503 Tasting Notes

75
drank Sea Breeze Green Tea by 52teas
503 tasting notes

I was surprised when I took a sip of this – I really wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a very fresh tasting tea that I think will be much better iced. There is supposedly cranberry in here, but I don’t taste that. I taste a mineral-y freshness and grapefruit that do not totally resemble the alcoholic drink, but do remind me of the sea. Lovely way to retain the last bits of summer even in this fall weather we are having now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Totem by Capital Teas
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This was good, but I thought it could use a bit more flavor. It wasn’t bland by any stretch, but the fruit flavor was really just a sourish tart flavor. I think others might really love it, but to me it is just ok, because I like more bold flavors in my flavored tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

This was alright, I received a sample of it. I wish it had been a cup of cinnamon, but mine was more a whisper of cinnamon. It was warming, and delicious to anyone who prefers lighter spice…but I like to be punched in the face with cinnamon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This stuff is amazing – I brewed it hot and chilled it to make iced tea and was surprised to find not a single hint of bitterness. I am usually careful not to oversteep, but most green that sits seems to take on just a hair of bitterness or astringency at least…but not this. It is a bit tart and juicy but really doesn’t taste artificial.

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

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66

This is really light and green tasting, which surprised me. It steeped twice comfortably, and had pretty full flavor each time. I would not do one long steep as it seems to be rather astringent, even with shorter steeps, and I do not like much astringency. It was pretty good, but I don’t think I would buy this for myself because I like thicker (but not astringent) tasting blacks and oolongs.

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

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60

Tasty, but I normally prefer to cold brew and this would have been weak if I did. Juicy and a bit tart…but overall kind of underwhelming compared to what else is out there. Very generic berry flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This is really delicious – it is crisp, and almost doesn’t taste like oolong to me. It is very sweet, and smells sweet dry too. Once steeped it has a floral aspect, and the first steep tastes a little fruity. I got three steeps, and probably could have done more, but I tend to not last much longer than that before wanting to move on.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Cold steeping this was a mistake. I did so the way I do most teas, and it was tasty enough…but I didn’t really get raspberry and honey. I got more of a fruity whisp with black tea taste. And no honey. Hm. Perhaps hot this is good, but I used up the sample cold steeping it because with fruity flavors it usually does great things…but not this time apparently.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
503 tasting notes

This one is very sweet and perfect for my early morning wake up. It had just a hair of astringency but not enough that I minded. It was light enough to be good for a warm morning, but had a bit of toasty going on to make it good for cool mornings as well. Handy, because we have had both here in PA over the last couple days.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This was pretty good. I was concerned it would be super artificial tasting, but was pleasantly surprised. The lemon isn’t sharp at all and the natural rooibos sweetness works well with it. That said, I don’t adore it, as this isn’t the type of tea I normally go for. Always good to try samples given the opportunity, though.

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

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I am a 29 year old return-to-college student working on my certification in Early Childhood Ed, who discovered the (incredibly vast) world of tea about 3 years ago. In that time, I have learned so much, and am hoping to learn even more by joining the steepster community.

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