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314 Tasting Notes

65

I like black currants. Baked in scones. As jam on buttered toast…

But…I think, not so much in a tea. :(

So sorry, but I can’t help but think of cough syrup when I drink this. Definite Robitussin overtones.

I know it’s just me. Those who love black currants will appreciate this. This is almost like unsweetened black currant cobbler—the fruit flavor is pretty potent. Maybe some cream and sugar will help?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Maybe good when you have a cough….

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79

Smells like cocoa biscuits. Or mocha-infused biscotti. There’s this toasty, malty mouthwatering scent. But there is a “dryness” too—like tea laced with a bit of sunbaked earth—terracotta.

The taste is surprisingly subtle and mild—I taste a bit of biscuit, cocoa and earth.

Pretty enjoyable—I think I love the scent overall. If anything, it makes me crave a plate of biscotti.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Auggy

That sounds delicious!

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100
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

Oh my god….roasted chestnuts!!! I absolutely love this tea!!!

Such a delicious flavoring for tea.

If you love chestnuts too, you must have this.

That is all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Well, looks like I need some. :)

TeaBrat

I hope they have it at the SF Lupicia store. :)

LiberTEAS

I love this tea. One of Lupicia’s best, in my opinion (although, I still love their Earl Grey even more)

Stephanie

@Amy oh You know I’ve haven’t been to the SF store, yet? I always mean to but seem to always forget, when I’m in that mall. I hope they have this there!
@RachanaC Yes this is a must have!! :)
@LiberTEAS Which of their Earl Grey is your fave?

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70

I was hoping this would be an Andes Mint in liquid form. :)

Actually it’s pretty pepperminty. Very herbaceous. I can detect the chocolate more in the aftertaste—making it more of an impression of chocolate, to me.

I think the flavors would be enhanced if prepared as a “milk tea”.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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85

I miss SpecialTeas! But I’m finally getting around to opening my sample pouches now. Maybe these teas are part of Teavana’s mix now?

Grainy, bread-y, toasty aroma—strong on the rye and pumpernickel.

Flavor is liquid rye bread with a surprising sweetness! Very, very smooth—no bitterness. I love the sweetness in this—it seems to get more “sugary” as it cools down—almost like molasses.

The taste also kind of reminds me of shredded wheat cereal or malt-o-meal.

I think this would be excellent with milk!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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88

Cinnamon, cardamon, cocoa and cloves—flavors all swirled together in a delicious mixture.

I was thinking of adding some strong black tea to this but I wanted to see how this was like on its own—and it is yummy!

There’s a sweetness like sugar cane…maybe it’s the cloves…—ahh I’m getting a flashback to clove cigarettes (Djarums to be exact) —from my disenchanted youth ;). Now I need to blast some atmospheric Dead Can Dance and light up some strawberry incense.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
JacquelineM

Cheers to our clove-y teenage years!

Stephanie

Oh my gosh—yes! School nights at Helter Skelter in L.A. thinking I was so cool. :)

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93
drank Sheri's Blend by 52teas
314 tasting notes

This tastes soo…pretty!!!

It’s a warm, sweet fruity flavor—very soft with just pinch of spice. Beautifully perfumed with apricot. I’m suprised I like this so much because I usually prefer the “bolder” blends.

But this tastes so peaceful and inviting and lovely—like sitting in a cozy, Victorian parlor, warm against the snow flurries outside. There’s this feeling of “nostalgia”. Very wistful.

What a surprisingly beautiful blend! :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
314 tasting notes

This is like chocolate gingerbread. It’s like being wrapped up in a warm, cozy blanket of spicy, cocoa-y goodness!!!

I love it. It’s good. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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93

Thick, buttery, “steamed veggie” aroma.
Tastes potato-y, starchy—with a hint of mint in the aftertaste. It’s almost like a green tea “soup”—very full-bodied and savory.
No astringency, smooth and rich. This is very yummy!

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

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79
drank Golden Prosperity by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea forever (maybe for over a year) and I just now have gotten around to opening it. Seemed fitting for today. :)

The tea ball unfurls beautifully in my tea glass. Green tea “spokes” cradling two bright marigold blossoms. The flavor is mild, slightly toasty and chlorophyll-like. I think I taste the marigolds too—there’s this sense of dried petals and poutporri-ness in the flavor—almost like incense, in a way.

All in all, this bossoming tea is a lovely novelty and to look at it is uplifting. I can definitely admire the artistry and care in its creation.

But, as for the taste, it’s okay. I’m afraid that it’s not too memorable flavor-wise.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! Don’t forget to drink some puerh after the feast! ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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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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