556 Tasting Notes

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drank Nina's Paris by Nina's Paris
556 tasting notes

I think this is the right tea. It says Nina’s on it (it’s a sample from a promotion they were doing) and I can only assume it’s Nina’s Paris. It looks prettty much the same so I’ll just go with it.

The steeped tea smells strongly of orange and not much else. While I wait for it to cool down enough to drink, it’s definitely all orange.

Wow, I really should not have eaten a Samoa before taking my first sip. Compared to that sweetness, this is really quite bitter. I think I should let that taste in my mouth die down a bit before I take any more drinks.

As I wait, and this cools down further, I can taste it again. I can taste the fruitiness of this tea and while it is…nice…it is really just okay. The fruit definitely overwhelms the base tea. I am just not liking this very much. I’ll try the rest of my Nina’s tea on Monday when I get back to work. Hopefully I will like them better.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Chocolate Almond Tea by Unknown
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So I got this tea in a little baggie from one of my coworkers a while ago and while I have almost no idea what’s in it (besides some sort of chocolate flavour, almond slivers, and whatever those little round red balls are (peppercorns?)). It’s got more ingredients than that, but I’m not going to go tasting each one to figure out what it is. I’m just going to steep this in my Breville. Made a wild guess at steeping parameters.

This really smells very chocolatey along with some other dessert-y flavours that I can’t identify very well. Caramel perhaps. Something else, definitely. The taste doesn’t really live up to the smell at all, even with a bit more sweetener than I normally use, still not sweet. The initial aftertaste is quite nice, though it fades very quickly. I think this is going to be a quick drink after the second cup cools down as I can’t see myself sitting here and savouring it. I have about a cup’s worth left, I think, so this is not a sipdown of…whatever this is.

I wanted to log this because I drank it and I think that’s important, but I really have no clue what this is.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to The Persimmon Tree for including this sample in my order. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have ordered it myself so this must be a freebie.

The jury is still out on whether or not I actually like jasmine. I had some Jasmine Phoenix Pearls the other week that were pretty good, but I’m liking the jasmine in this one much less than that. The passion fruit is nice and the green tea is strong but bearable (I only like a few green teas so far). I can’t really taste that there is black tea in this at all. The jasmine is quite strong though.

I guess this is a good blend. I don’t hate it and I’ll drink the rest of my pot.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel by Dilmah
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Gift from ToiToi in our trade. This tea is surprisingly good, considering it is a bagged tea from a company I’ve never heard of. Possibly I’m just exposing my ignorance to the world of tea companies. But really, I can definitely taste the caramel and it is a surprisingly strong flavour. Not nearly as good as my Vanilla and Caramel Black from Ovation Teas but this is really good for a bagged tea. The Ovation Teas tea always leaves a complete sticky mess in my steeper. This is much more convenient. And I can try it 2 more times!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
ToiToi

I guess Dilmah isn’t popular in the U.S… It is pretty good brand. :) I think their caramel tea is one of the best! :)

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drank Peach Black by Impra Tea
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Got this in my trade from ToiToi, which is convenient because Lolita has just asked for empty tea wrappers on the discussion boards and I really don’t have many bagged teas in my stash to give her.

It’s still too hot to drink, but it’s got a nice smell, though slightly artificial.

The taste is okay too, a little artificial tasting, but plenty juicy. Not terrible for a bagged tea, from what I can tell. Peach is a hard flavour to do well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Peach Apricot by Green Hill Tea
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Got a sample of this in trade from ToiToi and just trying it out this morning. She sends samples that are the perfect size for exactly one full pot of tea for me, which is nice. Also these little seaied! bags, and I don’t understand how she does it but they’re really nice.

Anyway onto the tea. I let it cool down a lot before drinking it because honestly I was sorting email and kinda forgot I was drinking tea. It smelled really nice, but that’s sort of dull now. The taste is ever so slightly artificial tasting, but otherwise good. The peach and apricot flavours meld well and I can’t really pick them out individually but as a fruity tea, this is a nice one. I’m enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ToiToi

I think it was very mellow tea… :)

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drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So thanks momo for sending this. I don’t quite know what I did to this matcha, but it’s quite possibly the most bitter thing I’ve ever drunk in my life. Even sweetened it’s got such a bite to it. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish the cup.

So this is two matchas I’ve disliked to one I’ve liked. Green tea matchas anyway, I still haven’t tried my black matcha that’s waiting for me at home. I don’t quite know what happened between the baggie it was in and my mouth (I only added 185F water and some warmish milk and stirred) but I really can’t stand this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
Azzrian

Try cold water.

Azzrian

the peach by the way is one of the more “artificial” flavors from Red leaf although I still like it. I mix mine with milk, soy, almond, etc or non dairy creamer

Starfevre

It literally felt like it was burning my tongue so I’m not sure cold water would help with that. I only had the one sample anyway so it doesn’t matter.

Azzrian

Oh wow. Sometimes a tea just does not sit well with us for some reason. Good thing it was only a sample! :)

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Got another sample of this from a trade with ToiToi. I should really keep track of what I’m requesting so I don’t get stuff twice like this. At any rate, I had a lot of bitterness the last time I made this so on some advice, I’m trying this with a cooler temperature this time. Hopefully that will help with the bitterness and astringency I got last time.

I sipped before I stirred and this isn’t too bad unsweetened, but I prefer it sweetened slightly. I’m also eating oatmeal right now, with brown sugar and cranberries, so that’s pretty sweet and will be affecting how the tea tastes, hopefully not for the worse. I didn’t get more than 45 minutes of sleep last night so I need the energy from food. Usually I skip breakfast.

This is still slightly bitter, as I continue to drink this, but it’s now working with the tea rather than against it. Still has a super awesome aftertaste. If I had more to try again, I think I’d try with a shorter steep time as well. Bumping the rating up a couple of points.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ToiToi

I made milk tea out of it.. (actually never tried it straight!) and it just felt like as named :)

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I’m totally in love with this tea. Perfect for a leisurely start to the morning when I didn’t sleep at all last night due to a good story to read and an inadequate respect for tomorrow.

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

Ahaha, good story to read and an inadequate respect for tomorrow. Love it!

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First off, I made this badly. Must remember to dissolve in hot water BEFORE adding milk. Possibly also use hotter water. Or at least warmer than room temperature milk.

Champagne is not my favourite thing so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this. It is a gift in trade from momo since I asked her to surprise me.

I added a bit of german rock sugar and it sank to the bottom and is dissolving now but I took a sip and I don’t think it actually needs sugar. There isn’t the horrible sea weed flavour I got from the peanut butter pie matcha I had last week so I’m very happy about that. I also think this is pretty true to the champagne taste, from what I remember about champagne. I haven’t had it in years since I stopped drinking alcohol a couple of years ago because of medication conflict issues so the memory of it all is fading. Much like I don’t remember what meat tastes like anymore since I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 8 years now.

Drinking more of this, I like it a lot, surprisingly. I could totally down this like water, lots of it. Something to think about for my next Red Leaf Tea order. All the ones I’ve ordered myself have been black matcha base but I haven’t actually tried them out yet. I bought a matcha whisk that came the other day and I should really try it out. Here at work with this champagne matcha, I’m just stirring really fast with a fork.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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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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