153 Tasting Notes

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This was a freebie with a Bird & Blend order.

The brewed tea smells like nice holiday spices. Wow, there are a lot of flavors vying for my attention here. It’s kind of like a mulled wine flavor. I’m hit with a wine/fruit punch kind of flavor with some rooibos, then lots of spices I can’t seem to pick out individually beyond the cinnamon.

Beyond the cinnamon, I don’t understand the name. It doesn’t taste at all like bread or a bun to me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Red Wine, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got this as a freebie, probably at some tea festival or another. I did a count of my teas today and got 117, but I could be a bit off. Like, some of my Bird and Blend teas I have multiple bags of the same flavor. So I’m probably a little off. But anyway, I decided to start sipping down some of my samples.

This came as a single tea bag in a bag. I read the instructions and steeped it in boiling water, covered, for 15 minutes. The turmeric really stands out, and the ginger hides behind it somewhat faintly. I don’t know what meadowsweet tastes like, but I only pick out these two flavors. It’s mildly spicy, but not as spicy as some turmeric teas I’ve had.

Okay, I read about meadowsweet, and it has a minty flavor, and now I pick up a tiny minty note at the end of the sip. Interestingly, it contains aspirin and was the first source of it.

This is pretty good, could actually use more turmeric flavor.

Flavors: Ginger, Mint, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Based on Sara’s tasting note, I bought 100 grams of this stuff. I estimated the “2-3 grams per liter” down to 1 gram in 12 oz of water. The main flavor is sweetness, with saccharin, floral, and bitter notes towards the end of the sip. I would say it’s “very sweet,” but still falls short of discovering “too sweet,” which is something I have only heard of, and have never tasted. I shall try brewing it stronger next time. It would also be worth trying as a sweetener in a sweet tea, as Sara has done.

Oh. Oh. Amazing. I tried it with 5 grams of leaf in 12 ounces of water, and… my face is puckering up! Is it too much of the other flavors, or is this actually too sweet? I can drink it, but whoa. I think it is too sweet. Thank you, Yunomi, for this experience. It’s amazing.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I couldn’t even drink 2g in 12 ounces of water without getting sick feeling from it. I can handle maybe a single leaf in a cup that small, but I kinda gave up on trying to do the small cups and now I just make it in 1L like their instructions say… 2g to 1L, AND brewed with a strong black tea like Yorkshire Gold. The cold brew sweetened black tea is quite nice.

Todd

Note: This stuff can be resteeped lots of times and keeps giving out sweetness. It’s crazy.

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My temporary job offers bottled drinks and snacks for free. They were low on beverages towards the end of the day. I’m not often a fan of jasmine tea, but I settled for this.

Oh wow, they got just the right amount of jasmine flavor in this, and probably a high-quality source. Jasmine often tastes perfumey to me in teas, but not in this one. The jasmine flavor comes out near the end of the sip, and right at the end of the sip, it’s almost rosy. Good job, Teas’ Tea! I looked at the bottle for more info, and I am not surprised it’s an Ito En brand. I love their Oi Ocha!

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Rose

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drank Toasted Maple Green by TeaSource
153 tasting notes

I spent several hours today reinstalling the OS on my daughter-in-law’s iMac, which she’s selling. When she tried to clear her personal data… she cleared more than just that. I managed to get it all ready for the next person, and she offered to make a dessert. I asked for something with lavender, and she made an amazing cake with lavender, lemon, and vanilla flavors.

I dug through my teas looking for something with lavender and instead found a large, unmarked, thick freezer bag, with a nice maple aroma, and I realized it’s my 2017 purchase of Toasted Maple Green from TeaSource, since discontinued! And when I went to find my old review, I also realized I’ve never even reviewed it.

I was new to buying loose leaf tea, and I bought a freaking pound of it, and I’m happy I did!

It’s not quite as strong as it was four years ago, but it has a nice mild maple scent and flavor. It’s very smooth. The houjicha is just a little stale, but not bad. It’s sweet-tasting and light and refreshing. TeaSource, if you’re listening, please make more! I’m nutty for this.

Flavors: Maple, Nutty, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

With the flavors waning on this, I finished mine up brewing as lattes, which worked rather well. I would do about two heaping teaspoons of leaf in 12 oz water, heat 4 oz of oat milk, and then add a teaspoon of maple syrup. Some of the “barkiness” of the stale houjicha was hidden by the milk and the maple notes were brought out more by adding the bit of maple syrup.

Todd

Oh, that sounds good! Will have to try it.

Tiffany :)

Hmm, never had this one but Toasted Walnut from DavidsTea is one of my all-time favorites. My stash is on the older side, but I’ve never stored tea in the freezer before, hmm…

Todd

Oh, I didn’t store it in the freezer. A freezer bag is a zippered bag like a sandwich bag, but thicker. It’s good to use in the freezer, but doesn’t have to be.

Toasted Walnut sounds good!

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drank Butterscotch by Art of Tea
153 tasting notes

Another part of my group buy with Sara.

Oh wow, nothing has tasted this much like butterscotch, since those candies I liked as a kid! What’s funny is, the other main notes I get are fair food: buttered popcorn and cotton candy, lol. I get just a hint of cinnamon at the end of the sip.

This is really a party in my mouth, and a bit of a stroll along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, back in the days when people would go outside for that sort of thing. Delicious!

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Cinnamon, Cotton Candy, Popcorn

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

Perhaps you are starting to see why I was so desperate to restock these certain teas that are only sold in “way too big for Sara” packaging…

Todd

Indeed! Had some of the Yunnan Lily Black last night, which I already reviewed in December, mmm.

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drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
153 tasting notes

Another part of my group buy with Sara. Ooh, smells like vanilla, with a hint of mandarin orange.

The flavor is orange, vanilla, and orange zest, mmm. Near the end of the sip I’m getting floral notes and something almost perfumy… but not in a bad way, which is odd to me. Oh, now I’m getting a rose note.

I will drink this again. It’s a well-tended garden of flavors.

Flavors: Floral, Orange, Orange Zest, Perfume, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Winter Chai by Art of Tea
153 tasting notes

Wow, the brewed tea smells amazing! Part of an Art of Tea group buy with Sara.

It tastes like the holidays! I can pick out cinnamon, clove, and I think cardamom, and there’s plenty more dancing in the background. There’s a faint licorice note too. This would be great while walking around Christmas in the Park in San Jose, instead of that rehydrated powdered cocoa mix they sell. It’s very festive.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Licorice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 13 OZ / 384 ML
Mastress Alita

I like this one because I actually taste a pine note from it! Not sure what brings that out for me, but I really love pine flavors in teas.

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drank Lychee Peach by Art of Tea
153 tasting notes

Part of my group buy from Art of Tea with Sara!

The leaf smells amazing! I like Lychee, and I love sweet things, and this tea tastes plenty sweet on its own. It’s really nice, and I’ll bet it would be good iced too!

Odd, I must have read the bag wrong. I originally posted this under Lychee. I’m not picking up a lot of peach flavor… but I swear it’s there a tiny bit now. Power of suggestion? I don’t know. Or it could be coming out more in the second steep.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Lychee, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

Lychee itself tastes somewhat peachy to me. It always tastes like a combination of peach, pear, and rose to me.

Todd

Ooh, that makes sense.

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.

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