789 Tasting Notes

I have had the Misfits song London Dungeon stuck in my head since seeing this tea in my cupboard earlier. I love the Misfits. sigh Anyways… tea! I’m getting some of the deeper darker chocolatey notes this time in this tea. I’m still able to pick up the brighter notes that I was referring to as lemon in a previous review. It is a perfect tea for a little cream and sugar. It is reminding me of TWG’s New York Breakfast and I’m wishing I had some of that to compare the two side by side. Unfortunately none of the places I can buy TWG from has both in stock which would make the higher shipping cost more worthwhile.
I’m getting a little bit of malt with the chocolate on the sip. The higher lemony taste comes in and out throughout the sip. I would like to get my hands on more of this someday.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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These are old. They have been hiding out in the back of my cupboard while I explore my love affair with black teas. It’s old and it is still putting out a good cup. The jasmine is still lighter, but very smooth. How have I forgotten how much I enjoy a good cup of jasmine tea?!

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Morning Storm by TWG Tea Company
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I’m on my third morning in a row with this tea! I’m either really bored with the expansive options in m cupboard, or this tea is really good. I’m having it with a slightly sweetened soy creamer and it isn’t quite as magical today. I think the sugar really brings this cup up a notch. I have been craving hearty malty breakfast teas lately and can’t seem to remember what my favorites of the past have been. I guess that is one of the downsides of not rating teas. I would consider ordering more of this, but Vansing Distribution Company which has taken over for The Urban Tea Merchant doesn’t have this or London Breakfast in stock. There is only one other tea that I want more of that they have in stock which makes it hard to justify the $9 shipping. Oh the troubles of a tea lover!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Morning Storm by TWG Tea Company
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Oh god the first sips are bitter! Almost coffee like and with a similar deep color. The bitterness lessens as I sip on, but it never gets to a tastes good level. Cream and sugar to the rescue? OMG, yeeeeeeeeeesss! Cream and sugar changes the game. The bitterness is knocked out. The tea is rich enough that cream and sugar doesn’t take over and the strong taste of tea comes through. With the sweetness of the sugar there is a honey like note that I get that transforms to a tea flavor. This cup is quite enjoyable now! I’m still sometimes surprised by how adding cream or sugar or adjusting brewing techniques can significantly transform some teas! I’ll have to remember this tea when I want a hearty breakfast tea.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I was likely attracted to this tea for the description of mint and berries. I’ve had a couple cups of this hot without exciting results and decided to try cold brewed. I get a lot of green tang, a little fruit flavor behind that and not much else. I’m not feeling it.

I just realized this is my first tea of 2017. I’d better step up my tea game because this is no way to start off a new year!

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drank Vanilla Rose by Zhi Tea
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One of six Zhi samples I got for Xmas! So far I’m feeling a little eh about this one. I like the base which is nice and smooth. I’m not really getting much in the way of rose or vanilla tho. I get a vague floral taste, but nothing that says rose. The scent of the tea while dry is much more interesting than when brewed. Not impressed, but there is time for it to grow on me.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cease & Desist! by 52teas
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I love flavored gens and I love horchata, so the combo is a winner in my book! The rice and cinnamon together is really great. I was eating cinnamon french toast this morning while sipping on a cup and the cinnamon in the toast overpowered my ability to taste it in the tea, unfortunately. I’m now finishing the cup cold and while a slight green bite comes through in the aftertaste, it is still a tasty cup. I would imagine that adding a little cream would bring out the creaminess found in horchata, but that is only speculation since my cup is now empty.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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It’s a black…. no, it’s a green… no, it’s a blend! I couldn’t tell what it was when peering into the bag. These blends throw me for a loop with trying to figure out how to steep them. I can smell vanilla and muted spices in my cup. The spices are blended together so well that I can’t pick them out individually. It tastes like spice on top of floral flavors. There is a little bit of a green bite on the sip. It has a hearty depth to it too that I’m attributing to the black tea. Adding cream seems to distract from the flavors of the tea.
I’m not sure about this one.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Finally finishing a sample of this that I think I got in a long ago trade. I’m amazed that the flavor has held on so well! It smells strongly of sweet dried melon and has a depth behind it that makes me think a touch of coffee. The sip has a bunch of melon in it and something heavier comes through as the sip finishes. The aftertaste is a melon… with a touch of ash. If I sip too fast I get a flatness that isn’t there when I sip more slowly which is strange. I bet it would taste good with sweetener or cream, but I’m not willing to risk ruining this last cup!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Black by 52teas
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I hoarded a couple bags of this a few years ago which just emerged from the back of a hidden cupboard. I think I used to take sugar with this tea which intensified the fruit flavors, but I have mostly weaned myself off sugar in my tea making this cup a slightly different experience than before. I’m surprised to see that the flavors have held up so well over the years! I’m still getting the strong floral/fruitiness from the blackcurrant. I don’t tend to gravitate towards white teas, feeling that they are too light and lack the hearty depth that I like in blacks, but this one is still a winner in my book.

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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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