386 Tasting Notes

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Tea pop!

The dry leaf of this is full of huge dried berries. The smell is a pretty nice balance of vanilla and berry. Unfortunately, the vanilla doesn’t translate into the flavor. The flavor really resembles hibiscus. It’s pretty strong, so I steep for under 1 minute. The short steep brings out a teeny bit of the vanilla flavor. Still overwhelmingly berry and tart though.

So, I thought… tea pop! I use a small amount of leaf, probably about 1/2 teaspoon, and a small amount of boiling water, probably about 3 oz. Then I add 4-5 ice cubes and top it off with seltzer. Such an improvement over the hot brew! This is a nice non-chamomile herbal option for a hot evening.

Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for the samples!

Stephanie

Yum sounds good

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
386 tasting notes

I still really dislike this tea. However, I believe it’s worth noting that my officemate adores it. Especially with a shot of Kahlua poured in.

Cavocorax

Ooooh! That’ll fix it!

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
386 tasting notes

I don’t care what the law says. It takes a special kind of monster to start heavy construction at 7:30 in the morning. The third steep of this tea this morning is weaker than I’d like, but it still has that chocolate espresso goodness to ease me into the day. Mmm.

Frolic

They can start at 7:30? That’s barbaric!

It’s 8 here and they’re just starting and that’s bad enough. I too made a cup of Red Queen to help with the transition.

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
386 tasting notes

I won an ounce of this in a game of 20 questions. Thanks Stacy!

I’m only now finally getting around to writing a note for this one. Good thing, since there’s not much left of the original bag. This may be the fastest I’ve ever gone through a tea! I already ordered another ounce.

This blend has become my go-to breakfast tea. The coffee flavor makes it feel like a morning drink. The creamy texture and the chocolate/strawberry notes make it feel indulgent. Like a healthier version of a Starbucks frappelattethingy. The second steep is consistently my favorite – it always tastes like chocolate-covered coffee beans! I’ve tried adding a bit of brown sugar twice. It definitely brings out the chocolate flavor, but the drink ends up tasting too sweet because the tea is pretty sweet on its own.

Bonus – this is the rare black tea that doesn’t make my stomach hurt!

TheTeaFairy

So happy you won :-)

Kaylee

Me too. I never would have ordered this on my own, but it has rapidly become one of my favorites.

Kaylee

Also, thanks! :-)

Stephanie

Love this one!!! So glad you can drink it too :)

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drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
386 tasting notes

I know I wrote a review for this one before, but it has disappeared. :-(

I mostly drank this one hot. I don’t remember the details now but I do recall it being citrusy and light. I thought it would be really good iced, so I hot brewed and then refrigerated the last bit of this.

I was wrong. This is not good iced. The citrus works really well when this is hot. Cold, the chamomile comes to the fore and just totally overshadows the citrus. Cold chamomile = blegh.

EDIT: I just found this snippet of a note when I went to delete this tea from my chart: “amazing cold – sweet, citrusy, smooth, refreshing”. I must have really enjoyed this blend as an iced tea at some point. I wonder what went wrong this time? Maybe I’ll pick up a sample with my next order just to play around with. Try to solve the mystery.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
386 tasting notes

Round, gently sweet sip. Refreshing aftertaste, almost minty. My dad threw out my leaf after two steeps and before I could take any substantive notes. This is one of my pricier teas at over $1 per cup, so I was not super happy about this. It’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but it was annoying. Proper tasting note to follow at some point.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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My life has turned into a comedy of errors. Half my family is mad at me for saying something I didn’t say, and thanks to the time zone difference I won’t be able to sort it out until tomorrow. I’m actually really upset about it on multiple levels, not least of which is the fact that anyone would even believe that I said it. So…tea?

I really like this blend. The summery pineapple flavor is dead on and good for at least three steeps. Sadly, this is the last of it. sipdown. Wah.

TheTeaFairy

Sorry you’re stucked in such an awkward situation…hope it gets resolved soon, sending you good vibes :-)

Cavocorax

Ugh. That sounds really frustarting. And having to wait to sort it out must be making you crazy… Hope it works out tomorrow.

mj

Family drama is the worst! I hope everything gets smoothed out soon.

Kaylee

Thanks for the support folks! I think it’s mostly worked out now.

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I had a pyramid bag of this tea in my travel mug for breakfast. It’s not bad.

The tropical fruit flavor hits right up front in the sip. I got pineapple and mango. There’s no mango or mango flavoring in here, but that’s what I tasted. The fruitiness gently fades into green-tea-ness. I had trouble figuring out how to describe it. Not vegetal, grassy, or seaweedy, but definitely very green. Each sip left my mouth feeling slightly dry. This tea is better as it cools because the tropical flavor lasts longer through the sip. It would probably be good as an iced tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
386 tasting notes

Wah! Sipdown! I really loved this one. Smooth vanilla awesomeness. Thank you Christina!

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
386 tasting notes

Wah! Sad sad sipdown. This is still creamy lemony goodness. Just a lovely caffeine-free dessert blend. Pretty good iced, but I prefer it hot in the evenings. This or the orange & cream is on my ideal rotation list. Alas, I am now out of all the cream/citrus Della Terra blends.

EDIT: On a whim, I added a shot of Irish cream to the rest of the cup. Yum yum yum! The creaminess factor is dialed way up by the booze and the lemon flavor plays beautifully with the creaminess. What a lovely nightcap!

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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