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83 Tasting Notes

I think this is my first darjeeling. It’s definitely my first FTGFOP 1, so I was very excited to try this tea! To be honest, I already made one cup of this and it was much too bitter for my tastes. I adjusted the steep time and water temp to my tastes (195F @ 3min seems to keep most black teas from getting bitter in my experience). I’m not sure how well this tea does in multiple steeps but I’m hoping the second cup lives up to the reviews!

I really liked the smell of my second brew – a delicate orange touch. But as I drink it, it still has this odd burnt/bitter taste to me, but that may be because my first infusion was with water at 205F. This tea isn’t as smooth as I would like and I find myself thinking I would rather have a cup of golden monkey. I am going to hold off on rating until I brew a first cup but at this point I’m kind of disappointed. However, I’m ready to admit my role in brewing this tea and to keep adjusting until I find something that works better. I have to believe this tea is as good as other say it is!

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
83 tasting notes

Wow. After drinking this tea I updated my little profile to reflect it as a new top 10 tea for me. I’ve had many chocolate flavored mate’s from different places, but this one is my new favorite. The chocolate is smooth with rich almond undertones, and there is a hint of that raspberry sweetness enmeshed within its rich taste. This tea will surely keep my spirits up as I tackle 7 hours of class today. Onward ho!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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I love fall because it involves so many of my favorite things: carving pumpkins, toasting pumpkin seeds, enjoying beautiful fall colors, and of course my mom’s apple pie. I was super excited to try this tea because the last apple green tea I tried I absolutely love, and anyone who knows me knows that I fall head over heels for apples. One might call me an apple thief (Scrubs reference if you’re a fan!!)

This tea smells fantastic! Cinnamony and a tarty-sour apple smell (much like baking apples) and of course that lovely green tea aroma. The taste if very pleasant and light, which is what I like since I’m one of those people who always puckers up when drinking juice or cider. I am convinced that I can switch around how I brew this to get even better results. It honestly tastes very similar to the other apple green tea I have, with the addition of cinnamon. Oh boy I can feel an addiction coming on…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Almost Nutella by Adagio Teas
83 tasting notes

This goes without saying: nutella is SOOO good. My favorite way to eat nutella is by spreading it on home made crepes and adding some banana slices :)

That being said, this tea made me sad :( It honestly didn’t taste like much of anything until you hit the aftertaste which tastes like burnt chocolate. In case you didn’t know, burnt chocolate is disgusting. There is a bit of hazelnut in it but not much. I followed recommended brewing on the Adagio website but I’m going to try it differently next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mocha Nut Mate by Adagio Teas
83 tasting notes

Magnificent! I am thoroughly impressed by this tea. It is a delicious blend of hazelnut with chocolate undertones that complement versus overpower the taste. PLUS, it’s got this great toasted flavor. I love my genmaichas so any tea with the toasted flavor I am a huge fan of. I may have to get some more of this one since my precious sample is quickly running out!

I like my mates a bit strong so I used 1.5 tsp/8oz. I was surprised that it turned out as good as it did given that the temperature is suggested to be 150F, whereas other mates have called for boiling water.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
83 tasting notes

This tea is pretty good. I added a little brown sugar like suggested and I for sure like it better with more rather than less sweetener. I would like to try it again to see if I can brew it differently for a bit more taste, as right now the taste is predominantly some type of spice I can’t quite put my finger on (maybe it’s the clove). I can taste the cinnamon in the finish. I have to believe there is a better pumpkin spice tea out there than this though-one that just screams FALL! I’ve got enough of it to keep giving it a chance :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint by Teavana
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What can I say – this tea is wonderfully pepperminty. I like to mix it with my chocolatey teas or add a tiny pinch to black tea for a little kick. I will admit that on more than one occasion I have just opened the tin to take in a big whiff! Totally clears the sinuses and gives you a jolt!

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drank Youthberry by Teavana
83 tasting notes

I tried making this tea so many times and kept saying to myself “give it a chance!” Months passed by and before I knew it the entire tin was gone and I was left thinking that I gave the tea plenty of chances to redeem itself. I don’t quite know how to describe it, but this tea had almost a sour hint to it. Perhaps I can describe it through feeling: when I sniffed this tea, I felt like I would get a headache. This was just not my cup of tea.

TeaBrat

I got a sample of it from Teavana and have yet to try it…

Honey

I wouldn’t be surprised if you absolutely love it – others’ reviews are much more favorable than mine :)

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drank ToLife by Teavana
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I had all of the teas that make this blend separated. So, when I made the blend I went totally OCD about it and prepared the teas separately since you get the best flavor out of each component if you follow the temperature/infusing guidelines. When I combined them, this tea was magnificent! I am speaking from memory here though, as it’s been over a year since I’ve had this tea. I do however remember that it was a delicious and interesting blend that I may have to recreate after I thin out my tea collection. This is probably going to take a while since I just put in a lengthy order at Davids Tea, but the fall chill has me warming my hands on so many cups’o’tea. Delightful!

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I was looking through my cupboard and noticed how I’ve only “logged” it twice. I’ve had this tea so many times it’s nearly impossible to count. From all the chai teas I have tried so far, this one is my go-to kick start as fall becomes more and more chilly. It has a nice amount of spice without being overpowering, and it comes out consistently good (which is more than what I can say about Teavana’s Masala Chai, which I think is now cancelled). I’m glad they came out with this one though. As far as I can tell, the spices are nicely balanced and it’s not overpowered by cinnamon, so if you’re looking for a cinnamon predominant chai go for the Maharajah Chai Oolong (that one will knock your socks off!!). I tried this tea with a splash of vanilla almond milk earlier this week and it was wonderful :)

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I’ve been drinking loose leaf teas for about 4 years and really enjoy the sense of contentment it brings to my busy life. I suppose tea is an experience you inherently have to slow down and enjoy, as it quiets the mind and allows you to hear more readily. I am also interested in Buddhism, yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy.

Here are some of my favorite teas:

Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Teavivre)
Bailin Gongfu Black Tea (Teavivre)
Buttered Rum (DavidsTea)
Gyrokuro/Gyrokuro Genmaicha (Teavana)
Apple Green Tea (Indigo Tea Company)
Strawberry Festival (Indigo Tea Company)
Mom’s Apple Pie (David’s Tea)
Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls/Rooibos Tropica Blend (Teavana)

Location

Eagan, Minnesota

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