1024 Tasting Notes

75

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This was okay. I’m not a big fan of the lavender and orange mix here, but I do like the floral notes. Usually I find citrus and floral to be a pleasant combination, but this taste more of orange oil than a true orange flavor. However, the rose and lavender notes are very nice and well balanced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
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From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Yay for another good pear tea! This one has a nice juicy pear flavor, and there is a malty note, too, which kinda makes me think of a pear tart… almost. This is a fairly hefty black tea – something I’d happily drink as a breakfast tea. I think it could take on a harsh edge if over steeped, but my cup was very nice. Sweet and spot on with the pear flavor.

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

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96

All I want to do is curl up and take a nap, but I have a lot of things I want to accomplish today, so I made myself a cup of this instead. It’s so delightfully yummy. The caffeine is sure to give me a boost, but the mint is also really invigorating. And the dark chocolate note… yum. Now, to get back to ripping up the flooring in my dining room….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
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From the Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

This is a sweet/tart tea with a kick. I like the rhubarb flavor beside the creamy vanilla note. The ale flavor eludes me, but I’m enjoying this tea so much that I don’t mind. I think I may have picked up on the hops note as the tea cooled, but I may need a second cup just to make sure. I’m so glad this one made its way into the ttb! ;-)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

From the Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

I should be heading out the door right now, but I wanted to make a quick note about my morning cuppa. This is nice, and it reminds me a lot of the orange almond cookies that my favorite Chinese restaurant offers. A very fun first cup of the day!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

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
drank Smoked Earl Grey by The Tao of Tea
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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
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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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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

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

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