1431 Tasting Notes

79

Smelled richly of chocolate as I opened the bag, and then just as much after steeping. It was a beautiful cup hot, but as it cools I’ve lost the chocolate flavor other than the richness of it, and it’s become a bit astrigent for my liking.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
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This is what I drink when I’ve had too much to drink, and I’m an obnoxious arse who asks their nearest and dearest inappropriate things that makes everyone laugh — too inappropriate for Steepster, I assure you. Thanks for putting up with me, friends, even if sometimes I’m a bit.. mischievous! :) And thank you, tea, for allowing me to purge myself of this lovely wino-ishness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Hello.Kiki

That’s ok, I think everyone does that to some extent. Last fourth of July/my birthday after far too many shots of tequila, I spent fifteen minutes crying to my husband about how wonderful and sexy I think he is lol.

ifjuly

Hello.Kiki, lolol! that’s adorable.

MissB

Amazing! I love that story. :)

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78
drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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Had zero intention of trying this, much less buying this.. and yet I quite like it. Definitely minty, cucumber-y, and melon-like.

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

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84

ooh, this is delicious! I get little almond, but I’m okay with that, as it’s a really nummy chocolate tea. Dinosara you’ve spoiled me rotten. Thank you!

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

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81
drank Organic Chocolate "O" by The Tea Spot
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Smells strongly of chocolate, and tastes of it when hot. Cold, it’s more tea than chocolate, while warm, I wasn’t a fan at all. Hot though, this was liquid chocolate awesomeoness.

Dinosara thank you so much for letting me try so many teas on my wishlist. This was something I’d wanted pretty much since day one on Steepster, and I’m really glad I got a chance to try it!

Flavors: Chocolate

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

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drank Mandarin Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Excitedly opened this today, wanting to try it immediately. Yay, mandarin!

Sadly, it smelled little of mandarin and tasted little of it too. I don’t get it. It was sweet and sort of (?) fruity, but just generically so. Distinctive flavoring too.. must try again.

0.25 tsp in 2 oz.

Preparation
Iced 2 OZ / 59 ML
Stephanie

Matcha flavors seem pretty hit or miss

MissB

In my experience, I like the dessert flavored ones much more than the fruit-flavored ones, although it really depends on how strong the flavoring is.

Suziqzer

Oh.. Hope you get it working for you

Nattie

I’ve tried a couple of ‘delicate’ level matchas, and wasn’t able to pick anything out at all other than matcha. I should be getting my first proper order soon – amaretto matcha plus this month’s sample – and I’ve gone for ‘robust’ because in my experience I need strong flavours in order to be able to pick them up!

Nattie

(The matchaccino you sent, however, was totally perfect and sooo caramel-y. I wish I knew which flavouring level they use for the matchaccinos. Any idea?)

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93

Wow. This is a lovely cup, and it strongly reminds me of something Butiki-ish, but for the life of me can’t place. Think gorgeous, tiny curled green tea (the picture doesn’t do it justice) with a strong apricot/peach aroma, and then the flavor is — full, nutty, apricot/peach, thick, granular (almost chewy?), lush, summer-like. If chestnuts tasted like delicate peaches or apricots, this would be a similar flavor… or at least feel. An excellent straight green, and one I’m happy to drink often.

Grabbed this directly from Royal Tea Bay on AliExpress (http://www.aliexpress.com/store/320709), and it was a quick and pleasant experience, with excellent packaging. I highly recommend them.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/100g-Cloud-Mist-Tea-Yunwu-Tea-Cloud-fog-Tea-Chinese-Green-Tea-Chestnut-aroma-T018/320709_1211201237.html

Flavors: Apricot, Chestnut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ubacat

Thanks for the link. Excellent shipping and price of that tea too.

MissB

Agreed! They marked it as a gift too, so I paid $0 to get it here.

Ubacat

That’s an extra bonus! I look forward to reading more of your reviews from this company. I’ve been checking out their website. Some really interesting teas.

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93
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Why do my favorite teas taste less amazing in the Timolino? This was just barely okay, when I know I love this tea, and consistently so.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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71
drank Shanti Ayurvedic Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this again a few days back; it was more peachy and flavorful, likely because I remembered it needs serious overleafing (2 tsp/cup).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81
drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Ah Kapha, I love you. Your spicy awesomeness always kicks my butt into gear, or at least my sinuses.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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