258 Tasting Notes

87

Looks like Steepster ate my note for this one. This smells really strongly of rooibos, but doesn’t taste like it. It’s a good creamy banana flavor, but no chocolate. This should be renamed Banana tea, though it is good.

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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Just finished the last of this. I really enjoyed this one. I only steeped for six minutes, and definitely didn’t get as much flavor as the eight minutes. I recommend going for more time.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I saw someone mention earlier today that they wanted to try a combination of Della Terra’s Autumn Leaves and a lapsang souchong. Not only did I think that sounded very good, but I have samples of both that I want to clear out. So I combined Autumn Leaves with Lapsang Souchong from Happy Lucky. I figured the lapsang would overpower the Autumn Leaves, so I used extra Autumn Leaves. The lapsang is still overpowering and the maple doesn’t really come in until after the sip and in the aftertaste. This smells really good, but will have to be messed with to get the taste right.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Haha, was that me who mentioned that? :P

Emilie

Haha yep! I couldn’t remember who, but thanks for the idea!

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96

Finished the last of my sample from Greatlin off. Unfortunately, I think I waited a little too long on this one, as it had lost a lot of flavor. This is one I wouldn’t mind buying at some point

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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89

This was the last tea I had last night. I wanted something cold brewed, and I wanted something fruity. I’ve only had this once before, so I put it in the fridge for about 12 hours. It looks like my thoughts haven’t changed much since my last note. It smells sweet and fruity and delicious, while the taste is more white tea balanced well with the guava, without one feeling like it’s overpowering the other. One I will definitely be using to get me through the upcoming Texas summer.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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85

For some reason, I’ve never logged this, even though I had two ounces and I used the last of it last night. This was one of my first loose teas, and I’m sad to see it go. I’ve had it for almost two years now, so it was about time it was drunk. This is a very sweet peach tea, it smells a lot like the gummy peach rings I used to eat all the time. So, I may like this partially because of nostalgia, and partially because it’s local, but I promise this is a good peach tea if you’re looking for something sweet. If you’re in the Austin area, check out the Steeping Room. I hear they’ve remodeled recently, I may have to go back and get more of this and check out their new look.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
258 tasting notes

My roommates left for a week of spring break, while I’m staying. I’ve needed to go through and redo my tea cupboard, and now that they’re gone, I can go through all my tea without the judgement. I’m not sure I want them to know exactly how much tea I have! This is one that I’ve had forever and forgot about, sadly. I finally get to try it! Unfortunately, I’m not really tasting much from this. I don’t know what’s going on, because this has a million good notes. I’ll have to try this again later.

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90

I’ve noticed a lot of the reviews of this mention an odd smell before steeping. Mine, however, was all creamy coconut with a bit of an earthy smell. Maybe there was a bad batch going around at one point? As soon as the water hit the leaves, I got this really delicious smell of some kind of baking coconut cake amazingness. I drank this along with my Greek chicken salad. I really enjoy the way the flavors are mixing together here. The coconut isn’t super strong here, it’s more subtle and adding a creaminess to the puerh than being a BAMINYOURFACECOCONUT flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Superfruit Unity by Teavana
258 tasting notes

Cold brewed this one, and I’m really liking it. I’m not very good at picking out individual flavors, but I feel like I might be getting cranberry at the end of the sip. It’s an overall fruity, berry, slightly tart (but the good, berry kind of tart) flavor that I’m enjoying. I’m not sure how well this will hold up hot, but I think this will be a good iced tea when the weather warms up.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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56

TART. That’s the first thing. It seems like a mix of the hibiscus tartness and the berries. There’s a vague sweetness there too, that I think is the chocolate hanging around the edges. The aftertaste actually tastes like some berry filled chocolate thing, but I was really wanting the whole tea to taste like that. I’ve had good luck with cold-brewing overly hibiscus teas, so I may try that out later. For now, I’m not overly impressed. I feel like this tea could actually possibly taste like it’s supposed to if the hibiscus was removed

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
tattooed_tea

That’s too bad. I love this one & don’t find it tart at all. Just chocolate & berry.

Emilie

How do you usually make it? Maybe I just didn’t make it quite the right way. I really want to get the chocolate and berry flavor!

tattooed_tea

I use 3 perfect teaspoons (I do that with every tea), nearly boiling water & a 3-4 minute steep.

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