1555 Tasting Notes

drank Ginger Berry Crisp by Dessert by Deb
1555 tasting notes

Having the last of this sample sent by VariaTEA! This smells berry like and delicious! The flavor in the sip is tart and light, but at the end and in the finish the flavors brighten significantly. The berry flavor is strong, full, crisp and sweet, but there is something baked in there too. The ginger is pretty mellow and plays a supporting role to the berry. The hibiscus is pretty tame in this cup and is only in the sip. I don’t recall what I thought of this the first time I had it, but I’m digging it tonight! It’s very well blended.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

This was one of the ones I packaged before knowing of your hibiscus aversion so I am glad that you enjoyed it anyways.

Dustin

I’m always impressed when people know how to properly use hibiscus in blends, proper being in moderation IMHO!

VariaTEA

I used to hate it and then I realized some teas need it, but I agree that moderation is key.

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This is not what I was hoping for. The strawberry is super light and watery and not at all juicy. The basil adds a very savory flavor that distracts when hot. There is the slightest bit of a hibiscus like tang (the rose hips?) that I’m not into that comes out as it cools. Into the get rid of pile it goes!

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

This flavor combination just sounds strange and unappealing.

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Happy 129th birthday, Tolkien!

Night in the Glittering Caves is certainly a glittery tea! It’s fun to look at dry and steeped and shimmers in different ways in both forms. My cup has a very sweet smell to it. The tea has a slight bitter tang to it and there is a powdery almond flavor, but overall it’s nice. The base is light and hard to taste under the aromatic perfumy flavors that linger in the finish. I get the pecan flavors too. It seems to fall a little flat as the cup cools off. Other than the glitter, there isn’t much that makes me think caves or LOTR, but it’s fun to have a tea dedicated to it today anyways.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lexie Aleah

A pretty dry leaf for sure

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drank Golden Turmeric Chai by Adagio Teas
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Took a couple sips of this before passing the mug to a tiny roommate who had a sore throat. It was heavier on the ginger than many of the turmeric blends I’ve had. It’s nice, but doesn’t stand out for me in the sea of ginger turmeric blends.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hook'ed On You by Happy Turtle Tea
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I went to grab a geeky themed tea for National Science Fiction Day and realized all I have are fantasy themed teas as far as themed teas go. This will have to do! It’s the last one of my Happy Turtle order that I have left to try. I used to watch Once, but after a zillion episodes of some spell or another ruining life in their town and needing to be broken by the power of enemies working together I kinda lost interest. That and Belle saying “heart” in every other sentence got old too. I do like how dynamic they make the characters and tie in multiple stories. The pretty bad boy version of Hook was a good twist. Hook was always such a grotesque unrelatable character in all the other movies and stories, so this was an interesting change. The actor who played this Hook constantly clenched and released his jaw and it got a little distracting for me in some of the scenes wondering if the actor was nervous or anxious or even knew he has that quirk! I notice the little things.

This tea is pretty nice. I expected it to be heavier on the coconut, but I feel like the cranberry comes through more. Maybe the coconut works to round out the cranberry because it doesn’t have that cran bite. The sencha is pretty mellow. The aromatic cran is the star here. It reminds me of a 52teas blend that AJRimmer put in the advent swap for me. I’d have to look up the name. That one was nice too. I’ll have to try this cold steeped sometime and see if the flavors change things up at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Unfortunately I have zero themed teas right now, aside from Christmas ones… :|

Dustin

I usually don’t have any, but I ordered samples from Happy Turtle last month to try something new.

Mastress Alita

You don’t even have an Earl Grey, Cameron?!

Cameron B.

I do, but that seems like a cop out hah!

Mastress Alita

Picard would be sad to hear you say that!

Tiffany :)

Hmm, I like coconut cranberry and sencha. I’ll have to look this tea up.

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This was the Community tea sample for 1/1/21. I didn’t write notes as I sipped. I was out camping and away from my computer and the phone is such a trying way to post tea notes. I really liked this tea. I didn’t get any puerh flavor, but what I got was dead on for gingerbread. It was really smooth and easy to drink. This is one I could see ordering.

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

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drank Rooibos Nutcracker by Adagio Teas
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Not bad for a rooibos. It has a nice caramel like flavor. Almost maple waffle. A little nutty. I overstepped it and it still turned out okay. I was distracted when sipping it while trying to make a fire with wet wood. I eventually succeeded, but it rained last night so no fire for me tonight. :/

Cameron B.

It’s been pouring here for the last two days, blegh.

Dustin

It’s been off and on here for a few days now, but it is more of a moderate drizzle.

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drank Ice Kacang by ETTE TEA
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Yay for samples with orders! This is mostly tasting sencha like while hot, but looses some of that bite as it cools. More hojicha like now? I just had a sugary fruit treat that was Turkish Delight like and it made this tea seem sweeter. It was a little bitter at the start, but has mellowed now. I think I can get hints of fruit in the finish once it cools, but I couldn’t name them. It’s nice, but not exciting enough to order. Water at suggested 205, 2 minutes steeping time.

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Got a sample of this in an order. Steeped it up and whoa that’s a strong tannic cup! I wanted to mellow it out a little with some creamer, but just got a new creamer to try which kinda took over the cup. I can still taste a little of the tea at the end of the sip. I feel like most creamers are meant for the dominating flavors of coffee and kill the delicacy of tea. :/ Anyways, this cup isn’t a fair assessment of this tea, but I’m not feeling like there was something extra amazing I missed out on.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
1555 tasting notes

This has a strong peppermint while having a creamy sweetness to it as well. There is a little bitterness at the end of the sip and start of the finish. It leaves a cool sensation down my throat and into my stomach! It is very candy cane like, but I’m so-so on it overall. Steeped 3m @205

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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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