2260 Tasting Notes

SSTTB

I don’t think this one is for me at all. It is smooth but as I conclude the sip, a sort of dryness sets in that I am just not loving. Plus, tastewise this is less chocolate and caramel and malt and more wood, if that makes any sense. Oh well, can’t win them all.

Cavocorax

Awww. I’m happy you tried it anyway! You’re always welcome to try it later if you get curious.
Also, I wonder if it’s the darjeeling that made it dry for you? I think there is some darjeeling in that blend.

VariaTEA

Maybe. I will try some of the other Hugo teas in the box and see if I have more success with those

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drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
2260 tasting notes

SSTTB

I tried this before and didn’t really like it but after I finished the sample, Roswell Strange discovered that this tastes good cold brewed. So, when I saw this in the box, I immediately set this up to cold brew and it is great. Delicious rhubarb vanilla flavor with just a hint of tea. The hops take a back seat and allow everything else to shine so this is definitely the way to go about drinking this tea. Going to bump up my rating because this makes a really refreshing cold brew.

Courtney

Fascinating.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
2260 tasting notes

My brother asked me to brew him up a cup of this tea since he thought it smelled great. I really hoped it would turn out great since I know it can but alas it was merely meh. Even with milk, it was thin and the vanilla was rather muted. He finished the mug though so I guess he didn’t mind. Lowering the rating on this though given the inconsistencies.

carol who

Don’t you hate it when that happens!

donkeytiara

I think this is the best smelling WEAKEST tea I’ve ever had. Completely agree.

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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SSTTB

This is not what I was expecting at all since it is more vanilla/caramel rooibos than really cinnamon. Not bad but nothing special either. Oh well.

MissB

Yea, I don’t get this one either. Happy to see the SSTTB is making the rounds though! ;)

VariaTEA

Yes. I am definitely enjoying the box and all it has to offer so thank you for starting it. It has been a great chance to explore some straight blacks. It is so full though that I keep trying to pack it in a way that I can actually add to it.

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SSTTB

So I took a sip and all I could think is “this tastes like a tree”. That sounds weird but really it is pretty fitting. This tastes like evergreen trees smell: crisp and refreshing. It really is an interesting blend and one I would never picked up on my own so I am grateful for the teabox because once I got the chance to smell it, I was sucked in!

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
2260 tasting notes

SSTTB

Enjoyed as part of a side by side by side experiment exploring black teas. That can be found here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/241824

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Alright, so in an effort to detect the subtle distinctions of different straight black teas, I decided to do a side by side by side comparison of this tea, Zhen Qu, and Jin Pin.

This tea is courtesy of the very generous Cavorcorax (thank you!!). Of the three, it is my second favorite. It is very smooth and has a nice malt. It is also quite rich and I am definitely picking up on the clove element of the tea. Oh and unfortunately this cup means it is a sipdown and there is no more PTA in my cupboard :(.

I pulled the sample of Yezi’s Jin Pin out of the SSTTB. It is my favourite of the three I am trying and the one I think I want to have stocked (which makes sense given it is the tea that inspired this exploration). I get a lot of malt and caramel in this and for my tastes, it is the most preferable. This is not to say the others are not amazingly delicious, however this is the closest to dessert teas of the straight blacks I tried and so it is a good transition while my tastes are still changing.

Zhen Qu is my least favorite of the three teas but it is still a really amazing tea. It has an astringency to it which in this case is not a bad thing but is still one of the reasons I prefer the other teas. Flavorwise, this is quite nutty which is enjoyable. Also, the malt on this is a bit less than the other two cups. Very tasty but just not preferred when compared to the other two options. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for helping me with my straight black journey! Oh, and this is a sipdown as well so no more Zhen Qu for me.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2260 tasting notes

Thank you Cavocorax for the sample of this tea. I am realizing that my tastes have changed enough that I enjoy straight blacks. However, my palette is yet to have developed enough to distinguish all the subtle nuances of the teas. Consequently, they all taste the same to me: malty, sweet, and delicious but still the same. Perhaps I should try them side by side and that will point out the differences but as it stands now, as embarrassed I am to say it, I can’ really tell them apart from one another.

Courtney

It seems that, just like any tea, time and trials will do the trick. I’m excited to see your notes on this adventure.

VariaTEA

I think I may do a side by side by side comparison of this, PTA, and Jin Pin to see which I prefer of the three. And perhaps I shall toss Lord Petersham in too as that was another that I found tasted super similar.

Courtney

I love doing side by sides. I rarely actually end up doing them, but they’re enjoyable when it happens.

whatshesaid

I’m kind of in the same boat, for the most part

VariaTEA

One day. One day we will all be able to try the slight differences of all the teas.

whatshesaid

I hope so! It’s frustrating not to be able to. Like being denied membership to a very exclusive club, haha

Roswell Strange

@VariaTEA – My most recent parcel to you have a straight black in it that I’m confidant you’ve yet to try! I haven’t had it recently but I remember it being very malty. Hope you like it when it makes it to you!

VariaTEA

Yay! Try all the teas!

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
2260 tasting notes

Sipdown!! So long Jessie’s Tea. I loved you once but now I am happy to see you go.

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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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