531 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
531 tasting notes

David’s Tea tends to be pretty hit and miss for me, but this one was a hit! I can’t say it really tastes like raspberry, but it does have a nice creamy, fruity flavor that thankfully isn’t overpowered by the hibiscus. I especially like it with a splash of milk.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is a delightfully robust black tea that stands up well to milk. It does get bitter fast if you over-brew it, but brewed for 3 minutes or less in just barely boiling water it comes out rich and chocolatey with just the slightest hint of smoke. Also, this shouldn’t matter to me as much as it does, but the tin is just so darn cute! One of my favorite breakfast blends.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
derk

I’ve kept all the empty Kusmi tins I got from a sampler a few years ago. They are cute and the perfect size to transfer dwindling amounts of tea into.

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65
drank Butterscotch Blondie by Tazo®
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I always try to keep a few boxes of bagged tea on hand for situations where brewing loose leaf tea isn’t practical and Tazo is one of the better brands I’ve found at my local grocery store. This particular blend smells AMAZING…just like I’m baking some kind of yummy butterscotch dessert! The flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma, but it does have a nice hint of sweetness as long as it isn’t overbrewed. That’s easy to do though, so I try to stick to shorter steep times and slightly cooler water when brewing this one.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

A little milk improves this one, too.

Inkling

I’ll have to try that!

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30
drank Peaches & Coconut by Market Spice
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I have several teas from Market Spice that I love, but I so wish they would offer their tea in smaller quantities! Everything is in 4oz bags, so I am now stuck with a HUGE bag of this (to me) underwhelming tea. The tea itself seems like good quality: large, fuzzy, unbroken white tea leaves. But the flavor of the tea itself and whatever peach and coconut flavoring has been added is completely overwhelmed by the flavor of marigolds. Disappointing!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Coconut Souffle by Fava Tea Co.
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This one was on sample at the store and as soon as I tasted it I knew this was one I needed in my cupboard. So yummy! The coconut flavor is rich and creamy and natural and pairs perfectly with the white tea base. It’s delicious hot and even better iced. A new favorite!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

TTB #6

Chocolate-flavored teas aren’t usually my thing, but French tea definitely is so I gave this blend a go. What a lovely surprise! The chocolate flavor is sweet and rich and full-bodied with a note of vanilla in the scent and aftertaste. With a bit of milk, this made the perfect bedtime treat. Excited to be adding this one to my collection!

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #5

This is a very smooth, light black tea with a strong grape flavor. The grape came across a bit artificial to me, so I wasn’t a huge fan.

Flavors: Grapes, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

TTB #4

This was a surprise! The go-to flavor for holiday blends seems to be spiced orange. This one definitely has some spice to it, but no citrus that I could detect. Instead, lots of malty black tea flavor and a bit of smokiness which blended nicely with the spice blend. A bit overpowering on its own, but quite delightful with a splash of milk!

Flavors: Clove, Malt, Nutmeg, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

TTB #3

I enjoyed this one! The flavor is surprisingly light for an Assam: sweet and smooth and fruity with just a touch of astringency. If I didn’t already have so many good straight black teas in my cupboard at the moment, I probably would have held on to this one. Hopefully it will find a good home with someone else as the box continues on its way!

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #2

This is a nice smooth, creamy green tea, but didn’t seem to have much eggnog flavor for me. I do pick up on just a hint of nutmeg, but not much else.

Flavors: Creamy, Nutmeg

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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