403 Tasting Notes

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
403 tasting notes

Still loving this. It’s a really great snack tea. Sweet on the first steep, nice and nutty on the second steep… and no mess! This is great while I’m trying to get some work done, though I generally don’t like to be distracted when enjoying good tea.

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Quality vanilla flavor? Check. Della Terra’s awesome cream flavoring? Check. This rooibos tea is great. It’s milder than DT’s other creamy rooibos (rooibi? roiboses?) in that it doesn’t have the tartness that many of those other flavors do. Rather, it’s a nice, smooth, soothing vanilla. For some reason the flavor is evocative of lady fingers – there’s just something cakey going on here. I love it.

Perfect for a dessert tea and lovely for a bedtime tea, though probably best suited for colder evenings when you want something rich and creamy. Many thanks to whatshesaid for the sample.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Chocolate! This actually has chocolate chips in it, which is a bit gimmicky but I like it. The color is definitely chocolate-y, and it smells like dark chocolate. Tastes chocolate-y too. Kind of like thin hot cocoa. I don’t know whether it’s really this good or I’m just projecting my desire for a good chocolate tea. Either way, yum!

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drank Genmaicha by Say Tea
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This smells and tastes like congee. Not inherently a bad thing, but… not really what I’m looking for in a tea.

Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample!

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75
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
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Short tasting notes are better than none.

I like this tea. The orange and cinnamon dominate. Before looking at the ingredients list I thought there was clove in this. I guess that’s the cinnamon + licorice taste? At any rate, this was tasty and a nice complement to dinner. Thanks to oOTeaOo for the swap!

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drank Casablanca by Alice's Tea Cup
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Mmmm… still tasty. Tangy minty goodness. I accidentally left the second steep brewing for something like 20 minutes, and it’s still fantastic. Is it even possible for this tea to turn out bad?

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The dry leaves of this smell wonderful. Tropical, in fact. It smells heavily of dried mango, even though there’s no actual mango in this. It has some nice overtones of vanilla. The brewed tea loses the mango smell entirely and goes straight to cherry. It’s creamy, even without milk. Unfortunately, I just learned that I don’t like cherry-flavored tea (which shouldn’t be all that surprising, since I don’t really like cherries…). Blah. Into the swap pile with you!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Wow, there are so many tasting notes already! And so many of them come from swaps that I’m starting to wonder whether only three people actually bought the tea and then it got passed around to everyone else. I too got this in a swap. Thanks moraiwe!

The dry leaves smell lovely, but the scent is so strong that they have to be sequestered in their own jar away from the other teas. The brewed tea is so dark that it looks like raw apple cider. It just straight up smells like bread. I can’t think of a more accurate description. Thick, warm, yeasty… I have no idea how they did it, but ATC made a tea that truly lives up to its name. It does get a little bitter as it cools, which I’m not too happy about, but I think the lesson here is to drink it right away!

I can’t usually drink black tea, so this won’t make it onto my shopping list. But I do highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good breakfast tea that makes it easier to skip your morning pastry. Or, if you’re the type of person who can still sleep after drinking black tea, this would make a great nightcap.

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

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80
drank Green Tea Sage by Wissotzky Tea
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The weather was finally nice enough to have a cuppa and I finally had a little time at work to write up a tasting note. Imagine my consternation when I discovered that the dilapidated old browser on my work computer isn’t capable of running the “write tasting note” feature. Bah!

So this is a somewhat belated tasting note, but I feel that I must write it or else Internet Explorer 1782 wins.

I quite enjoyed this tea though! I haven’t got a whole lot to add to my prior note. I drank it after only steeping for about 4 minutes, at which point it was still tasty but not as well balanced as when you really let it sit. The sage aroma and flavor are very strong and soothing. I really wanted to add some honey to it, though, to round it out a bit. Overall, good for a quick fix during a busy workday.

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85
drank Clouds and Mist by The Tea Spot
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I was picking out a tea when the skies blessedly split open and gave us some rain to end this miserable heat wave. This tea seemed apt. Thanks to Shelley_Lorraine for the sample! The dry leaves have a vegetal smell with a hint of sweetness. The pale yellow brew is vegetal and smoky, with a dry mouthfeel. That’s about all I have to say – I’m out of the habit of writing detailed tasting notes, but I’ll get back into it eventually.

Addendum: The second brewing is very buttery and a little tangy, with a tart aftertaste. Yummy.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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