278 Tasting Notes


The lemon in this lemon-strawberry combo comes from lemon balm rather than lemon peel; I consider this a happy change as lemon peel is often so bitter. While the strawberry and lemon balm are delicious together, the flavor is so faint! I feel like I’m smelling this but not quite tasting it. I don’t know if I got an old sample or need to revise my steeping methods? There aren’t any instructions on the bag, but black tea is usually pretty straightforward. Hmmm, I’ll experiment more with this one another time.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My small order of sample packs from New Mexico Tea Company just came in. Super fast shipping, even with the long weekend! I’ve never had anything from NMTC before so I’m really excited to try them.

First up, the coconut one (given my weakness for coconut, this was an obvious choice.)

It smells amazing, it’s like opening a bag of Mounds. As far as flavor: the base tea is pretty strong in this, so while I taste the coconut, I’d say I’m getting 65% base flavor, 35% coconut.

I can’t help comparing this to my other coconut black tea, David’s Buttered Rum. The Buttered Rum is definitely more nuanced, since the coconut in that is toasted and the whole tea is designed to evoke a couple of flavors, not just coconut. The Coconut Dream is more straightforward — just tea and coconut as far as I can tell — but the flavor is nice and fresh, so still a very enjoyable tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I discovered Butterfly Herbs as I was passing through downtown Missoula. The store itself is lovely, an old-timey shop with big glass jars of candy, coffee, herbs, and tea. I opened some of the jars to sniff them, but the teas I was most interested in (black teas flavored with things like lime, wild cherry, currants, etc.) smelled incredibly chemical. Perhaps they’re using alcohol-based flavorings? I’ve never really run into this before with tea, so I decided to take the safe route with this orange pekoe, which smelled perfectly harmless.

Now that I’ve got it steeped up, I think I may have gone too safe. The flavor isn’t bad, just weak and flat. Hard to tell if this is from age or it’s just a weak strain. Maybe adding extra leaves next time will help.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Gopaldhara Queen by Tealet
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Haven’t had this tea in a while and I vaguely remember feeling so-so about it — mostly because I’m just not crazy about darjeeling. It tasted really good today though, very fresh without being too raw. Maybe I steeped it a little differently without realizing? Or maybe my tastebuds have just changed, who knows.

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
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Well, this one sure didn’t last long, sigh. So good! Must get more soon.

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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True to its name, this tastes like strawberry, coconut, and pineapple. The hibiscus is also coming through. Herbals are never going to be my favorite, but this is pretty good.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a bag of this before and loved it, but now it’s just kind of meh. I don’t know if the flavor varies from batch to batch or if my taste buds changed. I going to dig up my old steeping notes and see if there are any clues in there.

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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The smell of this is amazing, so peachy strong. While the flavor doesn’t pack half the punch of the aroma, it’s still good, sweet and definitely peach. I’m drinking it hot right now, but David’s description of it repeatedly mentions iced, so I guess I’ll try it that way next.

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drank Nepali Silver by Tealet
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Sipdown of this. Light muscatel and olive notes, earthy. While this was never my favorite, it’s a quality tea, with an interesting flavor profile.

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Sipdown. For me, the LongWu dragon well from Tealet has the slight edge over this one — it’s a bit sweeter and nuttier, while this one has a touch of salt. It really comes down to personal preference though, they’re both quality teas.

p.s. I’m amazed I originally thought this tea had fruity notes. I’m not getting that at all now. I have had it awhile though, so maybe that has something to do with it?

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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
white tea if it’s heavily dosed with peaches
oolong? I’m starting to think oolong is the best of both worlds — I haven’t had many yet, but those I’ve tried have been divine.
vanilla things
lots of mint!

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.

Bergamot lives in a weird little category of its own. Sometimes it’s very good. Sometimes it’s very bad. I don’t know why my feelings toward it are always in flux, though the brand is a factor to some extent. Tea companies seem to have vastly different opinions about how to make earl grey.


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