1689 Tasting Notes

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Oh boy, another sample thanks to Teabento. Opening the packet, I was instantly reminded of Dutch processed cocoa powder.

In terms of flavour and texture, it is on the thinner side (seems like all of my samples have been so far), with faint cocoa notes, dried fruit, and honey. Slight astringency but nothing crazy. The new voila, I detect a smoky note? Only on the scale of 2/10 but a surprise, nonetheless.

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Another sample thanks to the wonderful Teabento! This has been my tea of choice throughout this cold, dreary day. I feel like I’m getting sick but I don’t think my sense has been affected. With that said, I cannot get any chocolate notes from here. Mostly a touch of honeyed malt and dried fruit. A thinner mouthfeel

Oh weird! On my very last few sips after this cooled way down, I got a whisper of gentle smoke at the end of the sip.

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by 52teas
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I may be the odd one out but I cannot get the toasted marshmallow flavour from this. This is mostly houjicha, which I love, all roasty and toasty, but on a much milder scale than I like, as well. There is a slight vegetal, soybean-like note from the Shou Mei. Maybe I didn’t add enough leaf? I’ll have to experiment further.

VariaTEA

I had the same problem :(

Fjellrev

Aww, I was kind of hoping it was just me and that it was actually flavourful for everyone else.

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Thank you so much to Teabento for sending me a gloriously generous parcel full of samples! I am so excited to try these because I can always use good black tea in my life.

Total sucker for Assams so I expected this to be awesome to the tenth power, but this is a lot thinner than I would have imagined. I’m primarily picking up on a ready note, akin to a light rye. Then there’s some soft fruity sweetness in the background.

I personally wouldn’t buy this one but I’m super stoked to try the others!

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Just sipped down a 100g tin of this from last Halloween. I’m actually surprised it took me that long to finish it since I’ve burned through this one a lot faster in the past. With that said, still not completely sick of it and I will probably pick up more in the future.

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drank Matcha Spirit by Amoda Tea
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I am rather relieved to get this one out of the way. Not my cup of tea. Rather bitter from the mushroom and turmeric, so I had to polish it off with honey and coconut milk.

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This is transporting me back to drinking a couple roasted maté blends, primarily 52teas Malted ChocoMaté (from years ago) and DAVIDsTEA’s Chocolate Rocket. Both, from what I remember, had a distinct banana note alongside those chocolate notes, with a roasted, coffee-like background. This has all of that. I wouldn’t have even known that it was honeybush if I were to taste this blindly. That chocolate note seems to be the most influenced by the nibs (versus the shells and chocolate chips).

It’s tasty, smooth, and definitely represents a chocolate-covered banana, so that’s great!

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Sipdown! I added some sugar to this last cup to calm down the dusty base and it was an improvement, but I’m still stoked to try the Gourmet Root Beer that is coming in the mail. Yay!

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With more 52teas blends on the way to my mailbox, I realized that I have quite a few that I haven’t even opened yet from the order I placed in the early spring. For breakfast, I am double-fisting this hot and iced.

When I opened the bag, a burst of creamy root beer hit me something fierce, but after a few seconds, mellowed and the almost dusty aroma of the bus came through.

Hot, I can definitely taste the cinnamon and sarsaparilla but the marshmallow isn’t there. Unfortunately, that base is tasting like its scent. It’s dusty and a little astringent in spit of being super careful with the steeping parameters and allowed this to cool for around 15 minutes before drinking.

And I’m afraid that the iced version is even dustier and cardboard-like. The root beer flavours are buried underneath. It almost tastes like it’s really old and stale? Not sure when this batch was made but I did have this sealed and kept in a dark, cool place.

I’m going to keep the rating the same from the last time I tried this, but I can’t say I’m too crazy over this batch, and I’m glad I only got a sample size of it.

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You know, as much as I love craft beer, the one thing that always annoyed me about microbreweries was their obsession with hops. They’re everywhere in nearly everything and in mass quantities, so it’s hard to find an interesting craft beer that isn’t insanely hoppy, at least for me. Butiki’s Peach HoppiTea was too strong on the hops for me too, so this explains why this has been siting in my cupboard for months untouched.

But this? This works. I’m having my second mug hot and will try the last one iced later today. It does smell and taste like beer, but that hoppy bitterness is under control and I’m getting some of the barley in the background too. The green base is a lovely pairing for the hops, too. And can I just say that it’s a pretty dry leaf to look at? Fluffy and wholesome-looking.

Crazy me is sitting on the balcony directly in the sun trying to enjoy the last of the balcony before it starts getting too cold, but as a consequence,I’m getting quite hot out here, can’t see much in my computer screen with the reflection, and did I mention it’s pretty hot out here?

Sil

oh man there are some great non hoppy breweries around here/detroit area…

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