2765 Tasting Notes

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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2765 tasting notes

I debated on whether or not I needed to get this for a few days, and finally succumbed to the siren call of 52teas unique blends and free shipping… I was wondering if it would really taste like scotch (the drink) but ultimately figured it was meant to be more of a dessert tea.

It arrived today and opening up the package I have to say: Nom! The aroma of this blend is totally intoxicating. Totally sweet and butterscotchy , just a tad bit boozy and delectable…

I was so excited (like the total tea dork that I am) to try this!

I steeped my cuppa for about 3 minutes at 208 F. This is not a tea I would drink plain so I added some soymilk and then upon tasting, felt that it needed a bit of turbinado sugar to really bring the flavor forward. This is a lot more subtle than I thought it would be. By the way the steeped tea smells yummy. I might try a resteep at a slightly lower temp to see what that does to the flavor. I also might be tempted to toss a shot of bourbon in here… hee hee.

If you’re looking for a tea you can drink plain this might not be it, but I’m already wondering if I should grab more before this is gone. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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93

It’s the after lunch pu-erh. :) If you like shus you should check these out someday. I love the flavor but the brick is a mess when you try to pry it apart. A small sacrifice, I say! See previous notes if interested.

KittyLovesTea

The bricks certainly do make a mess when you break them. I have to make sure I have some cling film wrap around to catch the crumbs :) Pu-erh is very lovely to drink, such a beautiful fragrant taste.

TeaBrat

Cling wrap! What a great idea, I need to try that with this brick…

ScottTeaMan

What do you use to break it apart?? an ice pick??

TeaBrat

I’ve been using a cheese knife, that works fairly well

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96
drank Organic Blue Nettle by Butiki Teas
2765 tasting notes

This is a beautiful green tea in terms of the hand rolled craftsmanship to form these individual nettles. I steeped 3 of them today and am really enjoying the unique flavor, a bit artichoke, a bit marine and a wee bit of an orange spice type of flavor. Delicious. see previous notes if interested. :)

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71

This is another sample I’m trying today from the Persimmon Tree…

I liked this, it’s a black blend of nilgiri and assam, there’s a bit of red rooibos in here as well but I can’t taste it. The peach and apple flavor is very mild and I was somewhat surprised by that, I was expecting it to be stronger. I think perhaps this needs a resteep at a lower temp? It’s nice right now but I am not totally impressed. Will update this if my impressions change…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78

This one is definitely a bit on the brisk side for yours truly but it is still enjoyable with (soy)milk and perhaps some sugar… see my previous notes if interested. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ryan m

read your notes. sounds fantastic to me. thanks for the tip!

TeaBrat

if you do try it, let me know what you think. :)

gmathis

Anything with Assam and Tippy in the same title has to be pretty tasty.

ryan m

@ Amy – will do.
@ gmathis – agreed!

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77

I am digging this a bit more today and raised the score. I’m not fond of a lot of rooibos teas but the banana in this one is nice! (see previous notes)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
2765 tasting notes

Afternoon cuppa….
I really like this genmaicha! The color is very green due to the matcha & it’s a bit sweet, with the toasted rice. It’s a nice counterpart to the rice pu-erh I had this morning but this tea seems a bit relaxing to me right now. see previous notes if interested. :)

Azzrian

I have a mere half of a sample of this left – I am holding on to it like a prized possession lol I so want to order more as soon as I can!

TeaBrat

I ordered some after I finished my sample… :)

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94

These are so yummy. I think I like the smell almost better than the taste. I did let one of mine steep for quite a while by accident and it got a bit sour. I’m also getting quite a caffeine boost from that. Good morning, world!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Katie

Yum, I’d love to try a rice scented puerh.

TeaBrat

I highly recommend it!

Plunkybug

These sound so good! I’m very tempted to try some.

Missy

I am curious about rice scent. That sounds interesting.

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88

I did try cold brewing this and the result was excellent. That really brings out a lot of floral and slightly vegetal sweet elements in this tea. I think green oolongs are one of my favorite things to cold brew, white teas are good also… see previous notes if interested. :)

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77

The dry leaf smelled great but the wet leaf smells slightly medicinal… uh-oh

I did let this steep for a while, I don’t know how long because I got busy with some other things. The rooibos has a slightly woody flavor and I am definitely getting a lot of banana and fruit but I don’t taste too much chocolate in here. I guess given the name I thought it would be more chocolate-y but it’s a banana tea for sure.

I did give it a resteep and added soymilk but then most of the banana was gone…

I did like it fairly well for a rooibos but not sure if I would purchase any more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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