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225 Tasting Notes

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I got a big box of teas in from greatlin yesterday! Thanks so much! After my successful go with the mandarin silk oolong the day before, I was craving even more oolong. I knew that this was one that she was sending, so I hunted through the box for it. Unfortunately, I can’t remember how it smelled dry, but after steeping it was like wonderful banana heaven. I was expecting this to have the fake banana flavor, but it tastes like actual bananas. The creamy banana goodness and the oolong go together so perfectly! Definitely getting more of this!

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This smells really sweet, like bubblegum, when dry. It gets a bit more minty once it’s steeped. Unfortunately, it just tasted like a weak peppermint tea. I think I’m much happier just putting my own peppermint in, so I can get it as strong or weak as I like.
Don’t let my low rating scare you off though. I like really minty teas, but if you like yours a bit more subtle, you might like this. I have some left if anybody would like to give it a try.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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99

Another that I had yesterday.

Before this, I had tried only one other oolong. It was overly perfume-y and not something I was very fond off. When I found out this was oolong, I was disappointed at first. I’m so glad that I bothered to try it though! This teas smells absolutely wonderful. It has a creamy, oolongy smell and tastes just the same. The vanilla flavor blends really well with the oolong taste. I will definitely be stocking up on this one!

Kittenna

Ooh! Sounds delicious!

Emilie

It really is! I only have enough for a cup left and I’m planning on giving it to my mom, otherwise I would send you some. I really recommend it

Kittenna

Hahaha, don’t worry, I wasn’t trying to wrangle one out of you :D I have totally added it to my shopping list though. Any tea that someone rates that high is worth trying!

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drank Chocolate Mint by Culinary Teas
225 tasting notes

I drank this yesterday and haven’t had time to log it since school is currently kicking my butt.

I haven’t had any other chocolate mint teas to compare this too, but I think this one is great! Neither of the flavors drowned the other out. The chocolate and the mint blended together very nicely.

Bonnie

Hope school goes better for you!

Kittenna

Yes, good luck with school stuff. Mine keeps piling up, and I should really be doing stats right now but urrrrgh don’t wanna…

ScottTeaMan

Harney & Sons makes a good chocolate mint. I really like mint chocolate. :))

Emilie

I love mint teas, and chocolate is great if done well. I may have to try theirs!

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99

I’m so happy this was a tea that was chosen to be rescued! Thanks RachanaC and I look forward to more wonderful rescue teas :)

When I first opened this, I was immediately struck by the strong smell of blueberries. But under that, the more you smell it, the more this other scent comes out. It smells like some delicious bread dessert baking in the oven. Hopefully that taste comes through in the tea and this isn’t just a blueberry tea!

I seem to have trouble getting the temperature and time right with 52Teas’ black teas. Everyone else seemed to like about boiling and 4 minutes, so I went with that. After adding the water, the blueberry smell isn’t as strong and that baking smell comes out more. At the beginning of the sip, it’s blueberry. But then, somewhere near the end of the sip, the cream cheese danish flavor comes in. It feels like you’re actually eating a danish. It’s just the perfect amount, neither of the flavors overwhelming the other, though I do wish they blended together a little more. I honestly can’t complain though. Adding milk seemed to make the blueberry flavor a lot weaker, and the danish flavor a lot stronger. How do you even manage to make tea taste like this? I’m assuming 52teas employs a wizard until proven otherwise.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

From what I’ve heard, he works very closely with the oompa loompa union.

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The sprinkles in this are cute! It has a really weak sweet smell though. I was hoping the flavor would not match the smell. At three minutes, I could taste the tea (and it was good) but I could not taste any of the other flavors at all. As it cooled, I could taste a bit more creaminess but not much. I definitely don’t get any cakeiness from it. I’ll try it a bit longer next time and see if I can find any of the flavors.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Young Hyson by La Creme
225 tasting notes

I’m really not very experienced at all with green teas yet, so I don’t really know what I’m talking about.

This is another tea I bought in San Angelo. While it was steeping, it seemed to have lots of bits of what I would guess are stems floating in it. This did smell really good however. Like just cut grass that would somehow taste really good. And yet, the taste was not so great. I have no clue if it’s the tea or my own fault, but it’s probably some weird combination of both. It manages to taste both weak and very bitter. I feel like I’m drinking water mostly, and what little flavor I get is all bitter bitter bitter. I will have to give this a few more tries some other time.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Hope you checked maybe for lower temp and shorter time. Seems greens are like that lots of times.

Emilie

I will try to mess around with the temperature and time. This seemed to be what most of the young hyson’s were at, so I just decided to start there and see where it went.

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
225 tasting notes

Another sample from Bonnie! I’ve been saving this one to try it iced, it just seemed like one of those teas that would be perfect iced. It’s getting in the 80’s and 90’s already in Texas. I made this yesterday.

MMM I was right! This is great iced! All the berry flavors combine together in this delicious way without none really overpowering the other. I added just a bit of honey and it made it even better. It only seemed appropriate for something titled Bear Trap. I may have to buy this next time I place an order. Now that it’s finally heating up, I get to try all of the teas I love iced. It’s like a whole new world cue Disney music

Bonnie

You be funny!

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
225 tasting notes

Made this yesterday for my mom. I’m trying to introduce her to loose leaf tea and I knew she would love this one. I bought a gallon of water so we could taste it without the saltiness of their water getting in the way. I think she has been won over!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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I’m home for the Easter weekend and I found a wonderful little four cup teapot today for a great price. I can’t wait to knit a cozy for it :D

Anyway, I made this and definitely got to taste some of the creamy, rummy deliciousness I see everyone else talking about. And then suddenly, the horrible salty taste of San Angelo water overpowered everything else. I couldn’t even finish the poor cup. I’ll have my Brita filter pitcher over the summer at least. Hopefully that will help. And if not, I guess I’ll just stock up on water from the store :(

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I’m a premed student at a university near Austin. I’ve recently started getting very much into tea, but I’m still learning. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, and California, and each place has it’s own charm, but Colorado was definitely my favorite place. I also knit quite a bit and sell things on my etsy when I’m not busy with school.
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