195 Tasting Notes

drank Crepeshow by BrutaliTeas
195 tasting notes

2021 Advent Calendar

I generally worry about how any bready type food is going to translate in a tea. This tea was tasty and I wish I hadn’t taken it in my travel mug to work so I could have focused on the flavors. In between writing reports, I seem to recall hazelnut, chocolate, and a hint of banana. Maybe it was the name leading me there but it triggered memories of Paris in 2001. Paris crepes are so much better than Mall Food Court Crepes.

Tea was tasty. Would get this one again.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank White Apple by BrutaliTeas
195 tasting notes

2021 Advent Calendar

I loved the scent of the leaves but I didn’t find that the pre steeping apple and cinnamon smells carried over into the tea. My cup tasted more like a basic Chamomile which was disappointing after my excitement from the opening sniff test.

Not a bad tea but I wanted more apple and cinnamon.

Flavors: Chamomile

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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2021 Advent Calendar

I’ve been wanting to try BrutaliTeas for a while and when I saw there was an advent calendar, I ordered as soon as I could. The calendar is a clear box with tiny samples inside. They list the teas on the back alphabetically and when you take out the sample your tea name is revealed.

Day One is a new blend The Toffman Prophecies. I’m not sure that I’ve had a Pu Erh Tea in the past but I will say I will definitely try again. This tea has a strong woody taste and is very smooth.

Good start to advent/December craziness.

Flavors: Wood

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I was gifted a whole bunch of ripe puerh if you are interested in samples.

Jen vB

Wow! That’s very generous of you Michelle! I would love that!

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drank Japanese Gen Mai Cha Sencha by T2
195 tasting notes

This was my first time trying Gen Mai Cha due to a tea fairy earlier this year. The toastiness of the rice was an interesting flavor and delightful scent to experience. The green tea itself was bland, but the roasted rice flavor made the tea enjoyable. The sampler was enough for 2 mugs of tea, so I tried it on different days about mid day.

Flavors: Rice, Toasted, Toasted Rice

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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I’ve been drinking this one for the last two weeks. My first cup I did not care for it. I had my last cup today and I’ll say, it’s improved but probably still not one I would purchase again.

The leaves are neat to look at with bright colored berries mixed in. This probably should have been a sign to me that it might be a bit to sweet for my tastes. There is a strong berry taste with a very very very small hint of smoke if I concentrate hard.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Starting to get in the holiday spirit a bit early with some holiday crafting. I pulled this sample out of my shelf to take a cup with me to paint night. I really enjoyed this. Licorice is not a flavor I gravitate towards but it blended really well. I definitely would put this one on my buy again list.

5 min, 30 sec

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drank Snooze by Teapigs
195 tasting notes

I picked this up at a local farm last summer but already had too many other chamomile blends open. I decided to try it out tonight after a long dog walk.

I am in love with this blend. It’s smooth and soothing and a new favorite.

I’ve not had any other Teapig products and I’m impressed with the environmentally friendly packaging. I was looking over their products and might be thinking about the advent calendar.

Flavors: Apple, Chamomile, Lavender

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Cherry Almond by Stash Tea
195 tasting notes

I was gifted 2 packages of this tea from a neighbor. I had two cups this morning while working on the grocery list. The scent of the tea leaves was lovely, reminded me of a cherry almond pastry I have had in the past. Cherry flavoring is not one I generally reach for due to my association with all the artificial cherry flavored medicines of my childhood. I do enjoy fresh and dried cherries though. This was my first cherry tea

Steeped as recommended on the package and it was a nice dark red color. During tasting there was a hint of cherry flavor with a stronger almond flavor. It did not carry over well in a second steep, but I anticipated that.

I did notice after that the best by date was for 12/2020; so I would assume that a fresher package would have different tasting notes. I would be open to trying again.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
195 tasting notes

It’s cooling off in New England so I anticipate I’ll be drinking more tea. With a bite in the air, I managed to take time to have a cup this morning before chores became the thing of the day.

I found this sample in the back of my tea cabinet from sometime in the last year or so. Scent is strongly fruity in the package. peach? pineapple? maybe it’s actually passionfruit and I just don’t know the scent? It brewed up a nice light green color. It cooled off some before I could get my first sip in, which was fine by me.

I didn’t feel that the scent carried over to the taste. I found it to be a bit weak in the fruitiness but did enjoy it. I can see that it would be enjoyable as a iced tea as previous notes have said.

Flavors: Green, Pineapple

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I picked this up during Blueberry Season on a whim at the Target. I love the scent of the bag and the tea once brewed. It reminds me of blueberry syrup. Not the mass produced kind but the homemade syrup.

I steeped the tea for a little over 4 minutes and then let it cool some. I find the tea has a good wild blueberry taste. I think a slight hibiscus flavor as well. It is a deep purple/red color. I’m reminded of a blueberry punch. The kids like this tea too probably for that reason. I might try iced this afternoon.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruit Punch

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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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.

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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