55 Tasting Notes

93

I don’t always love chocolate in tea. That said, this is just delicious.

Very light cocoa and raspberry flavor. It smells divine in the bag and equally yummy in the cup. The big chunks of raspberry are really quite nice.

I finished this off with a very small amount of German Rock Sugar. The tea would have also been fine without it.

I’m glad I bought extra of this. I feel like I had my desert for breakfast.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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96

This is my first tea from Butiki. Wow.

This is the lightest, creamiest tea ever. It’s really lovely both in the bag and in the cup. The smell of cantaloupe is pleasant and soft and this carries through into the taste.

No sugar is necessary for this. It’s delightful all on its own.

I’m going to try a 2nd steeping and am looking forward to all the other goodies in the box.

Well done.

Note: the 2nd steeping was as good as the first. I just steeped a bit longer (4 min). Added a small amount of german rock sugar. Very good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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80

Thank you, Azzrian, for the super extra especially yummy sample.

First off, this smells wonderful. Steep it? Still smells divine. It maintains a lovely fruity (strawberry) taste combined with smooth creaminess.

It’s very light and refreshing.

Thank you for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

You are most welcome! This is one of my favorite flavored teas! :)

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drank Summer Lemon by Rishi Tea
55 tasting notes

I’m going to just use two words for this one.

Wow. Bitter.

p.s. I have to add a few more words. I’m horribly disappointed. This is one of the best smelling teas. Ever. My expectations were really high.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Hibiscus?

Sandy Stith

Just organic black tea and essential oil of lemon. I had to eat something to get rid of the lingering bitter taste in my mouth.

Kittenna

… I swear I liked your post before…. Steepster I’m so confused!

ashmanra

When you click the back button, even from looking at notices, it takes you back to the old page before you commented and liked. I think sometimes if you then click again it unlikes it, not sure on that, though.

Missy

I’ve seen steepster post tasting notes twice a LOT. So you may have clicked on one and liked and a new one has shown up. I have also seen notes I know for sure I liked and one I commented on losing that information as well.

Azzrian

Bummer Sandy – sorry.

Kittenna

@ashmanra & Missy – yeah, something like that probably happened. This is the first time I could really be sure though, because I had actually commented on the post, yet the little heart was white! So either I managed to click it twice (I think that does unlike posts??) or it showed up multiple times, or something. Sigh…

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Apparently I got sidetracked before I actually wrote the review yesterday.

I need to drink this again before I weigh in with an actual rating.

Like others have mentioned, this wasn’t very nutty or brulee-ish. The smell and the taste didn’t really match. I ignored it most of the time it was hot and actually enjoyed it more cooled off.

I’ll put more thought into this when I try it again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

This one sounds really good; I’m awaiting your next review to see if it’s something I should try to get my hands on a sample of!

Sandy Stith

I’d be happy to send you a sample.

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100
reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
55 tasting notes

I wrote a very long review of this earlier. It got truncated, so I tried again and again. It posted the first and the last line, and chopped out the middle. And, so I start again.

I love, Love, LOVE this product. It was well worth the purchase price.

The best part is the ease with which it is programmed. Most teas, press a button or two, and off it goes. Perfect every time.

The downside is the mesh in the steeping basket is pretty fine, so most of my rooibos end up all over the place. However, the mesh when you actually pour the tea is fine enough to catch most of it.

Not going to write out all the pros and cons again. Maybe later.

In the event I haven’t mentioned this already, I love this thing.

LiberTEAS

I absolutely love my Breville, and I don’t know how I managed without it. I’ve said this many times before, but it is easily the most used appliance in the house, second only to the fridge and that’s only because that’s always running.

As far as the fine mesh of the basket not being fine enough, I actually strain as I pour too, not just with the mesh on the pour spout, but I strain it through a fine mesh strainer as I pour, and this catches anything that the basket or pour spout misses. I’m a no floaters kind of girl.

Sandy Stith

Thanks for the tip!

TeaBrat

ahhh – you all and your Brevilles, so very tempting!!! I have no room for this in my tiny little kitchen though!

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93
drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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This is way up on my list of favorites, and one I prefer in the morning.

This is a lovely, sweet, chocolately mate with all the caffeine you could expect to find in a five-gallon drum.

This is a very flavorful tea. It doesn’t taste artificial. It feels like coffee without actually tasting like coffee (which I’d rather chew my arm off than drink).

It’s very smooth. I think I’ll have another five-gallon drum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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51

Oh, if only this tea tasted like it smells.

You open the bag, and get this lovely citrus smell along with what smells like just the right amount of bergamot.

Alas, what you smell doesn’t translate into what you taste.

This is a genuinely boring cup of Earl Grey. I’m not telling you it tastes bad. It doesn’t. There’s just nothing memorable about it. It lacks body as well.

My next trick with this will be to used it iced to mix with my lemonade. I don’t want it to go to waste and can’t imagine drinking it by itself.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86

This is an entirely pleasant cup of tea.

I shared this with Missy and Dylan after that very pleasant trip to Portland a couple weeks ago.

Unlike Missy, I don’t notice the bergamot at all in this. It just tastes like a pleasant, lightly fruity black tea. It’s closer to the Soderblandning from Tea Center of Stockholm for me without the interesting denseness.

I’ll try this iced next, but can say, as it cooled off, I noticed the fruity notes more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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74

This is an entirely pleasant nighttime tea.

It smells nutty and chocolatey in the bag and tastes nutty and chocolatey in my cup. Neither the nuts, the honeybush nor the chocolate notes are overpowering.

This tea is nicely balanced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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