1696 Tasting Notes

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drank Watch that Mango by T by Daniel
1696 tasting notes

A nice fruity green!
Generically fruity. I certainly wouldn’t pick out mango. If I didn’t know better, I’d have said peach.
The balance of green tea vs fruitiness is perfect so on that front I’m satisfied. Unfortunately, I suspect that the flavour will fade quickly, so here’s hoping I can kick my tea hoarding ways :P

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71

I bought this at the Ex in August. I’d never seen ctc tea like this before, so finely balled that it looks like coffee grounds! The instructions call for only 1\4 of a tsp per cup. I can only assume that the increased surface area allows for the flavour to be extracted more. Even still, it seems a bit odd. So I went with half a teaspoon for my mug that holds 1.5 cups.
The tea itself is ok. Coppery, like a Ceylon tea, and a bit malty with some real astringent heft behind it all. It leaves a sour aftertaste. I find it somewhat boring on its own so have been adding milk.
Also, there is something there that makes me think of stale tea… except I can’t quite put my finger on it. What exactly does stale tea taste like???
The caffeine punch is great so I keep coming back for more :P

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94
drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
1696 tasting notes

The flavour was starting to go. It was time. Goodbye beautiful tea. You will be missed.

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87

Most of the teas I’ve had today have been lacklustre. Except this one. Pure yum. I must be having an off day , as it wasn’t as good as the first time I brewed some up. Can’t blame the tea though, since I had many others today and they were all somewhat meh. Even heaven’s trash. I’m feeling kinda meh so maybe I’m fighting something. again. Bah.

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86
drank Kukicha by Tsaa Tea Shop
1696 tasting notes

Sipdown. It was great when it was fresh. Not so much the last few cups… but close!
I look forward to getting more once I have a better handle on my cupboard size

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76
drank Detox Morning by Citizen Tea
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A pleasant although not remarkable tea. Slight lemon tang. The tiny bit of green tea comes through as a nice base to give it all some depth, which IMO is the best part. It might go really well iced, or cold brewed!

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76

I was cold all day today and wanted something low in caffeine, to warm me up. This did the trick! A nice mix of fruity and ginger. Not much of a black tea taste but it was decaf so I can’t really complain.

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87
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Majesteas
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Barely a hint of osmanthus this time, and mostly in the first of three infusions.
The others were still sweet like an oolong, but barely floral, if at all. Also detected were faint menthol and clay notes. Hmmmm.

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drank Summer by Turmeric Teas
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This is very minty! I like it. Not all that spicy, and a lot milder than expected. Almost reminds me of camomile which takes the bite out of the mint.
I’m used to mint taking more of a background role, so it was nice to finally find a blend that uses it more front and centre without it being the main ingredient. So I guess, a mid note?

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I feel like I’ve had so many variations of this tea. Except I’m used to this flavour profile having puerh in it, and I don’t see any in the ingredients… That might be the carob and the chicory? Those are two ingredients I’m not a huge fan of. Mostly because those are things I’ve reacted to badly in the past, back when I was hoping to find an alternative to chocolate.
The orange is barely present. Kindof like a muted terry’s chocolate orange. The old me would have loved it. Today? I’m on the fence

Bah. I’m in an ick mood.

Plunkybug

I want to try this solely on the name and flavour profile, but because it doesn’t have any stevia or blackberry leaves, which seem to be in nearly everything David’s puts out these days. So for the latter reason alone, it is a must try. Because it is actually something I can have.

Indigobloom

was that latter… or latte reason? :P
I kid I kid. I look forward to your review!

Plunkybug

HA HA! I did pick up a small amount yesterday to try. Since it is one of the few new teas I can try, I feel like I have to try it. But I do love orange and chocolate, too.

Indigobloom

That’s partly why I picked it up as well. I might try it again with a little rinse.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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