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431 Tasting Notes

drank Love Potion by Bluebird Tea Co.
431 tasting notes

Another sample from Bluebird! So, this tea smells heavenly! Very much a fruity cocoa smell. I didn’t see any hearts in my sample…bummer :( This is another Bluebird tea that I think is better without milk. Strange, since I usually take my black teas with milk. The cocoa note is really nice!!! It is also fruity, but I couldn’t really discern which fruit. There’s a little floral note too. Overall, it was good, but not my favorite combination. I think people who like fruity chocolate teas will really like it though.

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Wow, first reviewer! So much pressure!! This tea smells amazing! Like a combination of caramel apple and apple pie. yum! The taste, however, was a little too subtle for me. Even though they say you can have it with milk, I think milk kinda ruins it. I added milk to the first steep, and the taste was definitely not as strong as the smell. Tasted okay though, but I wanted more oomph! So, for the second steep, I didn’t add milk, and I think that was better. I definitely get a sweet apple flavor. Not sure if this was a winner for me, but that’s coming from someone who’s not all that into apple teas. Oh, for those wondering about the smokiness, I didn’t really get a smoky flavor, or at least it was very subtle.

TastyBrew

Shoot, I was hoping your review would make me take the plunge and order. I guess I’ll wait for now. Do you think it’d be better overleafed?

Tealizzy

Ya, it might be better overleafed. Can’t try it though, because, I only got a 1 cup sample. :(

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Gave this tea one more chance this morning, and….meh. I really can’t discern any discrete flavors….just a whole lot of unidentified sweetness. I’m definitely keeping this one on the available swap list until it’s gone.

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Got this sample from Bluebird Tea Co! I couldn’t wait to try out their teas, but it was later in the day, so I decided to go for one of the caffeine free samples. I have to caveat this with the fact that I’m not a big fan of mint. Minty teas are great for when I’m not feeling well, but for pleasure….eh. So, I can’t compare this to any other mint chocolate rooibos teas, because I’ve never had one before. The dry leaf has these really cute little chocolate hearts in it. I steeped it for 5 minutes and decided after one sip to add a little sugar. Well, the mint definitely overpowered the rooibos, so if you don’t like the medicinal taste of rooibos, no worries! Overall, it was enjoyable, but I would have liked more chocolate. I think those who like mint teas will it enjoy it though.

TastyBrew

I missed out on their sample promo. Did you get the fireside toffee? I’m so curious about it. What ones did you get?

Tealizzy

Bummer! Ya, it’s called bonfire toffee. I also got love potion, earl’s paradise, and pandalicious liquorice as samples…but they’re only one cup samples. I bought a full bag of Vicky’s sponge cake…had it this morning, but I’m still deciding what I think about it, so didn’t log it. Plan on drinking a few more of these tomorrow since I’m working from home!

TastyBrew

Let me know about the toffee one. I’ve come close to ordering it several times but am scared it’ll be too smokey. I don’t like smokey. Love roasty though… I’ll wait to hear your comments before i order.

Tealizzy

I’m with you on that! I’ll let you know!

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Did a little experimenting with this one today. I had the brilliant idea to add pumpkin pie spice! I thought, you know, I really like getting a pumpkin spice white mocha at Starbucks, and I happen to have some pumpkin pie spice I bought and have yet to use, sooo…thats it! I know, it’s supposed to be spring and all, but it was foggy and rainy most of the day. And why can’t I have pumpkin year round?

Turns out, it was kinda good, but it left a silty residue on my tongue and a bunch of silt at the bottom of the cup. I don’t care! It was fun!!!

TastyBrew

Nice! Creative!

OMGsrsly

I used to do that with coffee. Definitely need to try it with tea!

canadianadia

I really need to start experimenting with my teas like this. It sounds yummy!

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I’ve had a cup of this tea almost every day since I got it. Now that was only late last week, but hey, that’s saying something! I love this tea! Perfect morning tea. Smells like you just made blueberry coffee cake too! Today I tried two steeps. The second steep wasn’t bad, but it was a little weaker. My next order will definitely include a large amount of this tea. I was planning on bringing my mom some of this to try when i come visit her this weekend. Now, to hoard or not to hoard? ;)

TastyBrew

Yum. Yum. Yum.

whatshesaid

Me too, I LOVE this one!

