4669 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry & Kiwi by PureAromaTea
4669 tasting notes

backlog sipdown! I had another cup of this last night but the rest went off with a friend who is looking for more variety in her herbal teas. She’s suffering from a heart arythmia and so her doc has said no more caffeine for a bit. So she came over to raid my cupboard since she knew i’d have a bunch to toss her way lol She was pretty amazed that i have 200+ teas and they all tuck away nicely in my bookcase. I think i’ve given her some ideas lol. I quite enjoyed this tea and will likely pick some up again. :)

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74
drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
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backlog sipdown!

sooo this cup of this tea? no thanks..but the last cup was delicious. So either i had a cup with more star anise than the first one or i did something wrong this second time. I don’t think i’d stock this permanently in my cupboard as a result of having two vastly different experiences. Thank you tastybrew though for sending this my way!

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78
drank Keemun by The Tea Spot
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backlog sipdown! Had this yesterday and after all of that, this is a pretty middle of the road keemun for me. It’s not bad but it’s not exciting and different. This could be in my cupboard or not. I’m still glad to have tried it, since i wouldn’t be opposed to having it in my cupboard again :)

Terri HarpLady

I think the first time I tasted this one I really enjoyed it, there was some novelty to it that I can’t quite remember. The last time it wasn’t really all that for me. I really enjoy Keemun’s, but they aren’t Assam or Yunnan, if you know what I mean ;)

Sil

haha yeah! I do like my keemun from red blossom though…it’s much more smokey than this one. Overall give me an assam anyday. not sure where i fit with yunnans yet :)

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84

backlog and sipdown!

I tried this hot brewed yesterday and man it was super delicious! I actually think i prefer this hot or would brew it hot and then cool it down. It was super tasty and i ended up gulping it down and getting to the bottom of my giant cup way too quickly. Thanks so much for this one lala! love it! especially since it’s a herbal i can add to my list :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Lala

This is definitely one of my new favorites too!

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78
drank Keemun by The Tea Spot
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I had this earlier in the day when I was trying to see how I was feeling. Sadly I don’t recall much, beyond feeling like it was an average every day kind of Keemun. Ill write more after I have the last cup of this.

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84

Thanks to Lala for a share of this one. I’m totally intrigued by this tea. I have to say i’m not yet sure how i feel about it haha. I tried this as a cold brew first and i’ll save the rest of this for a hot brew. This reminds me a lot of instant iced tea but tastier. The only downside is the significant number of brown floaties in the cold brew. Such that my other half wouldn’t even try it lol I’m pretty sure this is a win in my books but i’d like to see how it fares hot first as well :) Thanks for the share lala

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lala

Mmmmmmm tea floaties!! :)

Terri HarpLady

So what exactly was floating around? I like the name of this one :)

Sil

Pretty sure it’s just the pieces of dried lemon. Nothing wrong with the taste its just reminds me of when instant tea powder isn’t quite mixed in. :)

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Sipdown! (219) I like this tea in concept. Hazelnut + vanilla instead of the usual chocolate hazelnut? Yes! In this particular tea, it’s either the hazelnut or the base that make me want for something more. Still though, not a terrible cup of tea and this one was less sneezy than the other one lol. now that i’m thinking about it, i don’t love adagio’s hazelnut so that might be what it is about this one. I did enjoy trying another adagio cup though :) thanks terri!

Terri HarpLady

I do enjoy my Hazelnut, & since I’m an Aquarius, I had to have the tea! :)

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70
drank Bite of Peach Pie Chai by Adagio Teas
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sample Sipdown of this one :) against from terri. First off i need to say that there is something about certain adagio teas that makes me sneeze! Non stop….even if i enjoy drinking the tea, i do it while sneezing. This is not the first tea to do it to me, and likely won’t be the last. I don’t know what it is but man…SNEEEZING! lol

In terms of the tea, this one isn’t so bad. It reminds me of that sort of kick you get with ginger peach teas. It’s not an overly artificial peach tea, like so many can and are. I think the spiciness of the chai helps. I wasn’t brave enough to add milk to this to see how it held up because i was quite enjoying my giant cup of sneezing…i mean tea :)

I like this quite a bit. I’d like it even more if i could manage to type the word quite without first typing it “quiet” but that’s not going to happen tonight apparently.

