701 Tasting Notes

90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
701 tasting notes

It’s hot here today in eastern North Dakota. At 101 (38-39 Celsius) we won’t break the 90 year old record, but it is the hottest day in a couple of years. Well, actually we had a 100 degree day last year too. But triple digit days don’t come around every year. So this weather calls for a cold brew.

This tea may be excellent hot, but I love it iced. What makes it so wonderful as an iced tea is the lightness of it. I am not sure how to explain it. Coke over ice is nice and cold too, but somehow it feels heavy to me, as if laden down by the sugar and chemicals. This tea is mildly sweet on its own, with bright, mild flavor that is amazingly refreshing. My favorite for these dreadfully hot days.

I will mention that I went on my annual trip to the Reader and Author Get Together. It’s been cancelled for the past two years because of Covid. I came back with a ton of great books to read. I also came home with covid. :( Luckily I don’t feel too awful, just very tired. Something like this tea feels good on my sore throat. Love this tea!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
gmathis

Two viable reasons to stay in from the heat! Take care of yourself.

ashmanra

Oh no! I hope you feel better soon!

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I picked up a bottle of this during my road trip to Kentucky. I am not really a huge fan of bottled tea, but I was drawn by the ‘Sicilian Lemon’. I liked it. It was refreshing. A far better choice than the Mountain Dew I was going to have.

gmathis

Good to know—we have a hot, thirsty road trip in the near future. Will watch for this.

Maddy Barone

It comes in a glass bottle, not plastic. I kept the bottle. It is the right size to work as a vase for a single daisy :)

gmathis

Yes, I like the Pure Leaf bottle shape. (The ones without the long neck.)

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75

The weather has turned officially summer-ish. Highs in the mid 80s. I drove over the church to clean up my little raised bed garden and plant my cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and onions. I was a sweaty dirty mess by the time I finished. I had brought a bottle of water and a thermos of this to drink. I finished the water early and then drank this. The water was lukewarm, but boy, even after sitting in the sun for 3 hours the ice cubes were still floating happily in the tea! Love those insulated cups.

i gave this a rating of 70 last time. Maybe it was just the weather conditions and the fact that this was cold, but I found it extremely refreshing. Raising my rating to 75.
gmathis

Mmm! Our riding mower bit the dust and I’m back to pushing … this sounds like a good summer investment!

Maddy Barone

@gmathis Ugh! And it is hotter and more humid where you are at!

gmathis

Actually, the pushing provides some much-needed exercise, although I no longer have the steam to do all at once. I hit the part the neighbors see first and tackle the back when I get right good and ready ;)

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75
drank Blood Orange Spice by 52teas
701 tasting notes

I made a big pitcher of this iced. I really enjoyed it. I kinda got a bit of the orange in spite of my dead nose and a little spice to. I am looking forward to drinking a lo9t more tea iced as the weather warms up. I love hot tea in the fall and winter, but there is something so refreshing in a tall glass of tea over ice. I am never sure how “spice” teas will work iced, but this one was ver ygood.

52Teas

I love spiced teas iced. Right now, we’ve had crazy weather – at the moment, it’s 49°F – we’ve had frost over a couple of nights last week. I’m not complaining, mind you. I prefer the weather this way. However, it’s hard to get into “summertime” mode or even “springtime” mode with my blending because I still want my cozy fall flavors when the weather is like this.

ashmanra

It’s 34.5 here today…celsius. 94F. We somehow skipped most of spring and went straight to hot and humid. Not happy.

Maddy Barone

The weather is so iffy at this time of the year!

Martin Bednář

We got highs here around 28, but we also jumped from winter to summer and not so happy about it.

Maddy Barone

We have a freeze warning for tonight! The low may get down to 30, which is probably around 1c? And it snowed this morning. It melted within minutes of hitting the ground, but still-! :( I hope to sit for an hour tonight to watch TV. It sound like a great time for one more cup of hot tea.

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84

This was a freebie sample with my Whispering Pines order. I under leafed it a bit and that didnt’ hurt it at all. It is a pretty smooth tea. No jagged edges of bitterness nor sharp edges of astringency. Without a sense of smell, I get no particular flavor profile, but it was very enjoyable. When I make my next order (sometime around Christmas?) I may grab a couple of ounces of this one if it’s available. I think I’ll finish the sample off as a cold brew since it seemed brighter somehow as it cooled.

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78

My new order from Whispering Pines arrived over the weekend. I brewed a pot of this on Saturday afternoon. I was a little disappointed. There was definitely an astringent note. That smoothed out as the tea cooled. I may have over leafed it. I will try it again. I may try it iced too, since it was better for me when it cooled.

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70

This is my evening cup tonight. A small sample from Plum Deluxe. It’s quite nice. Green rooibos tends not to have the heavy woody flavor, which I appreciate. Red Rooibos is good for heavy spice teas, but this is fairly light and dessert-y, and the red rooibos would have ruined it. It is good, but as it cools it ends with a slightly soapy flavor, which may be the rose petals. Not a fan of floral teas. So I will not be ordering any of this. But glad I got to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

Sip down!

I’ve had this tea for a few years now (obviously, since Q2T is no longer selling tea) and I remember really enjoying it. I finished the leaf in a three cup pot last night. I found it rather blah. Possibly there wasn’t enough leaf, or it could be that the bits that gave it it’s best flavor were gone, or maybe it just didn’t age well. It was perfectly drinkable, but not something I savored every sip of.

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77

Found this one in the back of the tea drawer. I recall this came as part of my B&B subscription box a couple of years ago and I wasn’t too crazy about it then. I think I like it better now. Maybe because my sense of smell is at zilch so I don’t catch a lot of subtle flavors. Right now it is not at all sweet and I don’t get any pancake. But the lemon comes through with a tart little zing. Tart, not sour like hibiscus. I hate hibiscus, but I do quite enjoy this one. I still have about 10 grams left, so a few more cups to enjoy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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