126 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown

Drinking this before work. My body and mind are at a low social level today, so I’m trying to drink some teas to get ready to head out at 1:00.

Notes: Nutty and reminds me of sweet potato chips. There’s a weird aftertaste that I can’t quite pinpoint.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet Potatoes

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Advent Backlog & Sipdown

As I top off the final dregs of this tea, I feel that it took too long to sip this down. Oolong typically doesn’t last long when I really like something, and while this was liked, I tossed it too far back in the sipdown pile. I think it was partially due to knowing I’m on a spending hold – to allow myself to drink down teas – and this was too good at the time of advent to top off.

I didn’t really get too many notes, but I will say it tastes milder than what I’d imagine a heavy roasted oolong should/would be. Maybe a misprint on the label?

Brewing parameters: 2.8g with a 40ml gaiwan. 208F water.

1st infusion – 10 seconds
2nd & 3rd infusions – 25 seconds
4th and 5th infusions – 1 minute
6th infusion – 3 minutes

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Sipdown

I infused this in my designated tea French press this evening. I wanted a solid black tea to pair with my evening gaming session. I took pause to note that this isn’t as “BBQ heavy” as some Lapsang Souchong teas I’ve had. It does have characters of smoke and peaty flavors, but it’s quite inviting.

Flavors: Malt, Peat, Smoke

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Swing and I miss. The EG from yesterday was a disappointment, so assuming that Tea of Life could make a solid lemon tea was incorrect. It was malty like the EG, but there was ZERO lemon to the tasting notes.

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Backlog

This is the least Bergamot EG I’ve tried. While it was heavy in the malt category, it was missing the citrus which makes an EG enjoyable.

Martin Bednář

EG without a citrus notes isn’t an EG!

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Sipdown & Backlog

Apparently I rated this highly in the past. Maybe since this has ‘aged’ for a while, the flavors were off. It was like sipping burnt spearmint. I added honey to cut the unpleasantness.

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Backlog

My friend who met me at the tea exchange recommended that I gave this one a try. It was the second cup for the afternoon and it was fairly good. I liked that there were gentle peppermint with chocolate notes. While my taste for Christmas-y teas has gone, I enjoyed this cup.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

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Backlog

This was the first tea offering I sipped at the tea exchange. It was pleasantly cinnamon heavy. It reminded me of Snickerdoodles with the splash of sugary flavors in the cup. I traded a bunch of samples from my stash at home for teas I’ve never tried nor heard of (mostly bags). I figured while I try to avoid any discrimination with tea bags, I make any opportunity to share loose leaf with the world, whenever the opportunity arises.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet

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Sipdown & Backlog

Another sample acquired by Ohio Tea Co ages ago.

Yesterday was a full day of cups of tea and oddball errands. I sipped this iced on the way to a tea exchange. I verbally recorded, “Boring, tart. Not much to commend on the blend.” I will note that this may have been one of those blends that needed sweetener added to enhance the peachy notes. While it was moderately refreshing as an iced tea (probably because it was cold and my thirst was unreal yesterday), it was bland.

Flavors: Tart

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Sipdown/Advent Backlog

I’ve mentioned before that my greatest disappointment in the B&B Advent was the high amount of sleepy time teas; which I suppose isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s not their fault I work second shift.

Anyway, I need to get to bed early tonight – as close to 24:00 as possible – to prepare for a tea exchange tomorrow (first a morning workout). I decided it’s time to really get the sipdown pile down and rid myself the worry of having too many bits of tea samples.

Ok, I’m getting somewhat sidetracked. To my surprise, this is a lovely tea. It reminds me of juicy fruit gum, but with a chamomile bite. I’ve been slowly drinking it on and off, and the more it cools, the more fruity it becomes. B&B really does a great job on their blends, but sometimes, when one fails my palate, it really fails my palate. This passes the test.

Flavors: Bubblegum, Chamomile, Fruity, Juicy

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