Did i mention my brain is all over the place? it’s likely the sneeezing..and dreaming of #49 sigh

thanks terri!

Terri HarpLady
  1. is wonderful!
Terri HarpLady

oops….that was suppose to say #49 is wonderful, but the number sign must have made the actual number disappear?

Sil

Is still pretty funny “Terriis wonderful” uh gee toot your own horn much Terri? Lol

Terri HarpLady

Lol, I didn’t even get it!
BUT you know we performers are!

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Yeah…i dunno what to say guys. this is pretty meh. I’ll try it with some sweetner maybe but overall, i’m just not feeling it.

Courtney

That’s how I felt too. I think I let the hype get to me when it was reblended.

Sil

yeah…though there are some folks out there who really have loved the re-blend. Me? I think there will be swaps in the future…especially since i caved and bought 2 bags since i do enjoy the 52 teas blueberry zabaglione.

Courtney

Oh dear. I have always done swaps for 52Teas thus far, but this morning I felt pressured and ended up getting the Pina Colada Honeybush, Pineberry Honeybush, and Lime Jello Salad. I haven’t tried the Pineberry or Lime Jello so fingers crossed!

Sil

ooh i’ll be watching for your reviews. I nearly broke down and picked up the honeybush since i DO seem to like frank’s honeybush. I prefer david’s tea lime gelato to lime jello salad personally, but it’s not terrible.

Courtney

Good to know! Lime Gelato is a staple in my cupboard, so I’m hoping the Lime Jello will also be great. Hopefully I’ll have them soon :)

graceatblb

I was 2 clicks away from buying some of this. I was very tempted by this and Smaug Tea but held back but held back because I am trying to break the habit one small tea order at a time.

Sil

Grace – I can always send you some of this later on. I’m nowhere close to finishing the first bag, and I have an unopened bag as well.

graceatblb

I would love to try some. Blueberry is on the fig level of love with me :) And of course, I’ll send some pu’er along in return :)

Cavocorax

I agree that this one seemed overrated. I’m happy I was able to sample it or I might have grabbed it, but I purchased the pine berry and lemon meringue chai.

Sil

Mmm I may need to steal a sample of the those, the lemon chais esp as it’s one of the ones I was tempted to pick up but I had to stay strong. Day 2….29 left to go lol

Terri HarpLady

Yeah the lemon chai sounded interesting for sure.
I’ve never tried the blueberry. I love blueberries, fresh or frozen, but blueberry flavoring usually grosses me out.

Cavocorax

I could send you both some of the lemon chai. Just send me a message and let me know what else you want.

It probably won’t get here for about 2 weeks though.

CHAroma

I loved the original version of this tea, but the re-blend had way too much Assam for my tastes. Now I’m worried that I won’t like any of Frank’s black teas anymore, so I resisted getting the Lemon Meringue Chai. I’d love it if anyone could let me know if they share the same black tea base or if the chai is less Assam-y.

Sil

Cavo – let’s do that swap when you get your teas. heh should give you a chance to try some of the others i sent you and hopefully vice versa. I’m hoping whatever’s at the post office for me topick up is your package..i’ll know tomorrow lol

CHAroma – yeah i am not digging the new blends these days.

Cavocorax

Sil – sounds good. Once I get it, I’ll message you and see if there’s anything else you would like.

Also I regret to tell you that your package isn’t from me. Hopefully it’s still tea, but I just mailed yours today – I dragged my feet a bit because it was a busy week and it seemed like you could use a bit of stalling to give you a chance to sipdown!

Sil

Haha no regrets lol I just like playing the “who is it from game” though in that case maybe its from haileod….hmmmm

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Damn you Terri! No orders until June! WANT! MOAR! NAO!

