616 Tasting Notes

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drank Lychee by Lupicia
616 tasting notes

Tea #32 from HHTTB2

I find that lychee leans too delicate a flavor to really pair with a base like this, and tend to prefer it in oolongs and greens. While this still isn’t my favorite lychee tea, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this.

I was a little wary of the Keemun base paired with this, but I didn’t get any smoke flavor from it. And the flavor, too, was more balanced than the steeped aroma let on, and actually became more and more fruity as the tea cooled. The lychee flavor is very good. Juicy, sweet, floral, with just the right amount of fruity citrus. The aftertaste definitely leans on the floral side of things, though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea #31 from HHTTB2

Dry, this tea honestly doesn’t smell that different from Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tea. Both are mildly baked goods smelling, and both smell strongly of cinnamon.

The neat thing about this one is that it seriously goes all rice krispy sounding while steeping. Thanks pop rocks!

Once steeped, unless I get my nose right up into the cup, it still smells almost exactly like Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. IF I’m right up in there, it becomes more spicy cinnamon.

Even unsweetened, this is really quite sweet (thanks again, pop rocks). Once you get past the surprising amount of sweetness, it’s quite a spicy, warming cinnamon flavor that stays spicy on the tongue. Most of the black base gets overwhelmed. Overall, this is pretty much a more potent extra-cinnamon-ed version of Glitter & Gold (and just as gimmicky!) And that’s absolutely not a bad thing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea #31 from HHTTB2

Musty and earthy and very slightly sweet, with a brothy mouthfeel. Some very mild astringency, with a burnt sugar finishing note.

A nice autumnal flush Darjeeling, but I definitely prefer the more delicate first and second flushes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Houjicha - Amber by Obubu Tea
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Tea #30 from HHTTB2

Thumbing through the reviews, I was glad to see I wasn’t the only one getting the Sencha flavor still coming through in this cup. It’s definitely a unique experience, as I’m used to that flavor being blitzed away through the roasting and replaced with something wholy different.

In any case, this tastes like heavily roasted veggies with a definite nutty and toasty quality. Vegetal, but warm and savory.

And it made me crave smashed parsnips with rosemary and garlic. Huh.

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

Man, now you’ve got me craving that! Ha.

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Tea #29 from HHTTB2

I’ve noticed there were a lot of rose teas in this box. At least three, anyway. That’s three more than I’ve seen in previous boxes at least.

This one has a slightly stronger base than the H&S, and the safflower imparts a little bit of savoriness to the cup. There’s also very naturally sweet, and a little candy-like. It’s pretty heavily flavored, and the aftertaste is quite perfumey. But if you like rose, it’s a very good cup.

Ahhh. Rose teas are so romantic tasting~

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

I always feel a bit more dreamy when I drink rose teas. What is the acronym for in your count down? Sorry if you’ve stated it elsewhere.

moraiwe

Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box (Round 2). I think I only used it on the first tea, because I realized it would be a pain to do each time. :)

Tuscanteal

Sweeet! I’ve seen a couple threads about that for Canada and thinking about joining it! Seems like a lot of fun.

But back to rose teas: swoon oh how romantic!

moraiwe

Definitely a good time! And a good chance to try a lot of teas you wouldn’t otherwise think to.

But yeah, rose is pretty much the only floral type that will put me in instant candlelit bubble bath and chocolate mood.

Holly Faye

I love rose teas!!! I can’t seem to review this tea without remarking about how it takes me to a different time.

Bonnie

OKOKOK. I’ve written this many times, but the way I was served this at St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church by the Priest was with sour cherry jam. A big whollop of jam and a spoon. You sip the tea and nibble the jam. It’s delicious.

ifjuly

Yummm that sounds so good Bonnie!

moraiwe

@Bonnie that sounds so amazing!

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Tea #28 from HHTTB2

I could pretty much sum this up with ‘Meh.’

