157 Tasting Notes

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I made this hot and cooled it down so my fiance could have iced tea. He had the brilliant idea of oversweetening this one a bit and adding a sliced lemon and it is perfection! I actually get fruit this time around and the lemon really brings out the blueberry. Now I wish we weren’t almost out of this one…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I brewed another cup of this last night using my leftover leaves. The second steep is so much better than the first! The cinnamon is still the prominent flavor, but is toned down enough to actually compliment the apple. The floral notes are gone! It actually tastes like apple cider!

Now I’m really on the fence about this one…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve had this one other time when I cold brewed it for my fiance. Cold brewed, it’s like a very floral apple juice. Not bad, especially in small doses. I tired it again last night as a hot tea and I’m really on the fence. The first part of the sip is all Hot Cinnamon Spice with apples, and I really like it. Then, the taste goes flat and floral, which makes it really hard to take another sip. :-/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
157 tasting notes

Oh, Strawberry Cream, I debated getting you for so long. You sounded so delicious, and, indeed, your first cup was all creamy fruity perfection. Subsequent cups have, unfortunately, fallen quite flat and I get more sucker-punch strawberry than anything else. You’re not bad, Strawberry Cream, but I think I’m going to take a long hiatus from you.

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Backlog from yesterday; this was one of the teas available at work.

This one isn’t bad. I wouldn’t want a box of it, but it’s a decent lemony tea. The honey comes across as a floral taste and the lemon adds bite to the background.

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I feel like I did something wrong with this tea … but I also enjoyed it. Yay for flexible tea?

Also: if anyone has steeping instructions for 52Teas white blends, please share with me! I’m in the dark on the best way to brew this and I really don’t trust my own judgement.

Dry, this smells heavily of raspberries. Steeped, this tastes like a mixture of raspberries, white tea, pastry, and a hint of confectioner’s sugar. On my first sip, I was honestly shocked to be able to taste confectioner’s sugar! 52Teas does do a good job flavoring their teas! As I sipped, the sugary taste devolved into raspberries and pastry crust. Not sure this one is my favorite, but I enjoyed it.

[1.5tsp/8oz 170F/3min]

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Virginia

I love this: “I really don’t trust my own judgement” haha

LiberTEAS

I don’t necessarily have 52Teas’ steeping instructions for white tea, but here are my basic steeping parameters for white tea: low temperature, usually 160 – 175 degrees F. Steep time is usually 3 1/2 minutes to 5 minutes, depending upon how low a temp I use. If I use 175, I go with 3 1/2 minutes, if I go lower, I adjust the brew time, brewing a little longer for a lower temperature water.

I hope that made sense.

sundaysipping

That’s awesome! Thank you – I’m going to try that next time I make this one!

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I picked this up this weekend while restocking my fiance’s favorite tea. It smells like a pina colada in the bag! The seven minute recommended steep time kind of freaked me out, but I ended up with a dark maroon brew that tasted like … tropical LifeSavers with pineapple in the aftertaste.

Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Backlog.

I was really excited about this one. Starfruit in tea! I remember having starfruit in elementary school and thinking that it was the most exotic, wonderous thing ever. It’s delicious and it looks like a star! I was probably seven and very easily amused (actually, still am…).

Anyway. This one smells like the very definition of tropical in the bag. There are a ton of fruit pieces and I don’t see any white tea whatsoever. Bummer.

Steeped, there’s a lot of tea debris at the bottom of my mug and the tropical scent is mostly gone. It tastes vaguely fruity and very very juicy. Seriously. I’ve heard teas described as being juicy before, but couldn’t imagine such a taste until I had this tea. That being said, it doesn’t knock my socks off. It’s kind of weird, which isn’t a bad thing … I’m just not sure I need this tea in my cupboard.

Anna

This sounds so strange.

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Backlog from yesterday’s sipdown.

I’m relieved this tea is finally gone. The last pot was all slightly-oversteeped fruit in desperate need of some sweetener, but the two pots before that had the same taste and mouthfeel as melted peanut butter. I really enjoyed this one originally – yay, fruity dessert tea! – but I think 2oz was enough for me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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The initial scent of this one is all delicious pumpkin … which then fades to something that reminds me of Mango Mate Pu’erh Punch. Yuck! I’ve been having mostly good luck with the teas I got from Teavana’s Heavenly Sale and I’d really like it if the few I have left aren’t drain-worthy.

Anyway, I really wasn’t looking forward to this tea today. The smell of the dry leaves was nauseating. I made two thermoses of this to take to work and added cinnamon creamer to both. And … this tea is actually pretty good! It reminds me of a watery egg nog with some pumpkin added.

Yay! Another breakfast tea I can be happy about drinking! I’m so glad this one tastes better than it smells.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

My cupboard is stocked with a lot of DAVIDsTEA at the present, although I do have a few teas from some local shops. I’m looking forward to branching out and trying teas from different vendors and shops. Let the journey begin!

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