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1086 Tasting Notes

drank Thai Chai by Fusion Teas
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A sample from Fusion! I tried Adagio’s Thai Chai, and it seemed to be one of my least favorite Adagio blends. This one COULD be the exact same blend… it looks like the same ingredients. A BIG piece of coconut and a BIG entire anise star went into the infuser. The look of the dry blend sure looks like something anyway! There seems to be more actual ingredients than black tea. The brew on this one is very light even after five minutes. I may have let the water cool too long, but to be fair, the instructions say to boil at 203 degrees and not 212 degrees. The flavor is okay, but I think I’m just not a fan of lemongrass in my chai, though I like lemongrass in general. But that doesn’t make sense… I loved Adagio’s other chai (The Colonel) with lemongrass in it. Otherwise, not enough black tea. I need more flavor though and less lemongrass! What’s with the black teas today being so weak tasting?

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drank Beet It by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Thank you MissB for this surprise sample with my other samples! I’m definitely up for trying any Bluebird teas, even if this one looks like hibiscus overload. I used the entire sample which is wayyy more than two teaspoons. Hopefully it doesn’t kill me! I ran downstairs so this one steeped for four minutes at boiling too. Yikes. I think I just realized… what if I steeped hibiscus teas at a lower temp? I could try it anyway. The color of the cup is magenta! Or like a beet? I don’t think I’ve ever had beets before! The flavor is actually NICE for a fruity tea! Wow.. this isn’t even the first fruity tea from Bluebird I’ve actually loved. They are even good at making fruit blends! Somehow this isn’t as hibiscus as I thought it would be… just enough to give it some kick. Really, it does actually taste like beets. Then there is a sweetness from the apple. Then some citrus from the lemon/orange. This is balanced wonderfully. Really over two teaspoons wasn’t overdone after all. WOW again… I really like Bluebird’s fruit teas. I might even like the fruity teas more than the black tea base that they use, because it isn’t enough of a kick for me. If only all fruity blends could be this nice.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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A surprise sample from Marcel Duchamp to go with my other samples! thanks so much! I’ve enjoyed the few Nina’s Paris teas I’ve tried before. Another nice one here. Apple with their nice black tea. Sometimes the apple seems like it’s on the verge of being fake, but there are many more worse apple teas out there. If this is Ceylon, it’s one of my favorites. But I didn’t taste much rose here. I think I may have been using too much tea with the other samples from Nina’s (the entire package). This cup seemed to have half the tiny sample package but it seemed to be the perfect amount of tea (probably because Nina’s base is usually brisk!) I feel like I ruined the other samples now! I can only imagine they would have better then. :D

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drank Pecan Pie by Special Tea
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This one was included in a swap with Marcel Duchamp! thanks so much! I was blindly thinking this was my beloved SpecialTeas but I guess there are a ton of tea companies by that name. I loved the few teas I have been able to try from SpecialTeas but this one is different. Luckily it is delicious anyway!

Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
Honestly looking at the ingredients, I didn’t expect much from this one (raisins in pecan pie?) But whatever is here works really well together… not really pecan pie exactly, but tasty anyway. I wonder if the calendula petals are supposed to give it a cream/vanilla flavor? I see those in blends like these all of the time. The yerba mate itself doesn’t taste like a BBQ (unless it is because of how long I cooled the water), so the base actually works as a dessert tea. It’s very sweet! There is something here that tastes like it could be whipped cream on a pie. But no pecans. It needs a new name but the blend is nice!

Steep #2 // just boiled // few min steep
This cup tastes much more like just a plain yerba mate. It has lost its magic! I probably oversteeped it. I loved the first cup though!I have been wondering which of guayusa, roasted yerba mate and green yerba mate has the most caffeine?

ETA: I just noticed this was my 1,003 tasting note and I thought I had been keeping an eye on it! Too many tasting notes lately…


Hi, Tea Sipper, I am still a newbie at this; could you enlighten me a bit about your boiling process? Is there a purpose to waiting 20 minutes aside from letting the water cool? I’m probably being extremely dense here, but I’ve never heard of doing it this way before.

Tea Sipper

No prob! I don’t have a kettle with a temperature setting, my electric kettle just goes the full boil. So with a tea like a green tea (or this one) I have to let the water cool so the boiled water doesn’t burn the tea leaves and make them bitter. So I usually wait 30 minutes before steeping a green tea. I don’t know if that helped!


Yes, it does! Thank you so much! I don’t have a temperature setting kettle either, so I might try that.

Tea Sipper

Well, I’m no expert… I have no idea what the temperature would be after waiting a half hour… but I know just boiled water would burn green tea and make it bitter.


That’s true. I’ve been trying to grab the water before it boils, but it is by no means exact.

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I just boil the water all the way, because personally I feel like I’d know what temp the water is better that way… and if I wait longer, I won’t drink as much tea. :D


haha, good point :)

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This one is a sample from BrewTEAlly Sweet! thanks so much! I’ve wanted to try this one for ages. There is popcorn here! I woke up thinking butterscotch, and I was trying to think of a tea that might fit with that craving. This one works more than any other teas I have, I think! It’s maple, which helps. Also cinnamon. This is tasty but it brews too light for my brain to be awake to read these Tournament books! It’s sweet, it does taste like maple and cinnamon. I can’t really taste any black tea at all. A bit of flavor from the two pieces of popcorn that fell in my infuser. It’s good but it needs a stronger black tea base! It reminded me of another tea I’ve tried… and sure enough, Tealux’s Maple Splash even has the same description. ah well, I have samples of both teas then! (Which is fine since reading the tasting note for the other, it said I wouldn’t mind buying two ounces of it!)

