829 Tasting Notes

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Part of the swap (nay, sampler) I received from Sil – thank you so much for sending me so much Teagschwendner to try!

The smell of this dry is nauseating. Like, headache inducing – it doesn’t smell like natural lemon. But strange things can happen when water hits the leaf so I’m hoping that it is the case here.

Yep, this is totally transformed in the best way possible. The scent and taste are totally mellowed to a much more natural lemon. It acts just like Noel a Venise, actually – creamy lemon that doesn’t need any additives to be a great, flavorful cup. The main difference between the two is that here, lemon is the main flavor, whereas in the Dammann Freres blend, cream is at the forefront.

I definitely like this, and Sil gave me enough for several cups that will not go to waste. Yay for a good cup of tea, and a promising new (to me) tea company!

Flavors: Cream, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it…I was hopefully, hence the he have a bunch of cups bag hahaha

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drank Mojitea by Argo Tea
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OMG GROSS.

Like, this is so gross I feel like the tea is actually spoiled. Expiration date is good but this tastes fermented-y and the sourness from the lime is not helping me feel like it’s drinkable. It’s overly sweet too but I can’t get past the feeling that this tea is OFF.

I’m normally one to be pretty lenient with tea ratings but WOW. There’s no saving this one. Never again.

Kittenna

That’s the worst. I’ve had a few undrinkables too. You always have to wonder a bit what has happened, because teas shouldn’t ever go bad, per se. Stale yes, rancid coconut, yes, but bad?

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100

Oh look! Another tasting note for this tea from me!

Nothing much to say about the prep, as I can do this in my sleep by now. Strong black teas are sometimes the only way to start a morning right.

I really, really, inexplicably wanted to try puerh this morning, though. To the point where I’ve been looking up the tuo chas on Mandala’s website. I imagine this will be the Black Friday purchase I make this year. Ah well – good to plan these things out, right?

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

I can definitely tell that this has an oolong/black base, as it does not quite have the strength that my favorite chai (Yogic Chai’s Original blend) does.

Todays cup was not bad – I had it plain with the below parameters. The scent and taste were STRONGLY gingery and heavily spiced, which I like, but the mouthfeel was thin and there was a lot of astringence. Given that I steeped it so long I’m not necessarily surprised at the bitterness but I do wish that I could strike a better balance between texture and astringency.

I suppose there was a hint of cocoa but the spices really drowned it out. It’s a heartily flavored tea and I enjoyed it this AM – we had our first freeze warning last night so this is the time of year to be drinking chais for sure!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

Yummm.

I’ve been rediscovering all the teas in my cupboard since tea drinking weather started back over the last month. This morning it is good as always – there were HUGE blueberries in my leaf and as a result this cup tastes even more fruity than usual.

I added a little bit of creamer and the result is a blueberry, tangy pastry. Fantastic – and easily one of 52Teas best. I have plenty left to enjoy and I’m quite glad of it!

Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Something magical happens to this tea as it cools. Starting out it’s nothing really special, but then suddenly you get the cake texture and cinnamon orange notes., with just a hint of plum. Even without additives, even despite the fact that this tea is a REALLY old one in my stash – it tastes amazing.

I wonder if it has something to do with whatever flavorings Stacy used? I feel like with the exception of Three Friends, everything else has held up very well to multiple years of storage. I’m making it a personal goal of mine to get through this bag by the end of this holiday season though. It’s great but I don’t want to leave it for another year!

Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Orange, Plums

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

For the most part, my Butikis have held up pretty well too, I’d say. Especially considering the bags aren’t airtight. I’d say quality flavourings/teas are the reason. (I just drank some Creamy Eggnog – 2 servings had been sitting in a bag for probably over a year, and it was as good as the first day I had it).

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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I’m on standby for work but I know I’ll be called in soon – it’s a matter of when, not if, in other words.

But until then, I figured I’d make a cup of tea. Audiobooks, card games, and tea. So much more fun than work!

I hadn’t done this one in a while and it’s not really a breakfast tea to me – much more of a dessert or afternoon black. I made it WAY too strong to have by itself though – so creamer went in to kind of tone down the bitter black tea-ness and it’s much more palatable, if a little sweet. It is like a buttery root beer float when made this way. Yum!

In its own way, this is a perfect pre-Halloween treat. And I have plenty to left so I’d better start drinking it while its in season!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

STEEP FOUR

Okay, trying anyway, just with less water and for 7 minutes. I’ll take it as a good sign that I didn’t want to be done with this tea yet – this is not like me at all.

Scent of the wet leaf:
Very faint maltiness.

Scent of the steeped tea:
Quite faint as well – it smells like the wet leaf, just a tinge malty and like a watered down syrup.

Taste:
Much like the 3rd infusion. Yes, the flavor is definitely done here. It is just a weak malty black tea.

Overall this was really unique – I love anything from Hawaii so there was no way I’d pass up drinking tea from there. I don’t think it was necessarily a complex tea, but it was a solid one that I will have no problem enjoying the rest of.

And now that I have logged it maybe I’ll be more prepared for next time!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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88

STEEP THREE

Scent of the wet leaf:
Baked sweet potatoes (each time it smells like some different version of sweet potatoes, so weird)

Scent of the liquor:
Malt, but otherwise indistinct.

Taste:
This steeping is lighter than the last, in flavor, in texture (mouthfeel is a lot thinner), and in color. The beautiful aftertaste is much more faint as well. I still have a decent flavor but I don’t think I’d be able to get another steep out of this…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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88

STEEP TWO

Scent of the wet leaf:
Roasted sweet potatoes

Scent of the liquor:
Still sweet potatoes and syrup, though more syrupy and less potatoey. The liquor is a deep red brown.

Taste:
The notes of grain and bread are still predominant. The best part of this tea so far is the honeyed syrupy aftertaste it leaves behind. I don’t get any real sweetness except way after I’ve already swallowed. This tea LINGERS, like my beloved Dan Cong. There’s no bitterness or astringence either, just…amazing tea in its purest form.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

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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