495 Tasting Notes

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
495 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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drank Yame Shincha #3 by Kettl
495 tasting notes

I think I am drinking asparagus. And I think I like it.

Flavors: Asparagus

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This is really really good. I taught my first lesson today for student teaching, a social studies lesson. Went really well overall, and only made a couple very minor mistakes out of nerves. But it meant that in the morning (and this whole week) I am waking up extra early (I leave at 6:40am) to rehearse my lesson and such, and this is perfect to wake me up. It is toasty and a bit fruity and earthy and super yum. I steeped it a second time to take in the car with me.

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

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75

This was pretty good – I brewed it four times, and it held strong each time. First steep was a minute, and I added a minute on each resteep. I really like that about the high quality teas – they might be a hair pricier per cup…until you do the math on the resteeps. This started out being very toasty and fruity, but got less and less fruity for me with each resteep. Next time, I will call it quits after 3.

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

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75

This was pretty good. With the emergence of some fall like weather (though not today, or this week, apparently) I have suddenly mentally switched to fall it seems. Comforting, sweet flavors, and spicy scents for candles and perfume are where I am at now. I just have a few more warmer-weather candles to use up, and then the two fall ones I just got will be busted out. I mention this because the one is a chai candle I got from Target. I’ve gotten it before, and it smells sooo creamy and sweet and spicy.

I digress. But with a splash of almond milk, I would definitely enjoy this on a fall morning, though the butterscotch flavor is fairly subtle.

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

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61

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this – it was alright, but chocolate teas and I just make me crave the real thing, and this one tasted kind of artificial. I actually got a pretty strong mint note though, which I was surprised to taste. I liked that. Perhaps a mint rooibos is what I really need.

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

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80

This was really good. I have taken to enjoying Earl Grey in the mornings, in various forms, now that I realize how much I love it when it is tempered with milk. Without milk, it tastes soapy to me. But some really strong ones need a lot of milk, while others seem to taste soapy without but no bergamot comes through with just a splash of milk either. This one is definitely in between. A splash of milk was just right for a big mug to make it creamy, but the flavor still shines through easily.

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

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83

I enjoyed drinking this a lot – this was my first week of student teaching, and it was a really rough week. Everything went well, and my kids and cooperating teacher are great, but the 12 hour days so far are killer. I made this each morning from a sample I had to take in the car with me and it was great. I didn’t get any caramel flavors, but it was definitely spicy and very good when prepared with a little honey and almond milk like traditional chai. I have a 30 minute drive to my placement each day, and this makes me think chai will need to become a very regular part of the morning routine.

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

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80

This was very tasty and fragrant, but I think I won’t be making straight tea out of lavender anymore. It is so intensely floral that it ends up tasting kind of soapy…but I am very excited to use this for baking, and cold steeping in lemonade and other things.

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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