251 Tasting Notes

80

Thank you, Frolic, for your insight into steeping up these directionless miscreants!

Based on the other honeybush teas I’ve had and what notes other Steepsterites made about how they steeped this tea, this is what I ended up with:

Teaware: 16oz glass infuser mug
Measured dry: 2tsp
Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: 8min
Additives 4tsp raw sugar

While my drink steeped merrily away, I had to sniff the dry blend again. I was shocked at first at its sharp bite, because on its own it smells like dried fruit and vinegar. Fortunately the raving of other reviewers made me curious enough to try it despite the… aroma.

My first sip was very reassuring, but it tasted like some additional time was needed. I started at 6 minutes because it’s heck of a lot easier (and possible!) to add time than take it away. I wasn’t surprised, since some of the top reviewers were at 8 minutes or more.

Once it was finished doing its thing, I think my tastebuds actually cheered! It is a very sweet, creamy concoction that hints at the wonderful tang of cheesecake. I’m also getting a wee bit of the peanut butter cup, although it’s more of a dark chocolate nip than something smoother and milkier.

All in all, this has been a pretty fabulous surprise, and if I hadn’t gone a little tea crazy in my recent ordering I might be tempted to keep a little of this on hand!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
251 tasting notes

This one tastes a little more like mulling spices than a tea, and I couldn’t taste the black tea at all. If my husband didn’t have a strange appreciation for it, it would be going straight into the swap pile!

Read the full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/11/christmas-by-adagio-teas.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

This is sweet and mild, with only a hint of spices. It did take me a while, but luckily I was making cookies to send my dad and hit upon it: snickerdoodle cookies! Add a dash of almond extract to the dough, a hint of nutmeg to the cinnamon sugar coating, bake, and you’ve got it!

Here’s a link to my full review:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/11/nutcracker-sweet-by-celestial-seasonings.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

Want to drink candy? Here’s your chance! This rich, syrupy tea is the illegitimate love child of a candy cane and a thin mint. It’s a tasty treat, but so rich it’ll have to be special-occasion-only for me!

You can read the full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/11/santas-secret-by-davidstea.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do a creme brûlée sugar crust on pumpkin pie? With this tea, you don’t have to wonder anymore! There are two distinct waves of flavor – the browned and melted sugar of a creme brûlée crust and then, almost as an aftertaste, a super creamy pumpkin pie. It’s rich and decadent, but doesn’t bring on the same wave of regret the real thing would inspire. This is going on the shopping list!

You can read the full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/11/pumpkin-creme-brulee-by-butiki-teas.html

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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80

This came my way as part of the Pageant of Winter Teas – thanks, Piccolo!

Opening this package was like unpacking a stocking on Christmas morning. The dark chocolate and plant-based raspberry flavoring work beautifully together to bring to life one of my favorite holiday treats! I didn’t really taste the base as much as some of the other reviewers (different steeping methods?), but the chocolately-goodness of this blend more than made up for it!

You can read the full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/11/raspberry-chocolate-bark-by-teajo-teas.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

This was a wonderful way to kick off our Thanksgiving break! After we dialed in the perfect match of tea and time for us (1.5tsp/8oz for 3min) I was amazed at the balance and creaminess.

The taste of this tea actually hit me in stages: first came the slight smokiness of the cloves and black base, then the cinnamon and an almost pumpkin-pie creaminess. Finally, all the notes combined to create a real gingerbread cookie flavor in the aftertaste.

This is one I wouldn’t mind keeping in the cupboard full time!

You can read the full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/11/gingerbread-black-tea-by-simpson-vail.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

I wasn’t feeling like a black tea this morning, so I decided to give this a try. I think last time I made it I used my gaiwan, but this time, in my perfect mug, it was… well, rather perfect for the moment!

My school house tea-making is rather lax in general, so I think this steeped for something like 10 minutes while I made copies. I was kind of on autopilot, so I added sugar like it was a black – I never do that for greens, but in this case it worked out well.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70

Sipdown! I decided that an insanely early Sunday morning (thanks, cat) deserved such a tasty tea. I only had about 1-1/2tsp left, so I tried to balance that with the water in my mug and I think I hit the spot. Not too intense, nor too watery.

It’s just as sweet as I remembered, with a slightly maple syrup component which has inspired me to make up pancakes this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
251 tasting notes

I felt like a little bit of a celebration this morning. The night before we encountered this equation: cat + 7-Up + MacBook = sadness. Last night we took it in to the GeekSquad and discovered I had actually purchased the klutz coverage, so my laptop is going to be brought back to life!

So until it returns from the dead, my activity is going to take a little hit, but I can totally deal with that!

But on to the tea ;)

I don’t remember if I’ve had this before, but I’m getting more of a crème brûlée flavor to it. It’s the flavor of toasted (but not entirely burnt) sugar crust. Hmmm… maybe I should make some up and have an excuse to play with a mini torch!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.


Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!

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