862 Tasting Notes

94

Second day of orientation – with a few left to go. Took a thermos full of this with some milk and it went by fast, really.

This is a backlog from this morning, but I believe I tasted more of the crust this time – and of course the caramel. It was a little light on the pumpkin, but the spice was definitely there too. Since I can only have black teas in the morning (I apparently will not go to sleep otherwise) I’m glad I got this one in today. It was ridiculously cold and windy for a Georgia October.

Oh, and I believe that I will be getting my first David’s Tea order tomorrow! So excited to be in the middle of hot tea season again!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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97

I start my new (dream!) job tomorrow! So I can’t have black tea unless I don’t want to sleep tonight, but luckily I have some honeybush that can serve as my dessert instead.

Steeped at below parameters with a splash of milk. This cup is dead on for a slice of warm strawberry pie – with a nice cinnamon accent that pairs well with the pastry. Perfect on such a cold, windy night.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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98

I was nervous about trying this tea again. When it’s good, it’s really, really good – problem was, it seemed to require milk and sugar to get there.

Prepped 1.5 tsp. tea at below parameters, added 1 tbsp. coconut milk. Can I just say that I love being able to eat pancakes without actually eating them? I love getting a mouthful of creamy maple syrup followed by the cakey note. The coconut milk is usually not my preferred additive, but it pairs really nicely here – I think because it adds a thicker, chewy mouthfeel. Whatever it is, I love it!

(Although I do still have some scratchy throat stuff going on once I get about halfway into the cup. What IS that???)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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95

I haven’t had this one in a while! Actually, I have only really started tea drinking again, so most of my teas I haven’t had in a while. :) But on the plus side, I don’t really have to go shopping for anything – I have tons of variety right at home!

This is still fantastic – sweet and spicy all at once. Boyfriend went to bed early for the night so I just put on the kettle and am enjoying the solitude. This is the perfect companion.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
862 tasting notes

Okay – trying this tea out with the coconut milk added (because DOUBLE COCONUT! Also because there’s no other type of creamer, but let’s all be positive!). I recently transitioned to a paleo/primal diet, which is very heavy on the coconuts. The oil, the flour, the milk, the flakes… they’re practically in a food group by themselves now. Luckily I’ve always loved coconut, or I’d probably have had a harder time with the transition!

Anyway, back to the tea. This is hands down one of my favorites from 52Teas. It’s a new batch, too – which may mean I need to tweak the parameters just a bit to get the results I want. I wonder if my tastes have changed or actual batches can vary just enough to require this?

The smell is decadent, though I’m not getting much hint of pie crust. I do get lots of coconut and sweet cream, though. As for the taste, I think the coconut milk may have overwhelmed the more delicate crust note – its more of a coconut custard in a cup. (Which really isn’t bad at all.)

Yup, as its cooled, no crust note, just a lovely thick mouthfeel and the taste of coconut and cream. Maybe an extra 30 seconds or minute steep will help tease out that crust flavor. Note to self: try that next time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Weird – this had a scratchy throat effect tonight. That never happens, and I don’t like it. Especially because I’m just coming off a cold and got rid of my sore throat – I don’t feel like having it back already. Maybe it was the coconut milk? Whatever it was I had to add some honey and that didn’t even really calm the irritation.

Meh. Further research is needed. My old faithful let me down tonight :(.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Even though I think this is one of the more popular blends, it was never my most favorite. But that was back when I could eat a cinnamon roll whenever I wanted. And whenever I would add sugar to teas.

This time, I enjoyed it with a splash of milk and 1.5 tsp. leaf steeped for 12 minutes. The taste of that gooey dough was fabulous! Sweet, cinnamony BREAD! The cup disappeared on me surprisingly quickly. Good thing there’s no caffeine..

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

It’s lovely to start feeling better enough to drink this. I still can’t hack it without milk, but man, once that’s added it’s absolutely perfect. My lovely Frissy.

When I drink it I love imagining where it came from – I do this more than with any other tea I’ve tried. I know I’m romanticizing it but it makes me think of winter by the sea – gray clouds, wind and salted driftwood. It’s probably nostalgia more than anything else since I lived by the beach growing up. Still, something in the flavor is caramel and wood/earth. And shelter from the storm -cozy and comforting no matter what.

It makes the idea of winter almost tolerable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Mixed half and half with Upton’s Spearmint blend, so 3 tsp. of each in 16 oz. of water.

My last review of this was a long time ago and it was spot on – it is the perfect sick time tea. Guess how I know that :(.

But on the plus side it is making me feel better, so I’ll just keep sucking it down. Good to have on hand, but it’s a shame it can only be pulled out in not so fun circumstances.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

My sweet spot for this tea is definitely exactly 5 minutes, with 1.5 tsp. leaf.

It’s amazing how fruity and creamy it can be all on its own – just what I needed to get going this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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