438 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
438 tasting notes

I really wanna love this tea. So so much ><
It’s soo chocolatey- which I really like. But it also tastes really grainy and nutty, which I’m not so fond of. It’s like a grainy, chocolatey tea.
Since I’m officially off of work for now, might go through all the teas I’ve not had in a while and decide what to keep, and what needs a new home.
I really do wish I liked this one though. I really thought this time I’d like it better. :/

Flavors: Chocolate, Grain, Nuts

Sil

if it ever tastes like it did 2 yrs ago, i’ll let you know haha

Nightshifter

It is very hearty with the cereal/grain thing blended into the chocolate.

Ost

How did it taste two years ago, Sil?

Nightshifter

I forgot to ask, do you steep this long? I’ve found it much more subtle and delicious with short steeps. I used to roll with it like any other black, these days I do 30 seconds to start, 45 seconds after. Hope this helps! :)

Ost

You know, Short steeps never really work for me. I find them too light. :S I steeped it for a couple minutes…whatever it says on here about how long to steep it. I generally use Steepster to find steeping times. :P

Sil

it was more chocolatey and less grainy…nutty…that undernote of something else. I’ve taken to drinking this one with a tsp of cacao added to it.

Nightshifter

Have you tried Fujian Black from WP? Might be a nice alternative. Less outright chocolate (but still cocoa-y and very malty) without the heavy cereal/grains. :)

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Got my Verdant order today, just bought this tea with the giftcard I got from Their BF/CM sale. Will be a long time before I run out of this one. One of the better floral teas I’ve had. Really enjoying it tonight! ^^

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drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
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I get it. I really do. I get the hype. I get why everyone was upset that they didn’t bring it back this year. I really do get it.
I’m surprised how much I like this one!
It totally tastes like peppermint bark to me. The main flavor is peppermint, but there’s also a lot of vanilla, and it’s creamy. Ugh. It’s just delicious!
Why on earth wouldn’t they bring it back this year?! This is probably the best Christmas Tea from Davids’ I’ve ever had! Way better than Santa’s Secret too. It just has so much more depth to it! I really hope they bring this back at some point so I can pick up more of it! Absolutely delicious!!
Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for the sample, NayLynn!!!!

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Peppermint, Smooth, Thick, Vanilla, White Chocolate

VariaTEA

You should try this as a latte if you havent already. It is delicious and it really helps tone down the bit of oil/scum you get from the chocolate.

Ost

I keep hearing about people making lattes! Sounds so good, I just don’t really know how to make one. xD

VariaTEA

haha. They are actually quite easy. What I do is steep 2x the amount of tea in 1/2 the amount of water (so for an 8 oz glass, I would steep 2 tsps instead of one in 2-4 oz of water instead of the whole 8) and then fill the rest of the cup with milk that I warmed up and frothed. Usually, I find just zapping the milk in the microwave for a minute and using a handheld frother works. And then you have a latte :)

VariaTEA

And for an eggnog latte, you do the same thing but 1/2 the cup is eggnog, 1/4 is milk, and 1/4 is the steeped tea.

Ost

Yeah, I do not have a frother. :P And I’m still kinda weary of milk due to heartburn. Maybe once that goes away more I’ll pick up a frother and give these lattes a chance! I will have to remember how to do one of these though. Really does sound amazing!

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89
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
438 tasting notes

This tea seriously never gets old! <3
Did I ever mention that I bought a bag of 50 tea bags of this tea on their BF/CM sale!? Got it for such a great price. Definitely not a tea I ever want to run out of! :O

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Vanilla

Mikumofu

I’m just about to get to the bottom of my 20-bag tin myself!

VariaTEA

50 bag tin? I forgot about this so I didn’t even look at Harney on BF/CM. If I did, this and Soba Cha would have probably been ordered.

Ost

Mine is just a bag, but I kept my tin from before because I prefer my teas (even tea bags) in a tin. :P

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
438 tasting notes

Eh..I was going into this one expecting something totally different. There’s a lot of spearmint in this tea, kinda creamy, but not much depth to it.
Can’t say I’m super disappointed with it since I wasn’t super excited to try it in the first place, but glad I got to try it. I just don’t understand the hype about it. xD
Thank you for the sample though, NayLynn (?)! And the cute Christmas card!

Flavors: Spearmint

Blodeuyn

I hated this one. Can’t even stand to smell it!

Ost

What turned you off so much?

