779 Tasting Notes

82

Sigh. So much for my 75 teas or less rule. I saw the rootbeer float tea from 52teas back in stock and found a few others I wanted and, whoops! Um, I think I’m at around 80 or so? I’ll have to double check my inventory but urgh. No self control!

I made this as my iced tea for the next few days – my 1/2 gallon method, so 15 g. of tea and 4 minute steep with my normal ratio of sugar. For a blend called Java, I was really nervous this would be dark and astringent at 4 minutes, but…it wasn’t. It was almost too light – I could have either added another tsp. of leaf or an extra bit of steeping time because when it was cold it was almost weak.

I’ve got to give it the overnight to let the blend settle a bit (and maybe then the flavor will get stronger) but honestly this was just a loose version of Lipton iced tea to my tastebuds. (that’s not an insult – I drink Lipton tea all the time – it’s just, well, I can get that bagged and cheaper.)

So I’ll post an update when I have some later today. As for now, though, not too riveted.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Tea gets so addicting so quickly!

Sil

Haha I need. 75 tea rule…if I can ever get down that low lol

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drank Smooth Earl by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

Backlog from a few days ago. I sent a friend of mine the Upton samples (one of which being the vanilla earl grey) and her email telling me she liked it made me go for this. I’m so suggestible, sometimes. :)

This is easily one of the best vanilla earl grey teas for my palate. It has the buttery vanilla, the pretty orange color in the steeped tea, and a subtle amount of bergamot. Everything plays so nicely together.

I drank this with only a splash of milk and that was all it needed – I’ve been less inclined to use sugar lately in my teas and this one had a sweetness of it’s own without needing anything more.

Very tasty stuff, this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Oooh, I’m always looking for an EGC/vanilla EG.

ifjuly

I’ll have to look into this if you think it’s similar/better than the Upton (I’m a fan, and of EGCs in general), for sure!

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97

Ummm…

It’s like a switch flips in my head this time of year. It’s not anywhere close to getting cold out, really, but there is something there, all the same. Maybe the feeling of change?

Whatever it was, pumpkin tea sounded about right for me yesterday morning. I drank it without milk or sugar, and it was like coming home. A huge reset button, if you will – it’s almost time for the holidays and my birthday, time for endings.

This is still a perfect pumpkin puree with a hint of spice tea. I like being able to taste the pumpkin so front and center…usually it gets so drowned out with cinnamon and nutmeg or whatever else makes up the blend. This is fall in a cup. Still as tasty as it was on day one!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
MissLena

I know exactly what you mean by the feeling of autumn coming, it hit for me last week, when it was still around +26 C outside haha.

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100
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
779 tasting notes

This is so good that I can only imagine what the Root Beer Float tea must have tasted like. Kicking myself for not ordering that. Meh.

Anyway, I kind of flaked on this one and accidentally underheated my water – the Breville was set at 180 without me realizing it. And then I oversteeped, too. But it still tastes good. I’m drinking it plain and I get the butter/sarsaparilla notes. The only thing it’s really missing is carbonation but there does seems to be a kind of effervescence in the background. I should make this iced with carbonated water next time and I bet I’d love it that way.

Heck, I love it this way. It makes me wish more of the Harry Potter-verse were real. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec
JustJames

i have a 1 serving sample of this. i consistently muck up my 52teas single servings. how would you recommend i steep this?

Sil

Black 52 teas I usually brew at less than boiling temp for 2-2.5 mins max

JustJames

thanks sil!

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84

BLARGH I just wrote a note and it got eaten!

Okay, cliff notes version: bright and brisk like a typical ceylon. Some borderline astringence but I think I came close to oversteeping so that could explain that. Perfect for iced tea (I got this as part of the Upton Iced Tea Sampler) but nothing unique. Dry leaf was very fine, almost like coffee grounds and the smell was malty and earthy.

