1546 Tasting Notes

drank White Oak Tea by Buddha Teas
1546 tasting notes

I went into my local market hoping to find Hella Tea in stock only to find some hella empty shelves so I bought a box of this as a consolation. I thought this was a tea with oak bark in it, but it’s only oak bark in the ingredients. It smells very puer like with that rich wet and watery earth fragrance. It kinda tastes like it too! The first few sips were like a watery alkaline puer, but the alkaline part mellows some sips in. It’s not as heavy as tea is. It’s flavorful, but lighter at the same time. I’m not a huge pure puer fan. I can drink and enjoy a plain puer, but I prefer flavored puers where they add a depth to the overall profile, like in Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer. That said, I’d love to see what else they could do with white oak bark to make a cup that is more complex and exciting. We’ll see if this makes it’s way into my normal evening rotation.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

I never heard about oak bark “tea” before and now I want to try :D

Dustin

I had never heard of it before either!

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drank Darcy's Delight by Friday Afternoon
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Got this as a sample with my order! I’m not into oolongs, or maybe I should say I’m rarely into oolongs, so I never feel like my thoughts on an oolong are a fair reflection. This tastes… oolongy. It has that flat cardboard flavor that I associate with most oolongs. I really don’t notice any added flavor at all. shrug

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank HISTOIRE TIBÉTAINE by THE O DOR
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I’m getting a caramel orange flavor from this tea. I thought that it was Melange O for most of the cup, but a light steeping of it. I’m not getting the jasmine or other flavors mentioned, but I also had some of those Indian candy breath mint seed mixes about an hour ago which could still be throwing off my sense of taste. I’ll have to do a side by side tasting of those two teas.

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

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This tea smelled so promising in the bag, but the flavor didn’t translate into the cup. I get a little hint of dull lavender when I’m focusing on it. Maybe something masquerading as citrus? The whole cup is dull and depressing and I overleafed this one a touch. I don’t know what it is about Harney teas, but it’s rare that I find one I enjoy!

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

We all have companies that we just don’t gel with. There are several teas that I really like from Harney, but for some reason they’re not the popular ones. shrug

Lexie Aleah

I have a sample of this one I still need to try. Aside from Paris and Bangkok, I’ve also found that the rest of the teas I enjoy from them are not the popular ones.

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Following the advice VariaTEA gave when sending this sample and having it as a latte today! It’s something I don’t normally do, so it’s extra fun for a change. The coconut blends into the creaminess of the milk and almost disappears, but comes back out in the finish. The sip is filled with a nice mixture of warming spices that merge at the start of the finish with the coconut. Migraine meds have kicked in so I’m extra enjoying this cup and the feeling of relaxation. Today makes day 5 of migraines which is a new record for me! :( These DBD teas, especially the spiced ones, have a certain flavor profile or mix that I’m starting to associate with this brand. It’s almost like there is a little bit of ginseng mixed in, which I think I have mentioned in other DBD tasting notes. I’m quickly nearing the bottom of my cup and am wondering if I can get a second steeping out of this or if I’ll have to use the last of the sample to get another round. This cup was so soothing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Mastress Alita

Chronic migraineur here, I know those feels. Mine has finally broken after two days (abortive meds failed). Hope you are feeling better soon!

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drank COURS MIRABEAU by THE O DOR
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I have been craving and drinking the hell out of this tea lately! It’s one of the teas that I really don’t want to sip down and restocking it is an ordeal, so my enjoy vs. hoard instincts are clashing here big time. I overleafed this a little with my beloved David’s skull spoon (goddamn I love that spoon) which is a little bigger than the “perfect” spoons, but I’m still loving this cup. It’s just on the edge of too much turning the cup a little too tangy. I love this tea hot or cold. I can get a few good flavorful steeps out of this. I still have a hard time pinpointing the flavors aside from sweet citrus, but whatever is in it is what I love. It kind of has that rounded out citrus flavor that lemongrass has, but there is more to it then that. I still have a good amount in this bag, but I’m dreading the day that it’s gone. Maybe by then my daydream of moving to Portugal will have come to fruition and I can just pop over to Paris for a weekend of tea shopping!
Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Leafhopper

Popping over to Paris for some tea shopping sounds like a good dream! I also have the problem of whether to drink or hoard tea. :)

Dustin

Right?! I’d be the envy of all tea fanatics if that dream ever came true!

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drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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I need more evening teas! I haven’t been impressed with most of the Harney teas I have tried, so I’m surprised to find I like this one! It has a good EG/bergy flavor that is smooth with something fruity in the finish. A berry of some sort. I like this, I’d buy it again to have more decaf options, but it’s hard to type much right now with a playful feisty bird insisting that hands are for playing with birds, not typing on the computer.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I have a cat with the same opinion. (Hands are playing with cats. But then again, he might also think that his hands are playing with birds…)

Evol Ving Ness

The image of this moment made me smile.

