1248 Tasting Notes

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drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
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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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87
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
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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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88
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Continuing with my late-night brewing practices of having some form of decaf dessert tea, I drank a large, delicious mug of this last night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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92

Comforting. Minty. Creamy. Yay!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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93

So delicious! Like the real thing, only better (without all the sugar, and so much more comforting to me).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Nice and creamy, very mango-ish and fully bodied. Having a few issues with the rooibos again though, even though I used a paper filter.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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91
drank Hot Chocolate Chai by Tealish
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Wow. Definitely a dessert/treat -type tea. Went low on the steeping side, just because I could (although oversteeping was something I wanted to avoid as well). Brews up a dark caramel color, and smells vaguely of chai spices.

Drinking it is an interesting play on texture and flavor. There’s something sweet and thick in the mix (I’m guessing coconut?), and I can definitely taste something barley-like, adding to the meatiness of the blend. The spices are mild, and I get something else sweet at the end of the sip with zero sugar added. With some Truvia, this quickly becomes a hot chocolate chai – exactly as the name suggests. Wow! I’m in love.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80

I think I erred a bit too much on the side of caution with this one; I could have steeped it longer, I think. Still delicious!

I can smell the pu-erh base, but taste little of it, surprisingly. Brews up surprisingly dark, and is subtle in it’s flavoring until I add some Truvia. Now I’m getting a surprising amount of flavor and sweetness from the orange and mildly so from the other spices. I’d be hard pressed to call this a chai as it stands, however I still really enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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82
drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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I seem to like this cooled more, rather than piping hot – I can taste the yum more, I find. Had a huge cup this afternoon. Think perhaps I need to steep it slightly less next time, as it was a bit bitter initially.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

Wow. This is my first Upton tea that I’m really, really enjoying… and I almost sent it off to someone without trying it!

Strongly scented of bergamot, as most EGs are, just out of the bag. Steeped it smells more chocolatey than anything. The taste is quite luxurious… creamy, chocolate with a hint of bergamot in there only slightly, and even after some Truvia was added. Added to shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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