252 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Mint by Culinary Teas
252 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
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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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86
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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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
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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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95
drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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I decided to get daring today and try something interesting with this. I did about 3/4 tea, 1/4 milk and a bit of Bailey’s coffee creamer. This turned out absolutely delicious.

Bonnie

Yummy!

OhioAtty

That sounds good. I will have to try this! Never added the spirits to my tea, but will give it a “shot” ;)

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drank Black Chai by La Route Des Indes
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Received this from Amanda, thanks!

So this one is definitely interesting. It has big pieces of different spices. It seems like it would be nice and strong. And yet it’s quite mild. The whole time I was drinking it, I was trying to figure out what the smell reminded me of. It turns out, it’s pho!

I used to go to this pho restaurant in California, it was wonderful. I guess some of the spice in this chai were also used in the broth for the pho. It’s interesting, but I’m not sure how I feel about a pho broth latte

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec
momo

When I was measuring it out, it reminded me of it too because of all the star anise. The vendor I bought it from was more into selling spices I guess. But I would have thought that would make their chai really good!

Emilie

That’s what I was thinking! As much nice looking spices as there was in there, I was expecting a much spicier flavor.

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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
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I must be on a chocolate kick today. I suddenly decided as I was getting ready for class that what I really needed was mint hot chocolate. And now this. Maybe I should just go ahead and have chocolate for dinner! (Actually I’m going to have Chick Fil A yum yum).

For some reason, I always expect this tea to taste like chocolate milk. Of course, it doesn’t. It has dark chocolate bits (some of which I may have eaten) that makes this a littler…deeper, for lack of a better word. It’s not just instant sweet chocolateness. If you go into this expecting a drinkable candy bar, you will be disappointed.

I really enjoy this tea. Also, my mommy got it for me for Christmas. Yay mom! :) I have plenty left of this too, if anybody would like a sample.
Preparation
4 min, 45 sec
Bonnie

No WAY we all want Chocolate Candy Bars and where is your STASH! If this is like deep dark chocolate then I would actually like it…with a dash of salt! If it’s light then nah. What is it with everyone today…Danish, Candy Canes, Cookies, Chocolate…Cake…I NEED SOME SUGAR!

Emilie

Haha are you sure you haven’t had sugar already?

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