473 Tasting Notes

Had the strange urge to drink one of my bagged teas this morning, so I had this. Meh. I really think it’s true that once you drink better tea, you can never go back. Now what am I supposed to do with my bagged teas?

OMGsrsly

I bring them with me when I’m travelling. Anything I bring is usually better than what’s offered, and then I get free tea!

Tealizzy

Good idea!!

TastyBrew

I always use them for making tea for my husband. He can’t tell the difference so why waste the good stuff :-)

Tealizzy

TastyBrew – LOL!

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I just saw that Stacy already ran out of her new caramel vanilla assam and it wasn’t even online yet!!!!! Nooooo!! I want some so bad! Stacy – when will you have your next batch? Please save some for me!!!!

On THIS tea….OMG! I’m running out! And I want to bring some to my mom this weekend so she can taste how amazing it is!!! I had some this afternoon and almost lost a leaf on the floor. 5-second rule! C’mon, I couldn’t waste that!! This tea makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over. I’m not sure if there is another one that does that to me. I really need to make a spreadsheet now so I can keep track of my favorites! This tea will be included in my next order….that will hopefully also include caramel vanilla assam!!!

jessiwrites

CARAMEL VANILLA?

I had no idea this was being created. GAH.

TastyBrew

She said it would be back later this week. :-)

I’m trying the maple pecan oolong tonight. Sounds so good. 5 second rule no probelm, afterall, you’re soaking them in hot water, that’ll kill any germs, right?

Rachel J

ACK! I have been checking on the website to see when it would be available! I guess I should have contacted Stacy directly!

Chizakura

I agree, this one’s delicious. :) So disappointed that my last three cups worth of leaves were ruined. Someone used cleaner WAY too close to the pouch, so it absorbed this weird sour flavor. DX; I didn’t die, so obviously it wasn’t poisoned, but it sure poisoned the nice flavor D:

And Caramel Vanilla Assam? I’m so very intrigued! Wish I knew about it sooner so I could’ve requested it too D:

Tealizzy

TastyBrew – can’t wait to hear what you think of the maple pecan oolong!

Chizakura – that must’ve been some strong cleaner! Bummer!

Butiki Teas

The Caramel Vanilla Assam will be back later this week but there is a chance it could run out again before we receive an ingredient that we are low on. If we do run out of the second batch, I expect that it will only be for a week or two.

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drank Love Potion by Bluebird Tea Co.
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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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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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