1373 Tasting Notes

(Whoops. Still 260, I already removed this from my spreadsheet!)

Cold steeped overnight to make juice to take to work today. Pretty tasty! It’s a nice, simple tea good for cold brewing, although it is heavy on the hibiscus.

4 tea bags in 4 cups water, 12 hours-ish.

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drank Assam Golden Tips by Harney & Sons
1373 tasting notes

(260) A nice, light assam. Not super fabulous, but nice. I had it plain today, in my travel mug. It works well.

However, I do prefer stronger and maltier assam teas. So while I might pick up another sample of this at some point, it’s not anything I feel I need to chase down and keep stocked in my cupboard.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Fireside Chat by Zen Tea
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(262) Another sample from MissB. :)

I have to admit when I pulled it out and saw the word ‘peppermint’ on the label, my first thought was “OH HELL NO!” But then I saw ‘cinnamon’ in the ingredients, and a little known fact about me is that I LOVE cinnamon and peppermint together. So I had to try it. (Note: My BFF is very allergic to peppermint, and spearmint can upset my tummy like none other. I don’t consume a lot of minty things!)

It is very very cinnamony. There is a touch of peppermint. And also rooibos. It’s not bad. I’d never get it, because my favourite cinnamon-and-peppermint tea is Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Black Tea Blend (Their description is cinnamon and orange, but that is such a lie. It’s dominated by cinnamon and peppermint.), and also I’d rather not keep any peppermint teas in the house unless they’re well-bagged (like the Good Earth, in individual foil packets) just in case.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Xue Ya by Camellia Sinensis
1373 tasting notes

This one is from MissB. Thank you for sharing!

Sadly, not for me. It’s the green pea and spinach flavours that just do me in with so many of these green teas! I’m sure that it’s a lovely example if you like those flavours in your teas, but unless I’m pouring the tea over rice and salmon, I’m not interested.

Now, I wonder whose bag I can put the other half of the sample in. :)

Flavors: Peas, Spinach

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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(264) I actually really like this tea. A good sour cherry flavour, with some sweetness and juiciness from the fig.

I will definitely get it again, but probably not from this company. I just haven’t been wow’d, and it’s easy enough to add a bag to a Tealux order (it’s Cherry Fantasy). If I find I’m craving this tea then I can go pick up a sample pack, but I’ll probably just wait.

(1.5 tsp in 10 oz water)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1373 tasting notes

Yep, this is as expected. Yum! Thanks, Ceylon Star! :)

I added a little sweetened condensed milk because it’s in the fridge.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Uhh, sipdown, and pour out.

So extremely astringent with a side of bitter. I even steeped at 185F.

Too bad because it smelled SO GOOD dry.

Now to find another tea to drink!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

I had 100g of each of these teas, and I’m down to my last 40g mixed. I think it’s safe to say I like them!

And I do, I really do.

(I lost track of steep time today, oops. Doesn’t matter. Still good. The burnt sugar/toasted hazelnut flavour really hides any bitterness, whee!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
VariaTEA

I meant to mix the two and completely forgot and then drank them both separately because they are so good :)

OMGsrsly

I’ve had 3 containers in my cupboard for them all, and because I had so little left I decided to just mix everything. :) So now I have some space for the teas I bought, or something, right? :)

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
1373 tasting notes

I still like this tea. And I have to give Teavana credit for listing ALL the ingredients, even when the fruit pieces are coated in sugar or rice flour. Definitely keeps them up there in my esteem, even though most of their stuff is ridiculously overpriced.

So yeah. Having this plain this evening. A nice end to a busy day. :)

(I bagged it and I’m just leaving the bag in there as I drink it. Starts getting pithy about half way through the mug, but that’s fine.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m really not a fan of the Herbal Infusions base tea. To counteract the ick-ness, I steeped for 2 minutes at 185F. For a black tea. Yeah.

Thankfully that, and overleafing, allows the flavourings to overpower the base to make a tasty cup.

Sweet, sugary, pretty mild chai. More like cinnamon bun, really. It does smell good, and it’s not bad this way, but I’d rather buy teas with bases I like so I probably won’t be getting this again.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

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