319 Tasting Notes

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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #14

This was the last tea I sampled. It was late, vendors were starting to pack up, and I was still exploring the back room. This vendor was tucked away in the corner and was busy talking to somebody else. I managed to sneak a sample of the coconut black tea and it was delicious. Coconuty, creamy – exactly as a coconut tea should be.

Flavors: Coconut

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drank Four Seasons Oolong by Health&Tea
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea #13

After trying the GABA oolong, the vendor offered me a sample of the Four Seasons Oolong, to cleanse my palate, I think. This is a nice oolong, smooth and buttery with floral notes. It’s lighter than I tend to like my oolongs, however, and I either would have steeped it longer or used more leaves to see how that changed the flavor.

Always happy to try new oolongs!

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drank Serene GABA Oolong by Health&Tea
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #12

Hooray! I finally got Steepster to add this tea. It kept giving me errors, and I eventually realized it was because their database didn’t like “Health & Tea” with spaces.

This was an interesting tea. I’d never heard of GABA before, and I was intrigued. I love oolong and am always up for new oolong experiences.

So I don’t know if this is true of GABA as a whole but the entire taste of the tea was just wrong. It did not taste like oolong, instead tasting more like black tea. It had the sour and bitter flavor notes I associate with black tea, and none of the buttery notes I love and adore in oolong. So disappointed.

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drank Spring Break by TeaScapes
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #11

This tea smelled divine. However, the sample I got had just finished steeping and very hot, which hid the flavors. After letting it cool a bit, I started getting hints of fruit but nowhere near as strong as it would have if it had been cooled and sweetened a bit. I think this would be a lovely summer iced tea, but hot, it missed the mark for me.

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drank Creme Brulee by Kanlo
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #10

This was delicious! Smooth, creamy, with caramel flavor. It tasted like creme brulee – amazing!

I know Christina liked this too because she bought several tins from this vendor – including one of this.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Inkling

Ooo, this sounds super tasty! I’ve never heard of Kanlo before…do they sell online?

Inkling

Thank you! :)

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drank Black Key Lime Pie by Sahpat Teas
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #9

The Sahpat folks had this has an infusion to taste, as opposed to brewed. It was WOW. The flavor hit me in the face. It was lime lime lime. Honestly it was actually a bit much for me, though I don’t know if that was because it was a cold day and I wanted something warm and not fruity, or because the flavor was too strong for my tastes.

I’ve only had one other lime tea before and did enjoy it, but in hindsight do remember thinking the lime was a bit strong. So it may be a bit of both – cold day and my own personal preferences.

I think others would be blown away by this. Especially if you love lime.

Flavors: Lime

Nicole

An infusion? As in a cold steep as opposed to a hot one? Sounds tasty.

Nicole

Oh, except for the stevia. Was it sweet?

Debbie

It wasn’t really. Very slightly sweetened, but I think it more helped bring out the lime flavor.

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drank Toasted Almond by Sahpat Teas
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #8

So those who follow me know my love affair with almond everything. So I knew I had to try this as soon as I walked past. I think I would have loved this save for one thing: the sample was way oversweetened to the point of cloyingness. I know that sugar is sometimes needed to bring out the full flavor of flavored teas, but there is no reason to turn tea into sugar water.

That said, underneath the sugar, the almond came right through with some hints of cinnamon. I really wish I could have tried this sans sugar. I bet I would have loved it.

No rating because the sample was doctored in a way I never would have.

Flavors: Almond

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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #7

I had wandered the main hall and was ready to shell out some money when I realized there was a whole other back room with vendors! Joseph Wesley was the first who caught my eye. He had a series of tins of just straight black tea of varying varieties, and he offered me a sample of the Lapsang Souchong.

Which was very very different than any other Lapsang I’ve had. It wasn’t smoked.
Which honestly threw me because I love the smokey flavor of Lapsang. But this was quite nice.

Honestly, most plain black teas are wasted on me. I don’t appreciate the subtlety in a way I do with white or oolongs. But I feel I need to up my tea game, so to speak, and learn some more, and did end up buying a tin of this.

Overall, I did enjoy it. It was dark, still had a slight smokey taste, with sour notes toward the end. I appreciated that this vendor was different than most of the others in that he did not offer blends, and that he was the only vendor who had plain black teas.

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drank 2005 Aged Oolong by Bingley's Tea
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #6

I knew I had to visit the Bingley’s booth as soon as I saw their name in the vendors list. I have heard such amazing things about their Jane Austen line, and I loved the one StevenBe tea I’ve had the pleasure of drinking – with the wonderful name of ‘Pop Your Cherry Blossom.’

And I am so glad I did! As drawn as I was to some of their blends, I knew I had to try this aged oolong. I love love LOVE oolongs, and I love roasted oolongs. But I have never tried aged. This was so different from other oolongs. It isn’t as smooth as what I’ve come to expect from oolongs, instead having a bit of a bite toward the end of the sip. It’s dark and slightly bitter and just lovely. I really wish I had made it back to the booth before I spent as much as I did.

Hillel

I tasted this at the Philly Fest too and had to get some. Delicious! Looking forward to sampling it under better conditions than the festival. Also looking forward to aging it a couple more years to see how it changes (if I can keep my hands off it for that long).

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drank O Christmas Tea by Capital Teas
319 tasting notes

Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #5

My first thought when I tasted this tea is that it reminded me a lot of Enchanted Forest – mainly because of the almond. I love almond; adore it, and if a tea has a nice almond flavor I am inclined to love it.

This tea is no exception. Unlike the fruity sweetness of Enchanted Forest, this tea is more savory and heavy. A perfect tea to curl up under a blanket with while the temperature’s dropping outside. I didn’t pick up some of this at the show but I’m second-guessing myself now.

Good thing there are several stores near me.

Flavors: Almond

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens. For the most part, I don’t like straight black tea, but appreciate it as part of a blend or flavored. I’ve learned to love the world of flavored teas out there.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I started drinking for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Love: Oolong, almond, coconut, peach
Hate: Ginger

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