1041 Tasting Notes

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There is a strong artificial taste to the blueberry, and while I can sometimes handle artificial flavors this one is just too much. There’s also a bitter/tart aftertaste, and I actually had to eat a couple of crackers to make the taste go away.

Nope.

darby

The pineapple was too much for me on this one.

Veronica

I couldn’t even taste pineapple. My cup was all blueberry!

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78

Thank you TeaBrat for sending me this sample! I am very curious about flavored pu-erh, and I have enjoyed the teas I’ve sampled from Nature’s Tea Leaf in the past, so I’m looking forward to giving this tea a try.

Well, this tea pulls no punches. I get the earthy taste of pu-erh and a burst of orange flavor. I’m not getting any other notes. Earth and orange. It works, and I’m enjoying my cup. I really like citrus flavored teas, but I also like how the deep earth note of the pu-erh keeps the orange from being too much. As the tea cools I keep trying to find a chocolate note in here even though there isn’t one. My mind is trying to pin this tea down as something it recognizes, but these flavor combinations are new to me in a good and interesting way. I’m grateful that TeaBrat gave me such a generous sample because I want to try this tea again.

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

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91
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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My daughter chose this as her after school tea, and she asked me to share a pot of it with her. I love sitting and talking to her about her day over cups of tea. This tea is sweet and fully of juicy strawberry notes. There is also a good bit of vanilla which adds a creaminess to the tea and a nice rich flavor. It’s a really nice tea and one I’ll continue ordering from Zen Tea for as long as they have it in stock.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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87

It’s been a while since I’ve had this tea, so it was nice to have it back in my cup. I’m not tasting the light peachy note I got from this tea the last time I had it. Today this is has a smooth, buttery, snap bean flavor. It’s light a fresh with a really clean finish. Very nice.

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

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88
drank Temi Sikkim by Harney & Sons
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I steeped this in water that was near 200°F since it has characteristics like a Darjeeling, but I think the water was still too warm because the tea is really bitter at the end of the sip. It starts off light with a lemony note as well as notes of dry leaves and flowers, but then it’s just bitter. No good.

I’ll try this one again in a few days. Hopefully whatever I did to flub this cup up won’t happen again.

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

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88
drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
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I like the pear flavor in this tea. It has a poached and sweet taste that is yummy. I also like that the cinnamon is warm and has a big kicky flavor but doesn’t drown out the pear. It’s not a complex tea full of lots of different notes, but it is mighty tasty, and that’s exactly what I want in my cup today.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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Backlogging.

Another tea from yesterday. I fully admit that I grabbed this tea out of desperation. Yesterday was a cold, rainy, dreary day, and all I wanted to do was eat butter cookies and play World of Warcraft. I totally blame my husband for this because I quit playing WoW years ago, but he bought me the expansion and boosted my character to 90. If you have no idea what I’m talking about that’s ok. If you do know what I’m talking about you know what a time suck WoW can be. Ugh. If only it weren’t so much fun to play!

I was strong though! Instead, I made myself a cup of this and cleaned my house. The tea has become one of my favorite dessert teas because it really does taste like an almond cookie (with the addition of cream and sugar). It’s super, super tasty and it literally kept my hand out of the cookie jar. I love the big slivers of almond mixed in with the tea leaves. I don’t know how much nutty flavor they give the drink, but they are very pretty.

So, I had a yummy tea, and today I’m sitting in a nice, clean house. Sometimes being responsible stinks, but it does have its moments. :)

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

Heh, I completely understand the allures of WoW. I have started and quit a couple of times. I’m not currently playing, but was curious about the latest expansion. Ugh, can’t think about it, or I might get sucked back in.

So, congrats on having a more productive day! Cheers to your strength and delicious tea for helping! I’ll have to pick up this one to try next time I’m at Wegman’s.

Veronica

I quit after WotLK, so it’s been a while since I’ve played. I’ll tell you the expansion is fun, but I’ll leave it at that. :)

Do pick up the tea! It’s gooood!

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72
drank Mixed Berry by Twinings
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I made a quick grocery store run last night, and I threw this into my cart because I thought it sounded nice. I wasn’t expecting greatness, but I do think Twinnings has some decent teas. This tea turned out to be rather nice with a brisk but light base tea and a bright berry flavor. The berry flavor in no way dominates the tea. In fact, I found it much lighter than I was anticipating, but it was nice as it worked well with the base tea. The tea could easily handle sugar, but I think milk would mute all of the flavors the tea has to offer.

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90

This is a very nice breakfast tea. There is a strong crusty bread note that is so good. I can also taste chocolate, and, although I expected it to be stronger, I’m glad it’s not the dominating note because it seems more breakfast-y to me this way. There’s also notes of stone fruit and honey as well as a light floral note at the end of the sip. I was on the fence before about whether there was a dried or stone fruit note.Today it’s stone fruit… something between apricot and cherry. It’s a juicy, fresh taste that weaves around the honey and floral flavors. It all blends together into a lovely medium bodied tea that is nice to wake up to (even if it is a Monday).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I may have made a giant mug of this tonight, and I may have added some peppermint schnapps. And it’s possible that it was really, really good.

’Night, all!

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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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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.

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

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