4871 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I had a mocha latte this morning since i had a bit of extra time in the morning before work. I’m trying to catch up on things so that i can take thrs and friday off or at least friday. While this is still pretty tasty, it may be that matcha is a winter drink for me. I can feel myself slowing down a little in terms of drinking it. Still, this was quiet enjoyable all things considered.

Chelle

I have been drinking it with cold milk blended with ice. Feels more summery.
The mocha flavor seems like it would be good. I have some boysenberry and cotton candy on the way to add to my caramel. I would love to do a flavored matcha swap sometime to find more flavors that I like without having to buy.

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SIPDOWN! (221 for anyone counting….)

oh man terri..this one is great! It’s the deliciousness of mint and a black tea without that icky film on the top of the tea that so many mint chocolate blends have. it’s also a black tea, so that makes me happy. For sure prefer this to read my lips from david’s tea – this is a darker chocolate and makes me happy. May have to pick up some more of this…in june. bah!

Sil

i like that it’s clearly a dark chocolate and not milk chocolate

Terri HarpLady

As a dark chocolate lover, I relate!

Cavocorax

Mmm…. dark chocolate…

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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sipdown thanks for sharing this with me terri! the last little bit of your tea. Sadly i don’t get much in the way of chocolate from this but it’s not a bad little chai.

Terri HarpLady

I didn’t really dig that one too much, but my son Leif loved it!
Glad you enjoyed it :)

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drank Piña Colada by PureAromaTea
4871 tasting notes

I figure what the hell, let’s just have some more coconut! oooooh see this? this really is a delicious pina colada like drink. I can taste the pineapple! and the coconut isn’t overwhelming…yes. i must try this cold brewed! Seriously? I am really digging these teas from purearoma. While not all of them have been out of your world knock your socks off, these are some really nicely blended teas that are better than your average tea company in canada/US, at least in my opinion so far. This one leaves a bit of a dryness in my mouth when i drink it but it’s pineapple! and coconut! but not that artificially gross coconut taste. mmmmmmmmm……….

Sil

It’s worth a try if you ever order from them :)

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drank Green up your life! by PureAromaTea
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SIPDOWN! on this one as well tonight as the rest of it is going off to a lovely home. :) I think this may be a potential re-order for the summer, though i’m sad to say i forgot to try cold brewing this ever. The strawberry is refreshing and the green tea doesn’t get on my nerves :)

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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sipdown!

this is a very middle of the road average ordinary every day tea. Nothing much going on, but nothing to offend either. I’d drink it, but i wouldn’t order it since there are many more fabulous irish breakfast teas out there that make for a little more OOMPH in my day :)

BoxerMama

I feel like you exclusively do sipdowns! lol

Sil

boxermana…these days it’s a little of that lol mostly because i have so many small samples from terriharplady. I try to mix them up with the occasional none sipdown as well though. IE the other week when i did butiki teas heh

BoxerMama

lol! I when I was digging for chamomile I found sooooo many samples that I didn’t know existed, including ones on my shopping list!

Sil

LOL see i don’t have that trouble yet. 200 ish teas and i know where everything else and what i have.

BoxerMama

Not I! lol

Sil

some non sipdown posts just for you today…followed by some sipdown posts as well since i promised myself at least one a day hahaha

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sipdown!

this tea confuses me. It’s smokey but is also full of berry? There’s something in the blend as well that is making me sneeze but i couldn’t tell you what. Overall this is a pretty tasty blend though i think i prefer my smoke without the berry flavour. I do like the texture of this smoke however. I also don’t really grasp the vanilla that is hiding in here somewhere. However, this was an excellent large sil mug full of fun! Thanks terri!

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drank Coconut Oolong by The London Tea Room
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oh god. i don’t know what’s worse…the oolong or the coconut. DEAR GOD NO! :) sooo sample from terri, and even though i was pretty sure that was going to be my reaction, i figured what the heck, i’ll give it a try. Especially after quite enjoying the coconut mango tea from last night.

the rest of this is going to kittenna whether she wants it or not…because i said so. Only enough for a cup but it needs a good home.

So sorry terri…lol at least i tried! not rating this since it really is because of my preferences and NOT because this is a terrible cup of tea.

whatshesaid

did you like the davidstea version??

Sil

Um never tried it…being coconut and oolong lol

whatshesaid

Ah ok, you hate it that much eh? Too bad!

Sil

i dislike most coconut…i really don’t like green oolongs 90% of the time…together? ick. but oh man. loving the pina colada tea i’m having tonight!

whatshesaid

Funny how tastes are different! I love my coconut oolong, it’s in my top five for sure :)

Stephanie

I love coconut oolong but I’ve never tried this one

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