93 Tasting Notes

68
drank Snow Fairy by Della Terra Teas
93 tasting notes

Trying out the last of my teas from JennyFur today. I steeped 3 tsp in 16 oz, added a small squeeze of honey, and refrigerated overnight. The vanilla was pretty smooth and by far the strongest flavor. There was a very slight tartness from the apple and pineapple, but I couldn’t pick out their individual flavors. Overall, I found this to be a very simple and pleasant white tea, but nothing special.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
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I don’t know if my palate was wonky the day I tried that, or something else was at play, but WOO did I not like it. Glad someone got to enjoy it. Maybe at some point later I’ll get another sample of it and see if my palate has grown.

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37
drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
93 tasting notes

After enjoying Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha, I had pretty high hopes for this tea. This was definitely a disappointment. The smell of the tea in the pouch is a bit off-putting. I don’t know what it is. Maybe the lapsang or the chocolate flavoring? Once outside of the pouch, it smells more like a toasty genmaicha but it still has a strange, syrupy aroma.

I expected the taste would be like a chocolatey version of Marshmallow Treat. It tastes pretty weird. There were some pleasant notes from the genmaicha base, but they were hidden beneath a strange flavor that did not remind me of marshmallow nor of chocolate. This is definitely not a tea for me.

Thanks for sharing, CrowKettle!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

I love this hot, but I think it makes an even better iced tea. The cucumber is the star of the show. The flavor is so light and refreshing, which I especially appreciate on a hot day like today. I’m starting to wish that I had some more cucumber teas to sample. The kiwi adds a little bit of tartness that is smoothed out by the honeybush. I added a small squeeze of honey, but I think I could have very easily done without. This tisane is so sweet on its own.

It’s a shame that I only have about 1 tsp. of this left. Of the dozen or so teas I’ve sampled from 52Teas, this is one of the few that I will not hesitate to snatch up if it gets reblended.

Thanks again to Ellyn for sending this my way!

Preparation
Iced

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80

I was a bit surprised by how much I like this one. I find the toastiness of genmaicha to be on the savory side, so I’ve been hesitant to try it flavored. This blend definitely works for me. The sweetness of the marshmallow pairs nicely with the toasted rice. It’s so nutty and creamy. I just wish there was a tad bit more marshmallow.

Thanks to CrowKettle for this surprise sample!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

Big thanks to Sil for sending this my way!

This is the second oolong from David’s Tea that I’ve had the opportunity to try, and it did not disappoint. I got a very solid 3 steeps out of it (adding 30s each time). The fourth would have very likely also been good, but I didn’t feel like going another round.

The dry leaf smells like sweet, juicy peaches. I could smell it all day long! The first steep had a very strong and sweet apricot flavor, which was a nice surprise. The peach flavor really came out in the second steep, which was accompanied by a peachy aftertaste that lingered for awhile. By the third steep, the fruit flavors were a bit muted, and the taste of the oolong base came to the forefront. I never really could taste the almonds despite seeing several large slivers in the tea.

I bet this makes a fantastic iced tea as well. I’ll have to try it out soon!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

Oh Steepster, it’s been too long. I spent some time traveling (I finally got to go to a David’s Tea, but more on that later.) and away from the internet, but now I’m back to work and regular tea drinking.

This was made to be an iced tea! I combined the first two steeps (1.5 perfect teaspoons in 14 oz. of boiling water for 5 and 10 min, respectively) and added a squeeze of honey before popping it in the fridge.

All of the flavors REALLY popped. The coconut and lemongrass were in the forefront with a sweet and spicy finish as the pineapple, cinnamon, and peppercorns made their appearance. As an iced tea, this is delectably creamy while still being refreshing. I really should have picked up some of this while I was in the store. Oh well, I have 22 new teas to try out!

Preparation
Iced

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70
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

Iced and lightly sweetened, this is tasty. For some reason it reminds me of Tazo’s Passion tea, though this is a bit more citrusy. The hibiscus and tangerine make a nice pair, but it’s not particularly special. I’m glad I got to sample this, but I don’t think it’s something that I will buy for myself.

Thanks for sharing, Sil.

Preparation
Iced

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84
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil, I now have more of this in stock. I don’t think it’ll be around for much longer since it’s so damn delicious when iced. Combine the first two steeps, add honey, refrigerate, and you’re good to go. The results taste like a juicy mango with slight citrusy tartness. The white base is quite light, and honestly doesn’t add much flavor, but I still love this tea.

Preparation
Iced

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83

Sipdown 13. Oh, yum! I forgotten what was in this blend (aside from the cactus flower), so at first I was thinking I’d imagined the peach flavor after drinking so many peachy teas today. Turns out it is an ingredient. This blend has a great natural sweetness from the peach and mango. There’s a taste and smell to this blend that I just can’t identify, but I suspect must be the cactus flower. It’s quite delicious. I think I’m starting to really enjoy green rooibos.

Thanks for sharing, JennyFur!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
93 tasting notes

Going through my tasting notes, I noticed that I had wanted to try this as an iced tea by combining the first two steeps and popping it in the fridge. Being on an iced tea kick, I decided to give it a go. I steeped this twice at 180 for 4 minutes, combined them in my stainless steel water bottle and added a dab of honey before cooling.

This is an absolutely fabulous iced tea! The oolong base did not get bitter at all. In fact, it’s very flavorful while being light and refreshing. The sweetness from the honey helped the peach flavor pop just a little.

Dear iced, juicy peach oolong, I will have to make you more often!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m a Floridian living in Kansas and currently pursuing a physics Ph.D. by day (…and by night, who am I kidding?) with an immense love for all things tea.

Rating Scheme:

<50 = Undrinkable.
50-59 = Drinkable, but not my cuppa.
60-69 = Decent, but nothing to write home about.
70-79 = Good tea that I drink occasionally. Probably will not restock when it runs out.
80-89 = Very tasty. May or may not restock when it runs out.
90-100 = Delicious. A staple in my collection.

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Manhattan, KS

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