29 Tasting Notes

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Backlong: 1/17/21
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Finished the sample of this yesterday. I started drinking it with breakfast, but the moment quickly faded into an adventure. I threw this into a thermos to go, and it was the tea I grandpa styled the remainder of the day. This tea is/was tightly compressed, which was nice, since I was able to toss it into the gaiwan for later use.

It took me a few steeps last night and a couple this morning before I called it quits. This tea will brew and brew, if you want it to. Nice sweet notes of hay and lightly malty.

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Malt

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Smells like machine bubble gum. I’m not sure how to explain that exactly, however, bubble gum from a ball machine typically has a sweet spice (?) on the nose. Maybe my nose isn’t the most trusting thing in the world, but that’s how they always smell to me. Anyway, the flavor is very pleasant and fruity. The hibiscus makes the tea a little tart, which reminds me of sour cherry. That cherry + spices + pear is very nice. I definitely want to give this a try as an iced tea.

Edit—It tastes like Juicy Fruit. Roswell Strange narrowed the type of gum down. I haven’t had it in so long, that I almost lost touch with one of my favorite childhood flavors.

Flavors: Bubblegum, Cherry, Fruity, Pear, Tart

ashmanra

This is the second review in as many minutes that I have a pear tea compared to bubblegum! Interesting! I have a pear tea that smells like banana candy, so I can see the connection.

Roswell Strange

There’s a flavouring calling “Juicy Fruit Flavouring” (think like the gum in the yellow wrapper!) that’s in a lot of bubblegum products – it’s very similar in composition to some types of pear flavouring (especially sweeter or, well, “juicy” ripe pear flavours) which is why our brains kind of do that weird mistaking it for bubblegum thing. Not unlike how almond/cherry are often mixed up because there’s so much overlap in the compounds that make up those tastes.

MadHatterTeaReview

Ashmanra—Banana candy tea might be a good one to try. I like that artificial banana flavor; which I know is hated by a lot.

Roswell Strange—Juicy Fruit! You narrowed the type of gum down by a lot. I haven’t had Juicy Fruit since my early teenager years, so it has been quite a long time. Very interesting fact that I’ll keep in mind whenever trying pear teas!

MadHatterTeaReview

Disliked* I need to retire the word “hated.”

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This is the second cup of tea tonight. I’ve been quite busy with work since a lot of places were closed yesterday with the large amounts of snow that gathered within various cities/states.

I found that this tea smells like a Girl Scout Mint Patty, but the flavor profile has more of a York Peppermint Patty taste. This was surprisingly creamy and dessert-y. The rooibos base didn’t really scream in this tea, despite the obvious amounts of rooibos leaf in the blend itself. The peppermint and chocolate took the show, and I LOVED it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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Day Two working remote. This was supposed to be the last week of training at the office, but my cars are still stuck in the driveway. Fortunately, the city sent a report and said that they are going to plow all the side streets this afternoon. I’ve managed to get all the snow off the sidewalk, and the driveway salted; however, the road is untouched. I saw my neighbor, in their pickup, struggling to gain momentum on the road at 06:30, so I knew that there’d be no way getting the wife out onto the road and going. I was correct because we spent 35 minutes pushing the car back into the driveway.

I brewed a cup of the Winter White Earl Grey after that failed attempt. I had a cuppa last night for the YouTube channel, but this is one of those morning teas that I like to enjoy—especially before my typical wakeup time. It was quite lovely. I added nothing to the cup. I never desire any cream or sugar for this Earl Grey. I will add honey to almost every other Earl Grey that I sip on, except for this tea.

The following notes:

Dry leaf: bergamot, citrus, & floral notes.

Flavor: mellow, sweet, warming, vibrant, citrusy, floral, and that smooth bergamot note throughout the cup.

