632 Tasting Notes

49
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
632 tasting notes

I really want to eat some ice cream right now. So, what am I going to do? Drink ice cream cake tea!

The dry leaves smell really weird. Like something sweet but in an artificial, chemically way. Uh oh. There’s a myriad of stuff in this tea, and I think that stuff is outnumbering the actual tea leaves, of which there doesn’t appear to be much. The brewed tea aroma is different but still weird. It’s turned towards a sweet cream, buttery smell but there’s still something artificial about it. Maybe this will be okay. The liquor is really dark like Salted Caramel was, but there’s also some floaties that are probably the dissolved remnants of sprinkles.

Time to try it! First sip without additions tastes sweet, slightly artificial like the aroma, but then the after taste tastes like ice cream! And I’m even getting a slightly bakey taste like there’s cake in here too. Hmm, this is an intriguing tea. The tea itself is completely masked by the flavorings, but it’s very creamy! I’m also getting a weird scritchy scratchy feeling in the back of my throat with each subsequent swallow. I think the freeze-dried ice cream in this blend was probably a mistake.

Have you ever eaten freeze-dried ice cream? Like the kind that comes in a bag and is always labeled astronaut food? It’s disgusting. Really. It’s really really terrible. I think that addition is probably what makes me not like this blend. You know what else this reminds me of? Non-dairy creamer. How can it be cream if there’s no dairy in it? That’s what this tea is like. It’s ice cream without the ice cream.

Also, I have to say that I have NO idea what people are talking about who compare this to a Neapolitan. There’s no strawberry flavor or milk/dark chocolate flavor. And rightly so since there’s only white chocolate in the ingredients and it doesn’t say anything about strawberry. But the lack of strawberry doesn’t make much of a difference to me. That’s not the dealbreaker anyway.

If you can get past that scratchy feeling in the back of your throat and the artificial tasting flavorings, then it’s not that bad. It’s drinkable, but I don’t think I’ll be buying any more once my sample runs out. It’s also not settling my craving for the real thing. Actually, I’m kind of getting a sore throat now. Maybe this stuff isn’t good for me…I don’t think I’ll finish the cup. Oh well. It was worth a shot! And that’s why you buy samples. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Aweeee honey go get some ice cream!

CHAroma

I think some things just can’t be made into tea successfully, and ice cream is one of those things.

Azzrian

Just NO substitute!

Bonnie

Hear Hear!

Kittenna

I can’t recall what exactly I thought of this one, but I have that scritchy throat feeling with rooibos pretty frequently. Not sure why, or whether it’s a flavouring thing or rooibos thing (as ice Cream Cake is black, I’m inclined to think flavouring). I avoid teas that do that to me, now. I don’t think Birthday Cake did it, nor Chocolate Cake.

CHAroma

Whoaaa, Krystaleyn! You changed your name to Kittenna??

Kittenna

Yeeaaaah. Alternate alias; I couldn’t come up with something better. I was talking about tea to my parents last night, and mentioned the Teavivre free tea thing, and as I was saying goodbye to my dad, I hear my mom in the other room ‘so Steepster? I searched for Teavivre and found this Steepster thing?’ so I yelled at her to type in teavivre.com, to get her away… so I got really paranoid that they’d find me (given that they know that alias AND it was my actual picture), and I just don’t want them reading my personal stories that I’ve posted on here! I actually went and edited a few posts last night because of it… Long story!

CHAroma

Hahaha, why don’t you want your parents to read your tea tasting notes?

Kittenna

I don’t care about the tasting notes themselves, it’s the personal things that I’ve said on here that I don’t want them reading :) I may go back and edit everything, but with 500+ notes, that will take a while!

CHAroma

OMG!! That seems like an awful lot of effort, haha! Just change your photo instead. :P

Kittenna

Photo and name are changed. I feel like they may not be showing up properly for everyone though.

CHAroma

Oh, I needed to clear my cache to see the new photo. I’m glad it didn’t change right away or I never would have known it was you! Haha!

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99
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
632 tasting notes

The dry leaf aroma = ecstasty! O-M-G! Seriously, this is what ecstasy smells like. It’s not good, it’s not fantastic, it’s ecstasy! In layman’s terms, it smells like caramel hot off the stove. Mmm, caramel toffee with a bit of sea salt. I can totally get that from the aroma. Oh, I can’t wait to brew this up!!

