2307 Tasting Notes

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Backlog from last night. I saw this at Trader Joe’s and had to buy some, considering the price ($4) which also includes the tin.

I’ve been looking for a nice pumpkin tea and haven’t been too impressed with the options out there. This is a pyramid tea bag which has plenty of tea in it unlike some companies (ahem, Republic of Tea) which are skimpy.

This was pleasant enough but I really did not get much pumpkin flavor. I do get the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves but in that respect it’s like practically every other rooibos chai spice type of blend I’ve had. This is a pumpkin pie spice tea. It’s okay especially considering the price but I might need to go back to “Sweet Autumn” by Lupicia.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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61

Personally I wasn’t too impressed with this. I like green tea/mint blends (especially Moroccan Mint). This seems to be a darker roasted green tea, maybe a houijcha mixed with the mint. Whatever chocolate notes are present just seem really light. I don’t have too much more to say about it! I was a bit disappointed, might try cold brewing this next.

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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Tea of the morning here, all I have is a sample size but wanted to try this since it sounded so intriguing to me, Dates and sesame? yes please!
The dry leaf has what looks like dried figs in the package.

I may have overleafed this, but it’s still really good. Whatever the base tea is for brioche, they’re using it here also. Smells very aromatic and tastes fruity and nutty as well! This is very good plain, but also accomodated soymilk fairly well. In itself, it isn’t terribly sweet but would be great with an afternoon cookie or some other kind of treat. As far as flavored teas go, it’s a very unique blend that lived up to my expectations. I wish I had more than just a sample size, might need to reorder this someday!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I found this at the grocery store and it’s one I haven’t tried before. Of course I do not need any more tea but for some reason this year I’ve been keen on wanting all the holiday/dessert teas.

I hope it isn’t a mistake to have something with caffeine in it now. However, today is the first day of daylight savings time and I already feel like going to bed even though it’s 7 pm. Boo!

Anyway, onto the tea. It steeps up nice and dark, smells like vanilla and a bit of marzipan. I was worried because the box says Nutcracker SWEET and I did not like the Sweet Pumpkin blend from CS. This is actually on the mellow side, no stevia or sweeteners added. I put a bit of soymilk to mine which made it nice and creamy. I was expecting something a bit more flavorful but it’s perfectly acceptable to me, especially considering the price I paid for it.

ps – I actually added a tiny bit of stevia and that made it worse in my opinion. Maybe this is one I will just need to drink without sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Tea Sipper

oh no! Don’t remind me of how they could have ruined Nutcracker Sweet… the same way they ruined the pumpkin! Nutcracker is my favorite from CS. Pumpkin is my least.

TeaBrat

yeah the pumpkin, blech. I had to throw mine away!

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90

Tea of the morning here!
You wouldn’t think that roses and cardamom would make a good breakfast tea but it really works here. I love this blend with soymilk and just a touch of sweetener. This is a good start to the rest of my day, which will involve yoga class and a concert of Indian classical music. :)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

hmmmmm, that sounds like an interesting one. I love the name :)

TeaBrat

It is really good! I also like the yoga blend from Jasmine Pearl

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to visit their page…when I’m allowed to buy tea again, that is, LOL :)

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drank Macaroon by American Tea Room
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I got a sample size of this with my ATR order. Upon opening the package I was very skeptical because this just smells like some nasty old liquor. I was assuming I’d end up hating it!

The flavor isn’t bad actually. Yes, it is rooibos with a mild cocoa and coconut flavor. I wouldn’t exactly say it reminds me of a macaroon but at least I don’t want to spit it out. Not bad on its own but better with a bit of soymilk. I’m really glad this ended up tasting a lot better than it smells. I love coconut anything but this isn’t cutting it for me somehow.

Not destined to be a favorite of mine but it is drinkable…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

this seems like a good tea to drink on the day after Halloween! I’ve been trying to curb my cravings for chocolate but a dessert tea is healthier and pretty tasty too!

Fjellrev

Oh, this would totally be a great post-Halloween tea!

Amariel

I like this one a lot and wish I’d gotten more.

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This is tasty! Almond teas are one of my favorites so I knew I really wanted to try it.

The blend reminds me a lot of almond sugar cookie from Simpson and Vail, I wish I had the two so I could compare them side by side. I think the main difference is this blend tastes slightly more pastry like and the almond Sugar cookie seems a bit on the sweet side? It’s an enjoyable blend, almondy and dessert like. I tried adding a touch of stevia but I think I liked it better before the stevia, with just soymilk. I’m not really getting anything that reminds me of a cinnamon bun (per the description)

Don’t think I will have any problems finishing this one off, it’s good. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

Sil really likes this one too. Says it is really good, and now two people really like. I’ve wanted to try this one since she mentioned getting some a while back.

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This is a small size sample I received today in my American Tea Room order, my first order ever with ATR!

I’m having a darjeeling kind of craving so I thought I would try this first. Normally I’m a first flush kind of gal, but second flushes can be really nice too and I’m still awash in 2012 FF’s!

This brews up to be a nice dark red/copper color in the cup with fruity aromas. This is definitely stronger than some other darjeelings I’ve had. This is a great one to sip on plain and doesn’t need any additions. I’m finding it to have a stone fruit character with a lot of pungency and don’t really get the grape note ATR mentions here.

As far as darjeelings go, it’s not bad but not the best second flush I’ve ever had. For me it’s fairly assertive and doesn’t have the delicateness I like with darjeelings. I might try my next cup at a slightly lower temperature to see what happens.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I agree all round. I generally prefer a second flush Darjeeling, but the MH estate … I dunno. It’s never worked for me.

Some second flushes get really murky.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Finishing off the last of this 25g sample pack this morning. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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