1251 Tasting Notes

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My new box of this is slightly different than my previous experience. The old stuff leaned more toward butterscotch. Maybe it had just been sitting on the grocers shelf alone and unloved for too long before I brought it home? Anyway this new box has just a hint of citrus. Love the aroma. I use one bag in a 8oz cup and I add sweetener. I notice most everyone else double bags – does that mean you don’t sweeten? This is sugar cookie. Emphasis on sugar and cookie :) This tastes exactly like what I would expect. Just like the smiley face cookies I get at a local bakery – except this is better because its cheaper and guilt free. I can have as much as I want. I tend to just leave the bag in the cup. Good stuff. I hope I never out grow it.

TeaBrat

nice – I had this last night :)

KallieBoo!

Mmmm I love this one.

morebloodytea

This sounds bloody rotten ewww

How is this a tea?

K S

morebloodytea – if you go back and read all my reviews of this one I do not recall even once calling it tea. It is a tisane. So what? It is a bloody awesome simple treat in a cup… and that’s all I have to say about that.

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drank Premium Taiping Houkui by Vicony Teas
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I have had this over a year. It has been stored in zip lock bag inside a zip lock pouch. The age doesn’t seem to have had any adverse affect. I remember being on the fence about this one when I first tried it. I later had Teavivre’s version which I liked better at the time. Today though I am finding this interesting. The color is a very pale green/yellow tint. At first it just tastes sweet, then it switches to a light green vegetal flavor. Late in the sip it almost becomes bitter but suddenly transforms into a cross between dandelion and pine. I am noticing a wonderful cooling sensation all the way down into my lungs. Awesome. This is the last of this sample but it should re-steep a couple more times. I am looking forward to each mug. It is interesting how tastes can shift a little after a year. Leaving the rating from a year ago.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ifjuly

i love hou kuis!

K S

Apparently I do too, I just didn’t know it.

gmathis

We get nostalgia candy cravings this time of year, too. In our case, cherry chocolates—-the kind that are so soupy you have to hold it upside down, carefully bite off the bottom, then hold the rest like a cup while you slurp up the syrup.

K S

Ooohhh. I haven’t had cherry chocolates in years. Fortunately we are under a winter storm warning. I might just have the craving out of my head by the time the roads are clean :)

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drank Bai Ya Qi Lan Oolong by Life In Teacup
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I resteeped the leaves from two days ago and this still seems very flavorful. The unfortunate thing is I was filling a candy dish with spice drops and of course I had to have one (or three), now the tea has little flavor. Mostly I taste the roastiness and smell some floral.

My dad always has these spice drops around because we both love them, especially the purple ones – they taste like black jelly beans. I hate the green ones and the white ones, they taste like toothpaste. For fun I poured the bag out and put back only the green and white ones. The rest went in the candy dish. I’ll take the bag to dad. He will find it pretty funny.

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Having this a day early but hey it was 63 today. By Monday it will be only 19 with possibly 8 inches of snow dumped on us. I hate winter. But I love this sort of a tea drink.

Using some Si logic I have decided this stuff is a health drink. Your drinking the tea leaf, so that’s like one serving of vegetables. It’s got your dairy. The syrup is probably made from corn, or some other plant, so hey I’m counting it.

gmathis

Impeccable logic. Go with it!

Suziqzer

Count the veggie! Lol
I was reading your rating and was thinking.. Gee, the weather there sounds a lot like we are expecting here. Then I looked at your profile. Hi fellow Hoosier! I understand the lack of tea shopping! Now that I’m interested in more variety and loose leaf, I can’t wait for vacation & a chance to visit a real tea shop!
I’m not a green tea kind of person right now, but I love their Chai & it would have been a great day for a frapp!

K S

If you are getting our weather you must be in the southern part of the state as up north it looks like they are going to skate by with only the cold returning. Hopefully we don’t get ice. I don’t have to leave the house but I don’t want others in danger either. Stay safe, warm, and full of good tea.

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drank Bai Ya Qi Lan Oolong by Life In Teacup
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This is really an interesting oolong even if I didn’t get the marshmallow others mentioned. The dry leaf smells like you put your face in bunch of vines and inhaled. The taste of the liquor is green and by that I mean alive. It is kind of earthy. There is a light roasted element. It is only lightly floral to me in comparison to tiequanyin – those I often find to be geranium or latex like. Not this one. I have never been around orchids so I can’t compare but this is very pleasant in taste. The interesting thing to me is an almost pineapple taste. All of these aspects come together to make an amazing cup at only $3.99/oz.

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

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drank The Tea of Kings by RiverTea
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This one came as a sample. More precisely it came in a zip lock bag with a clear easy to read label listing ingredients and steeping recommendations. Much appreciated touches.

The tea is well done but it is just not my thing. Lychee to me is coming off as a cross between lilac and rose. I like, even love, these flavors as additions to other flavors but on their own it is a little too girly for me. It is not bitter and there are no harsh edges. The floral flavor is balanced and not over the top. I would gladly sip this with friends but it is not something I see myself wanting to sip alone.

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drank Dragon Pearls by RiverTea
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RiverTea is scheduled to go live this week. I won this sample in their pre-launch promotional contest.

This is a jasmine green tea. It has one major strike against it right off the bat. The premium dragon pearls from another company are one of my half dozen all time favorite teas. That’s kind of unfair. I will try to assess it on its own merits.

The pearls are small and tightly rolled. After the first steep they only partially relax. The color is golden yellow. The scent is light. The taste is quite sweet and nicely jasmine. The light dry scent seemed a little perfume-y but in the cup it works well. I was surprised by the low steeping temperature. I think it may be the lowest I have encountered (156 F). I am having a second cup from yesterday’s leaf it is just as good as the first. I believe there is at least a third cup and maybe more in the leaf.

There is certainly nothing wrong with this one, especially if it is reasonably priced as an everyday jasmine.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Happy Happy Happy! I know have a box of Sleigh Ride back in my collection! Sometimes the simple inexpensive things are just what you need.

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90

Finished this off as my morning cup. Now I’m off for our weekly breakfast out with friends. I hope this is loaded with caffeine (but I don’t think so) as I only had three hours sleep. The house is too warm for me and every one else says they’re freezing. Strangely, a good cup of hot tea doesn’t add to my body heat and it does make me happy.

Terri HarpLady

We have water radiators to heat my old house, which is wonderful, but it gets so hot on the 2nd floor especially, so we keep them turned way down, just bringing up the heat in the morning (to 65), then down again once we’re all toasty. Of course, if we get some really cold weather, we might run them longer, but then people sometimes have to open their windows upstairs from time to time. My room is one the 3rd floor. There’s only a baseboard up there, but I almost never run it. I can’t stand to be hot, & luckily most of my family shares my preference for cooler fresh air.

K S

My internal thermostat is just off. I used to leave the house on winter mornings without a coat and I wouldn’t notice. The ride home in the afternoon was really cold. I blame the thyroid medicine I have to take. At night you can’t get it cool enough. I sleep with three fans on me. We agreed on setting the thermostat on 72. Nobody is comfortable but it is our best compromise.

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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Liquid crack. I know it is. I just can’t quit. Had with M&M chocolate chip cookies. That kind of swallows the vanilla up and intensifies the peppermint.

CelebriTEA

lol @ the liquid crack comment…hahahahaha
I have never been enthralled by a mint tea, but now this sounds intriguing :-)

Veronica

Ha! Perfect description. :)

Suziqzer

A Celestial Seasonings tea I haven’t tried. Now I might have to look for it.

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