404 Tasting Notes

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I wish this wasn’t called River song. It brings back memories of the pond study I did back in highschool. Which isn’t all bad except that there was always this gross pond scum smell in the pods because we had to go mucking about in the lakes. Anyway… you need all that to understand that I am kinda tasting that smell as I drink this. Bits of coconut and woodsy ceylon base. But overall not really a blend I like. If you want a good coconut chai try Zhena’s Gypsy tea.

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Have you ever eaten strawberries and cream oatmeal? This smells EXACTLY like that. But with a tiny hint of chocolate. It kinda tastes like that too expect with chocolate added. At first it was tasting good but as it’s cooled down I am not liking it as much. It’s better warmer.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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This reminds me of the Rooibos Chai I get from Trader Joe’s. This is a good blend of honeybush, rooibos, and ceylon. It has a nice spicy kick that some chais fail to reach

Haveteawilltravel

Love the name :)

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A very interesting taste for a unique blend of ingredients. Also an odd color in my cup. I’m glad the hibiscus isn’t quite as strong as I thought it was going to be. The vanilla adds a nice touch. Now I’m going to go to the store with my daughter and get ear wax removal drops because this is driving me crazy and going to work like this would make me crabby.

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drank Icewine Tea by Canada True
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Nothing too spectacular about this tea. My first couple of sips were better then my last few. Perhaps it’s better hot. Also think i need to steep it for just a bit longer.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
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Definitely a black based oolong. Darker leaves and clear, amber colored water like black tea. My first thoughts on the taste are of corn husks. I’m also detecting a bit of hay. Slight sweetness in the aroma cup but I’m honestly not tasting any sweetness. I’m not really a fan of most striaght black teas so I will leave this one unrated.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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drank Magnolia Oolong by Tea Ave
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Okie dokie. Not sure of what was going on with the jasmine so I’m moving on to this one. An interesting aroma when dry. Not quite sure but I think of China when I smell it….

1tsp. Small, one cup glass tea pot. Sorry but I microwaved the water. Wasn’t sure if something is wrong with my kettle. Maybe I’m the issue because I drank too many flavoured black teas on my trip. Sorry anyway… at 1 min it was too light so I put it back in again. But even at a minute I can tell how smooth it is. Like silk on my tongue. Light flavor of magnolia and other vegetal flavors. You really have to have a palette capable of tasting all the intricacies of these oolongs. Otherwise it’s very easy to miss. I also find you really need the perfect water temp. I think the flavors come out a bit more as it becomes luke warm.

Second steep about the same. 30 seconds yields very subtle flavors. Much better at a minute not sensing the usual butter oolong flavors. I can kinda tell they’re there but lightly.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
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This is a very delicate oolong. Light on jasmine. Subtle butter. Little bit of honeysuckle. It’s not as strong as I thought it was going to be and I’m wondering if I did something wrong. The other reviews had me so excited but they truly I feel that I must have gotten a bad batch or something.

Yea… I’m really not picking up those nice oolong and usual jasmine scents or tastes. I may have to get the other one from the other box and see if that one is better.

Sample #2 from the other box. Sorry Tea Ave. I know this one was supposed to be for someone else but there was something wrong with the one I had so I wanted to give it another shot. First steep at 30 seconds and 1 min. Much better then the packet I had. Jasmine is still subtle but I’m ok with that. the more I let it cool down the more I can taste. Second steep, even better. Still not getting as much of that buttery oolong, but that’s ok. To me this is more like something in between oolong and green. A new type of tea!

Noticed something else just now as well. The smell of this sample is much better then my first.

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This is probably my favorite blend from 52teas. Goes quite well with trefoils. Its amazing I can really taste the pie. I was worried at first thinking it was rooibos but the fact that it’s honeybush makes it that much better.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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My first impression of this tea was not very good. All I tasted was black …Ceylon? I’m not very good at identifying black bases. Kinda bitter. As I let it cool down I experienced more of the flavors but not as much as I thought I would. I’m going to try this again tomorrow with some …honey or something added and see how it changes.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Haveteawilltravel

The names of these teas are very different xD

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Where to being… well, I’ve been drinking jasmine tea for a long time. It still remains a favorite of mine but I’ve now added any more.

Green teas are my favorite. I like black tea but generally prefer it flavored. I’m finding a new love for oolong. Especially the type that leans more toward green. Whites are nice. Rooibos can be a hit or miss, but honeybush is better. (Golden Honeydew by Lupicia is the best). I don’t mind herbals but it really depends on the ingredients.

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