341 Tasting Notes

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drank Boatsman by RiverTea
341 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB #7

Something drew me to this tea as soon as I saw it. It just spoke to me.

I had a bad night last night. I got some bad news that left me feeling emotionally off-kilter. Sleep helped. But tea is also a healing balm.

This tea is lovely. It’s light, fruity without being perfumy, and just what I needed to pick me up. The mango is subtle and not overpowering, and melts into creaminess from the vanilla. There’s only a little bit left in the bag so I’ll be finishing it up before the box moves on.

Flavors: Cream, Mango

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Pass the Stash TTB #6

This is lovely, absolutely lovely. I adore coconut, though it’s not a flavor I usually seek out myself. But when I do have some, I’m reminded how much I truly love it. It’s creamy and warm and adds a hint of decadence to ordinary tea.

Truly wonderful. This tin is staying with me.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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45
drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
341 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB #5

Looking for a non-caffeinated tea in the box tonight so I won’t lie awake until 4:30 AM like I did last night. Whoops.

I love blueberries so I’m always up for trying blueberry flavored anything. Unfortunately, I’m really not getting any blueberry notes from this tea. It’s very tart and I’m not enjoying this at all. I added a bunch of sugar and that didn’t even help.

Flavors: Tart

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Montagne d'Or by Mariage Frères
341 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB #4

I was really looking forward to this one. It smelled divine. Though once I drank it, I could not wrap my head around the flavor because it tasted exactly like lychee black tea. I’m not sure where the apple and “stone fruit” taste is supposed to come from because it’s lychee 100%. Which is not a bad thing; I love lychee tea. But it was not what I was expecting.

If I hadn’t tasted lychee tea first, I probably would have been blown away by this tea because it is lovely.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
341 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB #3

I’ve had other 52teas blends to varying success. This one is better than middling, but not something I would have chosen for myself. I have a very mixed relationship with strawberries – I don’t like them. Fresh strawberries taste awful to me, and yes, I know this makes me strange; I’ve been told. But I love strawberry flavoring (because it doesn’t taste like strawberries!). I end up avoiding a lot of strawberry things because I’m not sure how they’d taste.

This tea had the strawberry flavoring with a undertone of cream. I had to add some sugar to really bring out the flavor. And it’s leaving an odd taste in my mouth. Not sure how I really feel about this.

I could see this being better chilled. Must ponder.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Cheri

I don’t like strawberries, either.

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Pass the Stash TTB #2

I’m really not sure how I feel about this. The flavors are not mixing well and my mouth is so very confused. Also, I’m slightly nauseated by this tea.

I see others really like this but it’s just not for me. I ended up dumping the rest of the mug and brewing something else.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Pass the Stash TTB #1

First tea from the Pass the Stash TTB. It’s kind of meh for me. I’ve definitely had worse rooibos teas, but this isn’t really anything special to write home about. I don’t get much coconut, and just a very faint hint of macadamia. It’s drinkable, but that’s pretty much it.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
341 tasting notes

The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. I just recently bought 5 oz of this because Teavana had it back in stock after a long time of it being gone. And I love it so much. My firs trating of 70 is now too low in my head, and I have to bump it up.

This tea is perfect. It reminds me of a Thai Iced Tea without the heavy cream and the overly sweet flavor. However, I do also have some Thai iced tea mix and I wonder how it would taste blended with this tea… I must experiment. I must.

I brewed up a jug of this, slightly sweetened with rock sugar, last night and stuck it in the fridge, and I’m enjoying a cup of this now. It’s lovely. Absolutely lovely. The spices blend together nicely and I get a hint of pineapple as well.

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I received this in a package along with some truly amazing yarn and spinning fiber from somebody on ravelry. I immediately laughed at the name of this tea, and then oohed over the ingredients list because it sounded delicious.

I steeped a cup of this to go with lunch and it is divine. Smooth, slightly sweet and tart and fruity but not overly so. The cherries definitely come out. It smells like it would be very tart (from the cherries, I guess) but it is just the right amount. There’s a full-feeling to the flavor from the roses, a not-quite perfumy taste. I imagine if I had added sugar it would be more fruity but I really like it as-is now.

However, the sadness. I cannot find anywhere to buy more of this amazing tea. StevenBe is a yarn store in Minneapolis and they have an online store where they sell two teas they’ve commissioned from Bingley’s – neither are Pop Your Cherry Blossom. Alas. (However, both those teas sound amazing and I may have to place an order with them.) I have a message out to the raveler but no response yet. I really hope this wasn’t a one-off and I can buy more of this.

I think it would divine iced, as well.

Flavors: Cherry, Rose, Tart

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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drank SBT: Pear by 52teas
341 tasting notes

I hot brewed a jug of this last night and am frankly disappointed. It’s weak and very perfumy. I wonder if I should have added some sugar… I might try resteeping the bag again and hope it resteeps well.

Flavors: Perfume

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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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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