310 Tasting Notes

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drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
310 tasting notes

I am going to be bouncing off the walls after I finish drinking this one. I am way over my caffeine allotment for the day, but I couldn’t help it. Daniel from Georgia Tea Company sent me some samples to try and they arrived in the mailbox today. I just HAD to try this one immediately. And… I love it.

I don’t tend to drink a lot of flavored blacks because the black tea tends to overwhelm the flavor (and the other reason is the caffeine). This tea is balanced, the flavors are strong, and there is no bitterness. The vanilla and almond are rounded out by the coconut. It definitely reminds me of cookies. I don’t think this sample will last long. And, I can see why this tea is listed as ‘a Christmas favorite’. It has that sitting by the fireplace, watching it snow out the window, & drinking tea, quality.

Almost 2 tsp to 10+oz water. Steeped for only 3ish minutes because I was worried the black would go bitter. Sweetened with Agave Nectar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Rabs

My samples arrived today too — I am soo excited! I’m enjoying my first cup (I see wall-bouncing in my future too). I think Snowflake is one of the samples I received as well — I can’t wait to compare, but it’ll have to wait ’til another day. :)

Kristin

I can’t wait to see which ones you sample (which ones you got) and whether you like the same ones!

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Thanks for the review, Kristin! I love this tea, truly one of my favorite flavored blacks. It’s a number one seller in the winter.

Kristin

It is very tasty! I like it a lot! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m so excited you like this one!!! I LOVE IT!

Kristin

I might have to hoard it. It’s definitely a favorite flavored black!

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88

I love this tea. It’s malty, earthy, and rich with the barest hint on bitterness in the background. It smells a little earthier than it tastes. I like its flavor more than its scent.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Gingerbread Rooibos by 52teas
310 tasting notes

Lisbet sent me a sample of this one. Thanks!! I tried it today, but I think I didn’t have enough tea leaves for the mug. I will have to try it again with more tea. It was weak. I could taste the gingersnap flavor and a malty cigar like flavor in the rooibos. I’m thinking it will be better with more tea. Reserving rating for now.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Lisbet

I think it’s really weak most of the time. I keep blending it with chai though so I have almost nothing left of the sample. I just wish I tasted something like gingerbread

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77
drank Blueberry Rooibos by Fava Tea Co.
310 tasting notes

I tried this one iced today too. I didn’t like it iced. I don’t particularly like iced rooibos. This one is much better hot.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93

OK, I finally broke down and made some of this iced. I haven’t before now because (a) it’s been cold and snowy here up until this weekend and (b) I love this tea and didn’t want to waste it to make iced tea. But, I have to admit, it is really tasty iced. It needs no sweetener (or maybe the barest smidgen of agave nectar). The white tea is excellent iced and the black currant pops. I still think I like it better hot (but I always feel that way about iced tea).

1 T per large glass of cold water (~16 oz) steeped about 15 hours in the fridge.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Cofftea

I can definitely make you feel better about “wasting” your tea- I use 1TB of leaf per *6*oz. Yeah, white tea goes fast.

Cofftea

ok why didn’t that bold? Weird.

Meghann M

to bold you have to use * on either side instead of quotations.

Cofftea

I did. The 6 still didn’t bold.

Lori

Hard to believe it is still cold where you live!

Kristin

Yeah, I am hoping we are done with the snow and frost. http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=84055

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72
drank Wild Blueberry by Octavia Tea
310 tasting notes

I got a surprise tea package in the mail today from my friend Lizbet and this is one of the tea samples she sent. I’ve been wanting to try this one!! Thanks Lizbet!

This tea is interesting. I taste white tea, blueberry, and something else. I can’t figure out the something else part. But in the mouth, I taste the mystery flavor. In the aftertaste, I get the blueberrry and the white tea flavor. The mystery flavor when you first drink it is almost vegetal, like spinach… which I’ve never tasted in a white tea. Strange. It makes me think about it a lot while I drink it. The blueberry flavor is fantastic.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Rooibos Vanilla by SpecialTeas
310 tasting notes

I am always disappointed in vanilla teas. There is never enough vanilla flavor in them. But, I like this one! This one tastes like a vanilla wafer. It’s still definitely a rooibos (for you rooibos haters out there), but the vanilla is strong with this one.

May the vanilla be with you.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Rabs

Drink this tea you will :D

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80

This tea is a little different every time I taste it. That is probably due to the large chunks of nuts and spices. This time I think it’s perfect. Spicy and full of that butterscotch candy flavor.

2 heaping tsp/8 oz.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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93

Ok, I’ll admit it. I just cracked open the 3rd bag of this tea. I don’t think I can live without it.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JonTea

Black Currant :) mmmmmmmmmm
ever try it iced? black current just seems incredible iced that why im asking :P

Kristin

No, but I hear it’s good that way. I was always too stingy with it… didn’t want to waste a cup to try it iced. But, I bought 2 bags this time so I might be able to do it. I’ll wait till we get a day over 70 degrees to try it.

Kristin

I also want to try that Harney & Sons black currant iced tea.
http://www.harney.com/Organic-Black-Currant-Iced-Tea-6-2qt-tin/productinfo/20209/

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

I have a new black currant. I’ve never liked black currant, for some reason I just can’t stand the smell or taste of them, so I need someone who likes black currant to try it out and tell me if it’s any good. Do you want a sample of it, Kristin?

Kristin

Sure! I love trying new teas! Want my address over PM?

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93

Today is my husband’s birthday, so I’ve been baking his favorite cake today (and working at the same time). He likes a white cake with white frosting and asks for it every year (not only do I make this cake vegan, I also bake it at 6500 ft in altitude!). Here is a pic of last years cake and a link to the recipe:
http://parkcityvegan.blogspot.com/2009/05/another-year-another-cake.html

All this cake making and frosting tasting made me want some tea. So, what did I grab? Carrot Cake. Today I made it with more tea (3 tsp tp 11oz) and steeped it a smidge longer. It’s very very tasty. Now, I think I’ll be able to make it untill cake cutting time later tonight.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Last year’s cake was very beautiful!! Thanks for posting the recipe!! I have a vegan coworker that I can make this for!

Kristin

She’ll love it. :)

Kristin

Here is a pic of this year’s cake. I’m not much of a decorator.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowboardbunny/4645360657

Rabs

Love the pics — and now I totally get your icon :D

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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