50 Tasting Notes

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drank Genmaicha (GJ02) by Nothing But Tea
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I’m upping my rating a bit because of more teas coming in at my lower end. I won’t be buying more of this from NBTea, but I’m at least drinking it.

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29
drank Organic Genmaicha by Clearspring
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Pleh.

It’s vaguely drinkable but out of five or six genmaichas I’ve tasted it’s the worst. Muddy instead of nutty. Possibly the loose leaf tea would taste better, because the contents of the teabags are very crumbly and dusty (though after tasting this I’m not dropping the money to find out.)

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

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69
drank Jade Oolong by Ringtons Ltd
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Relogged because I’ve figured it out.

This tea is fussy. Or maybe I’m just used to teas that can take abuse, IDK, but basically if you go even slightly over 2 1/4 minutes it’s overbrewed (I mean 2 1/2 minutes brings out a bitter note.)

It’s actually kinda nice if handled carefully.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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48

I don’t even know, seriously. It’s not particularly icky, but there’s nothing special about it. It’s not nice enough to go back on my shopping list but I’m not going to chuck it out or anything.

Sort or fruity, sort of tart, sort of sweet. It is perfectly average in every way. The only thing I can say with any clarity is it’s a damn sight better with boiling water than it is with 90 degree water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Peppermint by Leaf
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A one cup sample I got from Leaf:

The leaves are nice and big, not like the finely cut stuff from my local herbal shop (when I run out of my home-grown, home-dried stuff) and it smelt good dry, but I think it might have been cross contaminated or something because the overwhelming flavour when I drink it is liquorice o_O Quite pleasant minty liquorice, but it’s still liquorice.

I don’t particularly mind since I was drinking it for nausea anyway (oh epilim, how I despise thee) and liquorice helps, it was just very unexpected.

(brew notes: as always with herbals, splash of cold water before adding the boiling.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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This is more like it.

In my first cup the flavours tasted a touch artificial, and there was a lot of dryness in my mouth, however since then I’ve splashed the dry leaves with cold water before adding the boiling and it seems to clear those issues right up (well, there’s still a little dryness, but I think that’s a honeybush/rooibos thing.)

Not quite at the level of TeaNoir’s Bangkok, but unlike most it’s at least playing in the same (Premier) league and will help stretch that precious last 2 ounces a bit further.

Edit: Chris has decided it sounds like a Bond Girl’s name and is now doing Sean Connery impersonations. My day is complete.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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92

This also tastes lovely cold-brewed. 2 tsp of tea to 500 ml of filtered cold water, put it in the fridge for 3 hours to brew, then filter and drink. Very delicate cherry flavour; I could drink it all day but really like taking it with me to drink when I’m swimming laps.

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6

I’ve tried it hot, I don’t like it; I’ve tried it iced by flash-chilling (make with hot water then pour over ice), I don’t like that either; I’ve tried it iced by cold brewing, and I don’t like that.

If I brew it for 5 minutes I can taste the cola, cherry and vanilla, but the tea has stewed and tastes unpleasant, if I brew for less time the tea tastes okay but the flavour mix is insipid. Basically, to me it tastes like watered down panda pop that’s been in the back of the car for seven or eight months (I was seven and I still remember that flavour quite clearly.)

DNW!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I tend to agree. I love cherry cola so when I saw this, it was a must-try for me, even though I was preparing myself for inevitable disappointment. I wasn’t quite as displeased as you, I was disappointed that I was that disappointed by it, if that makes sense.

Mac

I really don’t think I’m going to be able to bring myself to finish it and I hate not being able to finish a packet of tea. :( I adore vanilla coke, so the smell when I opened the it was great, it’s just the taste that’s the (severe) problem.

52teas

Maybe you would enjoy it more as a tea soda:

How to make a TEA SODA This is how we make them at Zoomdweebie’s
  • Brew about 1/3 cup of strong flavored tea like our Cherry Vanilla Cola flavored Black Tea.
  • Disolve 1/2 cup sugar into tea.
  • Allow to cool or pour over ice.
  • Finish with about eight ounces of carbonated water or “sparkling water”.
  • Stir and enjoy!
Mac

I really don’t think the addition of sparkling water and such vast amounts of sugar is going to make a difference. And honestly, if I wanted that much sugar I’d drink an actual coke.

Angrboda

I tried something like that. My amounts were likely a little different, but in principle that’s what I did. It didn’t work for me.
But luckily I also like carbonated water plain (it’s like ordinary water but with a little kapow!) so it wasn’t a complete loss.

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68

At first I wasn’t keen, but I think it might have been washing the taste of Merry Mint out of my mouth (bleurgh). It’s actually not that bad. I’ve had a lot better flavoured rooibos, but this is palatable and comes in a bag so Chris can manage to make it (he just goes to pieces around loose tea. Fr srs. It’s kinda sweet.)

Fruity flavour, not too tart, not too sweet, and the rooibos is still distinguishable rather than being completely buried under the fruit.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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19

What can I say? It starts getting better about halfway down the mug, but the first few mouthfuls were like dishwater with a dash of toothpaste. The ‘spices’ muddy the mint flavour rather than complementing it.

It’s drinkable, but as minty greens go it’s definitely not a strong contender in my book.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m terrible at writing these things… I’m UK based and like loose leaf tea, especially oolongs and flavoured greens. I’m really not a fan of flavoured blacks but they do find their way into the cupboard occasionally. I share studio space and a teapot with my evil twin, so there’ll be the occasional input from her, especially since the tea budget is her business (lol, that sounds so grown up.)

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