1108 Tasting Notes

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drank Chai Wallah by SAHARA TEA
1108 tasting notes

Well, I steeped this too long. It says on the package 7-10 minutes (what?) so that’s what I did, however it’s just plain too long for this tea. It’s a bit bitter and strong (for me), which is pretty unusual for me to say. This is a bold, strong chai, full of flavors and spices. I’ll steep it less next time to see if I enjoy it more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i thought that said sarah tea and was excited for a second…

MissB

Ha! That’s your new tea company name, isn’t it? ;)

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83
drank Chai Chocolate by Simpson & Vail
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I really do love this tea, and am surprised with the lower reviews on it. It’s creamy and chocolatey (although it always could be more so), and a mild chai in return due to the creaminess. Really enjoyed this yesterday evening!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

I really do need to place an order with them one of these days!

MissB

If I remember correctly, it’s better if you order a whole whack with them at once to get better shipping. Did I send you some of this to try?

Suziqzer

Yeah, I’m compiling a list of things I want to order from them. I think $50 is their free shipping mark. I have a couple you sent samples of that I want more of and several I’ve been considering. I have their catalog and it could get dangerous, so many sound good. You didn’t send this one but Candy Cane, Coconut Macaroon, and Root Beer… all good :)

Suziqzer

I don’t think I’ve seen too many reviews of their teas that weren’t good, so I feel pretty safe ordering most anything from them.

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A package from Permission Tree magically appears on my doorstep today.

“Huh?”I think to myself. “I didn’t order any tea from them. Or, did I?”

I walk upstairs, boil some water in anticipation, and open the small box. Oooh. I see! It seems the Tea Fairy (not TheTeaFairy on here, ha!) sent me some tea as a thank you, and in this case, it’s Suziqzer. So unexpected, unnecessary, and yet absolutely wonderful at the same time. I’m so excited!

Some really lovely options in the box, all of which I’m excited to try. This one however, this sample, it called to me to drink it.

The smell was a bit earthy and surprising, considering the ingredients. After steeping however and drinking it, I’m hooked. There’s a dryness to it (likely from the cacao), akin to eating a large amount of hazelnuts with the skin still on. I get the faint hazelnut flavor too, although it tricks me somewhat — there’s chocolate, coconut (only to add smoothness, as I detect little in the flavor itself) and creamy nut-likeness. I’d say this is the closest things to a Nutella tea that I’ve had.

Thanks again Suziqzer, for my first taste of Permission Tree!

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut, Earth, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Oh my Nutella Tea! Who would have known?! I gathered from the description it would be nutty cocoa, but didn’t consider nutella to come of it. Yeah! Glad it was enjoyable!

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Zero idea where this extra bag came from, but here it is. Sent out some as well, because I know this is okay… nothing like the name… still tasty enough however for me to sip some to get closer to the end of the bag.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Red Choc Mint by T2
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Had this quite a few times over the past few days. I really wish there was more chocolate in this. The tea is nice, it’s just… lacking choco. Phooey.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Zhu Rong Chai by Verdant Tea
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Color me confused. I know I’ve had this before, drank it, rated it even. And yet, this is the only entry (that I can find) on Steepster for this tea, with only one rating. Huh? Regardless, this is pretty close to chai perfection for me. Creamy, a hint of chocolate, with all the requisite spices (albeit a bit subdued). I can taste both the base tea and the spices, and it’s sheer bliss. Wish I’d grabbed more when I could!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

oh. good. don’t send it to me then..hoard it!

MissB

Heh. No, no. I’ve got some already packed up for you! :)

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drank Chocolate by T2
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I’m a bit surprised mine is the second review of this tea; it’s billed as one of T2’s bestselling blends, and I understand why now. It’s a subtle chocolate, more dark chocolate or unsweetened cocoa than anything, and the dryness from having a mouthful of cocoa comes through quite well (with zero astringency). It’s a lovely blend, a bit surprising in fact, as I was expecting ooey-gooey chocolate, and this is more of a connoisseurs blend. Lovely.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i’ll move to australia and review more australian teas… hehe

MissB

You’re most definitely getting some of this, and all of the related teas (Terrific Toffee, Chocolate Chip Chai, Arctic Fire, etc.)

Sil

I need a job that let’s me travel the world tasting teas

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84
drank Classic Black by Informal Tea.
1108 tasting notes

Smells faintly of cocoa-heavy chocolate out of the bag, and tastes faintly of it too, although more so when it’s hot. It’s a hearty straight tea, with a hint of thickness to it that makes it satisfying. While not blow-my-mind amazing, this is still a pretty solid tea and one that I’m happy I grabbed from this New Zealand company.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Arctic Fire by T2
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So… this is one weird tea. It brewed up a really light orange, and I wondered if it was a black. It is. I smell something apricot-ish, yet my tastebuds tell me it’s more strawberry than anything. My lips are burning from I-don’t-know what. It’s got a hint of creaminess to it, and there’s a definite floral edge as well. I wish the burning would stop so I could figure out if I like it or not, but I suspect there’s some sort of strawberry flavoring and thus my reaction. Refraining from rating this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Bummer on the strawberry… sounds like an interesting one otherwise.

MissB

I’m going to set some of this aside for you Suziqzer, because it says right on the box it’s meant to be enjoyed iced, and I can see you really digging it.

Suziqzer

The Hubby is really enjoying my adventures w/cold steeping. He takes a Mason jar of tea with him every day to work. I haven’t found anything he won’t drink cold steeped yet, and he’s loving the variety as I’m using up samples that we’ve already tried hot. :) I’m trying them too, but it’s still cool in the house where I spend a lot of my work time right now so I’m not as inclined to drink it down yet like he is.

MissB

So cool! I love getting the whole family in on the tea-drinking bonanza.

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Bought this on AliExpress, via YOYO Tea Company. The tin however says, “Pin Wei Ren Sheng” which when I Google it, says is a tea house in Chongqing, China. So I’ve listed it where I purchased it, but… well… This is so tricky, adding teas to the database. Any suggestions welcome.

As for the flavor: this is a beautiful tea, and it reminds me of a few others I’ve grabbed from AliExpress. Peach/apricot notes with something very floral in the background, much more so than any of the similarly-labelled teas I’ve had. I may have steeped it a bit too long as well, as it’s ever-so-slightly bitter and has an odd aftertaste, almost earthy metallic.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/150g-Top-Grade-biluochun-Spring-2013-green-Tea-Chinese-health-Care-Weight-loss-Bi-Luo-Chun/1412979198.html

Flavors: Apricot, Metallic

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

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 either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

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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