814 Tasting Notes

70
drank Eucalyptus Mist by DAVIDsTEA
814 tasting notes

I love eucalyptus, so I was excited to try this one. I think I prefer the August Uncommon eucalyptus blend. I feel like this one ends up a little too sharp/cleanery since it doesn’t have enough other things in there to balance it out. Eucalyptus and mint are the only flavors I can taste, though the dry leaf was fascinating with large slices of cucumber going in there. I did a second cold steep which ended up quite strong as well. I do end up liking this tea, but I have many other mint teas I prefer.

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60
drank Southern Sunrise by T2
814 tasting notes

I didn’t check the ingredients, so I didn’t know what to expect for this one. It’s tart and tastes almost like lemonade or sour lemon candy. It tasted pretty artificial and strange when it was warm, but cold, it’s all right, though there’s something a little murky/dirty tasting in there. I’ve been using it up by making big pitchers for the fridge, which seems to be the fate of all my T2 fruit blends. It’s okay, but I also look forward to finishing it and never ordering from T2 again no matter how enticing their flavors sound. I’m just disappointed 95% of the time.

Martin Bednář

Aaand I wanted their Advent Calendar. Glad I didn’t!

Cameron B.

I agree, I love their French Earl Grey, but everything else I’ve tried from them has been disappointing.

amandastory516

Completely agree. I love their tea ware, but nearly all of their teas have been extremely disappointing.

Dustin

I got their advent. Eyeing it suspiciously now.

Cameron B.

LOL Dustin! XD

Martin Bednář

Hopefully it won’t be that bad!

Dustin

They sent me the wrong one too. :/ I ordered loose leaf, was sent bagged and teas are different in each.

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82
drank Bella Luna Blue by Adagio Teas
814 tasting notes

This tea is way better than I expected it to be. The butterfly pea flower for once really isn’t too obtrusive. The blueberry and lemon are quite tasty. I enjoy teas that have a lemongrass base. It just adds a nice texture to the tea. I’m definitely glad I placed an Adagio order to get this tea. I’ve had it cold several times, and I made a second steep in the fridge overnight, which is nice as well. I may pick up some more during the next blue moon.

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83

I’m drinking this cold, and the mint and white chocolate are pretty well balanced, strong, and bright. Many versions of this sort of tea are really artificial and disappointing. This one ended up a little oily, but I don’t mind that, and the flavor was quite pleasant. This is a nice option, though at that price, I’d still choose another brand if I were in the market for this flavor profile. I did like that they used white chocolate like in my favorite Teavana version.

Cameron B.

I need to try Simpson & Vail’s White Chocolate Peppermint green rooibos… It’s on my list for my next order!

Cameron B.

Also I haven’t tried Plum Deluxe yet, but I’m excited for my advent calendar! :D

AJRimmer

That one’s on my list too! Yeah I’m definitely excited for all my advents (:

Mastress Alita

I don’t really “do” advents anymore like everyone else, aside from trying to find those companies that typically only sell “large” quantities of tea or their teas are on the spendy side and use the advent as a handy way to “get samplers” that otherwise aren’t available. I got a Plum Deluxe advent this year too, as their price per ounce for tea is rather high, but the cost of the advent to get 24 samplers was quite reasonable, especially compared to many other advents. (Still hasn’t shipped, though…)

Cameron B.

@Mastress Alita – That’s kind of the point for me, too – to get a lot of samples in one package. Although it is also fun in conjunction with Steepster, because you get to read others’ thoughts on the same tea that you had each day. :)

Mastress Alita

See, last year Steepster “spoiled” an advent calender gift I got because someone was doing their advent on different days, and that kinda put me off. I even stopped reading the site for a time, then when I came back, I had a ridiculous amount of reading to catch up on… now I just rip all the samplers out of the advent immediately. I don’t celebrate Christmas anyway. I probably won’t log any of them until much later… and not mention they were “part of” an advent.

Dustin

I just got a notice 3 days ago that the Plum Deluxe advent was shipping. Tracking still doesn’t have it in their system as picked up yet.

Cameron B.

Oh, well that’s not cool. I’ve been doing two advents this month but I’m saving all the notes in a spreadsheet to post on the correct days in December.

Mastress Alita

Huh. I pre-ordered back in October, and STILL haven’t received a shipping notice…

amandastory516

I pre-ordered the Plum Deluxe advent in October too, and was wondering when it would ship. I reached out and they said they sent it yesterday….but I never got a tracking email. May be the same for you.

