1138 Tasting Notes

drank Bisco-tea-cho by Tea.o.graphy
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On a trip to Santa Fe I ran into some tea from this company and decided to place an online order for samples, excited to try a new company.
I followed the instructions of whisking it in just under boiling water and adding it to milk. It’s really good. The mixture of anise seed and cinnamon in milk is SO biscotti like and creamy. There is a little bit of soft herbal grit that are at the bottom the cup, remnants of the spices. I could see ordering more of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Know by Heart by August Uncommon Tea
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I had some chocolate with crisped rice before this cup and I keep getting toasted rice notes while drinking this. It’s nice, but distracting from the flavors of the tea. It smells like honeyed almonds and I get a little bit of that in the sip, but there is also a flat dough taste too. I can pick out the orange if I think hard. I’m not digging on this one so much, but I don’t often find white teas I like.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Jet Black by August Uncommon Tea
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This has a strong scent of coffee when dry. Once steeped I don’t get much coffee on the sip. About half way through the sip mate and coffee creep in and last through the finish. It’s an okay cup, but I feel like it needs an extra element. If there was orange or something bright included to make it more interesting I think I’d like it better.

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

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This is such a weird savory tea. I was drawn to it because it had such strange ingredients for a tea, very herby. I’m feeling a little under the weather this morning and a cup of this with it’s almost broth like flavors has gotten me part way through. I bet it would be even more broth like if I added salt and I bet it would make a great base for a soup. I’m such a desert tea type that it’s hard to wrap my brain around a tea not having those features, but I’m enjoying the strangeness of this all the same.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I mailed mine to derk! LOL

derk

The white December 25, and I forgot to try it on Christmas. Maybe when the next storm comes and I need evening caffeine.

Dustin

They have four Laponic December 25ths on different bases with different ingredients!

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It’s times like this that I think Puer isn’t for me. I like it on occasion, but it’s not something I’m super into. Most puer makes me think of a wet cave… in a good way. The flavors of this are pretty mellow and it’s nice, but it doesn’t excite me the way other types of tea do. I feel like there is a whole section of tea enjoyment I’m missing out on!

Kittenna

I hear you on this. I can appreciate pu’erh sometimes when I’m in the right mood, but it does not get me the same way basically any other tea (camellia sinensis-based) does.

Dustin

I struggle with oolongs in a similar way, but not to the extent of puers. :/

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drank Far Afield by August Uncommon Tea
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I feel like I’ve had this tea before. There is another with similar ingredients that I usually keep stocked, this one replacing the turmeric with sage. Ginger is dominant. The orange comes up behind in the sip and sage shows up in the finish. It’s nice, but I have enough of the other tea that I don’t feel this fills a niche in my cupboard.

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

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drank Combray by August Uncommon Tea
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I like the cardamon. The usual cardamon bite is mellowed out by the vanilla. The green base seems really light to me. I’m used to black tea leaving me with a sense of fullness that I’m not getting with most greens and it leaves me unsatisfied. Glad I tried this, but won’t reorder.

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

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Got this tea as a holiday gift! I had seen Fox and Moon vending at a local arts market, but since there was no way to smell the packaged tea and get an idea of the quality, I passed on a purchase. The back of the package has suggestions for what type of material you should steep each tea in, which I haven’t encountered with any other tea before. I think the suggestion for this tea was glass, but I used my routine steeping basket instead.
The pearls are slightly bigger than other jasmine pearls I have had. They unfurl fully when in the steeper basket. The tea has a slight sweetness to it. The jasmine flavor is clear and crisp, but I’d say it was a medium on strength. I’ve had stronger jasmines in the past and I love a strong jasmine. This is a nice tea, but it isn’t standing out for me against other jasmines I’ve drank.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Artful Tea
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Went into Artful Tea on a trip to Santa Fe and picked up a few samples. This has a strong pu erh scent that translates into a light flavor in comparison. Pu Erh earthiness is dominant in the sip with caramel notes coming out in the finish. It’s okay, but the flavors are more subtle than I like for something with caramel in the name.

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

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drank wild cherry 1495 by TeaGschwender
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Advent day 20. This smells so yummy and almondy, but also screams hibiscus. I decided against pitching it out and tried cold steeping it instead. It was fun watching the red hib death emit slow red curls into the cup until the whole cup looked like a shark attack. I tasted it, expecting to hate it, but that hate never came. I don’t exactly like it, but whatever hot water does to turn hibiscus into a gross bitter iron flavored mess didn’t happen full force in the cooler water. I get a tart apple with cranberry and almond. I almost like 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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