479 Tasting Notes

Another of my samples from Dustin

Smells very sweet and cake-like in the bag
The taste is also very sweet: like sugar and melted cake sprinkles. I can tolerate this flavor so much better than most of Della Terra’s Dessert blends, but the whole super-sweet dessert tea thing is not growing on me yet. Maybe I’ll find just the right one someday, but this one is not it.

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

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75

Thanks to Dustin for this sample

*The dry leaf smells equally grassy and of vanilla
*The brewed cup has a stronger vanilla aroma, but still picking up on the green tea base.
The vanilla is much more subtle and natural than in other vanilla flavored teas I’ve tried. It doesn’t smell so strong of alcohol/vanilla extract like some others.
The flavor is more on the green tea side, while the vanilla plays subtly in the back ground. I like it quite a bit, but don’t know if I like it enough to purchase more. I tend to prefer unflavored greens in my permanent stock.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

oops! I accidentally posted this note under the Genmaicha Extra Green Tea Bag. I’ve since deleted that note, but in case any of you are wondering why this looks familar, now you know.

Got this in my sampler kit from Dens. It tastes very much like I remember Lipton’s Green tea bags tasting. No offense to it, I really liked the Lipton bags before I switched to loose leaf, but I always hated that it was ‘Lipton’ brand :p Perhaps the flavor of this is a bit richer, but still a similar overal flavor profile, I think.

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15

backlog:

Brewed this about a week ago. It smells very strong of peaches in the bag. Almost too strong, but I like peaches. After brewing, it still smells like peaches, but the scent seems more artificial than before. The flavor is vaguely like green tea with a muddy blend of all the other ingredients. None stand out over the others and the blended flavor isn’t particularly delightful. I finished half of my cup before deciding that this one won’t be on my shopping list.

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85

Had this tea earlier today. It’s really pleasant green tea. Reminds me a bit more of gyokuro than sencha (as I said in the last note). Nice mouth feel, grassy and slightly nutty too. I havent tried multiple infusions yet.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Smells like roasted honey. I dont think I noticed so much honey scent before, but I tend to pick up on more characteristics the more times I have a particular tea. First taste is still roasty like I remember, but finishes off sweet. I’ll probably be buying more when my sample runs out.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

So apparently Moroccan mint can have peppermint, spearmint, or both. This one is peppermint. I got it because there was a sale and my husband wanted more moroccan mint. The one he had before was spearmint. We both prefer the spearmint one. But this isn’t bad. The gunpowder green base seems to come through stronger, I think. It smells a lot more smoky than the spearmint blend did.

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75

After sampling so many different types of tea and then returning to this, one of my originals, I find that it is not as good as I remember. It has a hint of that dirty/muddy flat taste that I associated with my Sencha for a while (until I figured out how to brew it correctly!). But I prepared this the same as I always have, so I dunno why it seems different now.

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85

Thank you greenteafairy for this sample.

I really like that the Butiki teas are not over-the-top with flavoring. When coffee was my preferred beverage (and I do still appreciate a good dark roast), I never like flavored coffees and I never added cream or sugar. Along the same lines, I initially drank only unflavored teas before joining Steepster. After reading so many positive reviews about dessert-type teas, I thought that they might be alright. So far the best I’ve tried come from Butiki. Stacy seems to know how to create a blend that retains the qualities of the base tea rather than smothering it in flavor oils.

As for the Cider Guayusa, its pretty good. I can’t say that it’s my favorite as I’m not terribly into cider in the first place, but my husband is wild about this tea. He doesn’t have an account on here and likely won’t consider getting one, but he did write up a tasting note that I can share here:

“This [whatever it is called] is nice. It has a nice soft Apple flavor and it generally smells like it tastes, and it smells absolutely wonderful. It’s delicate, and very natural tasting with a nice pleasant aftertaste. Of all the teas my wife has had me try, this is definitely my absolute favorite.”

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

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45

Another sample from ToiToi

It’s slightly astringent. I can taste the vanilla and the black tea. The vanilla is not too powerful as it is in other blends that I’ve had. However, a third flavor, I assume its the grenadine, is a bit too masculine-flavored to me. I suppose the blend is aptly named. I’m enjoying my cup for what it is, but I won’t be buying this one.

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

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
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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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