529 Tasting Notes

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My first Reserve Club tea from Verdant. I generally like a black tea but I can’t drink them unsweetened so usually gongfu is a no go so I guessed at a Western brewing time and I think I may have oversteeped at 2 minutes. Even with more sugar than normal, there is quite a bit of bitterness. Other than that, this tea tastes slightly bread-y to me, with strong honey notes.

I only drink 2 pots of tea over the day at work so I’ll likely be drinking this for the next 2 days probably. I think I should be able to get 4 steeps out of it anyway. Looking forward to trying the white tea that came this month, though both pu’erhs will likely go into the Traveling Tea Box when it gets to me.

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

If you do western brewing then try ca 1.5g/100ml.
And do three infusions, 1m/2m/3m @ 80-90C
Should yield a nice sweet result.

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86

Thankfully this one is tastier than my last, but I think I only have one more serving of this after this one.

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90

Getting bored with this flavour. Not all that enjoyable.

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71
drank Vanilla Lemongrass by Essencha
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Lemongrass is not my favourite thing, but added with vanilla and the other stuff in this blend and it’s pretty decent.

Thanks to Pia M for this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, I can definitely taste the sweetness of the apple and the mintiness of the mint but I really don’t think that juniper berries are to my taste because the whole tea together just comes off as weird and unpleasant to me. It attacks the back of my tongue and just…I don’t know. Isn’t good.

Thanks to gigglegoddess for this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Enjoyable way to end the work day and work week. Looking forward to the weekend.

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89

Delicious as always for this shortened day at work.

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55

I’m pretty sure this is the tea I’m drinking. I got it from Lariel and there’s no company name so I’ll just assume.

This is another of those tastes like watered down juice concoctions that I sometimes like and sometimes don’t. This one is too tart for me, which I think is a combination of the cranberry and the hibiscus. I usually don’t like cranberries unless they are highly sweetened, and just a tsp of sugar into my 14oz mug doesn’t cut it but I don’t want to add any more sugar than that. So now I drink down the rest as fast as possible because I hate wasting tea. Glad I got to try it though, I’ve never had a tea from this company before.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89

Sample from whatshesaid. Thanks!

This smells so incredibly vanilla that I had some high hopes for it, finding my perfect vanilla tea (so far the top is the vanilla tea from Persimmon Tree). Unfortunately the taste doesn’t quite live up to the smell, so I was a little disappointed. I’m currently looking for a vanilla tea that’s really ‘in your face’ so to speak but I haven’t found one yet, subtle seems more the name of the game for most of these. I still keep looking though.

I will say though, I got the perfect amount in my sample for the size pot I have. I probably underleafed it according to instructions (1.5 tsp per 6 oz is a LOT of tea) so perhaps if I had more I would actually use the instructions, though I usually don’t, just go by the 4 tsp per 2 mug rule (mugs != 6 oz). Anyway. Might have to try this one again at some point. How big are DTT’s samples anyway?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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83

I think this might be growing on me.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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