7177 Tasting Notes

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drank Cranberry Orange Cider by 52teas
7177 tasting notes

I couldn’t resist having this one today after smelling it. Cranberry, orange deliciousness. Honestly i am in love with the dry aroma of this one. Brewed, this might be my favourite of the 3 that i’ve tried so far. It’s got the tang from the cranberry but it’s still orange, christmas cider…if that makes sense. I did find that it’s best tasted as it’s cooled a little but before it gets closer to cold. I had to add a tiny bit of sugar because i let it cool off too much and the sharpness of the cranberry came through a little too much. But a tiny bit of sugar and it was delicious again :)

LiberTEAS

This tea left my tea studio smelling amazing for two weeks after I blended it! My family kept bugging me, asking me “is that tea ready yet?” because they wanted to try it so bad!

Christina / BooksandTea

I had some of this last night and it’s AMAZIIIIING. I’m doing my write-up of all 5 teas and this one was my favourite.

CHAroma

Hmm, now I’m regretting not picking some of this up.

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72
drank Tisane de L'abbaye by THE O DOR
7177 tasting notes

Organised my cupboard today to get a handle on things – and pulled this one out to have again since i haven’t had it in ages. 119 teas, 7.8kg (17.2 pounds), and my oldest tea is from April. Not too bad.

This one is still enjoyable even in my inability to place what this tastes like haha

OMGsrsly

You could do some weight lifting with those teas. ;)

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85

another one from the 51 teas kickstarter. This was the one i was most excited about (though let me tell you the orange, cranberry cider smells AMAAAAZING) because it has laoshan tea in it from verdant. The final execution of this? Not bad, but not as deliciously amazing as i’d hoped. This is nice though…peppermint, chocolate and the marshmallow rounding out the flavours and blending them together a little. I’m going to enjoy drinking the rest of this :)

Emilie

I keep seeing reviews of this on my dashboard and it’s making me sad that I had no clue that these had been available!

Sil

awe :( i think she’s selling some of the “extra” on her site now though

Emilie

I probably shouldn’t buy more tea, but I may have to go look..

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I thought i’d try this one because i know Charoma doesn’t like smokey teas but i’m ok with them. Brewed this according to directions, including shaking up my package and making sure to get a little of everything in my teaspoon. It smells lovely, but when brewed this is mostly a lapsang. i’m not picking up any of the nutmeg or other spices that would make me think “chestnuts” Soooo witholding the rating for now and i’ll try again and see what i think then.

OMGsrsly

Aww. :( I was super excited about this one (yet didn’t order because I’m cheap. :) )

Sil

you’ll still get some to try :)

OMGsrsly

Yay! But also some not yay, if it wasn’t most excellent.

Christina / BooksandTea

My experience was pretty similar to Sil’s – mostly smoke, without much caramel or nut flavour. I’ll need to try it again with some sugar, though.

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74

In all fairness, i don’t love green teas. But i also don’t typically hate them either. This was a sample that was included in my order from Bellocq – generous as i’ve probably got enough here for 5/6 “normal” cups. For those who enjoy green teas, this is likely a very nice dragonwell. I’m not sure that i can understand why this is a limited dragonwell or if it’d be worth the price (42$/2oz) to me to pick it up, but it’s tasty. There’s a vegetal note here but not overwhelmingly so as it blends with the sweetness in the tea to become less in your face. I am enjoying this cup but i’ll see if i can share the generous samples with others who might not otherwise pick this up given the price.

ashmanra

They really do give generous samples with orders!

Sil

my first order with them, so I didn’t know. Maybe next time i’ll ask them for a black tea sample lol great customer service as well.

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
7177 tasting notes

today, at some point, i’m going to be reorganising my cupboard. My tea order from bellocq arrived but i can’t let myself go crazy on those teas until i figure out how “bad” i’m doing with my paris teas lol. this was a sample included in the tea i received from 52 teas – DO NOT LIKE. in all fairness, i don’t love green teas but there was something in this one that reminded me of soap. Generally i’m ok with green and lemon, but something in this one doesn’t love me. the rest is off to the swap box for someone else to love.

Fjellrev

Ha, I was wondering if this was really that old or if it was remade recently. Keep killing off those teas, yo.

Sil

this is brand new

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82
drank Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
7177 tasting notes

New version from Anne – gotta say that this one is much creamier and caramel like than frank’s original version, but the pumpkin piece is a little less here than franks. That being said, I’m kinda ok with that because the base here is so very lovely, and makes this a much less picky cup of tea.

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75

bumping the rating up on this one – not sure if it’s just a time factor, in that when i first started drinking it, it was too fresh but this seems to have mellowed out and is tastier than when i first started drinking it. there’s much more flavour happening here which makes me a happier camper.

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88

last tea from the past few days – still loving this one and happier still that i’ve now had enough of it to be able to close the lid again with my bag closure on the bag haha. I know i’ve said it before but this is a lovely tea and perfect for anyone who doesn’t like your smokey varietal of Lapsang. This is not a smokey tea. it’s just delicious. true story.

Final Count: 121

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88
drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
7177 tasting notes

i rather enjoy this tea….to the point where i think i should pick up a bit more before it goes away, but then i can’t help but wonder if i’ll get tired of the taste, since i don’t usually love david’s teas enough to go through 100g+ Still though, i need to try this one as a latte since that’s apparently the way to do it heh

Kristal

If you like it as a latte you may end up going through the 100g+ very quickly ;)

Sil

i think subconsciously, that’s what i’m afraid of haha

Sil

I’ll have to try it today though since double points is happening right now for purchases

Kristal

I saw that! Thing is I’m working from 9-9 today (although, I do have a 2h break between 3-5…) and I don’t really “NEED” anything. I could get more banana nut bread though for lattes…

Kristal

But then again, I do only need 39 more points until free tea, which would only mean $20 purchase…

Fjellrev

When I got the email, I thought to do the exact same thing: try this tea again and make up my mind.

Sil

heh. great minds think alike

Sil

i have 27 points, so likely not worth it for me to buy anything since they all get reset in january (which i think is stupid)

Fjellrev

Yeah, I’m in the same boat. The reset almost discourages a person from buying, in a sense.

Sil

yeah. better for me to just wait and see if i can get more january 1st

Kristal

I also agree the reset in January is stupid. I can understand when you get the free tea offers how they expire after a few months, but to erase your points every year is kind of a scam. You could have 99 point ($99 of purchasing) which would count for nothing.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, last year I had about 90 points and didn’t buy anything else and lost them all. I think I’ve spent $20 in DavidsTea this year though. They totally lost me as a customer.

tigress_al

How do you know how many points you have?

OMGsrsly

They used to mail out links to the points thing? I have no idea how it works now.

Sil

Just sign in to your account. Used to be you had to ask for the link, now you just sign in

Alyssa

What?! I never got the email for the double points thing. I guess it’s because I have their newsletters turned off lol. I’d better fix that.

Alyssa

I checked and my subscription preferences were that I should receive their promotional emails. Maybe I should email them.

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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