1145 Tasting Notes

drank Purple Lychee by Artful Tea
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Based off the name, I grabbed a sample of this when visiting the Artful Tea store without looking at the ingredients. Being sensitive to citrus, I’d probably have skipped this one if I had known it had pineapple bits in it. Oh well!
Lychee is prominent in the sip with floral hints reminiscent of the fresh fruit. There is something sweet in this tea and I can pick up on the tang the pineapple adds. If I take a couple sips it tastes good, but on the third or fourth sip in I get an alkaline flatness that creeps in. If I walk away from it for a few minutes and return, the pattern starts again with a few good sips, then alkaline. I’ve noticed alkaline in other teas with pineapple, but this is the first time it has come and go. I can’t pick out how purple tea differs in taste, so it’s hard to give an impression of it here, especially with the fruit being so dominant. It’s almost more of a fruit tisane. Overall, this isn’t really my thing, but it was fun to try.

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

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drank Psychocandy by August Uncommon Tea
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Sipdown! Still feeling eh about this tea. I still get the sweetness and mix of spices, but it’s not capturing my attention.

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drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
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I used to love jasmine tea. I still do, but in my exploration of so many new teas jasmine kind of fell by the way side. A friend recently got me some jasmine pearls and that has me digging for other jasmine in my cupboard. That’s when this one turned up. It’s really nice. Very smooth with a light sweetness. It has that crisp distinct jasmine flavor without being bitter or harsh. It’s very lovely!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

I should really dig this one out of my cupboard too, poor tea. This seems like a nice winter day tea (but I love jasmine teas even more in the summer).

LuckyMe

This and Verdant’s Golden Jasmine are the only jasmine teas I care to keep around anymore.

tea-sipper

LuckyMe – have you ever tried any of Teavivre’s jasmine teas? They are the besssstttt.

Dustin

Have either of you tried any of the jasmine/mandarin tea combos? Lupicia has one that is okay and Mariage Freres has one that is pretty nice. It’s great as an iced tea. At some point I’ll have to try those others you mentioned.

tea-sipper

I haven’t even heard of jasmine/mandarin together but it sounds really really good.

Dustin

I was told once that it’s a favored Chinese flavor combo. The tea rep said that when Chinese people taste the tea they pick out the mandarin as the main flavor, maybe because it’s a flavor they are more familiar with and when other people try it the jasmine seems dominant. Jasmin Mandarin is the name of the MF version.

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drank Cafe Sans Cafe by Tea-O-Graphy
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Strange… this has a molasses like scent and a hint of it in the sip. There is something unbalanced about this mix. It has deep notes and high notes, but no mid to tie it together smoothly. The chickory gives it a depth like chocolate or coffee, but there is something bright and tangy too that is hard to fit in. I had thought that adding cream might fix this, but I was wrong. It deadened the flavors that were there. This was fun to try, but not something I’d seek out again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Looks like this tea got a name makeover! I wonder why. At first it seems like another chamomile tisane, but the more I sip, the more I appreciate it. The sip is dominated by chamomile, then licorice comes in with a hint of sweetness, then the mint and they all dance together. I like this more than I initially thought I would.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Woodland by Fox and Moon Tearoom
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The packaging for this tea is a little annoying. It’s in cellophane bag that can’t be resealed, which is placed inside a little cardboard box. The bag rips easily and it makes it hard to keep the tea fresh or from spilling. All the tea settled to the bottom while all the lemongrass and berries rose to the top making scooping an even serving a challenge.
Onto the tea it’s self. The tea base is pretty neutral. The herbs all merge into one unidentifiable flavor. There is a flatness in the finish. I’m not a fan.

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

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drank Breathless by August Uncommon Tea
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Trying a new approach with AU teas… lower temp. At the start of the cup I thought it was an improvement, but as I continue it seems less interesting. As it cools to a drinkable temp, there is an alkaline taste in there. I get something fruity in there, but can’t name which fruits. Sad to say I’m not into this one.

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

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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
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I think this is the first decent cup I’ve had of this! Most of the time when steeping at my default black settings, I end up with a cup that is just over the edge of bitter. This cup has none of that. The tea is smooth, easy to drink and has a vanilla flavor. I’m starting to realize that I’m not that into vanilla teas. They can be good, but are boring at the same time. I like vanilla especially when added into recipes, but on it’s own it is lacking a bit. Even so, I hope this tea grows on me.

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

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drank Black Magic by Tea.o.graphy
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Sipping on this tea this morning. The licorice root is dominating the sip. The eucalyptus come in at the end of some sips, but I can’t detect it on every sip. I’m not able to pick out the tea under the other flavors. I like the spooky description of the tea way better than the tea it’s self. It’s not bad, it just isn’t as interesting as I hope new teas will be.

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

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drank Low Country by August Uncommon Tea
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I can’t get the hang of this tea. If I steep it for 2 minutes it is weak and if I steep it for 3 it seems a bit bitter. It reminds me a lot of MF’s Wedding Imperial, which was also a tricky tea to get a good cup out of and required a lot of trial and error. Maybe I should look up my notes on that tea for the next cup of this. I’m struggling to get a good cup out of several August Uncommon teas. I have followed the steeping instructions, but come out with a cup less than what I was hoping for and not what the scent of the tea teased of. I feel like the times and temps are too high, but haven’t sorted out what they should be for each tea. I don’t want tea to be so much work! LOL!

I smell deep rich caramel in this. The sip starts out neutral, then the caramel creeps in, then the bitterness mid way and through the last of the sip. It fades on the finish and the caramel notes come back on the finish. Adding cream dulls the flavors, but also mutes the bitter. I have a lot more to work out with this tea.

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

I had the same issue with some of the August Uncommon teas I got too. I used twice the leaf they suggested for most teas, but wasn’t as impressed with the results as I would have liked.

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