1703 Tasting Notes

56
drank Caramelized Pear by Market Spice
1703 tasting notes

James’ second pick from the TTB, also from Inkling.

This has a very strong artificial aroma. It reminds me of banana Laffy Taffy. Does anyone else get that strange feeling in your throat when you eat Laffy Taffy? I feel it now before even taking a sip! So strange.

The flavor is sort of like green apple Jolly Ranchers. The taste is better than I expected but it’s making my throat uncomfortably dry. This isn’t one I would drink regularly but it’s not so bad. Another that James really likes so I’m not worried about it going forgotten in the tea cabinet.

Flavors: Apple Candy, Artificial, banana, Candy, Drying

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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52
drank Emerald Surprise by Market Spice
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James pulled a couple of teas from the TTB that he really liked, and since I haven’t tried them yet I thought I’d have a cup of each today. This one was from Inkling, I believe. I’m not a fan of green teas in general (broken record, I know), but this one does smell really nice and has fruit in it so maybe I’ll like it.

I don’t. :/

It’s vaguely fruit and somewhat nutty, but mostly just tastes like a plain green tea. James really likes it though, so I know someone will be enjoying it.

Flavors: Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86
drank Framboise Chocolat by Lupicia
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Thanks for another lovely tea, Dustin!

This is hit-you-in-the-face raspberry, wow. It reminds me somewhat of 52teas’ Peanut Butter & Raspberry Jelly but without the nuttiness and way more raspberry. It’s just so good. This will be going on my to-buy list next time I make a purchase from Lupicia.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Yay for more tea from Dustin!

Dustin sent so many teas from my wishlist for me to try, including this one. It’s so unashamedly floral – I love it! Still have lots of this one left so will write a proper review at some point later on. I drank it so quickly that all I remember is its strong floral aroma which reminds me of my favorite floral tea (Valley of the Heart’s Delight by Satori).

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Chocolate & Strawberry Puer by Lupicia
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James has been drinking this one a lot this week, so it’s been tempting me. Decided to have a cup today and it is strawberry candy deliciousness. Mmm.

Flavors: Candy, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Coconut Pu-erh by The Republic of Tea
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I restocked a few old favorites during my spending spree last month, this being one of them. It’s been several years since I’ve had this one in my tea cabinet, so I’m glad to see it back. It’s just a perfect blend of dark chocolatey tea and coconut. I do worry that the coconut might be starting to turn already, even though it’s two years out from the expiration date. Does that happen often? James says it smells fine to him, but I think maybe my sense of smell is a bit more sensitive than his. It tastes good though!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Chocolate Mint Oolong by Stash Tea
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I’m not a big fan of Stash teas generally, but I do like this one. It tastes more like a black tea to me, none of the roasted qualities I might normally associate with an oolong. Equal parts chocolate and mint. I can’t say I’d buy a box of it or anything, but I have a few teabags and I’ll enjoy them while they last. Thank you, tea-and-cats, for the sweet card and shared tea!

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
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I’ve fallen behind on my swap teas, so if you’ve sent something and I haven’t mentioned it here yet I promise I’m working through them! This one was a gift from Dustin and one I’ve been wanting to try for a while. It has a strong vanilla flavor and a sort of nuttiness to it. James said it tasted like vanilla but then pickles (??), so I’m pretty glad I’m not picking up on that particular flavor. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite vanilla black, but it’s certainly enjoyable. Thank you, Dustin!

Flavors: Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sad sipdown. Maybe one day Joseph Wesley will return. This is one I would definitely repurchase. It’s got a bittersweet chocolate vibe, very deep and dark. Plus, it’s kept is flavor much longer than others I purchased from JW around the same time. Highly recommend.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated May 2022.

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