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1093 Tasting Notes

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This one is from Terri Harplady by way of the HH teabox a while back. thank you! A rose earl grey sounds interesting! As Verdant suggests, two teaspoons. Plenty of big rose petals in the mix!

Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 min
The Laoshan makes this one like chocolate… which means rosey, bergamoty chocolate. Seems like an odd combination! It’s good but not great. The rose seems to overpower the tea. Not really much bergamot. But the Laoshan is so much like chocolate that it seems like chocolate was added to this tea. I like that Verdant uses roses that are the same as the roses in another rose blend I have. That makes the other tea seem more legit.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This one seems like it has more bergamot. Still chocolatey. All three ingredients are nice, but together they don’t really make the most ideal combination. I’ve got a couple more teaspoons I’ll enjoy!

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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
1093 tasting notes

Additional notes: The last of my 52Teas reblends to try! This one IS the same as past blends… I just wish there was more lemon & mallow. But the same is better than having less mallow & lemon. A nice one! I’m happy with two of the reblends, but the other two just do not work with the new black tea base… not for me anyway. Those band aids have been ripped off though, now that I’ve tried the reblends (hey, any new teas I buy are kind of an investment for me!)

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Back from the Black Friday order… but oh no! It’s the apple flavor that I thought Della Terra got rid of completely, as I haven’t tasted it in other apple blends for a while and the other apple flavor they use is so good. This one just isn’t for me. It’s the artificial perfumey apple, rather than the baked pie filling apple. Caramel apple! I was hoping this one was good. I don’t think the caramel cubes melt a whole lot, or there needs to be more of them. Also, there is supposed to be spice here? But it was an okay cup despite my distaste for the apple. It would have been so much better with the other apple though! But this one is actually better than the other teas from Della Terra that use this apple. Really, the only bad apple teas I’ve tried from DT are the Caramel Candy Apple and the Apples & Herbs. All of the others are GOOD apples.

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Thank you Dexter3657! I needed something low caffeine after all that matcha. Hojicha is a good option if you’re not feeling like white/green/red tea but definitely low caffeine. I went with Zen’s instructions for hojicha (since no one really gives instructions for hojicha). Two teaspoons, 203 degrees for one minute (well.. I went for two minutes). Always love a nice cup of hojicha! Roasty, toasty, a little bit sweet. I’m surprised there isn’t more flavor here though, especially with two teaspoons. The second steep I went with just boiled water and the flavor is the same. I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons remaining in my meager hojicha collection, but there are better hojicha teas out there.

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, hojicha. happy thoughts

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85
drank Blendy Stick by AGF
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Michelle sent this one a while back for her sale! thank you! It’s an individually wrapped serving of matcha with sugar in it, but it looks like a BIG serving. Probably twice as what Red Leaf’s matchaccino scoop is. With all the mess of ingredients I put in my smoothie, it was hard to tell how nice with the matcha was, but it wasn’t not good! :D A banana, raspberry yogurt, milk and whipped cream on top! So delicious. I’m getting addicted to these things.

Stephanie

Sounds delish :)

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84
drank Red Vineyard by Fusion Teas
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Another from Fusion! I wanted a strawberry tea today so it was time to try this one! I like the peach and sweet strawberry fragrance when I open the pouch. I don’t what “crispies” are but okay! There are actual strawberry pieces here. The black tea is brisk enough, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend 5-6 minutes like Fusion’s instructions say (especially when they also recommend 1 1/2 teaspoons.) But the flavor is nice! Strawberry & peach! I don’t think I’ve had any other blends with a strawberry & peach combination. A nice one! Might make a very delicious iced tea. The second steep, the black tea was much tamer. The fruit was able to make itself known. Very juicy! Scratch that – this WOULD make a very nice iced tea!

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Another one to try from MissB! thanks so much! I was confused as to which tea this was, since there are two from Upton that have the same name but different ingredients. I guess it’s this one? I don’t see roses but this also doesn’t taste like chocolate. I don’t think this one can decide whether it wants to be a chai or a black tea. There are spices here, but not many. (One big green cardamom floating in the infuser looks a little weird.) There is plenty of sweet cinnamon though. It’s like it’s trying to be spicy, but not really. I like the black tea flavor itself, there just wasn’t much of it. Not outstanding, but I enjoyed the cup anyway.

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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I was afraid to try this reblend! But it was time! Thankfully, it tastes lovely, but maybe not as lovely as it was before, which is odd, as my sample was a really old sample in a ziplock. The old blend had MORE flavor but I’m just happy that the same flavors are represented here. I can still taste the rum, banana, vanilla, & cinnamon, just muted. The cinnamon fragrance coming from the cup is the best part. I can’t tell if this is the black tea I don’t like. The flavor must be masked by the added flavors, or the ingredients just pair particularly well with this base. The flavor difference could be because I waited 10 minutes to steep. The cup was gone in no time. Love this one! I just checked the site and there is ONE pouch left! Go get it if you’ve been wavering!

ETA: The second steep is nice too! But I really should have steeped the first cup at boiling to compare the flavor amount that the reblend has.

TeaBrat

I ordered the last one. I liked this a lot the first time I tried it in a swap. :)

Tea Sipper

oh good! I was hoping whoever ordered would mention they did. :D I just hope it isn’t disappointing to you, or else I’ll feel guilty!

TeaBrat

I’m sure I will love it again!

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From CharlotteZero! thanks so much! I’ve only got one serving left of Verdant’s Golden Fleece and maybe a few teaspoons of this one will fit that spot in my cupboard. I LOVE the description (it sounded like my very favorite- Butiki’s Hattialli Golden Lion Assam). It sounds like all the flavors I love in a tea. Unfortunately, not quite the same as either tea…

Steep #1 // 15 minutes after cooling // 3 1/2 min
This blend seems to be darker than Golden Fleece. The flavor is light but not as light as GF. Less honey, more sweet potato. Also a hint of tobacco. It’s difficult to describe this one actually. It might have a bit of chocolate when it cools. I’m not really getting any chocolate or apricots as the description mentions.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Another nice cup… this one would be in the middle of the Hattialli and the Golden Fleece, flavor-wise. Tasty, but the other two do their thing better than this one.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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This one is from MissB! Thanks so much! I knew I would love this sort of tea, since I saw someone call it Mexican hot chocolate. Though I’ve never actually tried Mexican hot chocolate, it seems like it would be my sort of thing. I steeped this cup for a VERY long time with just boiled water…. like 10-20 minutes. The chocolatier the better, I think! The flavor is addicting! It’s a dusty chocolate that fills up the entire mug. Unsweetened tough chocolate. It’s exactly my thing. There has to be SOME caffeine in here since it’s chocolate though, right? Especially if the chocolate dust is in the mug? I could drink a ton of this stuff. I would DEFINITELY choose this over hot chocolate since I wouldn’t have to worry about the sugar. Anyone on a diet who can’t go without their chocolate, this is the drink for you.

MissB

Oh, yay! It’s really tasty stuff. The Vanilla Cacao is, what I consider to be, a traditional Mexican hot chocolate, as it has the requisite and unusual spices. This one is still really, realyl good though. :) Glad you liked it!

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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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