The package of my sample says to steep this for 4-7 minutes. Seven minutes is a little long for a first steep, so I’m going with 4 minutes. Wow, the aroma of the brewed tea is exactly like the dry leaf! It also brewed up really dark and opaque. Ah, my mouth is watering! I just want to drink this right now!!! The whole room has been flooded by this tea’s aroma. My fiancé even asked if I was making food, haha! Why can’t you just cool off faster?!!

Finally, it’s not too hot to sip and it is LEGEN-wait for it-DARY!!!!! AHHHHH!!!! THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!! It doesn’t even need milk or sugar! I can drink this straight! Wow!!! I can’t believe how extraordinary this is!! Like eating a caramel toffee and then drinking a great black tea! Oh so sweet and delicious! If it were Christmas, I’d call this a Christmas miracle!

I didn’t actually see coconut flakes in the blend nor do I smell or taste it. If coconut’s in there, it must be toasted coconut flakes because everything in the dry leaf mix is brown or golden. Nor is the salt individually identifiable. I think the coconut and salt in this tea just contribute to the overall rich, buttery, awesome flavor.

Even the aftertaste is ecstasy! There’s no astringency and maybe just the tiniest hint of bitterness as it begins to cool. But I’m very sensitive to bitterness, so I don’t think most people would notice this. And honestly, it doesn’t bother me in the least. Second steep for 8 minutes, and this time I added skim milk and Truvia right away. Now it’s a much sweeter caramel tea and much more liquid candy-like. But just like with Love Tea #7, the first cup is my favorite.

This is just the perfect caramel tea! This is what I wanted the caramel tea from ESP Emporium I recently purchased to be. Perfection!! Right here! In my cup! Yesss!!!

I feel like so many new teas I’ve tried have been getting extremely high ratings from me lately. But this tea truly does deserve it. DAVIDsTEA is quickly becoming my new favorite tea company! Everything I’ve tried is a hit! These people know what they’re doing! I’m definitely going to have to order more of this when my sample is gone!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
momo

Oh wow, I can’t wait to try this one!

Azzrian

Damn I want some of this and by the way you cracked me up! “LEGEN-wait for it-DARY!!!!!” I just finished my marathon watching this and now I want to know WHO IS BARNEY MARRYING???? I don’t have access to the last season yet Ugggggggggggggg

CHAroma

Seriously! I have no idea either.

Mercuryhime

I love Barney! And yeah, his future wife is such a mystery!

Hesper June

Well,I saw the last show, and it is certainly strongly suggested of who she is…

Azzrian

I heard about this HOWEVER you know how this show is – she could be marrying someone else. SIGH I can’t wait. I am that person who wants all her gifts before the holiday lol

CHAroma

Spoiler alert, Hesper June! Hahaha, let us be surprised!

Hesper June

I know, thats why I didn’t say it yet;)

Azzrian

It’s the old lady in the window he slept with that night he had to hit 200.

Azzrian

Ugg my daughter corrected me – that was not the same episode…my joke failed!!! LOL

Hesper June

Oh My Gosh! You are so funny:)

Azzrian

Yes because I am AWESOME! Some would even say … LEGEN… wait for it… DARY! Seriously though I can’t wait for the last season to come out on DVD or netflix. SIGH

Hesper June

The Awesome Azziran! That is what I shall call you from now on…

Azzrian

And THAT is AWESOME lol

CHAroma

Barney is funny, but Marshall is definitely my favorite character. I just love him! XD

Azzrian

He really is a sweetie – the kind of guy anyone wants their daughter to marry.

Hesper June

Yes, I like Marshall too.
I have family from Minnesota, so I always crack up at the Midwestern references they make (like the Mayo, Gummy Bear Potato Chip Salad;)
Plus, Lily and Marshall are such a cute couple!

Azzrian

Hesper really? NO! Do Minnesotans really eat stuff like that? LOL

Hesper June

Well, its greatly exaggerated but there are some interesting casseroles I have partook in.
And, just so you understand my family…My Minnesotan Grandmother calls Hamburger Helper a “snack” food!

CHAroma

Hahahahahaaa!! That’s hilarious!

Azzrian

Hahha! Awesome!
Well I make a salad some say is odd but I think it is normal.
Apples, Cheddar cheese and mayo. (there are spices too)
Is that odd?

CHAroma

I don’t know, but I just had Swiss cheese fondue last night and dipped Granny Smith apples in it. OMG!! Sooooo good!

