795 Tasting Notes

drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
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Hoarding gone bad. This is a sad tale of holding onto a tea, waiting for the right moment and opportunity to enjoy it, only to find that when it does surface to the front of the cupboard and catch attention it has lost it’s flavor and intensity. Insult to injury when it is a more expensive tea. I cold steeped some of this in the fridge. When I tasted a weak hint of mint I thought I must have under leafed it and added more. Even with double the amount of leaves, it still tasted weak and bland. I’m sad to have left this tea lingering for too long.

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drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Went into David’s and couldn’t resist going home with a couple of their fall chais. It had escaped me that this was a puerh based tea and I was wondering what was giving it a nice earthy taste. Now that I know, I wonder how much of what I’m tasting is the puerh it’s self and what is the additions. The tea has a light sweetness due to the sugary bits put in. I can taste the chocolate which is rounded out well by the puerh. I can pick out a light graham taste and I think I can imagine marshmallows hinted at by the white chocolate bits. When I drink it without thinking, s’mores don’t come to mind unless I focus on it. Either way it is enjoyable, but not something I’m overly taken by. It was a fun frolic in new tea territory. On to new experiences!

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

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SIpdown! I am having some sinus issues right now, but I can’t really taste a thing in this cup. I’m getting a vague muddled something, but I can’t tell what. I have had this tea for at least six months by guestimate and I enjoyed previous cups so I think I need to chalk this cup up to the tea not aging well. If I buy this tea again I need to make sure to drink it faster!

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

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I got two great steeps out of the last serving in the bag. I tried for a third by soaking the leaves overnight in room temp water and that one was a fail. Overall I really liked this tea, enough to put it on my potential reorder list if it ever comes around again. So hard to decide quickly if I like a tea enough to buy more when it is limited edition and the clock is ticking!

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drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not a fan of oolongs but I keep getting sucked into trying them. With yummy names like “lemon pound cake” how can I resist?! I got a sample size of this in store and I’m surprised to say it is pretty good! I’m getting a lot of bright lemon/lemongrass flavoring and none of the cardboard flatness that I tend to get with oolongs. There is a little tang at the end of the sip, but most of it is lovely light lemon, like the scent of a lemon, not the taste of the fruit. I totally neglected this tea while steeping and left it sitting for several minutes, but it seems to deal with the abuse well. Although I’m enjoying this tea, I don’t think I would stock it in my cupboard, but it has been a fun tea to try.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Cocoa Mint Chill by Tiesta Tea
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This tea is disgusting. I have had and liked an herbal cocoa mint blend in the past (I recall the company had rooibos in the description), but it had been discontinued and I’ve been searching for a replacement since. This is not a proper replacement for it. All I can taste is watery rooibos with a little chocolate mint. The whole thing is weak and watery and unbalanced. I’m glad I found it in bulk and only bought a little bit of it. Bad tea makes expensive compost.

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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
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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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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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