Blodeuyn

I think it was the combination of coconut and peppermint . Just smelled really artificial and meh.

Ost

Yeah :/

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drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
438 tasting notes

Sooo I don’t think that lavender is for me….
My bro used to be OBSESSED with this hookah flavor that was like Kashmir and lavender combined…it tasted like an old person’s house or something…one of his friends also hated it but him and I would smoke it anyway, and he would make so many comments about how bad it is. xD This tea totally brings me back to that haha!
I mean, this isn’t nearly as awful as that tobacco was or anything. But it still reminds me of that. The lavender isn’t overwhelming in it, the chamomile is very much present. I think if I never smoked that Kashmir flavor, I would have liked this better…but this one isn’t for me!
Glad I got to try it though-I almost bought it a few times. Thank you for sending me some of this, Carol Who!

Flavors: Lavender, Sour

carol who

I thought the lavender ruined it, too. Sorry you didn’t like it. I had hoped it might be a good one for relaxing and reducing your pain. :( Now at least you know and don’t waste any money on it.

Ost

No worries-I probably would have made the mistake of buying it sooner or later, this way I saved money to spend it on better teas that will relax me all the same. Plus, I’m sure I can send the rest to a better home. Thanks again for sending it my way! :D

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So got my first YS yesterday…I hear so much about their teas, And finally I decided to give in from their CM sale a few weeks ago. This is the first one I tried from my order!!
The dry leaf smell was insanely powerful when I opened the bag-very sweet, like honey. While it steeped, the overwhelming sweet aroma mellowed out a bit.
But the taste was similar to the smell-incredibly sweet. Reminded me most of honey and sweet potatoes. It has that creamy and thick texture in every sip.
Mmmmm!
Ladies and gents, we have a winner here!! :D :D Perfect tea to start the day out with! Can’t wait to try the others too! :D

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Thick

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So as many of you know, I’ve been on a mission to find good decaf teas lately so they will help my physical issues. Well, Carol Who decided to send me a bunch of decaf teas this week, which is totally up my alley! So excited about these teas. Thank you for helping my exploration to find the best decaf teas, Carol Who! :D
I don’t generally like Lipton as a brand, but a few years ago I used to drink one of their peach teas. Wasn’t great, but was decent.
Wasn’t so sure about trying this one, but since it’s a chamomile, I had to try! Glad I did!
Was pleasantly surprised.
While I don’t think that chamomile and pineapple should be mixed together-since those two flavors alone are often sour in things, this tea actually tastes okay. It definitely is more of a sour tea, but it reminds me of candy. Which I am always down for. Because candy is the bomb in my world :P
I don’t think I’d want to buy this tea, but I will enjoy finishing off this one. Thank you for the tea bags, Carol Who! This one will be good when I’m in the mood for something sweeter than the banana chamomiles I have! :D

Flavors: Candy, Pineapple, Sour

Stephanie

good decaf teas are hard to find, for sure

gmathis

I like this one, too. Chamomile usually takes over when it’s blended with anything, but the fruit tones it down a little.

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So, yesterday when I was getting my shot, my dr injected some steroids, and was telling me the side effects that it would cause. Yesterday and early this morning I kept getting like hot flashes-and I’d feel super hot and would literally start sweating, even though it’s freezing in my room. That’s gone away mostly, but now I am feeling super irritated and grumpy for no reason whatsoever. My dr mentioned this side effect the most out of all of them. At first it was somewhat okay, but now I just can’t focus on anything. >< Stupid side effects. So brewed up some chamomile tea…maybe this one will help.
If not, at least it still tastes good! :P

TheLastDodo

Oooh! I just donated this one to a friend at work!

Fjellrev

Aww, I hope the side effects won’t come back!

Lindsay

Hope you feel better soon!

Ost

Thanks-think it’s slowly wearing off. Kinda hard to tell. xD First time getting real steroids in my system-haha!

Krystal

Feel better soon!

Kirkoneill1988

im not much for chamomile taste. tastes like freaky flowers lol :)

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
438 tasting notes

Everyone always says that coconut goes bad easily…but none of my coconut teas have gone bad yet. But figured I’d start drinking my coconut teas more just in case!
And this one is just as good as ever! Going to miss this one when It’s gone D:

Skysamurai

I need to get some of that…f

madametj

Fresh coconut goes bad fast. Dried is fine :)

Ost

Ohh that’s good to know! Thanks for the heads up!

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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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