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225 Tasting Notes

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I just got more tea in today! I’m kinda overwhelmed now. I definitely wasn’t expecting it all at once! If anybody wants to try any of my teas, please let me know and I would be more than happy to send you a sample.

This tea smells like some kind of soda in the bag. I made it to hopefully help me through the Genetics and Evolution test I have to take in an hour. I didn’t get much of the grenadine or vanilla flavor, mostly just the tea itself. I’ll have to try this in different ways and see what works best.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
225 tasting notes

Today my shipments from 52teas, Tropical Tea Co., AND Amanda came in. I wasn’t expecting them all at the same time! I was a bit overwhelmed. However, the smell of this one really drew me in. It’s very sweet in the bag, almost too sweet. I tried this first at about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Very bitter! So I tried again with 2 minutes this time. It’s a bit too weak, though the flavor comes out a bit more as it cools. Somewhere between these two times will be the perfect steeping time. I will find it! This tea smells so delicious, I want to find that in the flavor as well.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Emilie

I spilled some of this tea on my laptop and now the right click button isn’t working :(

Azzrian

:( oh no! Well I love this one iced personally.

Emilie

I think my laptop just needs to dry for a bit.
I’ll definitely have to try that! Especially with the Texas 100 degree summer looming in front of me!

LiberTEAS

Try steeping it at a lower temperature. I find that the black tea from 52Teas works better with a temperature of about 200°F for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.

Emilie

Ok! I’d been having trouble with the Pancake Breakfast as well. I’m just so used to black teas being happy with around boiling temperature water.

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Made another cup of this yesterday. I still couldn’t get the bitter taste out, but it was better. I decided to look up the Earl Grey Bravo that is the main part of this tea. Turns out, it’s not the cornflowers! Apparently a lot of people have been having trouble with the same problem, and it’s actually the bergamot. So, note to self, do not buy Earl Greys from Adagio. Luckily, this tea is still really good with milk and sweetener. I still have plenty of this left, though. So if anyone is interested in trying some, let me know!

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
225 tasting notes

Had this tonight to keep me going through lab and studying for my stats test. Go me! I still absolutely love this tea. I tried it with milk this time. It’s wonderful both ways and doesn’t need anything to sweeten it. I really love that this can do multiple steeps well, as well.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Greatlin

I bought this this morning as a result of your yummy posts about it. I can’t wait to get it!

Emilie

Great! If you like those chocolate oranges they sell at Christmas, you’ll love this. Also, next time, if there is anything I have that you want to try, you can just ask me before you go and buy it :)

Greatlin

Thanks! Same goes for me… check out my cupboard. I just received some Finnish versions of tea that I am seeing if Steepster has in their database…

Emilie

Hmm so I just took a look, and the chocolate chamomile tea, the banana oolong, and any of the peppermint teas sound interesting( I’m kinda addicted to minty teas, I’m hoping there will be some in the traveling tea box lol). If you have enough of any of those, I would love to do a small sample exchange of pretty much anything in my cupboard.

Greatlin

Cool, My David’s Teas should be in this week and I would be more than happy to send some your way, as well as my minty teas. I am a minty gal too. I’ll noodle around your cupboard and come up with some stuff.

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One of the samples from Design a Tea. I thought this would be an interesting blend, as I like both flavors. Perhaps they can go well together?
The dry smell is mainly peppermint. If I try, I can get something possibly vanilla-ish, but it’s mainly peppermint. It keeps pretty much the same smell all throughout steeping. At first, the flavor is ALL peppermint. While I’ve yet to meet a peppermint tea that I didn’t like, I was really wanting to get the two flavors together. Once it cools a bit, the Irish Creme seems to come out. I can’t taste it so much as it seems to be mellowing out the peppermint. I really wish the irish creme flavor would have made a strong appearance. While good for a peppermint tea, that’s not what I was looking for with this.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

I evidently missed the boat on the free samples, but yesterday I was very excited to discover Ovation Teas (ovationteas.com) has a stellar-looking custom tea creating thingy on their website. I could not resist trying it out! Though they don’t have irish creme flavoring, you might be able to send them an email and see!

