644 Tasting Notes

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You know…I actually like this tea. It tastes like plums. I don’t even like real plums that much, and I don’t think I’ve ever really liked a plum tea before. But this one surprised me. I might not have steeped it long enough, but it was light and fruity. I know that there were other flavors, but the main flavor I picked out was plum.
This one surprised me. Not only because it tasted like plums, but also because I liked that It tasted like plums. XD That’s a new one for me!
I Don’t know if I would buy more than the sample I already have, but it’s just a really interesting tea. Wasn’t expecting it to be good since I haven’t had much luck with What-Cha teas sadly. :( Glad I liked this one though. Definitely interesting.
I am happy I tried this one!

Flavors: Fruity, Plums

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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The steeping aroma of this tea is pretty much all apples and nothing else. And the taste is almost all mango and nothing else. xD
Kinda odd how drastically that cup changed on me, but as an apple hater, I’m glad it did!
This one is alright. I like the mango flavor in it. But it’s not very sweet. I’m sure you are supposed to add sugar but since I never add anything to my tea, it just tastes kinda bland to me. Not what I would drink again. I really want to find a good juicy mango tea that doesn’t need sweetener…Well…Guess I should say another, because Lupicia’s version is pretty good, and the best mango tea I’ve found so far! But would be nice to have another good one that’s less expensive. xD
Anyway, thank you for the sample, Darby!

Flavors: Apple, Mango

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Yeah, another tea that just tastes roasty to me. But this one is not as bad as all the other roasty teas I’ve had. I think that if I ever get off the floral kick I’m currently on and go back to roasty oolongs, I’d end up really liking this one. It’s not too overwhelming or anything. It’s a roastiness that I can live with. xD And that I’d end up really liking.
I’m happy to have gotten to try it!
Thank you so much for the sample, The Cookie Lady!

Flavors: Roasted

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drank Yunnan Dianhong Black Tea by What-Cha
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Another one that reminds me of horses….D:
There’s a slight sweet potato flavor going on, but not enough to make me really like it. Really wanted to like it though :/ What a shame. Oh well. Maybe What-Cha is not for me :S

Flavors: Sweet Potatoes

What-Cha

Unfortunately, it appears that we have diametrically opposed tastes when it comes to tea.

leaf in hot water

Lol horses + sweet potatoes is quite a combo

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drank Kenya Premium White by What-Cha
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Okay, this is the first What-Cha tea sample of the day that I actually kinda like. It’s different. Didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s pretty good.
It’s pretty malty, which is weird since it’s a white tea. Kinda expected it to taste like hay and have a really light flavor. But I taste malt, which makes me feel like I’m drinking a black tea. :O
I don’t know if I like it or not. I have mixed feelings.
I can’t pick out the other flavor. It’s malty and something else. Not bad. I look forward to sipping down the rest of this one and figuring out what I think of it. It’s definitely one of the best white teas I’ve had so far. xD

Flavors: Malt

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drank Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea by What-Cha
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And this one just tasted like leather and ink.XD Wow, I am one picky tea drinker. I have really really off taste buds clearly 0_0

Flavors: Leather

Sil

awe…. I’ve got a few of these that arrived today, so now i’m more anxious to try them out

Anlina

Huh, I loved this one. Tastes are so diverse.

Ost

I’m just weird, I’m sure you will like most of them. Haha-don’t listen to me, Sil!!

Sil

lol i just like trying things that other people don’t like when it comes to straight blacks. I think it’s really neat how wildly different an experience can be for people :)

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No…Just no. xD
I don’t know why this one tastes like horse manure…but it does to me. Maybe I have been in the country way too long. I already hate living by horses, and I hate when I taste those smells in my tea.
not for me!

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On the package it said to use 1-2 pearls. I used two because I never really know how those big pearls work while steeping. And I don’t know…it just turned out really strong, and I couldn’t explain it at all. I tried re-steeping it for a shorter time and it still was strong and I couldn’t pick out the flavors.
I didn’t really like it, but there was a hint of something that might get me to really like it in it too….
So I am going to withhold a rating till I try this again. Next time I am only gonna use one pearl. Maybe then it will turn out better. >

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Nicole was awesome and sent me a bunch of black teas that I’ve been wanting to try for a while in our swap! I have only tried maybe two other teas from Mandala, but everyone raves about their teas, so I am eager to try more!
This is the first tea from the swap package Nicole sent me, and also the first black tea of the day!
Wasn’t super sure of it when I saw that one of the flavors was cherry. It seems like the cherry flavors I used to find it black teas have been replaced with woody tastes now.
But I was actually pleasantly surprised.
It smelled like wood as it steeped, and when I started drinking it cherry flavors started popping up! The flavor of this tea was a good balance of wood and cherry. And the aftertaste reminded me strongly of salted peanuts. No idea why, but it totally tasted like that. xD
It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something I’d be wanting to try again. Glad that this was a small sample, so it wasn’t wasted too much on me. And I’m glad that I got to try it. Thank you for the sample, Nicole!

Flavors: Cherry, Peanut, Salty, Wood

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95
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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I am on the second tin of this tea, and I still am loving it!!
I don’t think I can ever get sick of this one.
It’s seriously the perfect tea to have when I first wake up on a bad day and can’t drink caffeinated tea. Ahh just so perfect! _

CrowKettle

I need to try more Lupicia teas. I seem to have the bizarre (albeit very creative) ones!

Sil

crowkettle…you want me to put some of this in the package going over to jones?

OMGsrsly

Nice one, Sil. :P

Sil

whaaaa…i ADORE golden honey dew but i do have some left to share if someone really wants to try it…

CrowKettle

Ha, I’m not going to say no.. I’ll put this on my paper list of “wants” either way- green rooibos is a favourite here.

leaf in hot water

I really want to try Lupicia! This reminds me I should ask some friends to bring some back for me on their travels :)

OMGsrsly

leaf in hot water, they do ship to Canada! I don’t remember how. I think Dexter said that you just put a note in the message box, that asks them to contact you with shipping?

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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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