Holy hannibel, i had this in the morning and let me tell you, i have a single normal person cup’s worth left and it might just be hoarded. Because i am trying to commit to no tea orders until June. It’s going to be hard because i have been thinking about this tea most of today. This is a great assam! mmmmm i have no words beyond “now accepting donations to get me through the month of may” lol I kid! but seriously? This has me wanting to try many more Steven smith teas since this was my first taste of their teas.

Nicole

Augh! Not another tea vendor!

Sil

Nicole..yes…i know the sororiteasisters have mentioned steven smith before, or at least one of them has but this was my first time trying one. And this is a delicious assam! and reasonably priced imo 5.50 for 2oz?

Nicole

I looked at the site. Bookmarked for payday…

Sil

jealous! lol i now have to wait until june. must resist all tea sales. must go a whole month without ordering lol

TastyBrew

He has a shop here in Portland and i’m planning on making a run there pretty soon to grab a variety of flavors and then send some samples to Terri. I’ll put you on the list too Sil if you want. I have several bagged varieties already since they sell those in the grocery store here, but I want to hit the shop since there are several they don’t sell at the grocery store.

Sil

whimper you need to find teas in my cupboard you want lol I can’t even explain why this particular tea makes me so happy. Lol

Terri HarpLady

Yay TastyBrew! Definitely check out my cupboard too, I want to send you a fun-box! :D
Sil – it makes you happy because it is awesome!

Sil

Tasty….beware the fun boxes from Terri!

Hallieod

Seconding *Nicole*’s Augh! That website looks SO tempting, but it’s another that doesn’t
spell out its international shipping policies, so double augh. But your review…!!

Sil

Hallie – if I make a purchase (in June) remind me and I can send you some to try :)

Hallieod

Thanks! Or if I cave before June, I’ll send you a care package to keep you going. :)

Sil

You may also be able to poke someone who has this and see if they’d b killing to do a mini swap with you in case international shipping is a bust. I can’t even remember what it was when I was looking at it.

Hallieod

Hah, don’t think I need this tea enough to do any killing to get it. :)

Terri HarpLady

LOL! Hallie, I’d be glad to share…

Terri HarpLady

And you won’t have to ‘kill’ me to get me to do it :)

TastyBrew

I can share too. I’m a pushover, literally, if you just push me over I’ll share some. No killing necessary.

Hallieod

I’m so relieved, Terri & TastyBrew – I just find that killing doesn’t put one in the best frame of mind for enjoying a fine tea, y’know? :P

Seriously, thank you both! I got an amazingly quick response from Alex at Smith Teas and am going to play with the cart to see what shipping is like. If it’s too bad, I’ll see what I might have to offer in return for this Assam-of-Happiness!

Sil

Ugh auto correct killing = willing and that was totally a poke at Terri and tastybrew since I know they’re awesome for things like that :)

Hallieod

They were totally awesome, especially as neither of them knew me at all! But Alex was very helpful and I [blushes] placed an order. Small, really!

Sil

Awesome! Can’t wait to see your reviews :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! Makes me want to fall off the wagon & order something! :D

Cavocorax

Lol – I love the comments. :)

Also, I guess I’d better bookmark this tea for later…

TastyBrew

I’ll be hitting the shop soon, any special requests? Speak now or forever hold your peace… Or at least until next time I go. Or the next. Or the one after that.

Sil

no need for special purchases for me but would love to try “bonbon” (herbal) or no. 9 (black) if those happen to be ones you’re picking up. though i suspect that in june i may just try picking up the variety packs. TOO MANY CHOICES!

Terri HarpLady

All of those black teas look interesting to me :)
Of course, I’ll be willing to try anything! So far I’ve had #49 & #55. The Chai sounds interesting!

Hallieod

Aaah, I’m so weak! (Also so far behind in tasting notes it’s not funny.) But the force of tea-pushing is strong in you, Sil!

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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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