120 Tasting Notes

95
drank Triple C Tea by none
120 tasting notes

So I made some off this tonight. Man I am so glad that I am getting some cold nights now. It is just annoying for it to be 80F in February.

I added an extra clove and for interest, I added a dash of almond milk….. HOW HAVE I NOT DONE THIS BEFORE. It is more creamy and sweet now. I am definitely making another big mug of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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88
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
120 tasting notes

Had some of this in the morning. But I wanted to let you steepsters know that Adagio is having a sample promotion on their new fruit and match trail mix. It is free….. sorta. I wrote more of the details on my blog, but basically for $5.75 I get that free sample and 2 samples of tea to taste.

Here are the details on my blog:
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/tea-related-freeish-fruit-and-match-mix-fruit/

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88

Had a SIP DOWN of this both hot and cold. Very relaxing and tasty. REad more at my blog.

http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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77

This was from one of my samples from my last order from DAVIDs TEA. I was wondering how well this would taste with the chocolate in it. Chocolate teas don’t always seem to do to well. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with out any creamer it was very chocolaty. Plus the cinnamon in it was awesome, not too little, not too much. Just a good amount of cinnamony goodness. Though if your not a fan of cinnamon, you should probably pass this one up. I kinda wish they used a toasted mate instead of yerba.

Overall it was a good tea. Not something I am dying to go out and buy, but not bad by any means. I would recommend it to someone who likes hot chocolate and cinnamon.

Check out the full review on my blog.
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/
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Brewing Specifics

Pot: Porcelain
Water: 8oz per steep
Leaf: 5g
Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave

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

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100
drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
120 tasting notes

OMG THIS TEA!!! I am so glad I was able to snag a pouch of this when it was re-blended. This tea is one of the best 52 Teas I have had to date. I don’t have a lot of time to do a good review but for an over view this is what I will say:

The base tea is wonderful. Light, sweet, and crisp with just a touch a smokey character. The spices don’t over power the base at all. They add just a nice high note taste and tingling warm heat on the tongue and mouth. Not overwhelming which is good; aka spice weenies no need to fear.

Over all A+++ and would reconmend it to anyone who likes green tea in general.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I agree that this is one of their best! It’s just… perfect.

CHAroma

Wow, now I’m rethinking ordering this one…I didn’t ‘cause I don’t like smokey or spicy anything, LOL! But maybe I’ll like it anyway? I’m obsessed with everything LOTR, so it was hard to pass up in the first place.

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75

Have had a few cups of this, both hot, and iced, and I got to say I am enjoying it. It has a nice sweet strawberry taste with just a pinch of tartness. It doesn’t need sweetener, thought it does bring out the strawberry more. The only down side is that there is supposed to be cinnamon in here, but I can’t taste it. Darn. Still a great bagged herbal. Thanks Yssah for the tea!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

yay, glad you liked it too :D

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First I want to say thanks to Yssah to all the tea bag samples.

On to this tea. Ok before I even took this tea out of it’s packet it had a super strong order of honey. I did two tea bags in my 8oz pot, poured it into my BFM and then filled the rest of it with hot water; so 16oz. I then only lightly sweeten it with a few drops of agave; since it already smelled so sweet.

Ok, I don’t know if I did something wrong, but this tea was badd. It tasted pretty much like fake clover honey. I don’t even like clover honey; I’m an orange blossom honey kinda girl. I couldn’t even finish my cup.

I am not going to rate this, since I only give bad ratings to teas that I have tried every which way to make good. So just a word of cation, if you don’t love honey stay away.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

i also prefer pure chamomile – even to celestial’s sleepytime :)

havent tried all the wissotzkys in my stash yet but will see how it can be tweaked, if possible, when get around to sipping this ^^’

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95
drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
120 tasting notes

SIP DOWN!!!

Finishing up the rest of this today and tonight; got about 3 tsp left. When I opened this I so many feels and nostalgia. It reminded me of last summer when I really got into loose leaf tea.

Wrote a bit longer review on my Blog; never thought I would have one of those. Basically though I am sad to see it go, I need to get threw these teas. At least I had a nice memory come back.

BLOG:
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/

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85

SIP DOWN!!!

Another sample pack is gond; well there is 2 grams left, but I am not counting it.

This is a nice pu-er. It didn’t have that salty fish smell that some shu can have. Also after lots of infusions, lets say 10, the 5g piece that I put in my teapot was only slightly broken apart. Also man can this tea steep. After tons of gonfu infusions, I did a 1 minuet western style brew and it was still full of flavor.

As for the flavor, it wasn’t a mondo amount of earthy flavor. It was kinda like a mix of black tea with a hint of pu-er earthiness to let you know it is a pu-er. The earlier steepings were more musty spice but the later ones had nice ceder wood flavor and tingle.

Overall I would recommend this tea to people who are on the fence about pu-er or are new to it.


Specifics

Pot: porcelain
Water: 4-5oz & one 8oz steep
leaf: 5g
sweetener: no
Gonfu Infusions between 6-10 seconds

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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81
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
120 tasting notes

SIP DOWN!!!

First I have to say that this reminds me a lot of Samurai Mate from Teavana; in smell and flavor.

It make a light yellow liqoure and smells strongly of lemon grass. The main flavors that I got from it was lemon grass cinnamon and clove…. lots of clove. Then again there were two in my 8 oz pot. I am getting light hints of fruit, but it is mostly lemon grass and clove. It didn’t need sweetner, but just a little drop of agave helped to bring out the flavors. I am getting a little bit of coconut; more of a texture then strong flavor. I kinda wanted this to wow me more then it did, but oh well. Still good…..

Overall it was good. I wish I could see how this tea does blended.

I would recommend to anyone that likes lemongrass and chai’s


Specifics

Pot: Porcelain
Leaf: .5g
Sweetner: not needed, just a little bit brings out the flavors

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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I have been drinking and makeing tea for me and my mom for most of my life and have been starting to get into loose teas.

I like fruity, spicy, strong teas, Chai’s, Black, and Rooibos. I have recently been trying and getting into Oolongs…

90-100
Just love it and might keep as a staple
80-90
Really liked it, and makes a above average cup
70-80
Is good, but might not have a lot of complexity or wow factor. Is pretty average
60-70
It’s ok, but not great. Might need added ingredients or tweaking, and is below average.
50-60
Would only if nothing else was available. Would not recommend to someone.
Below 50
Bad tea is bad

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