252 Tasting Notes

drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
252 tasting notes

I received this as a sample. I was super excited to try it. And then I made it way too weak, I accidentally used it in a cup too big. BOO :(

Bonnie

I hate that! Did you rebrew?

Emilie

Nope :( I’m at my parents house and if I do, the noise from the kitchen will wake them up.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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I don’t know too much about unflavored black teas. Some day I want to have a little side by side taste test. But for now, this tea. I can’t pick out the individual flavors too well. It’s overall nice and smooth, but it didn’t stand out in any particular way. I think this would be good for me as a breakfast tea (big surprise there, eh?) when I’m not really going to be examining the flavors, but looking for something that tastes pleasant enough and has caffeine. Normally I like teas better without milk, but this one seems to benefit from the addition of just a bit.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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I have a box of this saved up for special occasions when it is really needed. Well today is definitely one of them. I’m supposed to be teaching knitting classes at Michael’s, but I just found out that there haven’t been sign up sheets out since June. :( I’m also supposed to be hearing back from another job to see if I got hired, but I’m guessing I haven’t since nobody has called me. I have basically no income right now. On top of it all I’m sick and only seem to get more sick as the days go by. I think a nice soothing cup of tea is exactly what I need.

As for the tea itself, I’m not sure what more I can say that hasn’t already been said by one of the other many tasting notes here. The flavors all work wonderfully together. I do wish the mint was a bit stronger, but I’m the kind of person who can never have too much mint in her tea. This tea seems to be doing wonders for my sore throat as well. I can’t wait to stock up again this winter!

gmathis

Sorry about all the ick—healthwise and otherwise.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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I meant to have this with something such as yogurt for breakfast. Somehow, that yogurt became one of the brownies my mom made. Oops. At least Lady Grey and brownies go well together.
I think this particular batch of tea that I have is a little weak. No matter how I brew it, this loose leaf doesn’t get as tasty as the bagged version I have. It only vaguely has that fruit loops taste. Taste variances seems to be a problem with Twinings in general. Or maybe this batch is just old. At least it IS still tasty, just slightly less so. This tea does seem to be a little more delicate then most blacks when it comes to temp and steeping time too, so I’ll play with that more.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

LOL good intentions anyway :)

gmathis

There are eggs in brownies. Counts as breakfast.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I think my taste buds are a bit off today. While I really enjoyed this flavor, I kept getting an after taste of hotdogs. Obviously something weird is going on with me. Unless somebody is secretly putting hotdogs in my tea stash :( I also accidentally let this steep a minute longer than I had intended and I could taste some bitterness coming out, especially as it cooled. However, as I said, the tea itself was great.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ewwwww, hot dog tea!

Bonnie

Pass the mustard!

Ninavampi

Hot dogs!?! I hate hot dogs in general! So sorry that hot dog was found in your Paris today!!!

Me

Now you just need a hamburger tea and a french fry one to complete the ensemble.

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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I received this in one of my orders as a sample. I just knew it needed to be an iced tea to help combat this 100 degree weather. I also decided that it needed to be subjected to my first attempt at cold brewing. I have to say that my experiment was definitely a success! I’d been making my iced teas so far by brewing them hot, then icing them. This definitely brings out the subtle flavors more. As for the tea, I really like it. It’s not overpoweringly mango, the mango feels much more subtle, almost as if it’s enhancing the tea. Overall, I’m very happy with this.

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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I recently got a bunch of tea from Adagio using points I had saved up. I’m trying to get more into oolong so I figured trying Adagio’s couldn’t hurt. I made a cup of this and…didn’t drink it. I was preparing things to be mailed off, and cleaning. This poor cup sat on my headboard waiting for me to drink it. Now that I’ve rediscovered it, it’s a mild lukewarm temperature. This temperature definitely doesn’t seem to do this tea any justice. I’m getting a vague, general floral oolonginess. But nothing in particular. I’m assuming this tea is much tastier when made properly, so I apologize to the Wuyi Ensemble and withhold judgement

Kittenna

That sucks! I’ve done that many times, and sometimes the lukewarm cup tastes great or even just fine, and other times it’s disappointingly bad. Feels like such a waste!

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I’m surprised to be the first to rate this! I’m feeling the pressure!

Well, the only other puerh I really have experience with is DAVIDSteas’ Chocolate Orange. It’s pretty strongly flavored where you don’t taste the puerh-ness as much. Well, this is obviously different. As soon as I opened the sample bag, I got a strong whiff of a familiar scent. This Honeysuckle Puerh smells like crawfish. While crawfish are delicious, I DO NOT want a tea that tastes like them. So I decided to try rinsing the leaves. I ran hot water through them for probably about ten seconds. Hopefully that was enough to bring out the honeysuckle and the non-fishy side of puerh (whatever that tastes like?)

Hmm. So I’m getting some of the crawfish flavor and some earthy flavors with some notes of nut. But what I’m definitely not getting is honeysuckle. I’m not experienced enough to know if I rinsed it too much (could I have rinsed the flavor out?), not enough, or if I need to add sweetner. I’ll need to experiment with this.

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

Honeysuckle might just mean that it has a sweet note to it like honeysuckle but not a flavor like the Davids Tea puerh. Rinsing is fine. A puerh should be earthy but not really fishy. If you like sugar and cream try that as a latte. My first puerhs were lattes.

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drank Pina Colada by Fusion Teas
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I was really excited for this tea. The dry leaves smell JUST like pina colada. Yet, once it was steeping, it started smelling like fruit punch. It tastes a bit like apple juice, with just a hint of the coconuty, pineappley goodness I was anticipating. This tea does taste good, but it isn’t pina colada flavor. Fusion Tea, if you made another version of this without the apple and hibiscus, I feel like it would be exactly what I want. I would buy buckets of that stuff. Pretty please make it?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

Shucks!!

Fusion Teas

Shucks is right! Thank You for the feedback, I get the whole fruit punch thing, that’s the hibiscus coming out. For next time try a 5 min or less steep. That way the hibiscus won’t be so strong.

Emilie

Wow! Thanks for the reply! I’d also like to thank you guys for the really generous samples. I will give that a try next time and she how it goes.

Bonnie

That was a nice touche!

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I only have a little of this left, and no tea budget to buy more with! :(
I noticed today that this had a kinda weird smell when dry. I’m not sure if it smelled like that last time I made this. However, it still tasted just as delicious as last time! One thing I’ve noticed to watch out for is that this one shouldn’t be allowed to cool very much. It wasn’t astringent at all when hot, but as it cooled, the astringency came out and got stronger and stronger.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I think I enjoyed this one best at a warm temperature too, although not necessarily astringency-related.

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