PS. I know that this wasn’t quite the “deep dive” into the session, but it’s a simple tea that doesn’t need too much explanation. Sorry for the long venting at the top : )

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Sweet

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It snowed a lot in NE Ohio today. I spent most of the morning shoveling the sidewalk and driveway. My boss wanted me to work at home, but silly me, I left the laptop at work. I couldn’t move my tiny car out of the driveway, so my parents were kind enough to lend me their AWD. Even with that, the drive to the office took over an hour. After the long morning/early afternoon, I wanted a tea to sip while starting the shift off. I grabbed for this one and it was immediately the perfect choice.

This tea is bursting with that strong orange juice vibe. There’s a hint of cream, reminding me of an orange Julius. I really enjoy this cup. I had this one hot, but I’m going to make a batch of cold brew tonight for the office tomorrow.

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Orange, Sweet

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Gongfu’d

After reading another review, I realized that my palate may be off or I’m just feeling the energy a bit too much from the tea from earlier in the day.

I got a slight note of lemon and kale from the wet leaf aroma. I tasted more of the kale, sweet, ever so slight smoky elements, but that lingering flavor had a touch of lemon peel and custard. I compared it (verbally to a friend) to an IPA. You taste the citrus, but something else is blocking it from completely sticking out. I’m definitely fully tea drunk at this point, so at least I can confirm it’s a qi-filled treat.

Side Note: I’m going to make it a goal to eventually compare the 2020 with the 2021.

Flavors: Kale, Lemon, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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This is one of the teas that my wife gifted for Christmas. I was excited to see what she would think that I’d enjoy. I drank this one plain and I got notes of dark chocolate covered almonds. It was a little bitter on the tongue, so I want to give it a try as a latte. I think the milk would add more creaminess to the tea and it’d taste more like a milk chocolate bar.

Flavors: Almond, Dark Chocolate

Andreastt

One of my top 5 favorite teas from Harney & Sons, although the hazelnut/almond flavor is more subtle than I expected when I tasted it the first time. I primarily get chocolate and vanilla from it with a hint of nuttiness. ‘Chocolate covered almonds’ is a good description. Glad you liked it!

MadHatterTeaReview

Thank you! I liked it quite a lot :)

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Sipdown

I was gaming and drinking this tea. I noted to my friend online that it reminded me of raspberry cheesecake. That’s all I have in mind about this tea. I’m bad at remembering notes whenever I’m multitasking.

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I’m drinking leftovers from my Tea and Me Blog Advent. I had reviewed this one on the vlog, but I am just going to go off of my current feelings with the cup. The aroma of the dry/wet leaf reminds me of beef jerky. It’s ‘meaty’ and ‘seasoned’ notes on the nose are off putting.

The flavor profile is alright. Passable at best, but definitely not the cup of rooibos I’d go for again, unless it were to lessen the load of my stash. I never give up on an unpopular tea in my stash, but I may not enjoy sipping it down. I added a tad bit of honey and it extracted the clove a touch. Again, it didn’t really hit home for me. I think this was the only tea of the advent that left me somewhat unimpressed. 24/25 is a pretty good outcome though.

Flavors: Clove, Meat

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Backlog & Sipdown

Notes (1/5/22): I didn’t really like the tea base. The vanilla in the tea and creamer added was the only thing keeping me from dumping out the cup.

Kaylee

Ok super interesting because I’ve been eyeing Adagio’s flavored oolongs lately. Can you say what it was about the base that put you off?

MadHatterTeaReview

I’ll do my best. I was working midnights at the time, so my mind was on autopilot. What I think it was that this is the possibility of oversteeping of the tea OR I didn’t like the base. It was bitter and malty. I like some malty notes, but not in oolongs. I expect to find that is some black teas.

MadHatterTeaReview

I think they use the same base in their grapefruit oolong, which isn’t my favorite either unless cold brewed. I only had enough of this for one cup, so I can’t say how it’d do cold brewed.

Kaylee

Thanks, that’s helpful! Hope you have a better shift now!

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