1354 Tasting Notes

Another tea I wish I had tried sooner. If I had, I probably would have purchased more as this was just a sample. And now AQ2T is no more. Boo.

I can taste the peach but am missing the bready flavor I might get from pastry or other baked goods.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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What can I say? It’s just one of those days.

Updated to add – This made me feel horribly sick. Do not recommend.

Flavors: Licorice, Mint

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank cupan tae by A Quarter to Tea
1354 tasting notes

I’m so sad that I waited so long to try this because it’s delicious. It was only a sample from an order so just enough for one cup. It’s not overly strong like I expected it would be. Just a little astringent toward the end.

Flavors: Astringent

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog from February 11th:

Of the blends I brought to work today, this is the one I’m most excited about trying. And so far, this is the best one yet. The peppermint is so nice and the candies have turned things a lovely shade of pink. I could see this making a good latte, as the label says.

So excited to find a white tea that I enjoy! I would I could unlock the secret. I have so many white teas and almost all of them are flavorless to me. Everyone else loves them so what am I missing??

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

I found it interesting with the Teavivre link you shared today: that white teas that are ten years old are considered very special (if they’re stored well anyway). I didn’t even know white teas SHOULD be aged…

Shae

I didn’t know that either, but admittedly I don’t know much about aged teas. I’m guessing all that goes out the window if it’s flavored?

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drank Raspberry Cocoa Truffle by Plum Deluxe
1354 tasting notes

This blend was gifted to me by Plum Deluxe who sent a large “sample” for me to try. So incredibly generous! I’m very glad to have the opportunity to try some of their blends and am starting first with this limited edition dessert tea.

I need to say, first thing, that this tea steeps up so beautifully. For those who take milk in their tea, this one is perfect for such an addition. I do, and I did, and it’s just lovely. The most prominent flavor, as I think it should be, is the raspberry with a solid base of chocolaty tea underneath. Maybe it’s the mix of pu’erh and black teas or the cocoa nibs or all of these together – whatever it is, it works. This is so well-rounded. I can smell the orange in the dry blend and though the flavor doesn’t necessarily come through in the cup I think the orange is somehow meant to boost the raspberry. It just complements the berry and cocoa in such a way that without the orange I don’t think the other flavors would have popped quite so much. This is to me such a well-thought-out and well-executed tea blend. The package says that Love is an ingredient and I believe it.

Thanks so much to Plum Deluxe for sending this and a few other teas to try. I’m looking forward to tasting the others soon.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Raspberry

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

I have never tried raspberry and orange together—this sounds excellent!

Mastress Alita

I would imagine the orange peel brings out the natural tartness of the raspberry, would be my guess.

tea-sipper

It does, Mastress Alita!

Shae

gmathis – It was really very good!

Mastress Alita and tea-sipper – I hadn’t thought of this but that certainly makes sense.

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Flavors: Maple Syrup

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drank Foggy Coconut by 52teas
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Since I learned a couple of months ago how quickly coconut will go rancid, I’ve realized just how many coconut teas I have in my cupboard. I hadn’t been in any great hurry to drink them before so there are several. This one still tastes really nice. I can taste all the flavors and none is overpowering the other – creamy earl grey, coconut, lavender. Is there even lavender in this? I love how “just right” this is.

Flavors: Bergamot, Coconut, Earl Grey, Lavender

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Uplifting Coconut Chai by Plum Deluxe
1354 tasting notes

Lesson learned – don’t take gifted samples to work. Distracted as I usually am, this tea suffered at the wrath of my duties and so I cannot do it justice. I can tell you that it had nice flavor, though I couldn’t detect any coconut. This was a single serving sample (what was I thinking?!) so I’ll have to add this to my list to purchase in the future so that I can give it a fair review.

Thanks to Plum Deluxe for sending this and other generous samples. I promise I’ll do better next time.

Preparation
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 prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. 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.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

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
Lime, 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.

50-70: 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.

71-79: 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.

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