1264 Tasting Notes

93
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1264 tasting notes

My first Della Terra tea that I LOVE. Love, love, love!

From the first sip, even when it’s too hot, all I get is a bit of a tickle from the rooibos (boo) and then sweet, creamy, meringue-like lemon. The lemon is smoother than the lemon meringues I’ve made, but I’m 100% cool with that. There’s even a bit of flakiness in here somewhere. Buttery? Incredible.

I’m going to have to try this and Lemon Meringue by Tealish side-by-side and do a taste-off. Regardless, this is amazing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Stephanie

One of the only rooibos teas I can stand heh

Amariel

Same here…I think it is because of the honeybush I can tolerate it more.

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88
drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
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Hm. Everything I’ve tried from Zen I’ve really enjoyed (some have become my favorite teas, where I’m ordering large quantities to always have on hand). This tea? I’ll probably finish and/or share with others, and then that’s it.

I should note that I love all of the ingredients in this, and I’m wondering if maybe I should make it with curry – as the flavoring for the coconut milk, for example. The lemongrass/lemon verbena is the dominant note, and I’m missing almost everything else. Good, however I was hoping for something as amazing as the other bamboo tea I’ve tried – Bamboo Pomelo from Tea Gschwendner – and this fall short.

Sweetening it with Truvia brings out some ginger (is there any in here?) and apple. This makes it much more enjoyable and nuanced. This, I could have more often. Like this, I might even consider re-ordering.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oooooh…. you sent some of this i believe! i am wrestling with a sample from ysaurella…. yup! i’m looking t it right now1 am i looking at a carrot? it smells awesome!

JustJames

the lime flavouring… that and the ginger, that’s what i’m smelling. yum!

MissB

It smells delicious. Challenging to parse out. Thought you’d want to try the bamboo. I ended up really liking this cup at the end. Only then could I taste the Kaffir lime.

OMGsrsly

I like this one cold brewed, but swished with boiling water then topped up with cold and into the fridge. I find it’s the best way to get the carrots to hydrate well.

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This smells horrible. Something bitter and tart and… yuck. Steeped I got little smell out of it, and drinking it is okay. Just okay. Almond, yes. That’s about it. I needed to sweeten this to drink it, and it’s better now. More almond cookie kinda sorta, and I’m okay with that. Won’t re-order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Hm. Wanted to love this, and yet got little out of it. Little mint, little chocolate or cocoa. I mean, I could taste both, they were just really faint. Maybe I underleafed?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Why do all Della Terra teas taste and smell the same to me? Maple syrup -flavored pancake syrup. I’m going to avoid rating this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Maybe they use a similar base flavour in everything that just takes over for you. :(

MissB

Has to be! I mean, all of their blacks have tasted and smelled identical to me. I feel like I’m wasting tea.

OMGsrsly

I have a green – double berry burst I think – if you’d like to try. I haven’t even opened the bag, as I have so many greens open still. :) And I have lemon pepper melange I think as well.

MissB

As long as there’s zero strawberry in it, I’d love to try them.

OMGsrsly

Ooh. I’ll check.

OMGsrsly

Blueberries and raspberries. :)

MissB

Oh, yay! Thanks for checking.

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95
drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
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Wow. This is… wow.

The description sounds delicious, and I’ve loved everything tgtea now that I’ve had. I’ve shared this with a few people, however this is the first time I’ve tried it. I must say, I wish I’d tried it sooner.

It smells like cocoa and malt out of the bag, and even more like cocoa after steeping, with a bit of the black base shining through. I taste cream first, then dark, dry cocoa, then something sweet and almost cloying after the sip – so much so that my mouth is watering. Vanilla? Ice cream? Burnt caramel? It’s lovely whatever it is, and I want it to linger forever. Zero sweetener in this one, although I can imagine it being fantabulous with milk and sweetener.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Mmmmm. I’m extremely impressionable this evening—-haven’t read a tasting note that doesn’t make me covetous.

ifjuly

gmathis, i know right?! haha.

JustJames

hmmmmm…… tempted to go and get into my sample!

Fjellrev

Oh I like the sound of that.

MissB

Tempted? I’m just worried JustJames that the best part of this is the part you may miss? It was hard to tell. As it got cooler I liked it less, it got a bitter quality to it – bitter like unsweetened chocolate bitter.

JustJames

… aw! no! caramelly stuff? hmph. what is my problem? and what does butiki do differently from EVERYONE else? maybe stacy uses magic words. you know what they say… try try … try, try, try….. try……….. try again. =0)

MissB

It’s only at the very end, and for all I know, it’s vanilla. It’s something really sweet though, maybe ice cream -like. Try it? If you hate it, pass it along to your caramel-loving Steepsterites. ;)

JustJames

so… to sil. fiiiiiiiiiiiiine!

MissB

Hey, I’d try it first. It is one of those tgteas. ;)

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92
drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
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I’ve had this for a bit, and yet I only have half a tin left. Why? Because I’ve shared so much with the folks who have shown interest. Now, it’s time to see how I feel about it!

First off, I love savory teas, as well as sweet ones. Combine the two? I’m curious and excited. Plus, OMGsrsly’s reviews really got me curious, as well as her mention of peach and thyme jam. Oh… my mouth is watering.

So, I tried this. Made sure I steeped it properly, the works.

Dry, this smells more like thyme than peach. Steeped, it reverses. It was okay straight (more thyme than anything, almost like a stuffing or savory Christmas pudding?), however with some sweetener added, this was stellar for me. Luscious, juicy peach with a hint of thyme mid-way through to the end. Really, truly delightful, and very different.

If you like savory sweets (I’m thinking jams with savory elements like jalapeno jelly, for instance) then you’ll likely love this tea. Less is also more, with both heat and steep time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I definitely need sweetener with this one, and it was quite an interesting flavour…something I think Id cook with more than drink, though. I have more of your sample, so we’ll see if I still feel that way with a future cup of this.

OMGsrsly

Try it iced. :)

Amariel

I have kinda had that idea, and stashing it for a not so cold time. Maybe a cold steep though.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t done a cold steep, but flash iced with honey = yes please. Maybe I’ll bring some to work tomorrow. :)

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70

No idea why I brewed this, but I guess it’s what hit me in the head from cupboard #1 of tea. It’s okay, however yet again I oversteeped it, and so all I’m really getting is lemongrass.. which is okay since I like both of these things, just wish I’d picked differently.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I definitely got this right this time. Holy matcha!

Size: Small (30g)
Quality: Basic
Type: Regular
Flavor: Delicate
Made with an oversized scoop of matcha, 8oz. coconut milk and 1 tsp of Truvia. Mixed with a chasen.
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-matcha.html

This is, by far, the best matcha I’ve had from Red Leaf. If I could give it a higher rating, I would! I tried this the other day and it tasted ‘off’ to me. My daughter said it was how almond/coconut milk tastes, and yet… just wasn’t right, especially knowing how many of you love this one.

So, I tried again today. Pure coconut milk, mixed with a chasen, added more milk, some Truvia… and I gulped the whole cup down in less than three minutes. For someone who had to swear off sugar a while ago, this is the best possible fix for a caramel-lover. It’s exactly like biting into a caramel, minus the sticking-to-your-teeth gooeyness.

Preparation
Iced

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88
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh Mango Lassi, I oversteeped you too, and now you taste more like chamomile than my throat enjoys. Still lovely and delicious, and hopefully sleep-inducing, too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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