1116 Tasting Notes

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
1116 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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89

Finally! I got a matcha to taste as it should. This time, it was actually better than the last time that I remember it: it was like drinking a peanut butter pie, minus the crust. Creamy, delicious peanut butter whipped into cream. Delicious!

Heaping 1/4 tsp matcha mixed with 1/4 cup heavy cream.

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
VariaTEA

Yay for matcha success!!

MissB

It must be because of the Distinctive level flavoring… I was almost ready to give up on my matchas. :(

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84
drank Pineapple Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1116 tasting notes

Another one from my first order that really, really needs more than delicate level flavoring. I did however get a hint of pineapple this time (yay!) so that makes me think I can likely, with help, sip this one down.

Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Sounds delish

MissB

If you do ever grab it, I highly recommend at least a Distinctive flavoring… I’d share but it’s really just too subtle with Delicate.

Stephanie

thanks for the tip :) Eventually I’ll order more matcha…

Sil

with fruit flavours try distinctive first… sometimes with robust they’re too artifical. this one is great at a distinctive level imo

Fjellrev

I’ve been spoiling myself with nothing less than Robust. Good to know about the fruit-flavoured ones because I haven’t ordered any of those yet.

Sil

i started out with robust, and found with SOME flavours, the distinctive is enough flavour for me. I don’t think personally, for how i like my matcha, i’d ever drop down below that heh

OMGsrsly

I agree with Sil! This one was great at Distinctive.

MissB

Darn you all. This is my mopey face having to drink down delicate-level matchas. There should be a cautionary warning – order at Distinctive first! :P

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69

Oversteeped this has more honeybush than anything in it, plus the creamy coconut from prior steeps that I remember. Still zero sign of the cheesecake. Boo. Future reference: steep at a lower temp for a max of 5 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
1116 tasting notes

When you oversteep this tea, there’s too much lime, and the chiffon gets thrown way in the background. The rooibos is also very present… and thus I will brew this tea in the future for a max 5 minutes only.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Raspberry Earl by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1116 tasting notes

A chameleon of a tea: starts of with lovely raspberry taking over the EG notes, then the EG pops up as it cools to say hello, and when cold, it’s lost most of the raspberry and gains the perfumey floral flavor I equate with bergamot oil. Lovely piping hot, loved it less as it cooled.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Christmas Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
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100% spice cake, maybe with a hint of dried fruit in there, the kind that goes with those uber-heavy Christmas cakes. It’s a bit surprising how accurate the flavoring is, down to the breadiness of the taste (although missing in the mouthfeel). While spice cake has always been something I’ve kinda avoided, this does remind me of a spiced ginger cake my Mom would whip up at Christmas, saying it was a Dutch delicacy that we had to try. Yep, it’s pretty bang-on for that.

Thank you KittyLovesTea for this perfect 2-cup sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JustJames

i am one of those whackos that loves xmas cake….. this is going MY list!!!!

MissB

Oh, I’ll send you the cup or so I have left! It’s already off their website, sadly, until next year (maybe?)

JustJames

how do i consistently set myself up for this? no no, you gave this 100. you finish it. enjoy. you are just as sleep deprived as i am. it’s a lovely thought though.

MissB

I gave it 100? No, I gave it a 79. It’s easy enough to put it in an envelope for next time – and you know as well as I do, I have too much tea! :P

JustJames

oh…. i really need sleep. i saw the 100% fruit cake. geez…..

Anna

…you mean spice cake. JJ, GET SOME SLEEP!

Suziqzer

It’s alright JJ.. I saw fruitcake too (& I’m not a fan). I think maybe because she said spice cake with a hint of fruit… My mind turned that to fruitcake. :)

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100
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1116 tasting notes

Sigh. I’m doing something weird with my matchas. Even my beloved caramel is only tasting so-so to me today. :(

Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, mixed well with a chasen, added only a sprinkle of sweetener.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
OMGsrsly

:( Hopefully you’re not coming down with anything.

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77
drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
1116 tasting notes

An interesting assam and gunpowder -based tea with interesting notes of tartness, ginger, cream and something else a bit darker back there in the mix. I wish there was more ginger in here.. right now it’s a bit mellow in the background, almost like a faint ginger creme. It’s still lovely, and I’m glad I steeped it for a short time to eradicate all possible bitterness.

Thanks to Khaleesical for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas tea swap!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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.

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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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