I haven’t been reading tasting notes and I miss them! Trying to catch up on books….


The only maple teas I have tried taste more like table syrup. Are the two you mention distinctly maple?

Tea Sipper

I don’t know… they’d probably taste like table syrup to you. Maybe I’m stretching my imagination. :D

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I’m thrilled to try this one! thanks so much for sending a sample over, CharlotteZero! This is basically exactly as I wished it was… I used two teaspoons rather than 1 1/2 teaspoons. The dry leaves are different looking from any tea I’ve seen before… it looks like a golden Yunnan but the leaves are really short and really twisty. Both steeps had the same delicious flavor: I LOVE chocolate & marshmallow together (like the ice cream… or s’mores). The leaves themselves have a dark chocolate quality themselves. The chocolate chips help, but I think it’s mostly the leaves, especially if you use two teaspoons. There is a hint of marshmallow sweetness. I was hoping the orange would take a backseat, and it does… with just enough orange to add something unique to the blend. This one is really very good! Always a delightful tea time with Butiki!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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MissB sent a sample of this one over! thanks so much! I could always try anything from Teajo. Raspberry chocolate is one of my favorite combinations! This blend is true to its name. Definitely equal parts juicy raspberry and a lingering wispy milk chocolate. I noticed a tiny piece of raspberry in the dry blend itself. The black tea base goes perfectly with the flavors… I think it’s the same base as the other teas I’ve tried (Earl Grey, Peach). Very tasty!


I need to try more Teajo Teas, I really liked the one I’ve tried!

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drank Peppermint Herbal by 365 Organic
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From yesterday: Well, I had a headache so it was time to try some of the mint tea CharlotteZero sent over! thank you so much for that lovely package of teas! I really appreciate it. I had to open the teabag and dump it into my infuser to make sure this was just mint and not mint with another tea. I was planning on blending it with a black tea anyway! It does look like just mint..but to be honest, it kind of smells like catnip! I let my cat do a smell test.. first some mint then some catnip… he seemed less interested in the mint than the catnip. haha. But the flavor seemed like it couldn’t just be all mint… it wasn’t strong enough! I blended it with Ovation’s assam. It was delicious, but sadly didn’t make my headache disappear. Sometimes even mint can’t help them. I must keep track of which teas always make the headache disappear… right now, I think it’s only Zen’s Chocolate Mint Rooibos which is odd.

The Tournament of Books starts in a week and I have three books in my possession to read in time for it! (themorningnews.org) Time to get reading!


Sorry it didn’t help…! :-(

Tea Sipper

Oh that’s okay! Like I said, sometimes nuthin helps these headaches. :D

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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Additional notes: REBLEND. WELL, it looks like I’ll be one of the first to write a tasting note for the reblend of this one. I had a sample of this one before, it was even old. Somehow, this new batch tastes even older than that tea. The old blend was so nice! Definite cheesecake and nice bergamot on a decent black tea. The new batch… everything is different. The new black tea base!! Ack, I hate it. The flavor is nothing I can see anyone remotely liking. I can tell by the fragrance it just isn’t the same. There really isn’t a cheesecake flavor, though there is a smoothness to it. And the bergamot definitely doesn’t seem the same.. or even like actual bergamot. Very disappointed in this one. I don’t know how it could be THIS different from the blend I’ve tried before. I’d lower the rating on this batch to a 73. Maybe this is another that needs to simmer in the pouch a while… I’ll try it again in a few weeks.


Ahhh, I’m so disappointed to hear this. I just ordered some yesterday based off old tasting notes and my love of Earl’s. Thanks, one for doing the reblend.


That sucks, I’m sorry. I’ve never really had that much luck with his reblends.


I was tempted to buy this even tho I don’t like 52’s blacks. Glad I resisted!

Tea Sipper

Sorry! Maybe it’s just me though. But I have no idea if the blends were that good before, why they can’t be good again.
Dustin – I haven’t tried the reblend of Lemon Meringue Chai I bought yet… I’m a bit scared it won’t be as good, but I always have the pouch you sent me!

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Thanks so much for this one, MissB! Herbal Infusions is this new intriguing tea company that I probably shouldn’t know about. haha. I just wish they would list the ingredients in their teas. The leaves here are different – there are two types of green tea I think. The fragrance seems like marzipan but it isn’t in the flavor at all. It’s a nice buttery green but it seems like the other green tea could be a tiny bit more vegetal with a refreshing cherry flavor. The cherry subtle but any more and it might take on a fakey flavor. I was craving cherry today. (I think I have teas for many craves I have… which is great because I don’t usually have it in the actual flavor.)


I never noticed they don’t do that. Hmm. I actually love how natural tasting all their teas are. That’s what hooked me – I’m sensitive to “fake” flavours.

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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:
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com

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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