156 Tasting Notes

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This was my first matcha experience and I don’t know if I can live without it now! I tried it a few ways; mixed with hot water, shaken up in a cold water bottle, and in a smoothie. I loved it in the cold water and the smoothie the best. In cold water it was like a grassy earthy yet sort of rich and thick drink that was nice to keep on my desk throughout the day. As a smoothie I added a teaspoon to almond milk and mixed fruit and it added a SLIGHT grassy earthiness, but mostly a freshness that enhanced the flavor of my drink.

The flavor of this matcha truly shows it’s quality, it is fresh and crisp. I ordered the basic grade of flavoring so I didn’t have a ton of the flavor that people say comes with the robust setting. However, this was a great way for me to try matcha for the first time, I could really tell what the taste of the tea was like without too much added extra.

This is an amazing way to get your antioxidants, speed up your metabolism before a workout, or simply to enjoy a strong fresh green tea at its most natural and pure form. You can buy your own here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/english-toffee-matcha.html and I highly recommend you do so!!

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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Yummmm I am so in love with this first thing in the morning. I need to restock my stash of it in my office (from my 2 lb supply at home…).

However, I am in somewhat of a tea rut. I am drinking the same teas regularly and not exploring like I did when I first found Steepster. So my current goal; branch out into new to me teas. I don’t drink much oolong or green tea so I think I will focus there. Regardless, I am enjoying being at the desk earlier than everyone else, enjoying my tea with myself :)

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Ok so I’m guilty of loving Teavana’s herbal dessert teas. I’ve been checking back with my local Teavana to see if they’ve gotten this in yet and yesterday they finally had it!! I ordered 2 oz and when the manager said “For this 4.5 oz you would only pay $18” I said “I don’t know if I like it yet, 2 is good.”

Now I’m almost through the 2 oz because the chunks in the tea are large, there are pieces of dried bananas that really complete the flavor but there aren’t a ton of them. The first cup I had I brewed a little too long for my taste, it was very sweet and tangy, to me it was really similar to Azteca Fire, which I love. The second cup I made sure to get some banana pieces and BAM…delicious. I brewed it for less time, probably 5 minutes, and it was still sweet but the tangy tartness wasn’t there and I could taste the caramel and chocolate as well.

Banana lovers or dessert tea lovers, try this! It’s not like out of this world good but since I love dessert teas, and this is an herbal, I can drink it at night in my bath without worrying about being up for all hours!

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yummmm…fresh, crisp, clean, floral, refreshing, enlightening, motivating. This is a local tea for me and though I’m usually a dessert tea fanatic, when I need to cleanse my palate and my soul I turn to this and man does it feel good!!

it’s magic.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I can taste it this time!! It’s subtle, maybe I need to let it cool a bit. Anywhoooo…thank you so much for this sample Rachel, I love a mate in the morning or with a mid morning protein snack to help me fully open my eyes. I was wondering what it was about the chocolate that maybe it a little bubbly tasting almost, and I realized I can even taste the malt in it! It has a great roasted smell when brewed and a nice smooth chocolate flavor but not an artificial chocolate like so many chocolate teas!

I like it a lot, I’m going to drink the cup slowly to see if it’s something I would order. I am so guilty of absolutely loving Teavana’s My Morning Mate and I currently have 2 lbs of it between my office, my apartment, and my purse…sooooo I’m a little biased.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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I think my addiction to this tea increases with each cup. I saw a recipe online yesterday on my favorite health blog for s’mores oatmeal and immediately started craving this. I was thinking about it all through my workout and then for some reason I went with a different dessert tea at home.

So now I am waking up at work to the creamy, chocolaty, spicy, smooth, rich, indulgent sweet goodness of Della Terra S’mores tea :)

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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Why have I been awake for 5 hours and this is my first cup of tea?!?! Feels like a Monday, hopefully copious doses of tea will get me through the day. I want to know your tea dreams!! If you could grab a cup of ANY tea EVER right now, whether it still exists, or doesn’t, or you just made it up…what would it be?

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
156 tasting notes

Thank you Rachel for the sample of this!! I’m such a big mate fan and was really excited to try this, it’s the first out of the awesome swap with Rachel!

I think I should have used more tea, but even with the little I used, it tastes like hot chocolate to me. I have a really bad cold so I can’t quite smell it and my taste buds are most likely a little skewed. I can clearly taste the roasted mate, which I love, and the chocolate is a milk chocolate flavor, but not so overpowering that I can’t tell it’s a mate.

I’ll have to brew a stronger cup when I’m not sick to rate it fairly, but I like it so far!!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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I’m drinking this mixed with Adagio’s caramel, cream, and honeybush vanilla. They were all sample sizes and I mixed the sample sizes together to get more distance out of each one.

The reason I’m drinking this is because I have the flu, and my taste buds don’t work, so I figured it’s a perfect time to sip through the teas I’m not super fond of or just simply don’t drink that often. This is my tea of choice for this right after a nice steaming cup of Theraflu, which is the only thing that got me to my desk at work today.

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I’m not going to log all of the 12 teas of Christmas because my dad’s awesome cat gave me the set under the tree on Christmas day (I know, she rocks). I did really love this one though, definitely my favorite of all 12, so I had another cup last night and left the packet on the counter. This is more a story than a review…

My adorable sweet handsome little boy kitten found his way onto the counter and seemed to be intrigued by this tea. So as I emerged from my cozy spot on the couch watching Fringe to rescue him from the potential dangers of the crockpot, I saw that he had batted the packet off the counter and the contents were spilled all over the floor. I still love him, and I made him snuggle with me as I ordered a full bag of it online afterwards.

I love the spice in this tea, there is definitely some cinnamon and a little nutmeg, the pumpkin is subtle, and the caramel gives it a smooth creamy taste. I’m not sure I really taste the cheesecake part, but it definitely makes the novelty of the tea more fun!!

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I love that your Dad’s cat gave you a Christmas gift – it’s like she’s “Santa paws”

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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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