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63 Tasting Notes

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
63 tasting notes

So Allie reminded me I’d forgot about receiving her samples today. (woops! and thank you!)
Pulled this one out since it sounded strange. I’m not usually a maple fan, but I’m noticing a lot of things taste better when just in tea.
Anyway, the smell out of the bag is in your face Maple. No getting around that one.
The Taste, for me, it good. I love the taste of plain rooibos and the maple adds a kick but doesn’t overpower. Not 100% sure I’d order it myself, but I do enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

Hah, you don’t need to order it yourself… I sent you some, too. ;)

T.C.

Even better Jessi! :)

Lariel

I’ve been eyeing that. Sounds good.

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drank The garden of stones by Basilur Tea
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I’ve been going so crazy with flavored tea recently I just had the urge for some nice normal green tea tonight! (yeah, I know, who craves green tea at midnight?)
Anyway, big sample of this via Kasumi no Chajin (my green tea lifeline).

Smells real grassy, lighter golden liqueur.
First sip? Hmmmm….I’m not sure. I may have steeped this too short. Though that’s still much preferable to leaving it too long. No bitterness, but light on flavor. I keep going back for sip after sip trying to place the flavor. It HAS flavor (though light) but I can’t place it. It doesn’t taste grassy, or smokey, or bitter. It’s smooth and mellow with something. But damned if I can name the something.
Still trying to decide how I want to rate this guy so I’ll ramble on for a few more sentences while I brew up my 2nd steep. It does have the “shredded” leaves that I hate so much. Probably mechanically picked (blah!). Ok, final guess for me is it’s fine in a pinch but nothing to rush out and try.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Alphakitty

What a gorgeous name for a tea!

T.C.

Let me know if you want to try it. Not sure it’s anything I’ll run back to.

Kasumi no Chajin

I crave genmai at midnight most nights?….

Alphakitty

Hmm yeah, I’d definitely be interested in a sample of this if you’d like to swap. Shoot me a pm!

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Smells of sweet apple (I’d also go with the jolly rancher another reviewed mentioned).
Taste comes out a bit bland. Not much flavor getting through. Added a little sugar to see if that helped (it didn’t). Going to say this wouldn’t be one I’d consider ordering. I’ll happily finish the cup, but that’s about it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank The des Muses by Nina's Paris
63 tasting notes

Smells heavily of citrus.
So mid sip I’m getting a metallic taste and I’m not sure why. The end is the lemon & grapefruit. I can detect the rose in it but the strawberry is completely lost.
It didn’t “wow” me, but it’s not bad. Anxious to try the other samples I got from Nina’s for comparison.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Another trade from Stephanie
Smells strongly of lemon.
Light liquor.
I get Orange as the dominant flavor and some lemon in the background. Very hard to taste the oolong as the citrus flavors take center stage. It’s an enjoyable blend for me. My first time trying a David’s Tea I believe and not disappointed.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
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Figured today was a good day to work though a bunch of samples I’ve received.
This beauty came from Stephanie and caught my eye due to the coloring of the flower petals in it.

Took one sip first (for comparison) then did as Butiki and other reviewers recommend and added a small amount of sugar. It’s very good. I’m becoming a big fan of whites on their own recently and I love the watermelon smell. After the addition of the sugar the watermelon pops much more. This is a good tea that I’ll be placing on my “to order” list.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Caramel Apple Honeybush by 52teas
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When I first opened the bag of this I was knocked off my feet! It REALLY smelled of Caramel and Appple. I think a blind man who had never tried tea could have easily identified the flavor of this one.

The taste, while not as strong as the smell (sadly) is still true. It’s one of the better honeybush I’ve had and I’m happy I can actually taste the apple in it (a few other teas claiming to be apple flavor left me wondering if they forgot the apple). Good tea all said.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

This sounds delicious. Sad that I can’t drink honeybush anymore.

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drank Simple Pleasure by Teaopia
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Sipdown

Fruity and floral smell.

Just not feeling this. Nothing “wrong” per say, but nothing “right” either. It’s not grabbing me and saying YUM. I’ll drink it without a problem but not something I’d ever buy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
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Yet another sample from Lariel

Gives off a sweet smell but I can’t exactly place it.

Hmmm…I can not taste ANY mango. Did I do something wrong here? Hair under 2 tsp for 8oz. steeped for 6 min. There’s understated, and then there’s nothing. This is nothing….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Lariel

It’s better with vanilla.

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Strong rose smell out of bag.
Taste is of rose and rooibos. I’m losing any and all of the berry flavor somehow. Was hopeful for a bit more flavor (especially from certain ingredients in the blend) as it does seem a tad washed out.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Passionate about the outdoors. Love to hike and backpack. Detest coffee, wine, & cigarettes. Only become addicted to tea this last year. I’m a 100% loose leaf guy. I mainly enjoy greens, whites, & oolongs (along with rooibos and honeybush).

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