1163 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla by Lupicia
1163 tasting notes

So I bought both this and La Vanille from Lupicia. What, exactly, is the difference, anyway? I am determined to find out!
I think I may have steeped this too aggressively this morning. I turned on music, and began to dance, instead of paying proper attention to my kettle. Whoops.
But even so, its not coming up bitter.
Its a smooth cup, and I get a toasty note in it, but very little vanilla, it must be said.
Hmm. Pleasant, and I do get a familer note, but what that note is is anyones guess right now.
More experimentation!


I was just looking at lupicia’s website right now, and noticed they have a vanilla and la vanille as well, so I’m glad you’re doing the experiment!

Sami Kelsh

I’m very curious to know the difference between the two!


I will report back when I have data!


enquiring minds want to know…

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The weather around here is going through some crazy cycling. Yesterday it was gorgeous, unbelievable spring weather. Yesterday I wanted a long walk, asparagus and fresh strawberries. (So I had them).
But this morning it is windy and cold, and so I want warm and cozy things.
Enter Winter Solstice!
One of my favorite winter teas, warm, savory, with a delightful note of citrus. But its better in the cold weather, so I’m happy to drink it now.

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Ah, a nice relaxing cup. Just the right thing.
Boy, its been a hectic day, breakneck speed the whole way, and a number of hurdles in the path.
Nothing that a good cup of tea cant help, though. Thank goodness for tea!


Yes, tea IS such an antidote to a hectic day. (Makes me wonder how non-tea drinkers can survive the stress. I mean, how do they cope without tea???)

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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It is my 600th note, I think! Eeep! How time flys when you are drinking tea.
Well, its a sipdown of this soft vanilla cloud. I liked this a lot, even if it wasnt the truest of loves. But I enjoyed it all.
Maybe someday I’ll bring it back in, but for now, more experimentation and exploration are to be done in the world of vanilla teas.

Flavors: Vanilla


Yay! Congrats on the 600 :)

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drank Daruma by Lupicia
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This has been an interesting tea experiment.
A spicy, savory tea, its got a lot of pop. Very complex, layered and nuanced, but its just not the flavor profile for me.
Fun to try, but off it goes!

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drank Almond Black by Simpson & Vail
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Aha! Its gone. This was the very last of this tea.
The final recap- It does taste of almond, so points for honest advertising. However, it seems to be lacking something. It falls a little flat.
I’m not in love with this, though its done nothing to offend. Off it goes, and it shall not be missed!


I have their almond green and it’s just kind of average…

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drank Caramel Almond Amaretti by Teavana
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For those who say that this is like DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts, I can see what they are saying.
Both fruit and nut blends, both a brilliant and impressive pink color, and both a sweet and nutty non-caff treat.
I think that this one is mellower than Forever Nuts, which is neither a good or bad quality. I feel like there was an element of tartness to Nuts, while Amaretti has a little more nuty quality.
Either way, its a good tea. It was exactly the thing I wanted tonight.

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Another spring tea flavor to try.
Hmm. Strawberry flavor is very strong in this cup. I think someone else once said almost jam like, and I must say I agree. Its almost thick, in the flavor.
I think its a very good strawberry tea, refreshing and fun. Would be good for the warmer months.
Good! I’m thankful to JustJames, who sent this my way a few months ago to help me when I was feeling blue.
Yum. Now, off for a walk, to soak up the spring-time feel. Its going to rain here again tomorrow, so is should take advantage while I can.

(a steepster note. I find it funny that “asparagus” is listed as a flavor in the drop-down menu, but strawberry is not. Huh? Also “roasted chicken”. Please tell me there are not chicken flavored teas out there….)


Lol – roasted chicken flavoured tea is not high on my wish list either! ;-)

Roswell Strange

One of Adagio’s TARDIS blends (not the Cara McGee one) tasted like caramel and chicken broth to me…


eeeeek. Poultry flavored tea is to be avoided!


haha, I was going to ask if you liked it, but I see not. I guess even the caramel didn’t help. ; )


Chicken flavored tea = boullion?

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Today, in my part of the world, its going to be in the mid 70’s. Gorgeous spring weather. Its not supposed to last, but I should take advantage of it, while I’ve got it.
And, cue the tea! Paris is so, so delicious, and I feel an almost perfect companion for a beautiful spring-like morning.
Light, bright, fruity and elegant, its one of my favorites.
I love Paris in the springtime. ;)

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One of those mornings where I woke up too early, and when I was finally dozing back off, my alarm went off, and forced me into the day.
I have got tea, though. Delicious, delicious tea. And so I am going to drink this.
Today the honey note is particularly strong, which is delightful.
It will help friday get off to a strong start!

Flavors: Honey, Stonefruits


i definitely plan to order a sample of this…if it’s anywhere near as good as Paris, i’m in trouble!

all the glowing reviews & the honey and berry notes sound too tempting ;p

Sami Kelsh

Phwoarrr, this sounds fit!


Affirmation from my tea cabinet as well. It’s hard to ruin, too. (One of my favorite qualities in a brew.)

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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