Hesper June

No,Azziran, that sounds yummy!
But, then again look at my heritage;)
Yes, Charoma, if you go to her house, her exact words would be “Oh, well, it is gonna be an hour or two till Supper, But I will whip you up a Hamburger Helper to snack on”

Azzrian

LOL!! That is so cute Hesper! I want to visit your granny! :)
CHAroma and Hesper – glad it does not sound too bizarre. My daughter and I LOVE it.
Good lord I need to find food now.
Steepster break till later.

Kittenna

Damn, I didn’t send you Creamy Nut Oolong, so I can’t force you to compare the two. Grrrr. I need someone to back me up on how similar the flavour is! Also, the coconut appears to be finely chopped.

Haha guys, your convo is amusing! I have seen the last ep of season 7 and while it does seem to indicate who the bride is, I’m skeptical since they like to do a lot of misleading!! I’m sad though; I read that the eighth season may be the last. Either that or they continue to the tenth season (I don’t think this is a spoiler, but it sure looked like Ted had a kid in… 2015??)

CHAroma

I know the show is all about Ted and how he meets his future wife, but I honestly think he’s the least interesting/fun character.

Kittenna

Awww, I kind of have a crush on him! But I agree that the other characters/actors are fantastic and I love the Marshall/Lily storylines, etc.

I read my above message and realized that I clearly forgot my train of though to saying that last bit – I meant to say that at least we’ll soon find out who Ted’s future wife is, because if he has a kid in 2015, which one ep seemed to indicate, he’s gotta meet this woman prior… and there’s only three years left!

Azzrian

I think Ted being the least interesting has a purpose though – I mean the show is about him but really its about his life and experiences with the other more leading characters. Still you can’t help but love his romantic ways SIGH I have a crush on him too Kit – yes Kit that is what I am calling you. LOL

Kittenna

Hahahaha, I can handle Kit ;) I thought that at least if I kept a long-ish name that began with ‘K’, people maybe wouldn’t get quite as confused! I know someone else changed their name on here recently, and I was super thrown!

Azzrian

I probably have no idea who that is. I am not “with it” on those things.
You realize your photo by your posts is still the same right?

CHAroma

Azzrian, you have to clear your browser cache for the photo to change.

Azzrian

Oh okay – wait – what – the photo has changed now. Okay well ummmm I was going to clear chache but it changed anyway but yes that makes sense.

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98
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
632 tasting notes

Frank had me at cute kitten! :D Just look at that adorable little kitten with his paw in the air, awwwwww!!! I simply love this image. The sun is a lemon and the clouds are marshmallows and then there’s the cutest kitten I’ve ever seen reaching out towards me saying (now you have to imitate a little kitten voice to get the full effect), “Please! Buy this tea!” Awww, I won’t let you down cute kitten! You’re coming home with me!

I promptly opened the package as soon as it arrived and turned on the kettle. Hey, I gotta’ make the little bugger feel welcome! The dry leaf aroma is potently lemon, quickly followed by marshmallow. It smells like those lemon bars with powdered sugar on top. No, it smells like that iced lemon pound cake from Starbucks! Whoa, I’m getting a slight headache from these insanely fragrant leaves. Warning: I think you can get high off sniffing this stuff.

Time to brew it up! The dominant aroma in the brewed tea is lemon followed by green tea and finally, there’s the marshmallow root. It shows up last and still closely resembles icing. I’ve never had a Yun Wu tea before, but I’m excited to try it now!

First taste…lemon and then a lovely green tea like I’ve never tasted before! Wow, it’s heavenly! The aftertaste is slightly vegetal and grassy, but not too grassy. It just screams, “I am a high quality tea!” Man, this tea sure is talkative. And the kitten seems to be getting along nicely with Mr. Frodo. (No, I’m kidding. The tea didn’t actually come with a live kitten).

Back to the tea: this lemon, icing, green tea confection is blowing my mind! I’m getting creamy, I’m getting buttery, I’m getting cakey! Then up comes that grassy aftertaste, and I’m getting green tea! Oh man. I didn’t think I was going to fall in love with this given the fairly simple ingredients. Then again, I think it was love at first sight with that kitten, so I really shouldn’t have doubted. This stuff is almost as magical as the Butterbeer tea! GASP! Yep, I said it! This tea is amazing!

