795 Tasting Notes

drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
795 tasting notes

I don’t think I’m even half way through this tin yet. It isn’t a tea that I’m particularly drawn to, especially with so many good options in my cupboard. After reading an article a while back on the horrible living conditions and pay people who work at the tea farms are subjected to (F&M was the only company on the list of buyers from the farms in question in my cupboard), I won’t be buying any of their teas again. From what I can tell from this tea, I won’t be missing out on much anyways. :/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Masala Chai by Zhi Tea
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I have been drinking obscene amounts of this tea lately! It has such a warming feeling, which I think is the cinnamon and ginger. I don’t get a ton of cardamon, it’s there but is hiding in the background. No cloves in this one and it isn’t very spicy (I do love a spicy chai), but makes up for it in how flavorful and well rounded it is. I have been drinking it with a bit of honey and creamer which makes it so delicious and steeping it like I would any other tea. Might try it chai style on the stovetop at some point, but it’s hard to imagine an improvement on how it is now.

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

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I am nearing the bottom of this tin… finally. That is a mixed emotion “finally”. Sad because it will soon be gone, disappointed that I took so long and let this tea age to a shadow of it’s former self and glad that I was able to enjoy it before it lost all flavor. Most of the experience is in the scent now, leaving little beside the base to taste. Luckily it is a nice malty base, so there is that. It still smells wonderful in the tin, reminding me of how amazing it once was.
I wonder if it would be a good or bad experiment to melt a slice of one of those chocolate oranges in a cup of this…. tempting.

Update: Oh….OH WOW! Yup, melting a slice of orange chocolate is definitely the way to go! Leaves a weird chocolate ring in my cup, but it totally brings back and chocolate orange flavors I remember in this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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What have I done?! I just uncovered this tea hiding behind some tins. I’m not sure how long it has been hiding there, but it was long enough for the coconut to take on the slightly soapy taste that coconut does as it ages. It feels like an abuse of tea, especially a Butiki! Luckily it isn’t too far gone and I can overlook the taste while focusing on the other flavors. I can pick out the banana for sure. It is very aromatic making for a nice aftertaste. It is lighter than I usually prefer, favoring heartier blacks, but still very enjoyable.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

Oh no! Soapy coconut is the worst. Glad you were able to salvage this one, though!

Nattie

Noooo! This is one of my favourites, I’ll have to stop hoarding it before it goes bad.

Memily

Noooooo is THAT what causes coconut to not taste great in tea? Old age!? OMG

Dustin

I’m going to have to drink through this fast. A pitcher of cold brew could do the trick. I hoarded my Three Friends and it is sadly now just a ghost of it’s former self. Yes, Memily… coconut doesn’t have a super long shelf life and gets that soapy taste as it ages. I wonder if it can be prevented by storing it in the freezer without effecting the integrity of the rest of the tea.

Nattie

Aw crap, I hoarded Three Friends too!

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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It is a little late for caffeine, but it hasn’t been effecting me as much as usual lately and I have been so tired today. I’m also bored of my non caffeinated options… hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be a bad idea come bedtime!

I’m having this with a little soy creamer. It tastes a little light, but not bad. The almond is coming through as more of a baby powder flavor that I get in a lot of French teas with almond. It is such a weird association, one I wish I didn’t have. The rose lays low in the flavor mix, but is detectable. It is nice, but isn’t really hitting the spot for me at the moment.

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

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I buy too much tea! LOL! Looks like I have had this in my cupboard for a couple years now, have just finished the bag and liked it much more in the beginning when it was fresh. I had it cold steeped over night in the fridge for these last few cups and it wasn’t very remarkable at all. Hard to say if it was the preparation or the age of the tea, but I’m not feeling like I need to restock this. Ever. At this point in my tea journey I feel like honing in on my favorites instead of trying everything in sight, finding one or two gems per dozen or so that I try. I still have so much tea to go through before I can really get my cupboard dialed in. :/ Rough life, eh?

Preparation
Iced
mrmopar

We all do…

Nattie

Seconded.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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This tea is old, but holding up surprisingly well! I over leafed it on purpose in anticipation of it being weak and added cream. The nutmeg is still coming through and it warming on this suddenly winter day. We had 80 degree days last week and then there was a quick drop into winter temps which has sent me searching for extra warming teas. I have several Butiki teas left that I have been trying to get through, but get distracted with other teas. Overall this tea is good, but I still prefer the Nutmeg Custard that Butiki did.

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
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It’s been ages and I still don’t get this tea. It is so light, tastes like perfume and is all high notes. It seems really unbalanced and fluffy. I have found some brands of French teas that I have a better success rate with, but I’m starting to think Fauchon and I just aren’t meant to be.

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

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Not sure when I got a sample size of this, but I’m finishing it up now. I love pistachio flavored things, so I had to give this one a go. I like that it is on a black base and there is a good pistachio flavor at the beginning of the cup. It is sweet on it’s own and I have found cream to dampen the flavors, so I’m avoiding that in my last cup. As the cup cools, it becomes less delicious. More of the fruit comes through, particularly apple and the pistachio takes a supporting role at that point. Overall I like it. I don’t feel the need to go into hoard mode, but I’d get another small pouch of it if I see it on the shelves again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 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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