616 Tasting Notes

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drank Lychee Green Tea by thepuriTea
616 tasting notes

This is a lychee tea that falls more into the floral than the juicy category. But only initially.

At first, the taste is floral (but not soapy or heavily perfumed), but in a delicate way. It’s almost like a scented blossom tea, with a lot of flavor packed into a delicate pretty little thing. The sip then ends on an almost explosively juicy note and lingers that way.

As the tea cools, the juicy lychee notes creep further and further forward in the sip and the floral becomes the secondary aspect. I would imagine this would do excellently iced, as a result.

This one can get a little bitter if the temp is too high, so best watch that.

I’m really, really sad thepuriTea is going out of business.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
TeaBrat

I’m sad too!

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I asked for some of this however many months ago it was that Twinings was running their last freebie promo and after spending all day with family (and a couple toddlers), the convenience of a tea bag is much appreciated.

The bag came out of the package in a little poof of very fragrantly sweet orange tea dust. And as I’m steeping it up, it’s smelling more and more familiar to me. So, has anyone else drink the tangerine flavored Emergen-C stuff? Because that’s pretty much what this tastes/smells like like with a bit of honeybush spice. There’s surprisingly no medicinal edge that honeybush can suffer from from time to time either.

Not exactly a sophisticated cup, but shockingly good. I could see making this in pitchers next summer as a caffeine free option (though it probably won’t happen because caffeine and me are pretty tight).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Anna

A little poof of something good can make everything better.

moraiwe

Yep. Inhaling tea dust can only really add to the experience :)

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On the (belated) Third Day of Christmas, CelebriTEA gave to me…

Of the Damman Freres teas I’ve tried, this one is the most florally perfumed, but still very good. There’s a warm caramel in the front of the sip, and cinnamon not fair behind. The apple and lemon kind of merge together creating a sweet-tart fruity note. The aftertaste is subtly burnt sugar and fragrantly floral. I can’t pinpoint the floral notes, though. It’s there, indescribable, but very good.

And of course, like (seemingly) all Damman Freres teas, this is beautifully blended and oh so romantic!

Thank you!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
CelebriTEA

so sorry it arrived to you late, but happy you liked it…
I could not have created so lovely a tea note
But it is true…these French teas inspire love…

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
616 tasting notes

Fresh lychee in a cup!

The oolong base is very light and green tasting and subtlely (and tastily) floral, leaving the lychee to be the main focus. Sometimes lychee can be a little perfumey or soapy, but this one is most definitely not. The lychee itself was very sweet, fruity, and clean tasting and definitely lychee. I got three really good steeps out of this, and a fairly decent fourth.

The whole cup just reaffirms my love for lychees, and lychees and green tasting teas together. I really don’t know if this is a winter cup, but I could definitely drink this all summer long. Yum.

Thanks for the cup Short Sorceress.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

this one i do not ever go without in the house. =0)

ifjuly

i totally agree with this review, every sentence!

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Mmm. Liquid thin mint cookie!

I’m impressed with the chocolate here, actually. It isn’t necessarily a dominant flavor, but it’s there in dark chocolate form. It doesn’t taste like carob or artificial plastic-y. There also isn’t an oily film at the top of my cup or in my gravity steeper, so that’s a huge plus.

Thanks Shelley_Lorraine!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

Mmm. I’m not super keen on rooibos, so I like finding herbals that make me happy. I think this is going to become a Winter seasonal staple. It smells like nutty cinnamon pastry happiness and tastles like apple crisp with almond crumb.

It starts almond-y and buttery, like a rich almond and butter crumb crisp topping. Then it finishes with tart apples, and is kind of a bright flavor. The only thing I’d change is more flavor. Even with the recommended leaf, it can taste a little watered down. I’ll try again with more leaf sometime and adjust the rating accordingly, but it stands here with the given parameters.

And they weren’t lying. It’s very pink.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
JustJames

i like the idea of this one, but not the practice, lol. i really tried though!!

moraiwe

It doesn’t taste at all like I expected it too, and is absolutely guilty of the DT tendency to over apple everything, but it’s pink so I can forgive a lot haha.

JustJames

red might do it for me, lol….the red mohawk predisposes me, but i find their apples weak =0( which makes me sad.

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Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas from TeaTiff

A mildly astringent black tea with strong orange rind flavors (slightly bitter orange flavors). Nice cinnamon spiciness, though. The orange becomes more prominent as the tea cools, and becomes more bitter too. Not my cup of tea (pardon the pun).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
616 tasting notes

This is so, so, so exactly what I needed today. I’m pretty sure I’m coming around with my bi-yearly bout of bronchitis and needed an amazing cup as a pick me up. This filled that spot perfectly.

Shang got put on my radar by the last tea box, with the sample of Jasmine White Classic that was in there, but this really cements my need to make a purchase once my cupboard is under better control.

I’m stunned by how flavorful this is while still feeling dainty and delicate. The tangerine blossom adds a sweet floral quality, and leaves ghosts of juicy tangerines dancing on your tongue. The floral quailty is immersive and fragrant, but not overwhelming soapy or perfumey. Like I’ve seen in a couple other reviews, this one very much seems scented (dried with the blossoms, like some jasmine tea), but whatever it is, it absolutely works. The base also has it’s own natural sugar sweetness, and is smooth.

What a luxurious, stunning cup.

Thank you very, very much TeaTiff!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

I just had bronchitis too – good luck recovering!

moraiwe

Thank you! It’s unfortunately become a tradition in this house.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

I spent way more time with family than I expected to this year, so I didn’t drink any tea on Tuesday or Wednesday. But Cards Against Humanity has this way of bringing family together over horribly offensive jokes. My mother was surprisingly good at it. o_O

This is like an herbal masquerading about with a tinsy bit of tea in there. That seems to be a common thread with quite a fews Davids blends, but, if you don’t mind not tasting tea in your tea, it’s an okay thing.

It’s sweet with floral notes, but a dominantly sticky apple and pear flavor. Cranberry is there, but I’m finding it quite faint. It’s very candy-like, and doesn’t need any sugar on it’s own. I would almost classify this overall as more dessert-like than fruity. There’s almost a crumble feel to it.

Anyway. Thank you Ellyn for this cup for the first day of Christmas!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
616 tasting notes

Yay. The familiar.

In other news, I’m hoping the off hours consulting charge I just slapped on someone makes them reconsider calling me Sunday night during dinner hour AND LYING about the urgency of an issue because of unwarranted self importance.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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