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13 Tasting Notes

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Well I had a whole thing written up about this. I clicked “save” and got an error page. I like the content on this site but I get these error pages a lot, it’s kind of annoying.

I’m gonna summarize what I wrote before rather than try to reconstruct it.

Summary:
- Vanilla/nutty taste, minty finish and aftertaste that is very nice and refreshing.
- I was a little concerned the caffeine might be too much for me – since coffee often leaves me feeling jittery, and I had read this was more like coffee than teas in terms of that. Too me it felt comparable to a black tea, didn’t leave me jittery at all.

Really enjoyed this.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Meta: Added this tea just now and accidentally hit the “enter” key which saved the tea in the database before I had a chance to add all the info. Since I joined here less than a month ago, I can’t edit this to include all the right info. Grrrr.

Anyways, I reallly wanted this tea to be a nice bedtime tea for me (it’s rooibos, so caffeine free), and it just didn’t deliver. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by all the amazing loose leaf teas I have right now, but this just tastes really bland. It smells a lot better than it tastes. The smell is sweet and cinnamon-y and like apple pie. The taste is faintly of apples but it just leaves a lot to be desired.

I have other teas from Octavia (that I have yet to review) which I enjoy a lot, so I expected this to be good and it was a disappointment. I (thankfully) had only gotten one of the sample pouches, and not a full tin.

As an aside, one beef I have with Octavia is they don’t include very specific brewing instructions with their teas. If anyone has temperature/steep time recommendations for rooibos (red tea), please post. I never drink it and without guidance from Octavia I was just guessing. I used the generic 3.5 minutes at boiling water that they recommend, and had put 2 tsp in my cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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92

Enjoying some of this now. (I tend to drink white tea at night, the caffeine in other teas would keep me up until 4 AM.)

This is very good.

I ordinarily put no sugar in my teas but the instructions recommended it. I tried a couple sips without sugar at first, then decided to add a bit of sugar and it really brought out the flavor in this tea – I feel like the sugar enhanced rather than diminished the tea’s flavor. Tastes awesome. Makes me long for a summer afternoon. I will no doubt get some more of this once summer rolls around. (Which will be mid-June, if we’re lucky lol.) I bet this would make an AMAZING iced tea.

This tastes a little similar to cantaloupe and cream to me. Both are outstanding and they are different, and I can’t decide which one I like better.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

I really enjoy this one once in awhile. The cantalope & cream is nice too, but I think I like this one better. It might be the visual effect of the pretty pink amaranth flowers though :)

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85

I had a cup late this morning after eating a couple paczkis, which were over-the-top in their richness, as paczkis tend to be. After that, I was looking for a tea that’d be light and refreshing, looked around at what I have, and figured this would fit the bill.

It did.

It’s a very nice oolong with a light infusion and a strawberry taste. I also tasted a slight floral taste, maybe roses? Just a hint, and it’s a secondary taste, and compliments the strawberry taste very nicely. This is a very refreshing tea, not too sweet. (I don’t sweeten any of my teas or put cream in them, chai excepted.) Speaking of chai, I had a couple cups of chai a little earlier which I’ve already logged. I still have the leaves awaiting me for a second, third, fourth infusion of this lovely tea. If they’re substantially different than the first, I’ll make additions to this note later.

EDIT: Second infusion actually looks a bit darker than the first, if memory of the first serves me well. Also the floral notes taste a little more pronounced. It’s definitely a rose flavor I taste. This is still a very light, nice, refreshing oolong. Also I’m amazed at how the leaves have expanded. I steeped 1 tsp, per recommendation, and it looked like such a tiny amount of dried leaves in my infuser, but they’ve really expanded a lot. By the third or fourth infusion they’ll probably be completely filling up my infuser basket. (I’m using a ceramic infuser basket / mug that I got from Rishi, which I really like a lot.)

EDiT: Came back after a night out and gave these leaves another infusion. It looks like each subsequent infusion is darker than the last, which is different. Although with this latest infusion, my mind was completely somewhere else and I didn’t let the water cool down to 180 degrees, just absent-mindedly poured the boiling water in. Still tastes fine though.

EDIT 2: LOL my infusions are full of fail today. This latest one, like the last, was at full boiling, and also for 10 minutes. My mind is just….. elsewhere, haha. Anyways, it actually still tastes good. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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Just had a couple cups this afternoon.

I followed East Side Rob’s recipe:
- 1.5 cups water
- .5 cup milk
- 2 tsp tea
- mix together in saucepan, bring to a boil
- add sugar, honey, stevia, or your sweetener of choice (I used honey).
- simmer 5 minutes.

The first time came out a tiny bit on the weaker side, so, second time I added more honey to the mix and more tea – I went with 4 tsp instead of 2. The bag said 2 tbsp (!) per 8 oz. water, which would be a ton, IMO, so making it with 4 tsp is a happy medium, I think, between what East Side Rob recommended and what Rishi recommends.

On the second try (with 4 tsp) the black pepper taste was just a little too strong. Next time I’m gonna try it with 3 tsp, and also shake up my bag before preparing it just to make sure all the spices are evenly distributed. Next time I’m also gonna add just a tad more milk because I thought it could’ve been a little creamier.

I’m not a huge chai drinker but I do like it every now and then and overall this is an awesome chai, highly recommended. I just need to work on getting the ratio of the various ingredients exactly how I like them.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95

I had this tea on Saturday (2 days ago) so it’s not super fresh in my mind.

I remember about 10 years ago, when I first started drinking tea, getting a honeydew white tea. It was a bagged tea, from Republic of Teas I think. I remember being SO excited for it, because I had just heard about white tea and it sounded so exotic and interesting. I also remember being disappointed when I tried it.

This tea was everything I hoped that tea would have been. As for the name of this tea, “cantaloupe and cream,” I don’t really taste the “cream” part, but that’s fine. This tastes awesome, like a cantaloupe white tea should. Given that cantaloupe and white tea are both more subtle in flavor, the flavor on this isn’t real intense and that’s to be expected. It’s very, very good though, I enjoyed this a lot and when the bag is out I will likely buy more.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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80

Had this earlier today. I was amazed by how clear the infusion was, at first I was a little concerned that nothing had happened, haha.

This was pretty good. It was nice and refreshing. Didn’t blow my hair back with an intense flavor, but it’s light, delicate. It’s there, but very subtle, like the smile of the Mona Lisa. It does indeed taste like pineapple, and a little flowery, but definitely more pineapple than flowery, which is the right flavor balance IMO.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I drank this yesterday.

I ordered the Coquelicot Gourmand from Dammann because I had it at my cousin’s house and it was spectacular. Since I was ordering this from Dammann, which is in France, I figured I may as well add something else to my order while I was ordering from them. I like Earl Greys so I got this.

Didn’t taste much of the “fleurs” in this Earl Grey avec des fleurs. To me, this just tasted like a normal Earl Grey… a very good Earl Grey, but since I had expected a little something more, I was a little disappointed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Earl Jeff

I’m gonna refrain from writing anything on this for now. Didn’t like the first cup but I think I messed it up. My thoughts were elsewhere while I was stepping this and I think I absent-mindedly put in too many leaves. It tastes kind of egg-y to me, not like eggnog.

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