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1083 Tasting Notes

73

Thank you for this one in that awesome package I’m gradually, slowly trying teas from, Dexter3657! I had actually always wanted to try some teas from New Mexico TC. Always willing to try more coconut teas as well! The dry blend just has a few strands of coconut in a teaspoon, so I’m not sure if there is added flavor to the leaves. But this is nice! The black base has a medium body with perfect astringency and a grassy/hay flavor. The coconut is subtle but definitely present and lingering. This is a tad less tasty than 52Teas Coconut Cream Pie though. It tasted especially nice with some pecan pie I made the other day. The second steep kind of lost anything coconut about it… it must have all went to the first cup.
One teaspoon, just boiled, 3-4 min.

Courtney

I have this one on my shopping list, but I’m not sure anything will be better than S&V’s Coconut Black. :)

Tea Sipper

I haven’t tried that one yet!

Courtney

So tasty! I can send some if you’d like – I have a bit of an abundance. :)

Tea Sipper

Oh, that isn’t necessary if it’s your favorite, but I really appreciate the offer! :D

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75
drank Green Walnut by Fusion Teas
1083 tasting notes

The ingredients list on this one kind of sounded like Della Terra’s blend… and I LOVE this sort of thing, so I was willing to try Fusion’s. If I’m remembering by taste, this is NOT the same blend. Looking at my tasting note for the DTT, I am in love with that one. This blend is okay, just not as tasty. I described that one as almost too sweet. This one isn’t really sweet. There is definite walnut presence here.. kind of reminiscent of that horrid David’s Snowbunny or should I say playdoh tea… but these walnuts are much better… it seems they could certainly turn into those walnuts though, with age. The green tea is alright, but not my favorite. There isn’t really much else going on, unless I didn’t get enough variety in my scoop of tea. It’s interesting this blend has almonds while the DTT has hazelnut and pecans. But the Fusion is more true to its name: walnut. DTT’s blend is more coconut and sweet. I’d go with the DTT though, no matter how much I usually love Fusion’s blends.

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47

Thank you so much MissB! But this one is not for me. The leaves look like black tea to me. I don’t see any other ingredients. The black tea is on the lighter side and the flavor seems weird to me. It’s like licorice or something, but this isn’t supposed to be licorice at all. No caramel apple for me, that I can see. I don’t even think I’ll resteep this one (rare for me!) Ah well, I can’t love everything.

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88
drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
1083 tasting notes

A one shot sample from Rachel’s sale a while back… in these wasteful one serving giant metallic packaging. Anyway, this is like Zen’s Vanilla Mint pu-erh but I like the pu-erh base with the mint and vanilla rather than the gunpowder and black tea. (And I love the gritty bits of vanilla in the Zen.) Though this is good too! I waited a half hour to brew the first cup because of the gunpowder, thus making the black tea lighter. But I love the vanilla mint combo. Plenty of mint and sweet creamy vanilla, just not as much vanilla as the Zen. The second cup was steeped just after boiling and didn’t seem to bitterize the gunpowder, but the black tea didn’t seem to be stronger either. I wouldn’t mind buying this one if Zen’s blend was no longer available!

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63
drank Jasmine Globes by Harney & Sons
1083 tasting notes

These are from Nicole’s package a while back. thanks so much! I’ve never had big old globes before. I must have waited too long for the water to cool (35 minutes). After a 3 min steep, this is barely any different than plain water.. the globe hasn’t unraveled at all. There are hints of sweet jasmine though, so it isn’t entirely plain water. I’ll see how the second steep is with hotter water….
… Just boiled water didn’t make the tea bitter somehow. But there still wasn’t much flavor either. It seems like most of the globe is tied together with string and then the outer leaves open like a flower. This would be a nice jasmine option if you prefer subtlety, but I happen to love more flavor with my jasmine teas.

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94

I needed to try this asap when I started seeing MissB’s tasting notes saying she loved it so much she was drinking it every day! Basically, I wanted to see if I loved it too, hopefully to make up for the fact that she sent me some before she tried it herself. So I especially thank you for sending this one, MissB!

