105 Tasting Notes

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
105 tasting notes

So Azzrian gave me this unopened. I hope she got some…

I think I expect a bit too much from my chocolate/dessert flavored teas. :/

Smell: Dry, in the bag. This smelled….cakey, chocolately (sort-of) and a weird, artificial something. Sugary maybe, but like, overly so. It wasn’t bad, I enjoyed the scent, but it had something weird to it. Steeping I smelled cocoa.

Taste: Hmm. See, I really want to be like WOW! But…no. Sorry. Now, it wasn’t horrible but…ah, just read on.

So this tea wasn’t a major chocolate anything. I could taste chocolate, and the candy bits (maybe that was the weird sugary flavor/scent?) and this was after two spoonfuls of regular white sugar (trying to conserve the raw sugar, it’s expensive) and letting it cool. It just tasted way too sweet to me, and it wasn’t a chocolate sweet. It was just sweet, sweet. And it was yummy enough to enjoy, I guess, but I think I either did something wrong or just expect too much of something labeled “chocolate cake.” But I mean, shouldn’t it taste like that if that’s what it says? I’m going to try again. And add some chocolate chips. Oh, cream made it good, more cakey to me. Anybody else had success with this tea after some experimenting? I need some tips!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Are you sure it was unopened? Humm maybe. I got two samples of this from two different people (I think) and passed one on to you. Maybe it was brand new. Cool (hoping this posts) Not only is steepster running slow but I am also having connection issues – no one out to check on it till SATURDAY so not only am I disconnected a lot from you all but I can’t work either BAH

TeaBrat

I have never been super thrilled by any chocolate tea…

Kittenna

For whatever reason I just liked this one the way it was :)

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drank Peach Bliss Tea by Culinary Teas
105 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday afternoon!

This tea was ok.

Smell: Dry, in the bag. Cirtusy, and a bit peachy. An odd mix, really. Couldn’t place everything. Steeping it was about the same.

Taste: Very subtle, though I swear there was something citrusy, so I added a bit of lemon. It was alright, actually. The peach was….there? Maybe? I don’t know. It was kind of bitter, too.

My guess is that I need to try again, maybe add more leaf, and also maybe try it cold. I’ll add more once I do that. Though it might be a little while.

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drank Teh Tarik by Owl
105 tasting notes

Azzrian I am a happy camper!

This tea is instant, a powder that comes in a little packet, and it’s really yummy to me.

Smell: Dry, in the mug. It doesn’t really smell. It’s just a powdered tea, not much to say. Once mixed with the water, it smells like some sort of tea. I can’t really say which, but I’d say a black tea, or a sort of weaker chai.

Taste: It just screams chai latte to me, without a whole bunch of spices. There is a flavor there that I recognize, and I can taste milk. Two packs of sugar had to go in, because by itself, though good, it wasn’t sweet enough. But once I sweeten it, OH GOSH! I love it! It’s just creamy and yummy and has this spice that is light, and there, but not overly so. I’m very happy with it, and it is instant, so it can be a quick thing.

I put steep time at 15 seconds, just because you pour the water and it is somewhat mixed already, but you stir it and it is good to go.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

Hey Violet – check this out!! This is how they make it traditionally …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cvH8bCl14Y&feature=related

Bonnie

Cool video!

Violet

I saw! It’s awesome!

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Thank you Azzrian! I can see why you love this!!

This tea…I don’t know how to explain it properly, really. I highly enjoyed this tea. But there were some complications, I guess you could say. I’ll explain in my tasting note, so don’t worry.

Smell: Dry, in the bag. It had a floral aroma, with a hint of something citrus. Reading over the ingredients/tea description, it mentioned strawberry and lemon, so that makes sense. It’s a nice scent, and not too strong. Dainty, light, sweet. :-) Steeping it was about the same, though I find that steeping for most of my teas always kind of mutes the scent. It’s not bad, it’s just how it is. The color was nice, too, a dark reddish brown.

