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433 Tasting Notes

Oh, Stacy! How do you do this! You are amazing! I just got my 1 oz. bag in the mail today, and really wanted to try this, but didn’t think I should because it was kinda late for more caffeine. Of course, TastyBrew and whatshesaid persuaded me to try some anyway! Hey you two, it’s your fault if I’m up all night! J/k. ;)

The dry leaf smells delicious. Like caramel. I steeped it up, and at first, I thought it wasn’t what I expected. This is because when I think of caramel and vanilla teas, I think sugary. Then I thought, why would I think that? This is Stacy we are talking about! Just like my other favorite tea from her (maple pecan oolong), this tastes so natural, like the leaves naturally taste like caramel and vanilla. I also get a raisin note, probably from the base tea. I also get a little vegetal note…not sure where that is coming from, but I don’t mind it. I added a little sugar, but I think milk would ruin it. Now, that’s a first for me, because I really like milk in my black teas, and if I’m forgoing it for the sake of the tea, that’s something!!

Had to do a resteep because the first cup just wasn’t enough!! I really am going to be up all night!

Rachel J

I got mine today too! I will wait until tomorrow, though…

TastyBrew

Yay! I had mine at night too as I just couldn’t wait. It’s worth it, eh? So yummy delicious.

Tealizzy

Yes! Totally worth it! I’m bouncing off the walls a little bit though!

Kittenna

Raisin is totally the base tea :)

whatshesaid

Yum!! Can’t wait to try this!! Glad we peer pressured you into it, lol

Tealizzy

Ya, and surprisingly, I slept okay, although, I did wake up a little early. I think the walk my husband and I took last night helped!

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Yay! A genmaicha! I love genmaicha! I really enjoyed this tea. I don’t have any other genmaicha (except, I think I have a swap from TastyBrew) so this will hold down the fort for now. The dry leaf did have an odd chemical smell, but it was gone once steeped. It tasted mostly of genmaicha, with marshmallow more in the aftertaste. Yum! Happy sweet genmaicha!

TastyBrew

I’ve become somewhat addicted to these semi-sweet genmaichas at night time. I started experimenting last night trying to make my own since I have an insane amount of genmaicha. Nothing to write home about yet, but I’m optimistic :-)

Tealizzy

Nice! Maybe you should add marshmallows to your plain genmaicha.

TastyBrew

I added marshmallows to my Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha last night to make it a little more marshmallow-y. Was pretty good. I’m actually taking tiny amounts of the flavored matchas from red leaf (caramel & creme brûlée) and mixing it in to my plain genmaicha. It works pretty well with the Culinary Teas Genmaicha because theirs is extra roasty flavored.

Tealizzy

Ooh, that sounds good!

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drank Chai That by T-We Tea
433 tasting notes

I stopped by this shop for the first time last week and picked this up. I think ashmanra told me about this company. I didn’t know it existed, and it’s only a couple blocks from my work! Anyway, it’s a very modern, tiny little shop. They have their regular blends and then they have their “fancy pants” blends. Haha! Their teas seem to only come in 2.5 oz. packages. They don’t have a huge selection, but they did have 3 different chai’s. They have Chai Me (herbal), Chai This, and Chai That. I picked up Chai That because it had star anise in it. I think it’s supposed to be the spicier of the two black chai’s. I was a little disappointed in the packaging, because inside the box, the tea is in kind of a thin plastic bag with one of those curl-down ties, but once you open it, it’s not as secure.

The dry leaf of this tea smells great! There only seems to be one little star anise in my little bag though. Once steeped, it still smells great! However, the taste was disappointing. I thought the spice blend was pretty flat, meaning I couldn’t discern high or low notes. Oh well, it was fun to try, but apparently not the blend for me.

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Tried another cup of this from the sample TastyBrew surprised me with. She suggested adding honey, so I did. I think it was definitely better, but unfortunately not a favorite. I’m glad I got to try it though! I can see how some get whoppers from this. Me and chocolate teas….I don’t know…we’re not the friends I wish we were!

whatshesaid

Yup! My thoughts exactly for this!! Too much malt for me..

Fjellrev

All the lukewarm reviews are making me nervous. Mine is sitting in a box unopened.

TastyBrew

Funny, I really like this one. But you have to really love strong roasty teas. I couldn’t drink it every day, but I probably have it about once a week.

Cavocorax

I ended up buying 2oz because the 1oz was sold out, but I’m nervous about trying it too. I guess I could just mix it with a black tea if it ended up being too strong for later infusions…

Fjellrev

Ah, and here I am/was worried about it tasting too much like their other chocolatey teas and/or being too sweet.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
433 tasting notes

My mom got us some of this to split in her last Harney’s order. I picked it up last weekend, when we had tea for her and my grandmother’s birthdays. Tea was so fun…had scones, cupcakes, and chocolate covered strawberries! Delicious! We also drank a bunch of my favorites, because my mom hadn’t tried them yet. We had blueberry crumble, ceylon star, and maple pecan oolong! Yum! We drank them in cute little teacups, which, for me, was not enough tea! I need my large 12-16 oz. mug! Crude, yes, but, I get more tea!

