2189 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
2189 tasting notes

Sample stashbusting. I love it when the samples I get in the mail are enough for just about two cups. Which sounds odd, because I should love it when I get samples that are large… more tea is better, right? Except I have learned that I prefer to have a small amount to sample and then I can buy more later. If a sample is more than 4 cups worth it takes me forever to get through it!

Of course, that almost doesn’t work for this tea. I had two cups, yay, but now I have none and I can’t order more. Figures the one 52teas blend I like isn’t a permanent collection tea. This one is quite yummy, so I guess I’ll have to keep my eye out for random reblends/

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

I really wish this and the Marshmallow Genmaicha would be added to the permanent collection, they’re so tasty!

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drank Earl Green by Empire Tea Services
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Yum yum. I never cease to be amazed by the lovely base of this tea. So unlike your typical flavored green base! I have gotten a little fatigued on flavored greens (that aren’t florals… so mainly fruity greens), but this one is an exception. I now can pick out that this tea is full of awesome natural chestnut notes (before I described them as just nutty, buttery and even cookie-ish). I want more flavored greens like this one.

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

Agreed the green base is great. I also like the bergamot ETS uses. It is no wimp and just different.

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drank Coconut Cabana by The Tea Spot
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I am on kind of a milk oolong kick lately… too bad I have so few of them in my cupboard! :P I better watch out, because that kind of thing could lead to a tea order (which I don’t need to do!)

This one is quite tasty today. A smooth creamy milk oolong base with a hit of coconut over the top. A fresh green fruitiness as well, and no drying astringency in the mouthfeel. It’s neither my perfect milk oolong nor my perfect coconut oolong, but it’s a decent combination substitute.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This sample comes to me thanks to Azzrian! Thanks!

I am not the biggest fan of roasted/dark oolongs, so I never felt a need to seek this one out to try. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not happy to try it now that a sample has been provided! If there’s one thing I’ve learned about pure, high quality, unflavored teas, it’s that my tastes can and do change, so I never know when I’m going to try one and decide that I love it.

I followed the exact instructions when brewing this one. The steeped tea smells intriguingly sweet and fruity, with the expected roasted note over the top. The scent is fairly light, and the flavor is pretty light too. I feel like I should have brewed this one hotter, against recommendation, because it just seems under-steeped. The flavors that are there are pretty decent… definitely edging toward a black tea, though with fruity oolong characteristics. There are definitely oak notes in there, too. But man, I wish this had more flavor. I will try it at a hotter temp before I rate this one.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Glad you liked it – hopefully you have enough to give it another go hotter or longer steep.

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78

Hoping today goes better than yesterday. Please no bad news (maybe even good news? but I’ll settle for a lack of bad news) and no computers suddenly dying and taking hours worth of work with it.

I’m not sure what happened with this one today but it has a hint of bitterness to it unfortunately. But it’s not too bad, and I still get the nice bergamot and caramel as well. I guess it’s one of those risky things with blends that have lower quality bases… they can be quite finicky!

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

Dorian Grey? Interesting :D

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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This sample comes to me thanks to Azzrian! Thanks!

I approach this tea with some trepidition. On one hand, Earl Grey and cheesecake sound just like the kind of flavor combo I would adore. On the other, I have never had success with 52teas in the past. For some reason, they just don’t sit right with my palate, which I always am sad about because he always blends the most interesting flavors.

So yeah, this tea. The aroma of the steeped tea is really interesting. The bergamot is almost floral to my nose, and I can definitely pick out the creamy, sharp, slightly sour cheesecake. It smells like a tea I would really like. First sip, seems good! Not a hint of bitterness from the black tea base. A decently strong bergamot without bitterness there, as well, and for once I do actually taste the creamy cheesecake flavor in a 52teas tea. The bergamot has a lovely floral nature that I think is being partly brought out by the tang of the cheesecake, and it works well (helps that I love florals). I still am not the biggest fan of Assam and so I would prefer this on a Chinese or Ceylon base, and there is perhaps the tiniest hint of a bitter-citrus note in the aftertaste that kind puts a little damper on things. But on the whole it is a delicious tea and you can color me impressed.

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

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drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
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The first time I tried this one I wasn’t super impressed. I never came back to my sample because it didn’t ever call to me, but today I wanted a milk oolong and I don’t have many (any?) others in my stash right now.

I dunno, I just don’t get any creaminess to this one really. Vegetal, nutty and a little buttery, with maybe a hint of condensed milk in the aftertaste (but none of the sweetness). It’s a decently tasty tea, but not my fave. Really, I have been pretty consistantly disappointed with most milk oolongs, and I am thinking it is because most milk oolongs are subject to a type of flavoring during the growing process that doesn’t quite allure me. There are a few more direct-from-the-source milk oolongs I want to try, but otherwise I will be sticking with Teavivre’s unflavored milk oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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After my less-than-spectacular previous tea, I wanted a bergamot-and-floral that I knew would deliver. Just opening the bag made my mouth water!

Today has not really been my day. I cannot seem to stop sneezing, I just pinched my fingers in the cabinet, and then I almost knocked my open pouch of this tea onto the floor. Luckily not too much spilled out (maybe about a teaspoon), but it was very sad to see those little curly black tea leaves and lovely rose petals on the floor as I swept them up.

But this cup will make me feel better… it smells so chocolatey and delicious, with lovely rose as well. I’ve always wanted more bergamot in this blend, but I can’t complain too much because it’s still so delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Sorry you’re not having the best of days. We’re sort of in the same boat, I feel as if a virus is trying to take root, & yesterday I mashed my pinky!

I still have some of this love tea too! I think if I spilled it, I’d be down there picking it up! LOL! I hope David brings that one back, as it is such a treat! I’ll be sad when it’s gone.

Dinosara

Thanks for the good wishes, and I hope you feel better soon! My nose has thankfully calmed down for the afternoon. :)

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This is not a popular tea. Nevertheless, I it’s been on my shopping list for years because I love bergamot and I love florals. I recently bought a pack of sample tins from Kusmi (the “Russian” set) and this was included, so I finally get to try it.

I think the dry leaf smells nice, with plenty of bergamot, the balance of some other citrus, and some light florals in the background. The steeped leaf, too, smells pleasantly bergamotty and floral.

Unfortunately I guess sometimes you just have to listen to the people. I don’t find this one as distasteful as some people, especially as it cools, but it isn’t as lovely as I had hoped. The bergamot edges on a pith-like bitterness that I never enjoy, and the florals are a bit perfumy tasting. It is growing on me a bit, but it certainly isn’t a tea I would reach for often. I wonder how it would cold brew?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragon Flames by Sanctuary T
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I am considerably more awake than I was an hour ago. Thank goodness for tea. I still wish I was a tiny bit more energized, though, so I grabbed this one from my cabinet. Now I am drinking maté and listening to modern tango, which is appropriate.

I don’t have a lot of maté blends, but I am thinking maybe I should explore them more. I definitely enjoy this one, even if it’s pretty simple blend. It’s definitely an easy blend to recreate: green maté and jasmine pearls. Simple, and yet brilliant. The jasmine goes so well with the herbaceous quality of the maté, providing a hint of florals and smoothness.

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

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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