Taste: This is where I faced problems. It was REALLY GOOD! It was!! But I can’t really find the words to describe what I was tasting. One of the tea descriptors was “malty” and I don’t think I know what that tastes like yet. It also had a floral, sweet taste too it, which was nice, and that citrusy/fruity taste, but I couldn’t place the tastes. It was very yummy despite not being able to properly describe it, and I am very pleased with it. I’m glad I have enough for several cups, which also means a little bit of experimenting, but not TOO much! Oh, just because I always put how I make it: two packets of sugar in the raw. I think next time I may try a bit of cream. Don’t know though.

I also steeped this in a mug, like my other tea, but it turned out better because this mug held about 8 oz, and I properly filled it. So no diluting for today! :-)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

wow this sounds incredible!! it’s not an earl is it?

Violet

No, it’s just a floral, citrusy tea. I don’t think it is black, either, because it’s got a very dark reddish brown color. I need to check the tea description again….

Azzrian

http://www.englishteastore.com/bulk-loose-tea-lady-londonderry-4oz.html

Our Lady Londonderry Tea is a delightful afternoon tea with a malty floral flavor and hints of strawberry and lemon. This tea is made from black tea, dried orange, daisy white, and natural flavors. This tea is delicious hot or iced, and either way, your family and guests will feel like royalty!

For the best brew, Lady Londonderry Black Tea should steep in water that has been brought to a rolling boil for 2-5 minutes.

The above link has a video about it too! I love that english tea store does videos for their teas :)

Azzrian

Violet you were right about the malty flavor! Its subtle though.

Violet

That video was awesome! I loved how he gave several ways to make it, i.e: milk, or no milk. Lemon if you want to bring out a bit more of the lemon flavor, what to eat with it, etc. I really did love the tea, and can’t wait to try out the other ideas! (Especially trying it with milk!)

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Last log. Got the water right, steeped 4 minutes again. It was much better. :-) I also added a bit of cream and let it cool just slightly. So, the flavors came out again and really were yummy. :-)

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I decided I’d go ahead and do my tasting note, even though like I said before, I diluted it on accident. As it cooled, it got sweet enough for me to taste it enough to up the rating, and be able to give a decent review. (I’ll still put in another one tomorrow, after I taste it again, just to be doubly sure!)

Smell: Dry, in the bag. OH MY GOODNESS BLACKBERRIES! But creamy blackberries. And I think I could smell a hint of vanilla. It almost smelled like a blackberry dessert of some kind, cobbler or something. Either way, a good aroma. Steeping it was about the same, but more blackberry and less of everything else. Still yummy, and exciting!

Taste: At first, I couldn’t taste a lot, and it was a bit astringent, and had a sour mouthfeel (anything bitter leaves a sour aftertaste for me.) BUT—I could taste a hint of the blackberry as I swallowed, on the back of my tongue, and as it cooled and finally accepted the two packs of raw cane sugar I added, the blackberry came out, very smooth, really sweet, a bit tart (good tart) and the vanilla came out in a creamy note. When it finally got really cold, it sucked and tasted really bitter, but I don’t like any tea cold unless it is iced and mean to be iced, and this tea I don’t think is. It is VERY good, VERY yummy, I cannot WAIT to try cream in it, and it will make an EXCELLENT desssert tea, as well as a pick me up! Yay!

Unfortunately, I have yet to fully read and finish anything Jane Austen wrote. :( As I dig deeper into this tea, I need to go pull out some of my Austen novels to enjoy with it…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Now that would be really cool! Sipping this tea reading her novels! I hope you like it more once you get the steep down but if you do not that is okay. I had a love hate relationship with this myself which is why you got so much of it lol. Its good but I think I wanted to love it more than I did. My feelings won’t be hurt if you don’t fall in love with it. Still, its not a bad tea at all and worth having until you have more things you like more :)

Violet

I actually do really like it! I know that with a better steep, and maybe some cream (though it’s good without) it will be awesome! That’s why the rating went up, is because once the flavors came out it was like “AHHHH!!”

