133 Tasting Notes

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drank Body + Mind White Tea by Teavana
133 tasting notes

So I know that most of you have outgrown Teavana, or hated it from the beginning…but there are still some teas that I really love there and will probably still buy occasionally when I run out.
Not sure I will repurchase this one though. I have wavered on my love for Monkey Picked Oolong in my not drinking so many roasty teas lately. And plus, there are other places that carry Monkey Picked Oolong, and are wayy cheaper and good enough for a substitute. So far it’s Teavivre’s Monkey Picked Oolong that’s the best replacement.
But anyway. I probably could throw this tea together since it’s only silver needle, jasmine oolong, and monkey picked oolong.
So not sure if I will buy this again. $14 isn’t a horrible price for 2oz in my book if it’s all consisted of expensive teas anyway.
I steep this one grandpa style. It’s strong and perfume-y.
The silver needle has really grown on me in this tea. Sometimes it’s really strong, but this time the jasmine oolong took over. It’s a lovely tea, and something that I find myself craving from time to time.
I think Teavana did pretty good on this tea. Probably the best, or least one of the best teas they have. And not too overly priced!

Flavors: Hay, Jasmine, Perfume

Cheri

This actually sounds like a good Teavana tea. Most of what I’ve had from there has been so disappointing. I did like the Jasmine silver needle, but not as much as I love TeaVivre’s version. Most of their teas are just filler and overpriced, which is my biggest problem.

Ost

I can send you a sample if you are that curious about it so you don’t gotta waste your money on a tea you might hate! Hit me up if you’re interested!
And totally get you on being disappointed. I’ve been more disappointed than not overall with their teas. But there are still some good ones worth the money!

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drank Caramel Creme Brule by Culinary Teas
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This is another tea from Mandy.
Not getting too much caramel from this one to be honest. Getting more of a burnt creme brule flavor for some reason. xD Don’t know why. Not such a fan of this one.
But these samples have been a nice distraction from feeling horrible today, so that’s nice at least. Thanks so much, Mandy! (:

Flyawaybirdie

=(. I’m guessing burnt as in not that ‘slightly burnt sugar taste’ but more ‘burnt to charcoal’ taste?
I’m sorry you’ve been having a bad day. Here’s something cute and fluffy: http://instagram.com/p/r_gCqYxNCN/

Ost

Maybe in the middle. xD Not sure that either is really good haha
Hehe that definitely cheered me up! Thanks!

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65
drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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This smells like wood while steeping….
I’ve only had English Breakfast one other time…when last year my friend from England made me a “traditional English” cup of tea with milk and all. Didn’t like it then, but can’t remember what it tasted like. Don’t remember it tasting like wood though.
I like the malty black teas…need more malty black teas to try. I keep finding all these woody teas…
I would think maybe my taste is just changing. But then I try black teas that I have that I love and thought were malty and they taste the same. Maybe I just keep buying the wrong teas…I don’t know.
If anyone has any really good malty teas to recommend, let me know! Because I really wanna find a good, malty tea!
This one, however, is not as bad as expected.
It’s like half malty and half woody. It’s initially a light malt flavor but then changes to wood. It’s weird. But not actually that bad. I would drink this again. Wouldn’t buy it, but would drink it again willingly.
Harney & Sons sent me 4 tea bags of this as free samples. xD Guess they really wanted me to try this one-haha! As I’m finishing the first steep I actually can see this tea growing on me. But I guess I will see what happens with the next three tea bags. :P

Flavors: Malt, Wood

TheTeaFairy

Have you tried Tiger Assam from Andrews & Dunham? That’s a malt bomb!

(And Yay! You’re drinking tea again ;-))

Ost

I haven’t! I’m kinda skeptical of buying from them because it’s in such large amounts! Wish they had samples. ><

(Haha yah! I hope it stays! :P)

TheTeaFairy

Yes, same here, I haven’t ordered any of their teas yet because of the quantity issue. I was lucky cause a friend sent me a sample of Tiger Assam and I really like it!

Ost

Ah well I will have to try that one sometime! Gotta hunt down someone who has it and will send me a sample of it haha!

