626 Tasting Notes

drank Key Lime Ceylon by Tea Guys
626 tasting notes

This smells great. The wet leaves – ah, I can sniff and dream of pie. A sweet lime scent. The taste is definitely that dry key lime taste. I’m going to use my samples, but I won’t get more. It’s perfectly fine, but I think I prefer my key limes mixed with cream cheese or in a pie rather than in my tea. :)

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Vital Tea Leaf
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When I had this one tonight it honestly came across as more sweet than floral. Almost in a bubble gummy kind of way. It was seriously tasty. Still jasmine but not the perfumey jasmine that I also love. This might be a jasmine for people who want to like jasmine but can’t stand floral teas. :) I get a few small bitter notes as the cup becomes completely cold. But I used a lower water temp than I think I have before and steeped for less time. Might also have contributed to the surprising sweetness. Upping rating based on this steep.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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My goodness, this is good. Sweet, malt, bread, honey… This is one of those teas that leaves what looks like oily film on the cup. I believe those are the oils in the tannins, right? My empty cup is all polka dotty when empty. :)

Man this is good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Very light peach flavor, deeper peach & apricot scent. The flavor reminds me of peaches that aren’t really ripe. Not fully peach flavored but the idea of peach is there. :)
Overall it’s not a bad cup but nothing I have to keep around after it’s gone. Might try overleafing next time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Monkey by Tao Tea Leaf
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This is definitely tasty. Sweet, moderate to strong malt, smooth even after a looooong steep time. No mineral notes showing up at the longer times. I am glad to have gotten in on Marzipan’s group order with Tao. Also glad to find that while I like this one, I don’t have to replace it as I have other GMs I like that don’t involve Canadian shipping. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86

Interesting. This has more butter notes initially than other GMs I’ve tried. They add a nice rich smoothness. It smells moderately of smoke but that flavor doesn’t show up until about 6 minutes of steep. The longer the steep, the more minerally it gets and the more the smoke comes to the fore. Sweet spot for this one with me is about 1.5-2 minutes. Before the butter gets overwhelmed by minerals. The buttery notes make this one stand out. Take those away and it’s a good GM but not distinguishable from others.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I smell more fig than apple but both flavors come through pretty strongly. Sweet but not sweetened. I think I prefer Summer Cherry Fig from Capital Teas. All of this sample will be used, but I probably wouldn’t replace it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Okay, don’t care for this much. It’s a cup that I can drink all of, but isn’t anything I’ll choose. The scent is offputting. It smells like every cheap flavored black blend with vanilla out there. I’m not saying this isn’t a quality tea – I really am not a good judge of that generally with flavored teas. Just that it smells like that.

I don’t get coconut or almond distinctly. Overly vanilla but not in a good way. Ah, well. It’s a sample size and it was on sale. Try. All .The. Teas. Right? :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Black currant and vanilla? Definitely. Heavily scented? Yes. It’s a sweet without sugar, nicely balanced flavored black tea. If I were going to keep a fruit and vanilla tea in my cupboard, this would be a contender.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This is a really nice blend. Robust yet smooth. Mild maltiness. I personally don’t get anything I associate with Darjeeling though there are greener leaves within the blend. Really nice, really moderate. It wouldn’t be a wake you up kind of blend but it’s a good any time of the day tea.

I haven’t been able to enter Queen’s Pantry for some reason in the tea description. It won’t let me add “Queen’s Pantry”. The store is in the database already as “Queen’s Pantry,” and “Queen’s Pantry, Leavenworth, KS” and in order to enter this tea at all I had to choose one of them. Hanging commas drive me nuts, so I picked the one with the location. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

lol someday the database will be cleaned up heh

Nicole

Yeah. Things seem to be working better so I’m happy with the big stuff. This is little stuff. :)

Sil

for sure! i totally just want full rights to go clean everything up… it would take forever but man i would LOVE to be able to go do it

Nicole

You and I appear to share the same anal-retentive organization obsession illness… LOL

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