1459 Tasting Notes

drank COÏNCIDENCE BLACK by THE O DOR
1459 tasting notes

My first steep of this was 3m and the cup was great. I sipped through it while getting the tiny roommates online for school. There are six alarms on my phone daily to get them into all the zooms on time. I stuffed my face with leftover coconut naan, washing it down with my first cup, not taking the time to appreciate the tea. Now that the morning has settled I’ve made a second steeping, which isn’t as delicious as the first. It still smells great with a deep strawberry like scent, but the flavors are now lighter than I’d like. Now that I’ve let my cup cool it is getting a little of that flatness I mentioned in my previous notes. This appears to be a cup better sipped hot!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lexie Aleah

Coconut Naan sounds so yummy! I still need to try this one. Good to know it’s better to drink it hot.

Dustin

There is a restaurant in Austin that does a dried cherry, raisin and pistachio naan that is AMAZING! God, I miss that stuff! Their korma was really good too.

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Sipping down this sample from AmandaStory! I added a little sugar in the cup this time and I think it improves things a bit. Makes the marshmallow flavor profile seem more complete. Marshmallow flavor is about all that is going on in this cup. The rice part is totally absent. The base of the tea adds a little depth to the marshmallow flavor, but I would lean more towards this being a peeps tea or a riceless krispie treat tea. Fun to get to experience it, not something I’d buy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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This was SO good when I first got it. It’s been in my cupboard for about 8 months and the flavor hasn’t held up. It just tastes like matcha. No pumpkin or spices or anything, just matcha. It’s still tasty, but not the same. I’m going to have to remember to go through David’s flavored matchas faster if I want them to be flavored. Let the craving take hold and don’t let me hoarding nature kick in!

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drank Hot Cross Bun by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
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This smells really interesting in the bag, but the flavor isn’t translating how I’d hoped. There is something a little savory and broth like in this for a second and it’s a little tart at the end from the modest level of hibiscus. I’d like to lower the steeping temp and maybe time in hopes to get a different cup from this tea. It isn’t bad, I just haven’t figured it out. I have no idea what hot cross buns taste like. I’ve only once recently come across a place that sells them, but they were sold out by the time I got there. It would be fun to do a side by side comparison of this tea and it’s namesake bun!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Hot cross buns are delicious!

Courtney

I hope you figure out the tea!

gmathis

I’ve had grocery store attempts at hot cross buns, but I wouldn’t rely on their authenticity.

Dustin

I hope I figure the tea out too! What do they taste like? The place that was sold out was a bakery that was a little on the fancy side, so I’d hope they’d be somewhat true to the pastry. Are they a seasonal before Easter thing? I have some googling to do!

gmathis

The ones I’ve had are something like a very slightly sweet yeast bread with a little powdered sugar glaze on top; sometimes raisins in the dough, sometimes candied fruit.

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drank Almond Cookie by The NecessiTeas
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I’ve been liking this and reaching for it a bit lately. It has a flavor profile that is very similar to some green almond teas I have enjoyed with the almond and coconut, but on a black base. In comparison I think the black base adds something that distracts a bit from the almond. The other cups of this I’ve made had a better flavor and I’m not sure why this one turned out slightly flat, but I’m still enjoying it. One thing I noticed is that it’s really only good for one steep, the second being very flat and dull, so it makes it a little more expensive vs. teas you can get multiple cups out of. I’d almost consider reordering, but I’m not quite there with it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had a cup of this the other day that I think I enjoyed a little more than this one. I recall overleafing it a bit. This smells like caramel when dry and steeped. There was a flatness to this cup and I added a touch of sugar to round things out a bit and it seems to have worked. In some sips I think I can pick out salt and in others not. Salt seems to be a tricky thing to add to tea because if you add it dry it just filters to the bottom of the mix. Guess I’m liking this because my cup is now empty! Time for a second steeping!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lull by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
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One of the mystery teas in my mix box! This is another one of the teas blended to one of Arthur’s songs. I’m finding the crossing of interests with music and tea fascinating!
This tea has a slight tartness to it at the start of the sip. I had to look at the ingredients because cinnamon was a prominent flavor I was picking up, but I didn’t see it on the packaging! I might have to double check. It’s more of a mellow baked cinnamon as opposed to the spicy bright cinnamon. This has pea flowers in it which colors the tea a deep purple/magenta and lends a little bit of earthiness to the flavor. A lot of pea flower teas I’ve had didn’t do much to mask or build on the pea flavor and I’m glad to see that isn’t the case here. There is a fruitiness I’m getting, but I can’t say what fruit. Like Sobre, this tea has a lot of flavors coming in and out of focus while managing to merge slightly as opposed to stepping on each other’s toes. There is a lightly tart cinnamon apple in the finish. Reminds me of apple cinnamon oatmeal! I’m looking forward to see how this tea grows on me over time!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sobre by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
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Just got my second Arthur Dove order in. The box smelled amazing and juicy! I got 250g of two blends I liked from my first order and a selection of 10 random teas to try based on my stated preferences. This was a sample included in my order and smelled so intriguing that I had to start with it first. It’s blended to match one of the songs Arthur composed. When it was dry the eucalyptus and mint combo was most prominent, but when steeped the scent of jasmine shows up most. It tastes very complex! Rooibos, a touch of eucalyptus then mint. It’s almost savory for a moment. There are so many flavors jumping to the front and fading away making room for another flavor to appear. The flavors are all pretty mellow which works since there are so many. It’s so intriguing! I’m listening to the accompanying song on Spotify. I’m not quite sure what flavors translate into different elements of a song for me, but it’s a fun experience listening to what Arthur felt like the song should taste like! I want to try this cold steeped next time!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Three months since I last logged this tea and I can’t say I’m any more fond of it. There is still this bitterness that I’m now equating to walnuts when they start to turn rancid. The banana is light in the scent and flavor. Oatmeal on the finish. I’m not digging this one at all. I might give it one more go before it goes into the get rid of pile or I might skip the one last mediocre cup and put it in the pile next time I see it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I sipped this down over the weekend. Just in time for the 250g I ordered of it to arrive without much of a gap. I drank this in my thermos cold steeped grandpa style for a good 24 hours before the flavors gave out, then made a big pitcher of it hot steeped and poured over ice. By pitcher I mean large empty plastic juice container which I then took to the pool at the place we were staying and proceeded to drink mostly on my own over a lovely afternoon. This has the perfect blend of sweet spicy smoke that makes it such a unique tea! I can’t wait to have more!

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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