1303 Tasting Notes

drank Apple Spice Black Tea by 52teas
1303 tasting notes

Having this with spiced mashed sweet potatoes and red grapes for a mid-morning snack. The dry leaf is long and dark with large chunks of apple thrown in. This does smell spiced, but not as much like cinnamon to me. I can’t place what it is exactly. I didn’t steep this according to the package directions (accidentally) so I’m not sure if it tastes as good as it should.

Flavors: Astringent, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m glad to be finishing this one off today. It’s not one I’ve been enjoying lately. Thankfully, this cup is much more enjoyable than recent cups of this same tea. I steeped it longer and added some cream at the end. I can taste both the chocolate and the caramel this time around. I will say that the tea and the liquid both look pretty unappetizing after steeping. The liquid is dark, murky, and oily, while the steeped blend is mush with a few coconut slivers thrown in. I noticed that my rating is at 84 on this one which is not at all how I feel about it anymore, so I’ll be dropping it to better reflect my current opinion. That is far too high.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

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

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I’m steeping this longer today than I normally would. I want to try it with cream to see if it tastes similar to Starbucks’ Vanilla Rooibos latte (but with honey instead of sugar syrup and no steamed milk). I’m enjoying the creaminess and light sweetness. The flavor is good, but I think next time I’ll use more than a teaspoon of tea to make it a little stronger. I don’t taste any of the chai spices or even the vanilla really.

I’m feeling motivated today and am trying to push forward from the momentum I have from earlier this week. I’m moving a little more, taking care of myself a little better, trying to keep things clean and organized. I’m trying to keep the positivity. One breath at a time. Each moment a new chance.

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

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drank Chamomile by Tadin
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Chamomile isn’t exactly my go-to, but every now and then it’s nice to have. Today’s cup turned out better than expected. It’s sweet and takes the honey so well. I don’t taste the honey flavor, but it really brings out the taste of the chamomile. Honeysuckle comes to mind.

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Sweet

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

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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Backlog from December 7th:

Something is up with the MateVana page – it never loads properly so I haven’t been able to log a note when I drink it. Today I want something dark and chocolaty. This is indeed dark, as dark as coffee or more so even. It’s perfectly chocolaty, just as I was hoping. It’s not like a hot chocolate but more like a chocolate coffee.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog from December 1st:

There isn’t really anything new I can say about this tea. It’s always bitter and tastes like peach candy instead of roses. It’s surprisingly not as bitter today, even with the longer steep.

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Too bad, such a pretty name.

Shae

Since I wrote this note in December, I’ve finally found a way to steep this so that it tastes really nice. A lower temperature (175°) with a five minute steep time seems to do the trick. None of my Saint Simons teas have steeping recommendations so it just took me a while to figure it out.

Evol Ving Ness

It pays to play around.

Shae

Definitely!

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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Backlog from November 17th:

I’m trying this today with Teavana’s new steeping recommendations from their website. Three scoops to my normal one scoop. It does seem a little thicker than usual, but the flavor isn’t that much stronger.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 15 minutes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A relaxing start to what will soon become a busy day of shopping, cleaning, and prepping for tomorrow’s belated Easter brunch. I absolutely love this tea, a gift from my dear tea friend Plunkybug, and will be checking the website soon to see if Janet’s Special Teas will ship to the US now that my prized stash is gone. This is perfect for breakfast, in my opinion; a solid black tea that hits the spot every single time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nurture #4 by Verdant Tea (Special)
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Out for lunch with my brother today. Vacation tomorrow. Strong cup of black tea for breakfast. I’m feeling positive about this day. I love the smoky aroma coming from this tea. I don’t smell the coriander, but I’m okay with that.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 205 degrees + 1 minute, 15 seconds

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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