400 Tasting Notes

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I picked up a sample of this from Adagio because I’ve been looking for a non-black tea chai spice blend. Also because I love vanilla and have startlingly little of it in my expansive tea collection.

Alas, this disappoints. The clove is so overwhelming that it makes the flavor almost entirely one-note. There is a background of spiciness and a touch of vanilla smoothing out the end of the sip. Mostly clove though. Lots and lots of clove. This is drinkable, but not exactly a well-balanced blend. Sipdown!

Lariel of Lórien

Try it with the apple chai.

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drank Adam by Nina's Paris
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So I’m pretty sure this came from Fuzzy_Peachkin at our Taste of France swap. Thanks! I really like this tea. Citrus and mint are just a good combo. The lemon here tastes very juicy and natural. It’s more prominent in the second steep. I suspect I might be able to get a third steep out of this, but it’s just too much black tea for my poor tummy. See previous tasting note for a more thorough review!

Sipdown number four for the day!

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drank Citrus Mint by Tea Forte
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I had this with dinner at a restaurant the other day and really loved it. The citrus is bright, the mint is strong, and it’s just super tasty all around. It actually went quite nicely with a savory meal. Definitely something I would drink again.

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drank Hojicha de la Creme by Art of Tea
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Roasty and creamy. Comforting, but ultimately unremarkable. This resteeps well without losing flavor. It also doesn’t oversteep easily, which is nice.

Sipdown! Thanks for including this in my Secret Turkey package, RogersCK!

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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Sipdown! I finished this off with brunch. The peach flavor is still lovely. Natural, yet strong enough to hold up against pancakes and potatoes. Not a reorder, but something I’d happily drink if offered. Thanks for the taste, oOTeaOo!

Ana

If you ever find this come your way again, try it cold. Momoko makes a very nice iced tea.

Kaylee

Oh wow I bet you’re right! Good idea!

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
400 tasting notes

Aaaargh Steepster lost my note! Seriously, what good is the fancy overhaul if all the effort I put into a note goes to waste anyway?

Here’s the short version:
Flavors are roasted mate, chocolate, and almond. The almond is overwhelming and tastes very artificial. I’m not a big fan of the chocolate either, but I’m starting to think that I just may not like Davids chocolate flavoring. I resent that the taste of this tea lingered in my travel mug long after I finished drinking it no matter how many times I rinsed. Sipdown

sherapop

So there is at least one Chocolate Rocket naysayer besides me! ;-) Magic marker fumes seem to be filling my mouth with each swallow.

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drank Blueberry Limón by Handmade Tea
400 tasting notes

I picked this up at our Taste of France swap, I think from Fuzzy_Peachkin. Thanks!

I really wasn’t expecting smoky here. I really don’t like smoky. Just no. Gah! There are hints of lemon coming through. I have enough left for one more cup, so I’ll try that one at a lower temp with some honey and lemon as suggested in some of the other tasting notes. But not today. It took me 20 minutes to get the smoky taste out of my mouth just now. Blegh.

No rating, because my profound dislike of smokiness makes it impossible to evaluate the quality of the blend fairly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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Sipdown! I got this at our Taste of France swap, I think from greenteafairy. Thanks!

I’m enjoying the mango in this. The underlying rooibos is quite tasty too. Earthy, in a good way. This would be a good summer evening drink.

Yvonne

Mmm, sounds yummy!

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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This has been my go-to morning travel mug tea for the past week or so. It’s just fantastic for icy snowy freezing mornings, and it resteeps well so I can use the same leaves two or three days in a row (don’t judge me!). I love the maple flavor – distinct, natural, but not overwhelming. I’m actually upping my rating on this one.

Cavocorax

Oooh. I have some of this that sorta got tucked away and forgotten since BF, but now I’ll have to try it in my timolino!

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Thanks to RogersCK for including this in my Secret Pumpkin package. I love that supermarket brand loose leaf exists, but I don’t enjoy this particular loose leaf. The jasmine flavor is just very chemical and fake. It tastes about the same cold as hot. So, meh.

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