5357 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Swirl Bread by sTEAp Shoppe
5357 tasting notes

dear tastybrew ZOMG! Yeah i’m still loving this. I resteeped the crap out of the little cup that i had a few days ago…. and then needed to have more today. Oh yes..you will be mine. all mine!

TastyBrew

Ha ha! I’ve tried a bunch of the sTEAp teas and this one and caramel apple are by far the best in my opinion. Another one worth trying if you’re ordering is the Thailand Chaa Khao Hoom Reistee Green Tea. Otherwise she sells very generous sample sizes of everything.

Sil

oh there will be samples of nearly everything in my cart. go big or go home! if you try everything in one order, then you KNOW what you want next time hahaha

whatshesaid

Sounds amazing!

Sil

if you don’t get your hands on some, poke me when you see me cackling at the world that my order has arrived. I will be placing and order with the Steap Shoppe for this one and sadly (or not) i’m considering picking up like 4oz so i can certainly send some your way.

whatshesaid

I would love to try it so I will keep my eyes peeled :)

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Backlogs incoming since it’s been a busy day. I’m exausted and want to go to bed but i just got off the phone with china and i really want to track my teas before i forget. :)

I have devised a plan for getting through all the teas that terri sent me by putting any random tea from her straight blacks into my morning rotation. The other tea can be whatever. This morning it was this one. Let me tell you, i’m pretty sure i really enjoyed this one as a basic breakfast tea that is a really nice even keel sort of morning tea. There is none of that morning tea acidic taste that makes me go ick.

I have one more small cup of this left that i’ll have when i have more time to sit and focus. This was soooo many hours ago. but it was good.

Terri HarpLady

I keep trying to come up with a tea drinking strategy…sigh…I’ve barely started on the teas in the megabox you sent me, LOL. So many teas, so little time!

Sil

heh well i NEED to get my tea in order since it looks like we’re driving to NY and Boston for day trips next week. go go random vacation plans last minute! (aka going to harneys at the very least!)

Terri HarpLady

sounds like a relapse in the making to me ;)

Sil

shhhhhhhhhhhh

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84
drank Strawberry & Kiwi by PureAromaTea
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I’m going to have to agree with Kittylovestea on this one. Man this smells good! It’s very much a strawberry tea, rather than a strawberry kiwi but i forgive it for that because this is a delicious, delicious strawberry tea. I NEED to try this cold brew because if it’s half as good as it is hot. There’s none of the usual bitterness that i seem to find with strawberry green teas..not that this is a green tea but that’s where my mind wandered.

Right off the bat when i sipped this, it made me instantly think of snapple…strawberry kiwi snapple to be specific but without the overwhelming sweetness of snapple. Either way, this is a win because my other half liked it and will drink it in summer…baby steps after all…someday he’ll love cold tea lol

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drank Caramel Cream by PureAromaTea
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I quite enjoy this one. It tastes very similar to other green caramel teas that i’ve had out there but this one has a much smoother taste to it that is just slightly more enjoyable. I’m finding that with a few of the purearoma teas. Even if the flavour is similar to other teas that i’ve had, the base tea and blending is just slightly more delicious and smoother than the other versions i’ve tried, that i’d take this version over the others. At least so far :)

Overall, a pretty tasty cup tonight for a GREEN caramel…now if only i could find the ultimate black caramel.

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sipdown on this one mostly because i accidentally dropped the other cup’s worth that i could have brewed on the floor. the clean floor that my other half cleaned today. oopsy. lol

On the plus side this isn’t my favourite tea so i won’t mourn the loss, i’ll just suck it up and move on. I’m learning that i’m not overly fond of strawberry greens. I like strawberry blacks. Quelle surprise! i know. But there are good strawberry greens and average. This falls into the average category for me. Not bad…just take it or leave it kinda green and strawberry lol Thanks terri!

Terri HarpLady

I agree. I tried it, because there it was in the bulk aisle of the natural food store, & I drank a cup. I’m not really a fan of flavored green teas, but once in awhile it’s worth a try :)

Hallieod

Without my full morning’s caffeine hit, I was childishly amused at picturing you going to suck the spilled tea up off the floor. :P

Glad it was not a favourite that hit the floor!

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Totally forgot i had this one today until i was taking the last sip out of my travel mug. This one tastes a lot like H&S’s valentine’s blend to me. It’s likely slightly different, though not so much that I can recall what about the other blend is different lol.

