211 Tasting Notes

I’ve never been to House of Tea, although it’s really close to another local tea shop that I frequent. I haven’t been because the website is really outdated, and I had no idea what type of tea’s or blends was sold, and the cost. But I finally decided to check it out. I’m still not sure about all the tea’s, only because I was overwhelmed and very happy with the tea ware selection, and I’ll go back for that reason.

So this is my first time trying one of their and tea’s and…WOW!..this is a strong cuppa. But I am lovin’ it. This is exactly what I needed to get my butt in gear for a busy day. My first couple of sips found some fruity note that disappeared as the cup cooled. It’s got a bitter edge to it, but it works. I may have oversteeped a little, causing the bitterness to be more pronounced, but I still enjoyed it. I think my sample will probably be finished a lot faster than I thought, and will be probably be replenished just as fast.

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I do like Yunnan tea’s, so I was pleased that looseTman included a sample in the swap package. This is my first experience with Arbor Tea’s, and it didn’t disappoint.

The brew was a deep red/brown, and when I see a tea that colour I already know that I’m gonna like it. I was right…it was delicious.

No additives to this tea – it doesn’t need it. It’s a bit malty, satisfying and naturally sweet. I found a bit of a pepper bite at the end of the sip, which I don’t object to, since I find that it adds a pleasing kick.

A positive first experience with Arbor Tea’s. Thanks, looseTman for the sample!

looseTman

You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Arbor Teas are all USDA organic too!

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This is a pleasant change from the buttery Japanese greens I’ve been drinking these last few days. This is quite a bit stronger in taste which is exactly what I was after.

I had it in my head that this would be smoky, and I kept looking for it. Did I miss it? Or was I looking for a note in this tea that wasn’t present. Don’t know. And because I was looking for a hit of smokiness, I missed out the flavours that were present. I was watching Masterchef and realized that there was something that I recognized in the taste of this tea, but couldn’t define or name. Regardless, I enjoyed the fuller bodied flavour, and I still have a few more steepings with this tea, so I’ll be sure to pay more attention.

This tea was courtesy of looseTman – thank you!

looseTman

You’re correct. Pinhead Gunpowder (Organic) is a fuller-bodied green tea and it’s not at all smokey. I’m glad you enjoyed it. You’re welcome!

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
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I had this earlier this evening. Needed something cold and refreshing after my workout and remembered that I had this cold brewing in the fridge.

I don’t usually like minty tea’s, but I had success with another mint tea, and thought I’d give this one a try when I read a different review stating it offered a coolness rather than a minty flavour.

I remember when I opened the packet it smelled strongly of bubble gum. When I took a sip, that’s exactly what it tasted like as well. Watermelon bubble gum. It does have that melon flavour, but it’s too artificial and candy-like for me. I’m glad I only got a pitcher packet of it. Not for me.

caile

Yeah, I got the bubblegum taste as well especially after it sat in the fridge overnight. :(

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Normally when I have a cup of this I just sit back, relax and enjoy the bold malty deliciousness. In previous cups I have found that almost burnt toast flavour that gmathis had noted. I thought that this one will find a permanent place in my cupboard, it was just so good.

Today, I’m not feeling the love for this tea. It tastes a little stale and off, and it shouldn’t be stale since this is one of my newer tea’s. But I didn’t steep it as long as I normally would, so I’m not writing this one off just yet. Off flavour is probably user error.

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drank Traditional Yunnan by RiverTea
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Good Morning and Hello!

Life got a little in the way, but I’m always around and back to writing tasting notes.

This morning’s cup comes courtesy of Dexter – thank you for sharing! It’s also a sipdown. The first cup of this I had reminded strongly of sweet straw/hay and farms. The descriptions talks of tobacco but I didn’t pick up any of that, but I did enjoy what I got. The second (sipdown) cup I used more leaf only because I what I had left over wouldn’t have made a decent cup so I just used up the lot. The second cup brewed to a beautiful deep reddish-brown colour. It was malty, delicious, and yes, this time I found those tobacco notes.

It’s a beautiful day, and I’ll tackling the weeds that are taking over my yard :(

Terri HarpLady

I need to do that! Yesterday I got the annual official letter from the city, informing me that I’m in violation of the ‘code’, LOL. I’d rather spend all of my time in the backyard, in my garden, so my front yard occasionally gets out of control.

scribbles

WOW!! You get notices!!! HOLY CRAP!! If the city actually went around to do that they would be all like “what’s goin’ on in your front yard…burn it and start again!!” Haha Like you, my backyard is my oasis, and I plan on developing ZEN.

Terri HarpLady

I always get a notice at least once a year. Whenever they send ‘the letter’, I have 7 days to get my yard in shape, or else I have to go to court & pay a fine. I’ll have my sons do the mowing & weed eating, but I don’t trust them in the flower beds, etc.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t like mint. Why I bought this, I don’t know. But I am surprised! This is pretty tasty. The candy cane’s make it fun. I added creamer and it just makes it so much better. But it doesn’t change my mind about trying mint in other tea’s. In this tea…it works.

whatshesaid

This was one of my favorites from day 1 :)
And one of the few DT’s I still love!

TheTeaFairy

+1 with whatshesaid, still yummy!

scribbles

I’m surprised by how much I like it. I’ll get it again next holiday season, if they bring it back.

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drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
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I wish I had read some tasting notes prior to brewing this up, because I saw some hints that might have made this better.

The first cup I had was murky brown with an oil slick on the surface. I took a sip without added anything, but it was too watery. Added creamer, which made it marginally better, but not a lot. I decided to overleaf and over-steep for the second cup in an effort to pull out some flavour. It was still quite weak and watery, but also I picked up on the apple notes, which for me didn’t really go with the blend.

Sipdowns accomplished. And that’s it for the flavoured tea’s for the rest of the evening.

gmathis

I had this blended with another Teavana tea and it wasn’t bad…maybe some type of chocolate chai?

scribbles

I saw other posts where they mixed it with another tea to give it more body. Unfortunately I saw those notes too late.

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drank Pu-erh Cocoa-spice by Tealux
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I don’t very often reach for flavoured tea’s anymore, my preference leans more toward tea straight up. But every once in a while I get a craving, so I do keep some around for when I want to change things up.

A couple of days ago I reorganized my tea cupboard, I came across an envelope that smelled sweet and very chocolaty. I found this sample inside along with another chocolate tea, that I received from JustJames a long time ago. Today I’m going to aim to sip down both samples.

This tea was the perfect choice for a miserable chilly, rainy day/week. It feels like warm weather is never gonna get here. The cocoa takes a back seat…it’s more in the aroma than in the flavour. I steeped it too long, but I thought it tasted ok. The heat from the chili was pretty prominent…and that I really liked that. But I love spicy food. There was a bit earthiness in the taste, but not so much that it bothered me.

I’m on my second cup, and when I’m done, that’ll be one of two done. Thanks JustJames for the sample!

whatshesaid

Sounds tasty!

scribbles

It doesn’t have the greatest reviews, but I like it. Seems to be cool weather tea.

gmathis

I like pu-erh with ice-creamy flavors (chocolate, coconut, strawberry, etc.) Never thought about spice—but I can see how it would work!

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

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