624 Tasting Notes

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drank Beet It by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
624 tasting notes

TTB #21

I’m really sad about the hibiscus in this blend, because I’m enjoying the balance between the earthiness of the beetroot and the bright, zesty citrus. Unfortunately, that tart hibiscus aftertaste kind of ruins the experience for me.

Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Crème Brûlée Beignet by 52teas
624 tasting notes

TTB #20

Not sure if it’s the age of the sample or my steeping parameters or something else, but this tea tastes like a straight-up rooibos…not getting even a hint of creme brulee. :(

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

Same! I only ever tasted rooibos with this one.

52Teas

I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but may I suggest that instead of boiling water, use a slightly lower temperature with Rooibos. I find that with a slightly lower temperature, less of what I call the rooibos ‘funk’ comes out. I enjoy rooibos but I don’t enjoy that weird, off taste that comes from rooibos and I find that it doesn’t find its way into my teacup when I use a slightly lower temperature.

Also, use a longer steep time. I usually recommend at least 8 minutes, and you can go longer without bitterness. (no tannins in rooibos!) This may result in a better flavor for you.

Kittenna

I second the reduced temp. My rooibos/honey bush experiences have been better with more like 200/190F water.

52Teas

I generally go with 190 degrees F for green rooibos and 195 for the red. It may not seem like a big deal – just a few degrees less – but it really does make a difference. At least … to my palate it does!

Inkling

Thanks for the tip! I will try that next time. :)

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TTB #19

I really liked the other Verdant roasted oolong in the tea box, so I had to give this one a try as well. Unfortunately, this one’s not for me. The roasted flavor is much stronger, leaving a bitter, ashy aftertaste in my mouth. The resteep was a bit lighter in flavor and I enjoyed it more, but still not something I’d want to drink again.

Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Char, Roasted, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Northwest Chai by 52teas
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TTB #18

I don’t think I’ve ever had a chai with fruit in it before. I don’t specifically get blackberry from this one, but there’s definitely a sweet, fruity note that adds an interesting twist to what’s otherwise a pretty traditional chai blend.

Flavors: Fruity, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #17

I’m not really getting custard from this, but it does have a nice sweet, smooth banana flavor that I enjoy.

Flavors: banana, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #16

This was another unique flavor combination that I just had to sample! I kind of expected the rose flavor to take over everything, but there’s definitely a nice buttery shortbread note going on here. I’m so sad that AQTT has gone on hiatus, because Lauren’s blends are brilliant!

Flavors: Butter, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #15

I love discovering new favorite teas in traveling tea boxes, but I also love the opportunity to sample blends that I never would have found or purchased on my own. Even if I don’t love everything I try, it’s super fun to experience new flavor combinations! On that note…I grew up eating fresh mulberries every summer off the mulberry tree in my best friend’s backyard, but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a mulberry tea. I was also intrigued by the fact that this one was a genmaicha…not a combination I ever would have thought of. Unfortunately, I didn’t really get much mulberry flavor from this blend, but it was a nice sweet, nutty genmaicha!

Flavors: Sweet, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #14

I’m not usually the biggest fan of roasted oolongs, but this one is nice! A good balance of the nutty roasted notes with the honeyed floral flavor of the tea itself. The finish is super smooth and not at all drying. This one may be staying with me!

Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Honey, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Blue Star by 52teas
624 tasting notes

TTB #13

What a unique blend! I was disappointed by my first couple of sips, but the flavors really began to pop as my cup cooled down. Passionfruit is definitely the dominant element, but I’m getting hints of dark chocolate from the cacao nibs and a little spicy kick in the back of my throat thanks to the cayenne. It is just a bit drying, which I don’t enjoy, but otherwise a fun flavor combination and a nice change of pace.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Drying, Passion Fruits, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
624 tasting notes

TTB #12

This is nice…smooth, sweet, and fruity. Honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure exactly what kind of fruit this was supposed to be until I read the description, but I do sort of get cherry from it now that I know I’m supposed to. :) Nothing super special or memorable, but I enjoyed it!

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

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