540 Tasting Notes

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drank Maple Nutmeg Black by Design a Tea
540 tasting notes

This arrived pretty quickly if I’m thinking correctly. I got a sample of this because it sounded like it’d be an interesting creation. The dry leaf smells a bit like the Adagio gingerbread black. The taste of the tea itself is also vaguely similar. I think that if I had more control of the amount of tea I would have added a bit more to get a bit more of a punch of flavor. It isn’t the maple I was really looking for, but it isn’t a bad tea at all. It may be a little off the mark from what I wanted it to taste like, but the nutty notes are there with a slight amount of spice. It is very subtle though. I thought that the base was also pretty complimentary to the flavors that I picked and wouldn’t change that at all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

I am changing my score on this. Why? Because I’ve loved every cupful. There are plenty of mineral, honey, roast, and almost nutty notes today. See previous notes.

TeaBrat

I need to go to their store in Berkeley someday!

Bonnie

Amy,gar even they have a store in the Bay Area…sure,of course they do…who doesn’t!

TeaBrat

Well it’s a tea house and we STILL don’t have a Harney and Sons here!

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50

I think I know what it is that throws me off about this tea: it kind of smells pickled. Both the dry leaf and the steeped tea have this kind of pickle-ness that is just weird in tea. After that first cup I’ve been avoiding this one a bit. Not because it is really terrible, it just has a very intimidating factor. This is a really “dirty” tea, in that even with my finest mesh this leaves a huge amount of floaties in my cup. I hate that. I find tea floaties and oily blends visually displeasing.
Today this tea smells much more juicy than my last one. I tried to make sure I got equal parts tea and extras. Today the tea seems more spicy with equal parts juicy fruitiness. It is okay; just okay. I can’t pin down what type of fruit this is supposed to be even though mango is in the name. It is not overly citrus, berry, or mango. It seems like the tea that can’t in a way. It wants to be this tropical, spicy thing and almost does just that, but fails because it is just a weird jumble of lots of things that sounds tasty.

Daniel Scott

Last sentence = yes, exactly. It’s not…bad, but I still can’t stand to drink it. Yeah.

Tamm

I seem to feel weird after drinking it every time! I can’t tell if it is the tea, the fact that I hadn’t eaten yet, or something? I could have sworn you mentioned this too.

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93

I’ve almost been in a tea mood recently. All I drink is this and Amandine Rose! I’m sad that I didn’t purchase more of the Amandine Rose now that I found that I love it so much…
This tea is going to be gone pretty quick if I keep this up! I’ve had at least 5 16oz cups of this the past two days. I don’t know why I like this one so much as it has pretty regular flavors. There is herbal tones, chamomile, cherry, just a hint of white tea, and a surprising amount of apple. The apple itself is a lot more noticeable than the cherry and it pairs really well with the chamomile. I just figured out what it reminds me of! I had a Christmas (winter?) apple wassil or cider tea from Twinnings that was awful. I ended up giving it away, but this is just like that if it was spruced up and the craft store smell somehow got taken out. I wanted to like that Twinnings tea and that may be part of my love for this one. It has all the apple and herb notes without smelling perfume like. I may have to order a larger tin of this at some later time.

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93

So some of these blends are a mystery when it comes to steeping times/temps. They just don’t tell you what you should be using and often combine white, black, and herbals all in one tea. So for this first steep I tried just under boiling water for 5 min. since my bag has tons of chamomile in it. The smell when opening the bag is really cherry, but much better cherry than in the Stiles blend (which is pretty meh to me). Steeped the liquor is light pinkish brown and smells really herbal. There are tons of herbal, cherry, and almost apple notes in this cuppa. It is really very sweet, which is something unexpected. I think that this tea is perfect for the character! I may tweak my steep times/temps to get a cup that is a bit lighter than this, but overall I’m pretty pleased with this one.

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93
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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Screw the suggested temp. on this tea. I just made this at boiling and it smells divine. The cinnamon and almond cookie notes are far more prominent than at 195. The original tea did not fare well at boiling and sometimes tasted a bit like play doh if steeped this way; but this newer version takes the heat and tastes better for it. This is a pretty great tea and I have become quite attached to it.

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50
drank Spice of Life by Teavana
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This. tea. it has been haunting me for quite some time now. I’m lowering the score because it has become pretty obvious that I really just don’t enjoy it. This tea really needs balance. There just is not enough white tea to (a) justify the price and (b) make any difference in the flavor. There are mostly spice, orange, and warm flavors in this.

Autumn Hearth

No nothing justifies the price, but I liked it for blending with other spice and chai blends.

Tamm

I think that this and the lavender dreams need more white tea and I’ll probably end up blending some more in just so I can finish this one off. At least it doesn’t bother my tummy anymore!

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93
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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I’m actually pretty sad that I blew my tea budget already because a pound of this during the heavenly sale would have been pretty good. This doesn’t come out as good/tasty as the original tea; but it is a decent substitute. I’d love more cinnamon flavor. The rose is not as soapy as I was expecting (a really good thing!!!) I’d say that this is a pretty good tea and one of the more affordable Teavana selections.

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91

I was cleaning out my tea cupboard yesterday and found this in the back. I really don’t drink this one very often because for whatever reason, it kind of bothers my throat. When steeped today at 3min. it smelled really roasted with less banana than other experiences with it. mmm this blend tastes of cream, banana, and light crust. I’m really glad that I tried this one because I haven’t had any other chances to try flavored hojicha!

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