508 Tasting Notes

75

TastyBrew’s Personally recommended blend from her mystery swap box.

It’s not half bad. The flavors are very well balanced and there’s no unpleasant aftertaste. I’m not super thrilled about almond flavor in my teas, but I wouldn’t say no to a second cup of this.

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

This is definitely one of my favs. Glad you kinda liked it!

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85

After sampling a few so-so teas, I needed a definite good one with which to end the day. A bit odd going from three black-based blends straight to a green, but it was so worth the abrupt transition.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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65

Thanks for this sample TastyBrew :)

What a strange tasting Yunnan. It’s not bad, but it’s unusual. There is something fruity, almost citrusy about it. It’s plenty drinkable, but as far as Yunnans go, I have a couple preferred ones already.

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

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65
drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
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Another über-generous sample from TastyBrew!

After the watery cinnamon flavored teas that I’ve had recently, this one definitely seems to have a stronger flavor. It’s the clove, probably.

Judging it on its own, it really isn’t all the exciting. The dried leaves smelled like strong Christmas spices, but they didn’t come out so vibrant in the end. It has a relatively strong flavor of some sort, but it’s a flat generic sort of flavor, as others have already pointed out.

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

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65

This tea tastes similar to ‘Sunrise Sensation from STeap teas in that it is a weak cinnamon-flavored brew. The tea base is extremely weak and the only flavor that really stands out is cinnamon. The cinnamon in this one is slightly stronger than the other though. It really isn’t much of a pumpkin-spice tea.

Thank you for sending me such a generous sample TastyBrew, but I think I’m going to let this one move on in a future swap.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TastyBrew

Yeah, I realized that I just don’t love pumpkin spice tea. So I didn’t even try this one. Culinary teas have proven to be a bit of a letdown to me.

Shelley_Lorraine

Have you tried Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee? That is a good tea. It tastes like pumpkin and spice and tea. It’s in my top ten :)

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85
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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This is exactly what I needed after that ‘crust of overcooked rice’ experience. Smells all garden-fresh of strawberry just like a remember. Really, I think the biggest appeal of this tea to me is the smell. There are times when a good aroma is all I need (as long as the flavor isn’t awful, of course). The flavor of this one is pleasant, but it alone isn’t so exciting.

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

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45

I was considering leaving this one to mope somewhere in the darkest corners of my pantry, but after reading the reviews, curiosity (not enthusiasm, mind you) got the best of me.

When I saw this in my swap box from TastyBrew I though “what sort of tea abomination is this? ‘crust of overcooked rice’? that’s gotta be a joke” Then I considered the amusing ways that Asian English sometimes comes across on packaging and decided that it must be some sort of genmaicha-like tea. Well, I’m really not a fan of genmaicha. I mean, I can drink it without gagging and all, but I’d rather not have to.

I agree with Shmiracles and TastyBrew about the burnt cheese toast flavor. Unfortunately, for me, this is not a good thing. But for anyone looking for the flavor of genmaicha without the caffeine and with a touch of burnt cheese, this is the tea for you!

I think my issue is that I don’t much like crusty cheese bread and I don’t much like pizza either (yes, I am that unusual). And while I’m on the subject, I don’t like bacon either.

Now that my curosity has been satisfied, I’m going to brew me up a different tea and save the extra packet of this for someone else.

UPDATE 5/23: I took the extra bag of this to my father a few days ago because he seems to like a lot of the teas that I don’t like and vice versa. He just brewed it up today and when I saw him this evening he was quick to let me know that it was the worst tea he’s had yet. This is coming from the be-tough and build-character type of father who used to eat the most god-awful stuff all in the name of being healthy and pretend to like it all the while. He must be getting soft these days. haha. He said this tea tasted like boiled cheetos. Usually he happily drinks any cup of tea and speaks a preference for or against, but never flat-out says that it was nasty.

JennyFur

I hate bacon. I’ve been told my whole life that I’m a mutant lol. Thank you for proving that wrong. Your on your own on pizza, but I like mine with big fluffy crust and lots of veggies.

Shelley_Lorraine

well I don’t really hate pizza quite in the same way that I hate bacon. I just feel really weird about putting that much cheese and bread into my tummy and calling it ’dinner" gives me the heebie-jeebies.

TastyBrew

Ha ha. This is definitely an unusual tea. I’m glad you tried it though!

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65

I had such high expectations for this tea. Chocolate and hazelnut, yummy! I was thinking Nutella tea! yay. And it has pretty good reviews.

The first few sips just taste like an unflavored black tea. Then it started tasting like an artificial black tea. As it cools down, the nutty flavor comes out, but not in a good way. There is something in the background that could possibly pass as chocolate if I concentrate well enough on it.

Not as exiting as I had hoped it would be. But thank you for letting me try it out cheetah_pita!

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

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65

Thank you yet again TastyBrew!

I brewed this one up at the same time that I brewed Jumpy Monkey so that I would have a back up if I didn’t like one. I often do then when trying new teas. I put this one in the larger cup because I predicted that I would like it more, but I actually liked the jumpy monkey more. This isn’t bad, its just so-so. The chocolate tastes a bit off. I’m not sure I can really describe the rest of it. There is a sort of smokiness about it, nothing too offensive though. And it’s just ever so slightly tart. I am happy to finish my cup, but regretting just a little that I chose the bigger one for this tea. Oh well. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

I got a few of my samples mixed up, but I’m pretty sure this one is from cheetah_pita (correct me if I’m wrong!)

I’ve only ever had one mate blend and I’ve haven’t ever had coffee in my tea (though I’m looking forward to the coffee puerh that shmiracles sent)

This is surprisingly better than I thought it would be. It’s very roasty, like a roasted oolong, but its a mate. There is a pleasant sweetness buried under the roast (it’s almost like licorice), but I’m not picking up on the coffee. I don’t know if I like it enough to repurchase, but maybe.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: 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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