647 Tasting Notes

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Had this one the other week, but can’t remember tons about it. I kept forgetting to log it though. This one was pretty disappointing for me though.
It was a bit bready, but also super woody. It was way too strong for my tastes, but glad I got to try it.
Thanks, Terri for the sample!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Wood

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Holy. Freakin’. Shanghai.
I love this tea.
This is the second time I’m having it since Terri sent me such a generous sample!
The first time I could taste bread, honey, sweet potatoes, and malt. Today I taste mostly malt with lot of honey and a touch of sweet potatoes in the background.
It is seriously just soo good! Oh goodness, I really should order more of this one!
Thank you sooo much for the sample, Terri!!!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
647 tasting notes

Had this one this afternoon. Goodness. This one too!!
So delicious!
DTT really does creaminess well. I cannot say that enough! I need to get back to drinking this one more. When I first got it I was drinking it a few times a day haha!

TeaNTees

I’ll have to try some Della Terra Teas then because creaminess done well is hard to come by.

Ost

You will not regret (:

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
647 tasting notes

Had this one earlier tonight…Holy Shanghai. It’s just so so good. I love how the creaminess balances out the sour lemon taste.
UGHHHH
I just love this tea soo much! :D Glad I have so much of it in my collection. DTT better not ever go out of business!

LiberTEAS

This one is really good. One of my favorites from DTT!

Sil

I think them enter comment is, hope they come BACK in to business. They’re supposed to relaunch under new management but no word yet…

Kaylee

What happened to old management?

gmathis

DT’s dessert teas are/were/will be (think positively!) superb!

Sil

no idea. but their facebook indicated they were closed but would be reopening.

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Another one I thought I’d love but just wasn’t for me :(
I mean, it wasn’t horrible. But it wasn’t like the best black tea I’ve ever had. I think I liked the dragon pearls from What-Cha better than these.
I didn’t know how much to use because it didn’t say on the bag or on here, so I only used one pearl. Steeped it for the proper amount of time and then tried it.
It was pretty light. It had notes of cocoa and wood.
It’s an okay tea, not my favorite. But not my least favorite either.
I’m really glad I got to try it at least! Feels like everyone loves this tea and I’m like the odd one out. So it’s good to not have wasted money on this one!
Anyway, thank you, Terri for the sample! :D

Flavors: Cocoa, Wood

Fjellrev

You make me want to try the What-Cha ones then since I love these!

yyz

I know what you mean. I tried it and it was pleasant enough but not amazing enough for me to require it. Depending on how much water you used 1 pearl was probably pretty light though. I sampled it from a friend and she recommended three to four per cup of tea.

donkeytiara

My uncle fell in love with this tea…calls it his heroin, as it cured his bronchitis once (ya think he’s call it his antibiotic, but no….) They were out at TeaVivre so I ordered him a substitute from Adagio…I wonder if he’ll call it his placebo from now on…. :)

Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this tea someday

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Sad I didn’t like this one…Don’t know why I wanted to like this one so much, but I did. D:
The one just tasted like horse manure and wood to me. >

Flavors: Wood

Haveteawilltravel

wow, thats the lowest rating I’ve seen on here…

donkeytiara

you’re obviously not a horse rider, as we often end up with dirt/poop everywhere when we fall off….especially if you fall off with your mouth open, yelling an expletive. I will not be ordering this buck off tea. thank you for the warning. :)

Ost

Hahah yeah, no, donkeytiara! I live in the country, surrounded by horses, and that’s enough for me! I definitely don’t need to have interaction with them-and especially not after that comment-sounds horrible! XD

Kirkoneill1988

ouch :( must have tasted terrible

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Soo I’ve only tried the Autumn version of this tea last year. It tasted like honey and sweet potatoes. It was incredible! I have wondered what the other seasons of this tea taste like. I have wondered if they are super different or almost the same.
Terri was kind enough to send me a sample of last year’s spring harvest in our swap so today I finally tried it!
I was kinda thinking it would be the same while I waited for it to steep. But when I went to drink it, much to my surprise, it was pretty different from the Autumn harvest! The sweet honey flavor was there still. But instead of the other main flavor being sweet potatoes, it was bread. There was a few hints of sweet potato in there but not as much as the autumn harvest.
Love this one!! Seriously soo good! Makes me wonder if this Spring’s version of this tea is going to be like the sample I have. Wish I could know! If it was, I’d totally pick up some!
Thank you sooo much for a sample of this amazing tea, Terri!! :D :D :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Cwyn

Regretting not getting this last year. Long sold out.

donkeytiara

now I’m going to check my stash to see which it is I have….

