258 Tasting Notes

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drank Hairy Crab Oolong by Virtuous Teas
258 tasting notes

A nice floral oolong, but I let my cup get cold :(

Azzrian

LOL awesome name!

Emilie

Haha yeah! That was the main reason I tried it. I’m just glad it didn’t TASTE like hairy crab! lol

Azzrian

LOL Emilie what DOES Hairy Crab taste like? haha okay Im going to bed – night steepsters :)

gmathis

You know, I’m thinking that you could, with a little research, put together a whole novelty assortment of teas with funny names Hairy Crab…Camel’s Breath…

teawade

haha after tasting it do you see the correlation with the name? Such a strange name. Now I’m curious as to what it tastes like haha.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

oh man just on the name I wanna try this tea!

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I got a tin of this with their free offer. It was definitely packed as full as it could possibly go! This smells so good. It reminds me of Hawaiian Sun juice. It comes in cans like soda and has flavors like Passion-Guava and Strawberry Lilikoi. They’re everywhere in Hawaii, and sometimes in Asain stores here on the mainland. I haven’t had a Hawaiian Sun in forever so I was really excited about this.

I tried it both hot and cold. The flavors seemed to be about the same either way, and both ways were very good. Despite the strong smell, the guava flavor isn’t IN YOUR FACE. It’s a very light flavor. It doesn’t taste weak or thin. It’s light while still being very good.

Azzrian

This is good stuff! Hawaiian Sun Juice sounds amazing!

Emilie

It is! If you get a chance, you should definitely try it!

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I’ve been in a small town in Texas at my parents house for the summer. Unfortunately, the restaurant options here are VERY limited. I’ve been missing my favorite tiny Thai restaurant and their delicious Thai Iced Tea and was just thinking about it today. Well, I made a Traveling Tea Box on another website (www.reddit.com/r/teaexchange). I just received it back today after it going all across the US and even to the UK and Japan. I’ve been looking through it and there are SO MANY teas in there. But then I saw this little tea bag hidden behind everything else and knew I had to make it first. It makes such a crazy fun orange color while steeping. Normally I don’t like super sweet teas, but this is the kind of tea that just HAS to be super sweet. It’s very good and a close second to the version from my favorite Thai restaurant. I will definitely be looking to buy more.

momo

I’ve been thinking about starting a box like that here, but I’m afraid of it vanishing…but because of the post office and not people here! That’s awesome it made it all the way back!

Emilie

I was worried about that too! It took a while to go from here to the UK, but other than that, it didn’t seem like there were any post office problems. We got lucky!

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
258 tasting notes

This tea tastes like honey mixed with vinegar. I’m pretty sure I’ve had mate before and it didn’t taste like this. I’m not sure what this flavor is from but I don’t think I can bring myself to drinking this tea ever again. The honey flavor IS really good, and I wish that was the only flavor because then I would love this tea. Maybe something bad happened to this poor tea? I don’t see anyone else mentioning this flavor.

I have a bit left, so if anyone else is interested in it, please let me know. Even though I haven’t exactly made it sound delicious! :P

softrevolution

Have you tried it iced? I really didn’t like it much at all hot, but as an iced tea it’s one of my favourites. Then again, could just be something in there that didn’t agree with you!

Emilie

I did make it iced :(

Alphakitty

This tea seems so divisive, people either really love it or really hate it! I think maybe it’s the combo of so many different base teas? I’m on the like side, but I can see why people think it’s icky.

softrevolution

Yeah, it’s kind of..perfumey? I can see how it could be a little strange.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

my coworker loves this tea and bought like 200g of it and drank it every morning + resteeping. I thought the “honey” taste was really weird to mix with mate and not for me.

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This is one of those teas that’s fun to look at it. There are all kinds of little spices and bits of fruit. It almost looks more like food than tea! Steeped, it creates this pretty amber color.

I’m mostly getting tart, apple like flavors. Every now and then cinnamon pops up. I was really expecting a lot more spices for something like this :( Maybe I’ve just burnt out my taste buds from really strong teas. I’ll try cold brewing

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Della Terra Teas

Thank you for the review and input. We are currently working on getting a less tart, naturally sweeter blend!

