539 Tasting Notes

97

Fruity, sweet, caramel, cocoa, bread… yup. This one is a keeper for sure.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mmmm….

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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
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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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73

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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