517 Tasting Notes

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Got a cup’s worth of this as a sample from Alphakitty when I told her to surprise me for our trade. So far it’s worked out pretty well!

The taste of this is interesting. I’ve never made matcha before so making it at work with a mug and a fork and some hot water is not the ideal circumstances, but I tried to make do. It was green, certainly, and not clumpy so there’s that.

This does taste like peanut butter, though I’m not sure about the ‘pie’ part. I also picked up a sort of…almost salty flavour, from the green tea itself maybe? Tasted almost like seaweed, though that must be wrong. It made the whole experience vaguely unpleasant. I have some black matcha at home that I will try soon so I hope that next try will be better.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Alphakitty

Green matcha can have a vegetal/seaweed note, I think if you don’t like green tea much black matcha will definitely be more pleasant!

Starfevre

Interesting, I hadn’t encountered that in regular green tea before so I didn’t know to expect it. I hope my black matcha experience will be better. Thanks for sending the sample though, better to know these things before I go out and spend money on it.

Alphakitty

np, glad I could help you on your matcha journey! I think you’ll really like black matcha, it’s got a cocoa/chocolate quality that is really scrumptious.

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Thank you alphakitty for this sample.

Though green teas are not my favourite, this is a pretty tolerable green tea. The green is especially forceful at the beginning of the sip with the caramel coming in toward the end and strong in the aftertaste, which lingers briefly. The flavour is stronger and brighter when cooled, sort of smothered when hot. I don’t want to drink this again, but I’m glad I tried it. It’s been a green tea day.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Got a cup’s worth of these in a trade from T.C., thanks!

So far, this is one of the only green teas I’ve liked so far in my entire life. I keep trying them and they keep being not good for me, but this one is pretty nice. Not something I’d normally seek out, there is still that essential green tea flavour that is not my favourite, but as a specimen of the green tea genre, this is the best I’ve ever had.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
T.C.

Glad you didn’t spit it out :)

Starfevre

Two steeps so far. The pearls haven’t entirely unfurled yet so I’m going to try for a couple more tomorrow. I have to leave to go home now.

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
517 tasting notes

Thanks to T.C. for this in our swap.

This is an amazingly average Earl Grey. Not too strong. Not too weak. Nothing offensive. Just very average. Maybe slightly better than my go-to Earl Grey, which is the Stash double bergamot. Blah.

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

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smooth smooth smooth! This is an absolutely creamy dreamy vanilla black tea. Despite the almonds, I didn’t pick up much nuttiness, maybe because my little sample didn’t have many. This isn’t an in-your-face vanilla, but rather blends thoughtfully with the medium strength black tea base. I brewed up some to drink before going to work and some to drink on my way to work and I’ve been enjoying my mugfull right now but we’ll see how well it stands up to a travel mug. I added milk and sugar and it made the tea even better! Brought out more vanilla notes and creaminess, as one would expect.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I have no idea why there is no entry for this tea until now, when they are going out of business. Did this company really only last for so short a period of time? Most of their teas only have a few ratings on them, if any. Strange.

Anyway, this tea looks and smells awesome. The smell is particularly potent right out of my one pound bag. There are so many large! caramel drops in this and the tea steeps up all murky because of it. I added milk and sugar because this is a dessert tea and I’m craving something really sweet.

This tastes of burnt caramel and vanilla all right. Very strong flavours. This will be a great tea for me when I want something sweet and POW in your face!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I think Ovation was around for many years, but they had SO many blends that not all of them got put in the database. I think most companies, unless they have a small selection or update tea entries themselves, don’t have 100% of their stock uploaded here!

Starfevre

ah, that makes sense

Tea Sipper

Sounds awesome — I can’t wait to try some!!

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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
517 tasting notes

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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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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