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Holy sweet spice! As TastyBrew said in her note to me on this tea, it’s kinda strange! Thanks, TastyBrew for the surprise sample! I kind of like this strange tea! I didn’t realize it was a puerh until I looked it up. The first spice that hits you is the cinnamon, but this tea has a whole lot more going on. It’s definitely spicy, but kind of in a chai sort of way, with a little heat. I think the chocolate rounds it out. It is not a subtle tea. Best when you need a little punch!!

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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Stacy generously provided a sample of this tea in my last order. I was excited to try another Butiki black tea. Unfortunately, it was not the tea for me. It tasted kind of fruity and sweet. Fruity black teas are usually not winners for me unless they are more of a dark berry fruit flavor. The description describes a peachy note, and after I thought about it, I could discern it. The tea does have a nice creamy feel, but the fruitiness didn’t work for me. It was fun to try though!!

Chizakura

Ordinarily I totally agree with you. I’m not super into fruity blacks — though I’ll try them if I have them — but something about this one is just magical. xD I wish I agreed with you though, ‘cause it’s the most expensive tea I like. I bought some up since it’s on sale, but otherwise this’ll be a once in a blue moon purchase, ‘cause although I LOVE it, I couldn’t afford to drink it every day.

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Stacy gave me a sample of this tea in my last order. It seems to be the base for the caramel vanilla assam. It reminded me a lot of laoshan black from Verdant, but I think I like this one better. It has malty cocoa notes, and a little raisin sweetness. The second steep included more of a honey note, similar to laoshan black. I think I like this one better because it seemed to be more smooth, especially if you compare the first steeps of each tea. I’m a little surprised that such a bold malty flavor is the base for the caramel vanilla assam, because you’d think that the flavor would overpower the very natural-tasting flavor of the caramel and vanilla. I added a little sugar, but no milk. Really good morning cup!

TastyBrew

Funny, I just made this one too! About to have my second steep.

Tealizzy

Great minds think alike! Haha!!

Chizakura

Welcome to the Taiwanese Assam party :D Hope you loved it as much as I do. xD I know what you mean about the Laoshan Black, but it’s definitely smoother and less roasty. This is my favorite tea. :)

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This is the one tea I took a chance on and outright bought a package of it. I’ve had it a few times now, and didn’t log it, because I couldn’t decide what I thought of it. This morning’s cup was the best I’ve had it. Steeped it for the recommended 4 minutes, with soy milk and sugar. Delicious! I still think the raspberry flavor is too pointed, like not as rounded out with the vanilla as I was hoping. I don’t really get a cake quality from it, but it is supposed to be sponge cake, which is light and airy, instead of buttery and rich. I’m just really glad that I found a way to like it, especially since I have so much. It would have been a serious bummer if I didn’t!!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Enjoyed this tea more yesterday. I think I was expecting it to taste like Nutella, and was disappointed when it didn’t. However, I am comparing it to the Nutella available in the U.S., which I think may be different than the Nutella I became acquainted with when I visited Europe. That was more than 10 years ago, so I can’t remember, but it’s probably less sugared-up than the U.S. version, which, btw, I eat frequently. ;) So now that I’ve changed my expectations, I like this tea. It’s really good with milk and sugar and steeped 4 minutes. I think steeping it at 5 minutes, as directed by the label, makes it too bitter, astringent.

whatshesaid

Agreed! I did not enjoy this the first time and was sorely disappointed because I expected more of a dessert taste. Steeped at 3.5 minutes vs 5 made me really appreciate it!

Dinosara

Yeah, I find European nutella to be better than its American counterpart, but I prefer “off-brand” European hazelnut-chocolate spreads even more… Like Nutkao, or the Greek version Merenda. A lot of them have more hazelnut flavor and are divine.

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Had this sample from bluebird last night. It was pretty good. It kind of reminded me of mother’s little helper. The peppermint definitely dominated, but it was also soothing (maybe due to the chamomile?) I haven’t had straight chamomile tea, so I’m not sure. I would have liked a little more liquorice flavor, though. Overall, It’s a good night-time tea.

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This is quite good. Definitely on the sugary side though. I really liked the blend between chocolate and pumpkin pie. Nice and complex. I gave a cup to my coworker, who also liked it and said it gave her the idea of drizzling chocolate over an actual pumpkin pie. I then thought of the idea of making pumpkin pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust! Yum! We both agreed that it was good with or without milk, although I think I prefer it with milk. ;) I’m so happy I got some of this!

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drank Cacao by Tisano
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So, I think this is the one TastyBrew sent me as a surprise, especially since she’s reviewed it. This is really good. Great chocolate flavor!! A little thinner than I would like, but delicious! And a great herbal to have later in the day! Thanks, TastyBrew!!!

TastyBrew

Glad you liked it! I make this super strong and let it steep forever. It’s also a great thing to add to other teas you want chocolatey. I added some to a later steeping of cinnamon swirl bread one time and it was super yummy. it’s a fun one to play with.

Tealizzy

Ooh, that sounds yummy!!

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Enjoyed this in my timolino during my training class today. I felt kind of bad drinking this awesome tea in a travel mug…I like to give my favorite teas special treatment, but I do have a whole new 4 oz. bag! So, this tea is delicious in the travel mug! The flavor stayed robust! Why am I surprised though…quality tea should taste great no matter what, right? ;)

Stephanie

Jealous of your 4oz :)

Chizakura

This one IS good. :) I need to get more some time!

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Had this in my timolino for the first time because I had to go to a training class for work, and I needed something portable. I tried this tea out in there because someone, maybe Kittenna, suggested it’s good for the travel mug. It did work pretty well. I’ve found that the timolino makes some of my teas taste thinned out. Anyone else experience that?

jessiwrites

I just posted about taking this one to work in my travel mug yesterday, I think. :)

And I don’t have a timolino, but I agree that my teas taste much better in my regular mug. However… I’d rather suffer with thinned out teas at work than no teas!

Cavocorax

A bit. I like to brew two timolino’s and then pour into a 6oz cup – stays hot and I can properly sip it. Of course this assumes you have room for another cup

Tealizzy

Oh, maybe it was you, Jessie!! I agree…would rather have thin tea than no tea. I wonder why that happens?

Cavocorax – good idea! Kind of like using it as a thermos and pouring into a separate cup!

Kittenna

I think it was probably Jessie, as I’ve only had this one once, though I think it might have been in a Timolino. I definitely do get the “thinner” (muted?) flavour in the travel mug. Even though my Timolino is 12oz., I typically use double the leaf that I would for an 8oz. cup when I’m brewing things up for it.

Cavocorax

Hmm.. doubling the leaf is a good idea too!

Tealizzy

Thanks for the tip Kittenna!

whatshesaid

Kittenna, where did you get a 12 oz Timolino??

Cavocorax

DavidsTea? That’s where I got mine.

Kittenna

Yep, the standard Timolino is 12 oz, so I found out. My Contigo mugs are bigger (I want to say 17oz, but that seems excessive, it might be 15).

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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