341 Tasting Notes

72
drank Kettle Corn by 52teas
341 tasting notes

I have to work tonight so I figured now would be a good time to steep a cup of this mate. By the way for those of you who are curious it’s pronounced ma as in mama and te like tay. :)

It’s been a long time since I’ve had mate so I feel that I can’t be a very good judge but I’m enjoying this cup. Flavors of hay and a slight mintyness to it. To be honest I don’t taste the kettle corn. But with the roasty flavor of the tea I can see the comparison.

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71
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Oh yummy! So sweet and decadent! Even the steeped leaves have an intense sweet smell to them! For some reason I am thinking and tasting popcorn! Ah crap… now all I’m thinking about is popcorn. I can barely even taste the black tea base. It hits my tongue first but is immediately taken over by the white chocolate, and then the popcorn flavor gets the rest.

Flavors: Popcorn, White Chocolate

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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71
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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80
drank Tea Break by Lupicia
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This is another one in the set of Christmas teas that I mainly bought because I love the art on the tin. The tenant self is also very appealing. they close tightly and fit plenty of loose leaf tea. But enough about the tin. I hadn’t actually looked at what tea came with this one but of all straight black tea this one is probably one of my favorites. It has a sweet scent in the dry leaves. Generally I find it’s a bit sweeter then other black teas when steeped. I find it hard to describe this one. I know people say malty but I guess I can’t really understand it. Like saying salty without ever having tasted salt.

I added a bit of amaertto honey to mine. So yum.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I liked this one, too. Malty with a bit of earth and raisin. :)

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70
drank Carol by Lupicia
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The fruity flavors seem to come out more in the first few minutes of steeping. Once you’ve past the 2 minute threshold the black tea starts taking over. I think ive got a good blend at 2:15. It has a slight woodsy taste, the black tea that it. I’m not tasting much vanilla though so the tea bag is going back in.

Ah 30 seconds in and I’m tasting it a bit more but still not as much as I’d like. It’s also starting to lose it’s fruityness and becoming more woodsy. So out it comes again. Fir good this time.

I’ll be honest though…. I bought it for the tin… so cute.

Dustin

I wonder if the decaf version would taste or steep any differently.

Skysamurai

My guess would be yes because of the process they go through to make the tea have less caffeine

Cameron B.

I have both, I’ll let you know! :P

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74
drank Plum Barley by Lupicia
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Well this is…. unique. Good but just… I can’t quite grasp how different it is from anything else I’ve tried. It kinda makes me think of hojicha in a way. Maybe it’s because of rhe toasty/roasty flavor. I thought I had tried it before but I don’t remember this strong a flavor! I do probably need more water though. And the plum! Umeboshi! Haha not quite but I do sense hints of that here and there.

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83

Good heavens! Why did I ever mix honeybush and rooibos together? Whioe they are somewhat similar honeybush is much smoother and sweeter. If a pina colada became a tea thus is what it would taste like!

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
8 min or more

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74

A fruity dry smell. It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten a kiwi but this taste is very reminiscent of it. Hints of cheesecake here and there. It also smells quite good when steeped.

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68

This needs a new name. It reminds me more of a chai or the mulling spices you put in apple cider. Mulling spices shou mei or Spicy Christmas. Regardless of name I like the flavors I’m tasting. The spices are the dominate flavor is definitely all of the spices while the white tea is somewhat light. Think I might have to bake this into something..

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Anlina

When I think Christmas cookies, I always think of shortbread or decorated sugar cookies, so chai spices seem like totally the wrong association to me. A Christmas cookie tea would taste buttery, sweet and pastry-like, but not loaded with spices.

TeaBrat

The Christmas Cookie tea from Capital Teas is much the same! More of a spice overload than a pastry…

teapartyfortwo

Oh no! I’ve got this one on the way. Now I’m afraid. I hope I don’t dislike it due to the overload of spices. I was hoping for something that would put me in the mindset of an actual Christmas cookie, like a ginger snap or something along those lines.

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63

Have you ever had a steep where you try to put the baby to sleep but she doesn’t want to so she hangs out with daddy while your in the shower and when you get out you notice the toilet needs cleaning and then you end up cleaning all the bathrooms; then you come back to your tea an hour after all that? Sorry to ramble.

Anyway. An interesting tea. For a honeybush its very light on flavor. Hints of chocolate pop up here and there. Orange is definitely dominate though. Maybe the long steep really brought out more orange.

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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. 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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