And let me just say, I’m soooo happy that Frank used a high quality Chinese green tea base here and not sencha. Sencha is all fine and good, but this is glorious! Plus, it’s fun to try something new and different and this does not disappoint. To any of you doubters out there, just do it! Buy it! Try it! It’s incredible! You will love it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
TeaBrat

The package scares me a little, but I am sure I will love this…

CHAroma

How is it scary??! It’s adorable!!!! It’s not like he put kitty in the blend, hahaha! :P

TeaBrat

It’s almost TOO cute…

Alphakitty

Lemon pound cake?! I totally ordered this for the kitten, now I’m ridiculously excited.

Mercuryhime

wow, this sounds so tasty! And adorable! If my cupboard wasn’t already bursting at the seams… There are so many blends from 52 Teas that I want right now. :(

Azzrian

Well DANG just DANG now I have to get this WHY didn’t I get this when I placed that order today? WHY? And how did you get this SO FAST its like he JUST released this one LOL omg I have to get this NAOW! MEOW!

Southern Boy Teas

Thanks for the thorough review. I’m so glad you like it. I should say, I was looking for images of marshmallows when I stumbled across the kitten and thought it was too adorable to not try to use it. I put the label together and laughed out loud at how ludicrous it was. I was not actually planning to use it. I thought it was just too silly. But I showed it to my wife anyway, and she said, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.” Of course, being a man, that decided it. I had to use it for the label.

The Yun Wu is a PREMIUM tea. In retrospect, I probably SHOULD have released this as one of our VIT blends and tacked a few extra dollars on the price, but I enjoy providing value to our customers and giving them something really unique now and then. Just know, this tea is not only delicious and adorable, it’s a good bargain. =)

Janefan

argh, I might have to buy this too…

Dylan Oxford

Hahaha, Nice story Frank :)

momo

Now I wish I bought this one after all, damn you actual moment of self-control!

Fjellrev

Enticing review, and kudos to you Frank for going with a ludicrous, ludicrously CUTE that is, label.

CHAroma

Resteeped the leaves this morning and it’s still ultra delicious!! I’m definitely getting a VIT feel from this, but thanks for making it a bargain, and a cute bargain at that! ;)

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100
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
632 tasting notes

OMG! Why did I even hesitate to buy two pouches of this?! It smells like Harry Potter magic! In Muggle terms, I mean it smells like root beer and butter. Mmmmm! Now one might think that’s an odd combination, but that person just hasn’t been enlightened with a trip to The Three Broomsticks. So, we’ll let it slide. This time.

The brewed aroma is root beer, butter, and black tea. My mouth is watering!!!! Well, my table had the first sip since I bumped it with my knee in my excitement to sit down and sloshed tea everywhere. *Sigh. But the second sip is all mine!!

Wow, root beer butter tea is weird. Hahaha, but weird in a good way. I’m loving this! And of course I would, it’s a magical 52teas creation!!! I’m going to slowly add additions and see what happens. First, a splash of skim milk…smoother, more well-rounded, and a tad bit cooler now so I can drink it faster! Milk is a success! Now a little Truvia…mmm, the flavors really seem to POP now! Just a little sweetener, mind you. Otherwise, you might ruin a truly magical thing.

Oh, Frank! OH! This is just so delightful! Half the fun is drinking it, and the other half is imagining I’m a witch enjoying a hot mug of butterbeer with my classmates on a trip to Hogsmeade. Who doesn’t love this stuff?? ‘Cause I’ll buy every pouch you’ve got!! My pointed witch hat goes off to you, Frank! You’re a tea genius!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Janefan

Great review! I bought one for myself and one for a friend, but haven’t tried it yet.

DaisyChubb

Oh my gosh that’s so exciting! I can’t wait for my pouch to come so I can sip it while I geek out on Pottermore :D

DaisyChubb

ps great review, has me salivating

LiberTEAS

OMG … I can’t wait to try this.

PeppermintPlant

Haha, yes, pretending to be a witch is the best part (aside from the yum). There’s a local store that has pumpkin cookies, and I might have gotten a couple to eat with the next cup, maybe.

CHAroma

Oooh, I wish I had some pumpkin cookies! Yum!

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84
drank China Rose Tea OP by ESP Emporium
632 tasting notes

5/5 ESP Emporium Teas

I’m finally reviewing the last tea from my recent ESP Emporium purchase. And I’m finally feeling a little better after a horrendous two days of P90X. Yesterday was Yoga, and even though I can’t do half the moves and generally harbor a strong dislike of yoga, it really made me feel better. It stretched out all my sore muscles so that I am actually capable of walking today! Hooray!

