381 Tasting Notes

78

Mmmm smooth. The dry leaves are so darn pretty and tempting. Seriously, I just wanted to pick out the walnuts and banana chips and have them for a snack. But I resisted!

I’m not picking up on the banana flavor as much as everyone else seems to be. As the tea cools, there’s more of a banana flavor with a hint of walnut, but still… meh. It’s good tea, just not quite as strongly flavored as I would like. I did eat the walnuts and banana chips after brewing, and they were deeelicious.

Many thanks to Stacy at Butiki Teas for the sample!

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90

Resteep of my breakfast leaves from 3 days ago. That’s right – 3 days. Still good! The resteep is somewhat milder, with the cinnamon flavor really coming to the fore. There’s even some cinnamon tingliness. Yum.

K S

Glad to see I am not the only one. Can’t stand the thought of throwing out leaf that still has life in it.

True Foodie At Heart

Did you put the leaves in the refrigerator until you wanted to use them again?

Kaylee

Nope. I just leave them out. Usually I resteep within the day, though.

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93

I oversteeped by at least 5 minutes tonight. Still good! The flavors maintain their balance; the chamomile is rather too strong for my liking though. There’s a note of honey that comes out to play mid-sip, which I’m really enjoying.

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78

Screw it. I don’t care if this IS a cheap, low-end teabag – I am quite enjoying it. The description is mostly dead-on. This is all sweet apple and cinnamon with a hint of creamy sweetness on the back end. I’m not tasting any chocolate notes though. This is a nice, caffeine-free evening tea for chilly weather.

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Dexter

It doesn’t matter what it is, or what others think. All that matters is that you are enjoying it. :)))

K S

Welcome to the Cheapster Steepster’s club. Room for one more. I am smitten with Candy Cane Lane at the moment.

adagio breeze

Haters gonna hate.

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90

Lovely as always. I had this for breakfast in my travel mug. It was actually too pastry-esque for my mood. Just heavier than what I wanted, though I didn’t know that before I started drinking it. Still, it was delicious! I’m looking forward to trying the Brioche Free now that there’s a non-black tea version of this.

Kaylee

And a big thanks to moraiwe for the swap!

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93

Mmmm. Lovely bedtime tea. I even managed to finish this one! Unlike many of my bedtime teas which I forget about halfway through…

The lavender and chamomile really are beautifully balanced here. It’s soothing without being cloying or overly floral. I had some lavender scented oil going last night too, which complemented the tea just right. Come to think of it, I did sleep better than usual…

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80

Mmm. Strawberry and cream in equal measure, but light. The base tea is smooth and grassy, with the strawberry and cream flavors serving more to complement than overwhelm it. Like!

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86
drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
381 tasting notes

Thank you to Sophie and Laurent from Nina’s Paris for the sample!

This is a nice, juicy strawberry tea. Tart and sweet. Somehow I’m still not picking up on the creaminess though. Maybe I brewed it wrong? I used 1 rounded tsp for 8 oz, boiling water, for 5 minutes. I have enough left for another cup so I can play around with it again.

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84

Nom nom nom. I wanted something tropical for dessert and this really hit the spot. The pretty dry leaves smell of mango, as does the brewed tea. The taste is very natural. For whatever reason I’m getting mango rather than guava, but that’s just fine by me! There’s also the faintest hint of ginger here to keep it from being too sweet. The tea even holds up nicely to a second steep. Thanks to Stephanie for the sample!

Stephanie

I agree @ mango not guava, but tasty!

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55

The spices are nicely blended, but it’s just missing something… it’s like the bottom just falls out towards the end of the sip. I fear the rooibos isn’t a strong enough base, leaving the chai feeling kind of thin. It gets better as it cools, though. The ginger comes out to play and there’s a touch of sweetness to compensate for the weak base.

Overall – meh. There must be a better non-black-tea chai out there. I wouldn’t refuse this if offered, but there are a lot of bagged teas I would choose first.

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