3389 Tasting Notes

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Thank you Cavocorax for the share. I believe I have had this before and I like it more than I thought I would but I don’t know if it effectively captures Dean and Castiel. It’s a little smokey so that covers the hunter vibe but there isn’t a ton more going on in the cup. Mostly is smooth and sweet but doesn’t really have a strong flavor of any of the three types of tea. I’m not really sure what to make of it.

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I thought I grabbed the Pancake Breakfast tea so imagine my surprise when I got a mouthful of banana bread. After doing a check of the package, turns out I grabbed this one. Nothing new to say about it. Just another cup of hot buttered banana bread deliciousness. This tea is wonderfully true to its title. Gotta love it :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Golden Osmanthus by Lupicia
3389 tasting notes

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I hoped for something more with this tea but all I’m getting is oolong. Not for me.

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Apparently I forgot to log this so I am back to 99 teas but still under 100. Yay! This is a smooth tea with a dash of malt and some baked bread notes. It’s a little bit brisk but not overly so. Alright, but nothing special.

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drank Pink Blossom by My Beauty Tea
3389 tasting notes

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This tea mixes the flavors perfectly as each element can be tasted on its own while simultaneously blending so harmoniously as to create a lovely tea. The base is mild leaving plenty of room for the other flavors to shine. There is a sweetness from the berries that contrasts quite well the the more savory notes of lavender and peppercorn. The lavender is definitely the standout in the mix, which for me isn’t a positive, but for those that like these flavors, I can see this being rather enjoyable. This reminds me of a spa tea which is guess is a good thing coming from a company called “My Beauty Tea”. So, what all this boils down to is that this is a lovely tea, just not flavors I personally look for so my sample is more than enough.

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drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
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Lupicia knows how to do chestnut flavor well. This perfectly captures the nut while having an additional richness which could be chocolate, though could also just round out the chestnut flavor. It’s interesting but tbh I’m not a huge lover of chestnuts so this cup is enough to leave me satisfied.

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I set up a cold brew this morning when I made the hot cup and I am enjoying it now as I watch Mad Max. I gotta say, the sweet floral of this cup is a stark contrast to the gritty and raw film. Both are rather enjoyable though.

I find this tea to be amazingly consistent – no matter it’s age or brew style, it tastes almost the same everytime. This may be the tiniest bit more floral than the hot tea but not significantly so (honestly it could just be because I expect a difference). All in all, just a great, consistent tea that I really will miss when it is gone.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Would you say Mad Max is worth watching? I’m surprised it got so many Oscars.

This is a great tea!

VariaTEA

I was surprised the first time I watched it that I enjoyed it. I thought it was just car racing but there is more to it, for sure.

Fjellrev

Cool, good to know. I’ll have to watch it then. :)

Roswell Strange

I was so incredibly sad when CS stopped selling this one :(

VariaTEA

I don’t know why and it makes me sad too. I even went to the store when I was there recently and no Des Roses et Des Bonbons to be found :(

rosebudmelissa

I went to see Mad Max in theaters when it first came out. I was in the mood for a mindless action movie – which it definitely delivered on the chase scenes and explosions – but the story was surprisingly compelling as well.

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drank Walnut Truffle by Tea Desire
3389 tasting notes

Despite being from September 2014 this is still decadently rich. Smooth creamy chocolate notes swirl perfectly with warming walnut flavors. So awesome! Thank you Roswell Strange for keeping me stocked.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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97

This was still out on the counter from yesterday so I decided to brew it up again since I need to work on older leaf anyways. Still sweet and delicious!

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drank Apple Strudel by DAVIDsTEA
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Apple strudel flavoring is still pretty accurate in this cup, despite oversteeping. It’s a little sweeter than the last cup and a little flat but still a nice cuppa. I don’t know if I am rubbing out to restock but I wouldn’t turn away a cup either.

Evol Ving Ness

This one didn’t really do it for me. Am I missing something? Did you add anything to it? Did you use cooler water? What am I missing?

VariaTEA

I used 200F water and didn’t add anything. It worked best at that temp for 3:30

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I will give that a go the next time I try.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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