517 Tasting Notes

72
drank Himalayan Splendor by Teavana
517 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! I don’t know why I hoard the last bits of a tea sometimes. Sometimes I don’t even like the tea very much. This one might be a little overleafed because it was a bit more than one serving and a bit less than two servings left, or I estimate because I couldn’t get it all into a teaspoon so I just dumped it all into my gravity infuser since there wasn’t enough left for a pot.

This tastes…well, stronger than I normally have it, but still okay. Sweetened and milky, this also has a bready flavour and a bit of malt this time. Not astringent or bitter. Pretty good and I’m glad I could let this one go.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I do the same thing!

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96
drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
517 tasting notes

I know I just had this last week, but with a not-great tea tasting day so far (out of four, drank 2, liked 1) I wanted something that would actually bring a smile to my face and that I knew would taste good. Out of my teas at work, this one was right in front so in the pot it goes.

I think I underleafed this a bit. It’s definitely weaker than last time. Possibly also due to the fact that I dropped the temperature a bit to see what would happen. Definitely keeping it at boiling next time. And at least 4 tsp for 750 ml. 3 just didn’t do it for me. I think I used 4 last time.

Other than being pretty weak, this is still a good tea. Nicely flavoured and makes me happy-wiggle in my seat. I’m glad I have a few extra packs of this coming to me in the mail.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is, I think, the final tea I got in my trade from Tea Sipper (that I hadn’t had before, so I’ll be able to move onto someone else soon. I’m so behind on tasting my trading teas. With the possible exception of my Red Leaf Tea orders, I’m going to stop opening boxes from tea companies until I get through these trades. Probably.

Wow, this is strong rooibos. I’m not sure I like rooibos enough to really enjoy this tea. And yes, just taking some to drink, I can barely taste any vanilla but the rooibos is REALLY REALLY strong. I just don’t like rooibos this much. This is the type of flavour I would expect from a pure rooibos tea since the vanilla flavour is very subdued, if it’s even there at all.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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65
drank Crimson Nectar by Tea Forte
517 tasting notes

I believe I got this bag from Tea Sipper but my trades are all getting confused in my head. This is why I should only open one trade at a time. It’s also a good thing that this is an herbal tea (which I..uh..didn’t look up before steeping) because I totally forgot about it. The cup is still hot though, so I couldn’t have forgotten about it for too long. Glad I looked it up before putting milk in though.

Honestly I’m not sure I’m going to like this. Hibiscus is a hard ingredient to work with and cinnamon is on my list of ‘do not like’ ingredients. Going to give it a try though. This tastes mostly of strong hibiscus and oranges with a cinnamon undertone. Thankfully the cinnamon isn’t too strong, but the hibiscus is making the tea rather tart. It’s not terrible, but it’s not a tea I would seek out again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

haha i’ve started trying to put my steepster name on the label with the tea name when i do swaps to help people out since i too have this problem with swaps when i get them. who gave me this? when? what’s going on! :)

Starfevre

That’s a great idea! I should do that too.

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87

I think I made this one correctly, and if so that would be a first for me. I added a little bit of hot water to stir up the matcha with and then filled the rest of the mug with hot milk. It isn’t frothed because I don’t have the capability at work, but it is mixed pretty well. This one mixed much better than the other samples I have tried.

On to the matcha. I first tried this one unsweetened and while it is good and I could definitely drink it, I don’t pick up all that much chocolate flavour. Perhaps it’s just my tastebuds because really, I do sweeten everything that is sweeten-able. The black matcha is quite tasty, a deep and rich flavour that I wasn’t expecting. It isn’t bitter at all, even without sweetener.

With sweetener (and this is with robust flavouring) and the flavouring starts jumping out. Yum, chocolate. It’s not quite smooth on the tongue, there is a touch of something I’m not sure I can identify as coming from either the base or the flavouring that is sharp and slightly tingly, but it’s not so much that I can’t enjoy this matcha. This is not my favourite matcha so far, but as the first example of a black matcha I’ve tried, this is pretty nice.

You can buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/belgium-chocolate-matcha.html

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21

No other ratings. Huh. Surprising.

I again forgot that Republic of Tea puts stevia leaf in their hibiscus line blends and so oversweetened this sucker. And possibly because of that, it’s too sweet, but the hibiscus is not actually so bad in it. Still, not sure I can drink the rest of this. The stevia lends a flavour to tea that I really do not like at all and I can taste it in this one. Urgh.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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51

Forgot I’d tasted this already and didn’t like it so I’m half way through a mug of it (2 bags to the big mug). The hibiscus is strong and tart and there is some lime flavour to this, but I stand by my previous statements.

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84
drank Lemonade Swirl by Tealux
517 tasting notes

Oh my word LEMON. This tea is so lemony that it’s hard to taste any of the other ingredients. This seriously just tastes like lemonade. It didn’t do anything for me hot, so I let it cool to room temperature and it’s quite a bit better that way. But seriously, LEMON.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
BoxerMama

I bet it would be nice for a sore throat then! lol

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88

This tea is from Tea Sipper!

So I finally think I’m developing a taste for rooibos, after so many of forcing myself to drink it because I liked the flavours it was mixed with. There is nothing about this tea that I do not like. It tastes strongly minty, but not in a bad way and it blends really well with the rooibos nutty flavour that I always hear people talking about but have never picked up on myself. The chocolate is more subdued, not really upfront about itself, in the background. This is an interesting addition to my collection of chocolate mint teas because I love them and this one is no exception

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73

Got this in a trade from Tea Sipper and I thought I might try something I’m likely to really like after my wonderful tea experience this morning with 52teas.

From the other tasting notes on this tea, which I really should have read before I brewed it, I could have avoided the bitterness I’m tasting if I had brewed it for less time. The liquid was awfully dark after 3 minutes. 2 minutes would have been better. I have some more to experiment with though.

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a fig in my life so I’m not sure how to pin down a ‘fig’ flavour. There is a sweetness in this tea, beyond the sweetener I added, that I assume is the brown sugar, but it might be partly the fig too. It definitely doesn’t taste like plain black tea though. Although the black base is really strong and that comes through clearly, must be the assam, that always seems like such a BOLD tea whenever I drink it. I’m not sure I like it as a base for flavoured teas.

Overall I do like this tea, just am somewhat confused by it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I love figs! You really must try some. They are wonderful fresh or dried :)

Dustin

Figs with warm gorgonzola cheese is the best! I’m hungry just thinking about it!
I have some of this tea waiting for me at home. Curious to try it!

Sil

remind me.. i have a fig tea that i can toss in our swap.

Tea Sipper

Not even Fig Newton cookies? That’s the closest thing to figs I’ve tried!

Starfevre

Raspberry Newtons, yes. I didn’t like the Fig ones.

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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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