1568 Tasting Notes

Sipped this down yesterday. I noticed all the flavors listed on the bag. Buttered pumpernickel, molasses and Guinness. I overleafed a bit to sip down the bag and it gave a slightly sharp edge to the flavors that I would taste some of the time, but not all. I added some creamer, but I think I liked it better without. I still can’t tell if I really liked it or only tolerated it with the hopes I’d grow to like it. This isn’t a repurchase for me.
Also, strange that I finally finished this sample, but hadn’t made any tasting notes for it any of the other times I had it!

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drank Pumpkin Rooibos by Fusion Teas
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This did not taste like pumpkin at all. It tasted like hot buttered rum. It was good, just unexpected and it took me a minute to work out the flavors I was tasting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Meringue by Fusion Teas
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First time trying a Fusion tea and I’m loving it! It’s light and lemony without the citrus bite. It reminds me a lot of a favorite Butiki blend, but without the almond flavoring in it. I wonder if I can add that. I got a sample size of this, but will have to order more. It even held up to a forgetful oversteeping.

This cup is contrasting greatly with the rest of my day. I think I programmed my kiln cycle incorrectly and hope my castings turn out despite my error. That was after we woke up to a dead pet. The tiny roommates are pretty crushed. We all have jerk bird holes in our hearts now. Can heart holes be filled with tea? Only one way to find out. Hold my kettle…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Lexie Aleah

I’ve been wanting to place an order with them! I’ve only tried their Roasted Pumpkin Mate tea and that one was really good.

Tiffany :)

Roasted Pumpkin Mate & Lemon Meringue both sound good.

gmathis

Lemon Cream by CuppaGeek also has that non-tart lemony thing going. Sorry to hear about the pet—those critters take up a lot of real estate in your heart.

Mastress Alita

hugs for the lost pet I would be a wreck without my comfort animal, so I understand. In 2019 I lost my cockatiel after 21 years and I still have that hole heart. It has healed a lot with time and the kitty that needed me as much as I needed her later that year. I hope you and yours get through the worst of it swiftly.

Dustin

I didn’t see a pumpkin mate when ordering, but I did get a pumpkin rooibos which I liked.
I haven’t tried any of CuppaGeek’s teas either!
Thanks, y’all. Loving and loss are part of the lessons pets teach us and I wanted the kids to learn about, but none of us expected the loss part to happen now. I’m sorry to hear about your cockatiel. That’s so rough.

ashmanra

I am so sorry about your bird!

tea-sipper

I’m sorry you guys lost your bird buddy.

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drank Ginger Berry Crisp by Dessert by Deb
1568 tasting notes

Having the last of this sample sent by VariaTEA! This smells berry like and delicious! The flavor in the sip is tart and light, but at the end and in the finish the flavors brighten significantly. The berry flavor is strong, full, crisp and sweet, but there is something baked in there too. The ginger is pretty mellow and plays a supporting role to the berry. The hibiscus is pretty tame in this cup and is only in the sip. I don’t recall what I thought of this the first time I had it, but I’m digging it tonight! It’s very well blended.

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

This was one of the ones I packaged before knowing of your hibiscus aversion so I am glad that you enjoyed it anyways.

Dustin

I’m always impressed when people know how to properly use hibiscus in blends, proper being in moderation IMHO!

VariaTEA

I used to hate it and then I realized some teas need it, but I agree that moderation is key.

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This is not what I was hoping for. The strawberry is super light and watery and not at all juicy. The basil adds a very savory flavor that distracts when hot. There is the slightest bit of a hibiscus like tang (the rose hips?) that I’m not into that comes out as it cools. Into the get rid of pile it goes!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

This flavor combination just sounds strange and unappealing.

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Happy 129th birthday, Tolkien!

Night in the Glittering Caves is certainly a glittery tea! It’s fun to look at dry and steeped and shimmers in different ways in both forms. My cup has a very sweet smell to it. The tea has a slight bitter tang to it and there is a powdery almond flavor, but overall it’s nice. The base is light and hard to taste under the aromatic perfumy flavors that linger in the finish. I get the pecan flavors too. It seems to fall a little flat as the cup cools off. Other than the glitter, there isn’t much that makes me think caves or LOTR, but it’s fun to have a tea dedicated to it today anyways.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lexie Aleah

A pretty dry leaf for sure

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drank Golden Turmeric Chai by Adagio Teas
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Took a couple sips of this before passing the mug to a tiny roommate who had a sore throat. It was heavier on the ginger than many of the turmeric blends I’ve had. It’s nice, but doesn’t stand out for me in the sea of ginger turmeric blends.

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

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drank Hook'ed On You by Happy Turtle Tea
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I went to grab a geeky themed tea for National Science Fiction Day and realized all I have are fantasy themed teas as far as themed teas go. This will have to do! It’s the last one of my Happy Turtle order that I have left to try. I used to watch Once, but after a zillion episodes of some spell or another ruining life in their town and needing to be broken by the power of enemies working together I kinda lost interest. That and Belle saying “heart” in every other sentence got old too. I do like how dynamic they make the characters and tie in multiple stories. The pretty bad boy version of Hook was a good twist. Hook was always such a grotesque unrelatable character in all the other movies and stories, so this was an interesting change. The actor who played this Hook constantly clenched and released his jaw and it got a little distracting for me in some of the scenes wondering if the actor was nervous or anxious or even knew he has that quirk! I notice the little things.

This tea is pretty nice. I expected it to be heavier on the coconut, but I feel like the cranberry comes through more. Maybe the coconut works to round out the cranberry because it doesn’t have that cran bite. The sencha is pretty mellow. The aromatic cran is the star here. It reminds me of a 52teas blend that AJRimmer put in the advent swap for me. I’d have to look up the name. That one was nice too. I’ll have to try this cold steeped sometime and see if the flavors change things up at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Unfortunately I have zero themed teas right now, aside from Christmas ones… :|

Dustin

I usually don’t have any, but I ordered samples from Happy Turtle last month to try something new.

Mastress Alita

You don’t even have an Earl Grey, Cameron?!

Cameron B.

I do, but that seems like a cop out hah!

Mastress Alita

Picard would be sad to hear you say that!

Tiffany :)

Hmm, I like coconut cranberry and sencha. I’ll have to look this tea up.

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This was the Community tea sample for 1/1/21. I didn’t write notes as I sipped. I was out camping and away from my computer and the phone is such a trying way to post tea notes. I really liked this tea. I didn’t get any puerh flavor, but what I got was dead on for gingerbread. It was really smooth and easy to drink. This is one I could see ordering.

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

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drank Rooibos Nutcracker by Adagio Teas
1568 tasting notes

Not bad for a rooibos. It has a nice caramel like flavor. Almost maple waffle. A little nutty. I overstepped it and it still turned out okay. I was distracted when sipping it while trying to make a fire with wet wood. I eventually succeeded, but it rained last night so no fire for me tonight. :/

Cameron B.

It’s been pouring here for the last two days, blegh.

Dustin

It’s been off and on here for a few days now, but it is more of a moderate drizzle.

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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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