2615 Tasting Notes

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After Roswell Strange’s discovery of the bits at the bottom of the bag, I was curious as to whether I would have a new experience if I shook up mine as well. Unfortunately, the bits has not really made a difference for me. I am just not loving this given the oolong. It might find its way into my stash sale or the swap boards because it is simply not for me.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Hmm, I need to do the same, shake it up. So far this one has been a little disappointing.

VariaTEA

I expected shaking it to be life-changing. It tasted the same to me :(

Roswell Strange

Awe, sorry it didn’t do anything for you.

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90

Most of the day I have spent focusing on sipdowns but among all those teas, I decided it was time to indulge in a favorite. This is creamy and marshmallowy sweet with just the right amount of bergamot to mellow it out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Sipdown!! (161)

Thank you Josie Jade for the sample but I am not getting anything from this cup but astringency. It smelled so chocolatey but I am getting none of that flavorwise. This won’t be a restock for sure.

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

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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So I am quickly realizing that teas that are too rooibosy hot usually taste pretty good cold brewed. This is no exception. I was a bit worried about making it this way but it is just 100% maple and very tasty.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a semi-sipdown as I finished up what I had left of the sample from Roswell Strange. However, I still have a couple cups left thanks to Aimee Popovacki. So thanks to both of you for sharing as this is a very tasty tea.

This cup is a little more green and a little less apple and caramel but still good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Sipdown!! (162)

So long tasty genmaicha. This is one of the better genmaichas I have tried and if I did not have Japon I might have felt compelled to stock up on it. Thank you Cavocorax for introducing me to this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Look at you with the crazy sipdown progress!

Sil

can’t let her catch up to meeeee haha

VariaTEA

I have sipdown skills! Although, aside from a couple of caffeine free teas, I have used up all my one cup samples I had lying around. That means I have to start working on larger samples.

VariaTEA

And Sil, I plan to reach at least 160 by the end of tonight. I am coming for you!

Sil

haha i’m aiming for 155 today…likely not many tomorrow since we’re hitting costco/the mall etc…

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55

Sipdown!! (163)

At first I enjoyed this tea but then I started noticing how thick it was and I was not too impressed. Now it is gone and like all other Teavana teas, it will not be a restock.

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. It is good but I don;t know how I will ever get through the surplus you sent me. I will wait for my mason jar and that should help put a dent in it :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Mwahahaha! I’m taking that to mean you put in a DT order though!? I think you’ll love the mason jar!

VariaTEA

I may have placed an order. And that order might have included a mason jar…and a perfect mug…and some tea

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70
drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
2615 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (164)

Thank you Scheherazade for sharing this tea. This second cup is much better than the first I had as the florals are significantly toned down allowing for the sugar plum flavor to shine. It is subtle, sweet, and delicious.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Sipdown!! (165)

Thank you JoonSusanna for the chance to try this tea. It was certainly very interesting but there are so many other teas I would reach for first.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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