308 Tasting Notes

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drank Blue Mountain by Shanti Tea
308 tasting notes

Backlogging – I won this tea in a weekly trivia contest from Shanti Tea. I really like it. It’s quite mellow for a black tea. It’s not bitter or astringent. The liquor is a light greenish-brown. It’s a good black tea. I am sad that I don’t get any of the strawberry flavor that they mention in the description. Overall though, it’s tasty. I would have given it a higher rating if I could have tasted strawberry in it, or if the description hadn’t mentioned strawberry at all.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Cherry Cola by 52teas
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I’m drinking this iced today. I just got back from a run and it’s 83 out and we don’t have A/C… so the last thing I want is hot tea. I thought I would love this iced. It’s ok iced, but not nearly as good as it is hot. As I feared, when iced, it starts to taste like flat cherry coke. I don’t get the feeling of flat when I am drinking it hot. It still tastes good, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll drink the rest of this bag of tea hot.

Cofftea

Maybe cuz it tastes like flat cola cold? You could steep it in just a bit of hot water and then top it off w/ soda water. And maybe sweeten it too? Just some suggestions.

Kristin

Soda water is a good idea!

Kristin

Oh and I did sweeten it with agave nectar.

Cofftea

Fava Tea Co.‘s Rootbeer black is really good w/ soda water as well. I don’t sweeten it, but sometimes I do add their Maple Sugar Black to it.

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drank Cherry Cola by 52teas
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I think I might love this one. How do they get that fizziness feel into it?

TeaEqualsBliss

You are going to make me want to buy this one – aren’t you!? :)
teehee

Meghann M

Oooh, really? Feels fizzy? Amazing.

Kristin

@TEB – Yep. Do it.
@Meghann – It doesn’t have any fizz, but the feeling of fizz. It has a bite to it that makes you swear it has fizz.

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drank Root Beer Float by 52teas
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This tea is very very interesting. I was a bit afraid of it. I mean, you know, hot root beer? I got up the nerve to try it today and was not at all disappointed. It’s really good.

The tea in the bag smells lightly of rootbeer and sweetness. Once brewed it smells like root beer. The dry tea leaves have big whole dried lilacs and jasmine flowers. It’s very pretty.

The tea tastes a little flowery and spicy at the same time. It’s actually a nice combination. The finish is where you really get the root beer float flavor. So, this tea went from being the scary bag in the tea drawer to a welcome addition. I actually glad that the root beer flavor in this is mild.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Kristin, Fava Tea Co. Has root beer (not float though) black and rooibos based teas. You might want to get them and compare:)

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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This tea is pretty amazing. It taste just like a pina colada. Since I usually only drink a pina colada when I am sitting by a pool, I wasn’t sure how I’d like it. I do like it though. It’s coconutty and then there is a sweetness from the pineapple. Not sure I am getting any rum flavoring.

The dry leaves are beautiful too. There are pretty shreds of coconut and giant pieces of dried pineapple.

The funny thing about this tea is that while I didn’t like the pineapple upside down cake tea, I really like this one and wish the cake tea had had this much pineapple flavor.

I’m definitely going to have to try this one iced. I wonder if it will be too much or if I will really feel like I am drinking a pina colada.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

On a “rum flavoring” note, I had a killer rum (N/A) latte in Seattle last month. Sometimes recreating the flavor of an alcohol as well as the bite from the alcohol itself can be really hard, but they nailed it. So maybe hunt down a rum syrup? I think this would be amazing in slushie/granita form.

Kristin

Maybe I’ll just add rum :) I’ve got a nice bottle of Black Seal for making Dark and Stormys.

Cofftea

Well yeah of course! I was just saying there can be amazing N/A rum flavored things out there:)

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drank Cherry Cola by 52teas
308 tasting notes

Backlogging – had this tea last night.

