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456 Tasting Notes

95

I finally bought more of this tea. Still as fantastic as I remember. Highly recommended :D

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15

I got a sample of this tea just yesterday with the Republic of Tea catalogue. Usually, I let the Rep. of Tea samples sit around along time before possible sampling them, but usually I get rid of them. I’ve only ever had one teabag from them that was halfway decent.

But I’ve been feeling experimental lately, and brewed this one up last night.

It’s junior-mint-like, if you imagine what such a mint would taste like having sat under the sofa cushion for a month, squished and blended with other unidentifiable crumbs, possibly some bug guts. . . It certainly smells awful enough. I think it’s the rooibos adding a sort of rotten quality to it. The flavor almost has redeemable qualities, but not enough to make it drinkable. The mint releases a burst of extra minuteness on the way down that makes me think that it’s going to cover up the bad flavors, but it falls short of the goal. The chocolate, if I could pick it out from the rooibos and mint, almost seems authentic. . .almost, but still in a cheap-chocolate kind of way as is common for chocolate teas.

All in all, not a good cup of tea. I did not finish the cup.

Tea Sipper

For me, RoT is like samples that work the opposite way they probably want them to. :/

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85

Sipdown!

I did something completely new today. I added milk. omg, i know! I kept reading how strong breakfast teas are meant for milk, so I was curious. After much deliberation over weather to add milk first or after (haha) I went with first, having heard that it will make a more creamy cup or that it prevents stains, etc ,etc.

I can definitely see the appeal for milk in a British cup of tea. I can’t say that I will be doing this often, but it could be a nice change of pace on occasion. But let it be told that I will never ever pollute my sacred coffee with milk or creamer. ever. :p

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

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100

I’ve had a sample sachet of this sitting around for some time, since my last H&S order. I didn’t expect that I’d ever sample it myself but, rather, give it away or to my husband. But for some strange reason, I had a craving for a spicy tea this morning. I am not generally big on spicy teas. I like them ok enough, but don’t go out of my way to buy them for myself (with rare exceptions). Cinnamon teas especially haven’t impressed me. I find them often watery and flavorless. This one said “spicy” cinnamon, which implies a punch of flavor, but then I remembered Butiki’s winter fire and how that one was too spicy for me. But, whatever, I felt like trying it out anyway.

So glad I did, but also so frustrated that I just placed an H&S order the other day for a single tea and it would be silly to pay double shipping for another single tea. bah!

This tea packs a lot of flavor and it’s spicy without causing discomfort. It tastes very much like red hot candies which, honestly, I don’t much care for. I like the flavor, but I hate that nasty sugary sticky after-taste of eating candies like that. This tea offers the best traits of the candies. yay. If only I could buy more right away!! so sad :(

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

I love this one! I wish you had tried this one before you ordered!

Shelley_Lorraine

I am so bad. I ordered it anyway. And I got a sampler sachet cube too to make it feel like I got enough to pay more shipping for. . though its hardly justification. I just wanted more of this tea dammit! what other reason do I need :D

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85

Tea #12 from the HHTTB

Yes, I know I’ve had this before, but I wanted to try it again just to confirm my opinion. It’s still sweet and vegetal and not too bitter just as I remember. The debris in the bottom wasn’t so severe this time and if I don’t let it sit around too long before finishing my cup, the last sip bitterness shouldn’t be a problem.

My cupboard is painfully lacking in greens at the moment so I’m going to keep this one.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

:) I really like this one too!

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15

Tea #11 from the HHTTB

♪ Berries and cream berries and cream! I’m a little lad… ♪Oh wait, I’m not a little lad. That’s what’s wrong here.

Yucky! I do not like this tea. I have not the words to describe it. It’s just yucky.

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45

Tea #10 from the HHTTB

just when i was starting to think that ti kwan yin was always a safe bet. . .not the best one I’ve had. It has a strange almost unnatural fruity sweetness. Not much else to say except that this one is definitely going back in the box.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Tea #9 from the HHTTB

Decent cup of green tea. It smells like it will be bitter, if that makes sense, but it isn’t at all. It’s a bright and sweet green tea. I tend to favor a stronger vegetal flavor, but this is good too.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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85

Tea #8 from the HHTTB

ooh, minty. If there is ever a flavored tea I will love, it will likely contain mint. I love mint, Peppermint and spearmint. Most of the mint teas I’ve had are heavy on the peppermint, so spearmint is a nice change of pace.

The tea doesn’t smell so minty, though. It has a unique herbal and woody smell. It’s not bad, but if that was also what the tea tasted like, I don’t think I would like it so much.

The dominant flavor is definitely the mint. The cinnamon and clove impart a spicy sensation, but I don’t detect them directly. As some others have noted, this tastes mostly like an herbal blend. I wouldn’t have guessed that it had an oolong base if I didn’t know.

It’s probably not such a quality blend in terms of the balance of flavors, but I like it nonetheless.

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

Yay another success of what I added for you! I’m on a roll!

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95

Tea #7 the From the HHTTB

Well, I’ll be! I’ve already tried this one. I knew I tried a tieguanyin from Verdant, but I thought it was a spring one, not autumn. But no matter, because since then I’ve developed an unexplainable change of heart towards naturally occurring floral flavor, provided that it’s not over-the-top. I rated this one pretty high before, an 80, but it’s so much better than that. This one’s a keeper.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’ve loved every TGY I’ve had from Verdant, especially since I’ve figured out my favorite brewing parameters :) this is one of my favorites for sure!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay glad you liked it! I tried including somethings I thought you would enjoy.

Shelley_Lorraine

Thanks BrewTEAlly. :) I’m a hard one to please when it comes to tea. I scavenged the box thoroughly for all the non-desserty teas. And thanks too for leaving the gyokuro for me. I’m saving that one for last!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Anytime. I never really have time to truly enjoy multiple steep.and fine teas except fridays and mornings of some saturdays but I usually am busy with errands:(

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) (this will be my 4th degree, but first/only graduate one :) )

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea most often one that I recognize as having significantly notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

Location

Wyoming

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