795 Tasting Notes

I can smell strawberry and something earthier behind it, maybe alkaline when sniffing at my cup of tea. There is a quick hint of strawberry at the beginning of the sip that quickly gives way to the alkaline taste, which passes into the earthy spice by the end of the sip. The lingering flavor is a spice heating up my mouth slightly. I’m a little surprised that the strawberry isn’t more prominent in flavor. I have had several strawberry teas that are quite intense with the flavor of the fruit. Adding a bit of sweetener (agave in this case) really cranked up the fruit flavor. I can taste the strawberry on the sip and also in the lingering heat. I’m liking these spicy teas! I have a couple strawberry teas I need to get through, maybe adding a splash of hot sauce will have a similar effect as this tea and make me more excited about them. I’m also now dreaming of strawberry preserves with jalapeno on a toasted bagel with egg! Digging the sweet and spicy on this one!

This would be a great tea for when you have a cold with the spice to cut through stuffy sinuses!

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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Ooooo, I think I can smell the chipotle! I don’t understand why spellcheck keeps getting caught up on chipotle. It’s not that weird of a word.
I can smell a little bit of chocolate under the chipotle. First sip was a little flavorless with slight heat at the back of my throat. As I sip on the flavor grows slightly, I can taste chipotle, not just feel the heat (which is also growing). I’m not getting much in the way of chocolate and there is a flatness at the start of the sip. Going to try adding sugar to see if it brings it out. I hesitate to add creamer because I don’t want to dampen the heat from the spice that is pleasantly lingering in my mouth. The sugar really does brighten this! All the flavors are more prominent and I can pick out a chocolate pudding hiding behind the chipotle. A hint of an ashy flavor mid sip that turns into a roasted pepper taste later on. The spice is picking up a little and warming me on this overcast day. This has the perfect level of spice for me, a good amount of kick that keeps my attention without being overwhelming, but the chocolate pudding part could use a little amping up to compete with the chipotle.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Turtle Dove by A Quarter to Tea
795 tasting notes

Turtle dove?! What the hell is a turtle dove? Is that some candy bar or confection reference? I feel some googling is in order.
When steeped this tea smells familiar. It reminds me a little of TWG’s NY Breakfast and American breakfast, of Marriage Freres’s Wedding Imperial, of nutty chocolate teas. When I sip, I get a slightly malty chocolate nut tea. It, like many others I have tried that were similar to it, are a little flat in taste. I get high notes and base notes… maybe the middle is missing? Many of these teas (like Wedding Imperial) required a bit of adjustment and cream to get the perfect cup. I’m guessing the same may be true for this tea. Adding cream and sugar… and yes! Much better! The cream fills things in a bit. It takes over the sip a bit, but then heightens the chocolate and nuts which take turns and sometimes merge in the aftertaste. There is a slight dryness in my mouth after each sip. I would have to think long and hard about if I like this better than NY Breakfast and if it should become a cupboard staple.

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nattie

A turtle dove is a bird… it’s just a kind of dove haha.

Nattie

It won’t let me edit my comment, but they’re in the 12 days of Christmas song. (:

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

Yes! It was a tea I created in winter based off this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtles_(chocolate) confection (thus the Turtle Dove name) :)

Nattie

I’ve never heard of those! How disturbingly delicious-sounding…

Dustin

Ah ha, cool! So I was kind of right about the candy part. :)

Nattie

Is there an American chocolate called a Dove bar? I think they’re called something different over here but I’m not sure which one it is… Galaxy maybe?

Dustin

We do have Dove bars, but that is a brand of chocolate, not so much a specialty bar. I thought Galaxy bars were similar to Mars bars… nougat and caramel covered in chocolate?

Nattie

You can get caramel versions etc. now too but it was originally just chocolate.

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The rooibos seems to filter to the bottom of the bag making it difficult to get what seems like an even mix between rooibos and tea. Smells fantastic in the bag.
Wow! Again with the bright lemon notes! I get lemongrass notes dominating the sip. The blueberry is laying low and comes out in the aftertaste. The whole thing is well balanced, which I love in a tea. The scent is exactly like the name, I smell lemons, blueberries and a pastry behind them. If I wait long enough after the sip, I get the same in the aftertaste. As it cools and I sip faster, the flavors merge sooner. Adding cream really kills the flavors and ruins the cup. Bad move tea drinker, bad move.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Visually, this tea is stunning! It looks like little balls of two toned silken yarn with little brown sprinkle stars, the occasional silver bead and tan mini chips dispersed with chips of cinnamon bark breaking the mix up into sections. I hope it’s as delicious as it looks! The scent of cinnamon dominates this mix, as it does a few other AQ2T samples that I have. After it is steeped, the leaves unfurl, the sprinkles melt away and it looks like a mass of brown leaves in my steeper. There are little bits of the silver sprinkles drifting in my tea like glitter. It is starting to smell less like cinnamon and more like gingerbread. The first few sips compete with bites of my snack. I’m noticing how well rounded this tea is. Smooth without any bite and a mellow cooked ginger dominating the flavor. I’m not really getting honey or pancake, so I’m adding a little sugar to see if it brings them out. So far the sugar seems to bring the cinnamon back out. There is a sweetness in the aftertaste that is more prominent now too. I think I can pick out honey notes, but the pancake part (like most pastry notes in teas) is still eluding me. This is a really well done tea that I’d like to have again sometime. I really missed trying new teas!

