1570 Tasting Notes

drank Honeycomb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I really like this tea. Probably because it has licorice in it. It’s been a nice tea to have around in the evenings when I need a tasty decaf option. The licorice adds sweetness without the stevia weirdness and the whole thing does have a light honey flavor to it. One of these days I need to add some real honey in it. I got to harvest a few frames recently from one of my 6 beehives, so I’m rich in honey at the moment!

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Sipped this one down recently too. I ended up liking this tea quite a lot and kept turning to it for a strong flavored cup. I’d love to restock it again someday, but right now I need to focus on cupboard control.

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drank Rose Truffle by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
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Sipdown. I’ve been so busy and stressed getting ready for an upcoming show I have a booth at. Well, busy getting ready and busy avoiding working on things until the last minute. I drank through the last of this unceremoniously. I had been turning to it more and more over the past couple months, even craving the flavor without recalling what tea it was I was thinking of at first. I hope they blend this again sometime because I’d love to have it back in my cupboard.

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ooo! What do you sell? Craft fairs and the such can be stressful I definitely feel you!!!

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drank Banana Fudge by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
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Sipdown. I have to say… this has grown on me. The addition of cream and sugar really helps make this cup delicious. I don’t know that I’d pick out the flavors as being banana fudge, but they are tasty. The cup is malty with banana notes when I think about it, but more as a creamy flavor than bright banana. The fudge part feels like it melts into the malt as opposed to standing out on it’s own. If I had more room in my cupboard and was doing another AD order I’d add a bag of this for sure.

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

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drank Queen of Thorns by Happy Turtle Tea
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I’m liking this tea better this go round. The floral almond combo is very welcome today. The crowns are visually interesting in the dry mix, but I don’t know that I like the disintegrated bits in my tea. I might pick them out next time. Right now I’m feeling like this is a tea I would reorder at some point if I were making another order. Funny how my mood is totally different with this tea today than it was the last time I had it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank White Pumpkin by DAVIDsTEA
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This starts out pleasant with a nice bit of warming light spice, but then the stevia kicks in and takes over. It’s too sweet in that stevia way and is super distracting from the flavors. The aftertaste is all stevia too and a little sour, leaving a light itch in my throat. The spices do say pumpkin, but I don’t get to linger on them for long because stevia. I’ll have to try this cold steeped to see if it is any good that way. Hot is no bueno.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Be Spicy! Chai by Akova Tea
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Steeped this up and added a little honey and oatmilk. It’s a pretty good chai mix. I do wish it was heavier on the pepper. I love the heat of pepper in chai. It either looses a little flavor when it cools or the honey somehow concentrated at the bottom because honey is all I taste now. I like this and I’d take another cup if it was offered, but it’s not something I need in my cupboard.

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

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drank Mince Pie by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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This smells delicious. For some reason I expect it to have hibiscus in it, but it doesn’t. The first several sips were bitter. I steeped it a minute less than the package recommended, but it still seems a little over steeped. I could taste almond when it was really hot and as it cools a cherry taste starts to come out. There is something alkaline that creeps in the finish and my mouth feels dry after each sip. Interesting tea, but not something I’m taken by.

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

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I took a few sips of this while it was hot and it was a very rich and lovely roasted broth like flavor. Very umami. I walked away to do some things and came back to a cooled cup that is not as delicious. It still has a very bass roasted flavor, but some of the magic is gone. I don’t know if it’s the flavor along with the coziness of it being hot that makes it special when hot or if the flavors just transform. It’s not bad cooled off, but it does taste a little more flat. I am loving the idea of the popped rice with hojicha combo of this tea! I wish they would explore it more and do a flavored blend. I can imagine peach or some other stone fruit working well with these flavors.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Huh, this is strange. It says cola and I can pick cola flavors out in the finish, but the sip is more savory and almost sage like. I can smell ginger in the cup, but it gets sort of muddled in the sip. This tea is confusing! Not really into it.

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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