On to the tea, this smells luxurious! The dry leaf aroma is pure roses. It’s like I stuck my nose in a giant bouquet and took a deep breath. It’s also slightly perfumey, but mostly it’s a natural rose scent. Mmm, the aroma translates well into the taste. This is definitely genuine rose!

The black tea base is pretty subtle and nondescript. It definitely doesn’t taste like the Orange Pekoe I know. It adds a slightly metallic zing to the taste. I added a tiny splash of milk, but the zing was still there. Then I added an even tinier bit of sweetener. Not enough to make the tea taste sugary, just enough to make it lean towards sweet and distract from that weird metallic zing. Of course, I could also be imagining the zing. I did just eat egg whites with cheese, so maybe my taste buds are compromised.

With sweetener added, it reminds me of a lychee tea. It tastes a lot like honey! But I can tell it’s still rose and that’s just my imagination wandering in search of ways to describe the taste without saying “rose” a hundred times. Oh well, it is a rose tea after all. So, I suppose it’s fine to be a little lacking in the adjective department this morning. Rose rose rose! :P

It’s a little strange to be drinking liquid roses, but I’m really enjoying this! The floral aftertaste is quite lovely, with roses softly lingering on my tongue long after the sip. I feel like I’m sitting in a rose garden in the midst of summer with a light breeze ruffling the rose bushes and birds chirping from branches overhead. Maybe it’s a secret rose garden hidden behind high ivy-covered walls with nothing to give it away save for the lovely scent of roses on the air. Mmm, this is a lovely tea. And now I really want to go watch The Secret Garden. :)

EDIT: I think I probably was imagining that metallic zing. I no longer get that sensation from this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

If you’re into it, I looove blending a small amount of rose tea into a chocolate tea. It’s heaven! I wonder if adding a small amount to the Bon Bon would help you enjoy that tea a little more?

It tastes like a hot date! :D

CHAroma

Oooh, good idea! I’m going to try that! Thanks for the suggestion. :D

Indigobloom

yoga fixes me to! works out my kinks n scrunched up neck :)

TeaBrat

I love the yoga!

CHAroma

It’s reeeaaaalllly hard!! I like the balance stuff a lot more than the downward dog, warrior pose, rinse and repeat a MILLION times! I thought it would never end!

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4/5 ESP Emporium Teas

Oh, the pain! The pain! Day 1 of P90X was bad. Day 2 was worse. I haven’t even done Day 3’s workout yet, and I honestly don’t see how I’m going to. My whole body hurts. Plyometrics is a b****. Who came up with twelve different versions of jump squats for an hour and decided it was a good idea? Ugh, someone put me out of my misery! It’s time to have a nice cup of tea and try to relax. Operative word being try.

The dry leaves smell exactly like strawberry fruit roll-ups. The leaves are slightly flattened, long, and vibrantly green with lots of large dried fruit pieces and only a couple stems. The suggested steeping parameters are quite broad, so this might take some experimenting to make perfectly. I went with a quick 2 minute steep at 180 degrees.

The flavor is light and fruity. It reminds me of drinking the juice out of a fruit cup. Sweet and sugary, but not in an overpowering way. It’s a natural fruit sweetness. The base is somewhat buttery with a touch of floral, reminiscent of a green oolong. It’s not grassy though. The aftertaste is only slightly vegetal, which tells me this is definitely a Chinese sencha.

I’m going to try a second steep for 3.5 minutes at 185 degrees. The berry notes are quieter in the second infusion, but the green base is still going strong. The fruit taste comes out more as the cup cools. It’s not distinctly any one fruit, rather it’s just generically fruity. A slight astringency is becoming apparent at the end of the sip.

This is good! I love the buttery oolong-like qualities. I think I’ll really be able to enjoy this. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Maybe you should take a day off P90X. It’s not good to keep going when your muscles are so sore. They need a day to repair themselves!

Bonnie

I was a track coach after I finished as an athlete and taught weight training…so…I agree that it’s better to go all out once or twice a week …take one or two days off and do a percentage of your max the other days to allow recovery. I’ve seen too many people burn out! Eat right too!

