1114 Tasting Notes

77

Hm…. light and super creamy with the smell of caramel, even though it’s lacking a bit for me with caramel flavor, it’s still delicious. Thank you to Suziqzer for sending this to me!

On an unrelated note: Mother’s Day. Happy days to all of you who are celebrating as mothers, with your mothers, or with other people’s mothers. This (used) to be a really challenging day for me, when I was still grieving my Mom’s passing (I was 16, she was 45). Once I got through that first year of celebrations however, things became easier, to the point of where I forgot the pain or sadness at all, and now only think of her fondly.

Why am I sharing this? Because a gent I dated briefly, who ended things because he “needed to figure things out,” is having his first Mother’s Day since his mother passed late last year. Part of him trying to figure things out was realizing he needed more time to mourn and release, and I understood that completely (and did the same thing with a relationship I’d just started prior to my Dad passing, many years ago).

And so, I dedicate my tea-drinking, the lovely peonies sitting on my desk right now, and all of my happy, warm-and-fuzzy thoughts to those struggling with today for whatever reason that may be. I hope that you all find joy and peace in the comfort of knowing you’re far from alone, and that it really does get better.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Thanks MissB for sharing this beautiful note with us…

Suziqzer

What a touching sentiment.

Suziqzer

Oh.. and glad you were able to try this one :)

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92
drank Creme Brulee by T2
1114 tasting notes

If caramel and hazelnuts were to have a tea baby with vanilla as Auntie, this would be that tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Nuts, Vanilla

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

Excellent description!

Sil

lmao

Ysaurella

sounds really great !

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100
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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This is one of those teas that, if described to me, I likely would have never tried it. However JustJames so graciously sent me some of his custom blend, that I had to try it. I drove through that sample a long time ago, and this is my first time drinking it from an order.

And.. amazing. I find this better than I remember! It’s creamy and delicious.

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

Every time someone comments on how delicious this is, it makes me that much more excited for mine to arrive :)

MissB

Soon…. soon! :) I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

VariaTEA

I have had it a few times before and I loved it.

Amariel

It’s definitely on my list for when I place my order.

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71
drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this iced in-store today, and was surprised at how sweet it was with zero additions. Yep, there’s way too much (and I had it unsweetened — there’s a LOT of sugar in there).

So, with that in mind? It’s a decent tea. Reminded me a lot of Chocolate Orange (a puerh blend from DAVIDs), but with coconut for added creaminess instead of orange. I liked it. Not enough to buy it.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
whatshesaid

You were smart, trying it in the store first

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87
drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
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Only fitting that my 1000th tasting note is such a delicious tea! (and yes, I did make a point of putting a tea that I love here).

Stuck it in my Timolino prior to going on a first date, walking around rainy Central Park. I brought him tea! Heh. Anyway, I had my first sip as I walked up on the date, and I actually stopped in my tracks. So good! Creamy, light, lemony, fluffy, very much like a sweet macaron. Have to admit, now that it’s cooled, I like the tea less. It was by far the best hot, and it’s been six hours since I made it with the lid off, so…

Definitely yummy though, just wish that these last few sips tasted as mind-blowingly great as the first few.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
whatshesaid

Wow! congrats on the huge milestone!

whatshesaid

Ps did your date enjoy the tea? :)

Courtney

Woot 1000!

MissB

He said prior to meeting he’s a fan of EGs and English Breakfast teas, so I pretended it was a one-way swap and brought him samples to try on his own. He was surprised. ;) Sadly, I think we’re a better match for others, however it was still an enjoyable time. He shared the best Johnny Depp story ever!

Suziqzer

Yeah 1000!! Hope your date went well!

whatshesaid

Aw cute :)

Johnny Depp story! Cool!

Terri HarpLady

congrats on 1000!

Dustin

Soooooo???? What was the JD story?

Roswell Strange

Congrats on 1000!!!

MissB

Thanks everyone! :)

JD story: there were a lot of personal details in it that kind of make the story, but in a nutshell… said date worked with JD many years ago in one of his first projects, and they stayed in touch. JD was visiting another actor they both knew prior to Hallowe’en, and my date suggested he crash a party as Captain Jack Sparrow, because the person throwing the party was dressing up as such. I guess Monsieur Depp loved this idea, did it, used the accent and everything, and blew the guests away. Supposedly there are pictures, of which I am eager to see. :)

Dustin

That is awesome! I love hearing about famous people not taking themselves too seriously and having fun. It makes them more rounded and real instead of just the glamour hollywood facade. Like when Bill Murray crashes parties and bar tends!

Sil

Woohooo, Grats on 1000 notes! Sounds like the date was a little fun at the least :)

Ubacat

Congrats on the 1000 tasting note! Loved the Johnny Depp story

whatshesaid

Awesome story!!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, you gotta out at least a couple more times, so you can view the pics! LOL

Jennkay

Congrats on 1000! The tasting note & comments were fun to read :)

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78
drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
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So surprised at the rating on this one (78) since all the reviews I see are high – higher than 78. I steeped this a bit long for me (5 minutes), and so there’s a bit of astringency in there at the end of the sip that I’m not a fan of. Having said that, this is a very creamy blergamot (I can barely taste it), and I’m missing any sort of minty flavor or feeling. I’ll need to try this again at a three minute steep and see if I feel differently then.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

Was “blergamot” on purpose? I don’t know why I find it so funny, but I laugh/snorted when I read it!

MissB

Ha! :) Yes, although in all fairness, I stole it from another Steepsterite… Sil perhaps?

Sil

Aye….stupid blergamot ;)

221tea

“blergamot” is my favorite word

cteresa

If you get the chance try brewing it a bit colder. Maybe 80-85? This is a weird tea, a mix of black and green, and with me I find it works better the colder I brew it. It´s kind of my default in-a-hurry hot tea, I can make it with not so hot water, wait a couple seconds and it´s ready to sip down just as soon as brewed.

Cold brewed also great and very minty that way!

Dustin

I didn’t get this tea at all until I cold steeped it and added some cream and sugar. It then went from eh to wow. I second the cold steep recommendation.

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78
drank Chai Wallah by SAHARA TEA
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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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88

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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72

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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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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