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have in the past been resistant to lemon flavored tea. Probably due to traumatizing experiences with yucky flat lemon tea from the grocery store. Luckily this is none of that! This is bright lemon and lemongrass notes which mix in well with a base that I’m not tasting on it’s own, but is there adding base notes which round out the tea quite well. I think I can smell the graham, but it melts into the taste and I can’t pick it out. I’m drinking this happily with no additions, but I do wonder if adding creamer would help or hinder. I am impressed that this tea pulls off lemon so well without a bitterness that I would expect. Creamer doesn’t seem to be doing anything spectacular for this tea. It seems to be best on it’s own.

*Edit: The last sip of the cup is a little gritty, I assume from the graham. I’m not used to grit in my tea! LOL!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea is good, but I’m a little puzzled. Cinnamon in eggnog?! Nutmeg is quintessential for eggnog, so the cinnamon is throwing me off. It is however a very creamy smooth tea. It reminds me a little of a butterscotch tea I have had and enjoyed. I’m a little distracted by the aftertaste of green beans and Indian curry that seem to be lingering the more I try to concentrate on the flavors of the tea. Cinnamon fades the further I sip into this cup. Adding sugar didn’t do much for me and I think I added a little too much cream, so now the bottom of my cup is cream with light notes of nog.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I went off my buying hiatus and placed an order with AQ2T after reading a bunch of good reviews here. My packaged arrived battered and with some sort of tire marks on it (thanks USPS) but all the tea was in there. I was a little disappointed to see the samples were packed in regular thin ziplocks, which makes me worry about the flavors merging from one tea to another or the tea picking up plastic bag notes, but I guess that means I’m going to have to try them all out pretty quick. All twenty of them.

First on the list is Pumpkin Chopotle Cream since it is late and this is a honeybush. I notice a super strong cinnamon scent when dry and steeped. The first couple sips seemed really light and hollow, but as I sip a little further the cinnamon comes out. I am mostly getting cinnamon. I * think * I am getting a little pumpkin in there, but it is hard to tell. I expected some heat from the chipotle, but I think the only heat I’m getting is from the cinnamon at the end. It is rather smooth which is nice and there is a little sweetness likely from the cinnamon as well. Adding cream doesn’t seem to change this much. I may be getting a slight dryness in my mouth after each sip that wasn’t there before. I’m not much into honeybush at this point, but I wanted to give this a go anyways. It mostly seems like a cinnamon tea, but maybe it will change a little with age in my cupboard.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nattie

Tyre marks?! That’s a new one

Dustin

Yup. It looked like it may have been from a hand truck or something! Poor tea went through hell to get to me!

Nattie

Wow. Poor tea indeed!

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Halfway through another cup of this and only a few more cups worth of tea in the tin. Sad day coming soon when it’s all gone. The flavor has weakened, but hasn’t disappeared completely. I think I need a little more of a caffeine punch to get me started this morning.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I found a sample of this that someone had sent me long ago. Not sure if I reviewed it. It has been hiding in my tea stash for a couple of years by now, so flavors are likely to have diminished. It still smells wonderful dried. Once steeped I get a light watermelon flavor coming through. It is very smooth and has a slight sweetness. I’m still tasting a little cinnamon from my breakfast which is a little distracting and amusing. I don’t get any green tea bite and I bet the watermelon taste would be amplified with a little sugar. Tried adding stevia at the end of my cup, but I’m not used to it enough for it to not be distracting as well. I’m a little puzzled with my experience of this cup! LOL!

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

It’s a white tea, so that might be why you didn’t notice any green tea bite. ;) I do find it better with sugar, even at this late stage in the tea’s life.

Dustin

Oh! That makes sense then! I wonder if the smooth jasmine tea I was drinking the other day was on a white base too because I was noticing the lack of green bite which I usually expect with jasmine.

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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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