504 Tasting Notes

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drank Cranberry Creme by New Earth
504 tasting notes

Picked this up today from a relatively new shop in my neck of the woods. Their window said “Teas” along with “Candles, Hookahs & Clothing.” I didn’t have high hopes, but figured I’d at least give it a look. It’s a standard head shop for this area. Incense, hookahs, rolling papers, Bob Marley candles, tie dyed scarves and t-shirts… And about 5 black teas, all flavored, not much info on the jars about the teas. There were a few more white teas, also mostly flavored. A whole shelf about 10 feet long loaded with herbal blends. Makes me somewhat nervous to buy an herbal blend from a head shop – who knows if the blender really knows anything about herbal interactions and amounts that could be either good or bad for your health… Just because they slap the name “tension tamer” on it and say it’s all natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you. I am confident that they don’t blend their own blacks or whites but I am also confident that they do blend their own herbals because they also sell all of the herbal ingredients in bulk. :)

Anyway, I thought I’d pick up a few teas just to try, the prices were cheap and I expected the tea to be cheap as well. And… I was pretty much right. This isn’t horrible, but I won’t buy it again. It’s just unimpressive, given the other excellent teas I have in my stash. :)

After the cup cools somewhat, the cranberry comes out pretty well. Mildly sweet tasting and I’m assuming that is the vanilla mellowing out the tart cranberry flavoring. It’s somewhat dry after the sip and it gets drier with a longer steep. Not bitter, really, just dry. Might be pretty good iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
K S

I think I got a contact buzz reading your experience. Dude, I need cookies. ;)

Nicole

I’m pretty sure the clerk was in need of cookies as well. :)

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76
drank Summer Cherry Fig by Capital Teas
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Not sure how I missed logging this. I’ve had it several times.

I like this one a lot. I can taste the fig and the cherry both. Admittedly, the tea base takes a back seat. Nevertheless, the base is smooth and non-astringent. Smells wonderful.

It makes an excellent infusion for mousse and probably would make a good infusion for ice cream or creme brulee.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Sil

mmm sounds delicious!

Nicole

Well, let me know when you get down far enough that you want some more sample sizes. :) I’ve got some with your name on them.

Sil

Haha awesome….you’ll need to make a list of things from my cupboard too :)

JustJames

i have been looking for a good fig tea. perhaps i’ll try this one!

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73
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
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Toasty, ricey, little hints of vegetal flavors here and there and pretty smooth. Not silky or creamy, just smooth and soft. The leaves expand quite well, as expected for an oolong.

This is my first Dong Ding oolong. Not sure I am enough of a fan to keep it around, but it seems to be a very nice tea and I wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered. And I will not make it through 7 steeps. I will probably never get through 7 steeps of the same tea in a row. :) Too impatient, too many teas!!!

Again, thanks for sharing, Tamm!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Tamm

I’m glad that you liked it! It was the first dong ding for me to try as well. I’m glad that you got to experience something new.

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68
drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
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Wow! What a pretty tea. Whole rosebuds, orange slices of dried carrots, lavender, just lovely!

I don’t get much beyond the lavender taste but it was very nice and relaxing. I liked it after it cooled off a bit. Freshly hot it was hard to taste the flavor.

I could see mixing this with a nice chamomile for a before bed cuppa. Thanks, Tamm!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Tamm

:3 I made sure to give you some of the little “extra” bits so that you could see how pretty this one is. I think the worker gave me a bunch extra because she was being nice.

Nicole

Thanks for sharing the pretty bits! :) It is a beautiful tea. Very feminine.

gmathis

Lately I’ve been seeing reviews of all kinds of tea with vegetable bits and bites—new and trendy, or am I just slow to notice?

Nicole

Dunno. If I were to go to buy tea, my first look would not be for veggies in the mix but it does add a nice splash of color here. I’m sure I don’t taste carrot, though. :)

Tamm

The carrot in the Teavana Queen of Babylon blend is actually way intense imo. Not so much in this one though. I always assumed it was more for show/pricing than actual flavor though.

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68
drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
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63
drank Neil by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Don’t think I get pear or strawberry. However, it does taste like the scent of an old fashioned candy store. Kind of like old wood (not in a bad way) and nonspecific “sweet.” Maybe that is the jelly roll chocolate taste Tamm mentioned.

Thanks for the sample, Tamm!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Tamm

To really tease the pear out I had to use quite a bit of leaf for this one. I do like the jelly roll aspects though! lol I like getting away with drinking my sweets.

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67

Roasty, barky with a silky mouth feel. Smokey, earthy. Amazing to think I am drinking something aged for so long. I don’t even drink alcohol that old! :)

That said, this probably isn’t going to be something I seek out to keep around. If anyone would like to try it, I’d be happy to share some.

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

Hello, it’s been almost a month but i was wondering if you still had some of this tea lying around? I’ve been dying to try it and i’d be willing to swap something from my cupboard if you want. Thanks :)

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drank Tupelo Honey Fig by Tea Forte
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Well, this is odd. A bit of fig, a bit of honey… and lots of other things that I can’t pick out. There is a strange sweet aftertaste. Very odd in that it doesn’t taste sweet when I’m drinking it but immediately after swallowing it, there is a sweetness that suffuses my mouth. I thought at first it was what I was eating with it, but I’m not sure how sharp cheese and pretzels would make a tea sweet. Maybe… the licorice root is the sweet.

Hm. Not sure I like this. I could drink it if it was served to me, but I don’t think I’d choose it over other teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Tamm

gah! I was hoping this would be really good..I’ve had it on my Amazon wish list and it just became available.

Nicole

PM me and let me share some of this with you. Then you don’t buy a bunch without knowing. You might like this. Everyone has different tastes, especially when it comes to tea :)

Tamm

Thank you! I pmd you.

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Dry leaves are so, so pretty. Smells definitely malty dry.

Steeped, this is super malty, bready, yeasty, dark and satisfying. I can get some of the oak notes but don’t notice any florals at all. Maybe a tiny bit of astringency at the end of the sip, but it’s a teensy, tiny bit. The taste does linger a lot in the mouth.

Though this is something I could easily get too much of in a weekend and it might upset my tummy if I drank several cups at a sitting this is another unflavored black from Butiki that I simply must keep in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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63

So… wow, Ysaurella was absolutely right about this one – cloves, cloves, cloves. :) I can pick up a bit of the citrus hiding under the cloves, but not much. I don’t think it is sweet, which is odd, since a lot of the European tea companies’ products seem sweet to me. While it is not something I will seek out for my cupboard, I am quite happy to have tried it. Thank you, Ysaurella!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

you’re right,it’s not sweet, it is really a special blend

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