461 Tasting Notes

74

This is one of the teas my boatswain, Starfevre sent for me to try. I think teas with chocolate notes have spoiled me in regards to actually chocolate teas. The smells like a chocolate bar, but that doesn’t really come across in the flavour. It is sweet, but doesn’t really have the cocoa I was expecting.

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84

A suggestion for a tea to go with my dinner of popcorn shrimp. It worked. I liked the roasty/ nutty flavour. The scent was a bit on the nutty side too, and was a little stronger in the tea itself rather than just the leaves. Overall, I still very much like this variety.

Cheri

I have this and haven’t yet tried it. I guess I should.

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88

Selected by the ladies of the Tea Chat Room. I made a bit of a storing fail, it got left on a grape scented candle by accident. So now it smells a bit like grapes. It also has a scent of plums and malty chocolate. The flavour is plum hot cocoa. Which is pretty good.

Make sure you don’t leave samples with your candles, kids. At least it was a complimentary fruit and not ocean breeze or something.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Plums

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78

Don’t remember where I got this, but it was time to try it. This really does smell like cake. The flavour is more caramel, and maybe pecan. I know this is a cake tea, but it is really sweet. Overall, I’m glad I picked up the single serve bag, but don’t need a canister.

Flavors: Caramel, Hazelnut, Pecan, Vanilla

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79

I’m having this while watching the newest episode of Once Upon a Time. It smells pretty fruity. The flavour is similar, but more mild. Green tea works better with the fruit flavours. Still tastes like Summer, but it’s nice than the black tea version.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango

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85

This was from my b-day sampler. It smells like seaweed salad a little. And also spinach. The flavour is sweet, and mildly green. Makes me want sushi.

Flavors: Seaweed, Spinach

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71

I’m not sure of my opinion of sencha, so I always want to try more. It smells nice and green. The flavour is a tiny bit sweet, and reminds me a lot of spinach. Not bad, but I think this something I need to try at a tea house sometime.

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88

This is the other sample Stacy picked out. Dry, it smelled nicely like malty chocolate. Brewed, I get more of a baked bread scent. The flavour is lighter than expected, with some fruit and sweet potato notes. It does have some baked bread as well. Now it tastes a bit like raisin bread, which I really like. Praise Yavanna!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

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89

My first tea of the day, somehow. This smells a bit like cinnamon at first, but that’s the infuser. Otherwise, I some malty notes and hints of citrus. The flavour is smooth and sweet. It’s refreshing, and solves my Ceylon craving.

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I got this as a free sample with my Momo. It doesn’t say ‘Assam’ on the package, it has that scent. Though it seems to smell only mildly malty. That doesn’t really come out in the flavour, and it’s on the bitter side. Once it cools a little, it’s okay.

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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

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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