556 Tasting Notes

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Trying this even though my mouth is contaminated with too spicy freezer pizza. I can smell cinnamon and apple in the brewed tea and that’s making me a bit reluctant to take a sip. I am not a fan of cinnamon at all.

And it definitely tastes of far too much cinnamon for my tastebuds. I’m quite impressed with the apple flavour though. It actually tastes like apple rather than just ‘sourish fruit’ taste. I just wish it weren’t paired with cinnamon, though I know it’s fairly common to do that in baked goods. The peach flavour really only lends itself to tasting some over the top fruity flavour which is not doing this tea any favours either. Don’t like. Glad I only had the one sample.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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I got into work an hour early this morning because I have to leave early for a doctor appointment and of course the cafeteria isn’t open at this hour so I couldn’t get milk for my tea. I typically take most black teas with milk because I like the creamier taste and feel better than just plain. This first mug of my pot, I am drinking without milk. It tastes…sharper. Heavier. Just all around more strong and also quite a bit more…sour I guess is the word I’m looking for. I don’t enjoy the lingering aftertaste as much as normal.

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drank Goodnight by Tealux
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Made this up because it’s my fifth pot of tea for the day and although 2 others have been herbal also, I really don’t need any more tea today. But I’m having some anyway.

I’m not sure how much I’m going to like this one. I don’t know what “luxury” rooibos means but I don’t like teas with a strong rooibos flavour, I’m not a fan of blueberries in general, and I remain undecided on lavender. Have to wait until it cools off to try it. I did sweeten it because my last cup of tea was unsweetened and I didn’t like it as much as the one before it that was.

This tea is…surprisingly good. The blueberry actually makes me like it in this and the lavender is quite good. I don’t pick up much of the rose or anything though, mostly lavender and blueberry and rooibos, which isn’t obnoxiously strong either. Pretty good. I might order this again.

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drank Lomi-Lomi Aloe Vera by Tealux
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There is a LOT going on with this tea. It’s very pretty and steeps up a nice yellow-brown colour. I can mostly taste the chamomile and hibiscus and rose, though the rest is faintly present in a come-and-go fashion. I don’t properly know what a lot of the ingredients taste like separately so I can’t really tell you if some of them come out specifically or not. I don’t actually see the aloe vera in the ingredient list unless it is under the ‘flavouring’ heading.

This is a nice tea, though I would consider it faintly medicinal due to all of the ‘good for you’ ingredients in it. A decent herbal blend for the days when you want something complex and caffeine-free.

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Got some of this from The Tea Sipper in trade, so trying it out.

I agree with most of the posters that I really don’t get much flavour out of this, mostly faintly in the aftertaste but it doesn’t linger. What I do taste doesn’t really do anything for me. I’m not sure if it’s that I don’t really like the black base or what, but something just seems a bit off in this tea for me. Can’t say I like it much at all.

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drank Virgo by Nina's Paris
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Trying this one now, my last sample from the Nina’s Paris catalogue. The cherry flavour in this is a bit overwhelming to me. It’s really really there, and I can taste hints of rose too but it’s very faint. The cherry on the other hand, I mostly taste the sour cherry, which is fine, I love sour cherries, but it’s faintly artificial tasting to me and although it doesn’t taste exactly like a cough drop, it does remind me of one. That sounds more terrible than it is, really. I like this some, but not a lot. Glad I got to try it, but I won’t be ordering it.

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Got this sample from Nina’s Paris during their sample promotion. Just enough for one oversized mug, plus another steep after as soon as I finish this cup.

This is SO STRAWBERRY! And in a good way, not that terribly artificial stuff that plagues a lot of strawberry tasting teas. This is really good! I was a bit disappointed with my first Nina’s tea, but this one totally makes up for it, and I heard that it resteeps well too, though I haven’t tried it yet. But I will in a few minutes! This tea is pretty brilliant. I pick up faint hints of vanilla, but mostly just strawberry and that’s interesting, but not a bad thing. Mostly the vanilla just leaves a creamy edge to the taste. I approve of this tea.

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Nina's Tea USA

If you want an other the des ange samples, we can send you for a large mug ;)

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Having this again, though I brought it into work this time for some tastiness at work. Good way to get a nice taste in my mouth. First steep came out very burnt-caramel with hints of vanilla and I’m steeping it a second time right now.

Drinking the second steep right now, I think, for the first time ever that I have experienced in flavoured black teas, that the second steep is better than the first. The first steep, the caramel flavour was overwhelming. Nice, but a bit POW IN THE FACE and tongue and the second steep, the flavours are a bit more nicely balanced and delicate. Overall, this a tea that holds up well to two steeps, though I won’t go for more than that.

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I think I got this sample from momo but I’m not entirely sure. I opened the envelope from her last week and then it got mixed with other stuff.

Anyway, I didn’t realize this was a pu-erh tea. Generally I do NOT like pu-erh teas, but I haven’t tried a flavoured one before now so this may be what the doctor ordered. Possibly a gateway drug into the world of pu-erh? I had another sample of this directly from The Persimmon Tree, but since I got this sample from my trader friend, I sent that one off to someone else. The sample I got was just enough for a normal sized pot for me, maybe a little weaker than it nominally would be, but that’s not a bad thing.

I’m drinking this now and while the coconut and cacao work well together and taste good, I’m still not liking the base tea very much. It adds a flavour to the taste and especially to the aftertaste that is musty and earthy and very pu-erh if that makes sense and it’s just not to my taste. It is an interesting tea though. Definitely weaker than I might be expecting otherwise but I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to finish this pot. Just had a big gulp and it made the pu-erh flavour worse.

Glad I got to try this but it just confirmed my feelings on pu-erh tea.

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This is an extremely pretty tea to look at, with the nice little golden curls. It’s named appropriately. And I am a HUGE fan of Yunnan teas in general, I loved Yunnan Jig and Yunnan Gold from Adagio, so this is the next logical step. It was out of stock when I wanted it the first time so I put in an order then and then forgot about it until last week when I got a random email from Adagio saying my order had shipped. What order? But it all made sense again when it arrived. This one actually comes in a tin, which is nice. I will probably be going through it pretty quickly though, which is unfortunate, considering the high price, because Adagio recommends 2 level teaspoons for a cup of tea, rather than the one I usually use. I think I’ll be able to get a TON of resteeps out of this though, considering how absolutely dark the first steep came out. And Strong.

The flavour is pepper and malt and tobacco and leather and sweet potato and other things I can’t identify. A very complex brew with a full body. This is something of a POW IN THE FACE tea, so probably best for in the morning rather than in the afternoon when I’m drinking it right now. And in the morning lets you resteep it all day so there’s more time. I’m always a bit wary of letting tea leaves sit overnight after a brew. I know there’s nothing really wrong with doing that, except it turns the brew basket brown eventually, and I’m not even afraid of germs but for some reason I get the oogies when I think about it.

Anyway back to the tea, I really like this tea, but compared to Yunnan Gold from the same company, I’m not sure it’s worth the increase in price. Actually I’m pretty sure it’s not. But it was worthwhile to buy it to try once. This is my first tea from Adagio’s Master line of teas.

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Starfevre

Second steep, added a bit more sugar this time. Seriously I think this is one of the thickest mouthfeels I’ve had in possibly ever.

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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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