49 Tasting Notes

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I am really enjoying tea again! Another one I had forgotten about.

Brewed 2 tsps in the big DT mug, 3/4 full…..this is kind of meh…..if I didn’t know the flavour, not sure I could tell. No real chocolate or orange aroma I can detect. The flavour is very subtle – it really doesn’t taste like much of anything. If anything it tastes a bit dark chocolate-y, but I am trying hard to find the flavours. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing much to recommend it either….

Lilysmom

This tasted a bit better as it cooled….and with a bit of sugar…..stii, I don’t think I need to drink it again…..if anyone would like it, please let me know and msg me your address….prefer to send within Canada…..

Yvonne

I’d gladly take it off your hands if you’d like :)

Lilysmom

Sounds good – I will send it your way!!

Yvonne

Thank you so much! :)

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drank Cacao Mint Black by Teavana
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Another tea I had forgotten I had. I didn’t have the greatest teavana experiences early on ( and now I never go ) so I guess I kind of blocked out their tea and forgot about it.

Used 2 tsps in the Davids big mug about 3/4 full….possibly over steeped as Lily the cat was trying to climb into the dresser and got stuck and needed help getting out – silly Lily! I used a tiny bit of rock sugar and frothed1% milk. I bet it would be even nicer with a light cream. This tea is pretty good- I get a strong chocolate smell and taste, and I really like that, and no bitterness. I wish this was decaf so I could drink it at night. I love chocolate and did buy some fancy hot chocolate mix from thomas haas, a local chocolatier, which is wonderful – but the calories!! This would be a great low cal, healthier alternative.

About half way through my cup I added a little shot of starbucks peppermint syrup…..good, but I think it was fine on its own. I am liking it! Maybe teavana is worth another look….( I know to beware the upsell)….well, home from swimming…..is it ever going to stop raining? Kind of want to go to Ikea, but never really find that very pleasant and would rather stay home with Lilycat and my chocolate mint tea….

TheTeaFairy

Oh, save lily first!! in this situation ONLY, tea comes second!
I have very little experience with Teavana, but I remember buying this blend a long time ago, it was pretty good and well balanced.

Lilysmom

Lol….if I forget and leave the top dresser open, she climbs in and somehow gets into the back….so then I come by, don’t realize she is in the back of the dresser….push it closed…..MEOW!! ….squished kitty!!….anyway no squish today as I caught her before she got back there….luckily!!
I checked teavana’s website and this one is gone….too bad, it was pretty nice…..

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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My cupboard is so out date. I saw that I had this one in my cupboard and kinda remembering buying some after getting it as a “to-go” cup, ages ago. Darned if I could find it tho…..so into Davids to get some today….I needed more decaf hot tea evening options…..

Anyway, used 3 tsps and DT’s big green latte mug….also added in some of their creamed cinnamon honey….and frothed light cream…..smells wonderful, like apple crumble…..tastes very good too, nutty, cinnamon, lightly sweet and very satisfying…..I crave carbs in the evening and this is a good alternative…..

I have been on a major NY fitness kick….which is great but my body is still adjusting and is in a bit of pain….nice to curl up on this dark stormy night with this comforting cup…..and an ice pack on my knee….

TheTeaFairy

Some workout!

Lilysmom

Bad knee!!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Backlog – I ordered this from Harneys and didn’t like it initially. Tried it again a couple of weeks ago and have been really enjoying it. The vanilla taste is great, the scent is so soothing and with a bit of cream and a little rock sugar, it is a really nice evening treat. The best decaf I have found so far. I been going through at least one large mug each night.

I have the sachets and find I can use only one and still make a generous mug. I had these vanilla stir sticks ( sadly gone now ) which really boosted the flavour. This tea is re-order for me for sure, this is one I will always want to have on hand for evening sipping.

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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Earl Grey is not my favorite, but I must have thought otherwise at some point as I found a 100g tin in the cupboard. I am not usually home weekday afternoons but am today…..it is rainy and windy…..baking some banana bread and wanted a good solid black tea……

I had been to Davids and bought the light blue giant mug – I love those big mugs ( I have the red sweater one too)….so good for a giant cup of tea, soup, cereal…..they are heavy but….still good…..I also bought some of davids new creamed lemon honey…..and put some of that in this tea….it’s pretty tasty…..no rating since I doctored it up with the flavoured honey……I just don’t love bergamot……will have to try the honey in something else…..like ginger tea! – that would be nice I bet…..

