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1614 Tasting Notes


Tea #31 from Considering a new TTB
This is another company that I’ve been meaning to place an order with, Dr Jim introduced me to them in another TTB I was a part of last year and I fell in love with several of their teas. This is one I haven’t had a chance to try yet and ended up being exactly what I was looking for this morning. I’ve been craving something sweet and this has a sweetness to it that tastes almost like peaches. I may consider ordering some of this in the future, I really enjoyed it.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #30 from Considering a new TTB
Before the TTB I had never heard of wei-chuan, i’m always excited to try new to me companies. This tea had a sweet, almost peach, fruit flavor to it. It isn’t nearly as bold as I like my oolongs, but it wasn’t bad at all. This is the kind of tea I could see myself picking up at the Asian market if I’ve run out of tea while I’m on the road.

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1614 tasting notes

Tea #29 from Considering a new TTB
This is the last caffeine free option in the TTB. It’s an interesting combination of ingredients, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the pink peppercorns in the blend, but they don’t seem to lend much of a flavor. The florals are present, without being soapy with a slightly tart flavor from the rose hips. Overall, this isn’t a bad tea to end my day with, but it isn’t something I’m likely to order for myself since there are so many chamomile blends that I prefer over this one.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #28 from Considering a new TTB
I think it’s a bit misleading to have oolong in the name of this tea because it is mostly rooibos. I could only find a small amount of oolong hidden among the various nuts and candied fruit pieces; then again that seems to be the trend with teavana. Flavorwise this tasted mostly of apples and cinnamon, which wasn’t at all what I was expecting, although it did have a slight nuttiness to it. It may not have been what I was expecting and could certainly benefit from a more descriptive name, I did really enjoy this tea.

This tea won’t be continuing on

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

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Tea #27 from Considering a new TTB
I wish I could have found an ingredient list for this tea, there is apparently something in it that I’m allergic to so I ended up dumping it out after the first sip.

Time for some Claritin and a different cup of rooibos

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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