708 Tasting Notes

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drank Chamomile by Trader Joe's
708 tasting notes

So like I hadn’t tried plain chaomomile so I decided to pick this up at the store (before my bro sent me chamomile). But I actually tried the chamomile from my bro first which actually tasted way fresher.
Opened a tea bag of it, didn’t smell that strong. And yeah…just didn’t taste good. It just tasted really old….
Don’t know why though. Eh.
Didn’t even make me feel relaxed or tired like the other did. This is a fail tea basically. D:
Oh welllll
Trader Joes should stay like with cookies…they have really good cookies. Particularly their newish maple leaf cookies. HOLY SHANGHAI. It’s freakin’ heaven. Love it.
Anyway but yeah this tea sucks

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70
drank Golden Turtle by Mandala Tea
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Soo umm I think I got this from TheLastDodo? Correct me if I’m wrong! But I’m pretty sure you sent it to me…but our swap was a while ago and I have a horrible memory :S
Anyway.
Been wanting to try this one for a while, it’s always perked my interest.
When it was steeping the aroma was kinda creamy, and reminded me of a milk oolong, or just a really creamy oolong that makes me sick…
So wasn’t sure what to think.
But when it cooled off enough to let me drink it, I was surprised by it so much!
There’s a little vegetable flavor going on, along with some floral flavor, and while there is some creaminess, it’s not the normal creaminess I usually taste in oolongs that make me sick. It actually kinda tasted like vanilla. I thought that the flavors for this tea seemed odd when I looked it up to see the steeping time. Didn’t think I’d taste most of those. But I totally tasted vanilla. Never tasted an oolong quite like this before!
But I’m definitely impressed!
The best tea from Mandala Tea I’ve ever tried. So glad I got to try it!
I mean, I’m not sure I’d buy it since the vanilla/creamy flavor balances out the others, and I’m kinda nervous that it would make me sick. Stupid creamy/milky oolongs make me nervous anymore!
But wouldn’t mind getting more through a swap or something one day in the future. It’s definitely an odd tea, but I kinda like it. Definitely unique! And a good unique too! :D
Thank you sooo much for letting me try this, TheLastDodo!! Or if it was someone else thank you for letting me try it! So excited!:D :D :D

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Vanilla, Vegetables, Vegetal

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drank Macaroon by American Tea Room
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So this was a sample I got from ATR when I went there last.
They always seem to be promoting this tea, so I was curious about it. But I wouldn’t have ever bought a sample of it.
I could taste the cocoa and chocolate the most, but also there was a weird flavor that I can’t put my finger on…think it might have been the licorice root and coconut that just made it taste funky. It’s a very odd tea, definitely not going to drink again. And it definitely doesn’t remind me of a macaroon…like at all.
But I guess I’m glad I got to try it over all. I’m gonna have to find another home for this one too…onto the list it goes. xD

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Licorice

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What the freakin’ crap!? This isn’t lemon at all. Lemon my foot! I feel so betrayed! D:
This is TOTALLY orange flavor! Eww Eww Eww!
I totally smelled it when I opened the bag and I was hoping the actual taste would be different. But it wasn’t. :(
It was like drinking hot orange juice.
Ewww.
I hate this tea so muchhh.
Such a betrayal. D:
Yeah I’m just gonna give this one away for free. Not my thing at all. Ewww I just can’t do it. BLehhh :S

Flavors: Citrus, Orange

Sil

weird lol

Frolic

Mmmm oranges

Sounds tasty to me!

Tealizzy

Lol! Funniest tasting note ever!

Ost

Glad you enjoyed my betrayed note. xD My misery tends to make people laugh for some reason…it’s a talent of mine. But better than making them just be sad too xD

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43
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
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Another tea that TheLastDodo graciously split with me! Have been dying to try this one FOR FOREVER!
But no one seemed to have it. Kinda get why now that I have it. Don’t really taste any kiwi in it…maybe a little, but it just tastes like a bundle of fruits. Disappointed again. :/ What a shame. Plus, I love the Pee-Wee reference in the name of this tea-a name wasted on a tea that doesn’t live up to it. D:
Sad times.
But thankful I got to try it.
There’s only a couple more DavidsTeas I wanna try, but…I think I’ll just wait to find someone who has them and is willing to swap because I have way too bad of luck with buying from them and either having CS issues with my order, or just not liking most of the teas. xD Oy vey.
This tea isn’t bad, but it’s not something I’d buy. Didn’t live up to it’s name in my book :/ But thanks again for splitting this one, TheLastDodo! you are awesome! :D

Flavors: Fruity

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drank Irish Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to TheLastDodo for ordering from DavidsTea and then splitting some of those teas with me! Really really had high hopes for this one, but of course, much like pretty much every other unflavored tea from them, it disappointed me. xD
They need to stop trying to do unflavored teas, it’s just not working. Like at all.
headdesk
I steeped it for the right time and everything but it was just bitter and inky as if it had been steeped for 10 minutes or something. Had a little malt, but not enough to make it a good Irish Breakfast tea. So glad I didn’t waste my money on more of their bad teas, this one would have been another big mistake!
So thanks so much for splitting it, TheLastDodo! It was so much fun to swap with you! I’d totally do it again! Was my pleasure! :D