Seriously, how do they get his to taste like Cherry Coke. Unbelievable. Tastes exactly like cherry coke. I occasionally get some other flavors like Smarties candy but the flavors all go well with the tea. I love this tea.

2 tsp to 11 oz; sweetened with a dash of agave nectar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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94

This is my last cup of this sample and as I stood in the kitchen singing a little song about it, I realized that I probably should have ordered some of this when I restocked the Choco*Late. Any tea that makes you sing songs about it while its brewing deserve to be bought again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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90

After seeing me rate many oolongs as ‘not the kind I like’, my friend Jim sent me a sample of this tea. I told him I liked Chinese restaurant oolongs! :)

This tea is very delicate, but does indeed have that richer, roasty, restaurant-style flavor. There is absolutely no bitterness to it. I like it a lot! It brewed up to a nice amber color. I did a quick rinse of the leaves (don’t know if that was necessary) with boiling water and then brewed it for about 3 min. I used about 2+ teaspoons in my 12 ounce glass bodum mug. Not sure if that was enough leaf, but I think so. My temp might have also been a little high on this as the water was already boiling in the kettle when I decided to make this. The high temp didn’t seem to harm it at all.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea is ok, but not one of my favorites.

The smell of the tea in the bag is something akin to potpourri. I was a little scared. I brewed it as directed (160 F) and got mostly hot water taste. So I brewed it again at boiling temp and got much better flavor out of it. I tried it unsweetened and didn’t like it much and then I sweetened it pretty well with agave nectar and the pear flavor started to pop. This has a nice pear flavor and definitely has spice. I taste cinnamon and I think cloves. Luckily it tastes much better than it smelled in the bag.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Hmmm when I think potpourri I think floral and not spice. Would it taste good iced maybe?

Kristin

No, the potpourri was the pre-brewed smell of the leaves. Once brewed the flavor is pear and spice. I don’t think it would work as an iced tea.

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Frank evidently blended a tea that is irresistible to my cat Sangye (pronounced San-jay). I put 2 tsp of leaves into a paper filter and walked away to do some other things while I waited for the water to boil. I came back to find my cat Sangye eating tea leaves. So, I didn’t get to taste that first cup.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4757764905/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4758403370/

I made another cup. The dried leaves have a laffy taffy smell to them (not necessarily a bad thing). The brewed tea has a strawberry candy flavor to it (could be that I over sweetened it – next time I’ll taste it before sweetening). I like it a lot. I am thinking this will be fabulous iced.

Here is a picture of Sangye in case you wanted to see him too:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4691721236/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

I ordered this one too… but haven’t tried it yet…

Angrboda

KITTEH!!! implodes
He looks an unusual shade of orange there. Or is that just the light playing tricks?

Kristin

He is a Devon Rex and has short soft curly fur. He is light orange. Here is another pic:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4545443317/
and a pic of his sister, Willow:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4008854088/

__Morgana__

He’s gorgeous! I have an orange kitty too, but he’s a butterfly tabby and a little lighter in color.

__Morgana__

Oh, and by the way, I love the butt warmer. I used to have a cat (my favorite of all time) who would turn on the tv through the set top box and sleep on top of it for the warmth.

Kristin

@Morgana – that’s hilarious. They love sitting on the laptops. I close them and hook them to my monitor and keyboard so they are actually running and getting warm.

__Morgana__

One of my current cats used to sleep on my printer for the warmth, in the curved area where the paper would come out. It was just the right size for a cat bed, which was awful. My docs would come out covered in cat hair. Eventually it got so clogged I had to buy a new one, and I cleverly bought one with an uncomfortable scanner do dah at the top. ;-)

mpierce87

Your cat is beautiful. If I ever get another cat, I am going to get an orange one. (Right now I have a black and grey striped tabby). My cat loves green tea so I feel your pain. I have to keep my eye on him because he’ll be drinking out of my cup when I’m not looking.

Kristin

Thanks. I also love the orange kitties!

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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