531 Tasting Notes

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
532 tasting notes

I’m a little bit nervous to be trying this one. It smells tasty, but also like hot cinnamon gum. It’s so strong that it calls to my nose from the other side of my desk. I enjoy a good Snickerdoodle cookie, but after reading that this blend tastes a bit like cinnamon water, I don’t know if this is the best representation of a Snickerdoodle tea.

It smells like hot cinnamon once it’s steeped and I’m hoping that it offers something more. Sipping… Hm, not quite as strong as I thought it would be. The strongest note is definitely the cinnamon, but it’s not that crazy cinnamon punch I was expecting. It is warming, but tastes very much like cinnamon candies or gum. There is a nice sweetness to the cup as well and it adds another element to keep this from being complete cinnamon water.

I am really happy I tried this one before buying a bunch. It’s not terrible, but really doesn’t resemble a Snickerdoodle to me and has too much cinnamon for me to want to have this permanently. Many thanks to Ost for sharing some with me!

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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Oh, this is so yummy! I love caramel apples especially during this time of the year and this tea really captures one in a cup! There is a really nice balance between the caramel flavor, apple and the oolong. Everything tastes so fresh, too.

I love that the oolong adds to the buttery caramel flavor, but it also gives off the slightest floral note. The caramel is not at all artificial tasting and remains sweet, rich and creamy. As for the apple.. it really shines towards the end with just a hint of tart skin. The caramel, apple and oolong seem made for each other and they just work so well in this blend. What is most impressive is the flavor isn’t covered up by the oolong. You really do taste all of the elements of this blend with each sip.

I think this is definitely going to be on my repurchase list. I have a feeling that it would become one of those teas that I would need to be in the mood for, but it certainly is satisfying.

Stephanie

It’s perfect, this tea!

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I was expecting this to smell more like rose, but it smells much more like raspberry juice. I was also thinking that it would taste more tart because of the hibiscus, but it’s actually not as strong. The fact that the hibiscus is tolerable leaves more room for the sweet raspberry to shine.

For me, this tea reminds me most of a watered down fruit juice. It brings back memories of a raspberry juice I loved when I was younger. I think this would be awfully delicious iced as it’s naturally sweet and refreshing. I should have made some of this during the hotter weather! I don’t think that I would buy this again to have hot, but it would be a nice iced treat.

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drank Marabout by THE O DOR
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This tea smells so delicious. Sweet rooibos with notes of caramel and pastry. The rooibos itself seems like it’s of good quality and is actually a little bit finer than others I’ve had. It makes a beautiful red cup.

Sipping… the rooibos is softer and smoother than others I’ve had. There is still a rather distinct woody flavor that always comes with rooibos, but I appreciate how smooth this one is. There is a gentle sweetness that wraps itself around the cup, but I can’t really tell what it is… to me, it tastes awfully similar to a caramel rooibos. This sweetness pairs very well with the rooibos that it almost seems like they’re one. I am a little confused about the apple as I can’t taste any, but I think that I’ll have to experiment with this blend a bit more to see what other flavors I can get.

I really enjoy the smoothness of the cup and love the strong notes of rooibos and caramel, but I feel like I’m missing out on the other apple and toffee flavors. I will play around with this a little more to see if I can bring them out of hiding.

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I didn’t really know what to expect with this tea after seeing that some people haven’t been that impressed with some of DAVIDsTEA’s fall blends. The only other blends I’ve had so far this year have been the pumpkin chai and maple sugar. The maple sugar wasn’t terrible, but needed a bit more maple. I was curious about this one because apple cider teas always get me excited. Apple cider is the perfect drink for fall, but I haven’t been able to find a tea or herbal blend that fulfills my apple cider need. They’re either too sweet, too tart, too spicy or too weak. The real apple cider can be too spicy and have too much sugar for me to have at one time.

Now that I’m sipping this blend, I can say this is probably the most apple flavor I’ve gotten in a tea. Even still, it’s not very strong and remains quite watery. It actually tastes a little like pear at the start of the sip, but apple (including the tart skin) comes out at the end. I also taste a touch of spice, but only at the end as well. The majority of the sip is mostly watery apple with a heavy sweetness. I can’t really figure out what makes it so sweet, but it seems like it’s a rather artificial vanilla flavoring. I think this blend would be better without this as it makes it a little funky.

I’m not sure if I would repurchase this blend. A part of me wants to because it’s the most apple cider-like tea I’ve had, but I don’t really know if I like it enough to own a bunch of it.

