2430 Tasting Notes

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Backlogged sipdown, cold brewed of course.

This one just didn’t work for me. The coffee is pleasant enough, and I enjoy coffee-flavored things. But there’s definitely some almond flavoring in here or something, because I got distinct amaretto-like notes. And I honestly never like amaretto or marzipan in tea these days, don’t ask me why. So that was the first strike against it.

Also, what’s with the tartness? I would have guessed hibiscus but it looks like it’s down to the apples and rosehips. I don’t understand why either of those ingredients is here at all… Tartness in a creamy coffee tea? Why?

Anyway, this was meh for me. Not awful, but disappointing.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Amaretto, Coffee, Hibiscus, Marzipan, Roasted, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Kittenna

I also recall being disappointed with this blend – my recollection is that I tasted licorice… but I have only ever had the one cup as I’ve avoided it since. Haha.

Lexie Aleah

Sounds like an odd combination.

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Hi there tea frens!

Sorry for the short hiatus, my mother was staying with me for the past two weeks, so I didn’t really touch my computer. She’s the type of person who’s really bad at just sitting down and relaxing, so we ended up doing a bunch of yardwork, gardening, and other assorted around-the-house type tasks. Needless to say, I wasn’t too terribly upset when she flew back home yesterday morning. XD

Anyway, just finished off a cold brew pitcher of this one, and it was delightful! I don’t remember being terribly impressed with this one hot, so maybe it just shines as a cold tea because of the lime. Hot lime is always a bit odd for me.

It’s a nice mix of lime and lemon with a very mellow and subtly earthy base. The bergamot is present but not overpowering, which I really like, as I can taste the other citrus flavors well. Would consider reordering it if I wasn’t drowning in tea already. Oh, and they probably don’t even carry it anymore after the rebranding…

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earth, Lemon, Lime, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 10 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
derk

Hiii. I was checking your notes last night wondering where the heck you’ve been!

Cameron B.

Hi! Aww thank you, that’s so sweet! :3

gmathis

Put your feet up and relax! Sounds like you’ve earned it.

Kittenna

I feel like we have a similar mother, haha. Hopefully you’ve been nice and productive (and had a great visit!) and now can return to your normal state.

Martin Bednář

Sounds we have similar mother as well. But with that difference that I still live with my parents. But yeah, she prefers doing anything but sitting down.

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drank Iribancha by Ippodo
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I picked up a pouch of this in one-pot teabags to accompany my pretty new Ippodo glass carafe. I’ve been cold brewing constantly lately so they got me good when they sent an email advertising it… :P

The carafe itself is lovely, but holy shit is this tea smoky! I was quite taken aback because the only Kyobancha I’ve had is Obubu’s, and it’s completely different from this version. This is Lapsang-level smoky, like sitting next to a campfire with the smoke drifting directly into your face. I’m not able to taste the more nuanced notes of the roast well at all because the smokiness is so intense.

Maybe next time I’ll try a shorter steep or just one teabag per liter… o.o

Flavors: Ash, Autumn Leaf Pile, Campfire, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Todd

Wow, “sitting next to a campfire with the smoke drifting directly into your face” is how I’ve described a lapsang before. I think I’ll avoid that one.

Cameron B.

Oh definitely, would not recommend this for those who don’t like lapsang he he.

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drank Bull Dog Green Tea by Serene Tea
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The last one from my Tea Thoughts countdown box!

This is so lovely cold. It has a rich and buttery flavor with oodles of starchy vegetal notes and soft grains. It’s a bit like drinking a somewhat more buttery green pea and asparagus gazpacho, but with hints of fuzzy apricot and cashews. Quite rich and yet refreshing at the same time! There’s a hint of bitterness, likely just from letting it steep too long. I’m not very consistent about how long I leave the leaves in my cold brew pitchers, but it’s served me well so far!

Flavors: Apricot, Asparagus, Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Cashew, Creamy, Grain, Lima Beans, Nuts, Peas, Smooth, Soybean, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 10 g 24 OZ / 700 ML
Mastress Alita

I actually prefer my green teas cold brewed! So refreshing!

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Another from my recent Tea Thoughts countdown box. I adore Bai Hao but have never tried it cold brewed before, so this was a fun experience.

It’s just as smooth and delicious as I would expect, with some surprising and refreshing lychee notes. There are also the usual darker syrupy sweet dried fruit, soft hay, and chewy grain flavors as well. It’s very light but still flavorful, refreshing yet still somehow comforting. And there’s honey of course, but it’s very light, perhaps something like acacia honey?

