121 Tasting Notes

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Thank you to TeaTiff for this sample, my first swap ever on Steepster!

This doesn’t really seem like a special or decadent tea to me. It just seems normal. If I tasted it at a tea room, I would think it was a nice black tea. It smells a bit sweet, but the sip leaves me with a strong astringent taste that I can’t get over or associate with cheesecake.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
Butiki Teas

This one is probably our biggest failure. We discontinued it shortly after releasing it. The main issue is that there is a sweet spot for making this tea but it is very difficult to achieve and it often means the tea becomes astringent or overshadows the flavor. We are working on a new blend with a different and gentle base tea.

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
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Thanks carol who for the sample!

This tea wasn’t bad, but the two different times I drank it, it tastes completely different. The first was nice, but not memorable. The second I had to toss. It was overwhelmingly bitter. I think since I have such a small sample size of it, different amounts of the ingredients are in each cup, which makes a huge difference.

Bummer this is my 100th tasting note!

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Katrina Thorindal by Dryad Tea
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Thank you Melissa for sending me this as a sample in my recent Hapa-tite! Tea Swap.

This fruity jasmine green tea is quite smooth and fruity. I love when fruit teas actually have a taste to match up to their aroma. The sip opens up with fruitiness and finishes with a slight grass and astringency from the green tea.

Nice to drink, but not sure if it’s special enough to become a regular part of my rotation.

Flavors: Jasmine, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got this as a sample from carol who. It doesn’t taste like rose to me at all, but similar to a fruit punch or hibiscus tea. It’s not offensive, but it’s very sweet.

Flavors: Hibiscus

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This tea is pretty good (thanks carol who for the sample!)~

I think I might prefer the Roasted Apple from Della Terra, but this is still quite nice. I love the smell of it when brewing. It is very warm and smells purely of apple with a little bread and spice at the end. If apple pie (the tart, refreshing kind) were a tea, this would be it!

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is delightfully smooth and pleasant. The taste is very clean and smells sweet and vegetal. The sip opens with sweet grassiness and finishes with roasted rice. It has a nice, creamy mouth-feel and reminds me more of an oolong than a green. The aftertaste brings it back to a nice sophisticated green tea, similar to a green tea bread. It has no bitterness or astringency.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grass, Mineral, Plant Stems, Roasted Barley

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
121 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Nattie!

This tea is really growing on me. At first I didn’t think that hibiscus and chocolate would work, but the sip opens up with the tartness of the orange and hibiscus and finishes with the nice, roasted sweetness of the cocoa.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cocoa, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
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This tea smells quite juicy when dry. Brewed, the scent dissipated a bit, as well as the flavor. Enjoying it as a second steep now because my office is so cold.

Thanks for the sample Nattie!

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank SBT: Black-N-Blue by 52teas
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I received this gratis as part of a recent order from 52Teas. I cold brewed it overnight and it is very flavorful. My thoughts seem to yo-yo between liking it and disliking it, depending on the sip. It is very blueberry forward, but it almost reminds me of a blueberry muffin candle in the taste that I get at the end of the sip, lingering.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berries, Fruit Tree Flowers, Jam

Preparation
Iced

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