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Got a surprise package in the sweet and thoughtful Mandy! A bunch of desert teas! Which I’m ALWAYS a fan of!
This one smelled ridiculously strong when I opened the bag. Which I hoped was a good sign. But it seems good smells can often betray dessert teas.
As for flavor there’s a WHOLE lot of butterscotch and caramel in it. Not tasting tons of toffee, just hints of it here and there.
There was mainly a caramel flavor in the first steep, and second mainly butterscotch…maybe for my third steep I will get a lot of toffee. xD
It’s definitely better than I expected it to be.
Though, steeped a couple minutes over the second time so kinda bitter. But good overall. Thank you so much, Mandy! (:

Flavors: Bitter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Sweet

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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Ever since mj sent me a sample of this tea I’ve been in love!
Could barely sleep last night but finally took a pain killer at 6. Thank God I have something to calm my stupid body down. xD Haven’t been able to sleep now, but figured tea would probably help calm me down some mentally and emotionally.
Think I was right. (:
Leave it to a lovely black tea to do the trick! ^^

Stephanie

I love this one very much too. Try it iced sometime, it is phenomenal!

Ost

Really? I would never think to have this one iced! I will have to try that! :O

mj

I’m glad you like it so much :)

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95
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Yesssss! FINALLY get to try this. I’ve been RIDICULOUSLY excited about this tea. Like you have no idea.xD Ever since I had their Melon Oolong I’ve been desperate to try the famous Golden Honeydew!
Not even exaggerating. I ordered 5 tins of this tea. That’s kinda a big risk xD But I figured if it’s anything like Melon Oolong it will just be incredible and I should stock up on it while I can. :P
Well. Good news, guys. I didn’t waste my money!
Kinda feel a bit bummed out about the Momoko tea, but I was not disappointed by this one.
When I opened the bag I was hit by a strong wave of honeydew. Ugh. It was amazing. One of the strongest teas I’ve ever smelled.
As for taste, the initial taste was strong like the smell but it didn’t seem to last all throughout the actual drink. This probably won’t make sense…but you know when you swallow a tea and it tastes different from when you first sip it? That’s kinda how this tea is. Perhaps it’s the rooibos base that makes it taste like the flavor doesn’t last all the way through…but…I don’t know.
Haha that probably makes 0 sense. xD You just gotta try it and you’ll understand what I mean! :P But it’s an amazing tea overall. I think I might actually like the melon oolong and this one the same. They’re both wonderful teas and I’m glad I didn’t waste my money. Definitely worth trying!!
But if any of you order from Lupicia and this flavor isn’t available, definitely order Melon Oolong, because it’s pretty similar!
Both are amazing!! :D :D

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

Mandy

Phew, glad you like it so much, 5 tins is a heck of a lot when it comes to teas you don’t care for.

Ost

Yeah…I was pretty confident I would like it. xD

boychik

And you would see a line of ppl dying to buy it from you in a case you didn’t like it.

Ost

True haha!
Well if anyone is interested in trying it, hit me up and I can send ya some! (:

Marzipan

If you decide to sell a tin…

Ost

Haha I think I might like it too much to do that. :P
But if I happen to get sick of it before I finish all 5 cans I’ll let youguys know haha

albertocanfly

Oh my lordy! FIVE tins?! Hahaah, you are one crazy lady! I’m going to be hearing about this tea for agesss now…tehehe:P Glad that you adore it so much!

Ost

Haha it probably won’t last too long, so don’t worry :P haha

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
133 tasting notes

So ordered a tin of this along with a crap load of Golden Honeydew from Lupicia the other day. xD I’m glad that I only got one tin of this.
I feel like a lot of the Lupicia teas I’ve tried so far have been super sweet and didn’t need any added sweetener. But this one is different.
The peach in this is kinda bitter.
I steeped it for about 3 minutes. So not like overly long…but it just seems like I steeped it for an hour. 0_0 I can taste the vanilla in this tea though, which is nice.
But would be even better if they had a sweet peach/vanilla flavor instead of the bitter peach/vanilla that I am tasting xD
Kinda meh about this tea…but I’ll have to try it a few more times before I give up :S

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Vanilla

albertocanfly

Ruh roh…. Sounds like you have a trouble maker on your hands! You have to whip it into shape! :D

Ost

Hahah xD Yeah I gotta figure this one out for sure.
If you’re interested in it, I can send some to you! :P

boychik

Maybe cold steep?

Ost

Yeah maybe. I’ll mess around with it again, see what works.

Tealizzy

I agree..this one isn’t my favorite, but if you like peach, you should try Momo (black) or Momo super grade oolong.