Which means that suits me just fine. I’m not getting the nut flavour out of this one but that might be how i steeped it. I got distracted at work and steeped it forever. I also put in twice the normal water, assuming it was like H&S sachets even though the directions are crappy and say nothing about water volume lol

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SIPDOWN! Backlog from earlier today.

I didn’t expect to like this one. It has that bergamot stuff in it. blech. But this is actually a pretty decent tea for a bagged, on the go sort of tea. I like that this is slightly orangey, with a splash of mint. I’m getting the sense that the republic of tea bagged teas are a good brand for me. They’re not too much on the terrible end of bagged teas and they offer a really nice variety with some decent flavours that are quite nice. I might look at picking up a few in the future when my stash gets a little more manageable. They can be my work teas :) Thanks again terri!

Terri HarpLady

Kind of a nice after dinner tea…especially when you’ve eaten a little too much :) Glad you enjoyed it!

Hallieod

So glad I read the “blech” to bergamot before including a sample of either a cream Earl Grey or Palais des Thés Gout Russe 7 Agrumes, which has all the citrus but mostly tastes of bergamot!

Sil

Hallie – feel free to toss in the cream earl grey. While i don’t typically enjoy earl grey i am always willing to try bergamot teas here and there :) Never learn if you don’t try new things!

Terri HarpLady

That’s the spirit, Sil! I keep trying them, & have actually found a few that I like, & a few others that can be tolerable. Of course, none of them will ever replace straight black, nothing will, but once in awhile…in the right mood…

Hallieod

I like your attitude! :) Will do then.

Sil

guys how else am i going to drink ALL THE TEAS!

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drank Cinnamon Swirl Bread by sTEAp Shoppe
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Thank you tastybrew Seriously..i just need to quit now. I mean when i first started out drinking dessert teas, i thought 52 teas cinnamon roll honeybush was like oh man! it’s a cinnamon roll..fast forward a few months, i for sure don’t love it as much as i once did and now there’s this tea.

This is a cinnamon roll, minus the overly sickly sweet taste that comes from the icing…which is perfect from me because what the puerh DOES bring, is the delicious bread aspect to this tea.

i’m only on my second re-steep of this but it still hasn’t lost any of it’s punch. It’s like WHAM! EAT ME! i mean..drink…drink…but holy moley. Yeah there will be more of this in my cupboard. And the brioche that i had a couple days ago from american tea room? Yeah…this one will be in my cupboard first. Not that there isn’t room for both but this one needs to come home now.

Thank you so much tastybrew

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TastyBrew

Yeah, this one is crazy good! I love the brioche too. I warned you that you were going to be trying my favorites! Luckily American tea room has lots of sales. Haven’t seen steap have any yet, but maybe they have decent shipping rates for you guys. I’m glad you’re liking them!

Sil

they don’t have decent shipping rates but my tea mule will bring tea for me lol. 50$ minimum isn’t too bad to get free shipping with a tea mule hop across the border. I can always thank her with a small sample of this tea haha she’s love it since she’s allergic to the world and could at least drink this for delicious cinnamon bun flavour.

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drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
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SIPDOWN! And thanks again to Terri for sharing this with me. I’m not sure how to rate this one. I’ve got similar feelings as terri on this one. crap busy at work. finish this later.

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Last tea of the night, so i figured I’d bust out my Persimmon Tree rooibos. I finished off the mint chocolate one i had from them a little while back, but this is still my favourite for sure. This is more like a creamy rooibos without being particularly berry but it’s tasty. And i don’t taste the rooibos so no complaints here. Well except for shipping to canada from this company but you know….otherwise it’s all good lol.

Note: if you hold the tea in your mouth the berry flavour comes out to play lol

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Chelle

Rooibos has yet to grow on me too. I might have to give this one a try.

Sil

If you want rooibos that doesn’t taste like rooibos, Della Terra has a lemon chiffon and a lime chiffon that most? people enjoy – the rooibos taste isn’t apparent in those ones either. just depends on whether you want citrus or smoother vanilla cream type. Though the lemon and the lime are creamy, but they are clearly citrusy first.

The Persimmon Tree

Hi Sil, thank you for your review of our Vanilla Berry Truffle tea. I know shipping to Canada has always been an issue but we did lower our starting shipping rate to $8. I know it’s not the best deal but it’s a lot better than what it was before.

Sil

YAY! Thanks for the update :) Might be worth sharing on facebook if you hadn’t already and i missed it. I will for sure keep this in mind for future orders since i really do enjoy a bunch of your teas

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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.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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