CHAroma

We don’t work out the same muscle groups every day, so today will be an arm workout. I don’t think I’ve gotten to the point where I’m overtaxing myself yet. It’s not real pain, it’s just soreness. I’m stretching and icing my legs, and my fiance is helping me eat right. He makes sure I get enough protein and water and all that. No pain, no gain!! Maybe I’ll share my before and after photos with you guys in 87 days. :)

Fjellrev

I’ve seen others get incredible results with it. You’re mighty brave! I tried the 30 Day Shred a couple times with some pretty good results (lost about seven inches total off my waist, hips, thighs, etc) but I found I had to take a couple days off in between since it’s the same workout all over and over again. You definitely work the same muscles every time. Whoever created P90X was smart for switching up the exercises like that. Looking forward to hearing about your results!

Bonnie

Sounds good then! Important to have variety and especially to warm up which most people skip or fail to do long enough. I was training. most days 4hours for shot putt …it was an amazing time in San Jose with World Champions all working out together! Great memories!

Bonnie

Can’t wait to see your pictures!!!! All the best to you!!!!

Hesper June

Ew! I abhor squats! You are one tough chick:-)

Kittenna

I can deal with squats – I loathe lunges! Except some of the dynamic ones. But then I always land wrong…

DaisyChubb

Good luck to you! It’s nice to have partner to keep you motivated – I’ve tried on my own and it’s hard not to quit – but with 2 people supporting eachother I know you can do it! :)

Invader Zim

jump squats are the devil!

CHAroma

Thanks everyone! :) I’m feeling much better today. Of course as soon as I’m feeling recovered, guess what muscle group we’re working out today? Legs. :P

@Incendiare, wowza!! That’s fantastic!! Congratulations! I’m really happy for you that all your hard work paid off. :D

@Bonnie, wow that sounds awesome! You’re an amazing lady! ;)

Fjellrev

Haha thanks! But word of warning. I’ve been working so hard this year again and nothing has been happening. Still have more pounds and inches to lose and nothing has been happening despite being so strict. I heard the same thing happens with P90X, especially in the beginning. Some people don’t see results for two months, so don’t let it discourage you!

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My plans for a tea tasting extravaganza got cut short yesterday. My fiancé and I are doing P90X together, and yesterday was Day 1. At one point, he turned to me and said, “Okay are you ready to start?” And I responded, “Umm, I’m practically sloshing with tea. I think I would puke if I worked out right now.” So, what did he say next? Solution = stop drinking tea! I started to protest and he thought I was just trying to get out of the workout. So alas, I stopped drinking tea way before I wanted to.

But today is a new day, so I’m picking up where I left off! I’m a little stuffy today, which means I’m not going to be able to describe the aromas or flavors particularly well. But so far, I’m loving this Darjeeling! I’ve only tried a bagged Darjeeling from Twinings once and it was awful. I’ve been afraid of trying it again ever since. But this is great!

It reminds me of Bailin Gongfu and Yunnan Dian Hong, with this being somewhere in between. I’m excited that I can enjoy this sans additions because that’s a rare event for me and black tea. I think I also might be starting to understand what muscatel means in a tea. It does slightly remind me of grapes and wine. But it’s also still prominently TEA. Time for a second steep!

This infusion was for 3 minutes, and I added skim milk and Truvia right away. Mmm, still delicious! Now I understand the hype over Darjeeling. This is a thoroughly enjoyable cuppa. Smooth and bright with no bitterness or even astringency to speak of. Thank you LiberTEAS for sharing this and re-opening my world to Darjeeling teas!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

p90X – oh that sounds punishing! I’m just trying to get back into a yoga routine and that’s hard enough.

Fjellrev

Ah, I heard P90X is brutal. I’ve only gone as far as Jillian Michaels circuit training. Good luck on it!

CHAroma

Thanks, I’m gonna need it! I have a feeling complaints of soreness will be in many tasting notes to come. :/

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68
drank Yerba Mate by Teas Etc
632 tasting notes

On to the next tea from LiberTEAS! I probably used more leaf than was necessary, but I didn’t want to have a weak cup of tea. I’ve only tried one flavored yerba mate before, so this will be my first unflavored version.

After being told Guayusa was similar to puer and then discovering it was nothing like it, I wonder if anyone mixed Guayusa and Yerba Mate up. Now this reminds me of puer! It has a very puer-esque aroma: earthy and slightly medicinal with a touch of salt. Uh oh. I’m definitely more intimidated now than I was with the Guayusa.

