274 Tasting Notes

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drank Apple Flower Tea by TeaCuppa
274 tasting notes

A very pleasant, light floral taste. Slightly sweet, slightly sour. It’s similar to chrysanthemum tea with a slight sour undertone. Very very nice. I think this would taste lovely blended with some oolong or black tea.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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67

For the second steep, I blended this with some TeaCuppa Chrysanthemum and it was very very nice. The chrysanthemum added a nice hint of subtle sweetness and complemented the earthiness of the Pur-erh. I highly recommend that combination!

Preparation
8 min or more

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67

I oversteeped this. I walked away from the tea and forgot about it until long past when I should have taken the leaves out. Still, the flavor was not bitter, or overly strong (which makes me wonder how weak it is if I had followed the steeping instructions).

I grew up on Pu-erh tea in Chinese restaurants. To my mind, this is what generic tea tastes like. I find it honestly a little bland and boring because of that. Maybe I’ll find a Pu-erh tea that rises above the class one day.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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I knew this was probably a bad idea but it smelled so yummy dry. I like my tea to taste like tea, but I needed a couple more dollars to my total bill in order to use a coupon, so I grabbed this. It smelled like a delicious almond cookie!

It does not taste like a delicious almond cookie. My issue with blended and flavored teas is that I end up not being able to taste the tea or the flavors very well. There’s supposedly cinnamon and almond in here, and I can taste them but the flavor is subtle, and it masks the tea flavor. I’d rather have my tea plain, methinks.

At least this cost less than the coupon saved me so in the end, I still came out ahead.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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74
drank Chrysanthemum Bud Tea by TeaCuppa
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This was a pleasant surprise after the disappointing honeysuckle from TeaCuppa – but then I guess if you mess up chrysanthemum tea, something is truly wrong with your operation. This is an extremely light and refreshing tea. I drink it straight but it would taste delicious sweetened and iced, I imagine.

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34
drank Pure Green by Yogi Tea
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Meh. Like all generic green bagged tea, the flavor is too light for my taste. This was a gift, so I’ll drink it, but not something I’d ever buy on my own. Steeped forever to get the maximum out of the weak flavor.

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Honeysuckle Tea by TeaCuppa
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I have fond memories of drinking flower teas at Chinese restaurants when we went out to eat, so I was happy to find some honeysuckle tea. This was a disappointment, and I’m not sure if it’s because the quality of the tea is just bad, or if my parents just doctored the pot with tons of sugar when I was a kid (possibly both).

I did not love this tea. First, when I opened the tin, the dried honeysuckle smelled almost moldy, which was an instant turn off. I sucked it up and steeped a couple pinches (hard to measure this tea) of the flower buds. The flavor was extremely light. It wasn’t unpleasant, thankfully – I wouldn’t have been surprised given the smell of the dried tea. But was just much lighter then I expected.

Thinking about it, the honeysuckle buds looked immature – they weren’t even close to fully opened, and I seem to remember the tea we used to drink having mature buds.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Milk Oolong by TeaCuppa
274 tasting notes

When I opened the tin, the smell was lovely and strong. I steeped two teaspoons for approximately 3 minutes.

First sip: the flavor is a bit weaker than I expected, given the strong smell.
Second sip: Hmm… stronger flavor, and the almost-salty taste when it hits the back of your tongue distinctive of milk oolong.
Third sip onward: Much better. But the flavor is still lacking some of the complexity I expect from milk oolong.

It’s a decent, but I probably won’t be ordering more from TeaCuppa when I’m done with the tin because I know there’s better out there.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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I don’t normally like fruit-flavored teas because often, the fruit flavor negates the tea flavor and I can’t taste either. That is not the case with this tea. It’s delightful. Sweet, without being cloying, and it still tastes like tea!

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This was was the sample of the day when I walked past the shop, and it was absolutely delicious. I plopped down way more money than I should have to get myself some. This is just very good quality tea. The oolong flavor is very strong, but there’s a freshness and almost sweetness to it that is extremely tasty and refreshing. I’ve been hoarding the little bit of this I have left since I learned Teavana discontinued it.

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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, and then blacks. For the most part I do not like flavored or blended teas, and I never add sugar or cream to tea from the actual tea plant.

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

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