487 Tasting Notes

65

This is a flat tasting spiced tea; something like when cinnamon candies go stale and loose their kick. I do not detect the ginger at all, and that’s highly unusually for me. As a flavor I’m not keen on, it tends to stand out to me even when used sparingly. Although this should be a plus for me, it’s not a plus for a tea that is supposed to have ginger in it according to its description. Not a winner, but as always, I’s still happy to have tried it. Thanks DianeInOz

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
487 tasting notes

I was almost certain that I wouldn’t like this. Probably bad approaching teas with certain expectations, but you know how it is… (gah!, yes I have definitely been watching way too many old Leave it to Beaver episodes recently)

I take my tea and my coffee black. No cream, no milk, nothing creamy at all. The only exception is if I am getting a crappy gas station coffee, I’ll mask it with a flavored creamer. Also, let me tell you a little story about cream itself. I was in London (the time I was supposed to be there for the MJ concert and we couldn’t cancel all the reservations so we went anyway) and during one of the tours, we were offered scones with cream. It was like, have a little scone with your cream…. seriously, it was a mountain of cream and I felt sick just looking at it! I don’t not like cream, I’m just very picky about where and when I’ll have it.

This tea turned out alright. I’m not in love, but it could grow on me. It has a nice texture and the cream flavor is subtle. It’s very much like caramel flavored teas I’ve had but without the caramel (yes, that made way more sense in my head at the time). But really, that’s how it is to me, so I’m sticking with it :p

Thanks for the sample DianeInOz :)

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

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85

haha, so here I was complaining about a high rated tea just before this note and now I’m about to rave about a less popular one (so like me…)

Super yummy hibiscus-dominated fruit blend!!! I LOVE hibiscus! and I love blueberries and apples.

Thanks for sending this sample my way Linnaete (^o^)

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

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45

Wow, this tea has a lot of positive reviews. I (yeah, I know, I’m a tough critic :p ) wasn’t impressed.

This is a very strong hay/barley flavored white tea with no detectable strawberry flavor. I’m not quite sure there was any guava either, though I don’t remember exactly what a guava tastes like. The description is spot on when it says, “just a touch of ginger”. This is it’s only redeeming quality. I don’t generally like ginger, but it did add just a tiny bite to the white tea, which was nice.

Thanks for the sample CK!
I’m going to give the rest of it to my father, as I think that he may like it.

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

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65
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
487 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
487 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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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Colorado
Occupation: Graduate Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 2 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 >-)

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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