352 Tasting Notes

50

This was alright – unremarkable to me, actually. It was a bit astringent, and when there is astringency, I have a difficult time tasting anything else. Other people would probably enjoy this though. I just can’t taste past a little bitterness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

This was tasty. It was malty and warm and nutty, and wasn’t really sweet at all. It has a small bite to it, but not enough to put off a wimp like me (I don’t like bitterness pretty much at all). So far though, this is my least favorite of the teas I have from Global Tea Hut. Not that it isn’t good, it is. But the flavor on it’s own just didn’t feel that special to me. But, that is so generalized of a feeling, and personal, that I set it as recommended anyhow. I am sure others are/would be a big fan.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

I can see why reviews for this are on the lower side, but I think I found a way to make it decent.

I do taste a burnt sugar flavor, but there is a noticeable lack of sweetness. A hair of real sweetener gives it that extra oomph. I used literally a drop of agave. Then, to impart the creaminess, I used a healthy dash of almond milk. This also helps to emphasize the sweet flavor and minimize the artificial.

I don’t mind doing some doctoring for teas like this. I usually have a small sip, assess the situation, and add milk and/or sweetener as I see fit, in whatever amounts it needs. I relate it to tasting your food before adding condiments/seasoning. It doesn’t make the food bad…but it is ideal when you get it right on the first try. Which is why I am giving this an ok rating, and not great, as well as the fact that it peaks at “good” even with doctoring. Recommended if you don’t mind sipping first and helping the tea to be its best.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Sweet Orange by Let's Steep
352 tasting notes

This is the last of my Let’s Steep teas for now. Hopefully not for long, but I am realizing I have to be a bit more diligent about my no buy. After my Marshall’s tea insanity today, and my intention to do one last Butiki order to be stocked up on what I want to be able to taste before they close their doors, I have more tea than I expected. 90 “full” size teas (1oz or more) and 80 samples (less than 1oz) worth, to be exact. I wish steepster would allow for logging of amounts of teas. I feel like poundage would give an even better estimation. I have 16oz of one tea. 8oz of another. Mostly 1-2oz though.

Anyway, with all that, and my goal to make all of my tea comfortably fit in my cupboards the way I want (small samples box, iced teas on top shelf and hot on the bottom), with only boxes of sipdown samples living outside of it in easy reach, I need to control myself a bit better.

This tea is very, very good. I was expecting it to be sour, and it really wasn’t. It wasn’t as flavor packed as some of the others, but I thought it worked better that way here. Orange can be so overpowering, but here it just made the white base very juicy tasting. I drank it hot, but it would be amazing iced.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

This is really tasty. I LOVE pretty much all things chai, but it doesn’t always work so well for me with a green tea base. Not the case here – the spices are also lighter, so it doesn’t get too overwhelming. I normally put milk in my chai, but that would be strange to do with green, and this doesn’t need it.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

I should start by pointing out I am not normally a big ginger fan.

That said, this wasn’t bad at all. It is definitely very lemony, and the ginger isn’t too overwhelming. I don’t get a ton of cookie flavor, but that might be ok. It is very light this way. I could see reaching for this if I am feeling under the weather and need something to perk me up. Lovers of ginger would like this a lot more than I, as I wouldn’t repurchase, but I will enjoy what I have.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

This one wasn’t so much my cup of tea. It was strong, and there was definite chocolate and mint flavors, but the puerh was just a hair barnyard-y. I think this would have worked better with black tea as the base. However, I don’t love chocolate in teas for the most part. I am sure others who do would enjoy this.

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

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92
drank Lady Earl Gray by Let's Steep
352 tasting notes

This stuff is remarkable. Like the other blends from this company, this one is heavily flavored, but in a good way. The vanilla is strong, as is the bergamot, and I added a little lavender infused honey to the mix and even with a hefty dose of almond milk this was incredibly fragrant.

I am supposed to be working on reducing the overall amount of tea I have. I don’t think I am succeeding…but I don’t really care, haha. This company just opened their Christkindlmarkt location in Bethlehem for the season, and I will most definitely be getting more of this.

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

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85

This is super tasty – it is large-leafed, almost like an oolong or white tea in shape, and can be steeped multiple times. I steeped mine twice for 2 minutes the first time, and 3 the next, and it didn’t get bitter at all. It is malty and mineral-y. Dry tasting without being astringent. I am a big fan – this is some quality tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is delicious. I love the pairing of fruit with mint. A fairly recent love of mine is making mint lemonade, and lavender mint lemonade, in the summer. This tea gives similar exotic flavor. I am sure I’d love it iced, but am enjoying it hot on this really cold day. I finally caved and turned on my heat, and am currently waiting for it to kick up for the first time this year while I cuddle under a blanket and imagine myself someplace tropical…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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