719 Tasting Notes

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Another one from Terri!
Soo at first I wasn’t so fond of this one. I started drinking it when it was still hot, and it mainly just tasted like wood, with a small hint of sweet potato in the background.
But as it cooled I started drinking it again, and the flavor changed.
A lot of the wood flavor was replaced by a sweet potato flavor. Was kinda weird. xD There was still that woody flavor present, but not like before!
This one ain’t bad when you drink it nearly lukewarm. xD
Probably wouldn’t buy this one, but soo glad I got to try it.
Thank you soo much, Terri! I am enjoying trying all these teas so much!! :D :D

Flavors: Sweet Potatoes, Wood

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Had been wanting to try this one for a while, now that I’ve tried it I can’t remember quite why I wanted it so badly. It’s definitely one of the weirdest teas I’ve ever tried! I really don’t know what to think. 0_0
It’s pine-y, kinda peppery, ever so slightly minty, and has some weird other spices going on that I can’t pick out. It’s seriously so weird. Might be the weirdest one yet!
It’s not a horrible weird, but it’s not an amazing weird either. I feel like it’s the kind of weird that my taste buds will just like start craving randomly sometime for no apparently reason. It’s a weird combo of flavors. But part of it kinda reminds me of a certain food. What food is that, you might ask? I don’t know. xD But it really does remind me of something.
So yeah, not my kind of tea really. But thank you soo much for letting me try it, Rosehips!! :D :D

Flavors: Mint, Pepper, Pine, Spices, Wood

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Got this one from Terri!
Soo not sure what to make of this one…it mainly reminds me of wood…not like the normal wood I usually get in black teas…but like….a more drinkable wood? Like the wood isn’t the only flavor. The texture is really thick, almost kinda creamy in fact. And there’s hints of bread in the background of each sip. It’s a very odd tea for me.
I’m honestly not sure what to make of it. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. It’s just interesting. I would try it again, but I don’t think it’s something that I’ll ever crave.
Thank you so much for letting me try this one, Terri! Glad i tried it! :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Thick, Wood

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
719 tasting notes

This smelled really good while steeping..really fruity. But when I went to drink it, it totally turned on me! It was like a citrus hell. D:
Tasted some other fruity notes in the background, but I couldn’t deal with the citrus long enough to pick out what they were. I seriously do not handle citrus well…like at all. xD
i took about three sips and then I had to dump it. Oy. Not for me!!
Thanks for the sample though, EmilyGee! You definitely saved me money on this one!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Orange, Sour

TeaNTees

“like a citrus hell.” LOL, Thank you for making me laugh on a chilly Monday morning. :)

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drank Yi Mei Ren by Yunnan Sourcing
719 tasting notes

I’ve wanted to try this for a while! I really wanted to like it, but part of my assumed I wouldn’t since I have such bad luck with teas sometimes. xD
So this one was a pleasant surprise for me! :D
The main flavor is bready. It’s very bready-Which I absolutely love! There are notes of honey too, but isn’t overly powerful. Really really enjoyed this one!
Not sure I’d buy it since I have a super bready tea from Tao Tea Leaf that I’m blanking on the name of at the moment…But it’s amazing!
But Terri sent me a really generous sample so I will have a few more cups to decide if I should ever pick this up!
Thank you so much for the sample, Terri!! Happy I liked this one! :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Smooth, Sweet

donkeytiara

pm me the name of the bready tea…… i LOVE them!

Ost

Sure I will! I’m sure you’ve already had it before though, but in case, I’ll tell you anyway! just gotta find it on my shelf :P

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drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
719 tasting notes

Just as good as I remembered (:

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Ahhh! This is the last caffeinated tea I am drinking before I take my vicodin. >> On the bright side I’ve nearly waited a whole 7 hours before taking another pain killer! And I didn’t even sleep in that time! Now that is an accomplishment!
Anyway, this tea. xD
So I wasn’t sure what to think of this tea, for some reason I thought it was a black for the longest time, even though I looked it up a couple times. xD So I don’t know what happened there!
This tea was like half roasted flavor and half flower flavor. Not floral exactly…well not the floral that I enjoy so much in green oolongs. But more of just like actual flowers…if that makes sense. xD I usually dislike roasted oolongs…like a lot. But the flowers in this one made it a lot more bearable. It was such an interesting combo, I couldn’t stop drinking it. It’s alright. Don’t think I’d get it again ever though. A little too roasty for me!
But thanks soo much for the sample, LiberTEAS! I’m so happy to have tried it! :D

Flavors: Flowers, Roasted

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sending good vibes your way!