Both steeps of this ARE amazing! (Just boiled, one teaspoon, 4-5 minutes.) It’s the best sort of pu-erh. Deep, dark, flavorful, sweet, dusky. It’s perfect, really. The toffee (tiny chips) are just an added bonus to add to the sweetness of the pu-erh. I just love the deep earthiness with the sweetness. Exactly as I was wishing/hoping this tea was! I could sip this one every day too… so I hope you don’t regret sending some of this over, MissB! :D

Edited to add: hmm… apparently I have no idea what I’m talking about, since I don’t actually SEE any tasting notes from MissB for this tea!

Edited again: Ah, I was just reading tasting notes and it’s Tea Desire’s Caramel Pu-erh that MissB loves so much. Now I don’t feel so bad about buying some of this one. :D

MissB

Heh. I had a real problem with most of the Darlene’s blends, so I just shared this one until it was gone. I’ve heard mixed reviews on it, so I’m thrilled to hear that this is great for you! :) I can definitely send you some of the Tea Desire blend to compare too, if I forgot to already.

Yvonne

Oh my, this sounds just stunning. Toffee in teas is wonderful!

Tea Sipper

Ah, I don’t want you to send another package so soon after the other one, MissB! And I also don’t want you sending your favorite teas!

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85

Finally trying this sample from my order a while back. It sounded interesting and especially unique for a Darjeeling. And it is! It seems like this is where that flavor that was missing from the new batch of Hattialli Assam has gone to! I used a bit more than a teaspoon of leaves to even out the rest of my sample for next time.

Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 4 min
Accidently went for 4 minutes when I was going for 3. But from the fragrance I can tell this one will be divine. It has that lovely plumy/fruity flavor… that elusive flavor from the Hattialli. Sadly, it does have a bit of astringency that is odd since I don’t really find that in Darjeelings. It can be tamed though! With a level teaspoon and a shorter steep time. I don’t really get the chocolate flavor that is mentioned by Butiki. Other than the astringency, it doesn’t taste like a black tea.. but I just wish the plum could be separated and leave the bitter behind… which does get worse as the cup cools. But this is definitely a unique Darjeeling.

Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
This cup had much less of the magic/plum but also much less of the astringency. I think if I hadn’t oversteeped the first cup, the second would have been much better. It wasn’t bad though! Much more like a typical non-special Darjeeling!

Butiki Teas

Just a heads up since you mentioned it in this post, we just got in a batch of Hattialli Golden Paw, which is very very similar to our Hattialli Golden Lion.

Tea Sipper

Good to know! I don’t dare ask for a sample..

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96

Thank you so much for a sample of this one MissB! Oh my gosh. This brings the magic back to 52Teas… I’ve had a few letdowns lately. THIS should be types of blends found in the bestseller sampler. I think I can officially say that I love 52Teas honeybush blends more than the others (especially their black teas which is usually my favorite base tea.. but I’m not a fan of that one type of black tea they switched to). What other tea company even HAS nice honeybush blends??

Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 min
I didn’t really expect exact pumpkin flavor (who even has that either?).. so maybe I wasn’t setting myself up for disappointment. But I’m not sure why other tea companies do not use dehydrated canned pumpkin like Della Terra does. Get the bad out of the way (well not really bad, just nonexistent) since everything else was good good good. The honeybush base is always nice – I think I like honeybush more than rooibos now but that might be the new teabags I’ve been using. The dry blend has ginger and cinnamon pieces, as far as I can see. Then the lovely cheesecake flavor that adds that tangy creaminess! It’s more like a chai cheesecake and not a pumpkin cheesecake but it is so delicious. It’s the perfect combination, really.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
This cup is even more amazing somehow! Even more creaminess! I guess I like ginger much more that I once did…. it’s very nice here. And the cinnamon has increased too. It’s like that sugary cinnamon this time somehow? I love this blend.. as I love all of 52’s Cheesecakes. AHEM. How did a cheesecake blend not make the bestseller sampler?!? I have one more teaspoon to savor of this one!

Yvonne

Sounds awesome!

MissB

I have quite a bit more of this if you’d like it… I think? I really do enjoy their honeybush blends though, more so than the blacks I’ve tried of late. I’ve also learned they all need to cure at least a few weeks before I open them.

Stephanie

Dang, that sounds good. I need more caffeine free teas around, too.

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93

Such an emotional night of TV for me! Just as Watson finds Sherlock after two years of mourning, Abed loses his best bud Troy! I’m going to miss Donald Glover making me smile! I think he’s just one of the funniest people. What will Abed DO? He better not leave too! I’m just very happy that Community is still on TV at all. I hope Troy visits Greendale once in a while? I don’t even know what to think about Sherlock right now. Too much awesome in an hour and a half.

