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Samurai TTB #44
I’m not a drinker and I’ve never had a margarita, but since this was AQTT, I had to try it! The black tea base is very smooth and the flavor is very fruity and slightly artificial. Apparently it’s supposed to be lime, but I’m not sure it really read as lime for me. I did enjoy it, but don’t feel the need to drink it again.
Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Lime, Smooth
This is a very strange blend. It smells like chocolate, tastes like flowers, and there’s no sign of cantaloupe to be found. It’s also kind of bitter. Not really a fan, but who knows how it might have tasted fresh. It doesn’t look like others on Steepster liked it much either though.
Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Floral
Sipdown but it turns out I never added this to my cupboard so still sitting at 300 teas.
In addition to this sample, which I have from Kittenna (thank you!), and Affogatea by Bird and Blend from July 2019, my oldest teas are the ones I bought in very large quantities when A Quarter to Tea went on hiatus. With that said, they should be what is going into my oldest tea box so I can actively sip them down. However, (1) they are too big to fit and (2) I don’t want to finish them since I am not ready to say good bye. I am thinking of skipping the August 2019 teas and throwing the September 2019 teas in the focus box instead.
This has been in a small ziploc bag for a year and a half and I feel like it suffered because of that. There is minimal flavor here. I can see it was probably custardy once but now it is sort of just a roundness in the mouthfeel than it is a flavor. The only flavor left is a sort of very generic fruity black tea. I’m sorry I left you for so long tea. I think you could have been good if I enjoyed you fresh.
Samurai TTB #25
I tried this one just because it was AQTT and there was just one cup’s worth left in the box. However, with both rose and hibiscus in the ingredients list, I should have known better. This basically felt like chewing flower petals. Not a fan!
Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Rose
Samurai TTB #22
For me, the flavor of this tea came across as straight-up chocolate. A really GOOD chocolate…dark and rich and smooth and well-paired with the oolong base…but not at all what was promised by the name! Maybe this is an older sample and the other flavors have faded over time? Anyway, it wasn’t what I was expecting, but still an enjoyable experience. And always special to get to taste one of the AQTT blends I missed back when Lauren was still in business!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Smooth
First, let me try to describe how beautiful this tea blend is. It looks like little pieces of autumn all gathered up and lovingly blended together with care. There are curled knots of rolled black tea, inch-long pieces of cinnamon bark, dusty rose flowers, and caramel-colored flakes of oatmeal. It may be one of the prettiest blends I’ve seen.
This tea has been hiding away in my tea cabinet unopened and sadly forgotten, no doubt due to the mention of raisins. I’m so happy to have found it once again. The aroma is strong and surprisingly reminds me of cherries in a slightly medicinal way. Not like cough syrup, more like a spiced elderberry syrup with cherries. The primary flavor is maple syrup, though it’s not overbearing at all (as it sometimes can be). The base tea isn’t bold, but it’s very flavorful and feels perfectly matched with the other ingredients in the cup. I don’t taste raisin or hazelnut, but I’m quite happy with all the rest.
Flavors: Cherry, Maple Syrup, Spices
This is one that has been hiding in my cupboard for a while! The leaves are those super cute fuzzy curls laced with pink flowers. There is something grainy like sugar at the bottom of this bag that didn’t make it into my steeper. Maybe it was the spice because I’m not getting any spice in this cup. It was a little bland when hot, but after walking away from it for an hour to help a friend over the phone try to figure out how to post on instagram, I’m getting a bit more flavor out of my cooled cup. The peach is really light on the sip and is accompanied with a slight dill taste. That fades in the finish where floral honey lingers.
This tea amuses me, but I don’t know that I like it. I think I’d enjoy it more if the non existent salsa part were replaced with something else. Could be that the salsa part was way more exciting when this tea was new. :/
From the Samurai TTB
Lemongrass, lime, salt, and some sort of artificial flavor that resembles a margarita? I’m sure this would cold brew or ice better than it is hot. It’s smells more like a margarita than it tastes. In all not a bad cup, but maybe not for me. It could benefit from some chips and salsa or a salt rimmed glass, but then so would an actual margarita!