TastyBrew

I love this one at night as dessert. I got the big bag since it was 30% off. I have to ration the rest of my taster pack until my new bag gets here. It’s been hard. I’d say share with your mom. Then you can ooh and ahh over it together. That’s always fun :-)

Tealizzy

Lol! Ooh! Ahh!

TastyBrew

After talking about it so much I had to make some. Only 1 8oz cup left. I hope by order gets here soon!

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Was in the mood for some chai, and now that my sample of laoshan village chai is all gone, I was left with this chai. I did get some yogic chai from TastyBrew, but i want to take the time to do it properly on the stovetop. ;) So, this one…you know, it’s really not a bad chai. The coffee adds some earthiness, which I enjoy. Overall though, I like laoshan village chai better.

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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I was really looking forward to trying this tea, as I’m still searching for a perfect evening tea. The dry leaf smelled sweet and nutty. How can anyone not like that? Once steeped, I was a little taken aback by how green the tea was! It’s dark green! Okay, so I’m sure there are other teas that are dark green, but I’ve not had any. The green teas I’ve had we’re actually more yellow. Anyway, it was VERY GREEN. After one sip I decided to add sugar. I do have a sweet tooth! The taste at first was a little different than what I’m used to, but as I continued to sip, I started to like it more. It is sweet and nutty, but I think the fact that it’s mulberry leaves and not traditional tea leaves is throwing me off. I reserve full judgement until my next cup! ;)

TastyBrew

I had this last night too! Mine tasted pretty sweet and didn’t turn green at all just a light yellow. I wonder if I’m drinking something else???

Tealizzy

That’s weird! There are two teas with mulberries it it. I think the other is gold rush. I steeped this one for 4 minutes, and it was definitely green!

TastyBrew

Did it have macadamia nuts in it?

Kittenna

^^ This tea doesn’t actually contain mulberries, only Gold Rush and Caramel Spice do. It’s just mulberry leaves here. As for the colour (and flavour), I really think it just depends on the leaf:water ratio and infusion time. I’ve had both rather light/yellow cups, and also those that are a darker green; the leaves are kind of curly so sometimes even 1.5tsp isn’t necessarily the same amount of leaf.

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Had 3 infusions of this on Saturday, but I had the first and third with pizza, which kind of ruined my ability to discern specific flavors in this tea. Garlicky white sauce…yum! So, I had another two infusions (new leaves) on Sunday.

This tea did not turn out as expected, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. To tell you the truth, I’m still unsure about whether I like it! It has a very thick creamy quality, which is nice. The taste reminded me of a creamy cheese with a slight floral note. I think one of the reviews said it tasted like havarti cheese, and I think I agree. I thought maybe I’m getting cheese because the water I used was too hot? I don’t know, any recommendations? Or is this how a milk oolong should be? I steeped it for 3 minutes each time.

whatshesaid

I didn’t get cheese out of it! Just buttery deliciousness. Though I suppose butter and cheese are practically siblings. What temp did you use?

OMGsrsly

I would definitely try cooler water to see how it changes the flavour. I’ve only had this one once (and I didn’t brew it), but the other milk oolong I have isn’t very vegetal, and is more straight up cream, not so much cheese or frittata.

Tealizzy

I don’t really know what temperature, because I don’t have a thermometer…kind of just fudge it! I know, I should get one. Well, I’ll try cooler water next time and see how it goes. Thanks!

OMGsrsly

I have instructions on some of my teas. ‘Wait 5 mins for water’ or ‘wait 10 mins for water’ :) Everyone’s kettle is different though.

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Sipdown of my sample. I must get more of this! YUM YUM YUMMY! Best chai ever. Even my coworker wants me to get her some of this and she hasn’t had any yet! I’m just very persuasive. ;)

TastyBrew

I love this too. Sooo good. I think I got like 5 steeps out of this last time by just leaving the leaves soaking for 30 minutes at a time or so.

Tealizzy

30 minutes?

TastyBrew

Yep! I had to go do things for the kids and just kept resteeping for ridiculous periods of time! I’d add water to the pot, bring it to a boil and then cover it an turn off the heat and walk away. Did it over and over!

Tealizzy

Wow! That’s pretty neat! Good to know!

Chizakura

Hehe, I’ll have to try that too when I get mine! :) So excited for it to get here. I love Laoshan Black, and I love chais, so it stands to reason that I’d love a laoshan black chai too :D

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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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