613 Tasting Notes

72
drank Caramel Toffee by Amitea
613 tasting notes

This came as a sample in my order. It’s a nice enough black tea with a hint of sweetness, but I do not taste caramel, and honestly, I never do taste caramel in caramel teas. I don’t know what they’re going on about. The only tea I’ve ever had that tasted caramely was Je T’Aime from Nina’s Paris, but it wasn’t really billed as a caramel tea, per se. And then they went and messed up the recipe, so that one’s out too now.
Caramel: The Phantom Flavor

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rosehips

You know, now that you mention it, I have almost the exact same problem. Its so rare to get any caramel flavor in things billed as caramel, that your description is apt.

Tamarindel

The weird thing is, shouldn’t this be an easy flavor? If all else fails, put in some chopped-up candy bits.

Rosehips

I know! It should be a no-brainer. A mystery, indeed.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm. I will reflect on this.

Have you tried Salted Caramel Oolong, ie. Oolong Caramel au Beurre Sale by Damman Freres? To my mind, that one is caramel.

Evol Ving Ness

But in terms of black base teas, still reflecting.

Tamarindel

No, I haven’t tried that one, I tend to drink my oolongs plain. It sounds really intriguing, though, I’ll keep it in mind!

Indigobloom

Caramel comes across as sour to me, in teas. and coffee. I always hope… though there was one from Citizen tea that was close (Teaopia)

Tamarindel

I know the sourness you mean! It’s especially strong in the coffees. Such a bizarre interpretation of the flavor though, because who ever ate a piece of caramel and thought “this tastes sour”? It’s like whoever makes the caramel flavor for all the tea and coffee companies never tasted caramel at all.

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80
drank Luscious Lemon by Amitea
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Pretty basic lemon tea, but I do like this one a lot better than the Devonshire Cream. Still experimenting with the steeping parameters.

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

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75
drank Devonshire Cream by Amitea
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Just got my first order in from Amitea. I think I’m going to try this again with a shorter steep time, because right now the base is way overpowering the flavorings. I get just a little hint of vanilla and cream. It’s pleasant enough, but I’m getting astringency far more than I’m getting the richness and smoothness of Devonshire Cream.

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

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78

Hooray, got a small order in from NMTC, so the cupboard doesn’t feel quite so bare now. This was a little sample they threw in. It tastes very much like English Breakfast, but a bit lighter and mellower. It’s fine enough, but probably not going to become a staple around here.

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

I am wondering why a tea company in presumably New Mexico is stocking something called Canadian Breakfast. Lighter and mellower, hmm. Perhaps they are aiming for the tea version of a Tim Horton’s coffee.

Tamarindel

Lol, yes they are in New Mexico, I’ve visited their shop myself. Apparently Canadian Breakfast is really a thing? I’d never heard of it until about a week ago, but several tea companies make it. Anyway, NMTC stocks English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, etc., they are not particular that way ;)

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, just like DF does all the Noels then.
well, this Canadian tea drinker is curious what Canadian Breakfast tea might be. I’ll look into it. Thanks!

Tamarindel

Lol, exactly. Well, I hope you can find a better version of Canadian Breakfast in Canada, because this one really isn’t worth the hype. The more I drink it the more I think English Breakfast knockoff.

Evol Ving Ness

Sad face. I couldn’t help but hope that it would be stellar.

Tamarindel

Totally! That one sounds much more interesting.

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65

Sipdown. This came in the 52teas mystery bag sale. Normally I have a strict no chamomile policy, but I actually enjoyed this. The rooibos and the tangy strawberry cut the chamomile enough that the cloying sweetness wasn’t a problem.

52Teas

I am the same way with Chamomile which is why you don’t often find it in my blends. So far as 52Teas, I’ve only made 2 Chamomile blends – and one of them (this one) was a special request/ VIT blend. The other one was the April Siesta which … because it was called “Siesta” I figured Chamomile was an appropriate ingredient.

Tamarindel

Haha, well the other ingredients you added really helped, it was much less cloying than a normal chamomile but still very soothing :) Mint is always going to be my herb of choice when relaxing though — speaking of which, that Cucumber Mint Limeade tea you made got me through the terrible heat this summer! I’m keeping my fingers crossed it makes a reappearance some day in the future ;)

52Teas

Thank you – I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed that one!

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90
drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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This is my very last little pouch of Rainbow Sherbet. I was saving it to celebrate whatever came up, but it turns out that this is the only black tea left in THE ENTIRE HOUSE. I would like to blame tea elves or something, but really it’s because stuff keeps breaking and the repair costs have siphoned off the tea fund. This month I was extremely worried about the mystery ailments of my car, and basically stopped spending altogether because God only knew how much THAT was going to cost, but lo and behold it was just the starter, and I got my car back from the shop today without having to sell a kidney, so I guess that’s what the Rainbow Sherbet will be used to celebrate: I have a working car, both kidneys, and enough money left over to hit up at least one or two of the holiday tea sales, glory hallelujah.

Evol Ving Ness

This is very impressive. See, I have a mountain of black teas and an even huge-er pile of broken things.

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75

What a nice surprise on this rather bleak day. I got this as a sample who knows when and forgot all about it, but when I was rummaging through my tea box, hey presto! This is the first long ding I’ve tried. The leaves look very similar to long jing, long and narrow, but they are a darker green and sort of curled in on themselves. It tastes quite mineraly — none of the green bean taste I’m used to getting from long jing. Not my favorite, but interesting. I think I might go poke through that box some more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

Got a sample of this to compare to NMTC’s gunpowder green. This actually tastes slightly like white tea, I guess because it has some hay notes. It’s more vegetal overall than the NMTC, which leans toward the earthy and mineral notes. Plus this is a lighter tea. The flavor is fine, but it doesn’t really register as gunpowder with me. I just expect them to be punchier than regular green. So as the heartier tea, the NMTC still wins for me.

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65
drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
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H&S was giving whole tins of these away, so I snagged one even though I am leery of spice teas in general. I didn’t realize it had a rooibos base, but I probably still would have taken it because I am a sucker for free stuff.

Anyway, it’s actually not bad. All the flavors are on the mild side, so it works as a soothing herbal. The pumpkin isn’t coming through, but so often it doesn’t with pumpkin spice flavored things. Wouldn’t buy it but I’m not sorry to have some in the house (plus the tin is awesome).

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H&S sent me a sample iced tea bag of this. I decided to add some cherry tisane to it, but in hindsight I think that was a mistake. This tea is so strong it totally overwhelmed the cherries and I just got a tiny hint of vague fruit. It’s good tea overall, nothing fancy but powerful.

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