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70
drank Fireside Spice by Tea Source
589 tasting notes

I’ve been trying to drink down some small samples I have of tea today. So far, I feel I have not had a great cup of tea today but nothing really bad either.

This one was very spicy and fruity when I opened the bag. It’s got notes of nutmeg, clove, and maybe cardamom? There’s also good citrus notes from the orange. The tea base of black tea is very mild (which is okay with me – not being a black tea lover). This is definitely a good tea for a cold autumn day. Instead it is a cool summer day today but I am still enjoying the tea.

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90

Taste on this tea (or my taste buds) continues to evolve.

In addition to the flavors I already expected, getting a bit of a citrus note this morning.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90

This session was a bit different. More astringent, with a smoky note I didn’t notice before. It is possible that my tastebuds were on the fritz, however – I am a bit under the weather.

Flavors: Astringent, Smoke, Tea, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

Wonderfully nutty and woody, with a fresh feeling in the mouth. In later infusions, I found it got sweeter, which was a pleasant surprise.

Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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85

Upped the leaf a bit and decided to push it today.

The answer to “how long can I keep drinking this” is all day long, and about 2L of water.

The flavor didn’t change a whole lot, but got a bit more mellow and sweeter as the session went on. At the end I was at a 2 minute steep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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85

This tea has been sitting around for a couple of weeks, in a snap-top storage tub with airholes. The “rest” time since unsealing it from the ziplock bag the brick came in has done it some good.

Very little fermentation smell even in the rinses. After 2 rinses it was gone from the tea itself. Like last time, it was a smooth, earthy cup, easy to drink.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
mrmopar

I always recommend a rest period after shipping. Makes the tea much better.

Eric Honaker

@mrmopar I’m definitely getting that impression. Do you do the same for shengs?

mrmopar

@Eric Honaker, especially for sheng. I am guilty of waiting 6 months to a year sometimes.

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85

Robust, with a silky feel in the mouth. The flavor is earthy, shading into a bit of nuttiness. I noticed a bit of cooling sensation on the back of my mouth, which was pleasant. After a few steeps it settles into an earthy, rich tea flavor, sort of like a black tea turned up to 11.

Flavors: Earth, Nuts, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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91

Malt, dark raisins, and just enough oomph to make it good for mornings. The taste of this just lingers…it’s a bit incredible.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHDQss6DScq/

Fjellrev

Sounds amazing!

Gooseberry Spoon

It’s hard to describe, but there’s a lot going on.

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83

This is one of those teas I can’t stop smelling and in the past few weeks this has quickly become one of those teas that I’m going to have to keep around. I was worried when I first got it because I could smell just a hint of smoke and me and smoked teas have not gotten along in the past. It remains just a hint that comes out in the steam, but plays nicely with the other flavors in the tea itself. It’s like natural cocoa, malt, and dark purple plums, and did I mention it smells amazing? I think I’ve found a tea to take camping.

Pictures: https://tmblr.co/Z2eXSl28GeZu6

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Plums, Smoke

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67

When checking out the sales associate starting flipping through the sample box and asked if I liked Assam. Being the person I am I said yes because hello it’s tea. She could have named anything other than “lotus” or “cherry milkshake sprinkles ice cream cake” and I would have responded the same. I didn’t look at it till I got home but expected some breakfast blend. I was rather suprised by this in all its golden tippy glory.

I didn’t measure but I brewed it rather strong and it came out a great deal darker than their image. It certainly smelled like assamica. Tasting it was bold and fragrant without that Assam tannic gut punch. I was most suprised by the spicy note at the end of the sip. It was not subtle, and if I hadn’t been out of my masala mix for the past month I would have assumed some cinnamon/clove/ginger heat was left in my infuser.

I guess I can see why they are wanting to get people to try this. I might make a habit of trying samples for tea I normally wouldn’t be interested in. Unfortunately, I think the caffeine amount might be a bit more than I can handle. TBD

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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80

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

Mild rosehips, sweet mint and strong black keemun blend well together. The drink has some robustness without being bitter or astringent.

Flavors: Malt, Peppermint, Rosehips, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
9 tasting notes

Strong, sweet notes of acacia and red clover, with a grassy bouquet. This ya bao is better than any yinzhen I’ve had and cheaper than most of them, too!

Brewed in a small gaiwan.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Flowers, Honey

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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94
drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
9 tasting notes

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82

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #17
Interesting leaves here – they look like like a silky wiry Fujian but the leaves are very tiny coils with hints of gold. I haven’t seen a leaf like this before! I love the flavor – it’s a little like a Fujian black tea but more malty molasses. That is exactly the type of flavor I love. The brew doesn’t seem very strong either. It’s on the sweeter side rather on an astringent side. I feel like I’ve only tried a tea that tasted like this a couple times before but the leaves didn’t look quite like this. The second steep was a little lighter, which is a shame. This one is unique! Another tea company I’ve never heard of before. I love when those are included in teaboxes. :D Their site has quite the selection!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minutes
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

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90

This is a new blend that TeaSource came out with before Christmas and I just had to try it when I placed an order during their recent sale. Butiki’s Pistachio Ice Cream is one of my all-time favorite teas and I was eager to see how this one compared. As it turns out, there is no comparison! Despite the name, this tea doesn’t have much of a pistachio scent or flavor. Instead, there are strong almond notes, along with a rich, buttery scent that really does remind me of a shortbread cookie! Although it’s not at all what I expected (Spritz Cookie would have been a better name), this is a delicious dessert tea that I’m happy to have in my cupboard!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cookie

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB

I wanted to like this tea. The initial introduction was a whiff of molasses in the aroma. The taste had highlights of sweet potato and perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavor was big and full, with a long, strong finish.

So, what went wrong? The main flavor is very dark and just this side of bitter. Not sure how to describe it, but tar might be close. It just doesn’t appeal to me. If you like this kind of dark flavor, you might really like this tea, since it seems well-made and is fairly complex. Just not for me.

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

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88

Loved this hot last fall when I first tried it, put a few notes on the pouch that simply said: “Very good, Nice Spice, Try Iced.” I was overloaded with chai tea blends at the time, and put it away, only to have it resurface this week. I used the remainder of the pouch to make a full pot of tea a few days ago for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised by green cardamom pods and other spices that blend so nicely with the Sri Lankan black tea base. I reserved enough to have iced later in the day and it was excellent. Invigorating and refreshing.

Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

Eating at Jensens with my husband’s family. Hadn’t had any tea yet so I needed to get some. Luckily they are pretty savvy with their tea here. It’s a light mango flavor. Can’t tell what the base is.

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77
drank Blueberry Fields by Tea Source
210 tasting notes

This reminds me of Davids Tea Blueberry Jam but with one important difference… No added sweetener!! yum!! Thanks to Inkling for sharing this in a recent swap.. There are some serious blueberry notes in this tea!! I’ll be picking some of this up as my go to blueberry tea when I’m finally (if ever) off my tea buying slowdown!

Inkling

So glad you’re enjoying it!

Zack S.

Hey plz follow me so I can message you about something =D

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80
drank Fireside Spice by Tea Source
318 tasting notes

I brewed this one up to enjoy while writing tonight. It was quite good. I’m getting down the bottom of the bag. I still have a few pots worth, but I can see the end coming. :(

I like this tea because it is spicy without being overpowering. Of course, I enjoyed it even more back when I had a my sense of smell. But even without being able to taste much, I find this tea to be smooth and the spices warm.

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