172 Tasting Notes

drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
172 tasting notes

Sipdown! Well, not really since I have a bit I ordered from their sale sitting in a box on the counter. Thanks MissB for sharing this with me!

I’ve been trying not to open my Zen teas until I do some sipdowns. I don’t think I can count this one since I ordered more of it.

With a touch of raw sugar, this is nice light sweet toffee. Nothing heavy or in your face, just a nice light blend w/no grassy notes .. Yeah!

Flavors: Toffee

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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Backlog from a couple of evenings ago. I still struggle sometimes with what to drink in the evenings. I try to avoid caffeine much of the time, although as busy and tired as I’ve been I don’t think it would bother me much.

I went for this one because I do love my coconut and I’m hoarding my last little bit of coconut macaroon from S &Vail.

This one smells very much like sweet coconut when dry. Steeped, the coconut flavor is there, a bit of cream, but I also get some woodsy rooibos. Not terribly much, but enough that it was taking away from my coconut. I don’t remember the first cup tasting that way, so may have been my mood or I did something different with steeping it. Maybe not my favorite coconut tea, but good for the evening time.

Thanks again EvaGrimm for sharing a bit of this with me.

Flavors: Coconut

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Gave this one a try today… Thanks to Tea Sipper for sending it along from my wishlist when I bought a couple of other teas to try.

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a tasting note on this one and I had forgotten what it was “supposed” to taste like from having read about it previously. I decided not to look and to steep it as a black as it appeared to be.

Dry leaf smells sweet and vanilla. This is a pretty tea, not for those that like little fun things sprinkled in their tea leaves. With tiny marshmallows, little blue star flowers and gold balls, this is a fun one to look at.

Steeped it reminds me so much of the little marshmallows that you get in kids cereals. Lucky Charms comes to mind. I think it may even be good as a cold steep. This comees complete with the flavor of the dust on those marshmallows… Don’t tell me you never picked them out of the cereal and ate them by themselves!

I will enjoy this sample and how it takes me to my childhood. It almost makes me want to go to the local Amish store and pick up a little bag of those marshmallows… They buy things in bulk and re-package for resale.

Oh so sweet marshmallow cereal for breakfast, then off to riding my banana seat bike on the gravel drive on the old farm. – The good old days!

Flavors: Marshmallow


Ouch—memories of bike wrecks on gravel!


Oh sorry. I have some memories of that too! & a tiny scar left behind on my left knee.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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I got my Zen tea order this morning and told myself I wasn’t going to open any teas until I sipped something down… even a sample bag. Well, that didn’t work very well. I let myself open this one just to smell it.. and I was sunk.

I bought this one due to it’s glowing reviews and some positive comments about it during the discussion about their sale. I figured it would be easy to swap if it didn’t meet my expectations.

Dry leafed this smells rich and sweet. Steeped, and with my normal touch of raw sugar, I found the vanilla & creaminess everyone speaks of with this one, and quite the bergamotty flavor. I can taste the base, but the bergamot, vanilla, and cream almost take over the cup. The added sugar almost makes this decadent. The second steep is almost the same as the first, I didn’t dare try another, but might next time.

I think if I had the option, I would tone down the bergamot a touch so that the vanilla and cream could dance a little more in this blend. Still very good though.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla


So happy you like this one :-)


(And trying not to open any pouches from a new tea order is a torture I cannot endure!!)


I know Hubby is going to see my box and say something about where am I going to put it. At least I have a plan… if I can stick to it. Luckily I have a couple of teas w/just 1 cup left ;) That will help!

carol who

The scent of Earl Greys tend to make me swoon. I can never resist!


carol who.. Have you tried this one?


What is your plan?


I wondered if she’d like a sample. I can send one in my package to you Cheri. :)


Not too into the Earl myself, so I don’t need this one. But thanks!


Ok. I’ve found most people either love it or hate it.