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I got this in the fall Try Me pack. When I saw the fall one, I HAD to get it. I love anything fall and winter. And, while it may be fall in some places, it’ll still be a few months here in Texas before it gets below the triple digit weather.

My mom and I decided to try this tea first. It’s definitely chocolatey. It has the same good creamy chocolate flavor as their Chili Chocolate Truffle. I’m also picking up hints of smoky campfire flavors. I don’t think there was any flavor left in my cup from other things, so I’m assuming it is this tea. It doesn’t seem mentioned in the description, but I like the smokey hints!

Normally, I don’t like adding milk to my tea. But I always feel like I need to add milk to chocolatey teas. I tried it here, and I actually liked the tea better without the milk. It was still good with milk in, but it almost seemed to hide the flavors instead of enhancing them. Any chocolate tea that doesn’t need milk is great in my book!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Thanks for the heads up on the facebook contest, I won today, yay! I’m gonna get this tea, yum!

Emilie

Way to go! Hopefully you like it as much as I did

Sil

haha i think we’re all stalking their FB contest :)

Emilie

I’m sure, it’s hard to say no to free tea!

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70
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
258 tasting notes

I accidentally let this cold brew longer than I meant to, so that may have made it more tart than it would otherwise have been. However, the tart hibiscus doesn’t entirely drown out the other flavors now. I almost like the tart now, as it adds to the flavor instead of being ALL UP IN YOUR FACE. I still needed to add sugar, but that’s not a huge problem for me.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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This was another of the teas that I won from Della Terra Teas (seriously, go like them on facebook, there are so many giveaways). This was also one of the teas I suggested when they asked for ideas for fall teas. Makes me feel special!

So, I made a very sad tea discovery last night when I was drinking this. I don’t like nutmeg in teas. I like it in cooking, but not teas. I first noticed this when I tried Forever Nuts. It had a weird smell and taste to me that I just didn’t like. When I opened this up, there was that same smell! I was hoping it would drown out in the taste, but no :( My mom tried it, and said it tasted just like pumpkin pie, so obviously it is a good tea. I just can’t get past the nutmeg :(

If you don’t mind or even like nutmeg in teas, give this a try. According to my mom it is really good. I was looking forward to this tea too. Silly taste buds :(

momo

I’m that way with almond. There can be all sorts of other stuff going on in it but it just sticks out to my taste buds and ruins it, so weird.

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Della Terra Teas is a small company, and they’re very good about communication with customers and paying attention to their suggestions. Huge points for them in my book. Also, they have lots and lots of giveaways on their facebook page. That’s actually how I got this tea. I won a giveaway on their facebook page and received what looks to be about 2 ounces of this, and generous sample packs of a pumpkin pie tea, and a holiday themed tea. And they were all packaged up with pretty paper.

This tea smells like some delicious coffee concoction in the bag. My mom had to make me go make the tea and stop standing around sniffing the bag. The chocolate in here has a really nice taste. It’s creamier like a milk chocolate, but not overly sweet. I added milk to see what would happen, and it really enhances the chocolate. It started reaching into hot chocolate range. As for the chili part, I got just a hint of it on the back of the sip, especially as it cooled. It was a slight tingle on the back of my tongue. I’m thinking a longer steep time will bring out the chili heat more. At three and a half minutes, I had no bitterness, so hopefully it can handle longer steeps!

Thanks for this, Della Terra Teas!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
tattooed_tea

yum! I think I have to add this to my fall tea list.

Della Terra Teas

You’re welcome, I’m so happy you enjoyed it :)

Uniquity

I recently liked their Facebook page and noticed the generous give-aways. Hopefully I’ll win a chance to try some of their stuff! : )

Emilie

Good luck! I didn’t expect to win, but I did! And you get A LOT of tea for a give away

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
258 tasting notes

I got about 10 grams of this in a swap, thanks for that! I recall trying it hot and cold before and liking it much more cold.

I iced it today and had to add sugar to drink it. With the addition of sugar, it tastes good. But there’s nothing really special about it that makes it stand out from all the other fruity hibiscus-y teas. It actually reminds me a lot of the Passion Iced Tea Lemonade from Starbucks that I used to be obsessed with. I’d definitely drink this if it was offered, but I’m not going to buy it.

I had enough of the sample left to try it cold brewed. I’m hoping that will bring out more of the non-hibiscus flavors

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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