4070 Tasting Notes

Last one from the brunch box, and from my Sips by samples in general!

The blackberry leaf is putting me off a bit here, it adds a noticeable sweetness that I’m not a fan of. Otherwise, it somewhat reminds me of S&V’s Winter Wonderland, which I would describe as being closer to an oatmeal cookie than a cinnamon bun.

Still, nice buttery pastry notes and cinnamon, so not far off! Too bad about the blackberry leaf though… :/

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Clove, Pastries, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

The first of many samples from my order! I was considering the Friday Afternoon advent, but it was just a bit too pricey for me, having never tried any of her teas. But then the Studio (Ghibli) sampler came back in stock, and of course I had to jump on it! And then the Fall sampler came along as well, not sure how that happened… ;)

So this is the first tea I’m trying from the fall box. I was surprised that the dry leaf smelled quite a bit like cucumber? And I’m actually tasting cucumber as well. I guess it must be the apple, but it’s tasting more like cucumber or perhaps honeydew to me, which is throwing me off a bit. Melon and warming spices is a somewhat odd combination ha ha, not bad but not what I was expecting.

So not one I would order. A shame because I quite like the level of spice here, it’s more of an accent to the fruit. Unfortunately that fruit is melon and not apple to my tongue. :P

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cucumber, Ginger, Honeydew, Malty, Melon, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cancer by Friday Afternoon
4070 tasting notes

My other free sample.

This is pretty tasty, the oolong base is nice and silky smooth. I get a touch of apple, but I really wish there was a bit more of it. The oolong itself is by far the strongest flavor, with just a slight apple crispness to it, and a hint of cream at the end of the sip.

Enjoyable for sure, but I think I would love it if the apple and cream were just a bit stronger. As-is, it’s mostly a plain green oolong to my tastebuds.

Flavors: Apple, Creamy, Crisp, Floral, Green, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Nectar, Silky, Smooth, Spring Water, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Free sample from my order.

It’s fine. I’m not really tasting much blueberry, which makes sense given there are just a few freeze-dried berries and no flavoring. Mostly I taste the white tea, which is quite fresh and almost vegetal, plus a bit of mustiness from the butterfly pea flower. Perhaps a hint of the vanilla.

Not a fan, and the inclusion of butterfly pea flower and glitter certainly doesn’t help my opinion. But you can’t argue with free, and I do appreciate when companies include samples!

Flavors: Grain, Hay, Musty, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Got this as a part of a fall trio, because I couldn’t resist the pretty tins… XP

It’s an okay tea, but not great. The black tea is fairly thin, even with 3 teabags, and there’s a hint of soapy floral that’s a bit odd. Otherwise, mostly tasting the ginger and allspice with a bit of clove in there as well. At least it doesn’t have that “spice” flavoring that I’ve had in some other pumpkin spice teas lately. :P

Flavors: Allspice, Clove, Earthy, Floral, Ginger, Spices, Thin, Watery

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

Last one from the iced tea box.

This was pretty good. It’s meant to be a black currant Earl Grey with caramel, vanilla, and honey. But I mostly just taste the currant, with a gentle lemony citrus note that I wouldn’t identify as bergamot, and a touch of honey. Definitely don’t get caramel or vanilla, but honestly I’m okay with that since all of those flavors together sounds a bit busy to me anyway. The honey goes nicely with the citrus, which in turn brightens the deeper black currant flavor up a bit.

Nice enough tea, but not a reorder for me.

Flavors: Berry, Black Currant, Citrus, Earthy, Honey, Jam, Lemon, Pollen, Smooth, Sweet, Syrupy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

Currant with citrus sounds good to me, but not with the other flavors. They may not be prominent in your cup, but they are intended to be there.

Courtney

Ooh wishlist! I’m living for the blackcurrant teas haha!

Cameron B.

Oooh Smith Teamaker’s Morning Light is my fave!

Courtney

Naturally onto the wishlist as well — enabler! XD

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This one was just okay, and I never really got much chocolate from it. Tasted a bit similar to the Fireside Chai, which is mostly like cinnamon and “spice” flavoring on a rooibos base.

Not bad per se, just meh, especially for the price point.

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Had to restock this favorite for fall!

Definitely my favorite pear tea, this really captures the flavor of crisp, fresh raw pears. I don’t think I’ve eaten them enough to recognize bartlett specifically, especially since, given the option, I generally buy Asian pears.

The crisp pear flavor paired with the soft, mellow white base is just lovely, and perfect for those cool fall days. We’ve had a couple of cooler days here in Austin lately, and I’m loving it. Looks like it’s back up into the 80s next week though… :|

Flavors: Apple, Creamy, Crisp, Floral, Hay, Oats, Pear, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Cookie Butter by Dessert by Deb
4070 tasting notes

Got this as a freebie with my last order, Deb always has a few codes and this time I spent enough for a free 75g bag of tea. I remembered really liking this one so here we are! She actually sent a 100g bag because she’s a sweetheart.

As remembered, this is so yummy. I don’t always love Deb’s teas, and often they don’t quite fit their names to be, but this one certainly does. It tastes very much like speculoos to me, minus a touch of the molasses. And I adore speculoos and buy them often, so I also really like this tea. It’s a bit sweet, but not overly so, and it just helps sell the illusion. Also happy to not taste the coconut.

Haven’t tried it as a latte, but I’m sure it would be lovely that way as well. Really happy to have this in my cupboard, just in time for the fall and winter season! :)

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Molasses, Speculoos, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

From the iced tea box.

This doesn’t read very “mojito” to me, since the mint is a bit more soft and herbaceous, and I don’t taste the lime at all.

That being said, I love yerba maté, so I’m happy to be able to taste it here, and the peppermint brightens it up a bit while melding in well with the overall herbaceous vibes. Overall mellow and just a bit sweet on that lovely, somewhat grassy green maté base.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Hay, Herbaceous, Honey, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Soft, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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- June Sipdowns: 16
- Total 2024 Sipdowns: 65

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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