57 Tasting Notes

I am perplexed by this tea! It sure smells like other Irishy/Englishy breakfast teas I’ve had, but it doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before. Well, I take that back. It looks like coffee. Coffee grounds. Super weird, but exciting! Used a big-ish teaspoon and boiling water…immediately when the water hit the tea, it darkened up considerably. Like, to a color that I would perceive as done in other teas (I sometimes judge my tea’s doneness by it’s color, which is okay sometimes…but definitely not others. I have a problem overbrewing more delicate teas). Oof, this is a dark, STRONG tea. Definitely will keep me awake for a day of studying! I’m too much of a wuss to drink it without sugar. Hmm, upon poking at the used up leaves, they almost seem to mush together. Like coffee grounds. Mysterious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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I’m sick, so forgive me if my notes aren’t exactly spot on. I have this really bizarre issue. I hate grapes. Hate them. I can’t recall the last time I ate one, and I don’t even like looking at them. But grape is probably my favorite artificial fruit flavor, haha. So whatever. The dry leaf smells exactly like that grape candy flavor I so adore. I was sort of hoping that it would brew up purple, but nope, just a pretty gold. Also, I love watching the leaves unfurl. Anyway, brewed up, most of that super sweet grape smell was lost to me…it had transformed into something else, which initially reminded me of spaghetti sauce (don’t ask me why…) but eventually I realized it was a flowery smell. Sorta reminded me of this plumeria lotion they sold at a store I worked at in high school. I’m not getting much of a strong flavor at all in this first brew…I put sugar in it and it’s tasty, but I’m not getting any specific flavor notes. I’ll report back after a couple more infusions.

Butiki Teas

Have you tried Concord grapes? They are so good and taste just like grape candy. Mmmmm.

Rebecca Lynn

It’s more of an essay with texture than taste. I think I would like Concord grapes, but I’m just so creeped out by them texturally. I have the same issue with cherry tomatoes and blueberries.

Azzrian

So its things that pop and squirt in your mouth?

Rebecca Lynn

Yeah, I think so. Also, no idea why I wrote essay instead of issue, haha. Maybe because I’m working at the Writing Help Desk at school right now, haha.

Butiki Teas

That is totally understandable. Concord grapes have an especially weird texture but they just taste so yummy.

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drank Lemon Solstice by TeaSource
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Thanks to my good pal potatowedges for this one! Smells very much like toasty lemon meringue pie to me when it’s dry. I got a whiff of licorice, but I thought I was crazy. Guess not! I think it gets less toasty and more creamy/lemony when it’s brewed. It’s very delicious and mild. I bet it would be awesome iced. I’ll try it out!

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Mmmm, thanks for the sample, Stacy! I was eager to try another herbaly caffeine tea that wasn’t yerba mate, which I don’t like at all. I just finished drinking my cup and I’m not feeling much caffeine yet, but I love the taste, which honestly reminded me a lot of Tazo’s chamomile blend, Calm. Low key minty herbal flavor. I’d totally drink this again. But right now….I’m going back to bed before my next class, haha. A potential side effect of guayusa is lucid dreaming. Hm! Maybe I’ll have one.

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Got this as a sample from a tea swap! It’s really delicious and complicated. It’s exciting to drink each time I brew a cup. Reminds me of cinnamon rolls, but there are lovely almond flakes as well…sigh. I’d love a cup right now!

Fjellrev

Sounds delicious!

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Sweet and simple, kind of reminds me of Adagio’s Cream Tea. I think it would probably be a good base for some sort of blend. I’ll have to try it out.

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I do enjoy this tea very much, though it sort of makes me uncomfortable to be in a category described as sexy, passionate and intense, haha. And to describe a tea that way! It seems a bit odd to me to have something so sweet and calming as vanilla rooibos in a blend that is categorized as dark and robust. I might have subbed in lapsang souchong. But still, very delicious!

inguna

Sorry about my clumsy description; I’m a designer and descriptions/reviews are not my strong point. The new description for the new re-blended Zodiac teas are much better (written by a Scorpio person). You might also like the tea and book combo:
“Quiet: The power of iIntroverts” http://pinterest.com/pin/50313720807815251/

Rebecca Lynn

I totally forgot to mention on my review that the tin is so beautiful. You have a ton of talent!! I love the new description as well.

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Got this as a free sample from Fusion Teas. I dunno if this is anything like DAVIDsTea cake teas, but if it is…man, good stuff. Smells sweet and chocolatey, but not like other straight up chocolate teas I’ve had. I guess that’s the cake part. Mmm. I wish I knew how to mix teas. Maybe someday!

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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I enjoy this tea very much, it’s really reliable and tasty. I don’t really think it tastes extremely caramelly, but I can detect it. And I adore the tin <3

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Hi! I’ve been drinking tea since I was a little kid, sipping on Lipton orange herbal tea with a spoonful of sugar when I was sick. When I went to England and experienced real, loose leaf tea, I was converted permanently. I prefer strong black teas, but I’m branching out into other flavors!

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