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4034 Tasting Notes

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Another tea from this morning. A tasty cup though likely not a re-order. I do like the chocolate notes, though they’re nowhere near as present as laoshan black. they blend nicely with the malty tones in the tea. over all not a bad cup

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drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
4034 tasting notes

Made a mug of this in the morning since i was feeling particularly strange. I didn’t want any of my teas for whatever reason and my throat wasn’t feeling too hot. I’m not sick, but i am exausted. This was one of the few teas that said HEY! DRINK ME! so i had this one. Still enjoying this one – love the orange/cream taste. I wish it were a black tea, though part of the whole reason i picked some of this up was to have more late evening options for those days that caffeine actually affects me. And since i have friends that have issues with caffeine who were looking to branch out. Overall, still a nice enough tea though i suspect by the time i finish my bag, i’ll be done with it, as is the case with a lot of flavoured teas.

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drank Piña Colada by PureAromaTea
4034 tasting notes

sipdown! 290 :) Back to where i started this week with my mini relapse thanks to sloane’s stupidly amazing sale. I really like this one a lot. which says a ton about this tea since i am not a fan of coconut overall. it’s smooth and tasty and the coconut doesn’t overpower, instead it blends really nicely with the pineapple.

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drank Caramel Cream by PureAromaTea
4034 tasting notes

sipdown! with the addition of the teas i purchased today, that brings me to 291. Not to terrible considering it was my goal to get to 290 by the end of this past weekend. I’ve really enjoyed this caramel green while it’s been in my cupboard. I’m pretty sure it’s my favourite now, topping even the persimmon tree’s version which i loved for the longest time. it’s smooth and delicious!

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Another of my morning teas that i’ve been too busy to log. It appears that this is the second time i’ve done that so this may jsut be one of those teas that is a good average every day tea that doesn’t sneak up on you but isn’t bad either. I’ve got more of this in my sample – have i mentioned lately how crazy awesome upton samples are in terms of size and value?!?!? so i’ll try one more time at least. Mostly i recall this being a little malty, but not overly so and not bitter or anything. so yay!

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
4034 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!(288, soon to be higher again) also 1700th tasting note AND a thank you to gracebtlb for sending this one along in our swap. Now i’ve had this before grace sent it along but part of why i figured it would go well as my 1700th tasting note is that this is one of the first few teas that i ever tried when i started out on this journey less than a year ago. It’s nice to revisit where i started from and how far i’ve come in the teas that i’ve experienced and the flavours that i’ve come to love, hate or otherwise. This was one of my favourite teas in the beginning, but over time i’ve come to realise that other companies do similar blends that are a bit more expertly crafted than David’s Tea. It is a really nice blend though and it will always have a special place in my heart as one of the first teas i REALLY fell in love with that kicked off my crazy flavour journey :)

So thank you grace! for a walk down memory lane and a chance to revisit an old friend :) Especially since i haven’t had free time to really enjoy your other samples that i’m SUPER excited about!

Cavocorax

1700+ cups of tea. Count me amazed!

Sil

lol it’s actually more than that if you count them as normal people sized cups…but my cups are uh twice the size..so most of my “cups” are the equivalent of 2 heh

Sil

my random arbitrary goal (who doesn’t love those) is to get to 2000 by my birthday and get my cupboard down to 150 by then. uh…not sure either is likely lol

Shmiracles

i’m rooting for you!! hah

CHAroma

Wow, 1700!!!!!!! O_o That’s just insane. Congrats!

MoonShyne

1700!! My iron level just dropped reading that. ;)

Shmiracles

haha this is funny because now you are at 3477 tasting notes – OVER twice as many!!!
and it’s been less than 9 months. averaging approx 180 tasting notes a month, 45 tasting notes a week, 6-7 tasting notes a day, or 1 tasting note every 2.5 hrs of general day time hours. unless you log in your sleep…. perhaps you log in your sleep????

OMGsrsly

I think she logs in her sleep. ;)

Sil

huh never thought about it that way…thanks for bringing it home for me shmiracles lol

tigress_al

Wow, you are a tea machine!!

