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290 Tasting Notes

69

Again not sure who I got this one from.

This steeped up rather dark for a white tea.
It has a light honey dew taste and a strong earthy taste, which pretty well takes over.
There was some bitterness which may have been a result of a slight over steeping. Darn finicky white tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I’m not sure who this came from.

ick, this is terrible. I only got a hint of what tasted like it was suppose to be Graham cracker. No smoke, no cream, just black and that slight almost spice taste.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87

Another sample from a swap, this time from kasumi

When I opened the baggie I couldn’t figure out why I would request this, it wasn’t until after I drank it & read the description that I realized why I would ask for this.

This was very different in taste from something I would normally choose, but I’m glad I did. It’s earthy & slightly spicy from the Ginger. and then you get the creamy coconut deliciousness at the end of the sip. I really enjoyed this one.
Definitely want more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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92

Seems I’m running through all my samples from alphakitty today.

This is such a pretty tea.
I of course didn’t read the recommendations for this as, I always brew my tea how I want. Yea I’m a little stubborn, and I could probably learn a few things if only I listened. Alas I did not.

This was so light & refreshing… hot. So yummy I couldn’t even let it cool. I definitely get a melon taste but almost more of a cantaloupe taste. I can see the little ‘hairs’ in my tea hehe

Either way this is delicious. Very beautiful. I’m sure this would be fantastic iced as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I also received this one from alphakitty

As I was sipping this I kinda forgot it was suppose to be cotton candy flavored. It was a nice, light, refreshing blueberry green ( but more generic berry flavour). I found as it cooled I tasted more blueberry. I really enjoyed this, but then got kind of sad after reading the other reviews and seeing everyone got the cotton candy flavour :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Alphakitty

I don’t get much cotton candy either when this is hot, I think it’s best iced like the reg cotton candy blend

tattooed_tea

I have enough for another mug.
Do you cold brew, or pour over ice?

Alphakitty

I usually cold brew, I find that sometimes the over ice method comes out a little bitter.

tattooed_tea

how long do you generally cold brew something. I lack the patience to wait for my tea & never remember to do it the night before

Alphakitty

Usually 12 hours, I do it the night before so it goes while I am sleeping. But I think you could do a shorter steep, you can usually tell when it is done by the color.

Tea Sipper

I think you steeped it too long! In my notes, after I waited for the water to cool a while, the flavor after 30 seconds was great but I put the infuser back in for 15 more seconds and much of the flavor was lost. I’ll go for 35 seconds total next time.

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drank Mango Ice Cream by 52teas
290 tasting notes

I received this from alphakitty

I don’t get much in smell other than just a black tea, as it steeps I geta bit of a mango smell.

At first sip I don’t get much flavour other than some astringency.
I am tasting a bit of mango & a slight amount of cream, this tea may have benefited from a little less leaf than I usually use. and I may have steeped it a bit long.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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57

I received this as a prize at the tea party I went to last weekend, basically as a thank you because I spent the most money.

It smells very strongly of rooibos, but I am also getting a strong salted caramel smell.
I find the rooibos comes out at the forefront, which really isn’t my thing. and then you get the salted caramel taste.

not what I was expecting, but decent.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Sil

haha these guys were at the toronto tea festival. Now i know where i’d thought i’d heard of them.

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86

I have received so many swap packages in the past week or so, that I can’t remember who this is from.

As we all know Della Terra has quickly become one of my favourite tea companies, if not my favourite. And this tea is no exception.

Chocolate teas can be hit or miss, but this is yummy. It’s better hot than after it cools, you really get the strawberry flavour when it’s hot. Very sweet & juicy & the nice touch of milk chocolate.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jackie T

I sent you that one, I’m glad you like it :)

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14

I received this from fiddling

I have determine Teavana can’t do chai or cinnamon. BLECH! It always tastes like liquified cinnamon heart. I love those, but not in liquid form. This one is however less offensive than the others.
Glad I didn’t waste money on this, especially since there is hardly any oolong in it. I looked at it as I was scooping it out of the pack & thought to myself “wasn’t this suppose to be an oolong?”

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fiddling

I like chai and oolong, but for some reason I’m not really a fan of this tea. Something about it just tastes off… maybe it’s the ginger. I feel obligated to not let it go to waste since I received it as a gift, but I’m glad I saved you from buying something you don’t like.

Alphakitty

This was way way too cinnamony for me too, blurgh

tattooed_tea

See I LOVE cinnamon, but not when it tastes like liquified candy.

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
290 tasting notes

I received this from alphakitty

I dunno what happened but I am getting mainly some astringency with the faintest hint of caramel goodness. Had to toss it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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