480 Tasting Notes

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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65

I just got my mystery swap from BrewTEAlly Sweet today and this is the first sample I decided to brew. I looked it up on Steepster first and gee are you lot hard on this one or what?! I expect that I will need two bags of most bagged teas for a strong enough brew, so comments about weakness weren’t such a concern.

But really, I don’t see what the big deal is except that maybe we are all getting too spoiled with premium loose teas these days? It’s a bagged tea people, it’s not going to taste super gourmet. Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m cheering for it either, I used two bags and the clove and orange came through plenty strong (EDIT: heh, just saw that orange isn’t listed in the ingredients. I guess it’s the blend of apple and licorice that’s coming out orange-y). I think that it could use more cinnamon, but overall it’s a pleasant drink. There is a sweet aftertaste too that is not obnoxious as some can be. I probably won’t go out of my way to buy it and I won’t be recommending it to all my friends, but I reserve my ‘red- range’ ratings for the teas that are physically and mentally painful for me to drink. This is not one of them.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

I had just a little bit of Caramel Apple – Flowery Assam by Steap Teas left (from my swap with TastyBrew) and it was mostly apple and assorted non-tea chunks with hardly any leaf (I dunno, maybe the tea is just supposed to be that way) but I wanted some more tea with my tea so I added Some of Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam. I think I might have overdid it just a touch with the Assam, but it came out pretty good nonetheless.

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

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75

What a unique flavor (⊙0⊙)
I’m not sure exactly what to make of it. It smells like weeds and weedy-flowers (like lemon verbena maybe). The taste is like weeds and garden mulch, very earthy! It’s smooth with no detectable astringency. The first few sips did not do me well and I made some funny faces at it, but the flavor started to grow on me after that. I think this is a tea that I can learn to appreciate given some time, but for now I am undecided.

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

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65

This is the third Java Tea Co., coffee-wannabe blend that I received from TastyBrew. Of the three, I like this one the least. I can definitely detect the attempts at a coffee clone (if it’s going for mocha, epic fail!), but it just came out all wrong. It tastes like someone spilled some sort of fruit juice (or something, I don’t know) into a cup of perfectly good coffee. I’m not really picking up the chocolate flavor, but the almond is going strong.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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65

Another tea from cheetah_pita and I must say that of all my mystery swaps, she did the best job of sending me unique/foreign/different-to-me teas. I thought this one, a dark oolong, would be a safe selection as I’ve liked most dark oolongs that I’ve tried.

This one is quite unique. It tastes almost like it has cinnamon in it, which is alright by me, but I also detect some smokiness. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think someone snuck a pinch of Lapsang Souchong into my cup! But strange enough, both the cinnamon and smokiness die out pretty quick as the tea cools and turn into a nutty flavor. can’t say I’m loving the nutty flavor much more than the cinnamon smoke, but it’s alright.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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65

cheetah_pita picked up this tea when she was on vacation in Spain (awesome!) and she sent a sample to me in a mystery swap. It is a great tea if you’re into chamomile. I’ve decided that chamomile isn’t my thing. I had some chamomile teas when I was a kid and I vaguely remember not liking them too much, but I had forgotten what chamomile tastes like since then. cheetah_pita sent me two chamomile teas and I must thank her for giving me the opportunity to confirm whether or not I really disliked it as I probably wouldn’t have gone out of my way to find out otherwise.

I don’t quite dislike it in the way I dislike jasmine or coconut in that I can drink a chamomile tea if someone offers it to me and I wont have to fight myself over making faces and gagging. But I’ll probably never make a chamomile tea for myself.

This La Siesta blend also has mint and other herbs and spices. The chamomile comes through pretty strong, but so does the mint, I think. I can also just barely detect some lavender. The flavors are a good match

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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65

Still making my way through the samples. I think the box of them is finally starting to look less full. Much of what is left is from Shmiracles, like this one (^^)

My husband really likes this one, but he likes sweeter teas than I (he’s a fan of that southern sugar water). I thought that the cinnamon and clove were a bit weak and that the sugary sweetness dominated. It left a sugary candy-like aftertaste that I could do without.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve always thought that New Years would be better celebrated with a cup of hot cocoa than with champagne. I’ve said before that alcohol just isn’t my thing. I’ll cart around a bottle of beer at a goth club for looks mostly and if I can force the first half down before donating it to my husband then just about anything after will taste alright, but it’s been quite a few years since I’ve had that kind of fun anyway and no other occasion can convince me that a drink is worth choking down. Anyhow, I wasn’t looking forward to this tea for obvious reasons, but I decided no time better than the present.

smells like champagne alright. Pineapple, no thanks. Some kind of blossoms. . .really now? this tea is testing my dislikes for sure. Believe it or not, it was quite palatable. Nothing I’d ever buy again, but not as scary as I dreamed it up to be. I thought it sort of tasted like peaches; even my husband agreed (he likes it a bit more than I).

Thanks again Shmiracles for helping me to expand my tea horizons. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I did it, I braved another sample. This one is from Shmiracles again (it’s the never-ending box (^^) ). I’m getting to the point where I have to talk myself into getting into my sample box rather than going for the old favorites. All that work to heat the water and dirty up an infuser or teapot not knowing if it’ll be a cup worth drinking. . . especially considering how little time I have to devote to my tea rituals. . . it takes courage! and today I found some ヽ(^。^)丿

And what do you know, for the second time in a row, a sample turned out to be fantastic! I was worried about this one as it had so many so-so reviews, but at least nothing too negative. So I brewed it up and watched my second ever episode of Dr. Who (I actually sat down for the full 45 minutes this time! I know, No way right?)

I like this one quite a bit. The dry leaves smell so yummy and the final flavor doesn’t disappoint. I like the tea base in this and I like that the fruity apple flavor isn’t so strong to cover it up. I am always a fan of subtle flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Shmiracles

i love this! i’m still struggling with this tea, but you quickly made it your pet! hoorah!
i can totally relate to your sample box dulldrums. i think we all may have gone overboard a little. (we sure know how to tea party!) (i figure i’ll feel a bit daunted and challenged at times, but in the end i’ll be very glad for all the experience.)
also, maybe i psychically channeled Doctor Who interest into the tea? i do have a desk tardis and some bowties for cosplay…
have you started the series from the beginning? (i’ll go back and read your recent posts to see what i can find.)
your post made me happy.

Shelley_Lorraine

hey now we didn’t go overboard. You went and piled up the mystery swaps on yourself after I went on hiatus from orders and swaps! You were also so generous to send me extra samples, warning me that they include some teas that no one should drink so that every time I pull one out I have to wonder if its one of those teas. lol. I’ll tell you what, it’s that warning that makes me scared to dig into that box too often (^o^)

Shelley_Lorraine

And what’s this? you aren’t keeping up with my posts. how rude! haha j/k. The Dr. Who thing started when I asked in a comment to you what the big Dr. Who deal was on Steepster. The rest is indeed explained in previous tasting notes. That’ll learn you for not keeping up :p

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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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