511 Tasting Notes

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This tea was a treat! While I don’t really understand the reasoning behind blending green and black tea (all I can taste is the black tea) the flavor combination in this one is delicious: lots of creamy coconut with a touch of caramel sweetness and just a whiff of hazelnut. The mouth feel is thick and rich and it’s delicious both with and without milk. I would definitely consider re-purchasing this one!

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Hazelnut

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

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drank Pure Ceylon by Organic Life
511 tasting notes

My sister just got back from a 2-week trip to Ireland and England (yes, I’m green with jealousy!) and I told her before she went that the only souvenir I wanted was some real British black tea. She brought back 75g of this tea from London and I wasn’t disappointed. This is quite possibly the best ceylon I’ve ever tasted: smooth and bright with just the right amount of body and delicious with or without milk. For the foreseeable future, this is my breakfast tea of choice!

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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85

Continuing on with my tasting of Fava teas! This one’s a winner. It legitimately smells and tastes like carrot cake, with just the right balance of sweet and spicy. I would definitely drink it again!

Flavors: Carrot, Clove, Nutmeg, Smooth, Sweet

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

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Not leaving a rating because this is an older sample which may have lost its flavor due to improper storage. That being said, I didn’t get any marshmallow from this: just a strong, astringent black tea with a hint of toasted rice.

Flavors: Astringent, Toasted Rice

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
511 tasting notes

The sweet caramel and vanilla flavor is delicious and the sprinkles and sparkles add a fun touch. Unfortunately, the base tea ruins the experience for me. It is strong, bitter, and astringent and completely takes over the flavoring by the end of the sip. I do wish Adagio would use a better quality black base for their flavored teas, because they have so many fun flavors available!

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Caramel, Vanilla

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

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90
drank Banana Split by The NecessiTeas
511 tasting notes

This sample has been kicking around my desk drawer at work for months now; I think it came from a swap with Sophia. I finally brewed it up today as a little afternoon pick-me-up and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it! Despite the age of the sample, the flavor remains strong. And it’s a true banana flavor: sweet and ripe and not at all artificial. I’m also picking up on some strawberry. No chocolate, but that’s okay…the banana/strawberry combination is delicious and combined with a nice smooth rooibos base, it’s a great little treat! This one may be finding its way back into my cupboard at some point.

Flavors: banana, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

Mostly coconut with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Nothing too special, but I enjoyed it!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Nutmeg

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

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drank Temple Spice Chai by Fava Tea Co.
511 tasting notes

Trying another new-to-me blend from Fava. This one’s a miss for me. I love a strong chai with well-balanced spices and a flavorful base, but this doesn’t tick any of those boxes. The cinnamon is overwhelming whatever other spices are present and the base tea seems surprisingly thin and lackluster for a puerh. It was okay hot, but I really didn’t care for it as it cooled down; the lack of depth became even more pronounced and I started to notice an unpleasant sour aftertaste. I’ll give it another shot with milk and/or sweetener to finish off my sample, but I doubt this is something I’ll be purchasing in the future.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Brittle Me This by Fava Tea Co.
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Fava is my local independent tea shop and I’m on a quest to try all of their tea…which is going to take a while, because they have a lot! So far, it’s been hit and miss: they have several blends that I adore (Cloud 9 and Roasted Almond Chai), others that I really don’t care for (such as Raspberry Rose and Two to Mango) and quite a few that I’m just ambivalent about. This one falls in the ambivalent category. I’m getting bread and nuts, but none of the sweet maple flavor I was hoping for. It’s okay, but not something I’m likely to purchase.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Apricot Chai by Cedar Lake Teas
511 tasting notes

I was browsing the aisles of the one tiny grocery store in the small Wisconsin town where I was staying. Imagine my surprise to stumble upon a selection of loose-leaf tea mixed in with the Lipton and Celestial Seasonings. And from a local brand I’d never heard of to boot! I decided to give this one a try and now I’m wishing I’d purchased more. This is a lovely sweet/spicy chai with a distinctive apricot taste, sweet and flavorful on its own and also delicious with milk. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more tea from this company!

Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 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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