2831 Tasting Notes

80
drank Blue Spring Oolong by Dollar Tea Club
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74
drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
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This is an interesting combo of smokey and strong (tannic/very bold) but also fruity (black current maybe?). It is good, but without milk it would be too bitter and tannic for me. A bit of soy milk mellows this blend out, however it isn’t something I would drink regularly if I had other H&S blends available. The cup of tea smells sweet and fruity, but when tasted the mouthfeel is almost smokey and there is a lingering bitterness like if you eat burnt toast and the burnt part has that weird mineral acrid taste. It is difficult to describe, but there is no sweetness. It isn’t bad, and I think many people like black teas that are very strong.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Smoke, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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60
drank Green Coconut by Love Some Tea
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I love the super flavourful coconut in this blend. The one drawback (IMO a deal breaker) is the bitterness of the base. I finished up one of my samples of this from a few years ago be brewing it cold. Even cold brewed it has a substantial amount of bitterness and I find very unpalatable. The coconut is lovely and creamy; the vegetal notes from the base are nice too.

Flavors: Bitter, Coconut, Green

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76
drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
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This wasn’t a bad cup, but the chocolate is non-existent and the banana is weak. I used up the rest of my sample (~1.5 tsp) and steeped for 15+ minutes. More of a lightly fruity black tea. Still a nice morning cup.

Flavors: Malt, Tannin

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75

Another sipdown of a delicious tea I should have finished a while ago. I think this one is 2 years old.

I love the malty black base and the blueberry comes through as natural but flavourful. I added a bit of soy milk, however I still didn’t get the pastry or cream cheese notes I would like. If I didn’t know what this tea was called, I would think it was a plain blueberry black tea. Still tasty (esp. because I love blueberries), however the desserty aspect of the name is what drew me to it. I even tried steeping a long time (over an hour) starting with boiling water.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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40
drank Cool Eucalyptus by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown of yet another small amount

I don’t love this tea (sour and fruity mixed with medicinal mint and eucalyptus? Yuck) Much like cold 911, someone thought medicinal herbs would go perfectly with something acidic. It reminds me of a cough drop, actually. I do love wintergreen and spearmint flavour so in many ways I like some aspects of this blend. Without the fruity and sour notes this would be a fine herbal.

Flavors: Fruity, Herbs, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Menthol, Mint, Sour

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100

I’m on a severely restricted diet (700 calorie deficit) so I’m craving desserts. I had this with 1 tsp soy milk and it made for a nice evening treat. The cocoa nibs come through sharply and I love how rich it tastes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Lavender, Mint, Rooibos

Fjellrev

Aww, hang in there! I need to get back on the calorie restriction wagon myself! It sure isn’t easy so kudos for staying strong and having tea.

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55
drank Partridgeberry in a Pear Tea by 52teas
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I feel like I totally missed the main tasting notes on this one. I think I’m missing out, since I really don’t taste much in the way or pear. The base isn’t my thing (sencha is a bit bitter and vegetal IMO) and I can’t make out any particular berry or fruit.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity, Green, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, , natural flavour, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb)

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