624 Tasting Notes

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drank Whiskey & Fig by Gnat and Bee
624 tasting notes

TTB #11

I was compelled to try this blend based on the lovely dry leaf, filled with bright red peppercorns and flower petals. Unfortunately, the lapsang souchong is overwhelming whatever other flavors are present. I don’t get whiskey and I don’t get fig…just smoke and an unfortunately bitter and drying black tea. Not a fan.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Drying, Smoke

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

Bummer. I was really hoping it was just me with this blend. I love most everything from Gnat and Bee, but this one was not a favorite for me. Still keeping my fingers crossed that someone else might enjoy it down the line.

Inkling

I’d never even heard of Gnat and Bee! It was fun to add a new tea company to my list even though this particular blend wasn’t for me. :)

Shae

Her Chroning tea is my favorite, but they haven’t carried it for a while. If you ever see that one, grab it quick!

Inkling

Thanks for the tip!

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TTB #10

I love AQTT and I love cheesecake, so I was super excited to try this blend! Unfortunately, this one fell flat for me. I didn’t get any caramel or cheesecake flavor…just a generic mixed berry black tea. I do like AQTT’s berry flavor, but wanted more from this tea based on the name.

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #9

What an interesting tea! It’s a roasted oolong (which I’ve had before) but one with a very strong floral note that clashes with the earthier aspects in an interesting way. It’s sort of like you’re consuming the whole flower, including the dirty roots! (Which isn’t a very appetizing mental image, come to think of it…) I’m also finding it a bit drying at the end of the sip, not smooth and creamy like the oolongs I love. Personally, this isn’t really to my taste and I wouldn’t drink it again, but I’m glad I had the chance to try it!

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Earth, Floral, Mineral

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

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TTB #8

I’ve been curious to try this one for quite a while, so I was excited to see it in the tea box! Unfortunately, it was a bit of a letdown for me. I really didn’t get a “cake” vibe from it at all. Hot, it was just a raspberry black tea. As it cooled, I did start to notice a creamy aspect towards the end of the sip and a lingering vanilla aftertaste. Pleasant, but I wanted more!

Flavors: Creamy, Raspberry, Vanilla

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

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TTB #7

So excited that this TTB includes some straight black teas! I love experimenting with different flavored blends, but sometimes you just want plain, delicious TEA. This one is lovely…super dark, twisty little leaves that smell strongly of cocoa. It brews up deep brown and chocolatey and resteeps beautifully. A very comforting tea for a cold January day.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

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

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TTB #6

This is completely different from other pina colada flavored teas I’ve tried. Usually the coconut is the dominant flavor, but this one has a very distinctive pineapple taste with a nice creaminess coming from the coconut. It also has an interesting buttery mouthfeel which is reminding me of an oolong, even though it’s actually a black tea. It’s unique and I like it!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Smooth

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

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
624 tasting notes

TTB #5

Honestly, this blend is not really something I would have picked up on my own, as I’m not the biggest sweet potato pie fan. But I’ve seen such positive reviews from others and there was just enough left for one cup in the TTB, so I decided to give it a go. And wow…this is SO GOOD! It smells just like a pie baking and the flavor is pure decadence: creamy and spicy and sweet and rich with a unique flavor that I don’t remember ever tasting in tea before (I think it’s the allspice). The black tea base was such a good call…it gives this blend a depth that you just don’t get with herbals. Overall, this is a pretty amazing tea – maybe the best thing I’ve ever had from David’s Tea! – and I’m really sad I can’t get my hands on more right now. Fingers crossed they bring it back for the holidays next year!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Nutmeg, Nutty, Pecan, Spicy, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

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

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80
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
624 tasting notes

TTB #4

I’m a sucker for banana-flavored tea, so I had to give this one a shot! David’s Tea can be pretty hit and miss for me, but I like this one! The flavor is creamy banana coconut with just a touch of dark chocolate and almonds. I wouldn’t mind if the flavor were a bit stronger, but it’s very pleasant and they didn’t ruin it with hibiscus like so many of their other herbal blends! I’ve definitely had similar teas I liked more, but this is one I’d happily drink again.

Flavors: Almond, banana, Coconut, Creamy, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #3

This is lovely! Complex, well-rounded, and flavorful with notes of honey, malt, and something a bit floral. It does have just a touch of astringency…looking at other tasting notes, I’m wishing I’d tried brewing it at a slightly lower temperature. But I’m still quite enjoying it without milk or sweetener!

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Honey, Malt, Sweet

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

I love reading your notes on these!

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drank Strawberry Bon Bon by 52teas
624 tasting notes

TTB #2

First tea of the day from the TTB! I enjoyed this one. It’s not as complex as most of the other blends I’ve tried from 52Teas…just a basic sweet strawberry flavor on a light, smooth black tea base. But the flavoring and base tea are well-balanced and quite tasty! I can also see this being yummy as a tea latte…adding milk would probably give more of a “strawberries and cream” flavor. There’s enough left for a couple more cups and I may end up hanging onto this one!

Flavors: Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 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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