3704 Tasting Notes

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drank Banana Shake by TeaTaxi
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So the downside of samples? One shot and its done. This is one of those times where I made the sample and got all excited only to burn my tongue and now I am unable to taste the tea. I get bits here and there but I need to concentrate. I definitely am getting a great banana flavor, sort of reminiscent of a 52 Teas banana flavor, but it is muddled by the base which is a little gritty/earthy/dirty. That sounds worse than I intend it to because it really isn’t that bad but those are the best terms I have to describe this tea.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried this one as a teapop today and though it wasn’t bad, I don’t think the flavor is strong enough to stand out next to the carbonated water. There is a hint of strawberry but the tea is mostly covered by the Perrier.

Or perhaps this is because this is the tea that didn’t steep long enough…

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
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I brewed this and another tea simultaneously but got messed up and ended up steeping this a couple minutes too long and the other tea a minute shy of how long it should have been steeped for. What does that mean for this tea? That means the base is taking over. It’s a burnt nut sort of flavor which I could see being less burnt and also less heavy if it wasn’t steeped for quite so long. All in all, this cup was not such a good one but I will rate for subsequent steeps to rate it. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the opportunity to try something new :).

Sil

i do most of the blacks from paris at oolong temp – steeped for 4 ish mins, sometimes closer to 5. my usual boiling, 3 mins doesn’t work as well

VariaTEA

That’s what I did. 190 for 5 min, maybe longer and found it very heavy.

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drank Pêché Mignon by THE O DOR
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My intention was to make this as a teapop except when I started measuring the leaf, I only had 2 perfect teaspoons left so I made it iced instead.

The base is stronger than usual today. There is notes of melon but mostly it is a slightly bitter green.

Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the share.

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This is still deliciously caramel. Thank you Sil for the share because this is an amazingly tasty tea. It also paired beautifully with the leftover wedding cake I had for breakfast. Yep, definitely the epitome of health these days :P.

Sil

hahaha

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drank Berry Blush Green Tea by Tea Trunk
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drank Berry Blush Green Tea by Tea Trunk
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This tea has the most adorable packaging. In fact, I may have purchased this for the packaging. Which I guess is not the best reason to purchase a tea since at the end of the day you don’t drink the packaging. Alas, the tea is just not as exciting. Actually it is very bland. No berry flavor to be found and mostly there is the slightest hint of peas from the base and even that isn’t particularly present.

I had this once before but it cooled long before I got to try it and I just assumed that was why it was flavorless. Turns out its just the tea :(.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Daddyselephant

Uuuugh I need that packaging XD

VariaTEA

I got an assorted tea bag tin so maybe some of the other flavors will be better and justify the purchase price of the cute packaging.

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73
drank Berry Blast by Adagio Teas
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This was snuck into into my order by Adagio when I picked up the Sean Bean death teas. Since I was having pizza for dinner, a meal that often is paired with soda, I decided to make a teapop to go with it. Berry teas tend to make nice teapops and this is no exception.It’s flavorful enough that I still get berry flavor but not overpowering or cloying. I think I still prefer Bear Trap as my berry tea but I can’t complain about getting to try something new especially when it was free.

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drank Mao Feng Green Tea by Teapigs
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Finally got a chance to do another tea and music pairing as suggested by Roswell Strange.

Today’s song pairing is Vance Joy’s Riptide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ_1HMAGb4k . This is one I have heard before because it was played quite a bit through the summer. This definitely has the fun and upbeat summer vibe. It’s definitely a ukulele-type song that someone could play while doing outdoorsy summer activities. To me this vibe is reflected in the almost peachy element of the tea.

There is also a mellowness to the whole thing due to the singer’s smooth voice. Smooth and buttery. This is reflected in the vegetal base that has notes of buttery artichoke.

And yet, if you watch the video or listen to the words, there is something just slightly off about the song. At points its a little more intense and there is a bit of worry/talk of being taken to the dark side throughout. That to me is the whisp of smoke lingering on the top of every sip. It works in the mix and makes for something beautiful but also doesn’t entirely fit/blend and that’s what keeps things interesting.

Thank you Roswell Strange for the tea and yet another fun pairing.

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I made a tea smoothie with this today and something was off in my measurements because this is watered down. My guess is too much ice. Oh well. Ultimately, cinnamon bun is not pairing well with the pudding and banana. The cinnamon coats the mouth and just seems weird juxtaposed on the creamy drink. It is almost like a separate entity in the mug as it just didn’t blend.

Evol Ving Ness

I love hearing about your experiments, both those that work and those that don’t.

VariaTEA

Haha happy to entertain.

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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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