649 Tasting Notes

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From Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Tea of the morning. The balance between the black tea and the blueberry flavor is nice. The berry flavor is sweet without tasting like candy, and the tea has enough body to work well as a breakfast tea. I did add half a teaspoon of sugar to my cup which brought out the berry flavor even more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92

From Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

This tea has received very little love from other Steepsters, but I am adoring it. There is the classic Earl Grey flavor with a good amount of bergamot. The bergamot is all citrus and very little floral. The smokey flavor follows right behind, and while it is smokey it’s not harsh. It also doesn’t overwhelm the bergamot at any point. This would be an excellent EG to have in my cupboard come winter.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
sherapop

Sounds interesting!

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90

From Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Apple and rose… that is this tea, and I’m loving it. The apple has a cooked flavor rather than a crisp, fresh taste, but it still pairs with the rose very well. There is a hint of malt and a thickness to the tea that I’m really enjoying. It feels robust enough to be an autumn tea, but the rose flavor adds a light note. There is so much yum in my cup right now. I’m off to see how this one resteeps!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

oooh sounds good

Cameron B.

Hooray, so glad I added this! :D I have a whole tin that I got at TJ Maxx if you ever want some more.

Veronica

@Cameron B. Ooh, I’d love some! We need to do a swap. :)

Cameron B.

Veronica, I’ll send you a message when I get home from my trip! :)

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87
drank Dreamsicle Darjeeling by 52teas
649 tasting notes

From Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

I like citrus flavored teas, and I love Darjeeling, so I have high hopes for this one.Honestly, I don’t know how I missed this one when Frank first offered it, but I’m happy to see it in the TTB.

Because it’s a Darjeeling I boiled the water and allowed it to cool to around 200 degrees. The first sip reminds me strongly of orange rid and does have a fair bit of astringency. I don’t consider some dryness a bad thing in a Darjeeling, so I’m good with this. As the tea cools some there is much more of the dreamsicle flavor which melds really well with the muscatel notes in the tea. Lots of bright orange flavor and a nice creaminess. This is definitely the golden spot for this tea. It does make me wonder if this would be a good cold brew. I’ll have to try that before passing this one along.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

My first tea from the Pass the Stash 2.0 Box. This is one of the two teas Cameron B. sent just for me. Yay!

I’ve read several tasting notes on this tea, so when I took my first sip I was expecting malt, bread, and honey. What I got was honeysuckle and sweet potato. No complaints here – the flavor is amazing. I am surprised at how strong the floral note is, but the earthiness of the sweet potato note helps keep the tea from being too floral in character. As the tea cools the malty flavor appears. Oh, I’m really liking this. Such a beautiful tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mj

Snaily yums!

Cameron B.

I’m so glad you like it! :) This is one of my favorites.

Veronica

It’s sooo good! It’s a million degrees in my house right now, but I’m sitting in front of a fan drinking my second steeping of this. :)

MzPriss

Snaily yumminess. I may have some of that after I finish off this Cocoa Amore

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87

Thank you Green Terrace Teas for providing me with this sample!

This is an interesting Bi Luo Chun. There is a peachy flavor and a buttery note that reminds my of Oolong, but there is also the vegetal note that reminds me of snap beans. It seems like these flavors shouldn’t work together, but they do. Not only do they work, but they blend to create a very enjoyable tea. I’ve had multiple infusions of this now, and each cup has been consistently delicious.

Thank you again Green Terrace Teas!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

This sample was sent to me by Green Terrace Teas for review. Thank you!

I am really liking this tea. There are light fruit flower notes, and notes of stone fruit. The fruit note is peachy, but there is something that reminds me of plum as well. Then there is the honey note. This is another very nice honey tea, but the floral and fruit notes make it so much more. It’s a truly beautiful tea. This is one of those teas that I will make when I have the time to really enjoy all that the tea has to offer. Cup after cup (I did four infusions) the layers of flavor were so good. Winner!

Time to make room in my cupboard. I need more of this tea.

TheTeaFairy

Oh yum. They were already out when I requested my samples, so I got the Li Shan oolong instead. Might try it today…

Cameron B.

I neglected to order a sample of this one, but they announced that free shipping for samples deal today, so I may have to try this one a couple of the roasted oolongs! :D

K S

Ooh, I have this one too. Hope to try it soon.

Veronica

TeaFairy I almost requested the Li Shan Oolong. I’m curious to see what you have to say about it.

Cameron B. Do it!!! I’m such an enabler.

K S I can’t wait to see what you have to say! Reading the other reviews of this tea has been interesting.

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
649 tasting notes

Iced tea of the night. It is still crazy hot here, and I decided I wanted something sweet and tropical tasting. I love the pineapple flavor in this tea. It’s juicy, bright, and wonderfully sweet. The lightly vegetal flavor of the green tea base is also apparent, and the two flavors blend very well. Also, awesome as an iced tea. I know I’ve said that before, but deserves to be said again.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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87

This tea reminds me of honey oat bread. The sweetness is stronger than I was expecting, but in the most delightful way. There is a sweet, deep honey flavor without it being cloyingly sweet or artificial tasting. There is also a hint of oat and spice that give this tea a wonderful burst of flavor at the end of the sip. There were hints of other sweetness – raisin and stone fruits – but the honey note is the star.

This is a tea I’d love to serve at my next tea party. I can see this being a real crowd pleaser and adaptable to many palates. Although I did not add sugar to my cup I can see it holding sugar well. I think milk would cover up a lot of the flavors in this tea.

Thank you Green Terrace Teas for the chance to sample this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This has become another favorite. I really like the lemon pudding flavor this tea has. It’s light but full of flavor while keeping it’s basic Earl Grey feel. Good stuff. I realized I’m starting to get a set of favorite Earl Greys in my cupboard, and I am very happy with my selection. I have everything from Twinnings Lady Grey, to this lovely, to Zen Tea’s EGC, and I adore each one for different reasons. This tea I like because it has a great EG and lemon flavor. It seems like there are a million lemon flavored teas out there, but most of them are too harsh/bitter for me. This one has a softness and a great creamy note from the vanilla that makes it a winner in my book.

Yay for Earl Greys in all their lovely forms!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

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