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I got this when from Janelle’s tea stash sampler sale shortly after I joined Steepster in November last year. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried it up to this point. I think I was afraid the berry would be too much for me. Initially I didn’t drink a lot of fruity teas, especially citrus, because I had had a previously bad flavor experience w/them. I have since learned that fruit and tea can go together, even some citrus, even though I am still a bit wary of raspberry and melon teas. I’ll probably eventually come around to those too.

I’m not really sure how old this tea is seeing as how it is no longer on the website and the most recent tasting note is from 10 months ago.

I haven’t had too many white teas as of yet. I tend to almost always drink black teas in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon (maybe a flavored green here), and usually some kind of rooibos (or 1 herbal) blend in the evening. Take the fact that I’m mostly drinking my old family recipe home made iced tea in the afternoons right now, and the white and green teas are not always finding much time w/me right now.

This one has a faint sweet strawberry smell when dry. Steeped, I get mostly white tea with a faint natural strawberry flavor that then fades into fake strawberry. Now that I’m done w/the cup, I find myself wondering what the aftertaste is from. I don’t know if the flavor has anything to do w/it’s age, so I will refrain from rating this one. I think it would be more enjoyable a cup if it was a little more strawberry and no aftertaste.

Flavors: Strawberry

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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
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Nom, Nom… Yum. I got this as one of the free samples recently from Nina’s. It’s always so nice when tea companies are willing to send out samples to potential customers. It often makes me think they may be good at customer service which is always a bonus to us customers :)

This one being a mix of green and black teas I went with a lower temperature for the green tea on this one. It steeps up almost like a black tea, a nice light amber color w/a sweet strawberry fruity fragrance. The flavor is much like the fragrance, sweet strawberry yumminess with a touch of vanilla to pull it all together. The strawberry is very present, but not over done, just wonderful. I enjoy the mix of black and green teas with this blend… It makes so that neither the black nor green take center stage but let the other flavors play on the forefront.

I have some strawberry cream on it’s way from Zen, anxious to compare the two, although this will be hard to beat.

Flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla

175 °F / 79 °C

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I had some of this one on Sunday and thought I posted a note, but don’t find it. I got this from Tea Sipper’s stash sale… Thanks :)

I put some of this into a tea bag to take w/me to church thinking I would use their hot water and make myself a nice cup there. I put my bag in my cup and let the water pour into the cup only to find that the water was not very hot.. Ugh. I went up to the coffee bar and my brother-in-law happened to be there and he asked how hot the water was… I told him not near hot enough but that my poor little tea bag was already submerged. He got me a nice hot cup of water and I transferred my tea bag.

Having had it poorly steeped, I will avoid rating this one yet. I could taste a few spices and the apple was a bit artificial like a Jolly Rancher, but milder.

I made a cup for my Hubby the other night and he said he liked it. Steeped, it smelled much like my first impression of tasting my poorly steeped cup.

I enjoy Della Terra’s roasted apple and it tastes like real apple to me, I shall see when I try it again.

Flavors: Apple, Spices

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drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
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I got this one from Tea Sipper’s Stash sale and had this one yesterday morning. I didn’t have high expectations for it after reading the reviews. I do sometimes like a plain black tea w/o much going on so I figured if the vanilla wasn’t there for me I could still enjoy it.

I can faintly smell the vanilla when it is dry leaf. Steeped, I do get some vanilla, although it isn’t real strong and if I didn’t know it was supposed to be vanilla I don’t know if I could pick it out. I do find it a drinkable cup, so think I can make it through these few cups.

Flavors: Vanilla

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drank SBT: Monkey Fart by 52teas
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So… we’re finally getting enough sunshine to warm things up a bit around here.. YEah! But we are also starting to see mosquitos and bees. Saturday night we spent some time outside at a friends house and my son got a bunch of mosquito bites… they welt up on him and drive him crazy, poor kid. Then last night when he went to brush his teeth in the bathroom upstairs, a jellow jacket had somehow gotten trapped in the bathroom and stung his finger when he tried to brush it away from his neck. Good thing today is a day off from school or we would have one sleepy kid today! He is feeling better this morning… kept him dosed with Benadryl & Ibuprofen last night. I hope we are done with the bugs for awhile.. I’ve had enough already!

