314 Tasting Notes

100
drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
314 tasting notes

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78

This tea looks very light with an appealing toasty aroma. I think I’m detecting “toastiness” a lot in my teas, nowadays. Maybe I’m just reacting to the warmness of the water? But in any case, this tea does, initially, seem very “toasty” to me. I think toasty is tasty, so that’s good. On first sip, I taste buttery gardenias….yummy! On subsequent sips, I’m reminded of GM’s Coconut Pouchong sans coconut. This must be the “oolong” aspect. It’s almost like roasted green tea mixed with steamed banana leaves and white flowers. The aftertaste is very orchid-like.

This is good but if I were to rate the GM oolongs (on personal preference), it would definitely be Coconut Pouchong first, Sugar Caramel Oolong second and this third.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Rabs

Mmm…yum! Yum! Yum! I enjoyed all three of those teas, but I don’t think that I could place them in a certain order. I think that for me their order would depend on what mood I was in with Coconut being the most versatile. Sweet tooth mood? Sugar Caramel. Feeling frou-frou? The Orchid :)

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80

Finishing up the last of my pouch! I added milk and it’s smooth and creamy. What a tasty afternoon treat.

Goodbye White Chocolate Cashew Black Tea! You were a delight!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Coconut Custard by Teas Etc
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I’m finding myself drinking this a lot for someone who doesn’t like rooibos! It must be the yummy sweet coconut flavor. It’s comforting and warm and it kind of makes me feel calm and sleepy. Very good for nighttime.

Upping the score again!

Rabs

I’m so happy to read this! I just ordered a sample of this and now I can’t wait :)

Stephanie

I’m surprised how much I like it now. It really is soothing!

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80
drank Sweet Kyoto by Lupicia
314 tasting notes

Just jotting down some quick notes:

Tastes like unsweetened soymilk!
Barest hint of molasses-like sweetness.
Green tea is a bit bitter and astringent. “Standard” green tea characteristic, I think.
Very toasty flavor. The scent is like roasted soybeans.
Strangely satisfying and refreshing, this morning.
Good choice!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80

I added a little bit of milk to this and the almond flavor is greatly enhanced! Without milk, the taste is like a mild amaretto. But with milk, the almond turns wonderfully creamy! This is less sweet then Almond Cookie and non-bakery. It reminds me of those egg-white, Italian almond-puff like things. Like a bittersweet almond. The black tea base is mild and softly astringent.

This is actually pretty delicious. I’m glad I bought it at such a great deal! I may “splurge” on even more! I think this is a very good “everyday” flavored black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Clotted Cream by Adagio Teas
314 tasting notes

Drinking the last bits of this today. This was a good, personal, memory-evoking blend for me, while it lasted—but it wasn’t perfect. If I can reblend this flavor now, I would not use this mild Ceylon base, but a nice, strong Assam or Keemun. The high rating was purely due to subjective reflections on my own carefree youth!

Farewell Clotted Cream!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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78

Taken with a bit of milk, this is a yummy, strong blend. There is a fair amount of mouth-puckering astringency that’s softened by the milk. But it’s not unpleasant and gives a nice “bite”. The brewed aroma is mouthwatering roasty and malted—almost cocoa-like (but I don’t taste cocoa).

A pretty good, satisfying breakfast blend!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
314 tasting notes

Hmm..this does not seem as yummy at work today. The flavor seems curiously flat and sleepy. Wake up flavors!! I know it’s the water—it’s not hot enough. The hot water spigot at our water cooler tops out at 190. Definitely not hot enough. This needs to be steeped in boiling water (a “roaring boil”) to realize its full potential. I need my own hot water kettle for my desk!

How sad—I was looking forward to toasty Almond Cookie comfort today!

Lowering my score a bit for this tasting. :(

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

::Dislikes:: :(

Cofftea

I find it interesting that you lower the rating when you know it’s just a matter of the water not being hot enough… now if we could have separate ratings for each tasting note I could totally understand it.

Stephanie

Yeah, I thought it would be appropriate because it’s my experience for this tasting. I know it’ll be bunmped back up tonight when I could use boiled water!

Cofftea

So then why change it when only your most current rating is visable? Tonite this rating will be gone if you change it.

Stephanie

Oh it would be nice if the ratings were kept static for each tasting note! Since tasting can vary when we experiment with temps and times. Thanks for clarifying!

__Morgana__

Awww. Sleepy tea. :-(

Cofftea

I just got a funny image of you b slapping this and yelling “WAKE UP!” LOL!

AmazonV

awww :(

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100
drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
314 tasting notes

This is absolutely delicious !!!! It’s toasty, doughy, almond cookie deliciousness!!! I’m so happy this is in my life now. :P

No, seriously. I am. This is like almond croissants in a cup. Or almond biscotti. Or cinnamon toast with giant dollop of almond butter. All that delicious stuff is in my tea right now.

I can swear now—that any tea seller who sells anything remotely almond cookie-like is reselling this. I think this is the original. It’s sooo inexpensive—only $5.95 for 4 oz! This has to be the original!! And it’s so yummy, it can’t not be.

Almond-lovers, you must have SpecialTeas’ “Almond Cookie” in your tea repetoire. Your life is incomplete without it.

(wanders off in an almond cookie induced haze of happiness)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

This is definitely one of my favorites from SpecialTeas as well. So good!

Rabs

Adding to my shopping list now and with much anticipation. Enjoy your almond cookie hazy happiness!!!!!

Erin

This has been on my list for some time now. Once my paychecks start coming in, I’m getting it for sure!!

__Morgana__

Yet another in my cabinet waiting for me to make space in my life to try it.

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My ratings are purely subjective and each note varies according to my perception and mood at the moment. So, with that said, my rating scale can be deciphered as follows:
90-100: I am in love! A must have at all times! :D
80-89: This is good. It is full-tin worthy! :))
79-70: This is okay. Glad I tried it. Might get more. :)
69-60: Meh. I’m indifferent. Neither here nor there, this is Tea Purgatory. :/
59-under: Mediocre and Sad. Really not good enough to try again. A disappointment. :(

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