39 Tasting Notes

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drank Masala Chai Tea by The Tea Table
39 tasting notes

This tastes & smells exactly like another chai I’ve had but cannot remember which! My best guess is Teavana’s Masala Chai, which appears to have been discontinued. I know I first tried it in December 2009 and reordered once. It may have bit the dust when their Taj Masala Chai was introduced. Anyway, I’d be willing to bet it’s the same exact blend.

The ginger and cardamom are the prominent flavors in this. It’s refreshing to try a chai that isn’t laced with enough cinnamon to clear your sinuses. It does taste a tiiiiny bit “peppery” despite lacking actual pepper. Brewed extra strong it’s got quite a kick and really stands up to adding milk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is my first Lapsang Souchong, a free sample I requested with my Tea Table order. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. As a vegetarian, I haven’t had barbecue in yeeears, but I still love the smell of smoke & burning wood, despite it being associated with the smell of meat. That’s entirely what this tea smells like, both the dry leaves and the brewed tea. I brewed a heaping teaspoon in 8oz of water, without rinsing the leaves. Should I have rinsed? Who knows.

I tried it straight, and it was punchy & intense, a really savory tea. Maybe a bit too much smoke flavor for me. I added turbinado sugar, which really mellowed the flavor and added some nicely contrasting sweetness. Finally, I added a splash of milk, and I think I enjoy it most that way. You still get the smoky pine aroma but the taste is not overwhelming, mostly lingering in the back of the throat. I find myself enjoying this cup more as I drink. I’ll definitely try re-steeping the leaves.

It’s hard to rate this compared to all the other teas I’ve tried as it’s quite unlike anything I’ve had before. But, I think it’s a good quality tea and definitely worth trying.

Edit: I didn’t get to steep this again. I think I’m coming down with a cold, and this is definitely a tea you have to be in the mood for. =/

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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70
drank Vanilla Chai by The Tea Table
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I’m pleasantly surprised at the strong vanilla flavor in this. I generally need a lot of vanilla in flavored things in order to taste it, so a little essence won’t do it for me. My taste buds suck. This has a bit of astringency, a spicy finish, and doesn’t need much sugar as it has a natural sweetness. Definitely a tea to enjoy slowly when you need a bit of comforting warmth.

It’s great to see coriander in this. I really think it helps that spiciness linger in the back of the throat.
Overall, this is my favorite chai I received from the Tea Table so far. This is one of the 3 free samples I selected, and the sample pack makes about 3 cups.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
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Ooo coriander. Interesting. And I’m with you, I need a lot of vanilla to tell it’s there.

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay, the dry leaves smell like candy. My sister and I decided on either Sour Patch Watermelons or Sour Punch Straws. Anyway, I couldn’t stop smelling them.

This was a sample included in my order. I’m not generally a fan of white teas. They’re usually too weak [if flavored] or vegetal [if unflavored] for me. But in the name of clearing out my stash, I decided to just brew the whole sample up (made two strong cups).

At first I primarily tasted the lemongrass and hibiscus. As it cooled, the watermelon became the primary flavor, which really popped after I added sugar. I suppose the other fruit flavors were there, but they all kind of converged into a syrupy, fruity flavored tea. If anything, I could only detect the apple and cherry, none of the berry, and especially not the pumpkin or carrot.

I’m not sure actually how much white tea was in this, as it was pretty undetectable to me. Overall, I don’t know what the primary flavor of this actually IS. It’s probably better iced as a sort of agua fresca. Overall, I didn’t dislike it, but I don’t care for it enough to buy some more, hence the lack of rating.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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drank Holiday Dream by The Tea Table
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I’m a sucker for any kind of “holiday,” “Christmas,” or spice teas, so I ordered this along with the Tea Table’s Cinnamon Orange Spice, which has practically the same ingredients. Oops. This one smelled much better, more citrusy, so I tried it first.

This is really smooth & fragrant. The dominant flavors are the cloves and citrus, which really highlight the black tea. Most of the spices kind of linger in the background without really popping. I don’t really taste the vanilla pieces, either, but adding a vanilla black tea to this would be faaabulous.
I was running late this morning, so it didn’t steep as long as I would have liked before I poured it into my travel mug, which explains why I would probably like this so much more if it were a bit stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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A pretty standard vanilla black tea. Not bursting with flavor but the vanilla is definitely there, both in taste and aroma. Reminds me of Adagio’s Cream black tea.
I’ll probably use this as a base for blending rather than drinking it on its own. I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase, but I will gladly finish up the ounce I bought.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I like this tea best when prepared using David’s recipe for their ‘Ultimate Pumpkin Chai Latte,’ simmered slowly on the stovetop in equal parts water and milk. Brown sugar is a must and it doesn’t hurt to add a bit more than 1 tsp of tea per 8oz liquid because the milk can mask the flavors. Top with whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon for a really indulgent treat.

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Spicy Chai Tea by The Tea Table
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I may have gone wrong when brewing this one. I used more tea than the package called for, as I usually do because I like a strong, robust flavor. But because this blend contains so many spices, brewing it extra strong makes the flavors too overwhelming and muddled. The brewed tea ended up being extremely fragrant, almost floral. Not what I was looking for, although the deep reddish-brown color was gorgeous.

I was glad to see that the cinnamon did not outshine all the other flavors, however. I’ll definitely give this one another proper try, using only 1tsp per 8oz water. No rating until I can brew a good enough cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I brewed this regular strength for 4.5 min as per the instructions, and it was a bit on the weak side for me, but still good. Next time, I’ll brew double strength. And this is pretty inexpensive, so you can afford to. I added milk and turbinado sugar.

This is a pretty mellow chocolate tea without a big punch of spice or strong black tea flavor. I love the mini white chocolate chips. Dry leaves smell divine. There’s a slight astringency to it, but it’s not really noticeable it unless you’re looking for it.

I prefer Adagio’s Chocolate Chai, as it’s a bit more spicy, but this is a good substitute.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Even with added milk, this lends a somewhat dry mouthfeel, probably due to the cinnamon pieces.

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