135 Tasting Notes

Enjoying a day off work and a large mug of this! Thanks to tattooed_tea who so generously swapped this out of her cupboard!

Fireside S’mores is one of the few teas I was able to try before the Teavana-takeover. In my opinion its a nice, balanced mix of many things I like: marshmallows, chocolate and hazelnut – nothing really overpowers the other. And it’s not a strong tasting tea, which makes it kind of comforting on a chilly winter’s day. I enjoy this most as a latte with a little rock sugar.

I am saddened that this is no longer available, but feel very lucky to have a decent amount of this left. Thanks again tattooed_tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
tattooed_tea

Not a problem. Glad I found a good home for it.

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This is TEAlicious!!!!

I do have to disagree with the naming of this. I really don’t taste the caramel here. The main characters are almond and cinnamon.

Like others have said this is very close to DT’s Forever Nuts in both smell and taste. It does taste a little more cinnamon-y to me though. Teavana’s version is just a tad more expensive (like $.00576856 more per gram) – kind of a wash really. :)

I love the pink hue this brews up! And the smell reminds me of passing by a kiosk in the mall selling those sweet, roasted almonds in a paper cone! Mmmmmmmm!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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The name on this is spot on – It’s so creamy and smooth! Even though it doesn’t necessarily say it’s a milk oolong, it’s very much like it. There’s a little vegetalness (probably not a word, but I’m using it anyway) in the end of the sip. Creamy in the front, vegetal in the back.

This is really lovely. I have a soft spot for good milky oolongs and this is one of the few that I’ll repurchase soon.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

this one sounds really nice and so if this is la crème de la crème…it means it should be the best !

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This tea has piqued my interest for awhile and I’m finally getting around to trying the sample that came in one of the sampler packs I bought from DT awhile ago.

Both cups were steeped for 4 minutes.

The first cup I tried with a little rock sugar. There’s definitely chocolate and mint in here with a touch of peppery spice at the end of the sip. It wasn’t overpowering like other teas have been, but I could probably do without the pepperiness so I tried it again as a latte.

The half and half I used to make the latte helped drown out the pepper, so that was a step in the right direction.

Quite honestly chocolate is not something I’m usually drawn to in general, but this had a nice balance of chocolate and mint. Probably not something I’ll end up buying 50 grams of, but if it came in another sampler pack, I’d be alright with it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Hmmm, I thought I had logged this when I first bought it. Ooops! I guess this will be the overall note having finished off the last of the bag this morning.

You know those chocolate-covered malted milk balls – Whoppers? I HATE them – they are gross to me. Maybe it was the chalkiness of the malted milk ball, or just the way the malted milk ballI tasted, but I was sure I didn’t like malted anything because of them.

I honestly couldn’t tell you why I picked up a bag of this. I guess it was just another shot at trying something that I knew I liked (chocolate and roasted yerba maté). At worst I figured I could trade it out. But this little bag of chocolate malted milk goodness really grew on me. It’s a nice change from the regular non-chocolate black teas I have in the morning. And of course, the last cup of the bag had to be the tastiest!

Sadly I did not take time to measure anything as I was in a rush to get out the door (which is usually the case). I did have this with a bit of milk and rock sugar – this is my method of choice for this tea.

I may be picking up another pouch of this later.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Tea Sipper

Whoppers were one of the FEW candies I didn’t like either.

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This is something that I really wanted to try, but could justify shelling out the dough on a 50 gram bag that would most likely take me forever to get through. Thanks to DT for the sample in my order that came today!

Brewed it tastes like a vegetal green oolong with a clear vanilla finish. I enjoyed my cup, but am glad I didn’t purchase a bag. I haven’t gotten to a point in my tea journey where I reach for a simpler, natural flavor profile.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I really like mint teas!

This one is really nice. I like how my cup of tea evolved during this tasting. At first taste while it was still piping hot, all I could taste was mint. But as the temperature cooled, it mellowed a lot – to the point where I could tell there was coconut. My cup ended with a creamy, minty finish – very nice for winter!

I’ll have no problem finishing this bag. :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
BoxerMama

I’m already on my second bag. My dog LOVES it too!

Will Work For Tea

Really?! Hmmm, that makes me wonder if my boys (dogs) would like it… :)

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It is well past breakfast time, but this has been calling to me for a few hours now. So I’m trying this thanks to the Traveling Tea Box (A).

I tend to prefer flavored teas, but am finding that unflavored ones are slowly creeping onto my shopping list.

There’s very nice balance to this even though I’ve let my cup cool a little too much. I can’t see drinking this in the morning, as I usually tend to reach for something more on the punchy side. (I’m not a morning person!) But this will be a nice lunch or early afternoon tea for me.

I’ll keep an eye out for as one of the local grocery stores carries Rishi Tea. This will fill a void when I’m in-between staples coming in from Asia and can’t wait for them to arrive. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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Honestly, I haven’t had a good experience with a blueberry green tea, but I’m not giving up!

This version came my way in the Traveling Tea Box (A). I’m not as experienced with greens, but this was even more different than my past encounters. The leaves aren’t as green as I’m used to seeing and they’re rolled into oddly shaped balls. I am always a sucker for Cornflower petals in tea – it always looks so pretty!

Upon opening the baggie I can smell the blueberry. I brewed this in the fridge for about 18 hours.

I noticed some bitterness after straining the leaves; not something I was expecting. I probably shouldn’t have, but I added a little simple syrup to mute that. There’s a slight smokiness that I’m detecting now that I’ve killed the bitterness. The blueberry is nice in this.

I’m leaving this in the box for others to try. The quest for the right blueberry green tea continues…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Alphakitty

52tea’s Boo-berry Cotton Candy is a delicious blueberry green (though of course it also has cotton candy flavor), a really true to life flavor.

Will Work For Tea

I was hesitant to pony up for the cotton candy AND blueberry green tea flavors. But I’ll take your word on it! :)

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I’m a native Midwesterner (Iowa, specifically) who was happily uprooted to California twice. SoCal is what I consider home, even though I currently don’t live there. I hope to return home again!

Tea has really come to fill the void of my current displacement. My husband & I (with our two tiny weenies) moved to Indiana hardly knowing a soul. It’s been a tougher transition for me than I’d thought it would be. I have amassed a cupboard of teas to keep me company until I feel more familiar in my newer surroundings.

I will refrain from giving numerical values to teas because I am a faddist. My likes and dislikes are constantly changing. Flavored blacks are what I gravitate to the most. Having said that, I do enjoy a wide variety of teas – you name it, I’ll try it. I may not like it today, but I might revisit it later and love it.

Flavor note: I prefer my teas to be bold in flavor. I am starting to come around to drinking tea without additives. But I do like to dirty my tea with rock sugar/simple syrup and sometimes with half-n-half/milk. Unflavored greens are unsweetened, but flavored greens I usually add rock sugar. Lately I have been favoring flavored guayusa and matés.

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