633 Tasting Notes

DianaK was going to give me a sample of this tea, but I just couldn’t wait, so I included it in the try me sampler I got recently. ;) When I was a kid, we used to make monkey bread as a family, rolling the balls of dough in cinnamon and sugar. Delicious! This tea smells exactly like it. I can even smell the butter! The taste, however, is too cinnamon-y and not enough buttery baked goodness. Close, but not perfect. Oh well, I will still enjoy the aroma while drinking the rest of the sample!

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drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
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Stephanie gave this to me a long time ago in a swap, and I’m just now trying it, but it is actually delicious! I came home this morning from being out and I was really cold. This was the perfect choice to warm me up! I’m not sure I would call it ginger snap, exactly, but it’s definitely a cozy cup! Thanks, Stephanie!

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Let me just start this by saying, I love peanut butter. And peanut butter with chocolate is even better! I finally got around to ordering a try me sampler, and I tried them all today! Ya, 5 cups of black tea in one day! Wheeeeee! Anyway, I really liked this tea. This was probably my favorite of the 5 teas. It has both peanut butter and chocolate notes, but neither overpowers the other. It was a pretty good balance, actually. I also have to confess I don’t much like Della Terra’s chocolate teas; however, mixed with the right stuff (a.k.a. peanut butter…oh, and I also like s’mores), it works! Those that don’t like sprinkles will shun this tea, but if you are going to have a tea that tastes like peanut butter fudge, it’s not like it’s gonna be fancy….bring out the fun! This is definitely a reorder. :)

Fjellrev

Ooh, I’m in the same camp. Don’t care for their chocolate teas except S’mores works for me for some reason, so you’ve convinced me to give this one a chance!

Tealizzy

You should! I also tried salted caramel & chocolate and was less enthused, though….gonna give that one another try before posting.

Fjellrev

Have been looking for a good peanut butter tea too. :)

Would you say their Salted Caramel is better or worse than David’s?

Tealizzy

I haven’t tried David’s yet. Will have to!

CHAroma

On the shopping list it goes!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
633 tasting notes

I really really like this tea! It’s totally a taste of Fall! It makes me think of my yearly trip to Apple Hill, which is coming up soon! In fact, I have plans to go up there the weekend after this coming weekend! Farms with apples, apple pies, and other deliciousness. We are totally getting a whole strip of apple strudel this year! So, this tea is like a guilt-free version of all that! I will definitely be picking up some more!!

CHAroma

It is a good one. Supper yummy! :)

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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
633 tasting notes

Coffee and fruit. That is one weird combination! It’s not icky though. Just weird as heck! I can’t say whether I like it. It’s just so weird! Did I say it was weird? ;)

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Yum yum yummy vanilla deliciousness! So glad I have a whole tin of this tea now! Although it does look so tiny next to the white teas. White teas are just so dang lightweight! The second steep was just as yummy as the first. Definitely need to remember to steep this one for 4 minutes to get the best flavor and not be afraid that the white tea will get astringent. It’s amazing!

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drank Maple Splash by Tealux
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This tea smells amazing, but the taste is more subdued. I think I would have liked more of a punch of flavor, especially since the flavor is a nice maple, caramel, popcorn flavor, with a hint of cinnamon. Very cozy, but could use more oomph!

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drank Cream Irish Breakfast by Tealux
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This is a great morning tea! Very brisk, and steeps up very dark, very fast! There are caramel notes, which I enjoy, being a fan of sweet teas. It was just the kick In the pants I needed today!

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drank Blue Unicorn Reserve by Tealux
633 tasting notes

This tea is confusing me. The shape of it is pretty cool. I put three spears in my perfect mug to steep. They take multiple steepings to unfurl. The first cup I had didn’t taste like much, but it did taste like an oolong. I just wasn’t sure what kind of oolong. I thought I was getting roasty notes, but then another sip tasted more like a green oolong. I’m in my second steep, and it’s kinda stone fruity, similar to a Formosa oolong I tried once. It’s not bad, but I can’t say for certain whether I’d pick some more up. Good thing sample sizes at Tealux are generous, because I’ll definitely want to try this one out again.

Bonnie

These should be a green tea not an oolong and Butiki used to carry the tea from an organic grower in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). It’s called Blue Nettle Green Tea. I thought it tasted like a fruity black tea, closer to a Darjeeling. Tasty!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Simmered this over the stovetop in soymilk, and it was good, but I still don’t get enough pumpkin flavor. It’s kinda boring, but not terrible. I think I’ll stick with ROT pumpkin spice.

Cavocorax

I’ll have to try the RoT version.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

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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