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Recent Tasting Notes

40

Oh dear.

Before looking this up, I thought this was a black tea base — not a metric buttload of hibiscus.

Oh dear.

Suprisingly, it doesn’t kill the cup as much as I was thinking. This is really all about the cinnamon, and it’s really a potent cinnamon. There’s a definite tart note that settles behind the cinnamon. Then the sweetness of licorice. And somewhere behind that is the note that suggests plum, but in an under ripe not terribly plummy kind of way.

I don’t hate this and it definitely wasn’t awful enough to pitch the cup. But boy am I glad I only have two cups of this to get through.

Did I mention it was snowing today? Because seriously.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
__Morgana__

“Metric buttload.” LOL.

Stephanie

LOL…cinnamon and hibiscus sounds dreadful :P

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89

It’s funny, but having tea less often somehow makes it taste so much better. My cup of this today wasn’t half bad!
Also, I’ve had a series of Tim Horton’s teas foisted on me, so I have something truly lacklustre for comparison.
Anyhow. I am hoping this will all change because a) we are working out the kinks in my work schedule/load, and b) roll up the rim will soon be over!
Oh and I won’t have the constant temptation of endless apple or strawberry strudel paraded over my head. Ha!!

Now the cup? Sure it could have been dark chocolate, but I doubt I would have picked that out as a flavour if I hadn’t known. Meh.

SimpliciTEA

What a great word, “foisted”!

Indigobloom

LOL it is a fun word to say isn’t it SimpliciTea :P

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92

Wanted something to go with Saint Patrick’s Day and for some reason I thought “mint”… Probably because I enjoy it so much and haven’t had any for a few days. Why did I even need an excuse anyway?

Saving the Irish Cream Cheesecake tea for later when Hubby and I can enjoy it together. :) & who knows.. Maybe I can get my little guy to try is since it goes with the day!

This one good as always.. mostly minty black with a bit of chocolate to round out the cup.

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70

Buttery oolong with delicate coconut flavour. Slight sweet floral note.

Thanks to Indigobloom for this tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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68

Whoopee sipdown! (108)

So this was a tea that I bought while I was in Florida. One of my favourite! A nice green with subtle hints of strawberry :)
Definitely don’t have enough for a decend cuppa though. I have like 1.5g left soooo yeah. Probably the smallest cup of tea tonight ahhaha.
Just something nice and calm after having Sherlock’s Experiment!

((and I don’t even know why, but I’m going through a One Direction craze. Their song came up on Pandora one day and I was like huh. Maybe I have this song? AND I LOOKED IN ITUNES AND I FREAKIN HAVE EVERY ALBUM, THE FREAKIN DELUXE EDITION AND I’M ALL WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN??!?!?! But yeah One Direction. I’m not a fan, but I do appreciate and enjoy their music :) I especially love the ones that Mcfly wrote for them because… reasons))

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Bianca G.

I totally hear you about the One Direction craze. I just think they’re music is so… fun? And I have an appreciation for good pop music (plus people talk a lot of crap about them and just, ugh, I hate when people hate on things because they’re popular and liked by teenage girls.) But yeah, my friends are hardcore into the 1D fandom so I tried to be involved in it the only way I know how: by making themed blends for them covers face http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/group.html?group=4873

jump62359

Oh gosh. I do have friends who are hardcore 1D fans! I appreciate them. I don’t consider myself a fan though. I appreciate their music, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to a concert of theirs. They were at the mall by my house over the summer and even though I could easily drive there, ehh I ended up spending the day in my pjs haha.
But dude. I definitely tried making blends and whatnot, but I just can’t art so I gave up! BUT BLENDS FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. AWW YISS.

Bianca G.

I know what you mean about not being able to art. I finally just bit the bullet and accepted that my teas are going to be more D- in 10th grade art class rather than masterpiece, haha. But since I’ve started making them I want to make them for EVERYTHING.

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67

I thought I’d give it another go, this one. Well, I’m glad I did because this is much better!!
There is a lot more blueberry flavour now. It still won’t replace my secret love of the DT version by any means, but at least I am finding this cup enjoyable.
Shame though, that it seems to be a flavour distribution issue, as well as a base choice problem.
SO. This particular cup would garner a rating of about 77. Darn inconsistencies.

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55

I just woke up so probably won’t write a long review.

1st sip of this tea was very metallic and salty with a background of mango and vegetal. Ok, I let it cool down and the metallic taste isn’t as prominent thank the gods. But still not good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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78

Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this tea. I’ve been trying to eat fruit with breakfast every day and I love berries. This time of year I usually get the frozen berries which are still a treat.

