269 Tasting Notes

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
269 tasting notes

I received this one in a swap, thanks to whoever sent it to me! I really enjoy chocolate teas and I’ve been excited to try this one. I normally steep my black teas for about three minutes if I don’t have a particular time for them. However, on the bag was written a recommendation for five minutes. A bit long, but I wanted to give it a go.

As soon as the water hit the tea, a sweet smell floated out. After the five minutes, I finally get to taste it and…it’s bitter. I don’t get any of the flavors, just a bitter tea taste. I added some milk to help cut the bitterness, which it definitely did. I’m still not getting any chocolate though.

As I sit here typing this, and it cools, however, I feel like I’m getting more creamy chocolatey flavor. Yep, definitely chocolate, though not a very strong flavor. I think next time, I’ll drop the time down to four minutes and give that a try. At some point, I’ll also try a cold brew to see if it brings out the flavor any more. For now, I’m not super happy with this tea, but I feel like that may be due to my brewing and not the tea itself

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My boyfriend came to visit this week, and left yesterday. Even though I’m sure I’ll see him again soon, I still wanted something comforting, and I also needed something without caffeine. I thought it was finally time to try this. I can’t remember exact details, but I remember liking this. It wasn’t tart, it was a very pleasant creamy lime flavor. I feel like this would be a good cold brew candidate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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I participated in a Star Trek swap and this was one of the items I received. I believe it is made by Adagio. I haven’t had the best luck with Adagio Earl Greys in the past, and this one was no different. The bergamot is way too strong and I don’t have much of a tea taste. I added in some cream to make it more drinkable. This isn’t the best tea, but I can enjoy it with milk and sugar. The tin is the part I really want anyway!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

At least the trek reference part was awesome!

Emilie

Exactly! Feeling like Picard every time I drink this is definitely a bonus too!

Fjellrev

Oh Patrick Stewart. I love that man.

JustJames

lol, love the name! i am also insanely picky about bergamot, and tend to dislike it. my defacto earl is ‘the earl’s garden’ from david’s teas. low in bergamot, higher in fruit but still a very nice black.

Emilie

I might have to try that! I like the flavor of bergamot, but I find it overwhelming in a lot of teas.

JustJames

well, i have a whole tin that i can draw from in a swap if you’d like (it’s one of my faves so i keep it in stock).

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
269 tasting notes

As much as I enjoy Earl Grey, I haven’t had very many Earl Greys or variations. I decided to have this as my “morning” tea (more like lunch, but sleeping in it makes it morning for me!) While hot, it seemed bitter, and I didn’t think I would like it much. However, as it cools, I am enjoying it more and more. The smooth creaminess is able to come out more with the lower temperature. This seems like it could be interesting iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
269 tasting notes

I decided to try this cold brewed. I’m definitely liking it more than warm. It seems smoother. The chocolate flavor isn’t extremely strong or prominent, which I was expecting from trying this hot. I think I might finish the rest of this tea off as a cold brew.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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While looking through my little sample box to see what I should have, the bad of this stuck to the adhesive on the box and ripped open. For some reason, I always look over this, so I took that as a sign I should finally drink it. So far, I’m glad I did. It’s sitting next to me, and I’m getting some lovely smells. There’s a very sweet, creamy, vanilla smell, and under that a bit of a fruity scent. I wasn’t super careful with the steep time, so hopefully that didn’t throw off the taste too bad.
Hmm, I’m not getting as much flavor as I expected. Perhaps I needed to steep it for longer. I’m definitely getting a bit of sweet, creamy, fruity flavor, but it’s a hint. I have had this for a while, so there is a chance it could be old too. How disappointing, everyone else seemed to really enjoy this one! Oh well :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

That’s too bad! This one has always intrigued me, and sounded like it would be bursting with flavour.

Emilie

The scent definitely seemed like it was bursting with flavor as well! Like I said, I think there was a mess-up somewhere, whether it was me or just old tea. I definitely want to try this again sometime, it sounds like it’s a pretty good tea.

gmathis

Ashmanra taught me to go easy on steep time and temperature with Marco Polo—a little less on both. That may help.

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Had this blend for a late breakfast before heading out. I really like strong smokey teas, so I was excited for this one. The oriental spice in this one seems to tone down the lapsang, without really showing itself. At first, I was disappointed with the lack of smoke, but I like how smooth the other elements make this tea. It’s not bitter at all and honestly better than I was expecting.

On a mostly unrelated note, I found out that Zhi Tea is near me and I plan on going soon! I just have to find someone I can convince to go with me..

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

yay! someone else who likes lapsangs more than most people!
i actually prefer the blends, just cuz they are so diverse and interesting.
and if i had some Smaug tea left, i would send it to you immediately. i just finished it last week and i’m gonna have to get more of that one. maybe i’ll contact you when i do :)

Stephanie

I love the idea of a lapsang blend. Neat!!!

Emilie

I haven’t really tried many lapsang blends, though I did mix some with a maple tea a while back. That was really good!

Would you like to try some of this one Stephanie?

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I’ve been away for a while, due to finals and moving into a new apartment. I’ve finally unpacked everything I need for tea making, and decided to try out this tea as my first cup in the new place. While it was steeping, the smell really reminded me of this candy I used to have as a kid. It was fruit flavored gum in little spheres. There was grape, strawberry, melon, and many others. They came in little individual boxes held together by plastic wrap.

The taste reminds me of the same. I almost feel like I’m getting honeydew more than cantaloupe, though it’s still delicious! It’s sweet, probably from the cream and the tea itself.

After letting it cool down to a warm, not hot, temperature, I’m noticing that it seems more juicy, like I just bit down into a piece of melon. I’m not sure what else to say about this lovely tea that hasn’t already been said, but I really enjoy it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I drank this as a way to power through my three hour exam yesterday morning. I don’t remember much of the flavor, but I kept drinking it, so it must have been good! I do remember that I quite enjoyed the smell. One more exam to go for the semester!

On a side note, I’m going to be in Huston next week. Anyone know of any good tea places?

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Drank this earlier, I only have enough for one cup left! :(
This one smelled a little funny in the bag. It didn’t particularly smell like pineapple, cilantro, or white tea. It smells a lot better after steeping at least! This is very interestingly flavored. I definitely get the creaminess. The pineapple and the white base blend together well. I don’t know what exactly say about the cilantro. I can tell it is giving a flavor to the tea, but I definitely wouldn’t consider it cilantro. It’s not really good or bad, just different. I would be interested in trying this iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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