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drank Mad Blackberry by Mad Hat Tea Company
36 tasting notes

It’s 10:59PM with jet lag, and I’m beginning to lose faith in my ability to taste tea…

Second infusion, 175 F, 90 seconds. Can actually smell the fruit now, although I’m not sure I’d be able to identify it as blackberry. I keep staring at the label on the tea bag, trying to conjure “blackberry” out of the tea as if by reading the word over and over, I might taste it.

I’ll try this again tomorrow. Trying this three times in a row has only enhanced my sense of the tea’s acidity. My mouth is puckering.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 OZ / 118 ML

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20
drank Mad Blackberry by Mad Hat Tea Company
36 tasting notes

Just under boiling, 1/2 a teaspoon, better than the first try. There’s a sweetness in the tea now, and using fewer leaves resulted in a mellow cup with medium flavor length. I still can’t taste or smell the blackberry. This tea remains very dry with high astringency. It would probably go well with honey. At this point, I’m not sure buying 4 oz of it was a great idea…

Flavors: Astringent, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 0 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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20
drank Mad Blackberry by Mad Hat Tea Company
36 tasting notes

Not sure what’s going on here, but I’m tasting a lot of acid and not a lot of fruit…

Flavors: Astringent, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 133 ML

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Received this as a gift. I can smell the fruit strongly when the tea is dry, but I can’t identify whether that fruit is peach or apricot. I didn’t expect to like it because I don’t like ginger, but if I did like ginger, I think this would be a good tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Ginger

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60

This was a gift from my sister; cute because my dad loves snickerdoodles, and we seemed to have inherited the fondness for them. However, this tea really doesn’t remind me of a snickerdoodle, which I primarily associate with cinnamon and butter, at all. This is very much an almond tea, and light on the cinnamon. That said, it’s a pleasant almond tea. I enjoy it with milk and sometimes some honey.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon

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drank Mad Paris by Mad Hat Tea Company
757 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

The packaging is good. Nice and thick. I could actually smell the tea in the package despite having been in a TTB. This is very vanilla. The black currant may be making the bergamot seem sweeter. Either that or this isn’t a terribly strong bergamot. Regardless, it is a very nice blend. Very similar to H&S Paris, which is probably what they were going for. :) Overall, I prefer H&S but this is very tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

I bought a bag of this a while ago and drank it up quickly. Very minty, but not overly strong. Slightly sweet, just like a Moroccan Mint should be! One of my favorites at Mad Hat.

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70

Small Big Traveling Tea Box

After my last superly amazing creamsicle-esque cup from Della Terra, this tea has to just floor me to make much of an impression (but after their La Pina Colada blew my socks off, I know it has a fair chance!) Plus, I have to try them back to back in a taste-off :D

This tea is alright. A bit more rooibos and honeybush than orange or cream:P I can taste the orange coming through more towards the end and it tastes like orange soda pop more than anything else.

Flavors: Orange, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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95

Small Big Traveling Tea Box

Okay, who stole me from Seattle and put me on a tropical island?! This tea is sooo pineapple-y and coconut-y, I can hardly handle it. Seriously, I feel like I am drinking a Pina Colada. So delicious. And something even more awesome, this tea is from a tea shop not too far away from here! Thank you, EvaGrimm for including this tea, you’ve introduced me to a new semi-local tea shop:D

Preparation
1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, sounds like a vacation tea :-)

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drank Mad Paris by Mad Hat Tea Company
345 tasting notes

I enjoyed this tea, the currant added something different to the Earl and vanilla and was a great anytime of day tea for me. At first I was only adding a teaspoon until I realized it was better and adding a heaping teaspoon. Thank you EvaGrimm

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90

Great everyday tea. Well balanced coconut, oolong with floral and earthy notes.

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A bit too rooibos/honeybush for my tastes, but I can almost taste the creamsicle.

Thanks EvaGrimm!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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T&C TTB#7: I get non-specific nuts at first. Then walnut for sure, which is odd since walnuts are not listed as being in this blend. It goes well with shortbread. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

This is a delicious black tea with prominent notes of vanilla and currant. It has a slightly floral aroma. I had to pick something up in Tacoma today so decided to stop in The Mad Hat tea shop. I purchased 2 cups and picked up a few teas to try later but of the two that I tried, this was my favorite.

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66

This tea has an extremely inviting caramel aroma. Once brewed, it tastes a little caramel-y and smoky with slight sweet undertones. I may have oversteeped it, since I detected some bitter notes occasionally. Good with milk and honey. After brewing, I noticed that there were these little balls mixed in with the leaves, and discovered that they were tiny little pieces of caramel candy – delightful!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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79

This smells nicely floral. The flavour is more sweet and fruity. It’s not overwhelming like similar teas I’ve had either.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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93

Thanks T.C.!

This is definitely my new favorite coconut oolong. It’s absolutely delicious. Oh man I’m going to have to get some more of this.

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80

Delicious. Incredibly tasty tea, and a new favorite. This is only my second oolong (gasp), but I’m already finding myself taken in by the flavor, and the coconut in this tea is very noticeable and creamy. The nice, slightly astringent, feel of the oolong is making this almost a competitive morning tea (FLAVOR!), and I’m loving it.

When I looked at the liquor once it was done steeping, I nearly scoffed that this could taste like anything, it was so delicately yellow, how could it have infused any flavor? How glad I am to be wrong. I won’t doubt another oolong strange mystical powers…

1.5 teaspoons in 8 oz. of water.

Oh, and I almost forgot! Thank you T.C.!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
yappychappy

This stuff sounds amazing. Coconut bao zhong? yes please!

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82

It has a nice citrus scent. The flavour reminds me of a mild orange spice tea. Not enough almond, but pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

I only have one tsp left of this after I finish drinking this cup. Makes me sad because I LOVE this one! Must savor it…

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