2196 Tasting Notes

This smells so extremely boozy. I think a lot of their teas are flavoured with alcohol-based flavourings rather than flavour oils, as “alcohol” was a prominent note when I was sniffing all their teas the other day.

This tea is warm brown sugar, rum, and cinnamon. There are apple pieces in it, but I can’t taste them. I also can’t taste pumpkin. I taste alcohol.

Not a favourite. It might be improved by some airing out, so I’m going to put it on a bookshelf, open, to see if the alcohol taste/smell diminishes a bit.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh, boo. There’s hibiscus and rose hip in this. I wouldn’t have purchased if I had known. :/

MissB

Yea, their ingredient lists leave much to be desired. Having said that, they did email me their complete list of teas, with ingredients.. I can send it along if you’d like.

OMGsrsly

I have it too. That’s how I know about the sad ingredients. :/

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It, umm, smells like I’ve stuck my face in a spruce tree out in the forest. Cold, icy, woody, frozen tree pitch. I haven’t had the yabao before, so I’m not sure what part is giving me this scent.

When I think of snickerdoodle, I think of a vanilla cookie that has been rolled in cinnamon sugar then baked. Is that not what a snickerdoodle is? That’s not what this tea is.

The tea tastes like the forest. All bundled up on a crisp winter day, pushing through the forest, looking for the perfect tree. It’s quite herbal under there too, almost medicinal. Quite earthy, as well. And I feel the warmth of the ginger.

So. Weird.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

As per Wikipedia “A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled in cinnamon sugar.” So yes, you are correct that’s what a snickerdoodle is. Sorry this tea doesn’t live up to it’s name…

NofarS

Verdant’s Yabao has that pine taste. Try Norbu tea’s Yabao for a sweet, baked bread tea.

JustJames

@NorbuS that’s a handy tidbit!

OMGsrsly

Ooh. I have some of the yabao from Norbu. I’ll have to try it soon. :)

keychange

‘looking for the perfect tree’ You made me laugh!

OMGsrsly

Umm. I just realized how that might come across. Christmas tree!

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
2196 tasting notes

I need to preface this by saying I don’t like it nearly as much as the Gingerbread.

This tea brews up very light, and IMO makes a better afternoon or early evening tea. And as strong as it smells, the flavour does not come through nearly as much as I had hoped based on the other tea I tried.

So while it’s a decent tea, it’s not a favourite. Gingerbread is a favourite.

I ended up adding a little milk and sugar to this. The second steep is OK, but there’s even less Toffee flavour.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

Aw, boo. Well, good to know so that I can figure out which ones to try first! Heh.

OMGsrsly

Markup isn’t working, brb.

OMGsrsly

I was expecting TOFFEEEEEE and got toffee. :)

TeaBrat

I agree this is a little light on the flavor

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to try overleafing it. :) See how that changes my impression.

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This tea smells amazing, and when hot, tastes amazing as well. I get apple crisp or crumble out of it. Sweet baked apple and delicious cinnamon.

My cup has been sitting out for a while now, and as it’s cooled it’s become extremely bitter. Still smells amazing, though.

I’ll have to try it with milk/sugar at some point, because initially I really liked the tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Ohhh, this is good. The sample packet sadly hadn’t fully sealed (nothing escaped!), so I decided to open it first.

So good. Yes, I’m drinking this hot. It’s delicious! And my BFF agrees, since she’s sitting on the floor drinking it with ice cream. :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I don’t know how to steep this, so I guessed 1 tsp per cup and boiling water for 7 minutes.

The strawberry flavour is there, but it’s missing some chocolate. I’ll have to play around and look to see if other people have suggested steeping instructions.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

if this is a tisane (no tea leaves) I’d recommend steeping it longer. The cacao shells won’t become bitter. I have gone as long as 15 minutes with cacao shells, and I only stopped because I didn’t want to wait any longer for chocolate!

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, I got impatient. :)

OMGsrsly

Aaand I gave the package to my BFF since she was here and she liked it too. Not like I don’t have enough other teas to drink…

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Hmm. I think this is the tea I’m drinking. There are enough blends on the Adiago website that it’s hard to tell!

Anyways, I mostly smelled caramel, which is why I chose to try this tea. I love caramel. :) Steeped, I get a lot of caramel and vanilla, with fruit. I wouldn’t necessarily have guessed blueberries, but that makes sense to me.

