573 Tasting Notes

85

I enjoyed this a lot – I am a HUGE honeysuckle lover, both flavor and scent. In fact, I think it is my love of it that made me a little disappointed when the tea didn’t smell like someone shoved some honeysuckle in my face. Unrealistic expectations, I know. But, I wasn’t disappointed by the flavor. It is naturally sweet, the tea doesn’t overwhelm or get drowned out by the floral notes, and it resteeped pretty well for me.

I will say I preferred it when I added a drop of honey to bring out the sweetness more reminiscent of tasting honeysuckle flowers, and I let it cool. But I prefer teas that are memory triggers, and noshing on honeysuckle after swimming in the pool in the summer at our house when we lived in West Chester when I was 8 is a tough one to evoke.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I love this. It is more reminiscent of peach with other fruit equally represented, as opposed to straight up peach, perhaps more like peachberry, as it is still very hibiscusy and has a berry quality. But with a bit of honey the peachy juiciness is brought out. I am impressed, and will consider repurchasing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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35

I adore cinnamon, and I was not a fan. Most hot cinnamon spice teas and similar are like red hots, both spicy and sweet. This was not sweet really, and actually was a bit bitter despite being brewed below boiling and only for a normal few minute steep. With so much better out there, while not undrinkable, I can’t really recommend it.

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

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83

Such a good summer wake me up cup. I find I still drink hot tea for most of the nmorning as long as it isn’t too humid, or one of those days where it is 75 by 9am. Something about it is soothing to me. I enjoyed the fruity/nutty mix in this a lot, and love how this brand doesn’t underflavor the flavored teas.

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

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80

I really enjoy the pine in this – it is definitely creamy and grassy with the green tea, and very aromatic when it is warm and refreshing as the cup cools down. I am really glad I got the chance to try, pine needles aren’t exactly a common ingredient in tea. Resteeps nicely too.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

When I was home visiting my parents, I went to this place, which was new to me. I got three teas, this being the first I’ve tried, and despite preferring to sell in two ounce amounts they sold in one ounce when I asked. I assured them there was no risk of me not buying more at a later time, as I am moving home in a month or so. Something I am not very happy about, but no other strong leads for contract jobs have come up, and at least subbing while living at home will let me save a little money.

Anyhow, I will absolutely be back because this tea is RIDICULOUSLY amazing. It actually tastes exactly like a coffeecake, with the baked taste being equal to apple and cinnamon, with absolutely no sugar or milk added. It looks like the website will eventually offer online ordering, but until then, this is one of the best flavored teas I have ever had. I can’t wait to try more. Bonus, compared to the other tea store in Frederick, this one seems a bit cheaper and more nicely organized, and there is a place to enjoy a cup or pot upstairs. Price was right also. Winning all around.

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

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65
drank SBT: Citrus Blast by 52teas
573 tasting notes

I cold steeped this, as I do most all of my blacks, but it isn’t my favorite. It is flavorful, but I get a fairly prominent “soap” note that I usually only find with bergamot in earl grey. Others will like this for sure.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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82
drank Strawberry Mao Feng by 52teas
573 tasting notes

I really enjoyed this. I always steep my greens pretty low temp, so it wasn’t bitter at all and the strawberry had time to take center stage. With a little sweetener, this makes a good iced tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Mango Mate by Adagio Teas
573 tasting notes

I am really enjoying my new foray int4o mate. I had no idea it made such a great iced tea, which is what I did with this. Fruity and fresh, it goes well with a bit of sweetener.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Casy

Try it with honey, if you haven’t already. :)

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100
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
573 tasting notes

I adore melon. Green rooibos is perfect for this because it gives it a freshness. I prefer this iced, with a bit of sweetener. Not much more to even say.

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

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