562 Tasting Notes

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Sipping this one at work. I have to say, Steven Smith has some of the best bagged tea I’ve tried! Their sachets are made of fabric and nice and large with plenty of room for expansion. The leaves inside are large and uncrushed and have a nice aroma. This is definitely one of the better Earl Grey teas I’ve tried (and I love Earl Grey!) Thank you to whoever slipped these tea bags into the Discovery TTB…I have a new brand to add to my list!

Flavors: Bergamot, Smooth

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

I put them in, because I really like SST! They really just have bagged options for their loose leaf, since they don’t crush their tea to a pulp. Unfortunately my grocery only offers three of their teas (The Lord Bergamot, Fez, and Meadow) but I’ve tried some of their others teas and haven’t had one yet I haven’t liked. Their blends seem to work for me. I particularly like this EG!

Inkling

I had never even heard of them until the TTB and I don’t think my local grocery chain carries them, but I might try ordering online. Thanks for sharing! :)

Mastress Alita

Ya, they are out of Portland and a bit “high end” for groceries; I only have three kinds in the “health food” area of Fred Meyers in my town, hardly much selection of what they have to offer. And I know of one restaurant in Boise (two hours from here!) that offers their tea, so I like eating there when I’m visiting, since I know I won’t just get Lipton or Bigelow. On their website you can get bagged or loose leaf, it’s the same tea just packaged differently.

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I believe this was from the Discovery TTB. I brewed it up at work so not sure of the water temperature, but it turned out well! A smooth, sweet green tea base with a refreshing lemon mint flavor. Mint can be overwhelming, but this blend had a good balance. It reminded me of Tazos’ Zen (one of my all-time favorite grocery store teas!) but I may actually like this one a bit better.

Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Smooth

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drank Pina Colada by Market Spice
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This has become a staple in my collection, because it’s one of those tisanes that even people who think they don’t like tea often enjoy. It has a strong pineapple flavor that mellows out into creamy coconut at the end of the sip. Very smooth and easy to drink. And it’s great both hot and iced!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Smooth

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

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drank Purple Leaf Tea by Justea
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Discovery TTB #20

The purple oolong from this box was a surprise hit for me, so I decided to sample the other purple tea as well. There was barely a teaspoon of this tea left in the box, so I brewed up a single cup and finished it off. The color wasn’t as “purple” as I was hoping…more of a light, slightly blueish brown. And the flavor was surprisingly light (it tasted like a very mild green tea) and unpleasantly astringent. Not a fan!

Flavors: Astringent

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nattie

Oh dear

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Discovery TTB #19

I’m generally not a big fan of Japanese green teas, but there was a large bag of this one in the box so I decided to give it a shot. The leaves brewed up to the brightest lime green tea I’ve ever seen! The flavor was unique: quite savory and a bit salty, reminding me of seaweed or perhaps a seafood broth. Not something I’d personally care to drink again, but it was a unique experience and I’m glad to have “discovered” it in this box!

Flavors: Fish Broth, Salty, Seaweed

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Kabusecha is sort of a tea processed somewhere between a high-grade sencha and gyokuro, but isn’t really seen very much over here. I figured it was enough of an oddity to include even though I knew it is an odd flavor, to be certain. And yes, those very deep green colors and marine notes are normal! They are quite high in theamine and amino acids. I can never drink the deeply green sencha, kabusecha, or gyokuro in high quantities, I always have just a little amount, like a shot glass worth, at a time, because that umami sea sort of flavor is so rich and not my favorite profile, but I get such an energy boost from it. I guess I equate it to those little shots of wheatgrass juice, hahaha. Not particularly pleasant to sip on, but good for you, and not so unbareable that I can at least drink a very small amount at once.

Inkling

It was definitely a unique experience, so thanks for giving me the chance to try it!

Lexie Aleah

Japanese Green teas are a favorite of mine! I don’t believe I’ve tried Kabusecha before though. Will have to keep an eye out for it.

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drank Colombian Black by Simpson & Vail
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Discovery TTB #18

This was a pleasantly smooth black tea with a light, malty flavor. Nothing super memorable, but a nice cup of tea!

Flavors: Malt, Smooth

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

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75

Discovery TTB #17

Chocolate-flavored teas tend to be hit and miss for me, but this one is quite nice! The toasted rice adds a nice dimension to the chocolate flavor and keeps it from being thin and flat. I’m not really getting much marshmallow, but still enjoying the combination of rice and chocolate. Not a standout, but I’d drink it again.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rice

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

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90

Discovery TTB #16

I don’t think I’ve ever tried a “purple” oolong before and since purple is my favorite color, I just had to give this one a go! It’s definitely a deeper flavor than most oolongs I’ve tried in the past: rich and nutty with hints of chocolate and smoke. There’s a lingering buttery aftertaste that I’m enjoying as well. Quite lovely, actually!

Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Nutty, Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I’d say it’s one of the stranger things in my collection, and probably one of those things that isn’t for everyone, but I figured that is why I should put some in the teabox. I’m sort of fond of that deeply roasty and nutty sort of flavor myself. And I wasn’t even aware there were oolongs out of Indonesia, heh.

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Discovery TTB #14

I usually love golden tip black teas, so I had to give this one a try. Sadly, it seems to be lacking the sweetness I usually associate with this type of tea. Instead, I found it to be quite bitter and astringent. A splash of milk smoothed it out nicely, though!

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter

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

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Discovery TTB #13

Pretty sure this is another old sample, as the caramel flavor has almost completely faded. It just tastes like a rather bland, smooth black tea. Not leaving a rating, since I’m pretty sure the flavorlessness is due to age and not a poor blend.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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