Emilie

Design a Tea still has the samples here http://designatea.com/freesamples.php if you’re looking for them. They seem really hit or miss, but I’ve heard the stuff they already have blended is pretty good.
Thanks for the info, I’ll definitely check it out tomorrow once I’m more awake!

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
225 tasting notes

This is one of the first bagged teas that I really liked, back when I had just started drinking tea. I hadn’t had any in a while, so I decided to have some to wake me up this morning. I steeped it at the 2 minutes that everyone says makes it taste wonderful. Turns out, I don’t like it at two minutes. To me, it just tastes like hot water that somebody thought about adding spice to. Normally, I leave it in for closer to 4 or 5 minutes, and the spice and orange flavor really comes out. It’s a great way for me to wake up in the morning. While this cup wasn’t wonderful, I’m normally very fond of Constant Comment

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

I’ve never actually had Constant Comment, but always had Stash’s Orange Spice. I now buy MarketSpice from.. well… MarketSpice. It’s a very wonderful cinnamon orange tea, though I’ve read some reviews that it’s TOO-cinnamony. I like it though.

Emilie

I’ve tried a good number of Stash teas and haven’t been very impressed with any of them. I’ve just given up on them. I may have to look into MarketSpice! I like my teas nice and spicy! And you should definitely give Constant Comment a try at least. The good thing about it for me is that my cafeteria has some teas, including Constant Comment, in a hidden corner, and nobody else drinks them, so they’re all mine!

Bonnie

I like Good Earth Original for the reason that it’s really spicy and in the Winter sometimes I want that! Also the decaf version tastes just like the non-decaf and you don’t need sugar in either because the spice is sweet.

Dylan Oxford

I’d be willing to send you a sample! Although, there’s a tea that was recommended to me called Söderblandning from Sweden that I’m awaiting a shipment for. Might make sense to wait until that gets here, since if it blows MarketSpice away, I wouldn’t want to recommend the wrong one!

Emilie

Sure! I’ll let you screen them for me :)

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This tastes like fruit stripes gum!

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5 min, 0 sec

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My first oolong. I got it for $1 as part of a promotion the company was doing. Definitely good, and I’m interested in learning more about oolongs

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I think I have issues with cornflower petals. Any time I make a tea with them, it has a bitter, astringent taste. Everyone talks about tea made with them being so creamy. I’ve tried this tea at 2, 3 and 4 minutes and still get that flavor. Am I missing something? Do you have to add sweetener and milk for the creaminess to come out? That doesn’t seem right. And when I do, I don’t get any of the caramel or hazelnut taste. I really want to like this tea. Help!

Azzrian

Hoping someone can comment and assist. I have no answer for you on this one.

Emilie

I’ve tried it in two separate teas, but both were from Adagio. I order something from DAVIDsTEA recently that has them. I’m hoping maybe Adagio’s just isn’t good for some reason.

Azzrian

That may be the case! Good idea trying elsewhere before you decide if you just don’t like that flavor! :)

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I was definitely a little nervous about this tea at first. From what I’ve read of Lapsang Souchongs, you either love or hate them. When I opened this wonderful sample from Bonnie, it smelled like a bag full of smoked meat. While that sounds delicious, I was a bit hesitant for it as a tea flavor. Turns out, I really like the smokiness! I think it would have thrown me off if I hadn’t been expecting it, but this is very good! When I was eight, my grandmother’s house was still heated by burning wood, and this feels like being with my grandmother again. I feel like she should be here, sneaking me cookies when my dad isn’t looking :)

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec
Emilie

It left an after taste like I just ate a steak. I feel like this would be a good way to get Texans to move from all of their iced lipton to loose leaf tea. Steak tea would definitely appeal lol

Bonnie

You understand. My grandkids call this The Memory Tea.

Emilie

I really like this, and I doubt I would have been brave enough to try it on my own. Thanks :) And I think Memory Tea is extremely fitting.

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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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