520 Tasting Notes

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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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77

Got this sample to try next to two other EFs. This is malty but not overly so, fairly smooth but with a bit of bitterness to the cooling cup. I added some half-and-half to the last portion of the cup and it was good but nothing exceptional.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
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T&C TTB#12: Smells not of smoke. Taste is smoke and earth with a little dryness. Not bad but not really my thing due to the smoke. It’s a little more than I like. Nice to have tried it, though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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T&C TTB#11: Smells like buttercream vanilla icing with not much bergamot. Steeped it is mostly vanilla but not much even of that. Mostly a light vanilla black tea with some dryness. Not offensive but nothing I’ll run out to stock.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anna

That pretty much sums up my feelings.

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T&C TTB#10: This is not a bad breakfast blend. Pretty mild. I don’t get any Darjeeling out of this, though. Mainly Ceylon. Milder than I want in a breakfast blend but not bad.

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

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T&C TTB#9: Well, when wet the leaves smell strongly of cinnamon, spice and orange. It tastes more like just cinnamon to me. A little orange maybe in the background. It’s okay, but I’m not really a spice tea person unless it is in a chai latte.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Angrboda

What’s T&C? It rings a familiar bell for me, but I can’t seem to place it…

Nicole

Tea & Cards :)

Angrboda

Oh of course! I knew I was supposed to know it. :p I’ve seen that around, I don’t know why I didn’t make the connection.

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Cool looking leaves – very long. This is pretty good. I followed package directions, though, and this length of steep is giving it a dryness that I don’t care for a whole lot (at least I’m guessing that is what is making it dry). I don’t notice any other notes than tea flavor tea. :) I have enough left in the sample to try again though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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T&C TTB#8: A lovely, lemony yellow tea. Nice creamy coconut flavor. This reminds me of the Queen Mary Coconut Baozhong but I think I like this a bit better.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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T&C TTB#7: I get non-specific nuts at first. Then walnut for sure, which is odd since walnuts are not listed as being in this blend. It goes well with shortbread. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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