911 Tasting Notes

76
drank House Blend by Tropical Tea Company
911 tasting notes

I think this is a tea that I probably shouldn’t like, but I do. I can’t help it. It reminds me of the Hawaiian Tropics suntan lotion in a dark brown bottle that I used to love when I was in high school. That stuff was so awesome smelling. This tea makes me want to get some.

Coconut is the main flavor here but there’s also a pina colada-y taste and a darker taste (which I’m guessing is the actual tea). It feels a little oily but not in a that-pizza-needs-to-be-blotted-off-nasty way but more of a spaghetti-sauces-made-with-oil-are-always-tastier kind of way.

So yeah, that sounds delightfully appetizing, right? Oil and suntan lotion. See what I mean when I say I don’t think I should like this? Because honestly, I don’t think it is a good tea, but the experience of drinking it, for me, is good. It reminds me of summers spent poolside, which, considering I have been accused by multiple people of being solar powered, is something that always make me happy. So for me this tea is like a summer vacation in a cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

I loved that Hawaiin Tropic stuff too. I remember the oil in the bottle with the raised metallic design on the outside. With NO sunscreen in it (scary to think about). Smelled great… mmmmm.

Auggy

Okay, I need to take a field trip somewhere to go sniff some Hawaii Tropics! I think the one I always used was like an SPF 2 and honestly, I used it for the smell. Coppertone is okay but the HT was the best!

gmathis

I’m thinking this on ice sounds lovely. WIth a little umbrella in the glass.

Auggy

Oddly enough, I hadn’t thought of trying this iced but I like the idea! I’ll have to do that next time – thanks!

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74

Predominately a darker chocolate taste with hints of cream and cherry. There’s a slight astringency to it that isn’t unpleasant but that keeps this from screaming ‘dessert tea’ to me. The flavorings are smooth and mild and that keeps it from being overly rich. Not bad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Opium Hill by Mariage Frères
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So, now that I’m out of this tea, does that mean I’m going to go through withdrawal?

(Ha! I’m so funny!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JonTea

hahah hope not :)

AmazonV

i obviously need more tea it took me three blinks to get the joke facepalm

Auggy

Hehe – no worries, it wasn’t that good of a joke anyway! :)

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83
drank Thé de Pâques by Mariage Frères
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I wasn’t overly in love with this tea at first but then I discovered more is more, at least as far as steep time goes. Now I’m sad to have to de-cupboard this tea. At least this is one that I can get again! So one day the sweet but fresh candy-ness will be mine again!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Maple by Tropical Tea Company
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I was prepared to be disappointed with this tea because of how the dry leaves smell – there is a strong extract/alcohol smell plus a fair amount of calendula, which I am discovering I dislike because it makes my tongue tingle. But actually, this tea isn’t that bad. Once water hits it there is a maple smell to it, which is reassuring. And the taste, while not overly maple syrup-y, has a high, sweet taste that isn’t quite but almost a sugar-esque sweet. I’m not 100% sure I would have been able to peg this as maple if I hadn’t known that’s what the taste was but it’s close enough for hand grenades so whatever. The calendula tingle/taste was there but not too strong so I’m okay with it. This really isn’t an awesome tea but it’s good enough to drink and enjoy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

It must be maple day:)

TeaEqualsBliss

YUP!!! Maple Day – All The Way! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I thought you were following me prior to now…regardless…thanks for the follow!!! :P

Auggy

I was but I just realized that I hadn’t seen your posts in a while and there was no more green “currently following” button. So I made it happen. :)

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74

Dude, what happened? The first time I had this tea, it was seriously awesome. It must have hit my happy spot or something because it made me almost euphoric. The second time was a total let down. So I’ve been hesitant to try this one again. But in my desire to de-cupboard more tea, I figured I’d bust this one out.

This third tasting isn’t starting very promisingly – I overbrewed it. Oops. The chocolate taste is still not really there except as an afterthought, but I’m okay with that. The chili taste is nice and tingly – on the border of a bit too spicy but nice. It’s a fairly thin bodied tea, feeling a bit like a second steep from a regular tea. The oversteeping has made it a little rough but a dash of half & half has fixed that and given it a slightly more luxe feel.

