1114 Tasting Notes

90
drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
1114 tasting notes

Darn it, too much steep time and I’m getting scratchy rooibos-throat again. Yet the toffee is sooo goood…. darn it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Vata Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Big huge cuppa calming Vata tea for this evening, so that hopefully I can get some well-needed rest soon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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67
drank Orange and Spice Herb Tea by Bigelow
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An interesting tea, that surprised me a bit. Dry orange, some spice, almost like the Bengal Spice I used to adore, with extra added orange in there. I doubt I’ll buy any, however it’s a really nice cup that I’m enjoying this evening!

Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this cup with me!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

Perhaps I steeped this a bit too long, because I’m getting little of it. I can tell it’s a green, I can kinda taste coconut in it, however there’s zero chai anything. It actually tasted a lot like the Marani I just had, so much so that I had to look for a second to make sure.. maybe I got them mixed up? No, I doubt it .

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Marani™ by TeaGschwendner
1114 tasting notes

Floral pineapple? That’s what I get from this brew – more pineapple than floral, and only as it cooled a bit. When it was still just freshly steeped, I got little of anything out of it. Now… it’s pineapple, then floral, then almost a soapy flavor. Not really my thing, however glad I got to try this sample gift from TeaGschwendner. Thanks!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Get Fresh by Tealish
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Bah, I accidentally oversteeped this as my son requested some cuddles. More than a bit bitter, which is ruining any sort of yummy pineapple mango ishness that I was hoping for.

1.5 tsp in 8 oz.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

I’d sacrifice a cup of tea for cuddles from my son anytime :) At 8 yrs old he cuddles less and less… although he did crawl on my lap for some “mommy cuddle time” tonight.

MissB

My youngest is six, and he’s very much a cuddler.. he’ll actually chase me or my eldest down (she’s 16) just to give us love. Today though was more of a, “I’m upset you won’t let me do this, so I’m going to cry until I’m spent, and then I’ll be okay” kind of cuddles. :)

Suziqzer

We all have days like that I think !!

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87

Surprisingly floral in a few of the sips, which I’m (kind of?) okay with. Little cilantro anything sadly, which I love, and a touch of pineapple after the sip. I wish there was more pineapple, more cilantro, and less-to-no floral notes. It’s a lovely light tea though, vegetal and really flavorful as the cup progresses.

1.5 tsp in 8 oz, notes of floral, pineapple, vegetal.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 82 OZ / 2410 ML
Suziqzer

I’ve been curious about this one due to the cilantro, but not sure I would like the vegetal notes. Hard to imagine cilantro in tea.

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68

I want to love this tea, however there’s just too little apricot flavoring to back up the lovely smell. It’s also a touch astrigent as it cools.

1.5 tsp in 8 oz.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Ooh, it’s been a while since I’ve grabbed a maté. I got a lot of heat/spice out of this initially (love!) which mellowed out with a touch of sweetener. I also get something buttery sweet like licorice (zero in here), and then some coolness from the mint. Biggest note is the maté, although it’s subdued to me. Quite enjoying this cup.

EDIT: Super annoying that, in my attempts to help Steepster flesh out their new database details, I can’t.. who puts in only partial flavors, or partial ingredients? Nuh-uh. Please Steepster, give us the ability to add these things, because the options right now are so incredibly limited. I’ve emailed at least hundreds of additions now, and just want to get cracking to get these pages looking right. Use us, the free laborers that you have! We want to help. Truly.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
__Morgana__

I second that emotion. I’ve sent a lot of flavor suggestions, too.

Suziqzer

Yes.. I agree very limited yet on flavor descriptions. The one I find most humorous is that it suggest “fruity” yet you can’t use it!

__Morgana__

LOL. I noticed that, too.

Starfevre

It should be like the ingredients and you can add things as you go.

MissB

You can’t add the ingredients anymore either – you have to email to get them added too.

Starfevre

Really? That’s incredibly stupid.

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87
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
1114 tasting notes

Gosh I love this tea, and keep on forgetting that I have it. Lots of notes here: cocoa, vanilla, coolness of mint (minus the actual flavor of mint, if that makes any sense), a touch of something creamy in the mouthfeel. I feel decadent every time I have it, and I should really have it a lot more.

Flavors: Cocoa, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

Yes.. your description makes sense. I too enjoy that cool refreshing thing about mint. Sounds like an enjoyable cup.

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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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