556 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
556 tasting notes

A gift from Jude! Finally getting around to trying it.

This isn’t a very strong or sharp chai. I’m not really getting any chocolate out of it either, but it is pleasant. Not something I would go out of my way to get, but definitely drinkable. I’m a bit picky about the chai I will drink because a lot of it is too strong or too ginger-y for me. But this one is nice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I got this in a swap from Jude. Just enough to make a 4-cup pot of it, perfect! Not so awesome that this tea seller has gone out of business?

This is a nice cup of tea, malty and sweet with a bit of caramel flavour to it. Very tasty. This tea gets a bit smokey as it cools though, not enough to turn me off, just enough to make it interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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This came for my January/February Tea of the Month club from Adagio. So far I’m enjoying it.

Opening up the bag, the tea just whaps you one in the face with the smell of chocolate covered strawberries. Really so. As it steeps, the scent mutates into a sort of creamier version of the same. It’s really very pleasant.

Drinking this really hot, I mostly pick up chocolate and a bit of floral which must be the rose petals. As it cools, the strawberry comes out much more and combines to make a really nice tea that really does remind me of Valentine’s day. Adagio did a good job with this one.

And the flu that I’ve had for the last week is finally going away. My cats (all 5 of them) will be sad that I won’t be spending another week at home on the couch napping all the time but I must bring home the money to keep them in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. I am glad I’ve gotten over this now though, because I fly to Orlando Florida next weekend to go themeparking with my sister. I just bought tickets for the both of us (being the less poor of us, and it being my idea, I’m picking up the tab). It will be fun, hopefully. I haven’t been on a roller coaster in more than a decade…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This came as part of my tea of the month club order from Adagio this January. Darjeelings aren’t my favourite but I like them alright. Still waiting for this one to cool down for a taste that doesn’t burn my tongue. I did add milk and sugar, as I do with most black teas.

This tastes pretty good, with a smooth feel and a sweetness above the sugar I added. I’m still not sure what ‘muscatel’ means exactly in terms of tea, but this tastes like the other darjeelings I’ve tried, with hardly any astringency or bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I’m almost wondering if I got the wrong tea packaged up here. Reading the reviews, this sounds like a tea I would really like and instead I’ve gotten one rather like a lapsang souchong with a great deal of smokiness. Still waiting for it to cool down for a taste.

and it really does taste like a smoky lapsang souchong which I don’t like. I’ll refrain from rating because I kind of suspect that this has been mislabeled and the next person who wants to trade out a less smokey black with me for this can have it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Denise @ Nature's Tea Leaf

This tea should have no smokiness. Did you get this in a trade or directly from Nature’s Tea Leaf?

Starfevre

Directly from you guys, sealed package opened immediately prioor to brewing.

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Trying another one of these. Didn’t like the last one because of the stevia ingredient but I bought this so I’m going to drink at least one glass of it.

Without any additional sweetener beyond the stevia that is already in it, I taste mostly just hibiscus with maybe a slight aftertaste of lime in it. The smell is really nice, I can definitely smell the lime there, but I mostly just taste hibiscus.

With a bit more sugar, the lime flavour comes out a bit more but so does the hibiscus also. If you are looking for a nice hibiscus tea, this is a good one, if you are looking for a lime tea, I’d look elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealux
556 tasting notes

Well, I’m not sure why there aren’t any tasting notes on this yet. Does tealux have a person on here to updates photos and such? I did my best in creating an entry, but I couldn’t get that part up.

Now for the tea. Smelling the dry and steeped tea, it smells vaguely of cherry, sort of fermented cherry, a little bit like cough syrup. Drinking it tastes about like that too. I continue to try out cherry black teas in hopes that one will rise above the rest and make me love it forever…but this isn’t the one yet.

Edited to add: took the second cup of this (not a resteep, just made 2 cups on the first batch) and it’s much less cough-syrupy without sugar. The addition of sugar really adds that. Upping the rating.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Well. This is certainly interesting. Not sure how well I like it but it certainly is a strong taste. Strongly savoury despite the bit of sugar I put in. I almost feel like I should be pouring this tea over potatoes to make some sort of dinner dish, that’s what this tastes like to me.

I think this is a love it or hate it tea and I just don’t love it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Karys

Try Teavana’s Citrus Lavender Sage, I feel like the savory taste is fairly reigned in.

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drank Himalayan Splendor by Teavana
556 tasting notes

Drinking this again this afternoon. Nothing new to add. Tasty as always and not much of it left.

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I actually wasn’t expecting to like this one but it’s just so interesting! Mostly floral with a slight hint of citrus and a much bigger hint of mint. This is quite tasty compared to my experience with other ‘slimming’ blends, say from Teavana. I can’t really taste the pu’erh that is supposed to be in here but it just might not have been in the 3 scoops I used to brew this up.

Preparation
Boiling 5 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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