This is a floral tea. Not overly offensive but also not my favourite. I broke it out because it’s one of the teas put into my sipdown box from early 2018. I never reached for it because (1) it came with a cocktail recipe and I always felt like I should try it as a cocktail but don’t really drink so I never did and (2) the ingredients don’t really call to me. So now that I’m drinking it, it’s fine but not for me so into the swap box it goes. Let me know if anyone has any interest for the little bit remaining…
This has been hiding in my cupboard for who knows how many years now. The package was open, but I’m not sure if I ever had a cup or just sniffed it upon arrival. It smells very peach/almondy. I get a clear peach almond in the sip and as it transitions to the finish more of the oatiness comes out on it’s own. There is almost a slight sweetness to the tea, but it’s vague in a pleasant way. It was a very enjoyable light cup that I seem to have finished before I knew it.
Going through my cupboard last night, I found three bags of AQ2T in my white/oolong bin that I totally forgot I had. One was unopened. This brightened my night up significantly! Steeping this tea this morning… the cup smells like those chocolate covered gummy candies you get in a tube from Asian grocery stores! I love those things. I get that candied chocolate scent with fruit underneath. When I sip on this, the scent translates perfectly to flavor. The white tea base keeps it light and airy like the candy. The finish is more of the same. It looses a little bit of the magic as the cup cools which creates such a dilemma for me: sip as quickly as I want to or slowly to stretch out the cup, even if it means it’s slightly less delicious at the end. I would totally order more of this if possible and would probably go into hoarding mode since it keeps so well.
I’m really starting to enjoy and appreciate the roasty aroma of oolongs. I took a nice, deep inhale while this was steeping and can smell the cherry here alongside the oolong. Sipping now, and I am so happy with the flavor. It’s deep and dark, chocolaty too, but the cherry is front and center. As it cools, I’m also getting some coffee notes reminiscent of a coffee-flavored Werther’s candy. Surprisingly, this is one of the better teas I’ve had in a while. I expected it to be weak with age, but it’s incredibly flavorful and complex. I’m very tempted to try a second steep, but I’m worried it may not live up to the first cup and I don’t want to ruin my memory of it.
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Roasted
This was a sample I received from AQ2T with another order. It’s obviously a few years old since the company is no longer in business, so I expect the flavor won’t be quite as strong as it once was.
It is slightly floral, slightly astringent. Still flavorful, surprisingly enough. It’s not one I would order even if I had the opportunity but it’s nice to try as a sample.
Flavors: Astringent, Floral
I’ve had a sample of this forever and am just getting around to oversteeping it. :( Walked out of earshot of my tea timer and got distracted. I’m trying to imagine what this would taste like steeped normally. I’m expecting parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme as the song says, but I’m really hoping there is no parsley in this because dried parsley is gross. I also can’t get that line of the song out of my head in Miss Piggy’s voice. Paul Simon was a guest on the Muppet Show and they performed this song with Miss Piggy impatiently yelling that line over Paul’s melodic voice. Classic. Also… strangely… I have a couple pieces of rambling fan mail that was intended for Paul Simon, but ended up in my hands instead. I briefly had a job answering fan mail for Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher’s father and Carrie once having been married to Paul was the link as to why this fan used Eddie’s address. I guess he figured Eddie would know where his long since ex son in law was and would forward the mail. The fan would ask odd questions of Paul and added the time of writing, which was something like 2 in the morning. I was so amused by those postcards. Anyways… tea.
This is savory for sure. I feel like I’m getting cranberry in with dried herbs. There is an unpleasant tang that I’m guessing is user error. It reminds me of one of the Theodor laponic blends that is very herbaceous as well. I can see this being an interesting tea if steeped properly, but that’s not the type of cup I ended up with.
This is very light in flavor and now I find myself wishing I’d used two teaspoons instead of one. I was hoping for more of that fudgy flavor that others mention in their notes. It’s a little bitter, a little chocolaty, and there’s also some coffee in the mix. The stout does come through and it does have a touch of dryness as promised, but there isn’t any brownie for me. I’m not giving up though. I’ll try again with an extra scoop next time to see if that will add more to the flavor.
Flavors: Alcohol, Bitter, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Drying