1485 Tasting Notes

A friend just brought a sample of this over for me to try! She warned me that it had stevia, but that it didn’t taste like stevia. So far I’m finding that to be true! It smells very chocolate caramel like when steeped. When sipping I taste bergamot, but it is rounded and doesn’t have that bite some berg has. I’m attributing it to the caramel notes. The finish is almost more mandarin and the chocolate comes in too. So far I’m liking it. The flavors are very floral and aromatic. As the cup cools slightly I notice a sour tinge which could be stevia or could be citrus… hard to say for sure, but overall I enjoyed this cup. Not sure that it is something I’d purchase, but I’d definitely have another cup.

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

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Sipping this one down today! I had a cup of it yesterday that I enjoyed with it’s light honey peach flavors. Today I topped off the steeping basket from yesterday with the rest of what was in the bag. I got all the little granules in the basket and today my cup is a little spicy! It’s a deeper heat that I feel more in my throat and stomach, warming it up. There is a weird flatness I’m getting today that I didn’t get yesterday and I’m guessing it must have something to do with the spice. The finish is more honey peach with the heat lingering. It’s an interesting blend, is visually pleasing, but isn’t one I’m going to miss a ton. Still, I’d probably buy it again and give it another go if I had the chance.

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

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
1485 tasting notes

First sip down in a while! Had a cup of this yesterday and it was good, but today’s cup isn’t fantastic. Maybe it’s a symptom of the bottom of the bag dust. I do love this tea, but I’m feeling like there are other orange flavored teas that I’d prefer having in my life. I’m cool with saying goodbye to this one for a long while.

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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
1485 tasting notes

I’m really enjoying this tea. I love vanilla, but most vanilla teas don’t impress me. I don’t know what is different about this one, but I like it. It has the lightest malt to it that works well with the vanilla. I love complexity of multiple flavors in tea working off each other, but this is really just vanilla and for whatever reason that’s all I need it to be.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kawaii433

That sounds really tasty. The “lightest malt” with vanilla. Yum.

Sakura Sushi

Interesting. Most vanilla teas don’t impress me, either. They tend to be too flat, too marshmallow-y. I love Mariage Freres, and my go-to vanilla from that company is Vanille des Iles. It’s more complex, richer.

Dustin

Oh! I’ll have to keep an eye out for their other vanilla tea!

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drank Cherry Cordial by The NecessiTeas
1485 tasting notes

Sipped on this today with my breakfast. I was a little distracted with all I was doing and eating (making and eating egg fried rice) so I didn’t pay too much attention to the tea. I recall it being okay, but not phenomenal. The flavor was true to it’s name sake and a little raisiny, but I wanted more of something. Not sure what that something was, but it didn’t stop me from downing the whole thing before I could reflect much on flavor and experience.

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

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Sipping/choking down this tea that AmandaStory shared. I seem to have forgotten how humans drink and got some of this down the wrong pipe! If only there was a point where we outgrew that!

I’ve been so busy lately with running my small business that I haven’t had time to log my tea or take notes while sipping on cups between filling orders, shipping orders, making more product (casting, finishing, soldering, polishing), ordering supplies, updating my website and a slew of other things. It’s also swarming season for bees and I’m on the local beekeeping association’s swarm list. Getting free bees is a very competitive thing, so I have to be glued to my phone to catch the alerts before another beekeeper does. Life is busy and I just want a nap!

Onto the tea! Overleafed this a bit so I didn’t have half a serving left and it’s pretty delicious. I’m getting less of the earthy notes this time and more pumpkin spices with something a little more buttery in the background. I’m not super familiar with snickerdoodles other than a cinnamon association, so it’s hard to tell what part of this is supposed to be snickerdoodle like. The cinnamon/clove action is nice, but not overpowering. I like this, but I’m on the fence on if I’d order it or not. I might have to be in the right mood to buy it and right now I’m trying to hold off on buying more Arthur Dove tea as my cupboard is overflowing and starting to intrude on an adjacent cupboard. Tea priorities and problems. :/

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

What sorts of things do you make for your business?

