1496 Tasting Notes

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Dinosara sent me this one a while back — thank you! I love a good oolong. This one is a solid oolong — a bit vegetal, floral and fruity! I think the flavor might be a bit lessened just because of the packaging that Georgia puts their teas in (not air tight) but Dinosara kindly put it in a better pouch (that I really want to buy some of — they are so much nicer than the baggies some of my teas are in!) I also really wish Georgia would have steep instructions on their site since I know all oolongs have different steeping parameters.

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Let’s get the Dashboard moving again after the update! I had to try this one as I love Della Terra’s other blueberry blends. Blueberry cream is a particular favorite. This one seems odd as it is a dessert tea made from green tea. I may have let this one cool too long, since supposedly the water should be at 210. The green tea seems a bit astringent for a dessert tea. There is a nice blueberry and cinnamon flavor but I think it would have been nice without the green tea. I do appreciate that DT does not use artificial sugars anyway! I like this one but it isn’t my favorite from DT.

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72

I had to try this one from DT! I steeped it at just boiling for 3-4 minutes. The base is most like the S’mores base. It pretty much tastes like S’mores without the graham cracker or marshmallows. I saw sprinkles and peanuty something or other in the blend. I’m not sure if I didn’t shake the bag enough but it didn’t seem like there was much peanut flavor in the cup. Mostly it was chocolate. I’ll try it again and hopefully it will taste more like peanut butter next time.

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89

Another from Della Terra I’m just now trying! I don’t see much a of a difference here in either the lime chiffon or lemon chiffon. Just citrusy sweet goodness. But I’d say those two are slightly better. It’s hard to tell without trying all three at once though. My blend looks like it has more rooibos than the picture here does, so maybe that made a difference. I don’t think getting all three is necessary but I like having options and I liked trying all three. ONE of these is certainly necessary in the tea collection though!

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drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
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Additional notes: Yes, I’m having this one again a mere two weeks after the last time (unusual to have the same tea again so soon.) I’m really just posting again for a note to self: This tea gets that burned dark chocolate flavor if steeped just after boiling, with a bit more than one teaspoon for longer than three minutes (probably around five.) This cup was a lot weaker than the other, so I’m trying to remember why.
Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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98

Oh how dreammmyyyy this one is. Wow. First of all, I think the base of this tea probably has a caramel/vanilla hint to it already. But Butiki does a really nice job at enhancing the base with natural ingredients. I was able to try both this and the base by itself and I think I prefer this one unless I just steeped it absolutely perfectly. I want to call it malty but it isn’t really malty. And the vanilla caramel just adds a nice sweetness to it that pairs so well. There is just a deep lingering flavor to it I just love. This is AMAZING. Maybe it was just because I was craving caramel today, but I don’t think it was just that!

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
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Well, this must be the complete opposite from the iced tea I just had. Christmas! On the hottest day of the year so far! Thank you for the sample, Shelley Lorraine! I was craving a poor man’s blueberry crumble (blueberries sprinkled with graham crackers over the top. No, I have no idea what I was doing either.) So I thought I needed a cinnamon tea to go along with it.

This seems to be a chai blend with very little ingredients other than the black tea. But brewed, it seems to be quite clovey, no orange, not a ton of cinnamon. I’m not sure how it would taste much like chai if there is so very little chai ingredients. hmm. I like the tough Adagio black tea base. A bit brisk and astringent. I possibly steeped it too long crumbling the graham crackers. If you’re getting this tea for the ingredients it might be a disappointment. I don’t love this one from Adagio but I sure seem to love most of the others.

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92

Another sample from Rachel’s sale. thank you! I was actually surprised that most of the 52Teas samples were ones I hadn’t tried before. I’ve had little samples here and there for a ton of 52Teas.

Two teaspoons in a quart for a couple days — not as much flavor as I would have liked (the dried leaves actually smell very plum) but the flavor that is here is delicious. This is a cut-tear-curl black tea so of every black tea iced, this probably would have the most flavor. Also, the black tea probably tastes like plum on its own, or lends to the flavor a bit. I really like it! Very nice! I don’t know if it is because it is 90 degrees here or because I really like this, but I almost want to make another quart of this right now. MOORREE! But I just put Neapolitan in my mason jar, so maybe next time!

Preparation
Iced

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What an interesting blend this is! The ingredients remind me of Girl Scout camping when everyone had to bring a can of vegetables and it was thrown together to make a soup! I thought it was fun anyway… probably better than the burnt on the outside/ frozen on the inside hotdogs. Not better than the S’mores though!

The flavor is subtle but nice! It’s a nice green tea base that adds a butteriness and brothiness to the already brothy vegetables. The corn adds a sweetness to the flavor. I think the peach was added so it wasn’t entirely TOO plain… it adds a pizzazz to it! Though the peach isn’t entirely authentic tasting, I’ve certainly had worse flavored peach teas. I like it! It’s a nice change of pace!

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Momo for sending me some of this from your sale! This blend sounded amazing. Many nice ingredients here. Sadly, I was just getting the hibiscus even though I took out some of it. The color of the cup was a deep red. There was a thicker mouthfeel to this blend… probably because of the starches. There was a decent sweetness and flavor to it, mostly cherry, so the hibiscus didn’t kill it. I would have really liked to try this one without hibiscus though since the ingredients are so nice! But it seems like the hibiscus was even mild, which was weird since this was an unopened pouch.

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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
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
joysteaspoon.com
dellaterrateas.com
teasenz.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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