1468 Tasting Notes

I guess it took seven years to learn to like this tea? Maybe the flavors settled down? Or now that I’m adding sugar I’m more open to it? I’ve been drinking this for three days straight now. Steep in concentrated in a gravity steeper and pour it over ice. It’s been really nice on hot days. The flavors are translating more to a rose almond flavor over the previous mentioned powder flavor. I can see the end of this bag happening soon at the rate I’m drinking it. Even though I’m enjoying it now, I’m not likely to buy it again since most of our relationship was spent with me resenting it.

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drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
1468 tasting notes

Poured the rest of this years old sample (from 2013… one of the oldest teas in my cupboard) into a pitcher and steeped it in the fridge. It’s very light and crisp with a strong jasmine flavor. It’s really nice. The finish leaves my mouth with that feeling you get after a shot of wheat grass juice. Not quite a mouth water, but something else. I do like this tea. Not sure that I’d go through the trouble of getting more, but would happily have more if I were to come across it again.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
1468 tasting notes

Working on sipping this down yesterday and today. This is my last cup! It’s been a nice ride with this tea. It’s a little sweetened and has some cinnamon notes. When my cup was empty and sitting next to me while I worked I kept smelling horchata. I slightly overleafed this last cup and in combo of it being the last bits in the bag, I think it made for a slightly less than optimal cup. There is a hint of bitter that I wasn’t getting yesterday. User error. All the cups I had yesterday were delightful. I’d consider getting another bag of this next time it come around, but it’s not at the level where I’d want it as a staple in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this hot a couple of times and don’t recall being taken by it. It seemed okay, but not super exciting. I decided to sip this down by way of cold steeping, so I dumped the rest of the bag into my pitcher and let it steep in the fridge overnight. At first it tasted bitter, maybe the walnuts were the culprit. I put some soy milk in with it and it was much more enjoyable. I get a hint of banana with some nuttiness to it. Like faint banana bread. It’s not incredible, but it is drinkable and between me and the other people in the house it’s getting drunk down. Would not buy again, however.

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I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since VariaTea send me these samples! How has that much time slipped past me?!
Sipped this one down yesterday. The strange ginger/ginseng taste I mentioned in my previous post kind of grew on me as I sipped cup after cup. I had maybe 4 cups of this yesterday far too late into the day which kept me up past 1am. :/ Fool of a took. Someday I’ll learn. As much as I enjoyed this cup, it didn’t quite pass the threshold into must buy territory.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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No idea what a cherry bakewell is. I’m imagining a pastry of some sort. I could google it, but imagining is more interesting. It seemed a little bland once steeped, so I added a little sugar to round out the cherry flavor. It’s definitely cherry flavored, but a baked, not bright and fresh. There is also something slightly savory or herb like to it, but it only hints at it. This tea seems okay, but isn’t knocking me off my feet. I’d like to try it cold steeped as well to see what that brings out of it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I don’t know what it is about this tea, but I’ve never fully warmed up to it. I love banana and smoke and this tea has both, but there is something else that isn’t sitting right. It has a very truffley depth to it that is intriguing, but I’m pushing back from something. I’ve tried for two years and I’m now giving up on this and tossing it in my get rid of bin.

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drank Strawberry Matcha by Touch Organic
1468 tasting notes

Having a cup of this as a cold oat milk latte. It’s okay. I’m not really getting any strawberry and there is a bitter finish that lingers. I have one serving left and I’m probably going to toss it because I’m done with mediocre tea.

Cameron B.

Toss it, more power to you!

Dustin

I feel like I’m entering a tossing streak with my recent fickle tea mood and I’m ok with it!

Cameron B.

If I feel like someone else would enjoy something, I’ll keep it around. If it’s just bad or old tea, I don’t feel bad tossing it hah!

Dustin

This one is definitely a toss. I have a big and growing bag of get rid of tea intended for a TTB or gift to a friend… whichever happens first!

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drank Thé à l'Opéra by Mariage Frères
1468 tasting notes

I’ve had this for so long now and it still delivers a good cup! It has a nice smooth fruit with vanilla flavor on top of green tea. It is reliable, but I don’t find myself reaching for it often and I still have half a tin. I like it enough to keep it, but it’s slow sipping down. Maybe I’ll try using it more as an iced tea once the weather warms up.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank COÏNCIDENCE BLACK by THE O DOR
1468 tasting notes

My first steep of this was 3m and the cup was great. I sipped through it while getting the tiny roommates online for school. There are six alarms on my phone daily to get them into all the zooms on time. I stuffed my face with leftover coconut naan, washing it down with my first cup, not taking the time to appreciate the tea. Now that the morning has settled I’ve made a second steeping, which isn’t as delicious as the first. It still smells great with a deep strawberry like scent, but the flavors are now lighter than I’d like. Now that I’ve let my cup cool it is getting a little of that flatness I mentioned in my previous notes. This appears to be a cup better sipped hot!

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

Coconut Naan sounds so yummy! I still need to try this one. Good to know it’s better to drink it hot.

Dustin

There is a restaurant in Austin that does a dried cherry, raisin and pistachio naan that is AMAZING! God, I miss that stuff! Their korma was really good too.

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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