Dustin

Pets are like eternal two year olds with demands for attention! LOL! She’s turned out to be a really sweet bird as her personality has developed this past year.

Evol Ving Ness

Nice when that happens.

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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This mixture of flavors in this tea is striking me as such an odd mix. Almond, chocolate, cinnamon… I should love it. The cinnamon is at the front of the sip where it dominates and lets a little of the chocolate peek out near the end. The chocolate dominates the finish and the almond is in there somewhere, but it’s kind of in and out. The chocolate tastes like the smell of scratch and sniff stickers. Not really chocolate, but what artificial recreations come up with to represent the flavor. It’s light, airy and perfume like. It’s unpleasant and it bothers my throat a little after the sip. There is a scratchiness that creeps in and it’s really weird. This is going in the get rid of bin. I’m not into it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I don’t care for this one, either. Sorry you had to bin it.

Evol Ving Ness

I wonder if this is the same chocolate used in Florence?

Dustin

I don’t know. I’ll have to see if I got a sample of that one with my order and compare.

Lexie Aleah

I feel the same about this one. Not a fan of their chocolate flavoring it would seem after trying Soho as well.

gmathis

I had one bag of this to try; had it all steeped, then a bug from an office plant decided to go swimming in it. Sounds like I didn’t miss much.

Dustin

I recall not liking Soho much either.
That bug might have done you a favor! LOL!

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I recall liking Sun Cloud and Mist years ago and was excited to acquaint myself with it’s reincarnation. As I was preparing it I was noticing a similarity to Butiki’s Lemon French Macaron which was a favorite of mine. It tastes very similar, but there are a few differences. The lemon in this is sharper and more tangy. Like a fresh squeeze of lemon compared to a more baked flavor. LFM has almond in it and I don’t think this one does. Both have hints of lemongrass and this one has flickers of something that I can only think to describe as ashy, which sounds unflattering in a way I don’t mean. Maybe it’s the hay notes? Either way I’ve found myself quickly at the bottom of this cup and thinking of a resteep to prolong the enjoyment. This is the closest thing I’ve found to LFM and I’m really happy to have it in my cupboard for the brief time it will last before being consumed.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank French Cookie by Friday Afternoon
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I was really hoping to find the next Teavana’s Almond Biscotti or Butiki’s Almond Indulgence or ATR’s Brioche in this cup and it’s just not happening. It smells hopeful when the tea is dry, but it’s not even close to the others when steeped. It has a nice malty flavor and I totally get the French cookie part. It’s sort of a buttery malt with a little almond mixed in at the end of the sip, but it’s bland. It’s okay if I’m not comparing it to long lost favorites, but it’s just okay. It doesn’t have anything that grabs me and makes me want more. I’ve tried steeping a few cups and keep coming to the same conclusion. To the reject pile it goes while my search for a new favorite almond black continues.

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

I love S&V’s Almond Sugar Cookie. :3

Martin Bednář

Hmm. I thought that almond tea won’t be hard to find. But I was wrong. This is only one I have found: https://tipsontea.com/products/almond-thai-tea

Shae

It looks like Adagio has an almond black tea, but I couldn’t say if it’s any good or not.

Dustin

I got a bag of S&V’s Almond Sugar Cookie years ago and recall it not being as amazing as the other three favorite almond teas. I might have to give it another go anyways.
I’ve never heard of that brand, Martin! There are a ton of almond teas out there, but there is a certain flavor profile that I’m looking for. I can’t quite describe it, but it’s one of those things that I’ll know it when I taste it.
Adagio has a ton of almond fandom blends, so much so that I don’t know which might possibly be a match. Maybe I can hunt down reviews here and narrow it down.

Martin Bednář

I believe they are a sister company to Basilur. This one seems to be chai-like with some almond flavour. I never had it, so I can’t tell. But it seems they are quite cheap, so you can give them a try :)

Mastress Alita

“Brioche” was a catalog blend from Wallenhaupt (original name: Candied Almond) that is purchased wholesale by other, smaller teasellers. I’ve found it (exact ingredient match) under the name “Almond Biscotti” by The Tea Smith, as well as others. Search “Black Tea, almonds, cinnamon, safflower, flavoring” to find different tea shops offering it under varied names/sizes/price points.

Dustin

You are the best tea sleuth ever! I just ordered it from Tea Smith since the price seemed good. HUGE thank you!

Evol Ving Ness

Dustin, we look forward to your reviews. Thank you, Mastress Alita.

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