647 Tasting Notes

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Sample sipdown! :D
Been trying to sipdown all the many samples that I’ve tried and liked. I have a small box with a pretty decent amount left. So trying to sip them down sooner than later.
I’d definitely never buy this one, but it was a nice sample.
I really do prefer DavidsTea’s version, it’s much more creamy and caramel-y, with less woody flavors.
But it was alright. Not bad for a sample. Glad I got to try it, Thanks again for the sample, Albertocanfly! (:

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65

Trying this one again. This time I didn’t over-steep! Yah! :D
This one is mainly just peppermint. No vanilla or any other notes that I found. Really just a peppermint tea. Not sure it reminds me of peppermint bark sadly :( But it’s alright.
Glad I got to try it. I won’t have a problem using the last tea bag. Thank you for the sample, Rosehips! I’m so happyto have gotten to try it!

Flavors: Peppermint

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70

I really really needed something to calm me down after this morning when I had to go to the dr to have a horrible test done. My body hurts like hell and I can barely swallow. Seriously have been such a mess today.
But this tea.
This tea totally calmed me down when I got home. Hurt tons to swallow, but it was definitely worth it. Helped me to be able to sleep for most of the day. xD Which was good for me because this monitor in my throat is killing me. xD
Also I really do think that the blend of lemon and chamomile is pretty nice in this tea. One tea bag left. :O

ashmanra

Oh no! Saying a prayer for you to feel so much better, and quickly!

TheTeaFairy

Feel better soon sweet girl…

Dexter

((hugs)) feel better

Ost

Thanks you guys. I’m sure that if the dr lets me come back and get this thing out of my throat himself it will be better. But kinda doubting he will. But fingers crossed! >

Rosehips

Feel better soon, Ost!

dragondrool

I hope you’re back to spiffy soon!

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95

Backlog:
I was saving this for a special occasion. And so I thought that I’d take it to my grandpa’s birthday with me in a travel mug. I was so excited because i remember LOVING the sample Boychik sent me, and was eager to use up the rest of my sample.
But.
I started steeping this tea, then had to go talk to my mum about something, and right in the middle of our conversation I remembered.
My tea.
0_0
I ended up over-steeping it for like 3 minutes…which doesn’t seem like much, but it was so bitter. I tasted a little maltiness, which made me even more sad to know how much I missed out on. And I didn’t even get to re-steep this one because I had to go out to my gpa’s b-day party.
Oh…it was such a heartbreaking day…
I look forward to the day where I will finally pick some up! Really enjoyed this one in the past, and sad I couldn’t enjoy it more. :(

Mikumofu

Forgetting about a steeping tea is always a tragedy :(

Fjellrev

Hate when that happens!

Lindsay

Awww, been there. So sad!

Sil

bother me if you ever want a little bit to tie you oever util you can order some yourself

ThainofBuckland

I’ve noticed that it’s particularly easy to over-steep assams, so I try not to brew them when I’m particularly busy.

ThainofBuckland

But I’m sorry you didn’t get to enjoy this tea. I’m sure it would have been amazing.

Mike

Maybe I should try this one to get my day started!

Ost

Would be a good choice, Mike!

Mike

I just took a look at the website. I may need to get that 3-tea deal! That holiday blend with Yunnan, Ceylon and Darjeeling sounds gooooooood too! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Ost

sure (:

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56

Backlog:
Got this as a sample from my last RoT order. Haven’t tried any of the teas in their wellness collection yet, but I kinda wanna try them all. xD I’m rather intrigued!
Anywho, I don’t think I was expecting much of this anyway, but when I found out it was supposed to be like nuts and vanilla, I found myself getting a litter eager.
The dry leaf and steeping aroma didn’t smell like anything which was kinda odd.
But the real surprise came when I began to drink it.
It tasted like cardboard.
Not even joking. xD
I could taste a little vanilla, but maybe their nut flavor just ended up being more like cardboard…I don’t even know xD Seriously haha!
I work in a warehouse, which is basically a kingdom of cardboard. I am all too familiar with the smell/taste of it. And it really doesn’t make for a great cup of tea to be honest. xD
I really do like the vanilla flavor in this tea, and I think that the idea of nuts and vanilla would blend well. But…Vanilla and cardboard?
No thank you!