I decided that this was the next SBT I was going to try the last time I looked at making one. I’m still experimenting with steeping these to get the maximum flavor and quantity out of each bag. I’m still not sure about the best method, but felt better about this one, although I wish the flavoring was more intense.

Since I already had a big home made batch of spearmint iced tea in the fridge, I decided to make a half a batch of this. I evened out the amount of tea in the baggie it came in, cut it in half, and put half of it in a tea bag for loose leaf tea. I decided on cold steeping to start with and did so with a 1 quart Mason jar in the fridge all day. I then removed it and hot steeped the bag w/about 1 cup of hot water. The cold steeped batch looked much more like I would expect iced tea to look.. much darker and almost thicker looking. I decided to pour the two together to get the best of both.

I left it unsweetened and added some splenda to my cup and made one for my son. He laughed at the name every time I said it. I have to say that we both enjoyed the flavor of the tea, the banana was there but not overly so… I typically hate! artificial banana! This was drinkable for me. I actually would have preferred more of the flavor because it was only present on the initial sip or two and if I kept drinking I didn’t notice it much anymore until I took a break and came back to it. Next time I use the rest of this I will keep the hot and cold steeps separate to see if one is better than the other.

My son really liked this tea, but I think couldn’t get past the name of it. He drank some of it, but wouldn’t finish his cup. I think next time I’ll just tell him it’s tea and see how it goes. I’ll let him guess the flavor.. such a picky guy he is. He likes bananas but will rarely eat them, and likes banana candy. I told him he must be afraid he will fart bananas if he drinks all that was in his cup… he thinks I’m silly sometimes… Maybe he’s right. :)

I do have to say I was pleasantly surprised that I could tolerate this banana flavoring. I think maybe it worked for me because it wasn’t as intense as banana candies are, but I do still think it would be nice to be a bit stronger. I could taste the flavoring over the tea base, but not by a lot. Thanks so much MissB for sharing this one.. I never would have bought it to try for myself… and again, I am pleasantly surprised. I might have grabbed it to let my son try it at some point just due to the name. Now I know if it’s good enough to grab if we want something different or have some friends coming over that it might be fun to share with them.

Flavors: banana

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37 yr old wife and mother who left her day job to take care of our son. Now running a property management business with my hubby.

I grew up on Lipton -hot w/milk & sugar, Lipton iced w/fresh spearmint and sugar, and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime … Don’t criticize.

I came across Good Earth Original Sweet and Spicy out of chance and it spurred my interested in trying new teas because it was a flavor I had never had before in a tea. I’m now new to the world of loose leaf teas and looking forward to learning what I like as I journey through some new flavors. Hubby has always enjoyed the occasional cup when we’ve been out and about at restaurants.. now we will find out what good teas are really all about! On with the adventures!

Still relatively new to loose leaf, but I’m learning… Coconut, cinnamon, chai, chocolate, mint, & pineapple are just a few of the flavors I enjoy. I have found that I can do green teas so long as there are other flavors as well and it isn’t the primary flavor. I have only found 1 rooibos blend that was too woodsy for me, most of the time the base is hidden or blends well enough w/flavored versions for my liking. I’m beginning to enjoy fruit teas more and more. I occasionally like a straight black tea.

Hubby likes milder flavors, any base, berry flavors, sweet aromas, sometimes tart, and or floral, and chocolate to my surprise! Almost the opposite of me.. go figure!

My 8 year old just took interest and loves root beer.. so far Butterbeer is a hit, but we haven’t tried any root beer or cola teas yet.. soon thanks to the Marvelous MissB for sending some samples. He enjoyed Winter Nog (Della Terra) recently, but turned away something else I gave him.. darn if I can’t remember now what it was!



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