681 Tasting Notes

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This was the last tea from The American Tea Room that I had to try.
I was really looking forward to this one and I totally got disappointed. :(
When I opened the bag it didn’t smell like vanilla, in fact, it smelled like chocolate.
So that was kinda weird.
The tea itself tastes extremely fake. Reminds me of Harney’s Vanilla Black tea which was really bad too…Oy…
This one is not for me :(

Flavors: Artificial

Fjellrev

I agree about the artificial undertone. I think my brain translated it as an alcohol note, from the flavouring used itself. Onwards with the vanilla hunt, eh? :)

Ost

Sadly yes. :( too many vanilla teas to try, so little time.

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97

I haven’t had this in so long, I don’t know why I have forsaken this one. But I used to drink it so often at the beginning of last year.
Soo to celebrate my first day back to work this year I had this one when I got back home. (: It was way better than I remembered it to be. I love how much is in this blend. I taste bergamot, fruit, honey, sweetness. It’s just delicious!
If my health ever gets better enough to not have to take pain killers so much, I imagine myself drinking this much more often! :D

Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity, Honey, Smooth, Sweet

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Teavana
681 tasting notes

I always forget I have this tea-but it’s much better than using Butterfly Jasmine from DavidsTea in my tea tumbler. Today is my first day back at work. Can’t wait to go, and I’m glad I re-discovered this tea because it’s perfect for the mornings! :D

Flavors: Jasmine, Perfume, Smooth

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drank Happiness by Lupicia
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Got this as a sample in the Lupicia newsletter this month. I got two newsletters for some reason. xD No idea how that happened.
But I was excited to try this tea.
Can’t really pick out the flavors because my druggy brain isn’t working right now. xD But oh well. It’s just really fruity. Not my favorite tea ever. But not bad.
Think I’ll pass this other tea bag off to someone else who will enjoy it more though. (:

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
681 tasting notes

I was super excited that Cameron B. gave me the opportunity to try this. I have wanted to try Mariage Frères for a long time since it seems like such a popular company.
Today was actually the best day I’ve had physically this entire year, so I got to try a bunch of black teas that have been waiting for me to try! Figured it was about time I tried this one!
So, if the black tea base was not so strong I probably would have liked this a lot more. But for the most part, when I drink a flavored tea I don’t really wanna taste the base of the tea, unless it really complements the flavors well. Which kinda feels rare in my book. :( I feel like black teas must just be hard to flavor because they tend to overrule the other flavors.
I really like the strawberry and creamy notes in this tea. The black tea base kinda ruined it for me. It really overpowered the cup, so that was a bummer. If they had made the flavors a bit more strong this tea would be perfect!
Least in my book. But clearly this one isn’t for me.
Thanks for the sample, Cameron B.!

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Strawberry

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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So disappointed with this one. D: I thought that it would be more fruity and sweet, but it wasn’t. It just tasted like oolong and kinda vegetable-ish. The only fruity flavor was apricot. It tasted ever so faintly of apricot, but that was it. :( Sad times…
Well thank you for the sample, Darby! Glad to have not wasted my money!!

Flavors: Apricot, Vegetables

OMGsrsly

It used to be so much better… :(

raven22

I find I need to have several of the fruit chunks in my teabag for this one to taste the best – maybe your sample didn’t have enough of those?

Ost

Did they really change it, OMGsrsly? I am pretty sure that they changed Movie Night last year, and now it’s not as good too :(

Ost

Raven22 it actually did have a decent amount of chunks. The dry leaf smelled amazing-like candy! It totally screwed me over hahah the sweet smell betrayed me! D:

OMGsrsly

Yeah. The first time I bought it the pineapple pieces were very tiny and it was super fresh and juicy with a background of floral. I have some that Dex sent near the end of last summer, and it’s almost soapy and too floral and the pineapple chunks are HUGE.

OMGsrsly

I don’t hate it, but it’s not the tea I fell in love with.

raven22

Oh boo, that sucks! :( It’s a pity so many of these teas smell better than they taste, LOL.

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Wow. So I usually like floral teas. I really do. But…this one…
I mean it’s definitely floral. No doubt about it.
But it also tastes a lot like flowers too.
When I opened the bag of this tea it smelled like trees, like as if I were in the woods or something, which was what I was expecting.
But when I went to take a sip there were no trees at all. It was all like flowers and a weird creamy almost peachy flavor?
I don’t know. This is a really really odd tea. I’m not really digging the flowers in this one to be honest. 0_0 I don’t really think that this one is for me. D:
I’m sooo glad that MzPriss was generous enough to send me a sample. THere were so many times that I almost bought this one. Glad I didn’t!
This is seriously like “The Flower Power” tea. Which kinda reminds me of the Producers movie…But that’s what I would re-name this one if I could haha!
Not a horrible tea, it’s just too much for me.
Thank you so much for the sample, MzPriss!!

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Peach

TheLastDodo

O.o this is my dream tea!

Ost

Haha you into those flowery teas?

TheLastDodo

Def. I’m all about that ’flower power!"

Vwinsloe

Glad to read this review. I’ve been waiting for this tea to come back in stock, but now I will skip it. I don’t really care for floral. It also seems to give me some nasal congestion (perfume does, too) so I think that I may have a slight allergy or sensitivity to it. So thanks again!

Nightshifter

Nooooo! I’d been waiting to try this one for months, but I’ve never met a flower tea that I actually like drinking. Thanks for sharing this though- I’d be even more sad if it was sitting here and I hated it after all the anticipation.

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drank Rice Pudding by World Flavorz
681 tasting notes

Got a sample of this tea from The Cookie Lady in the package she sent me for Christmas! Never heard of this tea company before or anything, but the name made me curious. So I had to try!
Wasn’t expecting it to be that great, but I was actually pleasantly surprised!
If I hadn’t oversteeped it by a minute or two it would have been perfect!
It actually did taste like rice pudding. Well, mainly the pudding part. It tasted creamy and pudding-y. I don’t know how to describe it xD
I could taste the black tea base a bit too much, but I think that it would have been more subtle if I didn’t oversteep it.Overall it was an enjoyable tea!
I will enjoy sipping this one down. Thank you so much, The Cookie Lady!

Flavors: Creamy, Rice Pudding, Smooth

Fjellrev

Mmm, rice pudding. I’m impressed that someone managed to blend a tea that resembles it.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

What a cool sounding tea!

Ost

Definitely worth a try in my book! (:

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71

Wasn’t sure what to expect since I haven’t like most of the What-Cha teas but I was pleasantly surprised with this one.
It’s kinda malty. Kinda fruity. Kinda earthy.
The first two flavors I like, but not so much the third one. I feel that this tea has the potential of letting the earthiness overrule it if you steep it too long, but I steeped it for like 2 and a half minutes and it was okay.
I do really like the malty and fruity flavors. If they were stronger in this tea I’d probably consider buying again. But for now I’m good with a sample of this tea. (:

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Malt, Smooth

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
681 tasting notes

This one really does quite well in a tea tumbler. ^^ Stays strong and fresh. Ahh, I am running out of this one. Need moreee!

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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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