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I was in a banana tea phase not too long ago, so I was so pleased to see this pop up on 52Teas’ website. I especially love that this is a simple banana and caramel decaffeinated blend with not a whole lot of excess stuff to distract from the banana. The scent of this blend is more honeybush than banana, but the banana is still there.

Sipping… I’d say that I mostly taste honeybush. I’m assuming that the caramel is blending quite a bit with the honeybush because I don’t taste a separate note of caramel, just the generalized sweetness from the base. The banana is present, but rather faint. There is a bit of a sour finish that comes from the honeybush. This cup is enjoyable, but I want more flavor.

I’m finding 52Teas to be hit or miss for me. This one is more enjoyable than some of the recent blends I’ve purchased. Too often I’m thrilled to order a delicious blend, but find that it ends up tasting nothing like what it’s supposed to. This one was just okay for me – too much honeybush and not a whole lot of banana and caramel. I won’t have trouble finishing off the pouch, but I don’t think I’ll buy more.

VariaTEA

I was looking at this blend, especially now that it’s on sale, but I find 52 Teas honeybush blends tend to mostly taste like honeybush so I am glad to see that confirmed in your review, though I am sorry it wasn’t the tasty caramel banana cuppa you were hoping for.

QueenOfTarts

Thanks, VariaTEA! I think honeybush is hard to work with in general since it is such a strong flavor on its own.

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This tea is a bit different than I was expecting! I thought that it would have strong notes of butter, but it’s much more vegetal and floral. It’s not a bad tea, but I prefer my oolongs to be a little bit more on the milky, sweet, peachy side of things. I just don’t think that this offers all that much in terms of flavor.

I taste leaves, some flowers, minerals and salt water. I think this would be a nice tea to drink if you’re just starting out with oolongs. It’s simple, fresh and rather light. I don’t think I would buy any more in the future, though.

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This tea smells so good! I’m picking up on a syrupy sort of sweetness, some dark berries and sweet potato. I love it when teas have a really delicious scent, it makes it that much more exciting to drink!

Sipping… mmm, this is just as I thought it would taste. Sweet potato, black pepper and honey. It almost reminds me of water crackers with pepper. It is on the verge of being perhaps a little bit too peppery for me, but it’s not enough to scare me away. There are times when I pick up on a more creamy note, but it fades quickly and leaves behind that sharp, spicy taste. I still think this is very enjoyable and would drink this again. Thank you Tao Tea Leaf!

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
532 tasting notes

I’m really excited to be trying this tea. Fall brings out all of the best flavors of the year – pumpkin, maple, apple, the sweeter and darker ones that are meant to comfort and warm. Even though it’s still summer, I’m really ready for fall now.

The scent of this tea is definitely of maple and cinnamon, it reminds me a little bit of those flavored oatmeal packets. It doesn’t bring to mind pancakes for me, but more of a pure maple and spice blend instead. It definitely has fall written all over it!

Sipping… the first part of the sip is definitely a strong cinnamon. It’s not like cinnamon candies, but is more of a natural, warm cinnamon. The maple comes out towards the end of the sip and gives off a nice sugary sweetness. A tiny bit of the actual tea in this blend is faintly present in the form of some astringency, but otherwise it’s not terribly noticeable for me. It might even be a little bit on the weak and watery side. The maple doesn’t stick around long enough for me to enjoy it and I’m left with a bit too much cinnamon.

The cinnamon and maple combination is lovely, but I would have liked a better or stronger tea base to make it more interesting and a stronger maple flavor. I can see this tea being a big hit with those who love maple and especially cinnamon, but I don’t think I like this enough to purchase more.

Ost

Still can’t wait to try this!

QueenOfTarts

I can already tell that this will be a favorite of some! :)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
532 tasting notes

The dry blend smells exactly like caramel corn or maybe like the buttered popcorn jellybeans (one of my least favorites). For some reason, I wasn’t expecting it to be so accurate! Once it’s been steeped, it smells like brown sugar, cinnamon and popcorn.

Sipping… this blend starts off with a rather bland fruity base — quite similar to Forever Nuts. The rest of the sip is rather uneventful until the end when I get a lovely caramel corn flavor – faint popcorn with a strong and gooey caramel.

While this is a very creative blend and the flavor is as close to caramel corn as you can get, it’s a little too artificial for me. I also wish that it had a different base mixture because I really am thinking about Forever Nuts throughout this cup. Forever Nuts isn’t a bad tea, but it’s not really what I want with my caramel corn.

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Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

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