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drank Persian Palace by Sloane Tea Company
4034 tasting notes

I had a sample of this today while visiting the sloane pop up shop for their RIDICULOUS SALE. As far as the guy i talked to remember, this happens maybe once every couple of years. sooooo self imposed may ban is out the window so i’m going to try and aim for mid june, and if i can make it through mid june, i’ll kick it all the way to my birthday in mid july….or 10 days before that so that Us orders have time to arrive before my bday lol

This one wasn’t too bad, though it wasn’t as exciting as i hope it would be. there was some astringency that i didn’t like to it but mostly there wasn’t much happening with flavour. Compared to some of the other sloane blends, this is much inferior. The cardamon was nicely done..but it wasn’t too exciting.

Nicole

They have lovely tins! I would have been so sunk with a sale. :)

Sil

Nicole – HALF OFF! it’s unheard of! I’m surprised i walked away with as few as i did.

Nicole

Half off???? Good lord. I was already looking at their site and wondering how much shipping would be for several tins at full price. I would have been out of control at half off. :)

Sil

yeah it’s a funny thing, they rarely have sales online – usually only at their pop up store in toronto. next pop up store is november, and they always have at least 20% near the end of the pop up shop. Worse case, when it gets closer to that time, send me a shopping list, i can always pick it up and mail it to save a bit. heh

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Had a cup of this with dinner. Still a delicious cake like tea that is nice when I want a super sweet indulgent cup of sweetness. Again, nothing I’d ever want to drink every day but every so often its a nice tea to curb my sweet cravings and keep me on track in my eating well and staying away from sweets. ;)

TastyBrew

I made some of this this weekend and forgot about it so it was super strong and cold. I poured it over some ice and strangely enough I really enjoyed it as an iced tea. Great soda substitute. I wouldn’t have expected the cakey-ness to translate to cold well, but it really did!

Fjellrev

I would have never considered trying this iced! Wonder how a cold brew would turn out.

Sil

Oh neat. Ill have to check it out cold brewed :)

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thank you lala for this one. I swear it smells and tastes VERY much like another tea that i’ve had though i can’t seem to recall which one it was. This is a really nice apple-y sort of strudel tea. I just wish i could remember which tea it reminds me of. I am really enjoying this one on this super cold, gross afternoon of hail, rain, wind and minor sleep deprivation from last night haha time to make cookies!

Amariel

Sounds yummy!

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sipdown! thus beating my “goal” for this weekend of getting to 290. 289! and there’s still a few more hours left in the day….though maybe not too many since i am beat! release weekend = no sleep and we needed up having to roll back at the last minute so pretty much it was an all nighter for no reason. Now to see if we have to do it again in may or we bundle it into the june release. ugh.

final verdict no this tea? I’m not a fan. there’s a bitterness that i can’t seem to get rid of no matter how i steep it. It’s not a BAD tea but when i think about mousse au chocolat…there is no comparison for me! Still though, thanks so much shmiracles for this sample since i do love trying mariage teas! and even though it’s not the most amazing it was still a treat! :)

Ysaurella

I’m begining to think this collection is a kind of gadget…even on French blogs these teas are very very far from unanimity.

Sil

I love the mousse au chocolat one heh

Ysaurella

yes but sounds bizarre MF blends are often appreciated by a majority and on blogs this collection has lower ratings than the others.
http://www.ciao.fr/Mariage_Freres_Heritage_Gourmand_the_noir_Mousse_au_chocolat__Avis_1407343

Sil

tres interesante! :)

Ysaurella

it made me laugh when I read she didn’t want to contact the client service about the fact she disliked the tea ! that’s it sometimes you like sometimes not…I’m considering sending a complaint to Nestlé world because I’m not sure I like their strawberry yoghurts…:D

OMGsrsly

My French is TERRIBLE so I did not get any nuances or alternative meanings, but I did like that review. :)

Shmiracles

ya, i’ve kinda given up on these two Héritage Gourmand i bought. or at least lowered my expectations. but i’m still interested in trying as many other of their teas as i can. i know it’s just your opinion, but thanks Sil, for making it two of us that is not bffs with this tea. glad again i could share :)

Sil

Shmiracles – if you give up on teh mousse au chocolat, you just send it my way lol.

cteresa

That was a great review! And lol totally vindicates me for being too cheap to buy MF special edition tins.

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