1233 Tasting Notes

drank French Vanilla by Simpson & Vail
1233 tasting notes

This is not my favorite vanilla. I’m trying all the tricks, overleafing, lowering the steep time, rasing the steep time. Its all resulted in a dusty tasting black base, with a suggestion of vanilla following afterwards.
Its not a bad tea, I should say. So far I havnt found it bitter, but its not the highly coveted perfect vanilla tea that I am questing for.

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Well, I can certainly smell the cherry of this cherry and chocolte blend. And the fist sip reveals a lot of cherry flavor.
It does taste a bit like a cherry liqure chocolate. Huh. Somehow I wasnt expecting that.
It is just the tiniest bit artificial tasting, as well, but not aggresively so. I’m alright with overlooking the slight fakeness to the taste, as its an interesting combo.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I’ve fallen into a hole of looking at beautiful books, which are very expensive, and I want very much. Eeep!
This is a fabulous tea to accompany the hunt for beautiful books.

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I am not getting what I want out of this tea. It smells very nice, but it doesnt brew up to what I think it will. I think I was expecting pie, even though this is supposed to be cake flavored. I’m not getting that either, actually.
I do taste apple, but its subtle, perhaps a little too subtle for me.


I felt the same way about it, but oddly it seems to be growing on me…


I hope it will grow on me. We’ll see.

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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I’ve come to the conclusion that this smells a bit better than it tastes to me, but its still a lovely, sugary indulgence. And, being tea, the guilt factor of indulgence is almost nil!


I just now checked out Della Terra Teas’ website and I am gonna go NUTS on those samplers next time I get low on tea.


Della Terra is really good! I’ve liked their blends a lot.

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I found it funny that my sister gave me some of this in her christmas gift to me of 12 teas. This is the only one from her that I had tried before, and was not a very big fan. Its a heavy and very perfumy rose tea. I love rose teas, but this was a bit too much, even for me.
But maybe its because its the last bag of this, but I dont mind it at all today. Still, I wont be bringing this back into my cupboard myself.

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I had some of this with a sea salt and peanut butter cookie today. Wowza! Maybe not the worlds greatest food/ tea paring, but both were delicious and I enjoyed them a ton.

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drank Almond Black by Simpson & Vail
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The standard operating proceedure for S&V teas this morning. Overleafing, and a short steep.
This appears to have worked, as I like this much more than the first time I tried it. Its not a sweet tea, but it is almondy. A normal almond flavor, not the candied almond, or an almond baked good (not that there is anything wrong with that. I adore those). This has brewed up toasty and mellow, and perfectly pleasant. And the shorter steep time has taken care of the overpowering black base problem. Good.

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drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
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Yum. This is so soothing. Its a gentle wash of peppermint over me.
And, horrors, its the end of this! Eeep! I might see if I can snag a little more, as I am questing for lovely gentle teas like this, to have on hand. At least till the end of the frost goes away….

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Overleafing and a short steep has made this more toffee like, but still not quite what I want. And this pot has an oddly bitter aftertaste, which is bad news.
Hmm. Well, not a lot of this left.

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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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