Spice & Tea Exchange claims this is a yunnan black tea, which is an interesting choice for the base. When I first tried this, I thought it was a ceylon due to the fruitiness, but I guess that’s the berry flavoring. I steeped this for 4 minutes before trying it, and still the overall blueberry flavor is light. It does taste fresh and natural but isn’t knocking me over in the flavor department. I detect more yunnan here than berry. I can’t quite make my mind up how I feel about this. One sip I am finding myself wanting more, but then another sip I feel it’s lacking.

I’m a fickle tea drinker this morning, but this was a good tasting experiment!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Oh I completely forgot that this was a yunnan! Lol maybe that’s why I judged it so harshly :P

Indigobloom

Aha and I just looked at my note, I did mention that after all..

TeaBrat

it’s definitely an interesting combo!

Indigobloom

Yup, no question about that ;D

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70

Sometimes this one comes out very fruity, a lovely juicy candied peach flavour, and other times, well… it’s rooibos. An uneven distribution if I ever saw one! Shook the packet up this time and it didn’t seem to make a difference.
I wonder how it’d fare iced…

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I’ve had this a few times now with varying results. Twice it’s been fantastic, with notes of hazelnut, cream, and nutmeg. The other two times it was heavy on the tongue and a tad bitter, and I made sure to not burn the tea. Though I may have gone to three min one of the times.
Either way, I’m determined to get it right. Next time, I’ll actually get out the tea thermometer, as lately I’ve been relying on watching the bubbles and steam.

On another note, I lost count of my cupboard! Been doing so well with sipdowns that I need to do a recount. Woot! I should be down to about 280 or so, down from 292. Victory shall be mine!

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71

I bought this specifically to add to my EG. Works nicely.

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80

I mix this with jasmine in an attempt to recreate a Jasmine Earl Grey I tried at a local shop. Really nice, light EG and pairs well with the T&SE jasmine.

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55

This is my “after nap” tea and another one I received from Indigobloom in a swap. Thanks IB!

In my opinion this is all mint and no chocolate, which is kind of a bummer considering that Chocolate is the very first word in the name of the tea. The mint seems so strong and overpowering that you can barely taste the keemun in here. I get mint with a muddy aftertaste. Better with sugar added but I just don’t think this one is for me somehow. Generally I enjoy minty things but was just hoping for something more and am struggling to finish the cup.

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

I enjoy this one, but like strong mints and spices. Maybe try steeping at a bit lower temperature if you have any left and see if that makes any difference for you.

Indigobloom

lol yeah I wasn’t sure if it was just me, but I wasn’t much for this one either :/

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90

I picked this up from BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale and am so very glad that I did. It’s just a lovely, thick, floral brew. Not generically floral, either. The rose, jasmine, and lavender are distinct without clashing or tasting artificial. The peppermint doesn’t really come through except as a refreshing, mildly tingly aftertaste. This holds up well to a second steep, though it has an ever so slightly thinner mouthfeel.

This is labeled as a white tea. Also a green tea. I’m not sure which it actually is. The floral flavors obscure most of the base. It looks like a green tea, though.

first steep: 180F, 3 mins
second steep: 195F, 5 mins

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This is a pleasant fruit green tea. It’s mostly green with just subtle hints of strawberry and rhubarb. Normally I’m not into subtle, but this one works for me. The green base isn’t too grassy or too floral, it’s well balance and then just a hint of fruit. I get more strawberry than rhubarb but there is some tart that hints of rhubarb.
All in all, this was a really nice tea – I’m sure it would be really good iced.
Thank you for sending me this lovely tea Stephanie.

Stephanie

Glad you enjoyed! And it IS really nice as an iced tea. I picked that one up in New Orleans last summer! :D

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73

So my scale came in the mail and I love it so so much and I’ve been playig with it a butt ton and WOW IT’S GREAT.
Decided to actually use the timer bit that the app comes with and I weighed my tea and wow weighing tea and timing it just makes the tea taste so much better okay. I think it’s really cute how when you use the timer, it buzzes and then a little notification saying “Your tea is done!” comes up and it’s just darn CUTE.

This tea is pretty good. It has the spice without it being too strong. Just the perfect balance of sweet and spice :)

(For some reason I’m tasting butter in this? That’s weird. But like.. must be the gingerbread :) Do they even use butter in gingerbread cookies? I don’t even know. I’ve never made gingerbread cookies before)

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72

I picked this up because of a recent swap request from Suziqzer. She requested 1.5 ounces of this hard-to-find limited-edition tea and I kept .5 ounces for myself. I’m thinking I should have kept a little more for myself because I like the way this tastes! I brewed it for a few minutes, afraid that it would get too bitter, but I put the tea back in to steep it some more. I also re-steeped this for a second time and it tasted almost as good.

