745 Tasting Notes

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drank Jungle Monkey Chai by Tea Xotics
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A coconut, banana, chocolate chai that won’t keep me awake all night? I’m there.

This is a nice herbal. I like the robust coconut flavor and the sweetness of the banana. I don’t taste the chocolate at all. I kinda wish it were there even a little. I do like that the rooibos does not have a strong medicinal taste or an overly strong woody note. All in all this is a good herbal. I think my kids would enjoy it even more than I did.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Were the spices strong?

Veronica

No, they were pretty mild. Coconut was the dominant flavor followed by banana. The spice was kinda hanging out in the background.

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I spent the better part of my evening running my kids from place to place and then setting up for a bridal shower I’m helping with this weekend. I brought this tea along for moral support, and it did its job beautifully. Tonight it was a bit less sweet and a bit more spicy. Loved it. I didn’t add milk to my cup this time, and I think it let the spices come to the front a little more. So very good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Apple by Adagio Teas
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Adagio hit the mark with this one. The taste is all apple. It’s bright and fruity with a sweet/tart taste that reminds me of a crisp green apple. Yum. The base tea is surprisingly thick and silky. It’s perfect with the apple flavor and makes this tea into a real treat.

Also, I’ve now discovered I like apple teas. I guess this shouldn’t surprise me since I like pear teas, but apple is not a flavor I would’ve gone out of my way to buy when looking at flavored teas. Now I know!

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

it’s hard to find a really good apple tea (I mean apple as only flavour). I have Hédiard’s one but I don’t like it as much.Which pear tea would you recommend ?

Veronica

I like SBT: Pear and Design-A-Tea’s Ice Wine a lot. Even though Ice Wine isn’t supposed to be a pear tea it has a nice pear flavor. Oddly though, I don’t like it iced. It’s much better hot.

I find it interesting that some fruits like peach and melon translate to tea so well while a good apple tea is much harder to find. I wonder why that is.

Ysaurella

in the south west of France we make a dessert with peach or pear + sugar + wine. We leave the fruits for 15 minutes in this bath and eat them. We call this Pêches au vin and Poires au vin. Very simple and very good. So it’s not finally so surprising an iced wine tea can taste pear :)
Apple is complicated in tea. Thanks for the suggestions for pear teas

Christina

The Tea Haus also has a tea called Turkish Apple that is just plain dried apple, apple peel, and lemon flavour. I haven’t tried it, but I admit I am quite curious.

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From the HHTTB2

I’m a Darjeeling fan. I know it’s one of those teas that people love, or hate, or love to hate, so I wasn’t surprised by the less than stellar rating this one has received. It’s definitely a blend and probably not the highest quality, but it is decent Darjeeling.

This tea has plenty of muscatel notes. The flavor is strong from the first sip. There is also some spiciness and a good floral note that reminds me of honeysuckle. It’s really interesting and pleasing. There is a nice amount of astringency. Not so much that it’s harsh, just present. As the tea cools the grape-y flavor lessens somewhat, but it is still the dominant flavor. I enjoyed two steeps, and the flavor was consistent in both cups.

I can see this being a nice afternoon tea. I’m glad I was able to try it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I too am a fan of Darjeeling and its bright and crisp astringency!

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83

From the HHTTB2

This is good. It’s fairly light with a decent amount of sweetness to it. The smell is a bit dry and earthy. Some of that is in the taste, too, and it’s really nice. Love that there’s no chemical taste from the decaffeinating process. I really appreciate that.

I’m going to have to swing by Ceriello’s this weekend and check out the Butiki teas they have in stock!

Butiki Teas

Veronica-We don’t work with Ceriello’s anymore. I really need to take that off of our website. Sorry. We do sell out a shop in Bordentown but the prices of the tea are nearly double.

Veronica

Thank you for telling me! I’m too far from Bordentown, and I should just break down and by online. My dislike of Paypal is keeping me from good tea!

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From the HHTTB2

Oh mercy, yes! This is exactly what I wanted this morning. Rich and slightly smokey with hints of leather, wood, and brown sugar… this is so good. I tend to prefer my straight black teas from India or Nepal, but I think I’m going to have to spend some time trying Keemun teas because I have thoroughly enjoyed the two I’ve had this week.

This one is going on my shopping list.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

This is going on my shopping list too. :D

looseTman

I’m a big fan of TeaVivre’s Premium Keemun Hao Ya. How does the Little Red Cup Keemun compare to it? I see you recently tasted both of them a day apart.

Veronica

loose Tman, I sent you a pm.

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92

From the HHTTB2

After the strangeness that was my last cup of tea I wanted something I knew wouldn’t disappoint. There was just enough of this tea left to make a cup. I was excited since I’ve wanted to try this tea for a while.

I really like the coconut in this tisane. It is sweet with a fresh taste. No strange sunblock smell. There is also a bit of something tangy that lingers at the back of the throat. I’m thinking this is a nod to the cheesecake. It is an absolutely enjoyable cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Creamy Caramel Oolong by Tealish
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I don’t know what to make of this tea. It smells like caramel, and it varies between tasting like nothing (no base tea, no flavor, no nothing ) and tasting like cotton candy. The difference from one sip to the next is disconcerting. I’m so confused I don’t even know how to rate it!

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80
drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
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This tea reminds me of Fruity Pebbles. Remember those? They had/have (?) Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble on the front of the box. I’m not sure my kids even know who the Flintstones are!

Anyway, this tea has a very fruity notes at the start of the sip and a floral finish. There are strong berry notes, but I wouldn’t call it a berry tea. There are definite notes of apple and pear as well. The floral note is pretty basic. It’s not lavender or jasmine or rose. It’s just floral. Now that I think about it I’m impressed H&S managed to make this tea without having it taste like potpourri. It could easily have been overdone on the fruit or floral end, but the tea is well balanced. I think it would make an excellent iced tea, and I think the dark red color of the tea would look lovely in an iced tea glass.

While this isn’t my favorite decaf tea I wouldn’t pass up a cup if it were offered to me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Yabba dabba doo!

Veronica

Lol. That’s exactly what my eleven year old said when I asked if he knew who the Flintstones were. :)

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87
drank Maghreb Mint by Rishi Tea
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I didn’t pay super close attention to this tea while I was drinking it because I was reading other people’s tea notes while sipping. What I can say is this is good and fairly spicy. It reminds me a lot of DT’s North African Mint. Also, this tea sweetened with a teaspoon of sugar is excellent with Smartfood’s White Cheddar Popcorn. Seriously good.

The directions said to steep in boiling water, but I waited a few minuets for the water to cool since there is green tea in the blend. I think steeping in boiling water would cause the tea to go bitter fairly quickly.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

Ah, someday I want to try this one :)

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

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