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84

This made a pretty good latte! Tasty black tea with a hint of apple and also some sweetness that must be the candy. This is a nice fall tea! I feel like there’s a bit of toastiness in the flavor. I definitely get cravings for this one now and then.

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69
drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
814 tasting notes

The first time I drank this, I had it beside a much better 52teas black tea, so that probably made this one seem more boring than it really is. The second time, I gave it more attention. The sweetness in it might be able to be called caramel, but it’s not really rich enough. The spices are pretty light, not bold enough for me. It’s an okay chai, but not special enough.

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60

Aha! I finally finished all the teas from last year’s advent calendar! Just in time to start the new one…… But, I have been having varying luck with these Plum Deluxe black blends lately. This is another one that doesn’t taste like too much of anything. I feel like I get some light ginger and that’s just about it. Honestly, it wasn’t worth the caffeine for me to even finish it. Mildly flavored and boring to my tastes!

Courtney

Yay for polishing teas off in time to start new advents!

Dustin

Did you order another Plum Deluxe advent this year? They said they were shipping them mid November, but there are only 13 days until December and I haven’t gotten a shipping notice. :/

AJRimmer

Yeah, I haven’t received even a shipping notification from them yet. Hopefully they haven’t forgotten us!

Mastress Alita

Same. If we are all in the same boat, I think the advents just haven’t shipped yet!

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90

I really like this! The rosemary totally works with the black tea and other flavors. I was worried it would be too floral, but it’s really nice! I’m having it with milk. I can definitely taste the lavender, and though I’m not the biggest rose fan, it works here. Definitely one of the best floral teas I’ve had.

Mastress Alita

I love rose and lavender but don’t like chamomile and am always warey whenever its in a blend. Is the chamomile taste heavy?

AJRimmer

I didn’t see any chamomile in the bag or taste any in the cup, but it was also just a small sample, and it’s possible that in their regular 1 oz bags the ratio of ingredients is different.

Mastress Alita

Hmm, I was watching a panel with them from the Virtual International Tea Festival just a few weekends ago where this blend was talked about, and I swear they mentioned chamomile in it. Perhaps my memory has goofed it with another from the same video…

AJRimmer

You’re totally right that it’s listed as an ingredient. There just didn’t happen to be any in my bag is all!

Mastress Alita

Aaah, I understand now! Long day at the office.

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90

I was excited to receive a 50g bag of this in my last 52teas mystery box order. I love stuff with this flavor profile, but I don’t have anything like it in stock right now, so this was perfect! The lavender is so tasty and soft. It’s supported by a nice chamomile, though I don’t think I taste any lemon. I also don’t notice the rooibos in the flavor, but I’m sure it helps round out the flavor. I’ve found that a hot resteep works a little better than a cold one.

tea-sipper

OH MAN this is the one I would have most wanted to see if I had actually bought the mystery bag. This one made me tempted. haha

AJRimmer

I basically always grab some mystery bags since they’re such a good deal. And anything I don’t love goes in whatever TTB I’m participating in at the moment (:

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74
drank Tie-Dye Butterfly by DAVIDsTEA
814 tasting notes

The butterfly sprinkles are so cute. It’s quite a tart fruit flavor? Based on the appearance, I was hoping the flavor would be more special than this. I’ve had this three times, and I liked it a little more each time. It’s hard to tell what kind of fruit it’s supposed to be – maybe orange? I wish the flavor were a little fuller or more complex, but it’s all right!

Roswell Strange

Slightly confused – are you maybe thinking of a different tea? There isn’t actually any rooibos in this tea. (It’s loosely a passionfruit flavour, if that helps with the fruit note identification though!)

AJRimmer

Oh whoops, for some reason, I remembered all the small particles in the tin as being rooibos, and they’re totally not. Thanks for putting me straight!

Roswell Strange

No worries!! I’m always hesitant to reply to DT tasting notes now, but I wasn’t sure if I was misreading/misunderstanding, heh…

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Steepster is glitching for me, so I can only access it using my laptop, which I don’t use very often, so I unfortunately will not be as active on here as I prefer to be.

I’m an event planner who always has two mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Favorite flavors: Almond, strawberry, nutty, dessert flavors, melon, mint, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike

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