681 Tasting Notes

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drank Sweet Dreams by Tea Gallerie
681 tasting notes

Sooo this was the first tea place I went to into San Diego, apparently the “number One” tea shop there. xD
I think over-all it was a good experience. Got to smell all the teas which was nice, and they offered samples for whatever. BUT.
But. They kept steeping the teas out of the same freakin’ steeper or tea maker or whatever it was because we tried maybe, what, 5 samples? And the first was a roasted oolong….and I had asked her if it was and she said it wasn’t, so I who had just woken up from our car ride agreed when she offered to make it. Turns out she had NO idea what the difference from a green and like roasted oolong is-I don’t think the other is called “roasted oolong”. But that’s just what I remember it as because only green oolongs have floral notes to me. So like if you know if it’s not called just “roasted oolong”, please tell me so maybe next time I can be more clear xD
Anyway, so first sample tasted all roasty and I didn’t like it of course, and the samples following just kept getting more and more burnt tasting. Like…It’s cool they wanna make samples there, and let you try a lot. But they need to do it right, wouldn’t have minded waiting a while if I could have gotten the real flavor from the teas! XD
So only ended up with two. An Irish Cream one that smelled really good and that was apparently a mix of two other teas I smelled that also smelled amazing and this tea. Haven’t been overly fond of minty chamomile teas for some reason, but this one has worked-don’t know how but it just really really has!
It smelled sooo good in the container-though half the time when I open the pouch at home it tastes like weed, and it grosses me out so much. xD So I like can’t smell the dry leaf. I just gotta brew it up and drink it because then it tastes good! But yeah. Oy.
I liked how it had a really strong like peppermint flavor but also a really strong chamomile flavor; the combo was just really good.
I got 2oz of it, and since I gotta go back up there to see the dr guy again for for a check up in three months so maybe if I really really end up loving it I’ll pick up more!
Even though the chick who I was talking to there didn’t know that much about tea it felt like, and even though she made consistently horrible samples for us, she was quite nice, just like most people in SD, which seemed really odd because CA has like the reputation for “not being friendly” though I definitely consider La to be way friendlier than the city I live in that’s like 20 minutes away from HollyWood. So yeah I dunno.
Anyway, It’s been a super rough week emotionally mainly and my intense pain added to that just makes me want to get shot in the head…so…yeah, this tea has been rather comforting.
I think what would make it even better though is like a hint of licorice. I don’t know why but that just sounds like it would be really good, at least to me!
Anywho, I’d definitely recommend going there if any of you guys are ever in SD!

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sour, Sweet

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Backlog

For some reason I totally keep forgetting to write this tasting note…probably because It was a massive disappointment. xD
I was expecting it at the very least to just be a normal jasmine tea. But no.
It hardly tasted like jasmine. They went superrr light on the jasmine and it was mainly just grass flavor. Which is why I don’t drink green teas since I don’t like grass flavors. xD
So yeah, this one was awful. Jasmine Butterfly WAYYYYY better! One of the best Jasmine teas of all time in my book. At least so far! So like a year and a half in officially :P
Anywho, Liquid Proust sent me such a generous sample of this one which was so sweet-and thank you soo much for that! Really was very nice of you. But this one wasn’t my cup of tea…soo yeah. :/ Donut worry though! I will try my best to find a good home for it when I can!

Flavors: Grass, Jasmine, Vegetal

Liquid Proust

Hopefully you were able to tell that the tea was fresh too which says something about the quality. I was disappointed by it myself.

Ost

No wonder you sent me so much, Liquid Proust! XD

Kirkoneill1988

I’m sure you will find a better jasmine tea ;)

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So the last couple times I had this tea it didn’t taste that great for some reason-it was the same with DavidsTea’s Birthday Cake too. Like around the same time. Don’t know if it was a med I was on or what but it tasted like just wood, water, and sugar. Lots of sugar. xD
But this week I’ve given this one another try since I got this one sometime last summer, so it’s one of my oldest teas that I must sip down!
Think I got about maybe 3oz or so left?
I’ve drank this one a couple times over the weekend and then again today-and holy shanghai! That’s the Red Velvet Delight I remember! :D :D Super stoked that it tastes right again! This has been a favorite and I’d have hated to waste it :(
Anywho!
So freakin’ good. If Della Terra Teas for sure re-opens and this tea is available, hopefully they’ve not changed it-because like I said in another tasting note-trying to find other teas that are just as good as the ones from DT because I keep getting crappy CS. Sooo I need replacements xD
Anywho! This one will do for now! Kinda curious to try Birthday Cake now though since this one tastes like I remember, maybe Birthday Cake will too?
But then they’ll just suck me back in..oy.
Anywho! Fantastic Tea! :D

Flavors: Maple, Maple Syrup, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet

Nichole

I don’t know if you saw or not, but they are offering mystery boxes right now on their facebook page.