Ost

Oh my goodness, Tealizzzy I LOVE Momo Super Grade Oolong!! That is probably my favorite Peach tea!

albertocanfly

If you wouldn’t mind, I’d love to try it! .

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95

Mmm haven’t had this tea in a while….
Still delicious! ^^

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98
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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I never really thought I’d be this sad over some actor’s death that I didn’t even know. But I am. I think the main part about Robin Williams’ death that crushes me is that his life ended in suicide. I mean, suicide in general is sad. But when you think of all the amazing movies he was in that brought inspiration and laughter to so many peoples’ lives, it’s hard to believe he ended up killing himself. Maybe he was just that amazing of an actor, but it always seemed like he fully believed all the inspiring lines he said in movies. I can’t explain it, but so many movies that he has played in have a special place in my heart.
A lot of posts on tumblr going around today are referring to him as, I quote:
“robin williams was like that uncle you didn’t see often but when you did he’d always make you smile and you remembered nothing but good things…”

Maybe that’s exactly what I’m trying to say. I grew up watching his movies, and they always had a way of giving people hope and happiness. Kinda has felt like he was that crazy, awesome uncle who never wanted to grow up and just stay fun forever.
Through amazing movies like Hook and the Dead Poet’s Society, Robin Williams has earned a special place in my heart.
I am crushed on so many different levels over his death. As someone who struggles with pretty constant depression, it is even more heartbreaking to know that he lost that final battle. Despite all of the bad things in his personal life, I will always think of him in the best of light. Brightening up peoples’ lives through the films he has been in. Peter Pan, is the Robin Williams that I will remember. John Keating, is the Robin Williams that I will remember. Mrs. Doubtfire is the Robin Williams that I will remember. I want to remember Robin Williams in his finest moments, even if they were just on a movie screen.
And I’m sorry if this is all just rambles. I’m super tired, and really sad over the events of today. Sorry if I make no sense. >< In sum, I am heartbroken over the tragedy of Robin Williams and I just have too many feelings right now to be clear about anything. xD
So I’ll just be drinking a crap load of comforting teas tonight like this one. Remembering all the good that Robin Williams has done here while he lived.
RIP Robin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

Flavors: Butter, Cookie

QueenOfTarts

I was absolutely stunned when I heard the news about his death.. honestly can’t believe it. It’s just so incredibly tragic. He was a big part of my life growing up as well. I hope that your teas made your evening a little bit better. Good tea seems to help.

Blodeuyn

I think you summed up how many of us feel. I hope we all can take a moment to reflect on our own lives and to also shed light on the serious issue of depression. I hope you feel better Ost, I know how hard it can be and I’m here if you need to chat.

Ost

QueenOfTarts I knew that he, like most celebrities had issues with drugs and depression and stuff…but it shocked me too. So sad. >< And yeah, teas always help one feel a bit better.

Blodeuyn Glad it made a little sense at least! My emotions are pretty muddled right now about it all. >< And thanks for offering to let me vent. Means a lot. (:

yyz

Well said!

Mandy

It’s like, so many of the people who know of him, don’t know him as a him, but as the people he played. And. It’s already hard to sepperate the actor from the character, especially when you found out that this man that you grew up with and was the happiest guy. I can’t picture this man, this voice of my childhood, as anyone but a happy cheerful man. And hearing about celebrity suicide is especially rare, and he was the last person you would have thought would have done it. I mourn for his loss, because no one should ever feel like that, and it’s a special kind of twisted irony that someone who touched so many lives ended up ending things because of those feelings.
tldr I feel what you’re saying

Ost

You put those feelings so well into words.
Kinda wondering if he really felt and believed one of the lines he had…
““I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.”

No one should feel that way, it’s sad to think he probably felt that way :/

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89

Sweet potatoes. It legit tastes like that.
A year ago I would have never imagined myself liking tea that tastes like sweet potatoes. xD
This tea is absolutely delicious!
Yah for not wasting money again! XD

Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Cameron B.

I love this one! Yummy bready amazingness. :D

boychik

so glad you like it:)

Tea Sipper

You can’t really waste money with Teavivre unless a tea is definitely not your thing.

Ost

I don’t like teas that taste a lot like the woods or earth. And I’ve had some teas that taste like that, so I’m kinda skeptical sometimes XD

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