496 Tasting Notes

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drank Rouge Bourbon by Mariage Frères
496 tasting notes

Thanks to Dustin for sending me some of this! The trick to this blend is to steep it with a cinnamon stick. I don’t know why, but that really brings out the vanilla and a touch of creaminess. The rooibos base here is quite good, too – woody and clean. One of the better vanilla rooibos blends I’ve had.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla, Wood

Jashiin Jashiin

Thanks – what a great suggestion! I didn’t have a stick, so I simply added some ground cinnamon to the leaves. Terrific! Some time ago I’ve moved on to MF’s Rouge d’Automne, and had a large stash of unused Rouge Bourbon… I guess I’ll go back to vanilla for now :)

Kaylee

So glad you liked it this way!

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drank Pan-fried Barley by Lupicia
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Hello childhood! This tastes just like buckwheat. Deep roasted and nutty. I have been drinking it straight, but I’m curious how it would taste with milk. Maybe next time. I’m also intrigued by the fruit-flavored versions of this. I’ll have to pick some up in my next Lupicia order.

Flavors: Roasted

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87
drank Sweet Banana Crème by TeBella
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I split 2 oz of this with my hostess when I went to Tampa a few months ago. It smells fabulously banana and creamy. It brews up a little weak, but overleafing + rice milk = creamy banana flavorful goodness. There’s just a hint of apple in the background coming from the chamomile. It works well with the banana. Overall, this is a nice evening dessert tea.

Flavors: Apple, banana, Cream

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91
drank Root Beer Barrels by Butiki Teas
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The flavor here is uncanny. It’s just dead on for root beer soda or candies. I can almost feel fizziness, even though I know it’s not actually present. Thanks to rosebudmelissa for sending some of this my way!

Flavors: Candy, Root Beer

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87

Waaah. They seem to have reblended this. The creaminess just isn’t here anymore. Now it just tastes like a basic lemon rooibos. A yummy and natural-tasting lemon rooibos, but not the special amazing creamy awesome lemon that I adored in this blend before. Even adding rice milk doesn’t help. And of course I now have a ridiculous quantity of it because I stocked up. I’m actually dropping my rating a few points based on the changed flavor. Nothing stays the same forever, I suppose.

Flavors: Lemon

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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The coconut creaminess here is a little heavy-handed, but I like it! The lavender makes a nice backdrop for the coconut. Overall this is a very soothing blend that’s perfect for evening sipping. Unless you dislike coconut, in which case this is most certainly not for you :-)

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drank Navajo Tea & Mint by Yanabah Tea
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I like Navajo tea. I like mint. Together? Meh. It’s ok but I prefer the Navajo tea straight. Which is a little surprising because it has a natural mintiness that I’d expect would lend itself to blending. This is a sipdown that I probably won’t restock.

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drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
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My Lupicia happy bag included a tin of this blend. Inside are about 6 pyramid sachets. I have been drinking this at work, so I never got an exact count. However, I decided to take the last sachet home so I could focus on it enough to write up a proper note.

The dry leaf smells strongly of vanilla and candy-like strawberry. There are some white specks in the blend that look like coconut. I’m really frustrated that I can’t find an ingredient list online. Minus 2 points for still having this tea on their website but not clearly listing ingredients!

I normally make this in my travel mug using hot water from the office filter. So figure about 14 oz of water per teabag in approx. 180F water (that’s a total ballpark guess, I just know that it’s too hot to drink right away but not actually boiling). Tonight I am preparing this tea properly. One teabag in a 12 oz mug of boiling water. I ended up oversteeping because my timer crapped out on me. The leaf ended up soaking for about 4 minutes.

This brews up a nice dark orange, almost brown. There’s a little bit of oily film on top that I never noticed before. It smells absolutely gorgeous. Like strawberries and cream. Very soothing and desserty. The flavor is definitely more savory now than it is when I make it at work. There’s more body and an almost mushroomy aspect. The sweet strawberry and vanilla flavors come in later in the sip. The strawberry is candy-like and lingers long after the sip ends.

Lupicia suggests having this with milk. I added some rice milk when I was about halfway through the mug. So. Good. Just liquid strawberry candy with a lovely vanilla back. I pretty much gulped it down after adding the rice milk. I got a good second steep out of the leaf and added rice milk right away. Totally the way to go.

This falls into the category of teas that I’m quite glad to have tried, enjoyed while they lasted, but just wasn’t wowed enough by to actively seek them out again. The candiness is just a bit much.

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Flavors: Candy, Strawberry, Vanilla

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drank Decaf Chai by Tazo
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Noooope. I yoinked a bag of this from my office mate just to try it. I hated the caffeinated version of this tea but somehow thought the decaf option might taste better. I was wrong. Even rice milk can’t salvage this mess. Who puts black pepper in a chai anyway? That’s all I can taste here. Down the sink it goes, even though that means wasting what used to be perfectly good rice milk until this tea tainted it.

Flavors: Black Pepper

Fjellrev

Ha! While I can see black pepper working in very small quantities in chai, they definitely missed the boat putting so much that you can’t taste anything else. Ech.

Maddy Barone

I’ve seen quite a few chais that list black pepper as an ingredient. I have to suppose that the amount of pepper added must be minuscule. This one might have over done it.

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This is very unimpressive. I was hoping it could be a substitute for my beloved Butiki Flowery Pineapple Oolong. But where that tea tastes juicy and natural, this one is slightly drying and tastes more like pineapple candy than actual pineapple. I’m very glad to have tried this blend but the search for a quality pineapple oolong goes on. Thanks for the sample EmilyGee!

Sil

the closest i’ve found is the one from lupicia but it has coconut and isn’t as juicy and lovely

Kaylee

Hmm. On the to-try list it goes! I wonder if this is just a particularly difficult flavor to pull off for some reason.

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