795 Tasting Notes

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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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!

Preparation
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.

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

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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This tea may be a couple years old at this point. It still smells great in the tin, but the flavor isn’t coming through in the cup. I can pick out a touch of maltiness, but not much else. Adding coconut creamer adds too much coconut flavor and masks any flavors in the cup. Bummer.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nattie

Aw man ):

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drank Masala Chai by Zhi Tea
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God I love this tea! Such good chais from Zhi. It’s been hard to step away from this tea recently and pay attention to enjoying my older teas that I need to get through. This particular cup isn’t as delicious as previous due to my exploring soy alternative creamers. I’m trying an almond/coconut based creamer in this cup and it is distracting from the lovely spices in this tea. I was drinking a lot of soy creamer recently and heard someone talking about how severely it effects her, so I thought I’d take a soy break and see if I noticed any changes in allergy, skin or anything else.
The tea still has the warm well rounded spice coming through… lots of cinnamon, ginger and cardamon. I love it!

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

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Shortly after waking this morning I caught a whiff of something that made me think of this tea and it was all over from there. I had to have a cup. It seems to have lost a little of it’s edge with age, but not much. I still get that bright flavor of lemon without the acidic sour bite, almost like a lighter non syrupy lemoncello. It is rounded out by the almond flavor which (unlike a lot of other almond teas) doesn’t bring to mind baby powder. I still have several servings of this left, so I don’t have to say goodbye too soon, but still need to get through it before age becomes it’s enemy.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

I loved this one!

Dustin

SO good! Have you found anything similar? I’m keeping my eyes peeled for something to fill the looming void.

greenteafairy

Nope, unfortunately not. I’m really enjoying Noël à Venise from Dammann Freres at the moment, as far as lemony teas go, but it has a pretty different flavor profile from this one.

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drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
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I still like the base of this tea! I’m not sure what it is, but it’s yummy. The taste on the sip is fading a bit as the tea cools. It flattens out a little too. Just like the other chestnut tea I had earlier this morning, the flavor lingers in the aftertaste. I get the chestnut and chocolate. I can see this being better with cream and sweetener, but I’m trying to cut the soy creamer I’ve been favoring out of my diet and trying a creamer that isn’t a soy base. The tea is nice, but I’m starting to wonder if chestnut teas are my thing. I’d like to think they are my thing because I like chestnuts and have fond memories of roasting and eating them as a kid, but the reality isn’t matching up with the dream on this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °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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