316 Tasting Notes

85
drank Bread Pudding by 52teas
316 tasting notes

Sip down.

It didn’t taste quite like bread pudding to me but it was a nice warm, comforting tea especially now that it’s chilly out. It is balanced, very smooth and spiced just right with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves notes. I liked it much better when I used twice the amount as directed. It was fuller, richer and was a nice dessert tea. I can taste the bread notes more with double the amount.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Raisins

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Ambrosia has delightful notes of cocoa, malt, dark cherry, vanilla, and marshmallow. It’s smooth and creamy, nice mouth feeling… A thickness feeling and has a long-lasting finish. It is a complex tea with lots of underlying notes especially of fruity layers such as stone fruits, apricots, apples, mainly baked cherries, however, the vanilla and chocolate notes are on the forefront. Other notes throughout are baked bread, malt, berries. It is energizing and calming at the same time.

Gaiwan, 200℉, 5g, 110ml, 7steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s,120s

I have also tried it as directed, western brew. Excellent that way too.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Baked Bread, Cherry, Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Marshmallow, Stonefruits, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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90

Now that my nephew is gone, I’m left with lots of flavored tea hehe but I always welcome rooibos because of the health factor too. This particular Chocolate Rooibos tea is creamy, smooth. It has a natural sweetness of cocoa, sweet earthy flavor, and has a gentle nutty taste. It’s also full-bodied and rich. It has a very nice warm cocoa and nuts aroma and some woody notes. I liked this one much better than the toffee. The toffee one was good but came off a little artificial and this one does not at all.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Nutty, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Lovely Matcha. The color is beautiful vibrant emerald green. It has a fine and smooth feel to it and its consistency is one of a very fine powder. It has the qualities of a high standard matcha and has no bitterness nor astringency… And thank goodness, no paint-smell, some actually smell like turpentine. Ew. Sweet, full-bodied, rich taste and aroma. It’s energizing and vitalizing, but calming. I prepared it with 1 tsp in ~2 oz boiling water, frothed it, then added another 6 ounces boiling water. It has a very creamy texture with a vegetal, earthy flavor with a ever so slight hint of sweetness that lingers on the palate. The aroma is calming, sweet, and vegetal. Highly recommended.

In other news, my nephew went back home with his father and my mother who is taking care of him. My brother is doing better, but like all those that suffer from PTSD and other disorders, it is always a sad and difficult road. All we could do is love them, and support them in their recovery. Thank you all for your support. It’s appreciated <3.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Earth, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Not having PTSD but panic attacks, and I know it is hard. Wishing your brother fast recovering. Support is very important! Keep it up.
And tea? Well, I should try matcha prepared somewhere.

Kawaii433

Thank you, Martin Bednář. It’s so hard watching someone you love suffer and then the children too… I’m so sorry to hear you are suffering from panic attacks. :(

mrmopar

We will be praying for your brother. I hope he can heal given time to.

Kawaii433

mrmopar Thank you <3

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90
drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
316 tasting notes

I’ve been a fan of Mandala Tea for a while now. It’s so strange that for some reason I never bought this until recently especially since I love GABA teas. It provides energy but also a feeling of being centered, you know, a peaceful state of mind which I felt was especially needed in the last few days. ^^

Ahh, the tea. The leaves are big dark leaves, the liquor is a golden clear amber. The taste is delicate but flavorful. It’s a light fruity black tea with baked bread and sourdough bread notes with delightful raisin, dried fruit notes. Malty, and maybe slightly tart here and there but I wouldn’t call it sour. The finish is malty, bready, slightly sweet of honey.

It began as a gongfu session and well, I screwed up big time lol. So I added water and continued with 1 min., 2 min., 3 min, 4 min. and a final 6 min. infusion with boiling water.

In other news: I spoke to my mother and she says that my brother is doing better so for that I’m glad especially since being a natural loner, my only real-life friends are my family who is states away at the moment. I will go to visit him in California soon. In the meantime, I have a tea-loving nephew who is taking up a lot of my time. hehe I hope you are all doing well. <3

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Malt, Pastries, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mrmopar

Hope your brother is doing well soon.

