480 Tasting Notes

75

This was a free sample from Della Terra. Not one I would have bought for myself as i’ve determined that chocolate and mint is not my favorite combination. I love mint, just not with chocolate (in tea that is). I figured I would try it anyway, since I had it.

Tastes about the same as other mint-chocolate blends that I have had. Well balanced flavor, no funky aftertaste like I get from many chocolate teas. If I had no other choices but chocolate blend teas, I would choose mint. But since I do have a choice, I’ll take my mint with a black tea and nothing more :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

I don’t like this one so much. The blueberry is there, but it hardly compares to the blueberry purple tea that I love from Butiki.

I can see how it is supposed to resemble a crumb cake, but it just doesn’t work for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lariel of Lórien

Some of their fruity dessert teas are better iced.

Shelley_Lorraine

Maybe, but I’m not much of an iced-tea drinker. I like iced hibiscus, but that’s about it.

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45

I got a bag of this tea some time ago because one of my husband’s favorite desserts is Tiramisu. Tiramisu is a take it or leave it kind of dessert to me, so I wasn’t in any particular hurry to try this tea myself, but I finally did today.

It doesn’t taste a thing like tiramisu to me. All the added flavoring and candy bits serve only to mute the flavor of the rooibos, leaving it flat and blah. The flavors themselves hardly stand out at all.

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

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45

This is a tea sample from linnaete Thanks!

This tea smells like yummy candy in the bag. I brewed it up and dunked a biscuit in it, waiting for it to cool a bit for drinking. If all I wanted was a good tea-soaked biscuit, this would be a top pick, but on it’s own it’s not so good. The yogurt chips are what really ruined it for me. The yogurt chips lent a sour cheese-cakeish flavor to the tea that I didn’t care for. I must admit that I do not like cheesecake or cheese-based frosting (like on red-velvet or carrot cake), so this tea might be just right for you cheesecake people out there (who also like Hibiscus :p )

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Yogurt chips just sound awful in general!

Shelley_Lorraine

you know, i’ve actually had yogurt chips in various trail mixes and other sources. They aren’t so bad. . .unless dissolved in tea! lol

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75

Thank you for this generous sample Meeka

I’ve never had a straight Ceylon before, only in blends. I can’t comment on the quality as I don’t know how a Ceylon is supposed to be, but I can at least say that it is tasty.

Fruity, smooth, not so bold; a comfortable cup of black tea for when one is not feeling daring :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Thank you CK for this lovely tea.

It is very different than any other green than I have had. Before I looked it up here on Steepster, I thought maybe it was a white tea, though it tastes different than the whites I have had too. There is something sweet that lingers in the background, but I can’t say what it is. It is delicate, yet full of flavor at the same time (sometimes less is more :) )

I will definitely be re-steeping this one as soon as I finish my cup. 。◕‿◕。

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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45

I received a sample of this tea from CK

I don’t know if it’s just too old or a bad batch or what, but I didn’t get the slightest bit of cayenne pepper from this. I tasted roasted mate and stale chocolate (but then, chocolate in tea often comes across as stale to me).

Not at all the tea for me (even if I could get more Cayenne pepper in it), but glad I got to try it.

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65

This tea smelled good while brewing. I was expecting a hearty roasted tea, but I was disappointed. The flavor isn’t as roasty as it smells, just nutty. I generally don’t like strong nutty flavors.

Thanks for letting me try it out Amy oh (^^)

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85

I brewed a cup of this last night, when I should have been going to bed. I was falling asleep while trying to drink it (and catch up on my self-imposed summer studies). caffeine does not help.

I didn’t get to finish the cup because I finally gave in and went to bed, but I remember that it was tasty. Not overly fruity, malty or sweet, just a very well balanced cup of black tea. I’ll have to try it again when I am more awake. I have enough for a couple more cups, courtesy of Amy oh.

Terri HarpLady

So what are you studying? :)

Shelley_Lorraine

Much more than I can handle or have the discipline to keep up with. Lol.

Piano (I don’t have lessons over the summer and I tend to get lazy about practice), German review (I have three upper division classes that will be taught in German next semester, I need to be prepared!), GRE prep, Japanese (will be my minor language for Comparative Lit), Latin review (don’t have room for another Latin class next semester and don’t want to get rusty before grad school).
Terri HarpLady

Wow!! That’s a pretty impressive roster, really!
I continue to be a self-taught student of Jazz, no matter how many years I play, there will always be more to learn.
Also a student of my garden, same as Jazz, I can always develop a deeper understanding through experimentation.
Someday I’d like to learn Portuguese, for no real reason except I love the way it sounds & I’d love to be able to sing in that lingo, it sounds so sexy, haha!

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85

Thanks for this sample Amy oh :)

I’m writing this a couple days after drinking it. I logged it so I wouldn’t forget to write a note.

This is a pretty good bright and happy citrusy tea. Heavier on the citrus than on the mint. I would have liked more mint, but I can just add some of my own next time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) – Update: I’m going to the University of Colorado in Fall 2014!! yay me!

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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