It’s thin, and mildly bitter. Has some astringency. The vanilla is mild and hits on the roof of my mouth in the beginning of the sip. Whe strawberry is pretty fair, sweet and not artificial tasting, but it’s faint and not enough to compensate.

Edit: I gave Fiance my cup to finish. His first evaluation was ‘This is pretty inoffensive.’ Followed up with ‘Oh. Actually this is quite pleasant.’ So to each their own, I guess.

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

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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Tea #27 from HHTTB2

Let’s talk a minute about Wisconsin. You know, the state with the highest percentage of binge drinkers in the US. There’s also over 130 breweries just kind of chilling here. We’re not alcoholics , we’re professionals.

So, a beer-inspired tea is right up my alley and I’ve been dancing around the idea of trying this one for a while. I was really excited when it popped up in the tea box.

Once steeped, the tea has a primary bready/baked smell with juicy peaches. Like a peach oatmeal or unsweetened peach tarts. As far as taste goes, this is a very good peach tea! The Cascade hops definitely adds a slightly bitter herbaceous note with citrus accents that really pairs well with the peach. The peach is juicy, ripe and real peach tasting. And the base does have a malty quality, while still being quite light (but not thin). It becomes sweeter and juicier as the cup cools, as well. The aftertaste is mostly peach, with just a hint of lingering hops.

I really would like to make this into a tea syrup and make a fizzy beverage out of this!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

Surprising for me (I’m French) : to me Wisconsin is a state where a town was named Eau Claire (!)…which means in English clear water…and you have the highest rate of binge drinkers ? Funny :)
Peach Hoppitea is a very very good & surprising tea even for me who don’t like beer.

moraiwe

Clear water? You mean vodka, right? (I know sarcasm doesn’t translate well, so I figure I’ll point out I’m kidding)

I’m kidding. But yeah. Wisco has lead in binge drinking (since the CDC has actually started classifying it) and drunk driving for a while now. Quite the legacy there.

Stephanie

Glad you enjoyed it!

Kaylee

How does one make a tea syrup? Because OMG that would be amazing. So many flavored teas would make great sodas!

moraiwe

Kinda like a simple syrup only with tea in place of the water. :) I typically go 3x strength on the leaves and do equal portions tea and sugar. Then add 1-2 tablespoons of that to 12oz soda water. It’s soooo good.

Stephanie

I’m so going to try making tea soda! How fun!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

How awesome! I’m going to have to try this!

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Tea #26 from HHTTB2

There is a lot going on in my cup. And it’s all good.

There’s the sweetness of molasses, light florals, the silky rich butteriness of olive oil, and mild cocoa notes and just a little yeasty/bready.

The finish is really clean, with very little aftertaste.

There is nothing here not to like. Yum.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay glad you like another one of my additives!

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Tea #25 from HHTTB2

Everything I’ve had from Whispering Pines has totally reminded me of nature and connecting to it and I LOVE it!

All the little safflower pieces in my infuser totally looked like reddy orange feathers floating on a pond in sunrise. It’s unbelievably pretty.

Safflower is the dominant flavor, with it’s savory but slightly sweet earthy flavor. The elderberries lend themselves to the tail of the sip, making it end on a lovely sweet-tart note. This is a really relaxing cup. Definitely a tranquil nighttime kind of blend.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Tea #24 from HHTTB2

I could eat pumpkin pie all year. It’s so good. It’s like pumpkin custard in a delicious flaky happiness.

So, this tea. It’s a really nice pumpkin spice tea, but not so much pumpkin pie. But the pumpkin is there, which is amazing!I served it with an ounce of milk and a tsp of sugar and it does absolutely benefit from their addition. It doesn’t really help it embrace a pie-ness, but it makes it so warming and comforting.

Fall teas make me sad winter is coming.

And the whole Winter is Coming thing totally just reminds me of how stoked I am that Fiance has finally caught up in A Song of Ice and Fire and I have someone to discuss fan theories with. Yeeeeeeeeees!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

Loved those books! But it is so much more fun to discuss them with someone evaluate there are so many ways the story could go

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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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