4831 Tasting Notes

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Oh man. I really thought i’d broken my steepster when this tasting note didn’t want to open for like 3 mins. Good thing i’m incredibly distracted at the moment haha. This is technically my second time drinking this, though when the girls were over all i had time to do was add that i’d had it with no actual rating or tasting note.

kittenna was nice enough to leave me back a small sample so that i could have some more at my leisure and that time is NOW! mostly so that I can get to 298 teas so when my two teas show up tomorrow i stay under 300 (and yes Dinosara, i’m totally going to drink all of those tea bags tomorrow so they won’t be hanging over my head….all 100 of them! heh)

Anyway..i digress. So this tea. i am IN.LOVE. with the applesauce going on here…as in the apple, and cinnamon. SOOOOOOOO good. It’s like someone took the applesauce from the fridge and liquified it even more. The apple is in a great balance with the cinnamon.

That being said…potato? uh…well there are chunks of potato…but the flavour isn’t really there. not that i want it to be because i am loving this apple cinnamon.

graceatblb

That sounds yummy. I have always loved the flavor of applesauce…the texture not so much. The potato sounds interesting. Not something I’d find altogether appealing but may add some starchiness to the tea.

Sil

Grace….yeah you could say there was some added…texture? With the potatoes. I really liked it but then I am a fan of apple and cinnamon..,though I’d love to see a good sour apple tea sometime :)

graceatblb

I’ve been searching for a good sour apple tea. Adagio has one but I didn’t like it—too much hibiscus. Capital Teas has one that sounds good though.

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So apparently all this tea is making me soooo sleepy. I can’t sleep yet since i’m still on call but man, i could sleep. So it looks like i’m going through phases tonight…some caramel teas…then the pumpkin one, which was kind of like apples…so here i am now. SIPDOWN!

haha thanks to Kittenna for this one. This tea smells like some other tea that i can’t place. It’s like a creamy-ish kind of generic rooibos smell.

The taste? It’s apple…and cinnamon and rooibos? I really wish i could place what this tea is reminding me of, and…. holy distracted tasting note batman. Mostly…this is REAAAAALLLLLYYYY reminding me of another tea that I can’t seem to figure out and it’s distracting me to the point of not being able to articulate my thoughts on this one… plus? tired Sil + on call with technology = say whaaaaa?

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drank Pumpkin Spice Rooibos by Tealux
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SIPDOWN! Love it when i can get two cup samples into a single mug because my giant mugs at home hold twice the liquid as normal people lol. Back down to 300 teas! (until tomorrow when my david’s tea order arrives).

This is a strange tea….pretty tasty, but strange. It smells like spicy, pumpkin-y ness… but when you sip it, it reminds me of apple? spice. I can see why Teasipper said cantaloupe, though I’m not feeling that specifically. Subtracting a few rating points off this because it’s somewhere in between pumpkin and apple spice, but it’s still a tea that i’d drink again for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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Must. have. one. more. sipdown. tonight. Oh man… good thing i’ve got conference calls tonight because i need at least one more tonight to get myself back down to 300 tonight after my swaps arrived (i’m ignoring the fact that i also received some bagged teas that need to go into my cupboard and i say NO!).

Anyway…SIPDOWN! Thank you Nina’s paris for this sample…my last of the bunch that were sent to me.

Edit: So about the tea… I quite enjoy the caramel mixing with the fruity taste. I prefer it just a little more than je t’aime because of the fruitiness, though if i wanted a straight up caramel tea i’d stick with the other one. This reminds me of one of the other teas that i purchased from Damman Frere’s but i’ll have to give it some thought before i say which one it is.

Overall, the black base is present in this one along with the caramel notes AND the fruity notes. The vanilla is also present, though less so imo than the caramel.

Tealizzy

So….what did you think of the tea? ;)

Sil

haha i had to his save… i’m in the middle of working tonight on system issues and the call started. i’ll edit shortly

Tealizzy

Nice! :) I was curious because I really liked this one.

Sil

if you enjoyed this one, there are a few from marriage freres and damman freres you’d probably really like too, though they’re on the pricier side heh

Tealizzy

Ya, I wondered about that because I’ve been reading all your good reviews of them!

ashmanra

This was my favorite of all the Nina’s Teas I have tried.

Kittenna

Mm, I liked this one too, I think.

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drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
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Sipdown! (sample)

Thank you to Nina’s Paris for another wonderful sample! This is a tasty tasty cup of tea! It reminds me quite a bit of creme caramel from della terra, only with a stronger base and a better flavour to it. The scent of the tea is a little off but the liquid delicious makes up for that. I’d be willing to pick this up again for sure. LOoking forward to trying grand amour as well given how nice this one is!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank YaYa Strawberry by Steep City Teas
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So i figured that i should try another of my Steep City teas, since i had a disappointment with the Vanilla Sky. Id been sort of putting it off because i was a little afraid that I’d be stuck with another 2oz of something i didn’t like BUT today i made myself try one! haha

I’m glad i did :) While this isn’t my absolute favourite tea, i really think this will be nice in the summer. There is for sure a strawberry taste to it and i love the chunks of papaya? in it :) My other half says it smells and tastes like swedish fish. I’m not sure i agree but it is a sweet fruity tea :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Swedish fish tea?! any chance I can steal a sample?