It’s pretty good! I know that Adiago teas have mixed ratings, so I’m surprised I’m liking this so much. I just wish the flavours were less strong, as they’re so in my face they’re starting to feel a little chemical. Oh well!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

Who did you get this from? There might be the name of the creator listed to confirm the blend?

OMGsrsly

MissB. She texted and confirmed I had it right. :) Oh, oops! I totally didn’t thank her in the note. Thanks, MissB!

MissB

It’s all good. Just glad you got the right one! It’s a bit confusing.

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A sample from the lovely MissB.

Sadly this isn’t for me. I tried it, the flavours aren’t flavours I want to drink, and it has been added to my brother’s Christmas present.

:)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
MissB

Ah, that sucks. I hope he enjoys them at least!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This blend was actually discontinued very shortly after MissB got it. I’ve been going back to some of my original teas from when I began the company (and didn’t understand tea as much) and either changing the blends or removing them entirely. Blackburnian Tea was the last of the original teas to be discontinued in the “Great Purge”.

OMGsrsly

I don’t think it was bad, per se. More that it just isn’t a tea that I like. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yeah…though “not bad” and “artfully crafted” are a big difference ;) I’ve given up “just okay” blends :)

MissB

Oh, wow! I got this just recently, too. Good to know.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep yep! In fact, here’s is a list of blends recently discontinued: Cinnamon Rooibos, Irish Mint, Velvet Chai, Coco Blanco, Formosa Oolong, Blackburnian Tea, and Mountain Nectar. These will all remain special order, though. I’ve always found it upsetting when a company discontinues something I loved and I’ll never be able to get it again – so I keep a file of old blend recipes for people that may want them in the future :)

Don’t worry though, this simply makes room for improving current blends and developing new ones! :D

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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
2196 tasting notes

I have a sample from VariaTEA. :)

So about an hour ago I decided to brew up some more tea, only I accidentally splashed water on my regular timer and killed it dead (boo). I decided to try the timer in the Steepster app, only it failed horribly. I’m not sure if it’s my phone or the app, but the timer didn’t go off and then when I remembered about the tea and went to finish logging it, the timer said -58:00 and then the app re-loaded to the search screen. IDK why my phone is doing this, but it is CONSTANTLY RELOADING and it’s making me MAD.

Anyways. I strained the tea thinking it’d be horrible, but it’s not! It’s totally drinkable, only a little bitter. Tastes like I’ve put loads of sugar in it – all sweet sugar fluff dissolving on my tongue. How is this possible? That’s amazing!

Thankfully I have a couple more cups of this to try, but it’s good to know that so far I like it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Fjellrev

This totally tasted like vaguely sweetened black tea to me, but I’m glad you like it!

OMGsrsly

It tasted super sweet to me. Maybe I’m just getting sensitive to that flavour?

Plunkybug

Same here.

CrowKettle

I found this extremely sweet too- one of the more pronounced 52tea flavorings for me.

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
2196 tasting notes

I realize it speaks for my maturity level, but I can’t stop snickering and sporfling at the name of this tea. Thank you, MissB. :D

It smells divine. Yes, like booze. Whisk- y? ey? IDK. MissB said it was chocolate, but I mostly smell and taste the boozy creamy flavours. I think it’d be amazing doctored up into a bit of a toddy.

The base tea is lovely as well. So nice to find teas I don’t need to add milk and sugar to to disguise any bitter/astringent qualities. I guess that’s what happens when you find Steepster and learn about quality teas, and also that they don’t HAVE to be steeped at boiling. :)

Definitely one to consider keeping stocked. I don’t have anything else like it, and it would be lovely to drink when I’m interested in boozing it up!

Edit: Oh wow. As it cools there is chocolate! WOW. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. I’m more than half way through my cup, though. Sad the chocolate didn’t come out and play a bit earlier.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

So, you liked O’Conners, ahem, cream?

OMGsrsly

Why, Cavo! How dare you imply such a thing? :D

JustJames

sadly, the MissB prediction method was correct… i was able to taste very little of this one. i like the word ‘sporfle….’ =0)

Nightshifter

Lol, love this. :)

OMGsrsly

That’s too bad, James! A boozy tea is something everyone needs to have. Hopefully you manage to find yours soon. :)

Fjellrev

I assume O’Connor has some smooth cream to offer.

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