237 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Ganache by Tea Forte
237 tasting notes

It definitely smells like Raspberry Ganache while steeping. It came out very bitter for me. I don’t think I oversteeped but I did get distracted by tossing a load of laundry in so it is possible. The raspberry is there and I get a “sense” of chocolate but also a chemical/artificial flavor kind of like coffee. This one was a cup that I didn’t finish.

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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25

Ehhhh too tart and drying for me. Definitely get the pomegranate but I don’t taste the berries. The green tea base is pretty subtle.

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77
drank Siren's Song by Bees & Teas
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Travel to a Ren Faire and find a tea from a tea company you’ve never heard from to find out that it’s local to home. I spent a good amount of time boring my family by sniffing all the tea samples in the shop and came home with 4. Two are “summer” flavors and two are “fall/winter” blends. As summer has decided to make an appearance today, I’m sampling this lavender coconut herbal blend. It is recommended cold brew and has steeping directions for hot. I’m starting with hot and popping a container in the fridge for cold brew.
The blend has obvious pineapple and coconut pieces in it. Large chunks even, making it a bit challenging to get a balanced teaspoon out for my kettle. I steeped at 200 for about 7 minutes. It’s sweet and even sweeter after steeping. No need for added sugar in my mind but the website recommends an Orange Blossom Honey. I love the coconut and pineapple but don’t really get the lavender in this mug.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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92
drank Peppy Mint by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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This came as a sample with my order last Fall. I noted that the “best by date” was last week so I made myself a mug this morning. Yesterday I was watching a video about the history of using mint leaves for medicine/health through the ages. I know I definitely feel better with a good strong mint tea.
There is a nice minty scent to the tea while steeping. It’s a strong peppermint but I like it. The tea feels fresh and smooth. It definitely tastes pepperminty with a bit of sweetness too. I’m the only one in the home that enjoys mint but I cold see myself reordering this one when I’m purchasing tea again. After so many disappointing reviews, its nice to have a good one to write!

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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50
drank White Ambrosia by Tea Forte
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Yet another disappointing tea from this sampler. Steeped for approximately 3 minutes and has a golden yellow hue. I don’t detect any strong fragrance but I do seem to be a little congested today. There is coconut flavor but I honestly feel like I’m just drinking warmed coconut water.

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

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drank English Breakfast by Tea Forte
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This was my morning tea sample. Its a nice deep dark color and smells earthy. must say I don’t care for this cup of tea. The bitterness and astringency is very off putting. I wish I could add a splash of milk but apparently my cereal eaters drank all the milk. I handed it off to the Coffee Drinker who said he enjoyed it until the last few sips and it was even too astringent for his palate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Skysamurai

I don’t think I’ve ever had anything from Tea forte that I’ve rated over 40. They are all very meh to me

Jen vB

I have to say, I kinda have to agree with you. I received an advent calendar and have been working through it. The ones that I have enjoyed, I’ve not felt the need to rave about

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80

It’s probably been at least 5 years since I’ve been up to Bar Harbor. I definitely wasn’t aware there was a tea shop up there at the time. This one was a birthday gift from a friend and she choose well. I love blueberries, especially wild ones. Last weekend the mountains were full of bushes with wild blueberries. They’re great for snacking while on the trail.
I have had this tea iced and hot. Both are good. This morning, I sipped it hot as this week mornings have been starting off at cooler temps. Steeped for about 5 minutes and took my favorite mug out on the deck to watch the hummingbirds. The blueberry is strong. There is a decent black tea base. Noted no bitterness and the sweetness from the blueberries was just enough for me. Perfect tea for an August morning.
I also like that the string on the bag is long enough for my travel mugs and that the bags are compostable. Yay!

Flavors: Blueberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank MojiTEA by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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2022 Bird & Blend Advent calendar Day #24

Wow did I mix up my alcoholic drinks when I picked this out today. I was totally expecting a mimosa not a mojito. I think I definitely am still sleepy. Now that I’ve woken up a bit more, I can only laugh at my mistake because this definitely reminds me of mojitos. The mint is very prominent in each sip. As the mug, sits I do taste more lime and the green tea is coming through. I enjoyed the last of the cup of tea more than the beginning, when the mint was so strong.

Flavors: Lime, Mint, Peppermint, Vegetal

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80

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80

We toured a Lavender field in early July and the gift shop had this and lavender coffees among other interesting items. I’ve tried this cold brew and hot. It has been enjoyable both ways but I think I prefer cold brew. I’m out of iced tea in the fridge so I think I might run it through the iced tea maker. If you enjoy lavender it smells lovely. The lavender is not over powering in the mug. It seems well balanced with the black.

Flavors: Lavender

gmathis

I may have to fridge-steep a homemade version This sounds nice!

beerandbeancurd

This sounds lovely… I’m having a hell of a time imagining lavender coffee, though! Did you try any?

Jen vB

No and I couldn’t convince The Coffee Drinker to purchase any. I think we all agreed it would be a weird combo.

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In the early 2000’s, my brother worked for a grocery company that removed items from the shelves and I ended up with a cabinet filled with random tea.

After I finished that cabinet, I started trying new things and exploring the world of tea. Still exploring, still learning, and loving this community.

I tend to take my tea with no additions and quite hot. Though often I find myself having to reheat my mug due to distractions. I’m partial to herbals, white tea, green, and blacks. But I really will try anything once.

Rankings:
100-80 Love in varying degrees
79- 60 Good, but in the friendzone
60-50 Ok, would drink if offered
49-20 Don’t make me try it again!
19-0 Didn’t finish!

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