Anyway, today just happened to be a SHERLOCK tea! thanks so much MissB! I haven’t gotten far enough with the Sherlock books to know who “The Colonel” is…he isn’t on the show… hmm. I was a bit worried on this one, since Adagio’s Thai Chai is one of my least favorites from Adagio for some reason. Luckily, this particular blend is AMAZING. It is really well balanced here. I think the Tiger Eye gives it a lovely sweetness. And there was a flavor here that remained elusive until I realized it was cocoa nibs! A nice deep chocolate flavor, if you realize that is what it is and not just the rustic astringency of the black tea itself. There are coconut pieces floating at the top of the infuser. Coconut, chocolate, caramel… oh my. I could have used more cinnamon though. Who is this Colonel and WHY does he get such a nice blend? I can’t believe how Cara McGee can take a blah Thai Chai and add some things to make it one of my favorite chais! So odd.

VariaTEA

This post is so heartbreaking. I haven’t watched the episode yet but I am definitely not excited about Troy leaving.

MissB

I do really enjoy this one, too. So glad that you liked it!

Tea Sipper

I’m VERY glad I was able to try it, MissB!

VariaTEA – Hope I didn’t spoil it for you – I’ve known he was leaving for months, but maybe because I’m such a Community nerd.

VariaTEA

No worries. I knew he was leaving too. I think that is part of the reason I am putting off the episode. Although I will probably watch it sometime before going to bed. Now that Dan Harmon is back, I find it hard to not watch the episodes in a timely fashion. That differs from last season when I stopped watching completely as soon as puppets started singing.

Tea Sipper

Ah! I know! Dan Harmon must win the award for only person in the world being rehired after being fired! Honestly, I didn’t mind season four just because the show was still ON THE AIR but it is nice to have the brain behind the show back. Season five doesn’t seem the same to me, since they all seem to be “bottle episodes”… or should I say, less crazy antics. This ep got that back a bit though.

VariaTEA

Season 4, for me, felt like it was trying way too hard to recreate what Dan Harmon did but realistically only Dan Harmon can pull it off. Like I would hate for someone’s introduction to Community to be a season 4 episode because it is not at all represented of the genius of the show. Also, I don’t mind the bottle episodes too much because it is reminiscent of the roots. Then again, I do love a crazy paintball war :P

Tea Sipper Yes, I would cringe if anyone didn’t start at episode one. Season four definitely doesn’t have the million-a-minute jokes that 1-3 did. Don’t even get me started on this show! :D
VariaTEA

I am definitely glad to have found another fan. I have introduced this show to countless people and half the time I swear the only reason they agreed to watch is so that I would shut up about it.

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50
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
1083 tasting notes

Another from the Bestsellers sampler and another surprise that it was included. This would be a great idea if is done well. Unfortunately, it is not my thing. The smell of the bacon is a bit off. And the maple doesn’t seem to make an appearance in the scent of the dry leaves or the actual tea. (Not like the Pancake Breakfast syrup.. but that was in the older batches too… I haven’t tried the new yet.) Not really any flavor for me in either steep. I really don’t like this black tea base. It doesn’t even taste like any tea I’ve had before. I find it hard to believe a bacon tea is a bestseller, but ah well, I’m happy to try anything. When it comes to 52Teas, either I LOVE the blends or I really don’t. But I hope this black tea base hasn’t taken over every blend from now on.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

VariaTEA

I assumed this was a bestseller because people bought it out of curiosity. I can’t imagine it being a favorite but I can see how a tea as unique as this could be popular. With that said, I also was not really a fan.

Amanda Wilson

I finally came to the sad conclusion that I am just not a fan of their black tea base, something about it just seems off to me. I was not a fan of the Maple Bacon either.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite teas:
teavivre.com
zentealife.com
butikiteas.com
fusionteas.com
theteamerchant.net
steepcityteas.com
bluebirdteaco.com
singleoriginteas.com
joysteaspoon.com
dellaterrateas.com
adagio.com
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com
tealux.ca
goldenmoontea.com
tealiciousllc.com
whisperingpinestea.com
verdanttea.com
steapshoppe.com
thenecessiteas.com
Specialteas

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
40-65 – Okay
1-40 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!

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