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93 Tasting Notes

73

To be honest, this tea is really mild on the chocolate and the chili. I’m not a big fan of chocolate teas, so I appreciate a milder chocolate flavor. It’s actually quite smooth and enjoyable. I just wish that there was more heat from the chiles. If I get the chance to sample this tea again, I might add a few red pepper flakes for more of a kick.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96

Thanks to T.C. for sharing!

So creamy, soooooooo melony, and incredibly delicious. The flavor is so natural, it tastes like I’m biting into a ripe cantaloupe. I immediately ordered some (plus a few others) from Butiki because I loved it that much.

This tea resteeps very well! The first steep was oh-so-creamy, and successive steeps have a stronger cantaloupe presence. I enjoyed five steeps, adding one minute to the steeping time each time. Due to personal preference, I generally steep white and green teas for less time than suggested, which is why I only steeped this for two minutes the first time around.

This tea is a must try for all cantaloupe lovers!

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

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85

Special thanks to Ellyn for sending this in a swap!

This tea is wonderful! The cucumber makes it so refreshing and the kiwi adds a a bit of tartness that complements the flavor really well. It reminds me a lot of cucumber water in sweet honeybush form.

The first time I tried this tea, I accidentally steeped it for an hour and enjoyed it at room temperature. I think it would be amazing as an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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82

I was on the fence about this tea for a long time, but I’m finally ready to announce my verdict. While it doesn’t taste like biting into an actual oatmeal raisin cookie, this tea does share some very similar flavors. Overall, a pretty tasty tea.

This tea smells like a bakery. I think the brown sugar and oats really contribute to the cookie-like quality of the smell. Once brewed, the cinnamon packs a bit of a punch which blends really nicely with the other flavors. I don’t get much from the raisins at all. Honestly, I think they’re just eye candy.

As far as resteeping goes, it’s pretty decent for a flavored tea. I’ve found that keeping the first steep short really helps. For a long time, I found the 2nd steep of this blend to be almost flavorless until I found the sweet spot— 2:30 for the first steep, 5 minutes for the second. While enjoying my second steep today, someone sitting a few seats over from me could smell the cinnamon and clove!

For experimentation purposes, I steeped this a third time. I accidentally let it go for 15 minutes! The black base was not bitter at all, which I found remarkable for such a long steep. That being said, the tea was incredibly weak and the cinnamon was the only other flavor I could detect. I can live with having just two good steeps, though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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65

I definitely taste chocolate, but I find the orange to be lacking. The tea has very generous chunks of orange, so I expected more the flavor to come through. Overall, a pretty decent chocolate tea but nothing special.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

Thanks to tattooed_tea for sending me a sample of this!

This tea has HUGE chunks of orange, pineapple, and mango, however, there didn’t appear to be all that much tea in the mix. The scent is very fruity and tropical.

The first steep was wonderfully refreshing. I was worried that steeping a white tea at 200F for 5 minutes would result in a bitter disaster, but luckily I was wrong! I could taste the mango and pineapple the most, but I also got hints of peach (which doesn’t appear to be an ingredient in this blend). It tasted more like drinking an herbal than a white tea, which seems a bit like a waste.

I let the second steep go for 10 minutes at 200F. After a few sips, I determined that it tasted very similar to the first steep so I decided to let it cool down to room temperature to see what it would taste like cold. Mmm, mmm, mmm! I could taste a little bit more of the tea and the pineapple became the dominant fruit flavor. I would love to try this as a proper iced tea.

As an experiment, I steeped it a 3rd time for 15 minutes at 200F. I definitely get more white tea from the flavor. There is not much fruitiness left to the taste. For the first time I can taste the orange, but it is very faint.

I would love to make a pitcher of iced tea by combining the first three steeps. It would definitely be a more economical way of enjoying this as an iced tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I have yet to find a rooibos from Della Terra that I don’t love. This tea is no exception.

The dry tea smells a bit like apple pie. The cinnamon is not overwhelming at all. Once brewed, it smells mostly of apple and rooibos.

The flavor is like taking a bite out of apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s creamy and rich with a hint of cinnamon. As it cools, the apple becomes more prominent.

Overall, a very nice tea and a must try for all those looking for a tasty apple rooibos!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

Love, love, love this tea! It’s wonderfully refreshing. I think it’d be equally as delicious iced, but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet.

The tea smells strongly of orange, but it mellows out and balances perfectly with jasmine, lemon myrtle, and oolong after brewed. I’ve gotten 5 amazingly flavorful steeps out of this by adding one minute to each successive steep. The orange fades away and the lemon shines through more each time.

I love watching the leaves unfurl as they steep. This tea expands A LOT. One of DAVIDsTEA’s perfect spoonfuls in 14oz. of water looks like:
http://oi49.tinypic.com/34dk2dk.jpg

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

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

Received this in a swap from tattooed_tea.

The maple scent is very strong both before and after brewing, but is surprisingly less prominent in the taste. The flavor tastes very natural and is not overly sweet. This is a good option for anyone looking for a maple tea that doesn’t taste like you’re drinking syrup straight from the tree.

Steeped a second time for 10 minutes, and the results were equally as delicious.

Overall, I found this to be very similar to Della Terra’s Autumn Leaves, but not as sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
93 tasting notes

See my previous tasting note for a full review.

Today I decided to experiment with resteeping, which is something I’ve never done with bagged tea. The results were quite pleasant. I got three pretty good steeps out of it. The second steep was just as flavorful as the first, but the third was a little too weak and lacked the cherry blossom flavor.

Steeping times:
1st – 90s
2nd – 2min
3rd – 3min

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I’m a Floridian living in Kansas and currently pursuing a physics Ph.D. by day (…and by night, who am I kidding?) with an immense love for all things tea.

Rating Scheme:

<50 = Undrinkable.
50-59 = Drinkable, but not my cuppa.
60-69 = Decent, but nothing to write home about.
70-79 = Good tea that I drink occasionally. Probably will not restock when it runs out.
80-89 = Very tasty. May or may not restock when it runs out.
90-100 = Delicious. A staple in my collection.

Location

Manhattan, KS

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