589 Tasting Notes

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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
589 tasting notes

Wanted to try this again to compare it to the Orange Oolong I got at Bulk Barn a few weeks ago. This one is a bit more subtle than the BB one, and just that little bit better. That said, I might just keep the BB one on small supply and add caramel bits to it, because it is so cheap and easily accessible, and not hugely inferior. I have just done an order with CrowKettle for some DT stuff, and this was not on the list…but it might be in the future.

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Gave this one a go today, given the weather. Sadly, it has not wowed me. I find the base a little strong, and the spices a little generic. Nothing about this tea really makes me think of gingerbread, but it might have just been an off brew, so we’ll see how the last of the sample goes. This is ok, but not great.

Thanks, OMGsrsly for sending this. Maybe the last bit will be better.

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A tea that both smells and tastes the way it is named? Uhh, yes please!

I thoroughly enjoyed this tea today. There’s something that was in the background that really added to the buttery cookie feel to this tea. I don’t know how they do it, but I can taste oatmeal raisin cookie with each sip.

This might be just first time love and second time fail, but I have another serving in my sample from VariaTEA. If I still like it then, I’ll probably get some in a group order with CrowKettle (and potentially whoever else in town wants to join in).

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drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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I’m super stressed out right now. I found out some bad news about a co-worker today, and I’m really wound up about it, since I actually care a lot for this person, and their situation is terrible right now. I came home after chatting with them on their (late) lunch break, but I ended up trying to take a nap to relax and hope my headache eased with darkness. Unfortunately, I’m still wound up and my head still hurts. So I’m hoping this tea offers some solace, at least for a little bit.

I, uhhh, accidentally steeped this the full 24 minutes my dinner was cooking in the oven for (not that I feel like eating). Thank goodness it’s herbal. It’s actually still ok, but maybe a little lemongrass-y. It is pretty tasty though. I hope my stomach will settle a little from the ginger.

Thanks to OMGsrsly for letting me try this one. It’s pretty tasty, aside from my results of over-steeping it.

Preparation
3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

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drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
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Had some of this this morning before heading out. Oddly, I got a strawberry feel. Maybe it was my headache and my senses were off?

I di find the base to be nice and dense, but not overly strong. That said, I did opt to add milk to it. I might not next time, though I think I may cold steep the rest. I’m not sure.

Maybe a future serving I’ll have a better taste of it. I did like it, even though I thought it was strawberry. Ha!

Thanks to VariaTEA for letting me try this one. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of my sample.

VariaTEA

Strawberries are nice too :P

Amariel

Yes. I liked how the pu erh base was not too strong, and it added depth to the whole tea.

VariaTEA

This has pu’erh?!?

Amariel

According to the ingredients listed above:
Blue Mallow Blossom, Blueberry, Orange Flavoring, Passionfruit, Pu Erh Tea Leaves, Raspberry

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This smells really good. I’m not sure if I didn’t steep this right or what. It’s tasting quite mild to me, but I can taste something. Debating whether I should make the rest hot or save for a cold steep later on.

Thanks to VariaTEA for this one. I think it has good potential, but I’m just not sure I got the best it can be.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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So, 52 Teas…we meet again. I’ve been really hit and miss with you. So, this tea? Hiss?

Hit in the sense it is a tasty tea…miss in that it’s a stretch to call it french toast. I can taste the cinnamon and the buttery syrup, but nothing really screaming french toast. I’ll have to try the milk thing to see if that changes things. Basically, if I was given the tea to taste, not knowing it was called french toast, I would not have guessed it.

But like I said, it is a tasty tea, and nice for breakfast. I’ll try the rest of my sample from VariaTEA with milk next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Sample from OMGsrsly since last time I had basically one-ish serving…and I felt like I was really on the fence with it and wanted more to see if I could get a better handle on it.

So, I have a little more to play with. Honestly? I’m still on the fence. I don’t find anything wow with this. I don’t get cake. I do get a thick mouthfeel, and sweet. I don’t find this bad or offensive…it’s good, but I think the only reason I’d get this is due to it being caffeine free, so if I found something I liked better, I’d get that.

But don’t get me wrong steepsterites…it is tasty. It’s just really mild. I’ll continue to drink it, but I think I’d be on the lookout for something better to satisfy the caffeine free option. It is something I might consider getting just for the caffeine free option in the meantime, but I’m going to eventually work with Stacy on a custom honeybush, so that might fill the gap.

I have a few more servings left to see if my mind changes.

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Had a cup of this tonight. Decided to add a little genmai hojicha from my amoda box from January. Didn’t really make much of a difference, to be honest, in terms of flavour.

Still, I like this tea. It was the right tea for tonight. I’m glad I picked up the bag when I was in LA.

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Made this one this morning since I had a headache…I do seem to like my straight blacks on such occasions.

The first thing I noticed is how light and fluffy the leaves are, and how lovely they are with the golden tips. Now, perhaps because I have been heavy on the pu erhs lately, this tasted light and sweet. I did use my organic cane sugar, and a little milk.

I can’t really go into too much detail on the intricacies of this steep, as I was in bed with the headache, and this was at my bedside.

This sample was quite tasty though, despite the headache, and I’m glad there is more for me to have. I’m sure I’ll like the rest of the sample, so many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for sending this.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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