467 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been a little MIA from my tealog lately because I’ve been getting a lot of pearl/bubble/milk tea like genmaicha and roasted barley milk tea, yummm.

Anyway, this is sadly my last new sample from The Persimmon Tree black tea sampler. I really liked this one. The tea leaves smelled very fruity as did the tea at first. As it cooled down, more of the jasmine notes came out. The lingering aftertaste was also predominantly jasmine. Normally, I’m on the fence about jasmine teas, but I really liked it paired with passion fruit in this one.

Overall, I’ve been really happy with my samplers. I’m already thinking about reordering 3/5 of them. Maybe 4 if I’m feeling spendy. I highly recommend these samplers! I’m probably going to try out the green and white ones, too :)

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60

Ok, so I don’t have the most sensitive palate, so this tasting note might be a little confusing. So right when I opened up the packet, I definitely had a punch in the face of minty chocolate kind of like an Andes mint but mintier. After that first burst of smell, there was this lingering smell that I did not care for. The tea itself also starts off with a burst of mint flavor followed by some chocolate-y notes and then an aftertaste that tastes like that lingering smell. It might be the cacao nibs, some other flavoring in the tea, or the type of black tea maybe. Anyone have ideas?

Anyway, I like the initial smell/taste of the mint, but that aftertaste is kinda bugging me. We’ll see what happens with this one.

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60

I had this at Panera today and it was fine. Pretty plain, simple black tea. Did fine for the circumstances, but I don’t think I’m gonna be buying a bunch for myself.

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90

This is one of my last samples from The Persimmon Tree, sad! Anyway, as soon as I opened the little packet of tea, I was greeted by an overwhelmingly vanilla scent. Almost like a vanilla candle scent minus the wax and/or smoke. The tea turned out to be a light golden yellow with the same perfumey vanilla smell. Not to get repetitive and boring, but it tasted just the way it smelled. It reminds me of a watery vanilla bean ice cream (in a good way). Slightly creamy, definitely sweet enough without anything added (my favorite kind of tea!).

I can definitely see this one being more of a staple in colder weather, so I’m adding this to my buy list for next time I order from The Persimmon Tree!

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drank Iced Passion Tea by Tazo
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I tried this one sweetened at Starbucks today. The tartness of the tea was definitely reduced compared to unsweetened. It almost tasted candy-like to me this time. I wonder if I can order it like half-sweetened or something? I will experiment the next time I go.

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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Hmm. I had high hopes for this one after reading others’ reviews. Upon opening the packet, I could definitely smell chocolate right off the bat, but the smell was really strong and a little off to me somehow. After brewing, the smell was more of a mix between chocolate and the toasty smell of brown rice.

The taste itself was also a mix between the chocolate and genmaicha. It almost seemed more like the flavors were competing with each other rather than complementary, though. Not sure how I feel about that. Also, the tea was a bit greasy-tasting.

Anyway, I think I will save this one for colder weather and try it again then. I may also experiment with using it as a milk tea with boba. I’m really hoping I can figure this one out!

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So this is one of the teas I chose for my black tea sampler from The Persimmon Tree. Did not like it as much as the others that I’ve tried so far. The dry leaves and the tea itself both smelled a bit like sour apple, which I was not expecting. The taste was tart with a minty aftertaste. Not a huge fan. I didn’t even really detect the peach taste or scent in it. I will not be repurchasing (sad because I had such high hopes for this one).

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This is only the second English Breakfast tea that I’ve ever had and the first one I brewed myself, so I don’t have a lot of reference. That being said, I really like this one. It tastes light and smooth, not too bitter. I got this as one of my samplers from The Persimmon Tree, but I’m definitely thinking of buying more!

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drank Precious White Peach by Teavana
467 tasting notes

I just wanted to add that I accidentally oversteeped and it got really bitter really fast. Wasn’t expecting that, so note to self: watch the clock/set a timer!

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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