220 Tasting Notes

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I had a real PITA week. Had to work 6 days this week and now it seems I’ve caught the cold that everyone in my family has been sick with for the past few weeks. I just have a sore throat and ear ache…so thankfully no cough or sinus aches yet. That being said, it’s been difficult in the last few days to try out the teas that I bought practically ages ago.
Growls Anyways…I actually had this tea last night, not wanting to let my sore throat/ear ache to get in the way of trying out my teas. While in someways this is not as good as Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki…at least as much as I remember. (I still have some that I’ve been hoarding. And it’s been a long while since I’ve had any.) It still has an interesting taste…I suspect I will be ordering more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This was an interesting tea…I like it…I just might buy an ounce.

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drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
220 tasting notes

A few weeks ago I had gotten a 25 tea sampler by Kusmi (Bought on Amazon, because I was having trouble ordering from the Kusmi site.) This is the 2nd tea, but the 1st wasn’t inspiring enough for me to write a review.

I like this tea well enough that I wouldn’t turn down a cup but considering the insane prices of their teas…if it ends up being that way for all of the teas I try from that sampler…I am completely fine with that. If I had a better job maybe then I would be able to justify a once a year buy of Kusmi teas….but even then I highly doubt it.

Only have this tea if you like bergamot. While the caramel and fruit taste do somewhat take over, bergamot is still very much there. I like bergamot so this is not a problem. But since the taste of this tea reminds me alot of Tower of London and that TOL is a lot more accessible for me…well there is another handy excuse for not buying more of this tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is interesting…not sure if its interesting enough to warrent getting a full ounce or two…but like a few others teas i’ve tried so far from this company, I might want to keep some samples around. Huh…this is the 1st time I’ve done a tea review on my kindle and it won’t let me move the
rating bar. Oh well, will see if I can move it later on my computer.

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50

Sadly, this would be the 1st tea that I don’t like at all by a Quarter to Tea. I think though…maybe I will try a lower temp…and I might consider getting another sample of this.
It isn’t terrible, but just…bland.

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I am a terrible night owl. On my days off I cannot help but stay up till 3 or 4 sometimes 5 in the morning and then sleep until 12-2 in the afternoon. I got up at 11:00 today and already feel that fuzzy feeling that tells me I didn’t get enough sleep.

At any rate when I woke up I knew I wanted to start the day with this tea.
I taste a faint hint of carroty cake in the tea…not terribly distinct…a bit disappointing because I adore carrot cake almost as much as my Dad does. (Preferably with real cream cheese frosting…not that sickingly sweet crap that some places put on the cake, then I end up having to scrape it off.

But, despite that…I am not at all apposed to getting more of this, because I do taste some other flavor that just makes me want to have more.

Jury is out on whether or not I’d recommend this tea however:)

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I found the title and description of this tea interesting, so in it went, even though I am not a fan of sweet and spicy.

While I’m not opposed to having a few samples of this hanging around for days where an odder tea is needed, I don’t think I would want a full ounce of this…it would surely go stale before I could drink all of it.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been buying alot of tea. My mother is on a long vacation and since she is…less then enthusiastic about my tea addiction, this is an ample opportunity to buy as much as I can. So far, I’ve bought 9 teas from David’s Tea, (And planning on buying more in March.) Lupicia’s happy bag of which there were 9 teas, will be getting Kusmi’s Essential Teas set (Bought the set from Amazon, because I was having trouble with buying from Kusmi’s site. And lastly planning on buying samples from Fusion along with an ounce or 2 of teas I know I love.

But anyways, while drinking this tea is not like drinking a cup of eggnog…its still an tasty and interesting cup.

I ordered 2 7 teas sample packs and 1 3 tea sample pack, and completely by mistake put 8 teas down on the comments when I ordered, so they were nice enough to include this tea as 1 cup sample. I wasn’t planning on ordering again from Quarter to Tea till at least this summer, but I might be inclined to buy again, particularily this tea.

It has a very faint soft minty taste that eggnog has, but more of a eggy-cakey taste that others mentioned.

This tea is very good cooled down, but I get the feeling that it wouldn’t taste all that great cold. But I could be wrong.

Flavors: Eggnog

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
220 tasting notes

I drank this last night, but then decided to wait till today to write it…wanted to drink a few wine coolers and binge watch Murder, She Wrote on Netflix.

I don’t usually read reviews of a tea before I drink it, but I was apprehensive about this one. In the past alot of cherry flavored tea tends to taste like cough medicine shudders (To this day I can’t abide the liquid form!) But luckily the reviews that I read did not display that particular taste.

1st smell out of the bag: sweet, almost cloyingly sweet.
1st smell as it was steeping: Not quite as sweet…almost had a complex smell.
1st taste: Very sweet and sour cherry like. Like if you ate a handful of the sweet and sour. There is however an odd aftertaste that I am not crazy about.

Aside from my dislike of anything that tastes like medicine, I am not a huge cherry fan. When it comes to fruit I prefer Strawberry, Peach or Grape (Which the majority of teas I’ve had with those flavors I tend to be disappointed.) But I love to be surprised by tea.
Who doesn’t?

I am not opposed to grabbing more of this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Can’t remember what # this is right now.

1st smell is nice…a touch fake strawberryish but not bad. 1st taste: Meh. Not terribly inspiring I’m afraid. Another for the summer iced teas pile.

Or maybe I will try this again as a latte as another person has tried.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Currently 40 years old…

Been a tea lover for most of my life, though it’s only in the past? (5-8 years.) That I’ve been drinking loose leaf tea.

I like mostly blended teas in Black, White, and some Oolong. Sadly not much Green tea that I really like. And of course Herbal.

Rating Guide that I use, though I am not terribly consistent;)

100 Excellent
90-99 Very Good
70-89 Fair
50-69 The only teas that I am interested in in this rating are teas that I can buy locally, such as at a grocery store, fruit market, tea shop, etc. Or is fairly cheap/add on thru a website.
50 and Below No redeeming qualities whatsoever or is too much like a tea that I already have.

Some teas such as Constant Comment by Bigelow I still drink on occasion, it is one of my comfort teas from when I was growing up. Others are Perfect Peach, Mint Medley and Cozy Chamomile.

I am a bookworm, though I also enjoy art journaling/mixed media, making jewelry, spending waaaaaay to much time online…particularly bingeing various tv shows on Netflix and Hulu. Also various forums like this one (On and off.) Quora, Goodreads, Youtube and misc. others. If you see the nicknames Lynxiebrat/Lynxiegrl,Lynxiedove, Zaaron or Sarikcat, then drop me a message:)

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