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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
1195 tasting notes

I don’t know why I never noted that I only had enough for a mug of this one. I would have probably tried it way sooner then!

Out of curiosity does anyone live near an Earth Fare? There’s one here in Chattanooga and I’m very curious, especially because they have amazing email coupons. I just signed up yesterday and I have one for a free chicken or box of veggie burgers, two free pineapples, and $1 each jelly, peanut butter, cookies, crackers, and something else. I’m sure I can’t use them all at once but man I wish there was one of these by me! I’m guessing because in Atlanta there’s a ton of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s they don’t think they have a market. I’ll probably check it out tomorrow or Friday and hope I don’t find a bunch of stuff to take back with me.

Wow…this one is a bit too spicy for a tea. I love the pepper mango one from Gurman’s, it has the right balance and you can taste green tea. This one, I really can’t taste tea. There’s maybe a little bit of this graininess to it, but I don’t know where that’s coming from.

I love spicy food, but this is just unpleasant.

I’m going to let it cool down before I give up on it, it already seems like it becomes more tolerable as it cools. It still has a bite but it doesn’t cover your tongue and make it feel like you can’t taste anything else like it does hot.

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drank Black Currant Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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Another sample sipdown. I had this cold last time so I decided to try it hot, and I added black alder honey. Probably not an ideal one to use but I tasted it on its own and thought it might be interesting with black currant. Or maybe the whole they’re both from something with black in the name thing happened.

It tastes really, really juicy. I don’t like it hot like I did iced, and I’m kind of meh about black currant now compared to how I felt about it months ago.

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Since I have two samples of this tea from who knows when, I figured I’d bring one along and give it a try. I have plenty for a couple different times, so I figured first up, I’d brew it western style according to the directions on Verdant’s site.

The first steep was the best, it was like a dian hong meets an assam. It tastes a lot like a cake made with malts. Very sweet and deeply flavored like a dark honey in there too.

I wasn’t impressed with the second steep but I probably did not steep it long enough.

Third steep is more like the toast mentioned by a lot of people, with a lighter honey taste, and just a bit of spice.

Will have to try it iced also, and in my gaiwan when I’m back home.

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drank Banana Pancakes by Compass Teas
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Steeped this time for 3 minutes, and added some of the acacia honey from my Fauchon set to sweeten it. Perfect way to add a boost to this tea! Acacia is so light in flavor but has just a hint of vanilla and wow it makes the banana pop and kind of gives this the pancake flavor without me waiting for it to cool off.

I ended up finally being able to go back to sleep after I ate breakfast, so now this is cold. The pancake flavor definitely comes out even more now with the honey. I may have to cold brew the rest of this sample that I have!

Marcel Duchamp

This sounds amazing!

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Yaaaay another sample sipdown!

This seems like it either lost its flavor or 2 minutes doesn’t work for it. I am pretty sure it’s the 2 minutes thing, because it’s a DT white. Smelling the try leaf, I get a small hint of fruit but mostly the cinnamon. So I think it probably lost the flavor.

Oh well didn’t this one get discontinued anyway?

Kittenna

This one needs more than 2 mins, iirc. I had some trouble getting it to taste amazing, but I did succeed! Almost out of it though, sigh.

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drank Violet by Kusmi Tea
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Used up my sample of this today but for some reason it seemed less flavorful as it did before. There was still violet but it seemed a lot more subtle. I feel like maybe it was something I did, I steeped it longer and I may have used too much water.

I don’t need more tea now but if anyone is interested in Kusmi, I think through this week you can get a free mini tin (choice of 5 last I checked) for free. It almost got me, but I resisted.

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drank Cuba Libre Black Tea by 52teas
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I’m sad this doesn’t have lime in it, I was expecting that and there aren’t any here right now so I guess tomorrow I will go to the store for some.

Sweetening is a necessity for me when it comes to teas with soda flavoring, especially to have it iced. It makes it taste just like cola.

This is pretty spot on for rum and coke, but without the lime it’s just not a Cuba Libre to me. I know it’s typically without the lime in a lot of countries but the original drink is with lime. I can’t wait to get a bunch of limes and try it out that way.

Sorry if this sounds like oddly critical but I made sure to order a Cuba Libre last week in Tampa and it is my precedent for this. I was sure I wasn’t that big of a fan of rum and cola before I had that thing. I think the secret is you have to use regular and not diet coke. And the just adds the right acidity to make the flavors pop. This is definitely a tasty tea, it definitely tastes better than the prior time I had rum and coke! But I really love how these flavors are even better with lime, and I think a real lime would always be better over there just being lime flavoring in here.

Oh now I realize why I thought I don’t like rum and coke! My parents ALWAYS use spiced rum which I find horrible, so I just made one with white rum to compare and it is so much better, it also tastes just like this tea except that it has the not as great addition of alcohol aftertaste over black tea aftertaste.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Lemon by TeaGschwendner
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This reminds me of restaurant iced tea. It’s less gross when it’s cold. And you know how always it’s never actually cold so all the ice you put in there really doesn’t last…that’s what it tastes like warm.

Cold now, it’s just still not very drinkable for me. I just can’t stand how it’s just flat. The lemon just smells fake even though it says it’s lemon oil…it just ugh. Moving on.

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I woke up too late to go to my stupid lab since the instructor is a rude jerk who won’t count people as there if they’re 5 min late. Then with 9 minutes to spare I realize I have an email from the management that there’s a water break at my building and the water’s going off at 10:45. I filled my kettle to the brim, I filled my Brita pitcher up, and then there’s about 80 oz of water to clean out infusers left. Whooo. I’m set.

This is from yssah, thank you!

This reminds me of Blueberry Zabaglione but a lot more subtle. Blueberry’s there, but it’s not predominant until it cools, the vanilla cream flavor is more prominent.

I like it just fine this way, but I wasn’t hoping for strong blueberry I suppose. I like the base tea to this, there was just this tinge of maltiness to it that was really nice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

Thank goodness for advance notices :) Glad you liked it, momo!

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I was wondering how this one was any different from Swiss Mountain, and I realize now it has vanilla too. Duh. I should have also figured out they were slightly different when I added milk and it didn’t taste like thin mints.

This one’s also a bit sweeter on its own because of the shamrock sprinkles, which of course did not fully melt because why would I be so lucky as to have that happen, and thankfully my finger is not still green from infuser cleaning.

This one is creamier than Swiss Mountain, and the creamy notes are definitely boosted by adding milk. Chocolate kind of takes a back seat to the vanilla and the mint, though it’s still there.

I prefer the other one, but this is festive for the time being, and just different enough that if I’m looking for something with less chocolate and more cream, it’d be the right choice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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