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314 Tasting Notes

62

Pronounced pine and smoked flavor. Cooling and astringent. A perception of ashes in the back of the throat.

This was brewed very strong, using the whole sample packet and boiling water for over 5 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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35

I actually thought this had yerba mate in it! It smells very mate-ish to me. And at first, it tastes almost off-puttingly herbal—just agressively green and earthy (in a “sawdust-floor, hippie, co-op grocery” kind of way). But then on cooldown, the flavor mellows out to mostly mint and citrus. This is very spearmint-y.

Get this if you like spearmint.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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86
drank Momoko by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

First sips: Lightly peach. Refreshing. Slightly sweet—in a “clear” crystalline way. Like a peach sorbet.

I’ve kept this steeped forever and used boiling water but it hasn’t gotten bitter or astringent at all. So upon cooldown, the flavor just seems to get more syrupy and more candied—like Peach Jolly Ranchers.

I like it! :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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93
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

Tastes surprisingly milky! Smells deliciously like caramel and yams. I’m kind of surprised overall by this—I thought it would have been too “cloying” and artifical but it’s not at all. It’s a wonderful sweet potato flavor and very enjoyable. I love the milkiness!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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86

Finally opened my sample packet and used up all the tea.

Tastes like a coconut cassava casserole. Sweet,“thick” and yummy—with a “baked yam” note.

No astringency detected in the black tea base. Just a slight “coffee-esque” bitterness edged with cream.

Pretty good. RIP SpecialTeas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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91

Thoroughly enjoying my second mug of this excellent brew. :)
I have to admit that this tea has grown on me. I thought it was okay at first but now I really like it. Maybe because it’s had the chance to “age” a bit? It’s just so soothing with its soft biscuity-ness.

The perfect thing after overindulging in pizza for dinner.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Gunpowder by thepuriTea
314 tasting notes

A nice smoky, herbally green.

This really tastes and looks so much like a ginseng oolong! Really rolled up and pebbly—there’s even that herbal ginseng kind of “bite” to it. I love the smokiness in this—very mellow, not astringent at all. Kind of “dusky” and smooth with a hint of mint and sweetness.

thepuriTea’s description of this spot on. I think it’s very good!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
314 tasting notes

Sweet, creamy and mint-alicious!! :) Tempered with a slightly bitter, almost tangy, green tea taste—overlaid with a toasty black tea. Refreshing yet cozy and warm. I love the vanilla in this—almost like creme brulee. Super yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

I think this tea is growing on me—instead of searching for “cake”, I’m beginning to like this for what I can taste in it—mainly buttered asapargus and Wheat Thins. There is also a flavor of broth and minerals.

I’m not detecting any bitterness or tannins at all. Super smooth—which makes it perfect to just toss into my travel mug and resteep all day. I’m feeling somehow calmer and more centered just by drinking this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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85

Just a quick impression—

I’ve steeped this with more tea then last time (plus a lower temp and longer steep time)—using about 5 good-sized nuggets (nearly the size of the those little dried, salted plums) to 12.85 ounces.

I’m now getting an abundance of buttery asparagus and hints of wheat thins—but still no cake.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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My ratings are purely subjective and each note varies according to my perception and mood at the moment. So, with that said, my rating scale can be deciphered as follows:
90-100: I am in love! A must have at all times! :D
80-89: This is good. It is full-tin worthy! :))
79-70: This is okay. Glad I tried it. Might get more. :)
69-60: Meh. I’m indifferent. Neither here nor there, this is Tea Purgatory. :/
59-under: Mediocre and Sad. Really not good enough to try again. A disappointment. :(

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