! American Breakfast was one that he chose. When he requested something almond/chocolatey, this was what was recommended. I do get a little chocolate malt, but no almond. Today I steeped this for three minutes at 205, my go to for blacks, but it tastes a little weak at the moment. I’ll have to try adjusting things. When I add a little soy creamer, it makes it much richer, but I’d like to find a good setting so it tastes great on it’s own. I do get a little of that maltiness that I associate with breakfast teas and it reminds me like a lighter version of Wedding Imperial. I’d like to try it cold steeped. So far, I prefer MF’s French Breakfast.

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

French breakfast is awesome. Paris Breakfast, not so much. Still haven’t tried the American :)

Dustin

I didn’t know there was a Paris Breakfast! Guess I’m not missing much!

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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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