Even though I feel almost wasteful making all these cold brew pitchers (I guess because it takes a lot of tea?), it’s a fun experience trying all of these teas that I already love in a new way. :)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Grain, Hay, Honey, Lychee, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
gmathis

All the more reason to stock up again come fall ;)

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I got a sample pouch of this from the Tea Thoughts summer countdown box that I did last month, and decided to cold brew it (since that’s all I drink these days…).

It’s so lovely and refreshing, with a subtle creamy stonefruit note as well as fresh cucumber and honeydew melon. There’s also a sparkling minerality present, which is sort of a given for me with green oolongs. Perhaps some light starchy vegetal notes, like edamame or lima beans. I taste a definite floral character as well, though not enough to ruin it for me. It’s a lighter floral, like honeysuckle. Honestly, I would love to do some sort of workshop on floral notes to learn to distinguish them better…

Anyway, it’s lovely cold, and so refreshing for these hot summer days in Austin. Plus the name makes me smile!

Flavors: Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Lima Beans, Melon, Mineral, Peach, Smooth, Soybean, Spring Water, Stonefruit, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Leafhopper

I’d like to do a workshop like that as well, especially since I gravitate toward very floral teas.

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This was a free sample with one of my orders, and not something I would order for myself as I’m not a huge coconut fan and also haven’t had great luck with Deb’s other matcha green teas. I cold brewed the whole sample packet in about a liter of water overnight.

Yep, it’s coconut all right. But also the seaweedy umami note of the matcha pokes its head out every once in a while which makes it coconut seaweed. It also just tastes oily to me, probably because of the coconut.

Nope, not for me!

Flavors: Artificial, Coconut, Seaweed, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 15 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Tiffany :)

This is one of my favorites from her, I’ve bought probably 20+ oz of it (although only used around 4 oz so far), but I’m a lover of coconut. :)

Cameron B.

It’s fun how we all have such different tastes! But I can totally see this being a favorite for someone who loves coconut teas.

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drank Momijigari by Lupicia
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One of my favorites from Lupicia! I’d never tried it cold but the crisp fruit flavors seemed like they would be nice, so here we are. For some reason, I never tend to cold brew black teas – I guess I have this idea in my head that black tea should be steeped hot and then iced? But I did branch out and try the cold brew treatment for this tea.

I really do love the flavors in this one – the apple is crisp and tart, almost green apple candy but not quite. It’s a bit sweeter than Tsugaru. There’s a winey quality to it as well. I think there’s supposed to be apricot, but I feel like I’m getting more of a plum note.

I will say, I’m getting a lot more rose than I remember. Not sure if that’s because there were a lot of rose petal bits at the bottom of the tin, or because of the cold brew. It’s not awful, but rose really isn’t my favorite so it’s not as enjoyable for me because of that.

I’ll have to try to remember to look for this one this year. Although the seasonal teas really seem to sell out almost immediately over at Lupicia Hawaii… T.T

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Musty, Plum, Red Wine, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Mastress Alita

I don’t cold brew black tea either; I like the taste better when the tannins get extracted in the hot water, so I brew warm and then chill in the fridge!

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I assumed this one would be lovely cold brewed, since I like it hot and generally tart/fruity teas are nice cold as well.

But unfortunately, it mostly tastes like rooibos. Not sure if I steeped it too long, if it’s the bottom of the bag talking, or if it’s just not great with this preparation.

Well, I have a 100g tin on its way to me, so I’ll have plenty to try it again! :P

Flavors: Medicinal, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Cold brewed, as always! I also tried this one hot, but didn’t write a note for it.

I was really excited for this tea, as I love lychee and jasmine and mango things, and I also love mochi. But I’m finding it just okay, unfortunately. The lychee is the strongest flavor for me and it reminds me of lychee gummies, which I love. But the jasmine is a bit perfumey, and I feel like the combination with the lychee (which is also somewhat floral) is just too much for me. I adore jasmine, even strong jasmine, but this tastes more like perfume than actual fresh jasmine. I get some mango as well I think, though it somewhat blends into the lychee.

Anyway, I’m very glad to have tried it and it’s not bad or anything, just a bit underwhelming for me. I seem to have that reaction to a lot of Deb’s teas, and yet I still feel compelled to try all the things! ;)

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Candy, Floral, Jasmine, Lychee, Mango, Perfume

Preparation
20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
AJRimmer

Yeah I keep almost making orders because the flavors all sound so good, but the reviews I see rarely seem to match up!

Cameron B.

There are a few from her that I really like, but most I’m fairly ambivalent about.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Current Subscriptions:
Bird & Blend
Dessert by Deb
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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