5059 Tasting Notes

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
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The more I have this, the tastier it seems. I may pick some of this up again after all if only so that I’ve got if for when I have a hankering for that delicious creamyiness.

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drank Mango Silly Antro by Custom (Butiki)
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IB – this is actually pretty tasty cold brewed, plus the coluor’s awfully pretty, a pale pink :) Totally running late for getting out of the house today so incoming tasting notes while we’re in transit but yeah. I still prefer this hot, but cold it’s a nice refreshing glass of tea as well. I like how the cilantro and mango come out a bit more in the cold.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Indigobloom

Odd, I didn’t get any cilantro at all! maybe as an iced tea :)

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73
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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SIPDOWN! thanks to whatshesaid for letting me try this one. Still on the hunt for a perfect caramel tea but it was nice to cross this one off my list. It also confirms my suspicion that i’m not a huge fan of kusmi tea bases since most of their teas that i’ve tried i’ve been feeling pretty “meh” about.

Barbara

I feel the same about Kusmi. And it’s such a shame, esp. as they have the cutest tins…

Ysaurella

thanks girls for confirming what I think of Kusmi’s blends even if to be fair they always provide a decent blend.The disappointment often comes from the difference between the dry leaf scent and the taste after brewing.

Barbara

Never really thought about the why and how, but you may be right. The meh-feeling is also partly due to other brands (Theodor, Marriage Freres, etc) just being that much better.

Sil

I agree! Not bad tea, but there is better out there, so why bother :)

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SIPDOWN! ok seriously? as a hot brew this tea kind of sucks. However as a cold brew??? YUMMY! it’s totally like a lime mojito sans alcohol. If my rating were based solely on the cold brew, it’d likely be a 75+ but i’m not going to change it since hot, it’s a disappointment. Cold it’s got the limey tang that kicks in with the mint and YUM!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

Thanks for letting me know Sil, I have a sample to try and I won’t waste it on hot brew:-)

Sil

yeah cold was SOOO much better, especially if you like mojitos :)

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apparently vanilla + rooibos = no thank you for me unless there’s something else going on in the tea. On the plus side, that means i get to leave all the rest of the sample pack for kittenna hahaha! :)

It’s not bad, but i much prefer creamy vanilla + something else rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Terri HarpLady

How about creamy vanilla & something else…LOL.
I keep trying to like Rooibos, but it just always seems to be missing something.

Terri HarpLady

probably caffeine…

Sil

Heh. There are a few rooibos teas out there that I like quite a bit. Never going to be my favourite but S long as they don’t carry that “rooibos” taste, I’m good

Terri HarpLady

And that’s where the problem lies, since Rooibos is the base, it’s flavor is always there.
It goes good with some things, like the peach tea you sent, for ex. That one was tasty, thank you! But with other things, it’s just not a good mix.

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72
drank Blueberry Crumble by Della Terra Teas
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sipdown break! lol I need to try some of my della terra teas so that i can figure out IF i want to place another order this weekend or wait for the next sale.

This tea smells like maple syrup with a hint of blueberries. I can see why folks are enjoying it, but it is not quite on the same oh man, i need to have this, level as the upside down cake that della terra has. That being said, this is a lovely tea, but it’s much more maple blueberry pancake than it is blueberry crumble. my other half actually asked if i was drinking that pancake tea again. I’ll have to try brewing this at a lower temperature next time to see if that changes anything. For now, this is a decent tea, though not quite what i hoped it would be.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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74

sipdown!

This is a nice little black tea. It’s smooth while not feeling “wimpy” or light…I could see this being sort of an everyday breakfast kinda tea for me if i do a reorder with upton sometime. There’s almost a sweetness to it that’s hiding in the background but not like some of stacy’s teas. It’s really is like a keemun without the smokey notes, not that i mind those in my keemuns :)

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72

SIPDOWN! yes that’s right…until i have to leave we’re going to see a bunch of these lol I planned out all my teas last night so that i can get to 190 or explode trying haha

Dropping the rating on this one a little since the last time i drank this as there’s an astringency here that i don’t like that much especially when comparing it to the other black im also drinking (just for you whatshesaid)
I really like the aroma of this tea and the initial sips, but then there’s a taste in the back end that isn’t all that wonderful and ruins the sip for me.

I have to say though, that this is why i love upton samples. They’re great value since even me and my giant cups can get 2-3 cups out of them and while the packages aren’t resealable, they keep the smells out very well with just a bit of tape to hold them closed. While i don’t love most of their flavoured teas (the tisanes are ok) i really like that i can try out a HUGE list of straight teas. I also love that they put the packaging date on the lable AND if you’re doing a shared order you can add the names to the labels so that when they arrive you just put the teas away according to the name on the label :)

TastyBrew

Yeah, their website kills me, but the samples and the labeling are awesome. I love ordering like 20 samples and getting that big box in the mail. It’s like christmas since I normally have forgotten what all I added to my cart so each time I pull out a a tea I’m stoked all over again.

Sil

haha yeah their website is pretty old school ghetto but it’s great AND not sure if it’s still the case, but their brew baskets were the cheapest out there since they’ve been on sale since like christmas?

Cavocorax

Hee- planning your samples is exactly what I would do. Hope you make it! It’s been fun watching your numbers drop.

Sil

lol well i aim to amuse. If i wanted to cheat, technically according to my steepster cupboard i’m at 186 right now…but there are 10 teas that i’m not putting into my steepster cupboard because they’re randoms from china…so 6 more to go!

Terri HarpLady

Wow, I just visited the upton page, & I see what you guys are talking about. It’s really kind of overwhelming!

Sil

Terri – they will send you a paper catalog if you request it which, while it kills trees, I find MUCH easier to flip through and figure out orders with before using the website.

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50
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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SIPDOWN!
I tried this cold to see if i love this any better and while it’s not as bad as it was hot, it’s still no winner. Again it’s mostly a generic bland sort of tea that has kinda of a fruity, grassy taste to it. oh well, glad to have tried it!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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sipdown! and thanks to raritea for this one. While this IS a green oolong, it’s also jsut kinda hanging out being a slightly flavourful water. This is a tea that i could take or leave but will never drive me to hating it OR loving it. it’s just kind of there…

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