4322 Tasting Notes

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drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
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Thank you DaisyChubb for sending me some of this rooibos! YUM!

This is really good. The strawberry notes are especially strong, not just from the strawberry I suspect, but also from the kiwi which in my opinion tastes a bit like a cross between a strawberry and a melon. I taste hints of floral in the background, not strong, but, just enough to keep the palate interested in what’s going on back there. The overall cup is light, juicy and refreshing.

Really very nice … very tasty rooibos blend.

Bonnie

I should get this for my granddaughter, she’s got a set of fairy wings. She’s 18!

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72
drank Chocolate Chai by Still Water Tea
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This is good – not great – but good. As far as chocolate chai blends go, I prefer 52Teas’ version, but I do like the caramel accent in this. The chocolate here leaves a little to be desired, but the caramel is nice. Overall, I like it, but would I buy it again? No.

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95

I brewed up a pitcher full of this last night for chilling in the fridge. It’s an AWESOME iced tea. so good. So very very good. I think it’s even better iced than hot.

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90

I revisited this earlier today to see if a shorter steep time might be beneficial to minimize the slight bitterness I noticed, and yes, it does help. The flavors, though, are a bit softer too. I think what is most beneficial is to let this tea cool slightly after steeping for a slightly longer time (2 1/2 minutes in the Breville). I find that the bitterness tends to dissipate at that point, but the flavors are strong and delicious.

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72
drank Spring Fling by Souvia
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This tisane is no longer on Souvia’s website, I suppose it was discontinued. It still tastes good, though. Bright citrus notes and nice minty taste. It’s a little light on the flavor, though, but it is a refreshing drink.

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100
drank Ancient Yellow Buds by Rishi Tea
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I was absolutely shocked and amazed when I opened this month’s Steepster Select box (the box we receive in April is actually May’s box. Confusing, I know, but I’m sort of glad that they do it like this, because it makes me feel less pressured to get my reviews for all three teas done within the month’s time frame. Not that I have to do that. But, I like to. I guess I’m a little OCD when it comes to reviewing tea.

Anyway, as I said, I was absolutely shocked, amazed, astounded, delighted, overjoyed and excited to find Yellow tea in this month’s box! OMG! This one tea made up for the fact that there were teas that I was less than thrilled with in the past. I love yellow tea… it is my precious! MY precious!!!

And this is amazingly good. Sweet, fresh, and delicious. Sweet fruit notes, floral tones, crisp and refreshing, I just want to bathe in this stuff. I want to make myself super small, curl up in a ball, and plunge into my Yixing mug and never leave this tea.

A rating of 100 isn’t high enough for this tea.

TeaBrat

hee – I want some! Did you get your June Steepster box?

LiberTEAS

Yes, I did. This is from May’s box, though.

Azzrian

So you like this then?

TeaBrat

hmm. I’m till waiting on mine!

Barb

OK, let’s see whether this will make # 75 on Barb’s shopping list… is this a mail order only? I shall have to look at my local Snooty Grocery Store.

Barb

Dang, just missed. Only # 74.

seule771

No box for me I am afraid. Card box maybe. Anyhow, I have seen Rishi Teas but have yet to try them. If I recall they are organic blends, more medicinal incline I think. No yellow teas either. I must try to visit China town one day soon for some Jasmine and other yellows.

I like wording crisp and refreshing but don’t see ‘vegetal’ as descriptor. Even with floral tones it should still yield some vegetal, perhaps not.

I don’t know. good review I guess.

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90

YUM! I’m really liking this. The black tea base is very solid; a good strong black tea. There is a hint of bitterness that I taste but it is not a lot of bitterness and I don’t find it off-putting. Somehow it works well with the chocolate notes, accenting the bitter-sweet taste of the cacao nibs. The hazelnut flavor develops as I sip, starting out rather weak, but, now that I’m to the mid-cup point, I find the hazelnut flavor emerging and it’s delightful. The caramel tones are probably the strongest of the three flavorings.

Overall, a very tasty cup of tea. I think the next time I brew this, though, I shall shorten the brew time just a bit (2 minutes instead of 2 1/2 in my breville) to see if that helps eliminate any of the bitterness. Until then, I’ll not rate this.

seule771

Not tasting or making you think of Praline Ice-cream. Silly me.

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70
drank Mango Mate by Adagio Teas
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Backlog: Started the day with this Mate. Had just enough for one pot. I liked it alright, although it was not my favorite mate blend. I suspect that this particular mate is made from either smoked or aged mate, which seems to bring out the strong vegetal/earthy notes in the Mate. The mango softened them quite a bit, though, making it enjoyable. I do like the way that the mate and the mango worked together. The mango softened the harsh notes of the mate while the mate countered some of the fruity sweetness so that it wasn’t too sweet. Overall, this was pleasant.

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drank Tummy Tonic by Carytown Teas
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I have been enjoying jalapeno chips all evening, and as a result, I now have an upset stomach. I had been holding on to this for a while, hoping for just the right time to try it, and it would appear that time is now.

The flavors are strong … and yet mild and soothing. The ginger and peppermint work together to soften each other out a little bit, curbing the sharper flavors of each, so that the flavor is a mellow ginger and peppermint note, with hints of licorice in the background, every once in a while the licorice surfaces to remind you that it’s there, but, for the most part, it remains a sweet background note. The chamomile isn’t all that strong, but it does offer a pleasing aroma to the cup and I do taste it. It’s very soft but it’s there.

And this is soothing my stomach … I’ve been sipping on it for about a half an hour now, and my tummy no longer feels like it had one too many jalapeno chips (and really, it had quite a few too many! Oh… but they are SO good.) I hope that this will be soothing enough so that I might avoid heartburn. I shall have to let you know.

TeaEqualsBliss

Sororitea Sisters think alike! I had natural Jalapeno Chips yesterday, too! They were GREAT :)

LiberTEAS

I don’t know which type you had, mine were from Deano’s Jalapenos … they were actual thin slices of jalapenos that had been fried and lightly salted. So amazingly good. My review of these will be on my foodie blog … I think later today… if not today, then within the next couple of days.

LiberTEAS

Oh… and PS: No heartburn last night after eating all those Jalapeno chips. This stuff works!

Barb

Ginger, Licorice, peppermint and chamomile? That is indeed a wide-spectrum medicinal! I’ve outlived my ability to consume jalapenos in any form, but I’m impressed by the results you reported.

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Backlog: I like this one a whole lot. I got to try the bagged version, but, it makes me want to get some of the loose leaf. It is chocolatey and rich and yummy. Good level of chocolate, the Guayusa is rich and stimulating. This is something I’d be happy to wake up to every day.

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

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