473 Tasting Notes

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
473 tasting notes

(Swap sample from Linnaete)

This tea has a very mild tropical flavor from the pineapple. I couldn’t figure out what the other flavors were at the time, but the peach didn’t stand out. I don’t generally like tropical flavors (or peach teas).

I wouldn’t get this for myself, but I could drink it again. The flavors are all very well balanced and it has no icky aftertaste. It’s pretty neat with the bamboo in it too. I wish I could find some different bamboo teas that are more to my preference, but this was fun to drink.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

I know Zentealife.com has a bamboo tea. I haven’t tried it yet.. I thought about it this morning but I had waited too long after my water boiled!

Shelley_Lorraine

awesome, thanks! I’ll have to check it out. Too bad I just recently finished of the last of my current tea budget today, but I got a lot of fun teas coming in, so I’ll be happy for now (^^)

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
473 tasting notes

eh, it’s tolerable. It smells like a peach flavored tea, but apparently it’s mango and pomegranate. I can detect both when I drink it. It’s alright for what it is, not excessively sweet or artificial, but too fruity for me. Probably a good choice for fans of iced-tea (which I am not). Thanks for the sample Shadowfall :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Shadowfall

I don’t even remember sending you this one. Goes to show how much I apparently keep track of my swaps. Lol.
Sorry it wasn’t, erm, your cup of tea.

Shelley_Lorraine

Well I know I get confused about my swap teas sometimes, but I know yours are the only that I got wrapped in aluminum foil, so I know it was you! :p I think you said the same thing about a previous tea that I logged from you too, haha. Anyway, I know that you are more into dessert teas than I, so I expected to get some that I don’t like from you. Sometimes I really like something I’d never consider before, so it’s totally worth it trying all these anti-me teas :)

Shadowfall

Lol. I’m glad my swaps are so distinctive.
I should probly start keeping a log of whos sent me what teas. Lol. I just toss them into a bin together and try to keep them straight.

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45

I don’t like chocolate teas too much, but since I don’t completely hate them, I figure I should give them each a chance when they show up in my cupboard, as has this one from Shadowfall.

Not a big surprise, but I don’t like this tea. The chocolate is very bitter and I don’t detect much orange.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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45

Still workin’ my way through the swap teas. This one, courtesy of Shadowfall :)

I’ve yet to have a peach flavored tea that I really love. So far, peach teas have been excessively sweet, artificial, or just plain icky. This tea falls under the first two. The peach flavor is too artificial and leaves a sweet after taste, the sort of taste I’d get from eating a bag of gummies or a dumdum pop. The strength of the flavor is weak, though I personally wouldn’t much care for a stronger dose of cavity-inducing flavor, but anyone who is into sweeter teas might want to keep this in mind.

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95

I received a generous sample of this tea in a swap and have since finished it off. With Steepster being so buggy recently, I took a short break from logging my teas. So, now that this tea is gone and the package has been thrown away, I can’t remember who sent it to me, but I think it was Meeka (sorry if I’m wrong!)

So, about the tea: I love it (obviously, as I finished the sample). I love a bold, roasted dark oolong, all charcoal-y with a hint of sweetness, yummy :p

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

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75

I have so many teas to backlog…

I got this one from my swap with CK

It’s a decent dark oolong, but nothing about it shouts “buy more!” To me, the flavor doesn’t quite live up to its fancy description.

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

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15
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
473 tasting notes

Oh! It smells awful! It smells like sour mildew. I assume thats supposed to be honey that I smell, but it’s some pretty rank honey. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste as bad as it smells, but it’s way too sweet for me and and some of the nasty smell does linger in my nose when I exhale after drinking it. But thanks anyway for the sample Linnaete :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
linnaete

Haha! I really enjoy comparing how teas smell with other people. Our sense of smell can be so unique sometimes! I totally get the honey smell with this one when I drink it! :)

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45

So I was saying recently that spicy teas aren’t my favorites. Scratch that. This is the spicy tea that should set the standard for the others: a unique blend of spices, where the cinnamon doesn’t overpower and the ginger that I hate so much plays well with the other ingredients.

Thanks so much for sharing this one with me DianeInOz! \(^o^)/

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

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I just don’t get this tea. I’ve had a phoenix mountain before from another source and this isn’t much different, which must mean, Dear Tea, that it’s me, not you :p

I just can’t get into your strange weediness, like flowers gone bad. I never was fond of the popular crowd in school and especially not of popular guys. The more the other girls swooned, the more I gagged. Lucky for you and them, my dislike is hardly a cause for concern. :)

ETA: just as I remember last time I had this type of tea, the flavor does become more tolerable as it cools. I can finish the cup without struggle, but I’m still not a fan.

Oops! I almost forgot to say thanks to Meeka for this sample. (#^^#)

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

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I almost thought I liked this tea after the first few sips. I hate ginger and pineapple, but they blended well with the other ingredients. . .at first. The initial taste is best described as a comforting medicinal, somewhat reminiscent of the bagged teas that I remember my father drinking a lot of in the past.

All the nasty for me is in the aftertaste (yuck! Ginger :p). The worst thing ever is a nasty flavor that lingers. Oh well. I’m sure someone in my family will be happy to finish this sizable sample that I got from DianeInOz)

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

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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) – Update: I’m going to the University of Colorado in Fall 2014!! yay me!

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 is most often one that I recognize as having significant 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?. . .).

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