While not as enjoyable as my first perfect cup, this is a likeable tea. It’s different and, oddly enough, makes me think of gourmet hot chocolate – the kind that doesn’t taste actually like chocolate but you probably paid nine dollars for it. At the hoity-toity ski lodge. In the middle of winter. Even though you don’t ski.

I’m not back to being in love with this tea, but I’m giving it a slight point bump. It’s different and is fairly successful in its different-ness. This isn’t a tea I’d need to have on hand but I could see the occasional (if rare) desire to have a cup.

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

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94
drank Bohea by Teas Etc
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A combination of noisy construction taking place right outside of my office and difficult graphics has led me to require tea at an earlier time than usual. I’ve been thinking about this not-lapsang some the past day or two and just the thought of it makes me happy. So this is the perfect time to have some of this happy-making tea and attempt to destress.

This is such a mild smoky tea but it is still a smoky tea. Perhaps it is because the smoke is so smooth that it just makes it taste rich. Today this is very chocolaty to me, with a hint of almost sharp smoke in the last bit of the sip then a delightfully sweet and smoky aftertaste fills my mouth and I can’t help but smile. Ah yes, perfect happy tea. I feel much better now (though I do have to give Marvin Gaye the assist).

Giving this a bit of a bump because really? How can I not when it makes me feel like this?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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86
drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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I think the caramel and the red fruits in this tea combine in such a way that makes it taste like tea lightly flavored with red berry syrup. There’s no tartness usually associated with things red berry-ish and it ends on a sweet, light caramel note. Quite a tasty little tea, one that can handle a morning in my travel tumbler without additives (which seems to be a bit harder than succeeding in an additive-less state in a cup). This tea won’t be the reason I place my next Kusmi order, but when the time comes I will certainly be adding a tin of this to my cart.

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

This and Vladimir. I honestly can’t decide which of those two I like best. I want to get a tin of one of them, but not both. They’re too similar to need both. But which one??? O.o

Auggy

This one!!!! Okay, that’s my answer but only because the spice bit didn’t make me happy with Vlad. But I know you like spices so perhaps Vlad is your man?

Angrboda

I don’t really like spices, I don’t care much for chai and such like. I just have a couple of notable exceptions, Vlad being one. I think I’ll go for St P, unless I discover it’s not readily available in shops. I know Vlad is, so if I can only get St P via internet trade, I’ll settle for Vlad and be happy with it. :)

Auggy

Okay, just the fact that you have Kusmi of any sort readily available in stores makes me pout just a little bit. :( See?

Angrboda

It’s only tea shops and such. My supermarket doesn’t ahve them and they don’t have the full selection either. Nothing smoky so far as I can see, for example.

Auggy

Well, it’s better than nothing. I wish anywhere around me carried Mariage Freres or something closer to higher end that RoT. But at least I have RoT so I should focus on that.

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74
drank Hawaii-Grown Oolong by Samovar
911 tasting notes

First off, it is easy to tell that this is related to my much-loved Hawaiian-Grown Black/Makai Black. The flavor profiles are pretty similar, but the flavors seem softer, slightly muted in this tea. There’s also a hint of greenness, almost rawness that reminds me of a Neela (but not quite since I dislike Neelas for that rawness but find this pleasant). Also, this one still reminds me of shampoo ginger.

So this is a tasty tea but having such a similar taste profile to Makai Black (plus shampoo ginger and a little crispness) just makes me want Makai Black instead of this. Which would make me sad except I got an email from Eva that my tea was sent off Monday, so I will have Makai Black with me soon! Yay!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Mine shipped as well. Yay!

Auggy

Yay! I can’t wait to get mine! What did you get?

__Morgana__

I got some of each kind, but I got the most of the black since I didn’t have much to go on concerning the oolong and the white.

Auggy

Very cool! I look forward to reading your log of the white since I haven’t had experience with that one.

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83
drank Thé de Pâques by Mariage Frères
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Bumped up the steep time on this from 3min (my first time having this) to 5mins. That’s my happy spot. It’s still a subtle flavor but it no longer feels weak. There’s the sweet, vanilla/creamy Easter candy taste from last time but also a little fresh citrus, though not so much a citrus taste but a citrus freshness that is really nice because it keeps the sugary sweet Easter candy-like flavor from being too sugary sweet. Tasty stuff! I’m (once again) bumping my rating a little bit to reflect the increased happiness this gives me.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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