OMGsrsly

Unfortunately they haven’t updated in a couple weeks, and their website is down. So I’m not sure what’s happening there. :/

Ost

Yeah, But I am thinking it’s the last of their teas that no one wanted to buy…and that I wasn’t interested in soo. :S I didn’t wanna buy it. Plus I don’t like mystery things, Nichole :P

Ost

Yeah, OMGsrsly….hoping to hear some word at least before the end of summer….

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drank Acai Dragonfruit and Melon by Lipton
681 tasting notes

So.
We were at Target yesterday and I really really wanted to get more of that chamomile from Celestial Seasonings that I just finished off because I really liked it.
But I went with this and the peach tea from Celestial Seasonings instead because I just wanted to try them once and now that my sister is living with us…she apparently likes tea, and since they aren’t really close to me and they have like the family tea cupboard in the kitchen I figured they’d like these ones.
I really never thought I’d like a Lipton tea. That’s like one of my least favorite brands. Maybe I’ve just tried all the wrong things from them, I don’t know.
But when I saw that it had dragon fruit AND melon I HAD to try no matter what brand!
Unless it’s adagio…then it’s a slightly different story xD
The dragonfruit and melon combo was actually kinda great. I can’t believe other better companies haven’t paired these flavors before! I love dragonfruit and melon teas for the most part, and ughh that mix.
It’s definitely not the best tea ever,but I will for sure keep this one in my stash and finish it off-it’s actually……..
Good.
le gasp
I know, me saying a Lipton tea is good. Crazy, huh? XD Next I’ll find a good Adagio tea. xD Imagine that haha wow! Well the tea world constantly is surprising me! :P
And I am not going to be ashamed that I liked a Lipton tea…least for now… :P

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Melon, Sweet

Liquid Proust

(I find Adagio’s grapefruit oolong to be nice)

gmathis

Lipton has (had? it’s been a while) pineapple chamomile in the same product line that is very tasty.

Ost

Yeah lots of people like Adagio, except me. xD And lots of people get horrible CS from Teavana and I’ve only gotten perfect CS. Everyone gets great CS from DavidsTea and I keep getting bad CS. XD I’m just the odd one out, Liquid Proust

Oh yeah, I’ve tried that one too…pineapple and chamomile tasted both sour, It was a good combo just wish it hadn’t been so sour, but I don’t really ever look at what Lipton has in stores anymore. But this one was good, gmathis!

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
681 tasting notes

Finally ordered this a couple DavidsTea orders ago, but only just now got the “chance” to try it.
People give such mixed reviews, and some people say it’s super citrusy which I can’t stand but then others say it has like tons of other good flavors so I was interested…and apparently no one has this tea that wants to swap soo I had to buy it. XD
When I opened the bag I was hit by a wave of strong citrus orange aroma that made me feel totally uneasy, but I brewed a cup of it up anyway.
I brewed this tea the same time I brewed up another since I was just doing a quick taste test before dinner.
I tried this after like ten minutes but it was still really hot so I decided to try the other one. My mouth has been like ultra sensitive lately to everything anyway, soo like it probably wasn’t all that heat hot but it sure felt that way to my tongue.
So I drank the other tea and in the middle of drinking the other tea I once again got super shaky suddenly from I guess not eating enough today…That doesn’t happen that much. But was super intense this time so I couldn’t really drink this tea. :(
The few sips I did have, I tasted some citrus, mango, the sourness of chamomile, and some creaminess which seems kinda odd. So yeah. I don’t feel like I can give this a full, legit review till I try it without my health issues getting in the way xD
But that’s my first experience with it!
Maybe tomorrow will try it again.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrusy, Creamy, Mango, Orange, Sour