Anyway nice and cozy afternoon, sadly I have to go out in the rain to physio so hopefully the tea wakes me up…..

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I have had this one in my cupboard forever. It is certainly a nice tea, nothing wrong with it. The black base is smooth, strong but not bitter and I definitely taste the fruits. Maybe I need to…..?add sugar…..?try it plain…?add in some frothed milk……I like it well enough, but not sure i find it very remarkable….. Well, I have a tin, so will get the chance to try it plenty more times, plenty more ways……trying to drink as much tea as possible while I clean house and await a FedEx delivery…..(not tea unfortunately)……..

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One kind of good thing after taking a bit of a tea break, is when you look in your cupboards ( and drawers and shelves and….)…. You have a lot of nice tea you kind of forgot about! Like living in a mini tea shoppe…..

Anyway, 3 tsps in 500 mls in the breville….a few rock sugars and frothed light cream…..yummy! It does taste like banana and cream and a bit of milk chocolate – very nice!! I need some energy to get to the gym…..I really just want to stay home and read and play with Lily cat and drink tea……hit the Boxing Day sales early and got some great BoGo deals at lush…..the lady in front of me spent $350 – crazy!! I did not do anywhere near that kind of damage but still got some nice stuff…. This yummy desert tea is another very nice treat…..

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Last tea of the night. It has been a nice addition to my Christmas Day to drink tea with all the other Steepsters! I like this tea and love ginger, but while this has good flavour, I would like more….checked the fridge and sadly, no honey…..must buy some tomorrow along with fresh ginger which would make this tea even better…..

Reading the new John Grisham and debating Boxing Day shopping….lush has a BoGo for Christmas things…..think I am going to get up early and check out some of the sales. Goodnight Steepsters!

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I see I tried this tea before and didnt really love it. It’s not really a Christmas tea, but I am craving caramel, so wanted this one next. Added frothed light cream…..and starbucks caramel syrup. Who knows what the actual tea tastes like now, but this combo is very creamy smmoth sweet caramel – yum!

Enjoying the tea with a bit of #83 dark chocolate from Thomas Haas. Thomas Haas is a vancouver pastry chef and chocolatier. I really enjoyed my visits to his chocolate shop this season. The place was always packed, but his helper “elves” were giving out cookies while we waited in line, Thomas was singing….very cheery atmosphere….and of course…..you were surrounded by chocolate! Anyway this caramel tea, with cream and an extra caramel shot is a de-lish treat.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, that’s a good idea. I have some flavoured syrup in the fridge I could use.

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Merry Christmas everyone! It is fun to read all the tasting notes – my goodness, I didn’t realize there were so many Christmas teas! I have started the day with “marzipan” from Nikaido. This is a black tea and so I added a little bit of frothed light cream and a couple of rock sugars – probably wouldnt have needed the sugar as it is sweet already.

It tastes like marzipan! – sweet, creamy and a little bit spicy. It helps that I am having it with Christmas stollen, which I love, with a marzipan center! Enjoying it in the giant davids tea red sweater mug – lovely tea to start Christmas Day.

OMGsrsly

Ohh, Stollen and marzipan tea? Awesome! Merry Christmas!

Lilysmom

It was tasty – I recommend the combo!! Merry Christmas to you too!!

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Vancouver born, and love the city. Fairly new to tea, I found Davids Tea in early 2013 and that is where everything started. So far, my favourites are flavoured black teas, I am on a serious hunt for the perfect black caramel. I also like fruit herbals and tisanes. So far, I have mixed and limited experience with white tea and oolongs – the jury is still out. I don’t like green tea; maybe that will change.

I have tried most of the Vancouver area shops, David’s, Murchies, Granville Island Tea, UTM, and more. Just starting to branch out and order on-line. My initial experiences with Harney&Sons have been great, I drink their raspberry herbal iced tea all the time. I realize I waited too long to try out Butiki teas and have loved every single one of their teas I have tried, especially the black tea blends. I wish they were sticking around – I anticipate trying to build a serious stash of their teas before they close up shop forever.

I work as a research nurse, with cancer patients. Sometimes stressful but rewarding work and tea is a nice break for me. I love my cat ( that’s Lily) shopping, candles, lush baths, reading, cooking, home reno stuff and going for a relaxing massage. I like checking out new tea shops and learning more about tea. I try to go to the gym and swim when not working or drinking tea.

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