386 Tasting Notes

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
386 tasting notes

I really wanted to like this one. I’ve tried different amounts of leaf, different steeping times, with and without sugar… this just doesn’t work for me. Hot, the mango taste just doesn’t sit right. I do find this more pleasant when it cools. It tastes almost like mango nectar. I’m learning that I don’t often like tea that tastes overly like juice, though. If I want juice I’ll just drink juice, dangit. But this could be nice for anyone who can’t have juice for some reason or another.

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I find this one really phenomenal. I’ve never had anything quite like it. Floral, but not overly perfume-like. Layered. I got at least 4 good steeps out of this one and each one was nuanced and lovely. I’ll write up a proper tasting note eventually, but I wanted to get it down that I enjoyed this blend.

Cavocorax

I really enjoyed this one too, although I wasn’t sure that I would because of the floral aspects.

Cavocorax

I was really happy with this box actually because I also really enjoyed the puerh but wouldn’t have ordered it on my own.

Kaylee

I’m actually hoarding the puerh a bit to see how it ages. But yeah, I think this box is great.

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I picked this up during MissB ’s stash sale. Or, more accurately, she noticed that this was on my wishlist and threw some in with my actual order. Thanks!

Experience has taught me that Frank’s dessert honeybush/rooibos blends demand sugar to really bring out their best flavor. This one surely does. With the addition of some brown rock sugar, this tastes of peanut butter cups. Not peanut butter, not chocolate, but precisely the combination. It’s interesting. I’m not picking up cheesecake flavor per se, but there is an underlying creaminess. Nice.

MissB

I wanted more cheesecake too – still tasty though. Glad you liked it!

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
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Well, this smells like figs and nuts. But it tastes like hibiscus juice. Tartness tempered by ridiculous sweetness and a thick mouthfeel. I picked up 2 oz for $2 at the Heavenly sale, which is honestly about what I think it’s worth. It’s certainly drinkable (what’s not to like about tart & sweet?) but it’s far more like a juice than a tea or tisane.

JustJames

oh dear =0(

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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Thanks to the mahvelous MissB for noticing that this was on my wishlist and including some in my order.

All I’m getting out of this is cinnamon. Just… cinnamon. Not unpleasant, but one-note. I tried adding brown rock sugar to coax out some creaminess. It didn’t work. This is a nice basic cinnamon tea but nothing special for me.

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drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Red Leaf included a sample of this with my order (thanks!). I’ve only had matcha once before. I really didn’t like it then; I remember finding it bitter. It was prepared the traditional way at the Harney & Sons shop in NY, so the taste can’t be chalked up to user error (at least not on my part).

Anyway, this is light years away from my previous experience. I make this as a latte using ~1 heaping teaspoon in 8 oz of hot rice milk blended with a handheld electric milk frother. So. Good. I can’t stand eggnog but this comes out as a creamy vanilla. The sweetness of the rice milk really complements the flavor nicely. I had this with a bagel and cream cheese for brunch today. It really held its own without overwhelming the food. If it didn’t take a few more minutes to make than regular tea, I’d probably be having this every morning.

I don’t have enough experience with matcha to measure against, so no rating for now.

MissB

Matcha’s a hard one to have straight, in my opinion. I need some sort of something added to it for me to truly enjoy it. When I used to drink it, I’d have soy/almond milk with maple syrup as a sweetener, and it was divine. These days I have my matcha flavored (like this eggnog – so good!) in some sort of cold milky substance and a touch of sweetener. I find Red Leaf’s much easier to mix than straight matcha, likely because Robert pre-sifts his for us prior to packaging.

Kaylee

Heh, I assumed matcha powder always looks like this! I’m glad it’s pre-sifted; I’m probably too lazy to make the effort much of the time.
Thanks for the reassurance that I’m not the only one who has trouble with straight matcha :) Maybe after more experience with the flavored stuff I can ease into trying it plain again.

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Thanks to the wonderful MissB for thoughtfully including this in my order.

There are little heart-shaped chocolates in the blend. Poor things never stood a chance of making it into the tea. I gobbled them up about as soon as I saw them. Nom nom nom. They taste like praline chocolates and booze (though I’m not sure if the booze flavor is real or imagined).

I decided to go twee with this one and brew it up in a little teapot covered in hearts, then drink it from a little teacup. Silly, but fun!

This was initially rather bland, until I thought to add some rock sugar to compensate for taking out the sweetness of the chocolate. The sugar really helped. It tastes very much like a liquid praline chocolate truffle. Slightly artificial, but it works. Equally tasty on a second steep. I’m not picking up any strawberry, but that’s fine by me.

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Preparation
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drank Caramel Oolong by Della Terra Teas
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I don’t do Valentine’s Day, but I am making a very narrow tea-related exception and only drinking teas I love today. This one comes to me courtesy of BrewTEAlly Sweet. Thanks!

This is both straightforward and delicious. Smooth caramel goodness over a solid base tea. Only one serving left, but I might polish it off tonight just to make some room in my cabinet.

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Another sad sipdown today. Lime creamy goodness, as always. At least I still have an oz of the Lemon Chiffon to comfort me :-)

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drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
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Waaaah, sad sipdown. This first came my way from Short Sorceress. I picked up more from BrewTEAlly Sweet‘s stash sale and now that’s all gone too :( This tea really grew on me as a lovely maple dessert brew. It will be missed.

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