543 Tasting Notes

67

1 tablespoon for 375ml of water
Infused for 8 minutes

Flavour is quite bland on the sip. I’m detecting mostly the waxy flavour of the honeybush. Mild stawberry flavour near the end of the sip. There is a definite hint of pie crust taste near the end of the sip as well. Only a faint hint of rhubarb flavour/tartness.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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91

1 second rinse with tea infusing temperature water
1 tablespoon for 375 ml

Nice smooth flavour. Molasses-like sweetness. Leathery hints in the background. Lingering sweetness, reminds me of a ginseng-type sweetness.

Second infusion at 2.5 minutes with near-boiling water.

Third infusion at 3.5 minutes with near-boiling water. A lot of flavour seems to be lost by the third infusion.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yay! Another win!

Steven

I’m in San Francisco next week. The store is a 10 minute walk from my hotel.

By any chance, any other recommendations?
Thank you.

Raritea

This is the only one that I’ve tried from them. I think that Sil may have visited the store so she could have some other recommendations.

Sil

Steven – the store is pretty small. What i would do is take a look on their website and see which ones interest you. When you go, they are more than willing to let you have a sit and try one of the teas. I picked up this one, their chai and one of their keemun’s since i was fairly new to tea and had zero clue of what i was doing. They’re very helpful and the tins are available to open, smell, examine etc before you buy.

Steven

Thanks, Sil!

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84
drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
543 tasting notes

1.05 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

The grapefruit and green tea aroma compliment each other nicely. There’s a savoury spice note (almost like an indian spice) in the aroma as well.

The flavour has the broth-y feel of a dragonwell. The grapefruit flavour is present right from the beginning of the sip. The grapefruit and green tea flavours compliment each other very nicely. There is a tartness present from the grapefruit flavour in the middle of the sip but it compliments the taste profile very well. I am getting the strong grassy note of the green tea mostly in the aftertaste. The savoury note from the aroma seems to be faintly present, latched on to the beginning of the dragonwell taste. Buttery mouth-feel.

Along with the aftertaste, my tongue is getting that tingly feeling that I would get from eating an actual grapefruit.

Second infusion at 3 minutes.

Fourth infusion at 4 minutes. Mostly dragonwell flavour. Still retains a buttery mouth-feel. Grapefruit flavour still present in the background. Still a pleasing experience. Getting a bit of a white tea taste as the cup cools.

Thanks to Sil for sharing some of this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

Yay! Glad you enjoyed this one :)

Ellyn

This is going into my shopping list!

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84

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

Lemony note. Delightful mint taste. Great flavour combination. Hot wax-burning candle aroma in the taste.

Personally, I would prefer a stronger licorice flavour.

Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Glad you liked it!! :)

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73

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water
Infused for 10 minutes

The dry leaf smells overwhelmingly like cherry-flavoured “Jolly Rancher” hard candy.

Tastes just like a cherry-flavoured “Jolly Rancher” close to the end of the sip and very much so in the immediate aftertaste. There is a hibiscus-like tartness which complements the blend. Very fruity flavour near the middle of the sip.

There does seem to be a sand-like sediment at the bottom of my cup. I can tell that it’s gritty because it makes a scraping noise when I move it around my mug with a spoon.

Thank Kittenna for sharing some of this with me.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

asides from the sand, that sounds so good. I hope the hibby balances out in my sample :P

Kittenna

. Yuck, I am so sorry.

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77

1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water

The brewed tea has a primary authentic strawberry aroma with tartness. The black tea aroma is in the background. There is a hint of a smooth creaminess.

On the sip, the black tea taste is very apparent at the beginning. There is a hit of astringency that is slightly unpleasantly bitter. The bitterness blooms into the middle of the sip and follows through to the end where the strawberry flavour takes over. The strawberry flavour has a very authentic feel to it without a very pronounced tartness. Mild creaminess follows through from the end of the sip into the aftertaste.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Haha, I feel like you’re going to beat me to trying all the teas from Sil… :P

Sil

She doesn’t have 5000000000 teas :p

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
543 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

Burnt aroma.
Burnt food taste. Mild caramel sweetness. Smooth.
The flavour becomes more tolerable as the tisane cools.
The lingering aftertaste is a coffee (maybe burnt coffee) flavour.

Second infusion at 5 minutes. Dilute flavour. Burnt flavour still present.
Lingering aftertaste is smoother- tastes more like coffee without being burnt.

Rating: 60

I may have to alter the infusion parameters.

Thanks to Sil for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Kittenna seemed to like it (I havne’t tried it yet) so maybe she’s got some ideas on steeping it.

Kittenna

Hmm, nope, those are the parameters I used and I loved it! I like burny things though. I do like coffee though, it just needs sugar/milk for me to tolerate it (although the tummy won’t tolerate it at all, which is why I don’t drink it usually).

Em

The name of this tea keeps catching my eye. I keep reading ouzo instead of orzo. Ouzo tea would be delicious :)

Kittenna

Ewwww, I hate black licorice! :P

Sil

Mmmmmm black licorice…..mmmmm

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87

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

Milky floral oolong aroma in the brewed tea scent. Hints of soft vanilla sweetness and orange-y citrus; reminding me of orange creamsicle.

Creamy vanilla pudding flavour. Very mild citrus. Grapefruit astringency close to the end of the sip mixed with floral hints. Mouth-feel is a little thin for the flavour

Second infusion at 4 minutes. Muted creaminess. Citrus-y flavour comes through more. The grapefruit note is toned down but still present near the end of the sip into the aftertaste. Vanilla-like sweetness present but not as strong as in the first infusion.

Many thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

Lol I’m thinking maybe I need to give this one a second chance since you guys all seem to love it. Glad you enjoyed it though :)

Raritea

I encourage it! But it is an oolong… ;)

Indigobloom

I’m not a big fan actually, even though it is an oolong!

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67
drank Apple & Fig Crumble by Tea Blendz
543 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoon for 375 ml of water.

The spice is the overwhelming note in both the flavour and aroma.

Hint of smooth authentic apple flavour in the background. Fig flavour present in the background especially near the end of the sip which is accentuated into the aftertaste. Fruity tartness nicely compliments the flavour profile. Slightest hint of astringency, bordering bitter, from the tea base.

As I’m drinking this tea, I’m finding the spices to be quite overpowering.

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

I don’t think I’ll like this one for some reason. I can’t remember that reason right now…. (I only took 1 cup of it for that reason though).

Sil

this was one of the “free” teas that i got. it’s very figgy… not enough apple-y was thinking about mixing it with anyother tea maybe.

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78
drank Blueberry Zabaglione by 52teas
543 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water

The brewed tea aroma is a nice mixture of a smooth black tea and baked-goods blueberry.

Sourness in the flavour. Authentic but dilute blueberry taste. Very nice black tea compliment in the background. I’ve never had zabaglione so I can’t comment as to how well this tea captures the flavour.

A creaminess creeps into the flavour as the tea cools.

Will infuse this one for only 2-2.5 minutes in the future.

Rating: 74

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Try steeping this at only 2-2.5 mins at that temp

Raritea

Will do! Thanks for the suggestion!! I can hardly wait for my next go at this one… sooooo many amazing teas to try!!

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