So, this tea….I think my expectations were too high. I really thought it would taste like Nutella. My mom warned me that the smell was better than the taste, and she’s right. It was good, but not as great as I was expecting. I’m also finding that I don’t like a lot of chocolate teas, which is a bummer because I really like chocolate! I can taste both the chocolate and the hazelnut, but wish the flavor was stronger. Maybe I need another cup to really appreciate it. I’ll try that! ;)

whatshesaid

I’m with you! Though I didn’t find it very chocolatey. Which was the problem :)

Alysha

Yum that tea party sounds awesome!

Fjellrev

I personally don’t find this chocolatey OR nutty enough. Glad I’m not the only one.

TastyBrew

Sounds fun! What was your mom and grandma’s favorite?

Tealizzy

Well, my grandma can’t drink caffeine, so she drank vanilla comoro, and tried a teaspoon of each tea. But my mom seemed to really like blueberry crumble and Ceylon star….she even asked for another sample of the latter.

TastyBrew

Nice! Your grandma sounds cute.

Also, I’m with you. I haven’t mastered sipping tea, I guzzle, so I’m also a fan of the mug vs the cup. Although for trying a bunch at a time a cups the best way to go. Although I’d still guzzle. My days of chugging beers. I don’t know how to drink any other way :-)

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TastyBrew sent me a sample of this in a surprise package! Thanks, TastyBrew! I was a little worried because there have been mixed reviews on this reblend, but it was delicious! It’s a very bold tea, with blueberry and pastry flavor. Kind of like the bold cousin of blueberry crumble. I definitely still love blueberry crumble, but when I want a stronger black tea, this is perfect. This was exactly what I needed to start my day today! Btw, it resteeps well. I hope Frank reblends another batch, because I’m sure to pick some up!

Chizakura

Ooh glad to hear this! :) I had very excitedly snapped up two pouches, but was beginning to worry about what people were saying about his most recent blends/re-blends. Hopefully my pouches will be fine too when they get here! :D

Fjellrev

Luckily, I love the reblend as much as I loved a much earlier batch, so you never know!

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I liked this! It’s like a nice earl grey with some sweet fruitiness. Thanks for the sample, Bluebird!!

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Now THIS is a good milk oolong! TastyBrew sent this to me in the surprise package. Thanks, TastyBrew!! This was a perfect choice for me as I’ve been thinking about getting this tea for a long time, but wasn’t sure I wanted to get stuck with 2 oz. if I didn’t like it. (They don’t sell a smaller size).

This tea has all the milky, buttery flavor that I was expecting from a milk oolong, and a nice sweet finish! I do have a sweet tooth, ya know!

Getting this sample from TastyBrew was also perfect timing, as I was already planning on ordering a large amount of blueberry crumble with the latest promotion, so I added this one to the list! Yay!!

TastyBrew

Nice! I’m glad you like it. Doesn’t it just taste like melted butter? I did it gong fu style and it stayed buttery for about 6 or 7 steeps before turning a little more vegetal. Butter then buttered vegetables. Yum!

Tealizzy

Yum! I need to do it gong fu style! I always feel like I don’t have time for gong fu though…I guess it’s time to make time for tea!

TastyBrew

I thought that at first too, but it doesn’t take any time at all since you barely steep the leaves. I like doing it because of the instant gratification! And I can actually taste the different flavors that my unsophisticated palate can’t discern when I drink tea western style.

Tealizzy

That’s a good point! Ya, I have trouble discerning flavors too.

Fjellrev

Blueberry Crumble is really that good? I just got this one in but won’t try it until I finish off a couple other teas. Glad you like it!

TastyBrew

Blueberry crumble is definitely that good! I just ordered a big bag as well!

Tealizzy

Yes, blueberry crumble is that good!! Would love to hear what you think!

whatshesaid

It sure is!

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TastyBrew sent me a surprise package! She’s so nice!! This was one of the teas she included. Thanks, TastyBrew!! Btw, she has adorable labels for her tea packaging!!

This was one tea I thought about picking up, but wasn’t having the best luck with their chocolate flavoring, so didn’t. It actually is pretty good. Much better than love in a cup or dubbele chocolade IMO. I’m not in love with it, but enjoyed it. The chocolate was a lot more to my liking :)

TastyBrew

Yeah, I like the chocolate in this one. Very roasty. I bought a small bag of this cause I crave that roasty malt flavor every so often.

TastyBrew

FYI- Super good with just a bit of raw honey and milk. Tasted just a like a whoppers.

Tealizzy

Okay, I’ll try honey in my next cup! :)

Kittenna

I agree with TastyBrew. A bit of sweetener in mine made a world of difference!

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
433 tasting notes

This was not as good today, but I can’t really fault the tea. It was really just me having a very lame tea day. I was so busy at work, that I only managed to have two cups of tea. This one, I steeped while talking with a coworker, so who knows how long it steeped for. On top of that, I started drinking it while continuing to talk, so it wouldn’t get cold, but I didn’t get the chance to add any sugar. So sad. I did, however, buy more tea on my lunch break! And TastyBrew sent me an awesome surprise in the mail! So, not a bad tea day after all!

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I have recently become tea obsessed! I’ve always loved an occasional cup and my mother is a daily tea drinker, but in the last year it has become my favorite thing! Started out by having a cup of black tea in the morning. Loved going for afternoon tea with my mom! Since fully immersing myself in loose leaf tea, I have become nuts for it!

I am now exploring more and more companies, and trying to go beyond my comfort zone of flavored black teas and try more oolong, green and white teas.

My favorite teas are evolving. I love teas from DavidsTea, Lupicia, Harney and Sons, Della Terra Teas, and Butiki!

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