239 Tasting Notes

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drank Early Bird by Tippy's Tea
239 tasting notes

Upon opening the bag, the dry leaf has a distinctive lapsang smoke smell, which is quite nice and different from my other usual teas.
Brewed taste is delicious and full-bodied with malt, smoke and an almost salty note. This makes a perfect pot in the morning and I really like it a lot!

boychik

I sent you PM ;)

caile

Got it – thanks! :)

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Somewhat earthy with smoke and a bit of mineral. There are also red wine and hints of very dark chocolate notes that linger. Needs ample leaf which makes a tasty, enjoyable cup. Re-steeps weak.

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed hot then chilled.
This turned out to be a lovely blend. For me, it is different from other similar fruity infusions due to the addition of lavender, which I have not had in tea before that I can recall.
Tastes somewhat typically fruity and tart from the hibiscus but not overly so. But most interesting is the spearmint and lavender which add a lot of interest both in aroma and flavor. A bit of rosy floral as well.
I enjoyed the small amount I picked up to try and will likely get a bit more to have over the summer. I also want to try a cup hot which is something I do not usually do with fruity tisanes but hoping this will be a nice evening drink once in awhile.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
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This turned out to be quite a lovely vanilla tea.
There is a smokiness to the golden monkey base in this which is especially noticeable when the cup is hot, and I initially thought this had keemun in it. As the cup cools, the vanilla becomes more prominent and is smooth, sweet and fragrant. A hint of tanginess remains throughout but is quite delicious and dessert-like. Vanilla still noticeable in the resteep but the tea is weaker.
A nice afternoon or evening treat.

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drank Midday Flight by Tippy's Tea
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First tippys tea to try from my recent order from the April fools sale – cute packaging with little googly eyes on upside down fishes, and a lovely handwritten note :)

The brewed leaf smells sweet like honey. Taste is sweet, smokey and somewhat malty with a bit of tang. Quite a smooth, rich cup, with the keemun standing out the most to me. Makes a tasty cup of afternoon tea.

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Finished up the last of this delicious toasty green tea. So good both hot and cold.
And my sweet husband loves it too (described as ‘really good!!’) and drank several cups before I even finished one! :)

Dexter

Interesting – I love this hot, never really thought about it cold…

caile

Haha, it probably isn’t so much that I think beforehand to drink it cold but rather that it gets cool before I finish it so then have the rest cold. It’s really good! :)

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drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
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This is such a good blend that I intend to keep in stock. I love that it is herbal, but if I want to change it up, can add some black tea and it becomes different and even more yum.

And as an update.. as I had mentioned in the past, this was originally purchased for my husband who expressed a request for chai last year. He has been in hospital most of the past 8 months and even though it was only a short while ago that doctors said would never be home again, a miracle of sorts happened and he is indeed now home!
So, being able to share a pot of this together again is something very special and precious, and I am so thankful for that simple thing.

mrmopar

Miracles are all around. Glad you were blessed with this. Sometimes we just have to look for the little ones we are given each day. :)

mrmopar

Miracles are all around. Glad you were blessed with this. Sometimes we just have to look for the little ones we are given each day. :)

Indigobloom

So happy for you!

caile

That is so very true, mrmopar. :) Thank you!

Thank you Indigobloom!

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drank Irish Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
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Lately I have been wanting an inexpensive, plain, non-fussy tea that I can just brew up a pot of. I want to be able to add a bunch of milk in my cup and drink without much thought. And I want it easily accessible in case I want more.
So since I finally had a chance to go shopping, I picked up this in the hopes it would be good.
And happily, I am quite pleased! It brews up a dark and bold, tastes malty and nutty without any peatiness, and has a lovely buckwheat honey sweetness. Makes a delicious pot of tea that I can smother in milk, and even resteeps well with a more nutty taste in the second cup, (although I greatly reduce the water in the second steep).

So, quite happy with my new plain, yet very satisfying tea!

TeaBrat

It’s always good to have some basic non-fussy teas on hand. I always have a tin of Organic Assam by Harney and Sons around.

caile

That sounds like a good one too. :) I love non-fussy teas!

gmathis

Good call!

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black unflavored, which I often drink with a small dash of milk but sometimes just clear.

I enjoy finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

I also enjoy Chinese green teas, and am currently exploring some pu-erh as well.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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