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

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Tried this one yesterday, and didn’t feel up to logging. Tried this one for the first time…I got it because it sounded just different, and maybe like something I’d like. I got it super cheap for one, so figured it wouldn’t hurt. Plus I also thought it might be a bit floral-y. Glad I didn’t waste my money too much…
Never had this kind of oolong before.
But it was super super sweet. Like it tasted like someone dumped a bunch of sugar in it. And like there were orchid hints in the background of the tea…but mostly it just tasted like sugar. It was so so weird. I don’t really know what to make of it, so I’m not gonna rate it…I’m gonna try it one more time before I decide its fate…it came in two bags, and I’ll probbaly put one of the bags up for sale because I don’t think I can deal with that kind of overly sweet tea…But I’m definitely gonna try it again…it is just so different. And I’ve never seen it on any other tea website….I don’t know. It’s just odd to me!

Flavors: Sugar, Sweet

TeaBrat

definitely sounds weird to me!

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Soo a few weeks ago by bro sent me some tea…I told him that I’ve been drinking herbals more lately, so he sent me a few different chamomile teas. xD Not exactly what I was expecting.
But like He got tea a few months ago and was acting like it was just all that, and it was Twinnings, and like English Breakfast teas, two things which I really really dislike. So I didn’t trust him. xD He doesn’t know good tea, and since I have been drinking a lot of herbal teas, I thought it was a safe bet….
Well…let’s just say…his picks are most interesting.
For one, he sent me this like menstrul tea, literally-that’s the name…and it smells absolutely horrible. Like I have no idea why he sent me that….but like I really wanna throw it away. Sooo badly. But I just will kinda feel guilty about it….He probably thought itwould help my pain or something….which no matter how many times I explain my health issues to him, he just doesn’t get it….So yeah…that’s awkward….
Also this tea adds to his bad thinking too. xD Chamomile might make me feel relaxed, like my muscles for a bit, but doesn’t help my nerves. xD Ohhh Adam. You tried. xD
Anyway!
With that back story I’ll just say this was an alright tea. Not the best. Not the worst. Like I highly doubt I’ll finish it….It’s so much tea, like I’m either gonna just give half of it away or send it away in a swap or something. It’s just a weird combo of things.
Dry leaf smelled like chamomile, of course.
But when I drank it, it was sweet and kinda flowery, but also sour from the chamomile and minty from the peppermint…It’s just a weird blend of things…I’m sure it’s a tea that will grow on me, but it just is an odd tea. That’s for sure.
I am not gonna rate it because I still don’t know what to think of it :S Oy….

Flavors: Flowers, Peppermint, Smooth, Sour, Sweet

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92
drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
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Oh my freakin’ word! This freakin’ tea is freakin’ amazing!!
Don’t know why I keep saying freakin’….I guess I just haven’t tried a new tea that’s “wow-ed” me THIS much before. It’s crazy!
I had wanted to get it when Butiki Teas was still opened, but didn’t have the chance because when I went to order it, I ended up with an email about it being sold out. :(
Didn’t think I’d have the chance to try this one, but thanks to the incredibly generous VariaTEA for this tea!!!
After two cups of it, I still don’t know what to think-it’s like nothing I’ve ever had.
The base of this blend looks like PTA….I think it is because it really tastes like it, but I’m not entirely sure. So correct me if I’m wrong! It was really malty, and kinda almost fruity. I wouldn’t say it tasted like white chocolate tons, but it did taste like it just enough to make you think of white chocolate. White chocolate and the base tea just blend so perfectly together. And it’s soo smooth. I’m so impressed!
I absolutely adore this tea! So thankful I got a chance to try it! Thank you so so much VariaTEA!!!! :D :D

Edit Also just realized this is my 700th tasting note! Woot! :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, White Chocolate

Sil

woot woot! grats on 700

VariaTEA

Congrats on 700! And I am SOOO glad you love this because I could never get it to work for me. I’m happy it went to a good home :)

Ost

Thanks guys (:

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45
drank Vietnamese Black OP by Harney & Sons
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So this one is woody, with a hint of bread to it. Might be really woody because I over-steeped it a bit, but It wasn’t a long over-steep so I think that that note kinda already existed there. :/
So yeah, not really a fan. Think I’ll just list this one as a freebie on my sale list. xD It’s not that it’s a bad tea, I guess I’m just not in the mood to play around with it tons to make sure that it can’t be a really good tea that I fall in love with. :S

Flavors: Baked Bread, Wood

OMGsrsly

You can make Hong Kong Milk Tea with this one… DavidsTea had a recipe a couple years ago. :)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/57843176436838071/

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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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