290 Tasting Notes

Yum! But sweet, almost too sweet… Definitely (for me) more of a dessert tea than an all day sipper, I finished the thermos full I had, but I’ll have to reconsider keeping that in the stash for day-drinking :) The inside of the bag is also sticky, which is weird and a little gross.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
290 tasting notes

I wrote a note, and then the page refreshed and it disappeared, NOOOOO

Anyways, the gist was that this tea is yum yum yum! It’s a wonder it took me so long to try a hazelnut tea considering how much I like hazelnut coffee creamer and hazelnut chocolates. It’s a sweet smelling tea, but not so sweet as I can’t handle more than a mug of this, I totally sipped on this all day, two days this week.

1tsp/16oz/ 200*F x 4 into a big Thermos and decanted from there.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
290 tasting notes

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
290 tasting notes

I didn’t realize this was on my wishlist when I bought it, because I haven’t used the wishlist function in forever. _ happy coincedence

warm, hazelnut, toffee, sweet, brown sugar notes. I actually brewed up a big thermos of this on Thursday, so now on Saturday it’s kinda foggy. Will revisit.

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drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
290 tasting notes

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I’m been falling back alot on these lately, just because I have a bag at hand, and really, it’s a staple, I should just move it to a tin next time I restock. I usually don’t feel the need to review jasmine teas, they’re so normal, and this one is just about as run of the mill as most of the others. I like watching these unfurl in my steeper, and I usually resteep these a minimum of three times, for me that’s just about when they open up fully.

Today I did 1.5 tsp/16oz rather than my normal 1 tsp/16oz because I was feeling generous. The addition makes it more green tea tasting, rather than letting the floral jasmine carry the tea. It’s nice on the occasion, but the jasmine tealyra uses is nice. Its floral, but more on the sweet side of floral rather than perfume-y.

It amuses me that the package says 1tsp/8oz, the effect of that much tea/water is a bit too much for the depth of this tea, I would rather underleaf this than overleaf.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank ME to WE by DAVIDsTEA
290 tasting notes

This tastes like fruit punch. I love the incentive to give, but I think I’d rather donate directly. Shrug. If this weren’t a donation tea, it’s wayy overpriced, but most things in DT seem that way nowadays

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drank Let It Snow by DAVIDsTEA
290 tasting notes

Day one; 2017 DavidsTea Advent Calendar

This is one way to get me restarted in writing tea notes. :D
3min/175*F, this tea is like a minty fruity tea. I know that it’s supposed to be a green tea, but there’s not really enough of actual tea present for me taste any tea, but either way I’m not going to increase the temperature incase it does scald the leaves. I am enjoying the mild mintiness, I go through phases with mint teas, but I do feel they are better suited for the summer than for the winter. I did do a semi rinse with some luke warm water to get whatever stevia off.
This tea is OK, I will probably mix it with some vanilla green tea to get more tea flavor and to add a touch of creaminess to it during the second steep. I don’t think I like it enough to go and buy more, but I’ll enjoy it while it’s on hand.

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drank Hoku by Lupicia
290 tasting notes

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Ehh… It was ok. I’m not sure why this milk oolong is so expensive but I guess that’s the DT markup. I got this one, sealed, through a buy/sell group.

The dried leaf smelled sort of rancid, honestly. I think like spoiled milk. The oolong curls opened up pretty quickly, within a few minute of 195F water, usually rolled oolongs take a long while to fully uncurl, but these leaves were relatively thin and petite.

The liquor color was a golden tan, without too much debris after decanting from the gravity steeper. The taste was unremarkable, a little milky, and drinkable but not amazing. I preferred teavivre for milk oolong, or may other tea vendors. Shrug. But it’s not horrible, I’ll finish the 2oz.

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I get easily excited and tend to get into the habit of collecting things I get really really excited about- books, fountain pens, fragrance, tea and any number of things. Mostly I’m just really excitable.

My favorites are oolongs! Also high for me are greens and ripe pu’erh. But I do like most teas and I’ll try most anything at least once. I just don’t like rooibos, smokey, or banana flavored things.

My name is Christina, but there’s also another Christina with a cat as a profile picture, so I go by Flyawaybirdie.

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NOTE!: My cupboard is not up to date. Not even close. But it does have a bunch of teas I have pretty substantial quantities of, so I put them in there anyways because I’m unlikely to run out soon. Also, if I wrote a note on it and didn’t include a TTB name or a sipdown note, I’m likely to still have some even if it’s not in my cupboard, so feel free to ask if you want to swap!

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