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Ususally I like peach teas. But this one…
This one was just bad. 0_0
There was no sweetness really, and the black tea base really overpowered everything else. Kinda bitter, and all around not the tea for me.
Disappointed in this one. D:
Thanks for the sample though, Albertocanfly!

Flavors: Bitter

Maddy Barone

Actually dislike Peach teas are some of my favorites.

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Had this tea this morning. Saw that a lot of the notes mentioned chocolate being a main flavor. So I went in kinda expecting that, only to find I was totally off. xD
Definitely off in a good way though!
The steeping aroma smelled like sweet potatoes. And when I went to actually drink it, the taste itself was an amazing mix of sweet potatoes and malt. Think more malty than the other-but there was a good combo of both! Didn’t have the honey notes that a lot of teas have when they taste like sweet potatoes. But maybe that’s just because there was more maltiness and the malt might have made it less sweet…
But I dunno.
Either way this is a delicious tea! And in light of my last tasting note, it is another victory tea for my okay morning! XD
Thanks for the sample, Terri!!! So happy I got to try it! :D

Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Brett

Very very interesting… I’m going to look for those sweet potatoes in my next sipping session!

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drank First Blush Blend by Teavana
719 tasting notes

My Teavana order came in a few days ago-was a big surprise considering that they didn’t send me a shipping confirmation. xD But that’s fine, it made for a nice surprise!
I tried it the day I got it unsweetened, and it was really good. I really do love the combo of jasmine and strawberry/rose. It’s just so good.
Yesterday morning I tried it sweetened, accidently put a bit too much sweetener in it(see I suck with sweetening things! XD). Shockingly, the two cups I got at the store were not nearly as sweet as when I added sweetener. But it was still really good. At least I knew that it’s easy to make it like it is in the store! Happy that they don’t sweeten it as much as I did! XD Next time I will make it right.
On a side note, I haven’t been able to drink caffeine teas in the morning because my pain has been super intense and I just have to take vicodin like right when I get up so I can function. But after a PT session on Wednesday, where she tried something entirely new , the last two mornings I have been able to wait to take any pain killers, and I have been able to take a shower and get dressed without feeling like I’m going to collapse.
And overall yesterday was way better than it should have been. Kinda scared that being happy at the thought of it working is going to jinx it or something, but I’m really happy!! ^^ I definitely know it’s not coincidence at least. So yeah, these last two mornings I have been celebrating with caffeinated tea! :D :D
So this was the celebration tea of yesterday morning! :D

Edit:
Apparently this is my 600th tasting note. xD So Yah for 600! :P Took me long enough haha!

Sil

woot! grats on 600!!

Fjellrev

Yay, 600!

Ost

Thanks you guys! ^^

carol who

Glad to hear you are having a bit of improvement, health wise! Congrats on 600!

Lindsay

Maybe you’ve mentioned it before, but why can’t you have caffeine with vicodin?

Ost

Oh when I take vicodin it’s when my pain levels are super high and I’m also very sensitive to caffeine, so If I take pain killers and caffeine then I’ll be really awake and not so relaxed. xD Since my pain levels are usually super high I have to do everything I can for the pain killers to actually do their job super well. A lot of caffeine in my system throws the whole thing off. xD Soo I find it better for me to just wait till they start wearing off to drink a caffeinated tea. Does that make sense, Lindsay? If it doesn’t I’m sorry, I suck at explaining things haha!

Thanks, Carol Who! I’ve never been so excited to go back to PT! I really am praying and hoping that I’ve really found something that will help me for once! :D

Krystal

Congrats on 600 and feeling better!

Lindsay

Sure, that makes sense. :) For some people adding caffeine to pain meds actually helps (hence caffeine being an ingredient in some combo meds like Tylenol #3 and excedrin). But I can see that if you’re really sensitive to caffeine, and it makes you tense, then that’d be counterproductive. Have you ever tried a GABA oolong? I wonder if something like that would be less stimulating and more relaxing.

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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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