Kawaii433

mrmopar, thank you :D

ashmanra

Glad you have good news! ❤️

Kawaii433

ashmanra, thank you :D

LuckyMe

Glad to hear your brother is doing better

Kawaii433

LuckyMe, thank you :D.

tea-sipper

I hope you and the family have been doing well!

Kawaii433

Doing much better. The kid went home back with his father and my mom. Thank you tea-sipper and all <3

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85

There is no stevia or added sugar (which I prefer) so it’s rather tart (which I also prefer). The liquor is a clear reddish color and has a lovely bold natural peach flavor, not the artificial peach flavor which I’m not crazy about. There is also a hint of apple, and citrus rind notes. Kind of tastes like there is hibiscus in there but it’s not in the ingredients so maybe because it’s a little tart.

My nephew, of course, put honey in it. He enjoyed it too. :) He wanted it iced and I had it warm. Both ways it was refreshing and had a nice bold, fruity flavor.

Flavors: Apple, Orange, Peach, Stonefruits, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
derk

Love that you have a tea/tisane-drinking nephew!

Kawaii433

hehe I do too, Derk! Every day now, in the afternoon, he asks me what flavors do I have or can he pick the flavor today… Etc. It was so surprising that he really enjoys it. Where he usually lives, they drank soda >.<. He told me that when he goes back home when things get better (poor kid), can he take some different teas with him. Of course, I said, absolutely!

Martin Bednář

I wish my nieces would like drink tea. But no, they prefer only water or homemade juices. At least it is not sweet sodas.

mrmopar

Passing the torch!

Kawaii433

Martin Bednář, yes, at least it’s not sodas :D. My other nephews (my sister’s kids) are not like this one (my brother’s kid). It is so surprising.

mrmopar, I’m trying! hehe

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94

I think this is one of my faves from 52Teas. I made it for my nephew who loved it with milk. It’s very creamy, with caramelized sugar notes, custard, cream, vanilla, malt. I love that there is no stevia or sugar, just a natural lightly sweet tea. I can see why some may add a little sugar to it but I prefer it without any sweetener. I prepared it as suggested, and I took a sip of my nephew’s latte and I think it is better as a latte. Either way, highly recommended if you are a Crème brûlée fan. ^^

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Custard, Malt

Preparation
Boiling

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80
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
316 tasting notes

Free sample. Prepared as the package suggests. 1 package in 16 ounces, boiling water, 7 minutes steep.

Almond, butter, cinnamon, sugar notes. In a nutshell (no pun intended lol), it tastes like a candied apple with almonds. It has a pretty pink liquor due to the beetroot.

My nephew loved it. lol :) I got apple notes, my nephew didn’t. He wants me to buy more of it. o.O

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

First impressions from the first cup. I usually always do gong-fu but my schedule has drastically changed since having my nephew around. :) I prepared it with 1 heaping tablespoon, 212F, 3 min steep in 16 ozs water. The second cup for 5 min. infusion.

Soft, silky mouthfeel. A very warm, comforting spice that I can not name, not quite cinnamon but cinnamony-like. Oats, apple, berries, spices… It reminded me kind of a cinnamon-oatmeal-apple pie but in liquid form. Cream notes, barley notes, naturally but delicately honey-raisin sweet. Unique and wonderful flavors throughout the two infusions. The second infusion not as delicious as the first as it seemed that the oats/barley notes were more subdued. Am looking forward to a gongfu session with this to see where all these splendid notes come in and come out.

Highly recommended.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Berries, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Honey, Oats, Raisins, Roasted Barley, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

So… Why the flavored teas lately, some may wonder. Well, my nephew has been staying with me (family crisis) and he likes flavored teas.

We both enjoyed this one. As one noted, it was very bready. It was creamy, vanilla and caramel notes, bread pudding-like taste. Not overly sweet. Recommended dessert tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berry, Caramel, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Sorry to hear there is a crisis. You are awesome for making this time a nice memory for your nephew.

Kawaii433

@ashmanra Thank you <3, sweety so much. I am pretty much a loner except for my mother and siblings (My dad, my hero, died a few years ago) so there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them… And that is a wonderful way to look at the situation, I will continue to make it a nice memory for him!

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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