504 Tasting Notes

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drank Ripe Raspberry by Kally Tea
504 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

Raspberry perfume-y flavour on the sip. Detecting a melony hint which gives the raspberry flavour some fullness. The raspberry taste is fairly authentic. The overall flavour is quite mild. Hibiscus is well blended. Light sweetness. Detecting a light astringency and flavour from the black tea.

Hibiscus tartness comes out as the tea cools but it is neither unpleasant nor overpowering. It does, however, really stick out on its own. There isn’t enough raspberry taste on the sip to properly partner with it.

Thank you to Indigobloom for passing some of this on to me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

yep I’m not sure what to do with this one myself!

Raritea

Maybe a longer infusion time? I have a bit left to experiment with one more time. This one is definitely not something that I would seek out again though.

Indigobloom

Hmm perhaps, I need to play around with it… Dad thought the first steep was too tart. Might be better iced.

Sil

I’ll see what i can figure out whenever i get around to opening the new teas lol

Indigobloom

Let me know! you might just end up inheriting the rest of mine :P

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77
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
504 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

Smokey green tea and licorice-berry flavour on the sip. Cotton candy sugary sweetness in immediate aftertaste.

As the tea cools, I am noticing that the flavour is quite mild.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Butiki Teas
504 tasting notes

I used 0.8 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

This English Breakfast is milder tasting than ones that I’ve tried in the past. It does not have the bright bitter edge that I usually find but there is a little tingle of astringency where that note would usually be placed. I’m getting a sweet caramel note near the end and into the aftertaste. The aftertaste is quite sweet and reminds me of a milky sweetness. Leathery tones near the middle of the sip. A little dull leading into the aftertaste.

Rating: 78

Thank you to Indigobloom and Sil for letting me try this!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Oh sure give credit to Indogobloom but who gave HER a bunch so that she could share…. Yeah that’s right :p

Raritea

Oops! Sorry Sil. That’s probably going to happen a lot with the huge bunch of teas Indigobloom passed on to me. You also deserve some tea cred!!!

Sil

Hahaha just giving you a hard time :)

Indigobloom

Mmmm can’t wait to try this one out! Sil, you are awesome for sharing :P

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86

I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The dry leaf smells like a very authentic rich and chocolatey chocolate cake batter. The authentic chocolate cake batter quality transfers to the brewed tea scent as well.

The chocolatey richness is present near the end of the sip in the background. The main flavour is a bit thin. The black tea taste is strong but there is no bitterness. The astringency of the black tea carries into the chocolate flavour and complements it, making it taste more like a dark chocolate.

Rating: 85

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

sounds amazing!!

Sil

hmmm….. HMMMMM…. must. not. buy.more.tea

Indigobloom

I know, soooooo tempting. Given how I feel about the black base I don’t feel too bad about it though

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86
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
504 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

I’m getting a good balance of smoky-roasted green flavour, mint and marshmallow root sweetness. There is a light airiness to the flavour. The immediate aftertaste is delightful.

As the tea cools, I am detecting hints of creaminess and slight heaviness near the end of the sip.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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84

I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

There’s a bitter earthiness in the flavour. I am detecting lime flavour with marshmallow sweetness. The tanginess of the pineapple is present.
There is a cloying stevia-like sweetness in the middle of the sip.

As the tea is allowed to cool, I’m starting to taste the roasted flavour from the green tea.

Lingering aftertaste is a very authentic lime jello flavour.

As the tea cools further, the roasted green tea is becoming present in the aroma and balancing nicely with the lime jello scent. The cloying sweetness is faded.

I may have have infused this tea for too long. I should maybe try to infuse closer to 2 minutes next time.

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

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84

I used 1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water.

The banana flavour tastes only very mildly artificial. The genmaicha flavour is very well balanced with the banana. Genmaicha has a sweet roasted flavour. I don’t feel that the two flavours compliment each other the best.

As the tea cools, I’m feeling like the flavours are melding together. I’m getting a banana-rice crispies taste. The banana is fading a bit into the background.

I’m not getting a very strong cheesecake flavour but there is a tang and heaviness in the flavour.

As the tea cools further I’m detecting a distinct creaminess.

Thank you to Indigobloom for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

My purse smells like banana thanks to this one lol

Raritea

I kept smelling this one all day. I moved it to my coat pocket to avoid cross contamination with all the other teas I got today. Thanks again Indigobloom!!!

Raritea

Oh and Sil some of these are from you too, so thank you so much! I now have a mountain of tea to try and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Indigobloom

LOL bananaaaa! http://youtu.be/b6jlWbiTy1E (despicable me. I love this short!!!)
Glad you liked it Raritea. Sorry about your purse Sil!

Indigobloom

It was an awesometastic day, thanks to the two of you!! :D

Sil

My tea stash is yours lol. If we manage to get together on Sunday let me know if there are teas you want to try and ill bring them along if I can especially since it may be a bit before you’re able to come back :)

Shmiracles

did somebody say banana?….wait for it ….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imZyvDN99lA

Raritea

I think that the banana should win the award for most comical fruit. From the early days of slipping on a banana peel gags to these… plus it is so much fun to say! One of my favourite banana references: the Arrested Development Bluth Frozen Banana – there’s always money in the banana stand ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlTM7Mbk_SU

Shmiracles

so true!!! i love it so!!!

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85
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
504 tasting notes

I used 1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water.

On the sip I’m detecting a soft melon-like flavour with a bit of a sour spinach-y edge. The spinach edge gives a heaviness to the overall flavour. Alfalfa sweetness is present. Very mild roasted flavour near the end of the sip in the background. Mildly buttery. I’m not getting an overwhelmingly swampy flavour. Almost a sugary sweetness is present.

Lingering aftertaste has peppery notes.

As it cools, I am getting hints of the licorice/ginseng tingly sweetness.

Rating: 85

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

Smooth and sweet tasting. I’m really getting a pumpkin-y flavour that reminds me of the stringy stuff when I’m pumpkin carving. There a liqueur-like taste in the background which must be from the caramel. It is a little too alcohol-like for me to enjoy. Clove-nutmeg and maybe cinnamon spice flavour is present. Earthy astringency does not compliment the overall flavour profile very well. Caramel sweetness (reminding me of butterscotch pudding) present in the immediate aftertaste.

I am not detecting much cheesecake in this blend. There may be some subtle notes of it as the tea cools.

I am not a fan of the pumpkin-caramel combination but I believe that this blend did a very good job in capturing the flavours.

Rating: 84

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
504 tasting notes

I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

There is still too much astringency even with the reduced dry leaf and reduced infusion time. The astringency did back off a bit as the cup cooled but not as much as in my previous attempt. I didn’t get enough of the cotton candy flavour in this cup.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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