2576 Tasting Notes

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I’ve had this a few times now and to me it tastes more like plain rooibos than anything else, I’m not getting much caramel or anything that can be described as candy. Yesterday I inspected the wet leaf and the caramel bits were not quite melted so maybe that’s why the flavor didn’t come through? I know I will drink this quickly but I was disappointed in the flavor. It was better with some stevia, however.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Yvonne

Sorry to hear you don’t like it. The name makes it sound so good :P

TeaBrat

I know!

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76

Tea of the morning here. This is a darker style oolong and the flavor is very much like that of a second flush darjeeling. I’m getting a lot of fruitiness in addition to some “woody” type flavors. There’s a slight astringency in the finish which I am not totally loving but would be good with a bit of sweetener. It’s ok but not anything I would feel the need to keep around on a permanent basis. Used the filtered brita water and my Adagio kettle which was very enjoyable :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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88

I got home and wanted to try out the electric tea kettle I just got. I love it so far! Anyway I like this tisane still, it’s very lemony but delicious, not sure if the BF liked it as much as I do. see previous notes if interested. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by thepuriTea
2576 tasting notes

Another sample tea from the now defunct puriTea (boo).

I’m not really super excited by most white teas and this is no exception. I’m sure it’s fine but I can’t seem to find the “sweet spot” that brings forth the promised flavors. I get a bit of nuttiness and something that reminds me of clover but it needs something, it’s far too mild & benign for my tastes. I think I will try cold brewing the rest of this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
2576 tasting notes

I purchased a variable temp kettle from Adagio, it just arrived today but I haven’t had the chance to use it yet. I also bought a few teas (of course)

I wanted a nice black decaf but maybe I should have read the reviews of this, oh well. It is very brisk and bitter. Not drinkable at all by itself and barely drinkable with soymilk and Splenda. I’ll have to find something to mix this with to make it better or maybe I should step it for less time? My advice is to stay away! bleh!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
caile

Enjoy your new kettle!

TeaBrat

Thanks Caile! I think I will wait until I get home to check it out…

caile

haha, good plan! :-)

Fjellrev

Ech, mixing may seem like a good option. At least your new kettle should more than make up for this failure. :)

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89

Tea from the December Steepster Select box…

I like green oolongs but I haven’t been buying too many because I can’t seem to drink them quickly enough. Le sigh

This has an intense floral aroma with nutty and buttery flavors, so nice for a gray and dreary day like we are having today, it’s like sunshine in a cup. :)

I might try to gong fu the remainder of this sample at home but it’s quite tasty. I may like the aroma a bit better than the flavor though… I doubt I would order this but I’ve really enjoyed trying it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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64

thanks to Nicole for this sample tea…
This isn’t bad for a bagged tea but is a little astringent and brisk for my taste, which seems to be the nature of the beast when we’re talking about teas from Kenya. This was good with soymilk but I am trying to avoid sugar since I got back from the dentist and I have a couple cavities sigh

Thanks again Nicole!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Ack! Sorry about the cavities.

TeaBrat

thanks – bleh :((

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80
drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
2576 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I’ve had a sample tin of this for a while now and am just getting around to finishing it off. BF and I are talking about going to Oahu so somehow this seems appropriate. :)

See previous notes if interested. Nice and fruity, not bad with soymilk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Veronica

Have fun in Oahu! I’d love to be there right now.

TeaBrat

Ha! Yeah we are still in the planning phases of this trip and are trying to decide if we want to go there or to Costa Rica but I think Oahu might be winning…

Sil

Both of those are places I want to go ASAP! Awkward soul made me really want a Hawaii trip…

Veronica

A friend of mine wen tot Costa Rica last summer, and she and her family had a great time. It was a place I never wanted to visit until I some of the pictures she took. Now it’s on my bucket list!

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60
drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
2576 tasting notes

Here’s a sample from Della Terra that I opened but evidently never logged…?

Anyway I thought I would brew some up tonight. This is definitely good if you like maple, it smells very wet and maple=y. I think it was a good call to mix this with honeybush. It’s definitely really on the sweet side. It’s better than I thought it would be, but I don’t think I appreciate the flavor of maple enough to really get too enthusiastic about it. Just not for me…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Christmas Cookie by Capital Teas
2576 tasting notes

This will have to be my last caffeinated tea for the day or I might have problems sleeping tonight. :-/

This smells great in the bag and also brewed. It can best be described as a fruity chai. There are spicy elements like cardamom, pepper and clove and the orange element here is VERY strong. This might be a tad bit too much spice for me personally, doesn’t really remind me of a cookie but more of an orange spice chai. Definitely improved somewhat upon adding milk and sugar. It’s good but kind of overpowering for a dessert tea. For example I have an aftertaste of pepper which isn’t something I’d associate with a cookie whether it’s Christmas or not, he he. Still I am sure I will finish this off happily.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

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79-70 Acceptable

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