479 Tasting Notes

75

I must have a high tolerance for bitterness (unless its a green tea) because this isn’t bitter to me at all. I tried it both hot and cold. I think I like hot better (iced tea is just too much a southern concept for me). I brought the chilled portion to my parents house this evening for all to sample. My father described it in an unusual way: “tastes like tea that used to be hot, but now its cold.” Gee, that’s really descriptive and enlightening, thanks Papa! Everyone else thought it tasted like a fruit punch without the extra sweet (though I did add a little rock sugar). I think it tastes like a melted ice pop. My husband, of course, loves it. I could take it or leave it. All these fruity tisanes are plenty drinkable, but I’d probably pass on purchasing more if my husband didn’t like them (except for the Hibiscus, I like that one. . .not a fruit, but still).

ETA: Yikes, I forgot to thank BrewTEAlly Sweet for this sample. So, saying it now, thank you! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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75

I’m not sure about this tea yet. There’s nothing unpleasant about it, but maybe I don’t like the lemongrass so much. It’s sweet in a natural sort of way (the honeybush I suppose) and it tastes mostly lemony, but not tart (considering that there is hibiscus in it too).

Tisanes apart from rooibos are a fairly new direction for me. I will probably always prefer tea above all else, but as my husband seems to be liking these fruity tisanes quite a bit, I will likely partake in a few more cups of them than I would otherwise. Besides, I shouldn’t be turning down so many healthy possibilities.

Thank you for this one BrewTEAlly Sweet :)

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

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85

I brewed the last on my sample of hibiscus from BrewTEAlly Sweet with a teaspoon of rock sugar and put it in the fridge to chill before dinner. I have never been a fan of iced teas, but cold hibiscus, lightly sweetened, pretty good. I stopped drinking juice with my meals long ago because I hated the concept of drinking calories. I’d rather anything with significant calories spend some decent time in my mouth before it does it’s damage, haha (I do actually drink half a cup of juice before the gym sometimes, when I am in a hurry in the morning and need something to keep the blood sugars in check. . .but I digress). Iced hibiscus could be just the thing I need when I want something besides water with dinner :)

Kittenna

I’ve had plain, sweetened hibiscus before and it’s actually fairly nice!

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85

Hibiscus. I’ve heard more scary stories about this stuff than about Lapsang Souchong (and let me tell you, that stuff is nasty). A tea I would have never considered getting for myself, but thank goodness for these mystery swaps that prevent me from getting to comfortable in my safe zone. I originally got some Hibiscus from cheetah_pita, but I somehow managed to lose that one. This one is from BrewTEAlly Sweet and I got around to brewing it before it could be lost.

Here it goes, brewing up this notorious tea:
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h353/flightysprite/Tea/hibiscusbrewing_zps94e9927d.jpg

Cup of scary hibiscus, even Cassie is wary:
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h353/flightysprite/Tea/CassieHibiscus_zpsa649bf42.jpg

And what do you know, all that scare for nothing. Tastes like cranberry juice, more or less. Nothing wrong with a little tart fruit once in a while! Even my husband loves it. He says it’s a ‘98’ (he won’t ever give a 100 for some ocd reason). I don’t quite love it that much, but I’ll be keeping some in stock from now on.

Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

I have a TON of this if you ever want to swap :)

moraiwe

Your puppy is so darling!

Shelley_Lorraine

@BrewTEAlly Sweet: yeah, of course. I don’t have much to swap with at the moment (unless you want 2oz of Mango Tango that Im trying to get rid of), but I’ll let you know in a week or two.
@moraiwe: yes, the sweetest face of my 4 dogs and the most trouble! My other three are lazy lap dogs and she is a hyper cutie. She’s all covered in mud today (again) from running like a tornado through all the puddles that the sprinkler left behind. Good thing she has that cute face!! (^o^)

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65

This tea is quite alright. Smells good, tastes good. I like the plum notes. My favorite so far from BrewTEAlly Sweet

ETA: I had another cup of this one this morning and it tasted artificially sweet. I didn’t notice this the first time. Maybe this is because I was sampling two other teas at the same time and my taste was compromised. Oh well. Better this way anyway as I can’t order this one online.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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65

Not a bad cup. The base is uncommonly robust, but the black current flavor is weak. It has just a slight funky aftertaste.

Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet (^.^)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Ali Shan by thepuriTea
479 tasting notes

Backlog:

I brewed this several days ago and forgot to log it. It has characteristics very similar to Dong Ding Oolong, but I feel that it is lacking in the depth and richness of flavor that I find in Dong Ding.

This tea is delicately floral and vegetal. A pleasant oolong indeed, but when I have the choice I’ll take Dong Ding over this one.

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85

I had this tea much earlier this evening, while watching an episode of Merlin. This is a very cosy brew. It’s nutty with just a hint of floral. I wouldn’t mind having it in my cupboard once in a while.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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65

My last tea sample for the night, again from BrewTEAlly Sweet

Of course, as is my custom when trying more than one sample in a row, I only brewed a few ounces ;)

This one certainly has more flavor than the Pomegranate tea that I just logged. It is mildly reminiscent of the Disney Mad Hatter Tea Party tea that I got from Rie recently as it too is reminding me of peach gummy rings, though not as potently as the Mad Hatter tea. Those gummy rings must have apricot in them too.

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

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65

My second mystery tea sample from BrewTEAlly Sweet (^.^)

This tea is kind of “blah” to me. Nothing particularly negative, but nothing to rave about either. It has very little aroma and the flavor doesn’t kick in till just before I swallow a sip. I detect more pomegranate than raspberry, which is appropriate considering its name. the tea base has a nutty aftertaste that I could do without, but it’s alright.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 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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Wyoming

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