Flavors: Cardboard, Vanilla

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
647 tasting notes

Ugh this tea. Seriously of the best vanilla teas out there. Will always be a staple in my collection. Love how creamy and smooth this one is. ^^

OMGsrsly

AND DECAF! Ok, I need to go make myself some now. :)

caile

me too.. :)

Kirkoneill1988

what about vanilla almond from any tea company?

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1

And Noowwww I know what valarian tastes like. I was beginning to think it was an exaggeration.
It’s not.
Definitely not. xD
Oy.
Thanks for the sample though, Darby!

AllanK

Yes valerian root is very unpleasant tasting, but it can help you sleep. I think to do that it has to be steeped for a long time.

Maddy Barone

Eeewww. I’ve seen these teas advertised and as I’m a fan of Downton Abbey I thought about getting some. I guess I’llskip that one!

Tabby

Hahaha, yeah, it’s so gross by itself. You NEED to add other flavors. Strong ones.

Kat

Also as a warning, it doesn’t make everyone fall asleep and sometimes have the opposite effect in some people. I learned that the unfortunate way.

Kat

Ugh, my comment is at the top of my dashboard, and the tense issues are GLARING. Sorry all.

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93

Holy Freakin’ Shanghai.
Why on earth is RoT teas not more popular here? Like seriously. Their caramel and vanilla flavoring is amazing!
Are they not popular because most of their teas are in tea bag form or what? If you like caramel or vanilla teas, you have to try this tea!
At first when I started drinking It tasted almost exactly like their “Caramel Vanilla Cuppa” tea. So I was kinda disappointed. But as I drank more the caramel flavor kinda sunk into the background while the creamy vanilla taste took over.
Holy Shanghai.
You don’t even need any sweetener or anything. It’s just that freakin’ delicious!
Thank you so much to Darby letting me try it!
If you like dessert teas, this is an excellent one to try!! I highly recommend! Think that this is going to be a staple in my cupboard!
My only complaint is that it isn’t decaf. But the amazing flavor makes up for it :P

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Sil

I know for us, ROt isn’t readily and easily accessible…

Maddy Barone

I might have to try this one now! I think I can order it through Amazon.

Nicole

They do have loose leaf offerings but I think mainly what stops me is the amount of tea in the tins. I don’t need 3.5 oz or 50 bags of one kind of tea – it will take me forever to get through. It was their Golden Yunnan that first turned me on to Yunnans, though, and it was a bagged form even.

I have looked occasionally online when they have sales and just can’t get past the price – it’s not that unreasonable for the quantity but it’s a good chunk of money to spend on one kind of tea. :) If I could find their Yunnan at the stores here in town that sell it, I’d pick some up. But it seems like most places here that carry them carry the white/green/fruit blends and not so much the blacks and straight teas.

Sil

i would love to have more of these…but as nicole says…3.5 oz of tea bags takes me forever to use up….if i could split them 4 ways with ppl or something maybe lol

this one does sound great!

Maddy Barone

We need more online stores that allow us to buy 10 grams or .5 ounce of a tea to try. I hate to buy 50 grams and find out I don’t like it. :(

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90

Mmmmm!
I’ve had such a bad day, but this seriously was the best part. I was kinda getting sick of drinking decaf teas earlier, so this one was perfect.
I do love a good floral oolong.
I cannot resist.
Don’t think I’d buy more of this unless there was a really good sale, but I do love having this ounce! It’s a delicious tea! :D

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Orchid, Perfume, Smooth

Red Fennekin

As someone also on a massive, green oolong kick, I totally know what you mean. Verdant’s Jade/green TGYs are absolutely incredible!

Red Fennekin

(Sorry to hear that you were having a bad day though :( )

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
647 tasting notes

Another one from Nicole!
This one wasn’t nearly as strong as the other one I had. In fact I had to drink like half the cup before realizing what it tasted like. Guess that’s what happens when you are eating food and drinking a new tea at the same time. xD
But eventually I could pick the flavors out.
The main note I got was earth, which I really dislike in teas. But there was a decent amount of honey flavors to not make the earthiness too overwhelming. Which is good. But overall, I wasn’t a huge fan. Those nature flavors are just killer for me apparently xD
Anyway, happy to have tried more teas from Mandala though! Thank you so much, Nicole!

Flavors: Earth, Honey

Kirkoneill1988

at first i thought it was a puehr

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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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