The liquor is fairly light though. So, I can’t imagine it’s going to be too much like puer. Only one way to find out! Whoa!! I was not expecting that punch of flavor!

This is yet another very unique taste. I definitely like it more than puer and maybe more than guayusa too. It’s interesting because it’s so intense, but only when it’s still in your mouth. As soon as I swallow, it has barely any after taste at all. In fact, it’s kind of palate cleansing.

I wish I could describe the taste better. It has a black pepper quality to it. Hmm, that’s all I can come up with. The description says light body and clean finish. I think that’s accurate. There’s no bitterness or astringency.

I probably wouldn’t drink this unflavored on a regular basis as it is somewhat bland. But I’m definitely going to revisit the 52teas’ flavored yerba mate I have now that I’ve a better understanding of what the base tastes like. But there’re still two more yerba mates to try in my package of samplers first! Thanks LiberTEAS!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

You made me chuckle!

LiberTEAS

52Teas Citrus Piledriver is a combination of Guayusa and Yerba Mate.

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drank Ecuadorian Guayusa by 52teas
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Thanks to LiberTEAS for sharing a whole bunch of awesome teas with me a while ago that I am only now getting around to trying. I apologize for the delay in my tasting notes, but today is going to be a tasting extravaganza!! I have so many new things to try, and I can’t wait to get started!

First up, Ecuadorian Guayusa! This is supposed to be extremely caffeinated, so it’s my first cup of the day. I’m trying it without additions first. The aroma is earthy and a little bit woodsy. The liquor is very very dark. I’m slightly intimidated. Hmm, the taste is interesting. It reminds me of an earthier version of a Ceylon-based English Breakfast. I wasn’t anticipating making that comparison!

Okay, second sip is with a dash of skim milk added, which made the cup turn a sickly shade of grey green. That’s an unexpected and not entirely appetizing color…Anyway, it tastes smoother now although it was smooth to start with. But the earthiness is definitely still present. Third sip is with a small amount of Truvia added. There’s the sweetness I was missing. I usually drink black tea with milk and sugar, but I wasn’t sure if you could prepare Guayusa that way.

It’s not bad. The earthiness is just something that would take some getting used to. I keep imagining damp leaves being scraped off the forest floor and then used to make tea. And really, that’s not a fair comparison to make with this tea. It doesn’t taste dirty or gritty or anything, so why I keep forming that mental image, I have no idea.

There’s no bitterness or astringency at all. But there really must be a wallop of caffeine in here because 10 minutes after drinking the first cup, I got a splitting headache! Oof! I’m going to need some Advil to help make this go away. Wow, maybe it’s unrelated…It’s hard to think that one cup of tea could give me a headache like this, especially because I’m not usually sensitive to caffeine. Nonetheless, I wanted to mention it.

I know a lot of people compare this to puer, and I have to say I don’t find many similarities. It brews up dark and has a distinctive, unique flavor. But it doesn’t taste anything like puer in my opinion. It’s much milder and not fishy or muddy or, for lack of a better word, gross. (Sorry puer lovers.) But it’s a pro in my book that this is nothing like puer. :)

I also think I would enjoy this more if it were flavored. I’m still getting an earthy Ceylon quality from this, but it’s also not as enjoyable to me as a cup of Ceylon. I bet flavored Guayusa would be a completely different experience! But I’m also grateful that I got to try this unflavored version so that I know exactly what Guayusa tastes like. Thanks again to LiberTEAS for introducing a completely new tea to me!

Preparation
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O-M-G!!! This is soooo good! I actually ordered two venti-sized versions of this today. :P What can I say? I was just in a chai tea kind of mood, and this is definitely hitting the spot! Mmmm! Love, love, swoon!! ;)

Kittenna

This is my go-to hot drink at Starbucks now that I’ve decided coffee and I don’t really agree. It’s pretty darn good… which means it’s sadly packed with sugar and calories. But it doesn’t upset my stomach!!! Yay!!

Ninavampi

When I go to the US I always HAVE to order one of these in Soy at the airport. It is like candy… But soooo tasty!

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.


I love swapping!!! If you see something in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message. If you’d like to trade, anything on my shopping list will do or feel free to send something else entirely. I’m willing to try almost anything (although I’m not really a fan of honeybush, red rooibos, pu’erh, Lapsang Souchong, & banana-flavored teas).

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