Mastress Alita

If I had a nickle for every time I sent hot tea into my lungs…

Dustin

I predominately make components for a jewelry system used in body piercing. Tiny little gold pieces that display on the front of the piercing.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t figure out how to consistently drink tea the right way!

ashmanra

My husband is currently obsessed with videos of beekeepers capturing queens and moving unwanted swarms! I think he wants bees…

Martin Bednář

Ladies, you aren’t alone. It happens to me as well. I always blame myself being old enough to drink properly. Apparently not.

Dustin

My neighbor’s hive swarmed a couple weeks ago and stopped at my house long enough for me to put a bait box out and get them to rest so we could scoop them into a new hive. It was a fun day interacting with neighbors after we have all been shut in our houses for a year. It’s very meditative working with bees because I’m constantly having to ground myself and resist the urge to let anxiety creep in. If you have the room in your yard I vote bees for the Ashman!

tea-sipper

My dad was just mentioning yesterday about a lady who goes around collecting bees from neighbors without a bee suit on that he saw on TV. (Is it common not to use at least a netted hat?) I guess he (or I?) didn’t know this was a thing. But it makes sense now, that you kind of have to “catch” the bee swarms.

Dustin

When bees swarm they are super docile, so a lot of people skip using the suits. Two things are going on to make this happen. First is the bees are homeless, so they don’t have any turf to protect like when you mess with their hive. Second, they fill up on honey before they leave knowing it may be days before they find a new home and when they do find a new home they are going to have to start making comb quick. When you use a smoker on bees it triggers them to feed on honey and their full stomachs is what makes them more docile.

tea-sipper

WHOA, that is awesome info, Dustin. I will report this to my dad. :D

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Sipdown from my AJRimmer advent!
I overleafed the hell out of this cup, but I don’t regret that decision. I had the first steeping yesterday and returned to it today. It’s tasting very gingerbread like today! I don’t recall what I thought it tasted like yesterday. I noticed it has little pine like needles in it and I’m kind of bummed I can’t pick them out in the flavor, but maybe that is just a testament to it being well blended.
Trying to remember to relax as I sip this and unwind from shipping label/printer hell that I have found myself tangled back in. Sip. Breathe. Relax. Repeat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Having another cup of this and I think I’m done. It’s going to the get rid of bag. It’s not that it’s a bad tea, it’s just not a great tea and I don’t have time or cupboard space for ok tea. There is a little bit of roasted coconut taste that merges in with something vaguely sweeter like a hint of caramel. Not getting any salt and I wish the flavors were more intense.

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

I get that completely. At the moment, most of my tins are filled with teas I feel pretty eh about, and I need to do the work of deciding which ones to power through and which I should just pass along.

Dustin

Same! I have a bag of “get rid of teas” and I feel like there is probably a lot more I could put in it.

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Satanic tea?! Where has this been all my life?! LOL! A friend gifted me a bag of this today. She knew my little goth pumpkin loving heart would adore this and she was right! The company is hilariously spooky, has great graphics, most of their teas have fun ominous names and they have a tea club!

This tea is brisk! The leaves are chopped into a fine consistency and the mix was a little powdery from how fine it was chopped. I don’t get pumpkin, but I do get a ton of ginger! It was almost more of a gingerbread chai flavor than a pumpkin spiced one. I enjoyed the cup and look forward to more!

Roswell Strange

I love this company! They have an awesome Lapsang.

Dustin

I saw your notes on it being fruity! Is that an added flavor or just a naturally occurring feature of the lapsang they have?

Roswell Strange

Just naturally occurring :)

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I have a very tentative relationship with oolongs. We have not come to a general understanding are are still treading around the edges. That said, I’m probably not the best person to rate or review them. I’m glad to try them, but I feel lacking in understanding and appreciating the bulk of them. This once seems okay. I’m not getting the cardboard flatness that I usually find plaguing oolongs. It’s smooth and I can get a hint of caramel in it. There isn’t much more to it that I can find. It’s something I’m able to sip without thinking much of or being distracted by it.
Thanks goes out to AmandaStory for sending a sample of this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I feel the same with oolongs. I almost always get a mineral/cardboard and can’t seem to get on board.

Dustin

I keep trying, but I fear I’ll never come to an understanding with them. :/

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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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