613 Tasting Notes

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This smells like something I would make. There is mostly a scent of cloves, and some apple. The flavour is more spice and almonds. Not sure I get much in the way of cake. Still nice for the weather here. Thanks to whomever sent me the sample.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Clove, Spices

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85

In the tea box from Phi. When I first brewed it, I got the scent of mint. The flavour is some creamy cocoa from the base, with mint, and hints of vanilla. Not something I’ve had before, but the flavours go well with the Golden Monkey.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream, Mint, Vanilla

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79

From the Oolong Owl. Mmm… fruit. Smells like fruit punch fruit leathers when first brewed. Now I get more of a passion fruit scent. That comes out nicely in the flavour. Still reminds me of a tropical fruit punch.

Flavors: Frosting, Passion Fruits, Red Fruits

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83

Played the ‘Song of Teatime’, and got this tea. It smells like bergamot and a bit of red fruit. The flavour is citrus and notes of currant. Not what I was expecting, but still nicely fruity.

Thanks to Phi for this blend.

Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Citrus, Red Fruits

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94

Merry Snowmas! Picked this up from the Nob Hill local shop on Solstice. Turns out I already had some at home. Which is fine, since I like this as a Winter tea.

It smells a bit malty, with some notes of cocoa. Not really smoky once brewed. The flavour is really good dark chocolate, with mild fruit notes. Because I’m so festive, I’m having this while listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and reading “Hogfather” by Terry Pratchett.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Red Fruits

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88

On the third day of Winter, I decided to have this tea. From the Phi tea box. Has a fantastic scent- caramel and nuts, with chocolate. Very much like those ‘turtle’ candies actually. The flavour is like caramel covered pecans. Really tastes like those candies.

Flavors: Candy, Caramel, Chocolate, Nuts, Pecan

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84

Got a package from the Oolong Owl today. Decided I should have the oolong first. It smells a bit summery, like creamy peach, with some apple notes. The flavour is fruit and cream, and hints of nuts. Nice in my current weather.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Cream, Creamy, Fruity, Nuts, Peach

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91

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the ones I remember from Tahoe.

Recommended to me by the Oolong Owl. There is a nice scent of white chocolate and nuts. Perhaps hazelnut. The flavour is sweet, nutty, a little creamy, and reminds me of cookies. Has a good base tea too. Very enjoyable festive blend. Went well with the almond crescent cookies. Didn’t notice any apricot though.

Heureux Hiver!

Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nuts, Nutty, White Chocolate

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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Happy Winter Solstice! Last night, I attended a Solstice Festival. There were farolitos (festive paper lanterns), and some were set up as a labyrinth. Very fun.

Today, I made the usual almond crescent cookies. And my new cookbook came in the post. Decided I would try this tea. It smells nicely like strawberry pastry with some coconuts notes. There is a sweet strawberry flavour, and hints of floral.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Pastries, Strawberry

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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I’ve been drinking a lot of this tea lately. It smells awesome, like honey and yams. Goes well with breakfast, especially french toast. The flavour is mostly sweet potato, with notes of honey and hints of nuts. (Trying to sipdown some of the Butiki Teas before the year’s end.)

Flavors: Honey, Nuts, Nutty, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple, Bergamot
Other flavours- Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Cream

Ratings-
95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure

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Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

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