1246 Tasting Notes

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So this was in Amoda’s box for January 2013, and I already have a huge bag of it, unopened. Why? Because few of Naked Teas Galore’s offerings have wowed me, and so I had actually planned to sell the bag before cracking it open. This sample was an excellent opportunity to try it out… even though really, I should try everything I’ve purchased! :$

There are a lot of rose petals in this tea, which is what initially turned me off. Having said that, the ingredient listing is fantastic, so I thought I’d try it just to see. Out of the bag it smells strongly of cherry, and a chemical one at that. Aie…

It smells more like black forest cake brewed however, and I’m VERY pleasantly surprised with the taste. Hot, there’s a stronger floral quality to it, and cold it’s more of a cherry cake. With a tiny bit of pure Stevia, this is really quite delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dustin

You and your Stevia! Every time I read the name in your tasting notes my tongue shrivels up a little! :) I do wish I could enjoy that sweetener.

Amariel

I’m nervous about the floral notes on this one, and wondering if I pick out the rose petals, if that will help.

MissB

Are you allergic Dustin? If not, I strongly suggest trying pure stevia, which is super-concentrated; I use less than 1/16th of a teaspoon per cup. I also (and hate saying this) suggest non-organic stevia, because the extraction process for organic makes stevia, to me, really bitter. It’s the additives in stevia that make it taste ‘off’, or unlike a normal sweetener. Use it as-is and sparingly, and you’ll think it’s sugar.

Amariel, I hate roses in my tea, and I loved this. The 50g bag of this specific tea that I have has sat for about a month now because of my same fear. Sometimes, it just works.

OMGsrsly

You know, Amoda didn’t list rose petals in the ingredients. I’m getting to the point where I want to box these companies metaphorical ears.

Dustin

Most recently I tried the Trader Joe’s stevia. Maybe I have been adding too much, but I seem to remember trying it in canned drinks and not liking the taste then either. I’ll try it again and see if adding only a little changes anything.

MissB

Most stevia on the market, including items with stevia already in them, have extra additives to make them equal sugar 1:1. Trader Joe’s is cut with lactose of all things, and I found it ridiculously bitter and unpalatable. This is what I use (again, less than 1/16th of a teaspoon per cup of tea to match 1 tsp of most other sweeteners), and one bag will last me about a year: http://www.nuts.com/cookingbaking/powders/stevia.html The brand of stevia as well as what’s added makes all the difference, I’ve found.. I’ve tried at least eight different brands now.

OMG I know, right? It was listed on the 50g package I bought, and the only way I knew it was in it. Mind you, I could see the petals in the Amoda box, but still. If I had an allergy to them…

Amariel

I get headaches from rose…so it is an issue.

MissB

Oh. Well if I have a reaction to a tea ingredient, picking it out makes zero difference – I still have a reaction. The oils, flavors and smells are already imbued in the tea. I’m avoiding the green in this month’s Amoda box completely and just passing it along for the same reasons, personally.

Amariel

For me it is the smell. If I can’t smell it, it is ok, but if I can…I need to keep some Tylenol Migraine nearby. I might make it in the morning and if I can’t deal with it, I’ll dump it and get a tea at Starbucks.

Dustin

Thanks for the link, I might give that a go. Eight different brands?! Wow, you really searched for the perfect Stevia!

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drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Simpson & Vail
1246 tasting notes

Steeped this one a bit too long as well. Still yummy.

Strong flavoring again that assaults the nose even before you open the box it’s mailed in. It surprises me how much this tastes like an almond cookie. I’m missing the sugar bit (and that’s fine by me) however almond baked goods come out strong and clear.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
1246 tasting notes

This is one of the more fragrant of S&V’s offerings, and thus covered in tinfoil whenever I send it, as well as in my stash.

Steeped, it’s less flavorful, which surprised me. I wonder with S&V; I’m one of those people that steeps tea up at the temperature and time I think it should be if there’s zero instruction on the packaging. So, I guessed. 1 tsp per 8 ounces, boiling water, 4 minute steep. Perhaps I need to overleaf it?

