318 Tasting Notes

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drank Christmas Blend by Dallywater's
318 tasting notes

My friend and I went to Dallywater’s for lunch today. If you’re in the Syracuse/Rochester area, you need to take a trip down here. It’s the most adorable little teahouse/cafe. The food is incredible and there are a bunch of really delicious smelling teas.

I know it’s after Christmas, but this tea smelled especially appealing to me today. Black tea, with what tasted like a mixture of orange, cinnamon and nutmeg. It was delicious with milk and sugar.

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72
drank Strawberry Sencha by Tealuxe
318 tasting notes

Smells more strawberry than it tastes. Very broken. Still, sencha is silky smooth and sweet, and the strawberry provides a nice compliment to the “buttergrass” flavor. Pale yellowgreen liquor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Brought this one to my Shakespearean Acting class today. We’re all sitting at the table, and my professor pauses in his lecture, looks at me and goes “Is that wine?”

The class turns to stare at me… I raise my eyebrows at my professor like “Come on. Please.” and he goes “Oh no, this is you, that’s tea.”

“I have wine-flavored tea,” I say. “Oolong Chardonnay’s my jam!”

It’s his turn to roll his eyes at me. “I have wine flavored… wine,” he says.

“What are those… things… floating in your drink?” one of the other kids asks.

“Leaves!”

“What, you mean, like, tea leaves?”

“Yup!”

“Woahhhhh.”

“If any of you ever want tea… Michelle can hook you up,” says my professor.

#shakespearestories

Love this tea, love it. Creamy and sweet and oolongy goodness. Ah. So good. Doesn’t get bitter either!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
TassieTeaGirl

Hilarious! Love that story Michelle!

Calla

any story with shakespeare is a good one :)

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drank Peach Spice by Design a Tea
318 tasting notes

This came as a gift from Azzrian, I’m reasonably certain! (I hope?)

Anyway, in my sample sipdown, I tossed this into my pot. The peach is beautifully sweet, and there’s also a nice hint of the spice – not overwhelming, but a good base for it.

Subsequent steeps lose the peachy flavor, but I’ve had three steeps and the oolong is nice and roasty! Thanks Azz!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is the third tea I ordered from NMTC last week – I was on such a vanilla/cream kick. Still looking for a good one. Right now the Copley Square Vanilla from Tealuxe and the Black Jasmine Cream from NMTC are vying to be my favorites.

Today was not a good day – one of those days where little things just add up until it seems like the universe is conspiring against you. I was locked out of my room all day, and when I finally got back in around 6, I wanted a creamy sweet tea.

This was, sadly, a bit disappointing. Brewed according to the parameters on the website (1tsp/cup, 4min at 212), the black tea was a bit bitter. Fine, I expected to add milk and agave. So I did, and it was okay, but a bit one-note, and not as heavy as I had wanted it to be.

Ah well. I’ll probably send some of it out as gifts and drink the rest.

Song of the night – The Stowaway by Murray Gold… on repeat!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

Next swap I should send you some of The Art of Tea’s Vanilla Chai then! Remind me when we get around to it! And great song pick.I love Murray, so glad I got to see him perform a year ago!

Michelle

Ahh awesome! So jealous! Where was the performance?

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Another wonderful tea from TassieTeaGirl!

I love how I can taste the raspberry here first and foremost… and not the hibiscus! There’s a bit of bite from that, but it really isn’t the primary flavor. The lime is super interesting too. I’m drinking this hot, and it’s a little odd – I think it needs to be cold-brewed, so I’ve started a pitcher. But it’s a good berry blend that isn’t overwhelmed by hibiscus. What a thought!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

Yes! Ice/cold brew it! So good and very refreshing. I found it was great straight, but I also enjoyed adding a little honey.

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Interesting! There’s a cool fruity smell in this, and I love the dried jasmine flowers.

The jasmine itself is strong, but it mixes well with the cream, which gives it a little bit of “juiciness” back and keeps it from being too perfumey. I missed the note that it’s a black/green blend, so I used boiling water and it’s a bit harsher than I would like, but I’ll have to try it with a lower temp. I really like it so far though, and I’m impressed with NMTC.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Interesting. I prefer cream Earl Grays to straight-up bergamot, and since I’m not a huge jasmine fan, I wonder if this might tone it down enough for me to get friendly with it.

Michelle

If I had more than a sample size I would send you some of it! I really like it, though. There’s a fruitiness to it that’s really neat.

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I like this one! My order from NMTC came in today – three cream teas. This one, their Vanilla Cream, and a sample of their Black Jasmine Cream. That one interests me the most, but the EGC just smelled so good!

Nice black base, not astringent. A bit of agave, a bit of milk. Not quite enough bergamot for my taste, but it’s still good. Ended up adding /too/ much agave, made it too sweet, but still finished the pot. I don’t regret buying 2oz of this!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Em

My order came today too :) Thank you for mentioning the New Mexico Tea Company. I liked this one. Looking forward to the other 3 I ordered. I didn’t catch the Jasmine Cream. Sounds like a good one. I look forward to seeing your tasting note :)

Michelle

Which ones did you get?

Em

Cardamom black, Russian Caravan, and Iron Silk Puerh. Bonus, they sent me a sample of the Autumn Oolong.

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This came in my sample box from Tassie Tea Girl!

Smooth buttery sencha, with hints of rose and cornflower. It’s delicate and light but smooth, and the additions don’t overpower the tea. Lovely!

TassieTeaGirl

Excellent! Try it cold, so good.

Michelle

Ooohhh.

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.

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