269 Tasting Notes

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
269 tasting notes

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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86
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
269 tasting notes

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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44
drank Pina Colada by Fusion Teas
269 tasting notes

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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Drank this last night. I really didn’t taste much flavor at all. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but next time I will try spicing it up with some of my peppermint, to see where that goes.

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Thanks to Teavivre for this and the other generous samples!

I’ve been really scared to try this. Back when I first got into tea, I had some bad experiences with green teas and jasmine greens in particular. I’m sure it was mostly due to my lack of brewing knowledge, but it still made me shy away from green teas. But for some reason, I saw this today and just really wanted to try it. I’m definitely happy I did.

I’m used to overly floral, intense jasmine teas. Some people may like those, but they just give me headaches. This is not overly strong, in smell or taste. It smells great. I was tempted to not even drink it and just smell it instead.

I wish I could thank this tea for giving me hope. It tastes so good that I want to try more green teas now! It was sweet, which I wasn’t expecting. Most green teas I’ve had have tasted kinda like burnt grass. The jasmine is light, not overpowering.

I’m not really sure what else to say about it, as I don’t know what to look for in green teas, but this is really great! If you’re looking to get into green teas, give this a try!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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80
drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
269 tasting notes

Mmm I’m liking this one a lot more this time. The rose scent seems a lot stronger than I remember. All the flavors seem stronger. I guess this one just needed a while to sit around and get awesome or something.

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