517 Tasting Notes

Writing this tasting note on my phone while sitting at the bar of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Perhaps I did not steep this long enough but it is coming across as pretty weak to me. I’ll have to do the resteep for a longer time. But even in this state I can clearly taste the bergamot in it, just not the Assam so much. A bit disappointing.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
517 tasting notes

I wish I had read AmazonV’s tasting note before brewing this, I might have liked it a little better. As it is, it’s just okay.

The dry tea aroma is fantastic, creamy strawberries to the max. The brewed aroma has more custard than strawberry, as does the taste. I can taste the creamy custard with some very weak strawberry in the background. I don’t dislike this tea. It has the potential to be very good if the reviews on it are any indication, if I can get the brewing time/temp right, I just did not do it well here, I don’t think. I’ve got one more mug of this, going to try without milk this time (added both milk and rock sugar in the current cup).

Also, I’ve never had Zabaglione or even custard very much so I have no idea how it is supposed to taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

try steeping it in water a bit cooler than boiling and keep it at no more than 2.5 mins. that seems to be the sweet spot for this 2-2.5

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

This has really become my go-to morning tea for drinking a cup before work and putting some in a thermos for the drive. Today’s thermos serving was with a new (contigo!) thermos and tasted slightly metallic on some sips but overall I’m happy with the new thermos. Making 750 ml about a half an hour before I get up leaves the perfect amount of tea for a big mug and also a full thermos and approximately the right temperature to gulp down the mug if I’m late. It works well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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My first order from Steep City Teas and I thought I’d go for the classic mint-chocolate flavour combination because I’ve always been a fan of those. Steep City puts their own little twist to it by adding some chamomile to the blend that has real chocolate chips in it, along with what I think is peppermint.

The flavour is pretty mild with a 3 minute steep. The mint is a bit stronger than the chocolate, but they are both clearly present. The chamomile adds an interesting under- and after-taste to the tea, which is pleasant. The black base is barely present.

Overall I think this is a good blend for the genre. Interesting little twist to it with the chamomile. Thumbs up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
david

appreciate the review.. we thought the chamomile added a nice note as well.

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So this is my first try at a pu-erh in quite a while. Years, actually. My last attempt was a Teavana tea and didn’t go well at all, but I like to think I’m a little smarter about tea since then.

I steeped this according to the package instructions, 185 degrees for 2 minutes. From previous notes of other people about the subject, I also rinsed it off in my sink for 10 seconds so hopefully that’s right.

Brewed, the hot tea (too hot to drink yet) smells…fishy. Very slightly fishy. I have no idea if this is normal or not. The tea liquid is quite dark.

Well, this is certainly different. Very earthy. I’m not quite sure what to think about it or if I like it or not. I don’t hate it and I think I might like it in some flavoured blends but plain it’s a bit confusing.

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

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100

Well unfortunately this doesn’t taste as heavenly this time around. I forgot about it and although it didn’t oversteep thanks to the breville, I did have to stick it in the microwave. Possibly this is why it tastes slightly burnt, although it was only for 30 seconds. Leaving the rating as is for now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77

Well, of my box of cuppa chocolate teas that I got from RoT, this is the one I like the least so far, of the 4 I’ve tried (Still have the velvet one to go). It definitely tastes like chocolate and strawberry, but I’ve never really liked that taste except for an actual chocolate covered strawberry. Strawberry ‘flavour’ just doesn’t taste quite right to me in most places and this is not an exception.

I can see why some people like it and some people hate it though. I wish this wasn’t a rooibos blend because generally I don’t like those very much, though there are exceptions to every rule. This is at least palatable. I think I’ll probably end up giving away the three bags left of this that I have.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Well, I must say that this one smells divine. Like a Mounds bar, which I enjoy greatly whenever I have them, which isn’t often. It’s making me want one now.

Drinking, it’s a little thinner than I’d really like, considering how rich it smells, but it’s still a nice flavour. I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

Upon starting to sip this drink, it’s cooled off quite a bit because I forgot about it, and I can definitely taste the banana flavour, a bit fake but okay, and I can hardly taste the chocolate at all.

Okay, so I reheated it in the microwave and I’m drinking it a little hotter and I can taste the chocolate now. This is a pretty good tea when all the tastes are out. I did add milk and sugar, like I normally do to dessert teas.

Preparation
Boiling

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Drinking this two days in a row it seems. So I’m sitting here eating some cheetos and there’s less than an hour left of work so I shouldn’t make another pot of tea because I’ll never drink it in time so bagged is the way to go. The sweetness of this tea won’t make my cheetos taste weird so there we go! This is as delicious as always.

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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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