536 Tasting Notes

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drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
536 tasting notes

I have to say that I started reading Cloud Atlas the other day and I’m quickly eating it up. Although I’ve had limited reading time I’m already 200 pages into it. After Cloud Atlas I’m looking forward to jumping straight into Children of Hurin. :)
I’m surprised that this one is so unpopular. I have to admit that straight up lavender might just be an acquired taste that I’ve come to enjoy. (Slightly off topic) I used to hate Turkish Delights, but something may have changed now that I prefer such overtly floral overtones.
This tea has very little white tea and would do better with a lower price tag and an herbal label. The additions of roses, violets, and carrots aren’t really helping with that. The smell of the liquor is very herb-like and floral. It is a bit more hay like than other straight up lavender teas due to the inclusion of some white tea. This tea packs much more of a punch than what I at first expected at such low steep times. The flavor is calming, but potent. I love this one for reading time or movie watching.

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80
drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
536 tasting notes

MMm notes of strawberries, lemongrass, and lychee. This is really great warm, but would probably do really well as an iced tea as well.

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So today was just awful. I wish I could say that I get to sleep in tomorrow and start off fresh, but alas! School day.
This one is almost gone! It smells excellent and I’ve been saving one last, gigantic banana chip for my last cup. This one is excellent and the flavors all pair really well. I love the banana and coconut flavors paired with the hojicha because it gives it just the perfect crust-like flaky/baked flavor. A personal favorite from 52teas.

Kittenna

Agreed – this one’s good!

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Fruity, light, and herbal is how I would describe this one. It is perfect for calm days like today. I am avoiding my coursework this weekend and spending all my time relaxing and being with my husband. It has been very nice. We’ve even shared quite a few pots of tea (I normally just brew for myself in my Teavana contraption). I love sharing tea so it has been really fun!
I have to say that out of the fandom blends that I’ve tried I really favor this one and Tardis. I have been rationing my last bit of both so I can pull them out on special occasions.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
536 tasting notes

mmmm snowy day here in Utah! I’m having the last of my sample and this tea is sooo good! I love watching it steep; it’s like watching stars at night with all the sparkling bits. I’m still mainly getting vanilla with light citrus. I used slightly warmer water this time and the flavors are a bit stronger than the last time I tried it. I steeped it for an amazing 7min. and I can’t believe how smooth it is. If anything that is impressing me as much or more than the rest of the flavors. This is a great tea and perfect for a day like today.

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Wow. thanks Marcel! This one is so good! I think that I’d like a little more clove in this; but I’m a clove super fan. Wassil is what comes to mind when I drink this one. I’m actually really happy with the orange flavor in this. It has an almost bitter edge that reminds me of orange rind as opposed to straight up orange juice flavor. I think that I will be purchasing some of this one because it is just awesome. If I were to make it again I might have steeped it for longer than the suggested 3 min. Excellent spice and orange flavors without being overly “chai.”
I also turned in my dental calculus paper today!!! Wish me luck!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

I’m glad you like this! I get in the mood for this one every so often. It is very yummy.

Kittenna

Dental calculus?!

Tamm

Yup! Really intense plaque buildup. :) You’d be surprised what we can learn from it. Stuff like where people were getting their water, microfossils, we can tell how they were cooking their food. It’s awesome!

Kittenna

I totally had the wrong idea. Thought you meant math for dentists, haha. Sounds interesting but a bit gross! :P

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
536 tasting notes

thanks Marcel for this one! I have only had a few of David’s Teas blends and I’ve been a bit half and half. This one smells really wonderful and the idea seemed pretty fun. I can’t quite put my finger on what the smell reminds me of though. Maybe vanilla cupcakes? There are some deep chocolate/citrus notes that are reminding me of that orange blossom oolong I had once. The shimmer in this is quite fun!
I think that my water may have been just a bit cooler than 195F, but the resulting tea was still very flavorful and I really enjoyed it! I was surprised that the black tea was not bitter at all after such a long steep. The main flavors that I am getting are a bit like that vanilla and slight citrus cupcake. I even get small hints of chocolate, but that may be the base. I think that to really be good it needed a thicker mouth feel that I seem to be missing here. Overall, I do like it, but I don’t think I’d order it for myself.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

Did the tea get glittery? haha. It’s supposed to… which is part of the magic of this little tea. I thought it tasted of cinnamon and vanilla the last time I had it. Glad you got to try it and thanks for the swap :-)

Tamm

It was glittery! That part was really fun. I noticed it kind of coalesced in the bottom of the cup. They were really thinking out of the box imo when they made that one! I think I may be getting a bit stuffed up, so I didn’t get any cinnamon. I’m going to brew up the rest later and see if I can get any cinnamon.

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86
drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
536 tasting notes

Wow. I may have put a bit too much in this time! I used almost 3 tsp for 16 oz and it is super powerful. This tea does not mess around in the flavor department. Like I’ve said, the closest thing I’ve tasted to this is Kashi cereal; which isn’t a bad thing! It is strongly blueberry and a little tart. Great for relaxing and pairs well with toast.

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drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
536 tasting notes

Sorry all, I’ve been off of Steepster for the past few days. I was finishing my essay for paleopathology (all done aside from my bibliography!). I have to admit that I am not feeling my best; headache, neck kink, can’t sleep, feeling dizzy atm and it’s probably just because I’ve overextended myself. So this cup is here to relax me!
After having so many wonderful, cheaper herbals from Adagio I’m not sure if I’ll be purchasing this one again. It does bring to play a very unique flavor that I really enjoyed. But the price tag kills me! I’m hoping that this gets discounted later this year because I would be purchasing a large amount. I am also wondering if I should attempt to steep this for a much longer time, similar Adagio herbals. Overall this tastes like lemongrass, lychee, and strawberry. Pretty good for days where you are avoiding caffeine.

Indigobloom

ahhh Biblios were always the worst part for me!

Tamm

This format is difficult too! It was AJPA and it is almost impossible to get a reliable writing guide for it. Luckily for me, I have already had to complete a paper last semester using it.

Indigobloom

ah I only ever used APA and I can’t remember the other one, but it wasn’t that lol
Still, not fun either way!!

Patroness

Do you mean to say you’ve found something similar (and cheaper) on Adagio? :o If so, what’s the name of it?

Tamm

Sorry I didn’t see this sooner! No, it’s not that I really found something similar (which is too bad!), but that I just steep them more like the Adagio ones.

Patroness

Ooh, I gotcha. Thanks!

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This is easily one of my favorite fandom blends. I think that the cherry and chamomile go perfectly with one another. The only thing I would caution is that I had my stored in my zip bag and when I moved it to a tin, the bottom of the bag was comprised very heavily of chamomile dusting. It reminds me of the dregs of a cereal box. So this makes the cups very gunky, and I hate that. So if you purchase this, try to mix it up so you don’t just have a few cups of chamomile at the end.
This is one of only 2 cherry teas I have ever really enjoyed.

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