I made 1/2 gallon of this with my typical iced parameters. It’s tasty and cheap and I’ll drink what I have, but I won’t go out of my way to get more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

nomnomnomnomnomnomn i’m in your notes, eating your tastings…

Short Sorceress

Sil, that just made me spit my tea all over my laptop

JoonSusanna

Haha – it took me a minute Sil! Well played :)

Sil

Sorry…. It’s the first thing that popped into my head when I read that haha glad I made someone laugh :)

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96

I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a tea that wasn’t black.

It just usually doesn’t come up, sadly. To the point where I looked through my (steepster) cupboard for a tea to drink and, d’oh! Not black teas – I have some! That’s perfect for a Monday afternoon!

I made this sans additives in my pretty new mug (it’s my profile picture now) while perusing the internet. It still smelled funky – like rancid pineapple – but I remembered this from before so I wasn’t too alarmed.

Sure enough – herbs and pineapple with a creamy texture peeking out more as it cools. It is actually perfect as a hot tea even in summer because it’s so refreshing. Glad I found (and had some) today!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
779 tasting notes

Yay Saturday! But not just ANY Saturday – an August Saturday with a noon temperature of 64 DEGREES that I am NOT working! The world has lost its mind!

I am celebrating this day off by drinking a huge mug of this. I just sent a sampler of breakfast teas + finum strainer to a friend and can’t wait to get her reviews of them. She has just discovered tea and her descriptions are quite entertaining – my favorite is the Irish Breakfast she referred to as a ‘sassy minx’.

Maybe after I get her into the breakfast teas I’ll send some dessert ones her way. This one would be a top choice – the little I have left – because it is one that is so true to its name. Coconut and pie. Add a little milk and sugar and a good day becomes fabulous.

Happy weekend!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

Isn’t it just so fun to introduce others to tea!?
Sassy minx tea…I think a tea company should use that name, I love it:-)
This tea sounds tasty and I am so jealous of your 64 degree temps.

Ze_Teamaker

>64 Degrees

LUCKY!!!! It is 92 here and it is mid August. You can’t do anything outside without getting disgustingly sweaty.

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66
drank SBT: Pear by 52teas
779 tasting notes

The parameters on this tea (the same as the other SBT’s) yielded a surprisingly weak tea. It was light colored and watery and I didn’t really get any discernible tea flavor. It was that same candy-saccharine note in the iced earl grey that I wasn’t fond of then either.

Couldn’t finish this one, sadly. I’m glad I tried it though.

bookshark

That happened to me on the Mango Peach, so I steeped it again. I honestly thought I had misunderstood the directions! I have a pitcher of this chilling right now, so we’ll see how it turns out.

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97

It’s been quite a while since I had this – and it’s a backlog from at least a few days ago.

Followed the recommended parameters on this and added some milk and sugar. The orange has faded from this but the chocolate is still there. It tasted a bit thin even with the milk and I didn’t get much marshmallow in anything but texture.

Wasn’t a terrible cup, but I do think its lost something to age. I really need to drink my stash faster…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh noes! :(

JustJames

i have some of this coming in a couple of weeks. yippy!

QueenOfTarts

I’ve also felt like my Three Friends tea that I have is losing some of its flavor to age. It’s still good, but definitely not as much marshmallow/orange as before!

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100

Backlog from a few days ago.

I got a gorgeous new mug! I’ll have to change my profile picture to it, eventually, when I manage to get a few more minutes to do so. It’s a bit bigger than I’m used to but I don’t mind – more tea at once!

I made this the way I normally do, milk and sugar and yum – the perfect addition to breakfast. It went perfectly with some gluten free lemon streusel muffins I’ve found at the store. I think I’ll have to reserve that cup for when I have plenty of time on my hands – it’s perfect for relaxed, weekend sipping…my favorite kind.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

The bigger mug the better for me. :D

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I absolutely love this tea. I am so sad I do not have any and that it is not being blended anymore :(

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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