557 Tasting Notes

70

This was another unremarkable but good tea. I like the Golden Tips subscription, but part of what it is teaching me is that I am not as fond of most blacks as I am of oolongs. But trying them en masse like this does mean there are many that are solid, tasty enough, but I am unable to describe any further. This one is a bit grapey (as the muscatel title would imply), but not particularly sweet on its own and the fruity flavor isn’t intense enough for me to love it.

I have a backstock of about 30 Golden Tips sample bags. It’s ok though – I put them in a give-away box that I pull from whenever I have a friend who wants to try loose tea, and I often bulk up Christmas/Birthday presents with these. My friends all understand my addiction, and are happy to take tea off my hands because the tea I am giving away is never bad…just not as amazing as other teas in my stash. :)

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

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74
drank Green Citrus by The TeaCupany
557 tasting notes

This tea is described rather perfectly in the description. It is very citrussy, and I think the word crisp is a great way to describe it, as it isn’t sour. It isn’t sweet, but is very fresh due to the green tea base.

That said, it isn’t mindblowing. Makes a decent iced tea too.

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

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75

This is pretty tasty. Not bitter, at least not for me, and was very sweet and fruity. I’d even go so far as to claim it tastes a bit melon-y. I am not good at tasting many individual “notes” for tea (or anything else), which is why many of my tasting notes are super short. But this one, I am venturing out a bit.

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

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74

I have to say, I am moderately surprised this is a black tea. I honestly wouldn’t have realized to taste it. It definitely tastes like cinnamon, with the apple fruitiness, but doesn’t remind me strongly of chai. It isn’t spicy enough. I like it, though I probably wouldn’t bend over backwards to buy more.

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

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80

This is definitely both fruity and flowery, but neither are particularly overpowering. I am glad to say I really enjoy this one – I was getting worried because I was on a “meh” streak with my Golden Tips samples. I could see this one being amazingly refreshing as an iced tea, not just as a hot.

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

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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
557 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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