I thought that this would taste artificial when I read the description. I don’t really see or taste peppermint candies in this tea, instead I see/taste actual dried mint leaves. The chocolate note is very subtle and adds a creaminess to the finish of the tea. The smell is clean and minty and it tastes quite refreshing.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Suziqzer

I’m so glad you like it! :)

I sure hope they bring it back next year for the holiday season… I’m sure I’ll be through what I have long before the holiday season. I’ll be watching their website when the timing gets close, unless I happen to find something I like better in the meantime.
Thanks so much Nichole for making a trip to get some of this for me when I was feeling desperate about running out!

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85

This is quite delicious, but I think it should be renamed Carrot Cupcake Chai, as it’s a little spicy. In a good way. That said, it still reminds me very much of carrot cake, only a not so mild one.
The spices are blended nicely, and it goes well with milk. A comforting cup. OH!! I also feel like there is some sort of “icing” component here. Perhaps that’s the coconut/vanilla addition? Either way, I had a heaven moment there when sipping away. Yum!

So. This was supposed to go to someone I know but I had ordered a bunch of stuff for various people when Mum went to Florida last year, and then she forgot them there so had to wait three months to bring them back on the next trip… and then my email got deleted so I’m not sure who… (facebook changed their settings and all of a sudden things were moved around)
Anyhow, if it was you, or if I’m mistaken and it was another tea I owe you from the Spice Exchange, please let me know! Hope ya don’t mind that I sampled it!!
It’s been in my cupboard for over a year now, I asked around before and nobody has claimed it… so speak up or I’ll forever hold your tea ;)
Would be a shame to lose out on this one, whoever you are.

Yvonne

Mmmm – I’m sure it’s similar to DTT’s Carrot Cake.

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18

This tea looked and smelled beautiful in the jar! It’s also organic, so I just couldn’t resist getting a small bag. Unfortunately, the tea itself disappoints. I experimented brewing it a couple of times, but there is absolutely no rose in it—delicate or otherwise. I can taste the white tea. Of all the other ingredients, the peppermint is most obvious. It definitely leaves a minty aftertaste. If I want a mint tea, however, I’d get something else.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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68

Current status: Dance parties every night to this song (http://youtu.be/NiHWwKC8WjU) on repeat because I’m tired of studying for all my midterms. Dance parties with a cup of hot hot tea is quite possibly the worst idea ever but I DON’T CARE. PROCRASTINATION TO THE MAX :))

But this tea! I got it in Downtown Disney while I was still in Florida and the sent stood out the most. It’s fairly fruity. I love the strawberry in it! It’s very aromatic, which I love, and the strawberry scent is there from dry to steeping. It sorta leaves a weird texture in my mouth though..

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85

I love all things chocolate. I was really browsing for some spices when I noticed Black Chocolate. The aroma of the raw tea in the jar is simply scrumptious—rich, dark, and seductive. The brewed tea retains some of the chocolate aroma and flavor, but it is not nearly as rich as the raw tea suggests. It is a very pleasant, nicely smooth black tea with a subtle chocolate flavor. If it were a perfume, I’d say that it contains a woody note; it might be strange, but that’s how it feels. Bottom line, it is certainly for those who prefer their tea only mildly flavored. (I also tried it with coconut milk, which adds a touch of creamy sweetness to it.)

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

Mmmmmmmm….

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This sample came from Indigobloom but I am not sure about this one… the last tisane I just drank was so tart and fruity, it’s difficult to get that flavor out of my mouth and I also noticed the water coming out of my tea kettle looks pink? Do I need filtered water? I’ll have to try this one again soon.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I can send some more if there isn’t enough for another cup :)

TeaBrat

I still have a bit more to experiment with!

Indigobloom

I had a cup today, I’m finding it a very tricky tea to get right!

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86

I bought this when I was away on vacation for a friend who loves peach anything… Preserves, juices, etc. Thinking I would hold it until her birthday, it has been sitting in my tea cabinet amid my teas so I know where it is when her birthday comes around.

Today, on a whim, I decided to try a sample of this tea. Hubby and I can’t stand anything with artificial peach flavoring, but how could I give her something untested?!?!

To my surprise we both found this tea to be much nicer than we expected. The dry leaf is light in fragrance, but peach is present. Steeped, the flavor comes out a little stronger, but it’s not overwhelming and more realistic than most peach flavored candies, etc. Hubby actually liked this one a bit more than I did and he usually won’t go near anything peach flavored.

This would be a nice one to get and keep around for evenings when we want tea without the caffeine. My girlfriend will love it!! But might not like my introducing her to something she will want to buy more of ;)

Yvonne

This sounds absolutely amazing!!

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