518 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
518 tasting notes

T&C TTB#20: This is going to drive me crazy. I am absolutely positive I bought a pack of this back when. I have been tearing the house apart trying to find it for months – I never ever tried it and I lost it! This is sweet and creamy lemon with cardamom. Maybe a bit of ginger the flavor but I don’t get much cinnamon. The spices seem to be blended well here and the lemon adds a brightness that is appealing.

Made with 3 oz. half-and-half and about a tablespoon of sugar.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
CelebriTEA

Mmmm…this sounds crazy good!

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
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T&C TTB#19: I kind of like this one. Not sure I’d keep it around and I don’t notice any rose, lavender or jasmine but it was a pleasant cup. The spices are somewhat mild. I wonder if I’d like it with a touch more sugar. I used about 2 teaspoons for a 16 ounce cup and I steeped with about 4 ounces of half and half as well as water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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T&C TTB#18: This one was just okay. Bit of mild hay and dust. Not much malt. It’s drinkable but I’ve had better yunnans, that’s for sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Peach by Adagio Teas
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T&C TTB#17: This was pretty good. A nice strong peach flavor. I wouldn’t call it natural peach, but it’s very strong and good. I don’t know that I’d buy it to have in the cupboard but it was good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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T&C TTB#16: Okay, this is great. This was another I have never ordered because I figured it wouldn’t be my thing. I don’t really get any chocolate chip bunny taste here, but it is easily one of the best strawberry blacks I’ve had. I do notice the hibiscus but not in a bad way and there is a little bit of pie crust in the background. It’s a little bit dry as it cools off. I don’t get much cinnamon either and I’m not sure what rhubarb tastes like. My grandma made strawberry-rhubarb pies every spring but I never ate any. I liked the plain strawberry ones too much to branch out. :) This one goes on my shopping list for the next Butiki order.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

BAD Nicole! (i would have sent you some if i had known you hadn’t tried it!)

boychik

I really like strawberry rhubarb preserves. I think I have a sample of this one.

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T&C TTB#15: This smells like tons of grapefruit but the flavor is much milder. It could be a bit stronger in flavor and the base could still handle it, I think. But this isn’t artificial in anyway and as noted in another review, it would make a good EG substitute if you didn’t care for bergamot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Islander Oolong by Fusion Teas
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T&C TTB#14: Smells strongly fruity. Still don’t think I can pick out passionfruit in things but this is nicely fruity but the oolong still comes through. The leaves are absolutely huge when they are steeped!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Vanilla Excellence by Harrods
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T&C TTB#13: Smells like vanilla. Tastes like a mish-mash of flavors. I suspect this was flavored by the other teas in the box. The base doesn’t seem all bad, but the flavor is indistinct and muddled.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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And the last of the comparisons. The smell is odd – I think that just means that I can now cross off bourbon vanilla from my list of things I might like. I have tried it in several teas now and not really cared for it. The flavor of this is slightly chemical and off to me. Adding sugar and half-and-half to this makes it very desserty and covers the chemical taste, bringing more vanilla to the forefront. But sugar and half-and-half would likely make just about any vanilla tea more desserty. :) Good with the additions but nothing to make me keep this on hand over any other vanilla tea.

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

I like bourbon vanilla for baking (Trader Joe’s has a good one), but I can’t say I’d want it in my tea.

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The second of the EF samples, this one is definitely maltier but again, not overly so to my taste. It’s certainly smoother and with less bitterness than the BOP version.

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

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