Ost

Either one is really good! Least to me!

donkeytiara

I have 2014 spring….

Kirkoneill1988

i shall also try this tea someday

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drank Eggnog Yunan by 52teas
647 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson. Haven’t really been a huge fan of 52Teas to be honest. Most of them aren’t great on my taste buds. But I found myself a bit tempted to pick this one up when they first released it, but I refrained.
So I’m glad to have gotten a sample of it!
Sadly, like most of the 52Teas teas, this one didn’t really live up to the name for me.
Really all I tasted was nutmeg and cinnamon. Which are flavors in eggnog, but…it didn’t have that thick creaminess to it that I like teas that are supposed to taste like eggnog. So yeah, kinda bummed out by this one! It wasn’t bad, but didn’t remind me of eggnog either. :( Thanks for letting me try it though, Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson (:

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg

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So. I really never thought I’d be saying this to be honest. Well, at least not this soon in my tea journey. But…guess my journey is full of surprising discoveries!
I really like this white tea. I totally would buy this white tea.
I really don’t get why some people love white teas. Like they aren’t amazing. To me, most of them taste like hay. It sure beats how most green teas taste like grass, but still, hay??? I never really got the appeal of hay flavored teas.
I was kinda just expecting this to taste like hay like the other white teas did.
While this one did have hay notes, there also was a lot of malt in it, which doesn’t seem like a white tea at all! It kinda felt like a black/white tea combo. And to make it even more weird, there were sweet melon notes in the background of every sip!
Seriously such a weird tea-I don’t even understand! XD
But it was good. I tried this yesterday and I’m STILL surprised by how much I enjoyed it! :D I think I might have to buy this one :O
Shocking, right!?
So so weird. My likes/dislikes are just so out there sometimes haha!
Anyway, many many thanks to the lovely Cookies for sending me a sample of this! :D

Flavors: Hay, Malt, Melon, Smooth, Sweet

Sil

there are a few whites out there that are beyond amazing…. and then there are 90% for me that taste like hay..or water. or nothing :)

OMGsrsly

I was going to mention last night… maybe try steeping the “hay” ones a bit different to see if you can pull other flavours? I’ve started doing 15 minutes at 160F for my silver needle teas, and I really like that better.

ashmanra

Oh, good to know, OMGsrsly! I will try that, too!

OMGsrsly

Apparently it’s a Mariage Freres thing! I tried it as a lark, but it actually tastes pretty good.

Ost

Really? But does it make the flavor bitter if you steep it that long, OMGsrsly?

OMGsrsly

It hasn’t for me! 160F is pretty cool for a tea. If you’re worried, maybe taste it at 5 and 10?

cookies

I’ve grandpa steeped whites and they’ve never gotten bitter on me before. I use really hot water as well.

Red Fennekin

I can back this up too – grandpa steeping whites never leads to bitterness, just really intense flavours. If you cool the water a little, it’ll deffo be fine to steep for ages!

Ost

Interesting! Good to know! I’ll have to try it!

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For some reason I was really really craving a chocolate tea today. Don’t even know why, but I really was. This one totally hit the spot!
It’s not often that I crave chocolate-y teas, which is why I don’t have tons of them in my collection. I honestly kinda just feel the need to have this chocolate-y tea in my collection and no other one. Plus! This one doesn’t taste like wood! Keep thinking that maybe it will start tasting like wood randomly since apparently my taste buds love ruining everything, but they’ve not betrayed GO yet, so that’s good! XD

Flavors: Chocolate

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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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