1199 Tasting Notes

Still kind of not a fan of the aftertaste of this tea because it is so drying. But a lower temperature and a shorter steep have made it an easier drink.

It’s very sweet and malty, even with less time it’s still a very full bodied tea.

And now this time as it cools, I don’t like it one bit. It becomes almost slightly sour with astringency.

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Thank you, tperez!

A blueberry white was the second of my two first loose leaf teas but I never repurchased it for some reason. This one has always intrigued me so yay. I could take or leave the acai but I’m pretty sure acai just tastes like blueberries anyway in 99% of American acai stuff. Anyway.

I made iced tea with this because it’s too warm today. It’s definitely on the light side. It also just completely smells like a cocktail so I covered the leaves in vodka but I don’t think it’s really going to do much, it’s been almost a day now since that.

This does seem like a difficult tea, I would guess you need more than the 1.5 tsp suggested to really get a decent flavor. It’s not a bad blueberry flavor but it tastes like a waste of white tea.

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drank ShadowCat by Dryad Tea
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I have to say I was not looking forward to this when I saw almond extract as an ingredient, but I figured it couldn’t be that strong of a player in the tea.

It’s not.

Something about this just tastes off to me. The raspberry smells and tastes odd, it actually almost smells like a savory soup at times, it’s not chocolatey at all, and it tastes like pepper.

Going to try again with this at some point but I’m put off by it right now :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Blueberry Pie by Teas Etc
1199 tasting notes

This is probably pretty old but I don’t even care, because it actually does taste like blueberry pie.

When it cools off it’s kind of meh but when it’s still hot, it’s delicious. I am pretty sure I’ve had this more than the one other tasting note I have suggests, but I would like to try this iced and also with a little agave to see if that really brings out the pastry notes even more.

…it is 67 degrees outside, gross.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
1199 tasting notes

S’mores for breakfast!

I love this tea, I think maybe I could sweeten it just a touch and love it even more though. I don’t think it’s very chocolatey, but the marshmallow and graham cracker is pretty awesome despite that.

I tried this with a 4 minute steep today and it was perfect, definitely a temp to keep in mind for the black teas from Della Terra, I always have a problem with it not being enough in the end.

Shmiracles

oh hah i brought this to work and will have it later! 4 minutes it is :)

Jackie T

I’ve had this at work with me all week, so yummy!! I also do four minutes, four and a half if I’m feeling ultra indulgent.

Cavocorax

They’re all on sale right now too! So tempting, except I’ve got 4 parcels of tea that I’m expecting any day now, so… it’s not like I really should order more. :|

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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This tea is so weird, totally not in a bad way. It is roasty, chocolatey, and a bit creamy…it actually really reminds me of chocolate ice cream and I’m not sure how. I think it’s just that it’s such an odd combination, and yet it’s working for me. It’s chocolate genmaicha.

Sweet Canadian

I had this today too! I like it a lot, but it smells really funky dry.

CrowKettle

Also just finished a cup of this. It’s quite different!

Kittenna

Ooooh, can’t wait for the Lupicia order to arrive so you can send me my teas and I can finally try this one! And the other five!!! :D

Sil

Haha kittenna… Get back to your sip downs!

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Had some of this again earlier with added chocolate, by way of hot chocolate mix. Soooo good, I know I should try it on its own already but chocolate and mint and I are really getting along right now.

I now need to go make tea for right now, as I was given a $50 Sephora gift card for Christmas and I can’t figure out how to not go too far over the total….I have to buy online though because LOOK AT THIS. http://www.sephora.com/very-colourfoil-manicure-trade-P377711?skuId=1491273

Kittenna

LOL. I suck at doing my nails so luckily don’t get tempted by such things :D

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
1199 tasting notes

Ok so this tea has definitely not been a favorite of mine but I just tried some amazing technique given to me by Brenden from Whispering Pines.
1/2 tsp per 8 oz of water, 200F, and 8 minutes.

Now finally I can really truly say this tea has FLAVORS. It’s not like just being hit in the face with a bold, malty tea. It’s sweet, and it is so fruity. There’s definitely orange, maybe also sweet potatoes (not a fruit but deal with it for right now) and it has this amazing clean aftertaste.

This poor tea should not be made following Rishi’s directions. Not at all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
JoonSusanna

I’ve never heard of that technique before – it seems like everyone ALWAYS disapproves of the more time, less leaf option. Is this for all black teas, or was it just for this one?

momo

He was using it specifically on dian hong, I think it might work on other black teas too but this one so desperately needed it.

JoonSusanna

Interesting! I will have to try that on some black teas that don’t sit well with me just as an experiment then!

Although I’m a little nervous about what you’ll think of the East Frisian I gave you now – my boyfriend can drink it straight but I definitely cannot….though I like being able to add milk and/or sugar to it…

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It works wonders with Dian Hong and Keemun, and probably all other black teas too. Read here for a bit more info on the idea behind the method: http://whisperingpinestea.com/brewingarticles_files/onegreatinfusion.html

JoonSusanna

Thanks! Keemun was exactly the tea I was considering trying it with!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Keemun is absolutely fantastic :)

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
1199 tasting notes

Ok now we are up to date. I kept putting this aside to try later, and finally it was time.

I didn’t smell the tea in the bag at first (though I did when I got it), and was I put some in the infuser, it was the most glorious vanilla cream scent.

This is alright. It’s really light. I guess it has been awhile since I’ve had any oolong but…I can’t taste it over the vanilla. I was hoping since they named it Vanilla Orchid, I would get those lovely orchid notes from the base tea, but not so much.

It wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping though, I have saved it though for a resteep! But that is later.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

Oh no! I was looking forward to ordering this one…if it was a medley of orchid and vanilla. :(

darby

Me too! I’ll probably get it anyway next time I place an order.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Drank this earlier but it was nothing memorable. I think I oversteeped it or something because the base tea was kind of overpowering and this odd mix of malt-smoke. Next time I will pay attention. Still had a bit of plum to it but I ended up letting it get cold.

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