719 Tasting Notes

82
drank Ankara Apple by Bluebird Tea Co.
719 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is an apple flavored chai, and it’s a really fun tea. Lots of flavors going on, but what I love the most is that there’s sage in this tea, and it works really well. I think I’ve only has sage in one or two teas, and both times it just seemed wrong. In this tea, however, it works. The spice blend does overpower the apple flavor at points, but then the apple makes a reappearance in the next sip. A fun little tea. Something I think I’d enjoy as a seasonal tea come late October and into November.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Meh. The base tea is good, but the plum flavoring taste fake. It actually taste more like a grape flavored Dum Dum lollipop than plum. While this isn’t a winner for me I do think I’m warming up to white teas a bit more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I’ve been cold brewing this one. It’s nice that way.

Veronica

That’s a good idea. Is the flavor more plumy as a cold brew?

Cheri

I thought it tasted less fake that way, anyway.

Veronica

The base tea is so good… I’m tempted to snag the rest of this out of the box and try it as a cold brew now!

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83

From the Round 3 Here’s hoping TTB

Everything about this tea is soft… subtle. The peach flavor is consistently present but not in a knock your socks off kind of way. The flavor of the white tea is hay like and has a brightness to it. I didn’t even notice the base tea’s flavor at first, but as the tea cooled a touch it became much more apperent and blended with the peach flavor beautifully.

Glad I got to try this one. I’m not a huge white tea fan, but this one is nicely done.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

It’s heading towards noon, and this is my first tea of the day. Must. Have. Tea. I didn’t even need to think about which tea I wanted because this is one of my no fail/I-will-always-love-it teas. Today there are lots of floral and honey notes along with a good biscuity note and… molasses?. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted molasses in this tea before, but it’s yummy. I love how the flavors in this tea can morph from one steeping to the next, but it’s always delicious.

Back to work… right after the next steep….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Yes, this one never fails :-)

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80

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Before bed tea. This has a definite caramel flavor, and the rooibos isn’t all that detectable (a plus in my book). With some sugar and milk I think this would be a real treat but I don’t like to doctor my bedtime teas too much. This is the second rooibos blend form Georgia Tea Company that gets a thumbs up from me. I don’t see myself ordering this one, but the next time I’m shopping for herbals I’ll stop by GTC to see what other caffeine free goodies they’re offering.

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

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12
drank Key Lime Pie by Della Terra Teas
719 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Something about this tea is off. There’s a strange plastic-y feeling on my tongue, and I feel like I squirted perfume in my mouth. I don’t know if the flavoring agent is going bad or if this tea and I just don’t get along, but the rest of this cup is going down the drain.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I have some of this but I haven’t tried it yet. Mine is relatively new, so hopefully it tastes okay.

Veronica

I’m starting to think I might be having an allergic reaction to it. My throat and the inside of my mouth is itchy. I went ahead and took an antihistamine just to be safe.

Cheri

:( That doesn’t sound good at all. I hope it’s not an allergic reaction.

Christina

Hm, I took some of this from a swap box last month, haven’t tried it yet. Gulp!

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80
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
719 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

I usually try to drink new-to-me teas from any ttb I participate in, but every now and then I find a tea that I want to revisit. This is such a tea. It has a good, fruity blueberry flavor and a full bodied base tea that compliments the berry flavor from start to finish. Today I added some sugar and cream to my cup. The sugar brought the blueberry flavor out even more, but I think the cream distracted rather than added anything to the tea. I’ll have to remember that for future cups ’cause this tea is going on my wishlist and (eventually) in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

From the Round Three Here’s Hoping TTB

Tea of the morning. This is a nice, bright tea. Kinda fruity with a citrus finish, and very clean with no aftertaste or lingering notes. This isn’t a tea I see myself keeping on hand, but it was a nice change of pace from my normal heavier, more malty teas.

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

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60
drank Sexy Chai by Steep City Teas
719 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is a middle of the road chai. The base tea is ok, and the spice blend is good, but it’s mild. Not a memorable chai, but it’s a nice enough cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Sexy…? That’s just a weird thing to name a tea. :P

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
719 tasting notes

After my previous not-so-earl-grey Earl Grey I really wanted a nice bergamot-y cup of tea, do I reached for my favorite EGC. It’s so deliciously well balanced between the base tea, citrus, and vanilla. Still one of my all time favs.

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

This sounds like a comfort tea. :)

Veronica

@Cheri – That’s exactly what it is. Yummy, delicious, comfort tea.

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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

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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