501 Tasting Notes

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Didn’t feel like cleaning any more pots today before heading home from work so put a couple of bags of this in my mug to steep. Tastes as good as ever and I like having it as a standby for when the rest of the pots of tea go wrong (like today). Hopefully tomorrow’s tea will be more successful.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This is the rest of my trade from Novi, who sent me basically a full package of this, which I wasn’t expecting. Hopefully I’ll like it better than the peach debacle of earlier this morning. It certainly smells nice. I haven’t had cotton candy in ages, but it vaguely brings about reminiscent memories of baseball games and parking lot fairs when I was younger and also the circus when I was much younger.

Interestingly enough, I don’t actually like this. It was a bit of okay when it was hot, I could get the aftertaste of a bit of cotton candy, although the ‘front’ of the sip tasted just like tea. When I let it cool down, a strange bitterness came out and smothered the sweetness, even though I had put extra sweetener in this besides, and made the whole pot just very unpleasant to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Truffle by ESP Emporium
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Got this in a trade from Novi although she sent this to me almost a month ago and I just got around to opening it, oops.

I have to say, this smells pretty terrible. Almost like an alcohol type scent to it, that type of oily smell. I’m kind of afraid to try drinking it. I’m almost certain I don’t want to drink this whole pot.

Well the taste isn’t as terrible as I expected, but it’s extremely artificial tasting. And the oily/alcoholy feeling is back in the back of my throat and I don’t like that at all. I’m sure it’s from the ‘flavouring’ that they added. This is pretty gross and I’m not going to finish it. Thanks for the swap and I’m glad I got to try it, but blech.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is the first of the giant bag of samples from my order from The Persimmon Tree so here goes nothing! I ordered a bunch of stuff that was rather out there for my tastes so I’m not sure I’ll like any of them, but I was feeling adventurous I guess.

So as a caveat, I am not really familiar with lychee. Didn’t really have an asian supermarket nearby growing up in either country I spent time in and my parents’ taste and cooking was pure Americana/Canadian.

In the smell of the brewed tea I’m getting a faint fruity spiciness, I guess is not the word I’m looking for, but it’s the closest one I can find. Not getting much peach. The taste of the (too)hot tea is fruity and floral and pretty exotic to my taste buds. It’s not bad though, not in the slightest, just new. This isn’t a tea that I’ll buy again, but I’m glad to have tried it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea is amazingly delicious. Or perhaps not so amazingly, because I knew what I was getting into from the great reviews of it already on Steepster.

My package came yesterday, and I’m still having trouble with the fact that I’ve actually gotten mail from China now. With Chinese symbols on it even! I only recognize a couple of them from my studies of Japanese (like the symbol for tea, which is strangely not on all of the descriptions for the various teas).

Anyway, this tea is so delicious. It’s sweet and honey and malty and other things I’m not good enough to identify but all around very very good. I’m going to enjoy drinking this, this evening, 2 or 3 steeps it looks like it comes out to for brewing Western style. I don’t have a gaiwan yet and I’m really rather impatient besides so Western style is how I roll.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is my blended tea so I’ll not be rating it. If anyone wants a sample, please feel free to leave a comment.

This is a very pleasant blend of chocolate and peppermint. The chocolate is somewhat muted and not an overpowering flavour and the mint is nice and not too strong but definitely the most present flavour.

I like this blend, but I’ll readily admit that it isn’t the most exciting tea ever. It’s just nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Got this one from Tea Sipper I think. All my samples are in a pile so I’d have to go back through my messages to be completely sure.

I sipped some of this before stirring the teaspoon of sugar in and the tangy cranberry flavour came out but there was a bitter aftertaste to me. Post sugar, the bitterness is muted, but still there. I am picking up mostly cranberry with hints of citrusy sweetness. This is an okay tea, but I’m glad that I only have a sample to drink through.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Isaila for sending me this sample a couple of months ago. I’m just getting to it now.

This tea smells like a cake. A wonderful cake. It is so sweet and nice that I just anticipate that the flavour will be awesome.

Tasting this, I get less cake than I do icing. I’m okay with icing sometimes, although the pure-sugar stuff you get on the cheap cakes at the grocery store is really awful. This is better icing than that. I am getting a little bit of the ‘cake’ feel from it though, so I think this is a really well done tea. Might have to pick some up later, if it’s still available.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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The package said to steep this tea for 3-5 minutes at boiling, so I steeped it for 3:30 minutes at that temperature, and I’m afraid I may have oversteeped it. I’m getting the maple flavour, it was strongly present in the scent of the dry tea and is much more muted in the brewed tea but I can still taste it. The tea base, however, is strangely bitter, even after I added a bit of sugar (which brought out the maple flavour like POW!). I hope I remember to read my own review of this the next time I make it so that I remember to steep this for less time, maybe a minute or half a minute less, to try to avoid the bitterness. Otherwise, this is pretty tasty, although I am also amused, like another reviewer, that the maple syrup comes from New England (Represent!) while the tea is called Canadian Dream.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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This tasting note is written for the cups of tea that I drank last night and earlier this morning, from memory, so it won’t be as detailed as normal. Maybe next time.

I’ve been looking for the perfect apple black tea for a while now. I keep trying different ones and they keep coming up short. This tea comes closer than most, but still isn’t exactly what I’m looking for. I can taste the apple (and cranberry and hibiscus) in the blend, but it isn’t nearly as strong a flavour as I would like it to be. So overall, this could be better, although it’s nice enough as it is, I suppose.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
david

Hey Starfevre, we are sorry that you didn’t enjoy it so much. We’ll try to work on the blend and see if we can improve it.

Starfevre

I wouldn’t go that far based on one review, maybe everyone else likes it. The amount of hibiscus in it is right about perfect for me. Not so sure about the cranberry, it seemed to be a competing flavour rather than a complementing flavour, but that’s just my opinion. If you do come up with a better blend, I’ll look forward to trying it.

david

Thanks Star, appreciate it.

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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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