795 Tasting Notes

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
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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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I’m not getting carrot in my first sips, just a slightly earthy flavor in the background. Adding sugar brings out the spice, cinnamon and nutmeg? I can smell frosting when sniffing and I think I may be able to pick out carrot now. The aftertaste has a light but perfect frosted carrot flavor that sneaks in. As it cools, the flavors come out a bit more. I would like to try some of this cold steeped, but I have run out of this sample.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
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I liked this tea from the beginning, but I have grown to love it. It is one of my top four favorite Butiki teas. I’m surprised I haven’t logged this more often with how many times I have enjoyed a cup. It was my love of this tea that doubled my curiosity about AQTT’s Grilled Smoked Banana. I was sniffing the two side by side this morning, thinking it would be fun to compare the two cups side by side since they both feature smoke and banana flavors, but are so very different at the same time.
For some reason I absent mindedly added creamer to this cup that I was enjoying very much and it killed the flavors. I wasn’t able to recall clearly if there were additions I used in previous cups and took a guess…. a wrong guess! LOL!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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I WAY over steeped this! I thought I set a timer and drifted down an internet rabbit hole before coming too and realizing too much time had passed! In the bag, this tea smells like candy. Once steeped I get a smoky spicy scent. Really weird… the smoke flavors on the sip totally remind me of a Sesame Street scratch and sniff book my grandma had at her house when I was a kid! I see another internet search rabbit hole in my future. I pick up on a little banana in the back of the sip and aftertaste. There is also something leathery and floral. Adding sugar brightens this and brings out the banana sooner. This tea is really weird and I like it! I’ll have to pay more attention to the steeping time on my next cup and see how if fares then.

(Looks like the book is called “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil” and I need to buy a copy!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Baklava by A Quarter to Tea
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I used to love baklava. I worked around the corner from a middle eastern grocery store that sold all sorts of strange and intriguing things, including small trays of the most delicious fresh flaky honey soaked baklava. By the time the store closed down, I had probably made myself ill several times by way of too much baklava consumption and haven’t been able to truly enjoy it since. It is either that or no other baklava has come close to comparing.

The scent of this tea when dry is both over powering and delicious. It mellows out a lot once steeped. The sips are starting out with tiny bitter edge (rose?) then morphing to a more honey/pastry flavor with pistachio in the aftertaste. I just peeked in my steeping basket and saw that some dried rose buds and stained rose leaves have come to life that I hadn’t notices in the dry tea! I added some sugar and it makes the whole cup awaken! The pistachio is noticeable throughout the whole sip, the rose is present at the beginning of the sip and the honeyed pastry taste comes in towards the end of the sip. My mouth is a little dry after each sip, which I could also see blaming on the rose. It seems to loose some of it’s magic as the cup cools. Adding cream is also working for me in this cup. It is reminding me a little of Teavana’s My Morning Mate and Tiramisu Treviso at the end of the sip! I really liked those teas. Must be the similar nutty aftertaste. I’m liking this cup!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole/Tea-Historic

Mmm…. baklava… drool

OMGsrsly

Oh, baklava. That’s one thing I really miss about being gluten free.

Dustin

I thought they made gluten free everything now. But no baklava? :(

Kaylee

Well, there goes my effort to stop buying tea. This sounds amazing!

OMGsrsly

They might elsewhere, but not in Canada. There are so many cool gluten free things available in the States and Europe that we don’t get.

Dustin

I see an opportunity for a gluten free smuggling ring!

Nicole/Tea-Historic

I’m seeing in a few places that you might be able to use rice paper sheets to make it at home. It won’t be quite the same because the gluten is what enables phyllo dough to stretch so thinly.

OMGsrsly

huh. I might have to try that. For science. ;)

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Yeah, apparently it’s pretty much the same as making with pyhllo but you soak the rice paper for 10 minutes before using it.

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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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