886 Tasting Notes

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drank Dreamsicle Darjeeling by 52teas
886 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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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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84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
886 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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90

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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82

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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80
drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
886 tasting notes

It’s 2pm here, and this is my first tea of the day. Yes, it’s been that kinda crazy around here.

Vanilla tea is so comforting to me. It’s simple but indulgent at the same time, and sometimes (like today) it’s exactly what I need to help me relax for a few minutes. I’m very fond of the base tea of this one now. It’s smooth and well balanced against the vanilla. No funky aftertaste. No bitterness. I’m running really low on this one, so a trip to the tea shop may be in order later this week.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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88

Tea of the morning. I’ve been curious about this tea for awhile, and thanks to kimquat I am finally able to try it. My recent experience with the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box has made me much less afraid of pu’erhs, so this made me doubly excited to give this tea a try.

My first thoughts with this tea were earth and smoke. I get forest floor and wet granite with a campfire smokey note. As the tea cools there is some honey like sweetness and a sweet/tart berry flavor. I like the berry flavor mixed with the earthy notes a lot. The combination is delicious. When the tea was close to room temperature the earthy flavors were a little too dark and dusty for me. This is a tea I’ll drink hot.

I’m so glad I got to give this tea a try. I’ll likely pick up more of this come autumn.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
kimquat

I’d be happy to send more your way. (:

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93

We had a great Fourth of July bbq. Lots of food and lots of laughter. Now we’re in that quiet time between eating too much and going to watch the fireworks. A perfect time for tea. This is the tea I had planned to have tonight when we were camping out (stupid rain), so I thought I’d enjoy it now.

I took Miss B’s advice and over steeped this one. I usually steep it for three minutes, but today I went for six. The results are glorious. The chocolate and honey flavors are thick with the graham cracker and marshmallow flavors mixing in layers. One sip I get more graham cracker, the next creamy sweet marshmallow. High yum factor goin’ on here. At the end of the dip I get the smoke and a light taste of pine. It really brings the whole tea together.

I know this is billed as an autumn tea, but for me this tea will always remind me of summer and simple pleasures.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Oh my goodness, 3 teaspoons?! I will have to keep this in mind, since I just ordered this tea and I can’t wait! :)

Veronica

The directions on the tea say one tablespoon, so yep, three teaspoons. The first time I had this tea I was hesitant to put that much in, but it’s totally worth it! :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This tea has been changed though, so, Cameron, you won’t be getting this version :)

Cameron B.

Thanks for the heads up! I generally do what the package says anyway, at least the first time around. :)

TheTeaFairy

CAN’T WAIT to try new version, less smoke is gonna work even better for me!!!

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- Whispering Pines Tea Company
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