158 Tasting Notes

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With this tea, I get a lot of bitter flavors, which makes sense with the cranberry and citrus. I actually LIKE overbrewed black teas for their bitterness and I drink my coffee black, but I didn’t find the orange/cranberry mix to be cozy. I do get a little bit of the cinnamon flavor, which I think rounds it out better. I don’t think the hibiscus helps this tea, the flavors are already bitter enough I think the hibiscus just makes it more so. I was also hoping for that fresh baked flavor that you get in a lot of dessert teas and didn’t quite find it. Again, I don’t dislike it but I also won’t be purchasing a large amount.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cranberry, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nutty by Nature by DAVIDsTEA
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I find it so odd that this tea is named for it’s nuttiness yet the first ingredient is apricot. I was hoping for a warm, toasty, creamy taste and while there is a warmth to it, it’s mostly fruity. I think the monk fruit adds a sweetness that I also didn’t expect with this tea. I don’t dislike it, but the name is a bit misleading. I understand that there are nuts/nut flavoring in it, but it’s not the first flavor you get on your first sip.

Flavors: Apricot, Citrus, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not going to say this is my favorite tea, but of the other teas in my office this one has a label that says “medium caffeine” while the others say “low caffeine”. I’m trying to ween myself off of caffeine, and as much as I love my tea…I’m also a guilty coffee/energy drink drinker. This is such a painful withdrawl and I’m open to any and all suggestions you have to offer. I can promise that none of my clients/employer meetings today are getting my A Game.

Cavocorax

Aww. Maybe more tea and less coffee? Doesn’t coffee have way more caffeine than tea? And then you still get some, and good flavours?

Jackie T

I’m trying to do more tea, less coffee…I usually have a cup of coffee each day (sometimes 2) and an energy drink when I get home, so thats about…350-400mg of caffeine each day. So far today I’ve had 2 cups of black tea, which is like 80mg total…it’s such a crazy difference in caffeine content! I’m realizing that these next few days may be tough, but THANK GOD for tea friends and Steepster, and also tons of delicious tea flavors!!

Dexter

IMHO, you should reduce slowly, caffeine withdrawal is real, nasty headaches etc. If you need to cut back, I would do it slowly on work days and maybe more aggressive on days you aren’t working. Cutting back from 400mg to 80 is not going to be fun. Maybe consider 300 for a couple of days 225 for a couple of days, etc until you get down to a level that you are comfortable with….

Shmiracles

yup agreed here! definitely taper.
and drink lots of water too.
also, i’ll just add another encouraging note, if you ask me cutting down on caffeine was probably one of the top healthiest changes i made in my life over the past 5 years. so there really is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Jackie T

Thank you so much, tea friends! I’ve been drinking a ton of water and it helps so much, and once I was really immersed in work for the day the headaches subsided a bit. I have a 4:30-8:30 shift after work today for my job at MAC, so I think I might try a half caf coffee or something to help me through that, I think it’s going to be a slow night there.

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Does anyone else think this tastes just like 52Teas Pancake Breakfast? I LOVE THIS!!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I think it tastes like a gingerbread cookie! :-)

CHAroma

Hmm, I haven’t tried this yet but now I have to!

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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sipping this delicious little treat while catching up on paperwork and anticipating my birtday…which is Saturday…I’m not the kind of person to try to keep their birthday quiet. Anyway, such a delicious treat and the weather here got milder but just for today…never too hot for hot tea anyway.

Terri HarpLady

Happy upcoming birthday! :D

Josie Jade

Happy Early Birthday!!

Cavocorax

Happy Early Birthday. :D Celebrate with… TEA!

Veronica

Happy Birthday!!!

Nightshifter

Happy Birthday!

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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Some of you know but some don’t…I have been in the process of switching jobs over the past month and things have been VERY hectic. My swap recipients, I haven’t forgotten about you, I’m sorry it seems like I have (ummm because you don’t have your tea yet) but it will be on it’s way shortly.

I’m sitting at my new desk in my new office (which I don’t share with anyone and have therefore decorated with bright colors, flowers, and of course and MASSIVE selection of teas and a kettle for days like today!). It’s like 100 degrees in Northern Vermont today but my office is like an ice box, I’m totally not complaining, this rocks. So I’m organizing the files that I’ve inherited with a cardigan on sipping some Jumpy Monkey!!