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Picked this one up the other day since I love peach teas and it’s an herbal, plus these are the kinds of teas that my family really likes so I give it to them if I hate it, or if sometimes I don’t hate it since they just like this brand of tea.
I really do like some of their teas, just not tons I guess.
Was kinda expecting it to be more peachy.
But it just tasted more kinda artificial and kinda like the outside of the peach. The skin or whatever. I mean it has a lot of flavor. But not that right peach for me. I know my family will like it though so that’s great for them! :D

Flavors: Artificial, Peach, Sweet

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This tea is like two years old, might be over that actually xD
And it still is full of flavor. Well was-even though the packaging wasn’t amazing. Maybe chamomile teas don’t require as good of storage as other teas? No idea. But sipped this one down this week. Was sooo tempted to buy it again at the store today but I controlled myself. Need to work on sipping down my other teas first!
But this is definitely one of their better teas in my opinion. Really did help calm my muscles when I drank this tea. Actually after I went to DCA last week, on Wednesday I think it was? I had to have like two days to recover and like both those days I just drank chamomile and it really seemed to help! (: So definitely will buy this again…just when I’ve sipped down more of my teas.

Side Note

Also, just wanna say a quick thing. If you follow me on IG and like actually take the time to comment on my photos. Particularly, the ones that I took pics of my dresses since Albertocanfly really wanted to see me in them so I promised her pics. xD And like I don’t like when people fish for compliments, and I don’t know if I came off that way or anything-did not have that in mind. People usually just tell me how awful I look in person since I don’t wear makeup and yeah, I’m just not the prettiest person, and I don’t really see myself as that great because all growing up always compared myself to my drop dead gorgeous sister who like all the guys swoon over. She had curves, big boobs, a bouncy personality, great hair, she had it all. And everyone would always tell me how gorgeous she was…
So I don’t really feel the best about my body and stuff. But like when those of you who actually commented and said that I looked nice or whatever, that was really sweet. And Like I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that many compliments, and you guys have just been so sweet to me. If you haven’t already figured it out, IG is like my place to vent lately, and I’m sorry if my posts all sound whiny and stuff. xD But man, some of you guys are just really sweet and encouraging and I wish that I could hug each one of you when you drop a sweet or encouraging comment on one of my photos. Like it just means so much to me. It really is the little things for me. Thank you for being so kind to me—it just means a lot. I can’t get over it, like you guys really are some of the kindest people I’ve ever known-and it just means a lot. So thanks to all those who have ever dropped a really sweet or encouraging comment on any of my photos. They mean a lot. (:

Flavors: Honey, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

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78
drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
681 tasting notes

So my dad brought me home this random TGY oolong from China, was a bit nervous that he wouldn’t find the right once since I also had asked him to find me a cheap teapot but he said he couldn’t find any and yeah, there was much confusion over the tea stuff too xD
But alas!
He did find a tea!
Of course he bought me two boxes of it-to all those who follow me on Instagram, I will post of a picture of what he got me later. :P
So when I opened up the package it smelled like floral and like orchard-y. I don’t think that’s a scent, but I can’t explain it. It’s not grass and not like veggies, but it’s like trees and i don’t know.. But like It’s really good smell.
Was nervous about this being a buttery oolong too-but!
It only has a small hint of butter-the main flavor is floral and that like orchard-y taste that I LOVE in oolongs! I steeped it for 5 minutes last time I tried it and like feels no matter how long I actually do it it’s not a super bold TGY,which is disappointing. But hey, it might be a lighter one, but sometimes I am in the mood for a less intense floral oolong. So yeah, I have lots of it soo if you happen to be into the green floral tasting oolongs you should let me know!
I already know I gotta send some to The Cookie Lady since she loves those teas too xD
If you like that kind of tea definitely hit me up even if we happened to have just swapped. It’s in vacuum sealed packaging so like it’s pretty safe even if I sent it to you in a few months. I’m not down for swapping tons at the moment because of my poor health but I’m hoping that I’ll at least catch up on some things so I can do better at swapping and all-but yeah. This tea is a winner! (:

Flavors: Floral, Sweet

Liquid Proust

I’ll be sending you around 8 different TGY to compare when I get back :)