Azzrian

Yup I liked it with cream too :)

Bonnie

Me also!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH AZZRIAN!!

So I’m drinking this out of a mug, and I think I may have put a bit too much water for the amount of tea. I think I ended up steeping 1 tsp of tea in probably 10 oz of water instead of 8, so this tea is still good, but the flavor is diluted a bit, I think. That being said, I am going to wait on the tasting note. I like making sure I did not mess up. So far though, the taste is good, so I think it will be excellent!

Azzrian

You are most welcome!! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Bentley's
105 tasting notes

First time I drank this, it was ok. 3 minutes was the maximum suggested steep time and it tasted a bit bitter. I also forgot to add my review. Lol

Second time, first review.

Smell: Eh, you can’t really smell the tea. I’d blame the bag, but I’ve had lots of fragrant bagged teas. Once steeped, the smell is nice and fragrant but not too much.

Taste: I steeped it two minutes and it was AMAZINGLY good! A nice and smooth EG, not too strong, and very accepting of cream. :-) All in all, I’m very happy!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Violet

You and I must have a lot in common tea wise.

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To be honest, I usually don’t like straight black tea. It’s too bold and kind of bitter to me. But a good English Breakfast and good black tea, once adjusted to the perfect taste, is great. And this happens to be that tea!

Smell: You know, since it was bagged, I didn’t take the time to really smell it, but what I did get was just a smooth, bold black tea smell. But good, you know?

Taste: It’s rich, a bit sweet with a nice strong flavor. I added a little bit of honey, no sugar this time (see, I can enjoy tea with no sugar! Though I have to think back on that because I may have? I’m almost 100% positive I didn’t though) and it came out amazingly well. The honey gave it a pleasant flavor and smoothed out some of the bitter that I find in straight black teas. And it had the slight caffiene kick I needed, and it was just really yummy for a black tea! Unfortunately, I only have one more bag………:-(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My last sample that I haven’t logged from Fusion Tea Room!

So this tea…

Well…hmm…see…I……it was good. But…….it……….sigh It wasn’t what I was expecting, to be completely honest. But let me just review it and then explain.

Smell: Dry, in the bag. CARAMEL CARAMEL OH MY GOODNESS IT SMELLED CAKEY AND YUMMY! Though I did not taste chocolate at all. I mean, I guess maybe it was there….somewhere. Steeping it smelled WAY caramel-y! Yummy.

Taste: On the site it said this tea could be drank straight. I’m sorry, but THAT IS NOT TRUE! For me, at least. When I drank it, it wasn’t sweet and I couldn’t taste anything yummy. (Maybe I steeped it wrong, I don’t know, but at 8 mins and boiling, and following all instructions, twice, I don’t think so.) So I put in one packet of raw cane sugar, and that gave it a bit of a slight caramel taste. Slight. One other packet and it was SUPER sweet and SUPER caramel tasting. That was all though. It had a creamy caramel taste, a rich mouthfeel (haven’t been stretching my tea vocab, I need a start) and a pretty caramel color. Some slight cream may have made it better, maybe even more steep time. All in all, the tea wasn’t bad, I just couldn’t taste lots of yummy stuff. Sorry FTR, this one I don’t think is for me! (But I enjoy it enough to finish it, and keep trying to see if maybe it was something I did…I’m just not convinced this tea isn’t a slice of heaven, all of the other reviews were SO GOOD. So yeah, another go.)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

Yeah instructions are not always best – you will find as you have here you have to play around to find what suits you. While I PREFER a tea I don’t have to add stuff to in order to make it amazing you will find with many and in my opinion especially the dessert type teas – you do. I always add cream and or sugar to my teas that should be sweet but are lacking. I mean chocolate cake tea SHOULD in my view be sweet! Don’t feel bad about adding things to it if that is what it takes but yeah if tea does not arrive and taste the way I feel it should without adding a lot of goop to it I usually won’t reorder.

Violet

I like it enough to reorder, but I have to definitely play around with it.

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