212 Tasting Notes

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This is another sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie, thanks for the chance at a new tea.

This is the best of Caraway so far. I thought the pomegranate was well done and not overly tart like some fruity teas. The white seems to be very subtle as I can’t tell you much about it. It may just be beyond my palate at this time. I know there is white tea in here but I am not picking up the flavors I expect from a white tea. In any case, I enjoyed this cup of tea. Thanks again Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie. :d

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie, thanks again for the generous envelope of goodies.

This is a very light in flavor and color. I’ve not had acai berry on it’s own but it reminds me of several other berries. The white tea seems to be very subtle, so it didn’t live up to my expectations. I think this would be pretty good as an iced tea for the berry flavor. Thanks again Annie.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie, thanks for sharing! Miss Anny was rather nice and sent me a surprise package of tea. Very considerate lady.

So this tea is not my cuppa. I like that word cuppa. I’ve been waiting to use it for a while now. The tea has a strong seaweed flavor which is some thing I don’t enjoy right now. At first I thought a vague citrus was teasing me but I do get tangerine in the aftertaste. The biggest problem is this was really bitter.

I don’t feel I used too much leaf. In fact, it looked like less leaf than I generally pile into my Ingenuitea. I brewed at a lower temperature and for less time than the instructions called for so perhaps that contributed to the bitterness. In any case, this isn’t a tea I would keep around, but I’m glad I got to try it. Thanks again Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

You are very welcome!!
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Thanks Azzrian for the generous sample. This is one I specifically asked for. Azz being Azz sent me a well-filled box of teas to go with this. She is one awesome person. :D

I’ve know about lapacho for a while now. I peruse wiki when I’m restless and find random things to learn. A very dangerous hobby, since it leads to many hours of research generally.

This is a strange duck, but I like it. Orange and vanilla are an excellent combination in my head and both are present here. The lapacho is earthy and deep. It does have a slight bitterness. Like if you let your pill set too long on your tongue before you swallow it. The bitterness goes away really quickly, so it’s not bothersome.

I’m glad I got to try it, thanks again Azzrian. :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

Very welcome! :)

CHAroma

“Like if you let your pill set too long on your tongue before you swallow it.” What an interesting description for bitterness!

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This is another generous sample from Azzrian. Thanks again!

So I’m not terribly fond of this one. It is sweet and I can see the white chocolate association if I really look for it. It does have a creamy flavor to it. I think my biggest problem is with the rooibos. I understand the medicinal label for rooibos as this might fit that descriptor. Normally rooibos tastes like a vanilla bean after you have used the vanilla goodness out of it. It also tastes like redwood trees smell, just the trees themselves. This just doesn’t live up to that. Perhaps some thing went wrong with this batch. I know this isn’t what I expected. Miss Azzrian did send me a good sized sample so I’ll ice it and see what happens then. Thanks for the chance to try a new tea Azzrian. :D

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is a sample from Ashmanra. Thanks for the chance to try another moroccan mint!

This is a good example of a moroccan mint. It sweet from the mints. The base is exactly what I expected. I think this one may be heavier on the spearmint than I’m used to. I feel like this is a smoother version. Thanks again Ashmanra.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Glad you liked it!

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drank White Mint by Element Tea
212 tasting notes

This is a sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie. Thanks for the generous sample!

This reminds me of a moroccan mint except they used a white tea instead of a gunpowder. Maybe not all moroccan mints use gunpowder but that’s been the base for it on those that I’ve tried. The mint is very subtle here though. This is probably a good thing since white teas are a bit coy. The white tea has met all my expectations as far as taste. Pretty well done tea for using a more subtle ingredient with two powerhouses. I dearly love mint but it’s rather pushy most of the time.

Thanks for the chance to try it Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This was a sample from Sandy. Thanks!

So tonight we discovered some thing new when I got the cup of yellow death. I brewed this up in the Ingenuitea and never realized I may need to swirl the tea around before I split it into our cups. Dylan got the cup of lemony goodness and I got pledge death. I kept saying, “it tastes, like pledge, Sandy likes this?!” He would say, “no it doesn’t this is lemon candy.” No I beg to differ! Dylan then tasted my cup and we stumbled upon the reason for the make fair cup. So, I took the two cups and dumped them into each back and forth. Now I have a slightly stronger cup of lemon candy goodness. I’ve been making our samples this way for a while. It makes me wonder if this has been the reason for all of the discrepancies.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I’ve learned that you’re supposed to pour one third of the first cup then a third of the second cup, and so on. Alternating between them so both cups get top layer and bottom layer. I think it very likely that you’ve had different experiences based on this. (But also, you might just experience flavours differently full stop, which can’t be helped)

Missy

That’s a great idea. Then I won’t have to dirty up an extra dish for tea making. :D

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I read the description when I put this on the wishlist and thought OH EM GEE! I can get the base that my Colonille uses. It’s one of my favorite teas because it’s very smooth and I love vanilla. I was expecting some thing different so this probably isn’t a very fair review.

I’m not sure I’d ever label this one as clean. I get why Dylan said attic tea because it has a taste that reminds of dust or old things. Other than that, it is smooth. I have this metallic after taste in my mouth that reminds me of sticking my tongue on a 9 volt batteries when I was little. It’s just a little strange.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

You do that often as a child? ;)

Missy

haha nope but you never really forget it. :D

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We love chai so we had to give this one a go. I think this is a pretty good chai, but more complex than I can do justice to.

Chocolate and cardamom are the most prominent flavors for me. Ginger and vanilla play a subtle back up role. There is a caramel like sweetness that adds to the chocolate. It’s definitely malty and smooth with a full body. You know it feels wetter than normal. ha, how silly, perhaps juicy is a better descriptor.

I know there is saffron in here but as I’m unfamiliar with it, I don’t understand exactly what it is adding here. Look now we have another ingredient to brew on it’s own for personal understanding. It can be the yellow cup of death. :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

such a great yellow colour too.. perhaps the cup of pestilence? haha

Bonnie

Saffron has a distinct flavor which can be honey spice-like, aromatic and also warming. Only a little bit is used because this is a very expensive spice and too much would be bitter.

Sil

Want this baaaack lol sounds so tasty…

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I’ve discovered I really like the spicy, nutty teas. Some fruity teas are pretty good but they are hit and miss for me. Flower teas really aren’t my thing right now. Seems like my preferences are changing so this may be different in the future.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

Yes, I did copy this from Dylan. It’s okay we share every thing any ways.

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