509 Tasting Notes

70

Mint. Mint. Mint. Mint. Mint. black tea. I like this tea a little less every time I drink it.

Flavors: Mint

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78
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Nov 29th. This tea is from a variety package for cooking with tea that I got for Christmas. It’s not one I would have ordered myself but I’m game to try it. Definitely a little put off by the artificial flavor notation in the ingredients list.
Dry smell – pecans, toffee
Taste- nutty, apples, pecans, toffee. Flavorings stay balanced through both steeps.
Rating 78

Flavors: Apple, Nutty, Pecan, Toffee

Preparation
15 OZ / 443 ML

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85
drank Gingerbread by Do You Tea
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Nov 29th. I’m liking this tea more. Still bready, spicy. Tastes like eating a gingerbread house. I need to increase my rating to 85.

Flavors: Bread, Cinnamon, Ginger

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86

Smell: Very smoky, like you’re next to a campfire.
Taste: smoke, malt, earth, liquor-ish finish, astringent at end
smoke lingers
I enjoyed drinking this tea.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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75

I took this to work because tea bags are easier to use there. And that’s also where teas that are just okay go. Brewing is more slapdash because the water at whatever temperature coffee machine makes and I don’t time things. It’s a decent tea. Black with mulling spices.

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85
drank Gingerbread by Do You Tea
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Smell: ginger, cloves, cinnamon
Taste: bread, cinnamon, ginger, clove
Continues to taste like gingerbread throughout the entire cup.
2nd steeping: as good as the first, I get more ginger from this steep.
Very warming cup of tea. The ginger is hanging out at the back of my tongue in between sips.

Flavors: Bread, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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90

I really like this tea. Currently my go to oolong. Floral, creamy, nice mouthfeel. I can usually get two or three steeps from this.

Flavors: Cream, Floral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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17
drank Bora Bora by Tea Market
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Backlog:
Bought this tea from their store in June, but is not available on their website.
Dry leaf – smell pineapple, see pineapple chunks, strawberry. Leaves are pretty broken.
During steep: get more strawberry.
At first sip, flavors aren’t too bright, pineapple strawberry. As it cooled, pineapple disappeared and I only get strawberry. I got a odd taste at the back of my tongue.
Not sold on this tea – odd taste makes me not want to drink again. It coated my mouth with freshness in a bad way.
Ended up drinking a beer to get the taste of it out of my mouth. Also brought tea drinking to an end on a sour note.
I am concerned about drinking more of this tea and as I’m remembering drinking this tea. I think I might just discard the rest of it. There’s way too much good tea out there to deliberately subject myself to the bad ones.

Flavors: Pineapple, Strawberry

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72

Bought this in June from their store, but it doesn’t show up on their website currently. Flavors : lemon, basil, oolong. Flavors are faint. I hope that doesn’t mean that the tea is old. As a first tasting, it’s fine. I need try again. Maybe I’ll add more leaf.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Nicole

Purchased in June, it shouldn’t be old at this point, I wouldn’t think.

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50
drank Youthberry by Teavana
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Sipdown
I thought I used to like this. Basically added what was left in the tin to my steeper. Bad taste followed by tart raspberry. Really astringent at end. Blah…I’m so glad this is gone. There’s supposedly white tea in here, but I can’t taste it at all.
Not restocking.

Flavors: Astringent, Raspberry

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. All loose leaf, unless I’m sick or traveling.

I like black, oolong, white, herbals, and raw/ripe pu’erh. I don’t drink green tea often.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

My cupboard is completely out of date. I have a spreadsheet that has 250 teas, but is also out of date. And tea all over the living room that hasn’t been logged anywhere!

Ratings
85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.

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