I haven’t had any caffeine yet today so this is exactly what I needed. A nice strong, rich, smooth flavor with a spicy nuttiness that I just love. I can see this being my go to for first thing in the morning when I get to the office. Really just wanted to post an update because I miss Steepster and I didn’t want you to think I had forgotten to be drinking tea.

Lala

Congrats on your new job!

Veronica

Congratulations on the job and the rockin’ a/c! :)

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Got this in a swap from whatshesaid, thank you :)

I know this has a ton of mixed reviews, like it smells ok then tastes awful but works well. Well…I think it smells and tastes great and I don’t think it’s made its way through my system yet so I can’t say if it works or not. It tastes a LOT like the Aveda Calming Tea to me. It has this natural sweetness so even people who like sugar in their tea would find that they don’t with this one. I think this is relaxing and soothing, I would love this on a bleak day when my tummy is iffy…like today!

I can absolutely see myself stocking this in my collection regularly, and with the tea club promo from the Steeper I probably will do so.

whatshesaid

glad you liked it! believe me I was happy to get rid of it :)

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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So this is pretty great. The rooibos taste is strong enough that I know it’s a rooibos but slight enough that I can taste the coconut. I don’t notice much lavendar, maybe because I wasn’t looking for it. I made it hot a little while ago and it was soothing, now I’m picking up the remainder of what’s left (cold) and it is AMAZING cold!! I guess when I really pay attention to the details, the lavendar is there, but to me it’s much more of a simple soothing flavored rooibos, which I can seeing loving at bedtime or post meals (especially BIG meals). I would order this for sure, and with my tea club card that came with my steeper, I think I will once bills are straighened out!

Aimee Popovacki

mm i like this one too… even though i’m not a huge rooibos fan

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Thank you to Dexter3657 for this sample!! When I smelled this brewed I thought “this is soda” and then I sipped it and it was like hot flat soda…which actually was kind of better than it sounds. This tea has ridiculously awful reviews which is funny because I didn’t hate it. It was weird for sure, but like the note that came with my swap package said “everyone should try it at least once”! It is very cola like, I can’t understand how they get it to taste like that. It isn’t something I would purchase if it ever came back, but I am definitely glad to try it!!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh I hated this! I actually bought a big tin of this when I first started buying teas and I ended up begging them to take the tea back once I tried it. The manager said that she would only because it was this specific tea! :-)

Aimee Popovacki

lol yeah, this was a baaaaad baaaaad tea for me.. i bought one iced at the store, really liked it, and then bought a bag to bring home.. i never could quite replicate whatever they did in the store to make it taste so much better haha

Dexter

LOL I’m really glad you were brave enough to try it. I think it’s better cold than hot. I’ve hot brewed then cooled this before, but I have some in the fridge right now cold brewing. I added more cherry tisane to it trying to bring out more cherry less cola. Will post a note on how it turns out.

Cavocorax

Blech. I hated this one too, but I was curious. I wish I’d tried the rootbeer instead. Also, I wish I hadn’t bought 100g of it! :O It’s gone now. Finally.

Aimee Popovacki

lol i liked the rootbeer better than cherry cola. maybe if i tried either the way they are doing their ‘poptea’ this summer i would have liked them more? it was the flatness i think that got me

Cavocorax

Yeah I can’t wait to try either of those as a poptea! That might make all the difference!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I just bought some rootbeer off of Momo, so I think I’ll try it as a poptea when it arrives!

Aimee Popovacki

i bet it will be just the thing to make it right.. i bet if people like it enough its something they’d consider bringing back.. i mean the idea of it was good

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Born and raised in Connecticut, went to college in Vermont, and moved back to work after a year of service.

I love sweet, decadent, desserty teas the most but I also appreciate a strong refreshing cup of green or white tea. I recently started a matcha smoothie morning, sometimes mate or black tea, then black tea and rooibos throughout the day, and whatever my little heart desires most when I get home from work!

I’m obsessed with Della Terra, DAVIDs, and 52teas because they have the best dessert teas but also have a selection of some more straight things too. Recently tried Simpson and Vail and LOVE them too!!

I don’t have a rating system, I just kind of guess. I think I should make a rating system…

85-100 I want this in my cupboard always
75-85 I like it but I’m not rushing out to buy more immediately
60-75 Probably not going to want more than the sample
40-60 I don’t like this tea, I wouldn’t recommend it, and I won’t drink it again
0-40 This wasn’t even worth the sip.

Ok let’s try that for a bit now.

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