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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Sipdown! (sample to quote Indigobloom) And it’s a good thing too since apparently two of my swaps arrive tonight AND there’s a third one in the mail already AND uh three more to come eventually. So i suspect that tonight i’ll be back over 300 again sigh

What to say about this? I want more! I suspect that unless the cacao tea sample that i have kicking around is more delicious than this, THIS is the chocolate “in a hot chocolate kind of way” tea that I’d keep in my cupboard. It’s creamy and chococlatey and delicious! I didn’t add any milk to it and it still tasted like a delicious cup of hot chocolate. I’m impressed!

Starfevre

On my shopping list it goes.

Terri HarpLady

mmmMMMmmmm, sounds like it competes with Chocolate O

Kittenna

Nice! Since this was a 2oz. split 3 ways, there may or may not be enough to give you more :P But when we make another Tealux order… (which is totally happening at some point if only bc their samples sizes are awesome).

Sil

its ok if you don’t get more to me…i know you’re just trying to make me sipdown YOUR tea…

Kittenna

Ahaha. We’ll see how much I like it. If you like it this much, I probably will too :)

Indigobloom

LOL the battle of the sipdowns continues ;P
I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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drank Wedding Impérial by Mariage Frères
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SIPDOWN! This was a lovely tea to have been lucky enough to receive from ysaurella Merci encore madam! I love the sweet delicious caramel. I am still torn by all the lovely teas that she sent as to which was my favourite.

Terri HarpLady

I still have a little of this left from Ysaurella also. I need to quit hoarding it, right?

Sil

yes terri! no moar hoarding! I’m trying to go through a bunch of my smaller samples…though i can see myself not touching the chocolate tea she gave me. I have enough for a cup of that left and it is SUPER!

Terri HarpLady

It’s just so hard to drink that last cup sometimes…sigh…

whatshesaid

I loved this tea when I tried it!

Kittenna

Terri – I hear you! That’s part of the reason I have so many teas! Sil is working at killing my tea hoarding instinct though. I haven’t ever had so many sipdowns!

Sil

really kittenna? haha

Kittenna

Yep…. I still have teas from every swap I’ve participated in! :P

Sil

OMGWOMAN! DRINK! GO! NAO!

Terri HarpLady

It’s a loosing battle, girls. I can never drink the teas in my cupboard as fast as I order them. Speaking of which, I just ordered the entire Damn Fine Tea collection, after promising Ms Theresa I wouldn’t order anything for awhile. I’ve wanted them for ages, am still pissed off at myself for not trying The Captain & the mermaid (or whatever it was called). So I ordered everything they currently have. Rebellion feels good!

Ysaurella

Sil, you didn’t try all teas I sent I think, or am I wrong ? I don’t see you review on Luxury. It will be fun to see a review about a French maple tea by a Canadian citizen :)

Sil

You are correct Ysaurella. I think there are 2-3 left for me to try but I wanted to save them for easter weekend :) You will see tasting notes soon i’m sure.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I have been a certified slacker today. I blame work. System issues today have got me shackled to my desk. It’s a little sad too because I brought a bunch of one cup samples with me today to try and get through some of my black teas earlier in the day. Aiming for 275 by the end of the weekend, though that’s not likely to happen given that I’m not just focusing on samples.

I’m still really enjoying this tea, though I’m waffling between picking it up again as an order or passing and keeping it in my back pocket of teas that I enjoy but don’t need to keep around all of the time.

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SIPDOWN! 300 teas successfully achieved….150 to go. holy crap. and i just ordered 2 more…Also, I hope the ladies will forgive me not remembering and thanking whomever gave me each of my teas. I’m pretty sure this one was kittenna though.

Sipping this i get rooibos…and something that reminds me of the way that peanut butter and chocolate mix together in a peanut butter cup. I wouldn’t say this is peanut butter cup though. Tasty enough but lack of points for not being what it is trying to be. Still i’m happy to cross another 52 blend off my list!

Dinosara

I’m impressed you got back down to 300 so quickly! You can do it! :D

Terri HarpLady

Little Terri wants to know what you ordered…she’s been begging me to let her buy more tea all day :p
I told her we’re not allowed to buy anything until Ms Theresa gets our taxes finished.

Sil

Oh god….what I ordered? I should post a picture of teh tea I came away with after the girls were here….our della terra order, lupicia, upton, 52 teas,Nina’s Paris were all exchanged and then it was just all the random swaps between the 4 of us. I still can’t believe it took us like 6 hours to go through it all and that was with pre-sorting a bunch of the stuff ahead of meeting up. Then I ordered more red leaf….and some 52 teas on its way….last night I placed my first ever davids tea order….we’re getting samples from bluebird… And I still have 2-4 incoming swaps and only a couple outgoing (which won’t help me get much down in my cupboard). Thankfully I DO have a bunch of 2 cup samples, which if you saw my mugs at home, you’d understand why they’re really 1 cup samples lol

Sil

Tell little Terri she just needs to go “shopping” in my cupboard (though there are a bunch of samples int here I may not be able to send you, so maybe that’s not a good idea yet so she’s not disappointed….)

Kittenna

Yeppers, from me. Not as good as other reviews have said :(

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