616 Tasting Notes

86
drank Kenya Kangaita by Butiki Teas
616 tasting notes

So, my mom just called to ask me if I saw the weather for Sunday and Monday. Let’s just say I have some pretty amazing -15F (-26C) weather to look forward to. I’d imagine this was once of the last cups of iced tea I’ll be having for a little bit. I wonder if hibernating for a week is an option.

Very mild and smooth when cold steeped, with accents of honey and currant. While I’m still partial to my Darjeelings as a luxury iced cup, this is very, very good.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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62

This cup brews up a very light brown/green, almost like the color of real Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s a little smokey, a little lemony, a lot raspberry and strawberry (which only pops more as the cup cools). This might actually be pretty good iced.

Overall the flavors work okay together. It’s nothing remarkable. I don’t really care for Gunpowder like I used to, so I’m really meh about this, though. (But I did finish my cup).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Archer themed blend! Nice!

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94

This is so beautiful my oh my oh my.

This first steep brews up a lovely champagne color and is primarily a sweet green oolong with highlights of jasmine.

The second steep (4:00) is where there really opens into a beautiful bouquet. The color becomes slightly warmer and deeper. The rose becomes the dominant flavor, but the other’ still play in the background. It’s lovely and immersive without being perfumey or artificial, and it manages to be strongly flavored while still being delicate.

The third steep (5:00) smells more of lavender and tastes more of it too. While the rose is still a dominant flavor, the lavender matches it in presence. There’s a really gentle jasmine flutter at the tail of the sip.

This tea is elevating me to a place of calm, and zen, where things are all teddy bears puppies and butterflies. I just want to get lost in this cup forever.

Thank you Short Sorceress!

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

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70
drank Pomegranate Delight by Twinings
616 tasting notes

Sweet and prominent fruit flavor, that comes across as more raspberry than pomegranate and at times, and more than a little bit artificial. Tastes a lot like a pom-raspberry filled candy. I don’t think I’d seek this one out again, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

So I started drinking this one plain, and while I enjoyed it like that (it’s earthy dark cocoa and bright but not bitter orange, and very good), I was struck by a thought.

I made homemade hot cocoa mix for Christmas gifts this year, and we definitely had a good deal left over. So, I mixed a scooper of that into my tea. And now I have something creamy, sweet, and deliciously chocolate with a subtle undertone of orange.

Thanks for the sample Shmiracles! This was fun!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
616 tasting notes

Consuming this today for the ease factor. We didn’t actually stay up late last night, but have I’ve been running on empty for a while now and today feels like the appropriate day to chill.

I really don’t know if ‘gentle citrus flavor’ is how I would describe this one. It’s like drinking a subtle (and not soapy) Earl Grey with accents of orange and yellow fruitloops. Despite being a bagged offering, this really works, and makes a sunny, happy cup. This would be a good EG for people who don’t like bergamot.

Happy 2014 Everyone!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Tuscanteal

My mom adores this version of EG. It’s probably one of her favourites. I wish Twinnings sold loose in stores.

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86
drank Kenya Kangaita by Butiki Teas
616 tasting notes

A very smooth, full-bodied cup with a toasty flavor and some malt. There’s a tiny amount of astingency, but no bitterness. There’s also some citrus accents that flower in the back of my throat and a subtle bit of stone fruit sweetness that winds through the whole cup. Because of the nuanced flavors Fiance didn’t realize this was an unflavored tea until I mentioned it! As the cup cools, the stone fruit becomes very prominently apricot, and slightly bolder in the cup. This would probably be an amazing iced tea.

Thank you Short Sorceress!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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55
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

On the (belated) Fifth Day of Christmas, momo gave to me…

Looking at the dry leaf is like looking at a lot of Davids blends — if I didn’t know better I’d say it was herbal. I don’t really see anything in the way of tea, but there are big shreds of coconut and berries. It’s quite pretty.

Very much toasted coconut and burnt sugar (almost caramelly). This is a creamy, decadent cup. There’s a sweetness present that at times crosses into cloying; almost as if I hit a pocket of sweetener or something despite not adding any. This seems to get worse as it cools. Of course, there’s nothing in here that tastes like white tea, either.

Thanks momo!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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90

After getting more than a good handful of other 52 Teas black blends under my belt since I’ve first tried this one, I was all ready to change up the steeping parameters to reflect what I learned, and found that because I’d brewed this at work the first time, the water temp was pretty much perfect the first time (195ish).

In any case, I really enjoy this. And so does Not-so-fond-of-banana-desserts-Fiance.

It’s still creamy, and flavorful, sweet, banana-flavored (in the same way that Jello pudding is, though) cup. There’s a definite coconut note chilling in the sip, and a little bit of vanilla. And at the lower temperatures, the black base stays smooth and doesn’t overwhelm the flavors (which are amazing).

This is still one of my favorite banana teas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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