624 Tasting Notes

75

I finished off my packet of this tea last night. I think I liked it better than when I first got it. I am raising my rating to reflect that. Maybe I didn’t use enough in my previous cups. This time I used all of the tea that was left in the pouch, about 2 teaspoons. It was sweet and mellow and not fussy.

Fall is coming. It is my favorite time of the year. Cooler evenings means I gete to enjoy my chai teas again. Maybe I am anal or something, but I don’t generally like spice teas in the heat of summer. I’m sure we will have plenty of hot weather before fall really hits, but we have some nice days in the upper 60s and nights down to the mid 40s this coming week and I am excited!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

The first gray, drizzly day of the fall does soothe the spirit, doesn’t it? (My opinion changes drastically in February and March.)

Maddy Barone

Yes, I like fall, but winter gets a little long.

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drank just peachy by David's Tea
624 tasting notes

I decided I wanted a fruity evening tea and found this one. I was a little disappointed. I think it would have been pleasant if unmemorable except for a sour bite at the finish of the sip. I suppose a little sweetner might have helped, but I rarely use sweetner in my tea. Maybe I’ll try mixing it with a straight black for iced tea.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
624 tasting notes

Oh my gosh! I just found this in the tea drawer. I thought I was out. Cold brewed a pticher of this and am enjoying it greatly. Refreshing. Usually when I make iced tea I ad a splash of lemonade to give it a little zing and sweetness. No need here.

OMGsrsly

Mmm… I just finished my tin of this. So good!

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62

Last night was the first time I drank tea hot in over a month. (summer sucks) I had received this as part of my tea subscription several months ago but never tried it. I bet it smells heavenly, but since I don’t have a sense of smell, I didn’t get that. I didn’t get much flavor either. Sort of picked up on a floral taste. Kinda of soapy. Which is probably me, not the tea.

So for me this one was a pass. Probably another tea lover who can taste various flavorsw would have enjoyed this one a lot.

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79

The weather is hot. Stinkin’ hot. It’s been in the upper 80s and low 90s for the last couple of weeks, and the 10 day forecast calls for more of the same. Even worse, the lows are in the low 70s. Ugh! I really hate to be hot!

Thank God for air conditioning and iced tea. This tea was part of my June subscription packet. It is a teensy bit bitter, but that is removed by a splash of lemonade. Very refereshing. I won’t be buying any teas soon, but this is one I mi8ght get a refill on.

Preparation
Iced

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80

It has been so blessed hot lately. Normally we have around 10 days a year in the 90s. In the first 16 days of June we’ve had 6 days in the 90s. Ugh! Even th air conditioner does completely cool the apartment on those days. But i suppose 82 is better than 92!

Made a jug of iced tea using this leaf. Wow, excellent flavor, no bitterness or astringency, and almost sweet on its own. Some straight black tea are just icky iced because they are so bitter/strong. Those benefit from a splash of flavoring or lemonade or even sugar, altho i avoid added sugar. This one is lovely. Didn’t even need additives to be drinkable.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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70

I made a jug of this tea iced.

Blech. I found it rather bitter. I know I’;ve had this tea before, and although I didn’t adore it, I didn’t hate it. But this batch? Nuh-uh. I was able to save it somewhat with a splash of the watermelon flavored syrup from Simplee Simple from Etsy. But I did not enjoy this one.

The syrups from that etsy shop are really quite nice. I use them in my sparkling water, in some teas, and to make flavored ice cubes. So far the raspberry is my favorite, but I still have the blackberry and peach to try. Not affiliated in any way with the shop. I just like them.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimpleeSimple2?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=636734444

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78

I am not a big fan of Assam teas. They tend to be a little strong and bitter for me. When this one came in my Tearunners package I put it away.

With the weather turning hot I have been doing iced tea. My brother came by and left some lemonade for me. (I was positive for COVID several weeks ago, so couldn’t leave my apartment. My brother drove from Minnesota to North Dakota a couple of times a week to deliver some groceries for me) Being diabetic, I tend to not drink a lot of juice. but a light bulb went off in my head: Arnie Palmer! The tea I had been drinking was a little light, and the flavor didn’t come through. I decided to brew this one up next and use it for the Arnie Palmer. It was perfect at 3 parts tea and 1 part lemonade. Very refreshing!

No worries about Covid. I was certainly sick, but my temp never went over 102. I felt worse in February when I had pneumonia. I was re-tested on Thursday and today got word that I am negative. So, yay!!! I can buy my own groceries again!

Preparation
Iced
Nattie

Glad you’re feeling better and testing negative (: I’ve never heard of an Arnie Palmer!

ashmanra

Oh, Maddy! I am glad you are well now, and thankful you are now hopefully immune to getting it again.

Maddy Barone

Thank you! I was never very sick. Headache, fever, wheezing. I was lucky enough to get a mild case.

tea-sipper

I’m glad you are alright now, Maddy!

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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