611 Tasting Notes

61

Ever since I heard that there is Valerian in this tea, that apparently makes you really tired, I wanted to try it. Because I’m all about relaxing teas right now. xD
So I tried it the other night, and of course, it didn’t make me any more tired than I already was. xD That was disappointing. I mean some people act like Valerian in teas really knocks you out. I was really hoping it would do that to me, but…things never really work for me that works for everyone else, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
Anyway, the taste isn’t too bad. Dry leaf smells strongly of spearmint.
The taste is almost the same as the smell, except it also tastes faintly of lemongrass. I read other tasting notes mentioning that. But it just was kinda a weird combo when I experienced it. xD Oh well.
I will have to try this again, maybe next time It will work better!

Flavors: Lemongrass, Smooth, Spearmint

The Cookie Lady

I’ve found that when you really expect something to make you sleepy, you’ll never get sleepy because your mind is preoccupied by constant evaluation of whether or not you are in fact getting sleepier, meaning your mind doesn’t relax enough to become sleepy. At least, I feel like that’s how it works for me. When I don’t know something is supposed to make me sleepy or am distracted from constantly thinking about it, I’ll be that person who gets knocked out by it ;)

AllanK

Sometimes Valerian Root teas knock me out, sometimes they have no effect. I drank one last night after waking up in the middle of the night, it didn’t help me either.

AllanK

If the taste of the tea “isn’t too bad” there is probably not much Valerian Root in it, that stuff tastes terrible.

Terri HarpLady

When I want to use valerian as a sleep aid, I add a dropper full of valerian tincture to a cup of hot herbal tea, or sustain squirt it under my tongue. There’s never enough of the actual herb in a cup of tea to really do the job :)
Now THAT’S self-medicating!

OMGsrsly

AllanK, like aged cheese. Right? (There are less flattering descriptions of Valerian, but I’ll spare everyone!)

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95
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Backlog:
This was the first tea of the year! Had expected it to be a black tea, but didn’t feel well enough to have a caffeinated tea. So after a couple hours of being awake and thinking about what tea I should drink I decided to drink this one!
Apparently I’m back to drinking tons of this tea all the time because this whole week I feel like I’ve been drinking tons of it. xD
Ah, well nice tea to start out the year with. Hope everyone is having a great year so far! :D

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60

A light minty tea…Nothing really special here. Pretty basic. xD But it’s a herbal, so it’s nice to be able to drink a minty tea before I sleep! Thanks for the sample, Albertocanfly!

Flavors: Mint

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62

As someone who isn’t a ginger fan this is a hard tea to like. I imagine if I did love ginger I’d like this more. I like the certain bready quality it has to it. Reminds me of eating a gingerbread man which I love. Theoretically I would love this tea since I love gingerbread men so much but…I don’t know…in tea form there’s just too much ginger for me >

Flavors: Baked Bread, Ginger

albertocanfly

I’ve considered adding one bag of this + one of sugar cookie sleigh ride and see how it turns out. Might mellow out the ginger with some doughy-ness:P

albertocanfly

Plus, I am glad you got to finally try it!^.^

Ost

Oo that might actually be good! Let me know how it turns out! XD

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66

Another one from the wonderful Albertocanfly!
This one was actually pretty good! Didn’t know what to expect really. But I ended up finding myself a little disappointed. I mean Creamy Caramel sounds like a dream in my book, but at the same time I had a bad feeling that the rooibos would take over.
In some way I was impressed that it actually did taste like a creamy caramel, but at the same time the woodiness in the rooibos kinda tried to take over. So that was sad.
DavidsTea’s Creme Caramel Rooibos is MUCH better.
This one definitely tasted more like cream than caramel though, so I prefer Davids’. But this is a nice tea to try. I will enjoy finishing it off. Thanks for the sample, Albertocanfly! :D

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Wood

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60

Got a late, unexpected Christmas package from the lovely Albertocanfly today!
She sent me some of this tea which i was excited to try. I love kiwis, and strawberries are pretty good in tea form. Not really a fan of real strawberries anymore even though I loved them as a kid. Think I had too many sour ones so I stopped eating them.
But I’ve found that strawberry flavors in tea is actually really good. In this tea the strawberry flavor is super sweet and present. Very in-your-face. Which I like!
The kiwi on the other hand is the sour one. 0_0 Like super sour. The kind of sour only Warheads should be. xD
For that reason, I do not like this tea. Strawberry and kiwi would make a great mix, as long as neither of them are sour. It was so close to being good, but just not close enough! D:
Thanks for the sample though, Albertocanfly!

Flavors: Fruity, Sour, Strawberry

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

too many sour strawberries pretty much scared me off too, especially after that time I had a clogged salivary gland and had to eat a ton of them, ugh. Agree they are still yummy in tea!

Though sour warhead kiwi sounds blech! I had a warhead for the first time in years the other day, oh man those are intense!

albertocanfly

Sorry it was so late!!:O I tried… but enjoy the comfy, cozy teas! :D

Ost

Amanda, that sounds truly awful! D: That is definitely a way more valid reason to not like strawberries than I have-haha!

Albertocanfly, no worries! I forgot so it was a nice surprise!

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96
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Think I oversteeped this one today. Not very sweet…just tastes like a normal oolong,with hints of sweet melon. Sadness :(
Usually this one doesn’t get oversteeped easily!

Dexter

:((( That tea is usually awesome – bad tea misbehaving on NYE. Hope you find a good one for the rest of the evening. Happy New Year!!!

Ost

I know! I don’t think I’ve ever had it be bad like that! I mean it wasn’t horrible, but you know. xD Happy New Year to you too!! :D :D

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95
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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I’m nearly finished with my first tin of this tea! Has been a few weeks since I last had it. I still really enjoy this tea so much. I really hope that by the time this one runs out, they have it stocked on their website or in the store closest to me. I cannot run out! D:
Still as perfectly sweet and juicy as always! Wonderful tea for bad mornings!

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93
drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Every time I have this tea, I remember how amazing it is. For some reason in my head I keep thinking it’s gonna be a really sour lemon that I really really gotta be in the mood for. But it keeps surprising me and making me realize how amazing it is. It’s such a creamy and smooth lemon. It’s actually pretty amazing-and I wish my brain would stop lying to me! It’s annoying! >

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86

Quite enjoyed this one earlier today! ^^ It’s not overly fruity, but it’s just enough to hit the spot! Plus! Decaf! :D

tantonino

Is it a herbal? What do you think of the republic of tea?

Ost

It’s a rooibos actually. Not sure if that counts as herbal? I have a few favorites from RoT. Most of the things I’ve tried from them are great, very well done. And not a bad price at all! There are definitely a few that are staples in my collection that are RoT! You should give them a try if you haven’t already!

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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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