Ost

Haha just make sure that none of them are roasty! XD I’ll try any oolong though unless like it is like insanely roasty Liquid Proust :P

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Was really looking forward to this one, all these “honey oolongs” keep making me assume that there are honey notes in them! Which is not true for me, sadly. :(
This one tasted mainly buttery to me, but not like a salty buttery. More like a creamy buttery. Which I don’t usually find in teas. It’s usually like a salty buttery flavor. xD That probably makes 0 sense. I blame it on my druggy brain-on pain killers 24/7,so things can get pretty off sometimes.
Anyway XD
This had some hints of floral, but not enough to outweigh the butteriness. I can’t do the buttery flavors in oolongs, they just make me feel sick. :( Which I get enough of when I eat normal food anyway! So yeah, not my favorite. :(
Thanks for the sample though, Cookies!

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
681 tasting notes

Cookies gave me an oolong…Not really sure what it said on the bag because it’s like in cursive…and though I did learn cursive as a child, I hated it, sooo I really avoided at all costs to write in it. I could read pretty much everything else, but this one tea. Either it’s not in this system or I can’t read it. xD I have no idea.
So I apologize Cookies!
This one wasn’t my favorite anyway. Was mainly roasty and nutty. Kinda like 50/50. Neither one really dominated which was rather nice, I admit. But still not my favorite. Always glad to try another oolong though. So thank you, Cookies! :D

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted

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I’m not too sharp with intros, but I figured it is about time to give it a go.
I started out drinking oolong and green tea that my dad brought home from his China business trips.
Then I discovered Teavana, and fell in love with some of their teas. Eventually I stumbled across Steepster, and a whole ‘nother world opened up.
Have discovered so many different kinds of teas, and have been loving this journey! The tea world is insanely big and amazing! And I’ve met some of the kindest people here who have broadened my horizons in more ways I could have imagined! Happy to be here, and to be drinking so many amazing teas! :D

My rating system:
1-59: Really really not a fan. An awful cup of tea for me…Totally undrinkable.

60-69: Not horrible, but not something I’d ever drink again willingly.

70-79: Pretty good. Wouldn’t mind drinking ever so often. But not a keeper.

80-100: FREAKIN’ AMAZING. Always keeping on stock in my home!!

I like pretty much any kind of tea except green tea. Unless it’s genmaicha or strongly flavored, I don’t like it usually.

My Tea Goals:
To find the Best Caramel Tea
To find the Best Vanilla Tea
To find the Best floral Oolong
To find the Best Malty Assam Tea
To find the Best Maple/Syrup Tea

Notes I like: Fruit(primarily peach, melon/honeydew, Banana, Kiwi, but I’m open to other kinds), Malt, Desserts (Toffee, Cake, Cookie,etc), Vanilla, Caramel, Floral, Sweet potato, Pastry/Bread,Jasmine, Honey, Cocoa, Chocolate, Maple, Nutty, Coconut, Almond.

Notes I’m Picky with: Lemon, Chai, Roasted, Blueberries, Hibiscus, Smoke, Earthiness, Puerhs, White Teas, and Cinnamon

Notes I hate: Citrus/Orange (Everything that I hate in this life that I have to take for my health is orange flavored, and it just makes me gag…so please…just no), Watermelon, Raspberry, Wood, Apple, Bacon, Lavender, Most mints, Pepper, Spicy, Tart/sour.

Yes, I am a picky tea drinker, but I’ll usually try any straight black or oolong tea that I receive. I like most oolongs, and I’m still discovering straight blacks. They always seem to surprise me no matter what!

And Swaps! I’m always down for swapping. Everything in my cupboard is swap-able. So just hit me up and send a message and we can totally do that!

On an unrelated to tea note, my other interests are limited due to health issues. But when I can, I enjoy reading and writing. Watching Netflix and YouTube have also been fantastic when I feel awful (which is most of the time).
I love Rifftrax, Rooster Teeth, Dexter, Hannibal, BBC’s Robin Hood, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Psych, and Parks and Rec.
Love watching all sorts of movies too, but that would be too much to list. :P
I’m definitely more of an internet person and love talking to people on every website I’m on. So if you ever wanna chat, shoot me a message! ^^

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