It’s a lovely tea, full bodied and rich, however there’s only a hint of english toffee at the very end of the sip, and it lingers. Buttery is definitely covered however – a decadent treat in that respect.

Ah, yes. Okay, suggested steeping is boiling for 3 minutes. Will try that next time.

EDIT: The description says “light butterscotch” which is accurate. I guess I just expected more from the initial, delightful smell. Upping rating slightly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

1.5 tsp per 8 oz. :) It’s my sweet spot, at least!

MissB

Ah… good to know! Thank you. :)

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drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
1246 tasting notes

First off, I LOVE the concept of this tea. The base is absolutely divine, and it’s a stunning pot with all of the needles so beautifully unfurling as they steep.

Having said that, there’s something off for me – and it’s likely me, instead of the tea itself. Something drying and a bit offputting that makes me want to try this as a cold brew, or even brewed properly and then left in the fridge. I get the juiciness, the fullness yet lightness of the tea… it’s all there. Really, truly delicious. Perhaps it’s just that, to me, watermelon is always juicy and cold, instead of hot?

I’ll definitely play with this more, as I have quite a bit now, including some sent to me through several buys and swaps with fellow Steepsterites.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1246 tasting notes

I bought a lot of this during Butiki’s Black Friday sale, and only just got it now. (Long story, my fault getting to the border late to pick it up). It’s a big tea, in that it takes up a lot of space, which is likely why I feel like I grabbed more than I really did.

Brewed, this is a VERY creamy, lovely tea. I get more cream than anything, with only hints of eggnog -like flavorings, and think there’s another eggnog tea that I had recently (blanking out as to which) that I like more. Still, this is delicious, and I’m sure I’ll be able to easily drink it down. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have so many notices in my Dashboard, I can’t access them (over 1400!) This is why I’m struggling to keep up and reply to folks on here. Bleh. I apologize to any and all that I’m seemingly avoiding. Really, it’s just my feed! :$

Marshmallow hits me first, then orange, then only a touch of chocolate. Subtle and lovely. I love the marshmallow in here!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Kapha Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
1246 tasting notes

Watching really bad television because I need to review it, so I’m getting into my wonderful stashes and swaps. Yay! Huge thanks to Janelle for sharing this with me; I’m a sucker for herbals and failed to grab any of this when it was still available.

I oversteeped this, yet it’s still tasty. A hint of ginger, lots of licorice (including sambuca flavoring? weird) and a touch of cinnamon as well. A bit of Truvia smoothed things out a bit and brought the licorice to the forefront.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Jeepers, it took me so long to get this from the border, that I’d completely forgotten I’d ordered some!

Smells strongly of licorice, of course, and tastes pretty much exactly like black licorice. Really, truly lovely drink. There are only so many postiive and yummy adjectives I can come up with for Stacy’s amazing blends!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JennyFur

I can honestly say that would be a tea I would definitely dislike. Nice of them to clearly label the flavor though. I live in fear of oopsing into a mouthful of black licorice.

MissB

Yep, only for licorice lovers. :) I too hate it when teas are poorly labeled with the ingredients, like Cacao Mint by Samovar (which has a lot of lavender in it).

OMGsrsly

This is a licorice tea without actual licorice. It’s perfect for me, because licorice root in tea is not a favoured application.

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drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
1246 tasting notes

A bit too hoppy for me straight, and truly decadent with a touch of Truvia. Amazing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
1246 tasting notes

Was it Tea Sipper that had this the other day, that also prompted me to go find this in my cupboard and finally try it? It was one of you, and whomever it was — thank you!

Smells of peppermint mostly out of the (sample) bag), more earthy after brewing. This is a nuanced blend, and quite surprising. I taste little of the vanilla, it just seems to smooth things out a bit, and then the peppermint is what’s mostly present, but it’s more of a creamy candy cane -type mint than an in-your-face mint. Will definitely need to order a normal amount my next Zen Tea order.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
TheTeaFairy

It’s so good…

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green 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.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

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 exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

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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