616 Tasting Notes

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Tea #23 from HHTTB2

I’m seriously warming up to chai/spiced blends, but only so long as I add milk and sugar.

I used 1 tsp/2 oz water and served over 6 oz of heated milk and a tsp of sugar.

So, as that’s how I normally brew chai, I seemed to manage to skirt around the serious spice that others have mentioned. There’s definitely a kick in the back of my throat though. The pepper builds over time and there’s definitely a burning feeling chilling in my throat while after my cup is gone. It’s a hurt so good kind of hurt, though.

The spices here are really well-balanced, and there’s a definite cocoa/chocolate note. The assam base let’s the tea flavor come through, and adds a very slight malty note.

This is seriously one of the best chai’s I’ve had. Nom.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

No way?! Really!? I’m glad you loved it! Another successful one I added.

moraiwe

You seriously put some awesome teas in here haha!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Good I’m glad:)

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90
drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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Tea #22 from HHTTB2

Very pleasantly rose flavored without being perfume-y or liquor-y. There’s more body to this one than the other rose tea I really enjoy (La Vie en Rose from American Tea Room), but in a good way. The actual tea flavor seeps into the aftertaste and mingles with the rose. The cup has the transporting, luxurious quality I’ve come to expect from rose teas.

I like the mouthfeel on this one, but I prefer the better balance of tea and base in La Vie.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

Just added ATR’s la vie en rose to my shopping list. I hesitate a bit re many white teas, because I often feel they’re too thin for me, but I can never, ever say no to a good rose tea.

moraiwe

La Vie has a really creamy mouthfeel and a surprising amount of flavor and body for a white tea, so I hope you won’t be disappointed!

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Tea #21 from HHTTB2

This is a quite dark leaf for a white tea; it’s a gradient of light to dark greens.

The flavor is dominantly jasmine, but it’s not an overpowering perfume, more of a delicate refreshing floral. There’s also a very subtle salty/sweet note. The base is slightly creamy and doesn’t have any dissonant hay or straw notes. A shorter steep definitely helps keep the jasmine under control.

I’m glad I had a chance to try this, as I hadn’t heard of the company previously. The price point is fair and there is a definite resteepability to the leaves. This would be a pretty fair day-to-day jasmine.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Tea #20 from HHTTB2

I am just not making good time on this box! But I did get to spend some much needed time with my little sister and then watched a comedy show with some friends, so I can’t really complain.

This is very blueberry fruity, with a spun sugar sweetness to it. And it’s definitely sweet without being sweetened. The green tea flavor is still present, which I found quite refreshing in such a strongly flavored blend.

I wish I had thought to ice this, but there’s only really enough for one more cup, and someone else it welcome to it.

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

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77
drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
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Tea #19 from HHTTB2

The name of this tea totally made me think of of chocolate truffles filled with buttercream. Or something praline-esque.

Obviously I was not alone.

Obviously I was wrong.

So, as I was sitting here reading the ingredients while my tea was steeping, I was very much having second thoughts, and reviewing my life decisions that brought me to this point. (I jest.)

Once brewed up, this smelled mildly spicy. I definitely got cumin, coriander, and pepper from the aroma. It smells a bit like my kitchen when I’m making Aloo Gobi. There should be some cinnamon all up in here!

While the truffle mark is all sorts of confused in here. This is a really nice savory tea, with a very gentle amount of spice with notes of nuttiness. All packaged nicely with a smooth butteriness.

On second thought, this would make amazing tea-infused dark chocolate truffle coated in pistachio nuts. Oh man oh man oh man.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Nxtdoor

I loooove aloo gobi but I wouldn’t think it if I saw “butter truffle”. Many ppl think chocolate when they hear truffle. I think of fungus but only because of work, probably.

moraiwe

The mushrooms crossed my mind for sure, because truffles are amazing. But butter truffle totally makes me think dessert in just about every context.

JustJames

i had truffles in italian cheese the other day. this review is AWESOME!!! i’ve had a few of those moments. i think the last one was with a ‘macaron’ tea. somehow i thought ‘macaroon!’ nope. still excellent, but WRONG! =0)

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Tea #18 from HHTTB2

Delicately hay flavored, with toasted nut notes, and a splash of ginger. A slightly creamy mouthfeel (reminds of teas using really vanilla bean). A mellow cup, with a clean finish.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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62
drank DUPLICATE by Art of Tea
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Tea #17 from HHTTTB2

This is a weird one.

Honestly, in the bag these totally smell like stale chips of sorts. Which was mildly off-putting to say the least.

And then when it was brewed up, it smelled mildly like chamomile. And then tasted so, so much like chamomile, I had to doublecheck what I was drinking! It’s like chamomile’s slightly buffer, spicier, and cooler brother. Like. Chamomile was the bookworm and really good in math and science and Chrysanthemum is the head of the varsity football team. But also the debate captain. And probably prom king. And is maybe a little bit of a jerk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

lol, oh dear. stale chips hybridized with chamomile…… i don’t think i would do this one on purpose!

Stephanie

Totally enjoyable tasting note :)

JustJames

i agree with Stephanie! very entertaining review!

moraiwe

Haha! Thanks. I seriously picture this tea as the attractive jock brother who relentlessly bullies chamomile, and breaks into inappropriate Spanish accents to woo women.

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Tea # 16 from HHTTTB2

Elements of grape and rose on a dry white base. Sweetener amplifies the icewine notes, but I was expecting it to be sweeter from the gate.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea #15 from HHTTB2

This was more floral and less fruity than I was expecting. I’m glad I didn’t cold steep a cup, because it toes the overwhelming line now.

I don’t honestly get much for raspberry (or tea base), but there a light blueberry-ish note that I can bring back to the acai. It also, unfortunately, shares the baby powder taste/feeling that River of Heaven and Bouddha Bleu also have on me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Tea #14 from HHTTTB2

This is a really nice chocolate tea. And it’s very clear that it’s blended quite masterfully. I’m letting this one go, only because I know Short Sorceress is looking for the perfect chocolate tea!

There is definitely a pretty potent element of roastiness/smoke from the Keemum as well as a solid dark, unsweetened cocoa note. There’s a very slight element of almond present, but everything takes a back seat to the chocolate/tea flavors. Everything is smooth — no bitterness, no astringency — and it’s very mellow. I really like the kind of bakery/pastry note that seems present at the end. Yum.

Picture:

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 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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