4889 Tasting Notes

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
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thank you raritea for this interesting tea. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but i’m always up for trying new teas.

After having a few steeps of this, i’m still not sure how to describe this. It’s woodsy and not really like any green tea that i’ve had. The leaves look much like brown sticks :) There’s an after taste to the tea that’s vegetal and sort of gritty in my mouth. There’s a bit of dryness as well. Overall, really interesting and something i’m glad i got the chance to try!

Amariel

Hojichas are like that, all twiggy. It’s a neat tea actually. I was sad that my local David"s didn’t get the Hojicha Genmaicha. I have a Caramel Hojicha from Bird Pick that is pretty neat. Nice because it can be drunk later and not keep you awake.

Sil

Hmmm caramel version of this sounds interesting. I know nothing about this type of tea so it was totally interesting to try :)

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drank Tropical Mango by Teajo Teas
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Thank you to Teajo teas for this sample!

This one hurts my nose. There’s a floral and cinnamoney, spicey scent going on. I can’t entirely say with any accuracy that i’m smelling mango. In sipping this, i don’t taste mango whatsoever. I suspect that this might be a better cold brew than hot, but hot is how i tried it. I do really like the tea base for this one. But in terms of the flavouring, it’s just not what i was hoping for.

Stephanie

Weird! I loved mine :)

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60
drank Jelly Bean Dream by Della Terra Teas
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wow…not sure what to make of this one. there’s a lot going on in this one. I don’t think the jelly beans add much of anything to this. That being said, it’s a totally candy like blend that this creates. However, there’s quite a bit of hibiscus in this which turns it into a really sweet but terribly tart brew..sounds contradictory but it is. the initial sip is sweet and very nearly strawberry delicious but then it quickly goes tart in my mouth.

Ysaurella

you cannot imagine how much it sounds weird for an European to see tea companies adding jelly beans or marshmallow or sugar candies in a blend…

Sil

yeah, it’s not my favourite thing either.

Anyanka

Plus, jelly beans are heavy and you pay by the ounce! I’m a weirdo and I only eat the black ones anyway.

Sil

mmmm black jelly beans are so good

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66
drank Peach Oolong by Della Terra Teas
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soooo this isn’t terrible for an oolong. Most of you know how much i “love” oolongs. It’s not an overly peachy tea as the oolong balances out the flavour. I’m pretty sure others who favour oolongs would find this to be a nice addition to their cupboards.

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drank Grapefruit Fusion by Della Terra Teas
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stupid sprinkles.

Yeah. that’s right. I DESPISE YOU SPRINKLES! I really can’t stand the sorts of additions to teas that add nothing to them. Tea is pretty enough on it’s on without adding crappy artificial sprinkles and stars and lucky charms into the mix. sigh

So this tea? Doesn’t really remind me of grapefruit at all. Now, for perspective, i love the grapefruit dragon that Stacy created. I have no doubt that somewhere out there, another grapefruit tea exists that isn’t a dragonwell base that might be almost as delicious as Stacy’s Dragonwell.

This tea? it’s not it. It’s got a weird limey orange smell to it that makes my nose wrinkle up in disgust, and the taste is this weird citrus like flavour that turns my stomach. I do not like, though maybe cold brewed it would be better? maybe?

Fuzzy_Peachkin

lol! I haven’t tried any teas with sprinkles because I also look at them and think “What’s the point?” Sprinkles are always so flavorless.

Sil

there are a few with sprinkles that i like..but every time i drink them and see the oily mess they make i’m always just a little disappointed.

Cavocorax

The jelly beans were the oddest addition I think. I’m not a fan of the sprinkles either, although I can forgive DavidsTea for Glitter&Gold.

Terri HarpLady

The idea of sprinkles or glitter in my tea freaks me out, quite honestly.

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67
drank Rainforest Nectar by Della Terra Teas
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So the nice thing about splitting try me packs 3 ways is that it’s pretty much enough for 2-3 normal people cups or 1 of my cups since that’s all i really want, and can then leave the “extra” for the other 2 people heh. So today, i’m trying to go through the last of the della terra teas we split three ways. I guess technically these are all sipdowns except they’re more like “haha i didn’t have to add this tea to my cupboard” :)

I suspect this tea would make a decent cold brew. Hot? It’s not too shabby. What i like most about it, is the lack of stupid candy, sprinkles or other assorted crap that della adds to their teas that drive me batty. I’m not getting much in the way of kiwi in this – it’s largely a mango, passionfruit tea. However, i think this would truly shine as a cold brew.

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59
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
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Not a fan of the flavours in this one. They kind of jumble together to create a melange of fruity sort of kind of going on thing. I does remind me, as miss lena mentioned, lychee but not the kind of lychee i enjoy in a tea. Overall glad to try this but happy it’s a split with 2 other people :)

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69
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tealux
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SIPDOWN!

I still find this to be a rather unexciting black tea. There are far better black dragon pearls out there that i’ve tried, though these aren’t the worst.

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82
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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190! Sip down!

Woot woot! Of course there will be teas added shortly increasing that back up again but at least now I feel like my cupboard is under control. Now to spend some time drinking up my larger bags of tea. May have to do a butiki week or marriage freres week lol

Still digging this one. Ill likely keep at least one of Della Terra’s rooibos blends in the cupboard permanently. :)

Hallieod

You did it – fantastic!

Cavocorax

Woo! Awesome! :D

Cavocorax

A week specializing in just one company would be interesting. You’d really be an expert. :D

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! 190! I’m impressed!

Dinosara

You win! I guess what you win is more tea! :D

Sil

Lol more teas incoming shortly. But at least I feel like I have breathing room now lol

Terri HarpLady

At least for a little while :D

Sil

Terri…..if I start getting up near 300 again, I’m not going anywhere near the Internet until its back down under 200 lol

Terri HarpLady

Hahaha! Good luck with that!
I exhibit weeks & weeks of good behavior, only to fall off the wagon & order a ridiculous amount of tea. Once I place one order, I start ordering everything I’ve wanted to try, usually in sample or 1oz size at least.

Sil

i’ve been trying very hard this weekend NOT to place 4-5 orders. So far so good, but it means i may just end up buying another board game haha

Terri HarpLady

Must feed the addiction, one way or another, eh? LOL!
Last night I placed my 3rd Butiki order in 2 weeks. Stacy just keeps adding awesome stuff!

Sil

yeah stacy is one of the ones i’m trying to hold off on. At least until i get your box and can try the caramel one. I have a tendency to just buy her teas without trying them lol Hence the reason i need a butiki focused week or something to get through a few sipdowns there haha

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90
drank Queen of Berries by Tea Palace
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Sipdown! On our way out for board games and relaxing tonight and I packed up the last of this and my lime chiffon to complete my sip downs. Haha. Wish I could have brought more tea with me but my travel mugs will have to do.

This one is keeping me warm on the subway ride and making me dream of summer with fresh fruits and delicious sunshine…yes sunshine is delicious! :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I always claim that sunshine has a scent! Have fun at your games!

Sil

Thanks fuzzy! We had a blast last night :)

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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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