1264 Tasting Notes

94
drank Cantaloupe and Cream by Butiki Teas
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Wow, this is delicious. Light and fruity, both in the flavoring and the feel. It is exactly as promised, and a stunning work of art, this blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Courtney

This one really is a work of art.

Amariel

It’s a fave of mine…what sucked me in to Butiki.

keychange

Also my first Butiki love!

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85
drank Black and White Tea by sTEAp Shoppe
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Oh, wow! Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me. This is amazing!

Chocolate notes hit me first; really creamy milky chocolate. Really, that’s all that hit me though — milky chocolate. I’m totally cool with that, as I have too few chocolate teas that I enjoy, and I think this is the only non-black tea in that lot.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec
OMGsrsly

I quite liked this one, but never reached for it. :) Glad you enjoyed!

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71

Still far from my favorite tea, however likely my favorite from Darlene’s Tea Port… if you like Monk’s Blend/grenadine. A bit bitter because I steeped it just a bit too long.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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93

Just as amazeballs as yesterday. New favorite!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dustin

What what?! I haven’t seen this tea before! Is it a new blend, an old one or a special box tea?

MissB

I ordered it on Black Friday; I’m unsure if it’s new or special. It’s still on the site, if that’s what you’re asking?

TheTeaFairy

I find this one whimsical :-)

Dustin

I must have missed it on the site before. I see it now!

MissB

Yay! Whimsical… I feel the same way TeaFairy. :)

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75

More decaf teas this evening as I enjoy Lost Girl, a poorly named show with a decidedly sexy sci-fi bent as I write a newsletter, get through oodles of email, and try to finish knitting my first shrug.

This still tastes like cinnamon bread to me, and I so wish there was a hint of icing. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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84

Have a tremendous amount more of this coming because I love it so, so I decided to stop hoarding and drink a cup tonight. So yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Turmeric Snap (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Janelle so much for more of this! I need to find another supplier of this, or start making it myself. So good!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Minty Winter Wonderland by Tiesta Tea
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Interesting how this came in the Amoda box last winter, and is here again this winter. Hm…

It is however minty and refreshing, although there’s only a mild amount of chocolate flavoring for me, I’m still really enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

You got your Amoda box?!

Dexter

Ugggg a mint tea – I’d kind of forgotten about the Amoda box – no hope of getting under 300 this week….

OMGsrsly

I totally didn’t even register the mint. :/

The Amoda box is only 3, Dexter! You can do it! :)

Dexter

LOL yeah those 3 plus the swap box due to be delivered on Friday, plus the GCTTB that I HOPE is about to arrive…yeah no chance…

MissB

Of the three, one I have to pass on right from the start. Yep, I received it this afternoon…

Cavocorax

I just got mine TODAY. #pitypartybegins
Are you guys happy you stuck with it? So far, yes. Although if you think of it as $4 a sample, that’s pretty steep, but OTOH, if it inspires you to buy from a vendor you’ve never heard of before, then yay?

OMGsrsly

I think I’m gonna cancel after next month. Depending on what we get. :)

Dexter

I think I’m too fussy, too many things I don’t like. I started in December, opened the box, looked in, went ewwwwww, and sent the whole thing to Sil. This month, I opened the box and thought 2 out of 3 not bad. When you look at it, I’ve now paid 24.00 for 2 samples that I’m interested in – that’s really steep. I’m going to give it another month or so – see what happens when we get past the Christmas flavors….

Cavocorax

Dexter – ouch!

Yeah, I guess I’ll go month by month for a little longer. Until I feel foolish for paying so much.

Dexter

That’s the chance you take with these types of subscription programs. It’s fine, just the way it worked out – passed some tea on to a friend – earned some tea Karma – it’s all good, just hoping for a couple of months that I like everything and find a new supplier. I’ll give it a couple more months.

Kittenna

… also very unimpressed that they’re using the same tea twice. I think I may complain about it.

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90

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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92
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Simpson & Vail
1264 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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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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