789 Tasting Notes

Almost finished with this tin! I FINALLY cold steeped it. I think it is a little too strong, which is fine if I want to drink it on ice, but I decided to carbonate it instead. It has a faint ginger scent that reminds me of ginger ale, but it lacks any bite that a good ginger ale has. How do they do that? Ginger flavor without the bite, so strange! It is generally pretty smooth and pleasant to drink, but still isn’t striking me as anything amazing. On occasion I will get the urge to have a cup of this tea, but reading over my reviews of not feeling strongly about it, I end up wondering why I will gravitate towards it.

Preparation
Iced

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I’ve gone through almost all of the bag of this without having made any notes! The horror! There is a some cardamon spicy flavor in taste and scent. Adding sugar perks it up a bit. Adding cream brings out the pistachio flavor, but dampens the spice, which is mostly in the scent right now. Overall I’m feeling like this is a nice cup, a fun experience, but not an I must stock up on it kinda tea. I have a cup or more to decide.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
789 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I have had a flavored match and I forgot how much I love them! This sample has been sitting around for quite some time, but the pumpkin flavors are still shining through. I made a match a smoothie with the rest of this. Ice, soy milk and a little maple syrup. Simple, but I didn’t want anything to drown out the matcha flavors. I need to figure out a way to justify buying more matcha!

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I’m really liking this tea. Started sipping my cup hot and was getting a nice comforting burn down my throat. Now that it has cooled, I get cinnamon and a hint of clove on top of the spice which is on top of muted strawberry. There is a slight flatness that appears as it cools, but it isn’t too distracting.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Cold steeped in the fridge, then put through a sodastream machine!
Cold steeped in the fridge, then put through a sodastream machine!
Cold steeped in the fridge, then put through a sodastream machine!

You got that?! Carbonated tea is awesome!!!! It adds an extra bit of refreshing to an already delightful tea. Adding the CO2 tricks my taste buds into registering things as a little sweeter without the sugar. I think I’m going to carbonate all my cold steeped tea from now on.

VariaTEA

Aren’t you only supposed to put water in the machine and then flavor afterwards? I know that was the case with mine but mine was very old.

Dustin

Yeah, that’s what they say. I got mine second hand from a friend who suggested to disregard those instructions and make sure to clean the spout after use, so that is what I do. She said she tried it the recommended way which was hit or miss when adding the flavoring because you never knew when the flavoring would cause a bubbling over reaction.

Kaylee

Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this!

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I did it again! I walked away from a cup of this tea and didn’t return until it was cool. It seems to loose a lot of it’s flavoring when cool and I mostly taste just the tea with a hint of pineapple. Where did pineapple come from?! Reheating and adding sugar… I’m still getting mostly pineapple. I can taste a little creaminess from the cashew that comes out more in the aftertaste. It’s not speaking to me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I thought this was a herbal blend when I grabbed it at the store today. I’m a little disappointed, but it’s my own fault. I took a few sips when this mug was hot and noticed that the tea tasted cheap, but the flavors were alright. It had a sweetness to it, likely from the licorice, but it didn’t really have a licorice taste. I’m now getting back to this cup which has gone cold and the tea flavor is lost in the bright mint and cocoa. The mint is really the star and the chocolate flavor lays low. I can imagine this being very refreshing on a hot day served cold! Funny how mint is often a winter flavor, but is so appropriate for hot weather too! Overall I’m impressed with this tea for being bagged and a grocery purchase.

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

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I can smell a ton of spices when sniffing my cup, but they aren’t coming through with the same strength in the sip, which I’m glad for because it would be a little overwhelming. On the sip I get an earthy background with syrup notes and the sweetness of cinnamon. The spices come back in on the aftertaste. After finishing a plate of what was likely the most bland pancakes I have ever made, this tea is a welcome relief to my taste buds. I decided that a little maple syrup was the perfect sweetener for this cup and it works out perfectly! It heightens all the flavors and brings out the high syrup notes that ride the entire sip. I still can’t tell if I’m picking up on actual pumpkin flavors or just the spices that hint at it, but that doesn’t make this cup any less enjoyable.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I enjoyed another cup of this yesterday, but was too busy to write about it. Today I’m resteeping the last of the leaves, trying to drink a cup, write about it and not burn pancakes at the same time. It is quite the feat on this slightly hung over morning.

My cup still smells fantastic with the blueberry and crisp baked lemon scent. The green tea taste comes out a little on this second steep. The blueberry and lemon are both present in the sip and aftertaste, but are a little lighter in flavor than the first steep. I’m not really getting anything that makes me think muffin, but it is still a good cup. This tea is intriguing enough that I would think about ordering it again.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank cupan tae by A Quarter to Tea
789 tasting notes

I over leafed this cup so I wouldn’t have half a serving left. Added cream and sugar right away. I’m not liking this cup as much as the first time I had this. It is nice enough, but doesn’t stand out for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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