2805 Tasting Notes

81
drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
2805 tasting notes

This fine tea arrived in the TTB and I’ve actually always wanted to try it.

The ginseng made me a bit jittery (I don’t often drink caffeine or use any energy-related herbals) but it did taste quite nice. The oolong was slightly roasty but also had a floral and vegetal quality. I can taste minerals (rocks?) and molasses/burnt sugar from the oolong.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Herbs, Molasses, Roasted, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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39
drank Turmeric Glow by DAVIDsTEA
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Flavors: Dirt, Fruity, Herbaceous, Medicinal, Mineral

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A tasty dessert blend for a weird night. I’ve taken on another job at a university and and so I’m working some odd hours. I wanted something low caffeine but also comforting and rich. I’m trying to get through more of my caffinated teas because I have a record number of teas right now and I need to cut down by ~50 or more. I’ve had to store tea in my room because both of my drawers and the cabinet are full. Oops!

This has a lot of mint, but it certainly conveys candy cane because there is a nice dose of vanilla in there. I can taste the sugar/marshmallow flavour as well. The genmaicha is toasty but vegetal, which in my opinion clashes with the peppermint a bit. Rice + peppermint? hmm not my favourite combo. It was a good cup and I look forward to drinking it again however I probably would not buy it again. I like some of the other genmaichas better.

Flavors: Grain, Malt, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 15 OZ / 450 ML

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68
drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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Finally another sipdown. I have a record number of teas and I know the TTB is returning to me shortly.

The main flavours here are honey and malt. The honey is actually weirdly strong for me but it isn’t sweet at all. I had it with some unsweetened soy milk and now I’m remembering this would be better with a touch of sweetener.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80
drank Nettle Chai by Teafarm
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This sipdown is a long time coming. I’ve been giving away tasters of it in tea boxes and to friends and I’ve been drinking it when I remember. It is a tasty herbal, but to be honest I’m tired of it now.

Nettle is naturally slightly sweet (liked the smell of fried autum leaves), and never bitter or acidic. It makes a good base. The main problem with this tea is that the chai spices are lmited. I can taste some cinnamon and maybe clove but I think it really needs more of every spice. I like my chais to have a good level of peppercorn, clove, cardamom, and cinnamon with some spicy ginger. This tea is pretty mild.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet, warm grass

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68
drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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I decided to use up the last of my pouch (still, there is enough for another cup but I’m getting through it) because it is getting quite old. The base doesn’t have a lot of flavour, but I can taste honey flavouring. I overleafed and brewed for quite a while and found I got more flavour from the base this way. It has cocoa notes, some bitterness, wood (like old antique furniture) which almost makes it a tiny bit smokey.

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Dark Wood, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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85
drank Dragon Pearl Jasmine by Harney & Sons
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Advent from AJRimmer day #11

Ooh lala! This is a fancy looking pyramid sachet with small rolled pearls. It smells of fragrant jasmine and I am so excited to drink it. I love me a jasmine tea. The sachet also gives the pearls lots of room to expand and unfurl.

I forgot about the steeping tea for about 15 minutes but luckily I had only used warmish water instead of proper temperature water and therefore it did not overbrew. This is a very smooth jasmine white tea with distinctly aromatic jasmine and some nice vegetal tea notes underneath. There is a hint of sweetness, followed by a touch of astringency in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more

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70
drank MojiTEA by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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Advent from AJRimmer day #8!

I don’t mind teabags at all, since I find them handy for travelling to and from work. I enjoyed the citrus in this, however IMO a good mojito uses spearmint or English mint and never peppermint. Peppermint like in this blend is more menthol-heavy and lacks sweetness. The lemon mint (or lemon grass?) is a great addition to add some additional flavour notes. I can taste some generic citrus, however I don’t taste anything distinctly lime. It is a pretty good blend, although it might as well be herbal since there is no green tea flavour coming through. I’ve had better mojito teas before.

Flavors: Citrusy, Herbs, Lemongrass, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, , natural flavour, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb)

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