536 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Chai Latte by Pacific Chai
536 tasting notes

I saw this at the grocery store on sale so I decided to pick up this flavor and the “mocha” flavor. The first thing that I noticed when I opened the two canisters is there is not much smell difference between the two. I also later noticed that is is produced by the local favorite hot chocolate maker, Stephen’s hot chocolate, if anyone is familiar with it. I can say that their hot chocolate is pretty awesome. So this should be interesting.
I ignored the part about water because I wanted something a bit more substantial. I wanted to not that if you wanted this cold with milk it would have to be skimmed off the top because it didn’t mix in the best. The end product was a frothy, vanilla smelling cup of I don’t know what to call. The vanilla is there and it is very nice. But to call this chai is very, very misleading. The subtle spice is very much a background note when mixed with milk. I’ll have to see if the same holds true for this mixed with water. This would be something that I mixed once in a while and not on a very consistent basis because as far as chai goes, I wouldn’t consider this one.

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I picked up this tea at the reduced bin at my local Sunflower Market. The price was very nice for the 1.7 oz I got. I know it’s important for some tea consumers, so I’ll note, this tea is organic.
This tea was a bit tricky for me at first. My first brew was made per the instructions on the bag. This was a bit of a bad idea as it has the steep temp. at 185 degrees. This was far too long for my tastes. My second brew was at a much lower 160 degrees, which was too low! It was very bland tasting. The sweet spot for me when brewing this tea has been around 170 degrees for only 3 min. The end product, when brewed well, is a very nice chai like flavor. There are good notes of the promised mango. Overall I was impressed with the product, given the amount of money I spent on it. I would definitely buy other teas or more of this one from this company!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
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Thank you again, Tea Forte, for offering these samples for tasting notes!
This should be an interesting experience…I have had pretty bad run-ins with flavored and non-flavored whites in the past. But alas! Such a tempting mix of flavors. Lychee is one of my favorite treats ever. My husband hates them so I’m glad I get all of these kinds of concoctions to myself! evil smile It has been a long day of Biological Anthropology study so I’m glad I get to relax!
I’m noting here that this is the only white tea in the collection.
The smell while steeping is almost 100% coconut. The color is much, much darker than what I expected. My first impression is….great! I don’t particularly taste the lychee. All I’m getting is coconut. Which really isn’t a bad thing; it’s just not what I was expecting. I think there is a very, very faint hint of the very distinct clear notes that lychee has. Overall, this has to be my 1st successfully brewed white tea and the taste was pretty nice!

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drank Cherry Marzipan by Tea Forte
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I have to say thanks again to Tea Forte for sending me these samples! This will be my second tasting from this line.
The very first thing that hit me when I opened this package is the fact that it smells a bit like cherry pop tarts. What a surprising flavor! The cherry is really there and the marzipan is light, but also present. I can taste the green tea in the forefront as well, but in a very nice way. A+ for a bagged tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Swiss Apple by Tea Forte
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I have to thank Tea Forte for this sample!
I am sitting here with my piping hot cup and recovering from a three day down time from the newest school-stress induced cold. I’ve been waiting for this to arrive and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I saw this product when it was first released on the Tea Forte site and I was really excited when I saw the flavor combinations. I was even more excited when I found out I was going to be able to sample them!
This is a pretty good tea! I like the more subtle cinnamon in this mix and I think I can taste some of the chocolate that the description talks about. I think that this would be very nice on a cold, autumn day. The added bonus for me with this particular tea in the set is it is the only rooibos tea; so it is a good anytime tea. I think that some rooibos blends lack flavor and this one wasn’t skimping!

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

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Serious backlog here! I am sipping on this at this very moment! So, incredibly, perfect. This was my very first purchase from 52 teas and it won’t be my last! The buttery flavor really came through on this blend. It tastes sweet enough for me to not add anything and it has so many layers of flavor! I could drink this every morning, forever! A++ flavor!
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I have to say that I’ve been steeping my tea a little differently and I just did this one today and its flavor is always a knock-out. I think that this is something that I should have ordered 2+ of!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I just received this yesterday. This is my first steeping and it is amazing! I have never had genmaicha before so the whole thing was an adventure. The smell of the leaves is very nice and the brewed tea is very much a toasted brew! I knocked off a few points for being less marshmallow-y than what I expected, but I will continue to play with the temperature and amount of tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kaitlin in Korea

Which version do you have? Do you have the first version with mini marshmallows or the vegan second version with marshmallow plant?

Tamm

I’m pretty sure that it’s the vegan version w/o marshmallows.

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I got this tea as a sampler in my Teavana order. It had the added rock sugar, which added quite a punch of sweetness. The only annoying thing about this bag was that it only had instructions for the whole sample and not individual cups of tea. I had to guess and my cup may have been weaker than most people drink it.
On to the flavor! This smells like cinnamon candies. But when I brewed it, the flavor was not overwhelming at all. It was sweet, spicy, cinnamon and just all over the best tea I’ve tried from them. It’s such a great blend! If the price was lower on this, I would order it next time!

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85
drank Giant Peach Iced Tea by Tazo
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drank Lemon Soleil by Adagio Teas
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What an enigma! I got this as a sampler from a Teachat member. It smells amazing in the pouch! I don’t know about the flavor. Lemon? Perhaps. The actual nuance escapes me every time I drink it. It’s not very lemony at all. Maybe in smell but I can’t quite get my self to figure out what it is it does taste like! It’s not something I would have picked out for myself, so to keep coming back in pretty interesting.

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