1249 Tasting Notes

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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A smoky chestnut instead of a sweet, glacée one, this is a simple, straightforward chestnut black tea. Huge thanks to Dinosara for sharing such a perfect sample size!

Flavors: Chestnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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Hm. Very different experience than last time I made this. Still tasty, however it’s more of a mango EG than purely mango today. Definitely strong floral notes that I would have remembered and noted last time, had I tasted it then.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Best tea of the morning, by far. I oversteeped it though when the mailman showed up, so I expected it to be horribly bitter. Surprisingly, it’s only a touch bitter, and I’m getting primarily jasmine with a sweeter nut. Zero pine, which surprised me. Even with the oversteep though, this is an excellent tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Zero pine? Hmmm…perhaps the green tea took over because of the long steep time?

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drank Caramel Delight by Praise Tea Company
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Opening the bag reminded me strongly of the tobacco my Dad used to roll into cigars. Thankfully, after steeping the smell changed, although there’s still echoes of tobacco in the flavor. Funny, it’s a first for me to say I like this. Normally, I shy away from anything tobacco-ish, other than maybe when it’s leather. Anyway, I digress.

I understand the intention behind this tea, however it’s too drying and tobacco-y for it to be a true, chewy caramel. It’s still nice, full-bodied and rich, it’s just not the cup I wanted this afternoon.

This came from (I think) my first swap on Steepster, from Allie. Thank you again!

Flavors: Caramel, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

My father-in-law went through a pipe smoking phase, and though I don’t smoke or like it secondhand at all, I did love the scent of his pipe tobacco.

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90

When I opened the bag of Kickstarter teas this morning, this was the first I HAD to make. Yes, I special ordered this as a “Create Your Own Flavor” reward level. Why? Because I love tea, and I love Haagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream — a little too much. I was hoping this could replace that fix in a much healthier way.

Well folks, I must admit, it smells like my favorite ice cream. And while I wish the flavors were a bit stronger, it really IS chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I get the chocolate (albeit a bit faint), I get the creaminess from the ice cream, and I definitely get peanut butter along with a drying flavor (not feel) that I associate with eating too many nuts.

I kinda sorta wish I’d grabbed more of these now. :$

Brewed hot 200F for 2 minutes, then poured cold water over it to make just under 2L.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad it worked out :)

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64
drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
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Like VariaTEA the lovely gal who shared this with me, I’m getting little out of this. I have to wonder if what she’s sent me is a re-blend, and thus why the differentiation in experiences between her and I, and many others. It’s just a slightly astringent black tea, I’m not even getting anything sweet out of it. Boo.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

I think it might have been a reblend but I am not 100% sure. I picked it up in October, I think. I am sorry it wasn’t really anything. I had the same issue.

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drank Morning Cranky by Fru P Kaffe & The
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Bah, I messed this up royally. 30+ minute steep?! I am so sorry Angrboda, as you graciously sent me some of this, and I’ve just plain been bad. In my defense, as soon as I brewed this, the mailman delivered an order of tea…

Leaves are long and pretty, with some yellow flowers scattered throughout. Smells tropical, like a mango or pineapple maybe, very sweet and juicy. Due to the ridiculous oversteeping, it’s bitter. I can still pull out the fruit flavoring though, and quite enjoy it once I stop scolding myself.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Angrboda

I think you can be excused. Postmen provide very serious distractions.

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77

Standard chai spices, with a solid chai flavor. A bit much licorice/anise for me, but otherwise, lovely.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Chai Chai by J-TEA
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Weird, I thought I’d had this already, as the package was open. Yet… this is my first tasting note. Well, enjoy it, whomever I sent some to! :) This is a basic chai, nothing really stands out other than some sweetness from the cardamom. Tasty!

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74
drank Chocolate Panda by Silk Road
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This is very different than what I was expecting. When I hear Chocolate Panda, I think chocolate, maybe a touch of mint. What I’m getting is a silky licorice with some… honeyed chalky chocolate? Totally drinkable, just really different from that I expected.

Janelle you rock for getting this off my wishlist by sharing some with me. Thank you!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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