485 Tasting Notes

62
drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
485 tasting notes

This smells amazingly peachy in the bag, but the finished cuppa just didn’t carry through – sadface. I think I need to try it again at a lower tempt and maybe for shorter.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Infinite Good Feeling by RiverTea
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Apparently this tea is so good it BROKE STEEPSTER. My wife and I have both been trying to update it since yesterday afternoon.

Anyway, this was my bedtime tea last night. I don’t reach for hibiscus teas often but we got ALL the RiverTeas yesterday so I wanted to try them all. And I don’t usually sweeten my teas, but that was my downfall. It really needed some agave or sugar to cut the tartness of the hibiscus. It was sad that it was so distracting because the rest of the tea was delicious – a big mouthful of strawberries and sunshine. It will make an amazing iced tea in the summer.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Seven Legends by RiverTea
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Mmmm I have been excited for this one since we ordered it.

The dry leaf smells tingly, not quite floral but . . . plant-y. Like a post-apocalyptic world where people are learning to farm again. Or Buckley’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea quite like it. It tastes like an herbal, like a nice calm herbal, but the caffeine content is ridiculously high.

Pu’erhs tend to have a dark dark taste to them, but that is almost non-existent here. If I hadn’t know it was supposed to be a primarily pu’erh blend I wouldn’t have guessed it. The taste is complex, and I can’t wait to have another cup – but I can’t quite decide if I love it or am only meh about it.

Flavors: Fir, Flowers, Pine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89
drank Cherry Kiss by RiverTea
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I am on an unending quest for a cherry tea that does not taste like Herbal Essences.

There is a little bit of floral rose in this tea still, but this is the darkest cherry blend I have ever drunk. It’s lovely. The chocolate isn’t very prominent but it keeps it from veering off into floral country. I am totally in love with RiverTeas’ black base. I am totally in love with RiverTea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

I have yet to find a good cherry tea, this sounds promising…

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93
drank Marquis de Gris by RiverTea
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Er. Mah. Gerd.

ERMAHGERD.

I am an Earl aficionado. I will taste any that come across my tongue. I have found many that I love and many that . . . I seriously do not love. This is, without a doubt, one of the best. There is a sweet citrus burst on top of beautifully balanced black tea. A bit of cream. It doesn’t dry my out like even the best Earls tend to.

Have you ever smelled smoke? Not bad smoke. Like campfire wood smoke, or pipe tobacco, and it sort of clings around the back of your nose, and then you move and a little puff of smoke comes out from a fold of your shirt and you smell it again and it’s just as good? That is what this tea reminds me of. It’s lingering and I love it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96
drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
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I forgot how much I love this tea. For a long time it was my go-to (although apparently I am just craving lemon lately). It has this amazing soothing lemon scent – like NeoCitran without the medicine – but the taste itself is almost pure smoky green tea goodness, that sort of dark green that’s more like an oolong. I made it in one of the new David’s mason jars, which is perfect for keeping a nice head of lemon-scented steam so every sip I take is aromatherapy.

Flavors: Earth, Lemon Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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91
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Oolong good for full tummy. So sleepy. So many sushi.

I think I oversteeped, so it’s a little dry but I’ve always enjoy the bright citrusy burst of this oolong.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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One deep whiff of this and I was fast asleep. I am now typing in my sleep. Honkshuuuu.

Seriously, this has enough chamomile to knock you out. I don’t usually enjoy chamomile teas because it’s like gulping back, well, straight chamomile, but the lavender rounds it out into less of a grassy dead-of-summer taste. I added a drop of honey – of course, I’m a Papa Bear – and it could have used more than a drop to make it perfect.

One drawback: escaped bits of things. Small enough to slip through the holes in the infuser, big enough to get stuck on my tongue. Definitely use filters or bags for this one if you can.

Overall, a well-balanced cup that doesn’t cling to the back of your throat or drown you in perfume. Does what it says on the tin: sends you into hibernation mode.

Flavors: Flowers, Grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98
drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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I’m so sorry I betrayed you, my love, by letting you oversteep. Ah, what could have been. Still, I love this tea beyond all reason. Gingery sparkly tingly fizzy energy-y goodness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
aisling of tea

You are a dork, my love.

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95
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Mmmm. Any time a holiday tea wanders by I have to try it – but this is one of the best. It’s creamy with just a hint of sugar and spice. Not an overly flavoured tea – there’s nothing that smacks you in the mouth – but a delicious black base with some tasteful ornaments. Wish one cup lasted eight nights.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

Tea. Mmmm.

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