479 Tasting Notes

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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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
479 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
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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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75

Backlog:
Had this tea when the site was all buggy a few days ago.

(swap from DianeinOz)

This tea tastes quite a bit different than it smells (both the dry leaf and brewed smell the same to me). It smells very sweet, in a perfume-y way; like the smell of candied-fruit perfume that one might find in a little girls’ accessory store. The taste, however, is spicy and not so sweet. The cinnamon really takes over and I get just a hint of what might be the papaya, but nothing else. I’m not big on spicy teas, but there are a few that i will drink if I happen to already have them, this being one of them. My husband likes this one, so it may be a repurchase.

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75

I didn’t expect to like this tea. I’ve been getting set in my ways about tea preferences lately and I’ve been approaching my swap box with caution rather than enthusiasm. There are a lot of nasty flavors out there, lol (^.^) There are also a lot of teas that claim to be better iced, but I prefer hot beverages; even in the summer. I rarely crave any cold liquids besides water and even that I don’t drink below room temperature.

Onto the tea: It really tastes like pear! Like real yummy, sweet pears. It probably would lend itself best towards iced preparation and I may try it out during my rare and uncharacteristic mixin-it-up moments, but it’s definitely good hot too imo. I used two teaspoons for my 10oz cup and I don’t find it too mild as many other reviews claimed it to be. It isn’t powerful by any means, but I’d label it a step above subtle. I tend to like a lot subtle teas (go figure as my favorite coffees are extra bold :p ).

I also really like that it doesn’t have a funky aftertaste. That’s always an important rating factor in my book.

Not necessarily a tea I’d buy again as I am too in love with my pure and unflavored leaves and have limited funds for the frilly extras, but I appreciate them while I have them.

A big thanks to DianeInOz for the sample :)

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

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75

Another tea from linnaete (^^)

Don’t have much to say about this one. It’s kind of a hum-dee-dum tea. Nothing the least bit unpleasant about it, but boring nonetheless.

This is the second (unflavored) ceylon that I have tried and I can appreciate that Ceylon teas aren’t going to be particularly bold, but the first one I tried had a lot more depth to the flavor.

Teas such as this one make a good base for peppermint leaves. I have a whole bag of pure peppermint from Arbor Teas that I add to my less exciting black teas. peppermint in black tea is one of my favorite cuppas and helps me to use up all of my bland black tea varieties.

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

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75

This was a free sample from Della Terra. Not one I would have bought for myself as i’ve determined that chocolate and mint is not my favorite combination. I love mint, just not with chocolate (in tea that is). I figured I would try it anyway, since I had it.

Tastes about the same as other mint-chocolate blends that I have had. Well balanced flavor, no funky aftertaste like I get from many chocolate teas. If I had no other choices but chocolate blend teas, I would choose mint. But since I do have a choice, I’ll take my mint with a black tea and nothing more :)

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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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