472 Tasting Notes

drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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This tea was interesting. Another swap from TastyBrew. Thanks, TastyBrew!! It steeped up with a scent of cocoa. I thought, cool! Like laoshan black! Except, it tasted much more subtle. I got both notes of cocoa and some sort of fruitiness. I couldn’t discern what type of fruit, but I don’t have that educated of a palate yet. I didn’t add milk because one of the reviews said that milk killed it, and they were probably right because of how subtle the flavor is. Anyway, I liked the complexity of this tea!

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drank Ruby Black by American Tea Room
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What a weird tea! I got this from TastyBrew…I’m on a roll today with the teas we swapped. Thanks TastyBrew! So, this tea looked like an oolong, both in dry leaf form and when steeped. A dark oolong. It smelled vegetal once steeped, like an artichoke. Let me tell you, this tasted like drinking liquid artichokes, in a good way, if that’s possible. I actually really liked it, and I’ve not been fond of vegetal teas. So weird! It also seemed to taste like a squash or potato with a hint of cinnamon, but only in the aftertaste. Weird, but good!

TastyBrew

Glad you like it! I really want to as it is super highly regarded, but every time I have it I want it to be a little different. I should try it in the gaiwan to see if I can separate out some of the flavors. I do love artichokes!

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Got this in a swap with TastyBrew. Thanks, TastyBrew!! I was so excited to try this. I mean, pastry? Sign me up!! It smells amazing, like almonds and sugar…like…..Forever Nuts from DavidsTea! Oh no, not Forever Nuts! I’m not a big fan of that tea. At least here there is a proper black tea base. ;) I can also get almond croissant and butter flavors from this, which is nice, but I had a really hard time not associating this tea with Forever Nuts. I wonder if I had never tried Forever Nuts what I would have thought of this tea.

TastyBrew

Oh shoot! It definitely is almond-y. Maybe I should steer clear of forever nuts so I never get tainted!

Tealizzy

I would say, since you are a black tea fan, I’d stick with the brioche. :)

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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Wow, this is really nice! I got this from a swap with TastyBrew and it’s got me rethinking white tea. What a great tea to wind down from the day with. I steeped this for 3 1/2 minutes, and I got such a nice subtle blueberry flavor combined with a very likable white tea (very slightly floral…not in your face; delicate). I have to admit, I added a little sugar, which made it nice and sweet! The tea is very light and smooth. I bet this would be great iced. I think we have another winner in my very limited white tea world! Thanks TastyBrew!!

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I am perpetually using this for my dragonwell tea from an unknown plantation in China. So good with honey! I think I tend to prefer roasty toasty green teas to the grassy type. I’ve noticed this one has a bit of a lemon note as well….goes well with the honey! Mmmmmm.

TastyBrew

We are definitely on the same page with a lot of teas. I’m all about the roasty toasty greens as well. I’m still trying to find the roasty-toastiest.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Third cup of the day. This tea never disappoints me. Sweet with warming anise.

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First two cups of the day! I can’t seem to get to 5 steeps, even though you are supposed to be able to with this tea. I just like variety too much! This tea is AMAZING, as always. :)

TastyBrew

I set my leaves in the fridge for awhile and come back to them :-)

Tealizzy

Do they go bad after awhile if you leave them in there?

TastyBrew

I’ve seen some people on here say that they steep them a few days later. I’ve never done that. But I have done the next day and they’re totally fine. In the refrigerator of course.

Tealizzy

Awesome! Have you done 5 steeps of this one yet?

Sil

I can’t wait until I can order this one….

Tealizzy

Sil – get the tin! You won’t regret it! :)

TastyBrew

I second that!

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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Even though I was taking a break from coconut teas (I was seriously coconutted out!), I decided to have this with one of the chocolate chip cookie bars I made tonight. Nice pairing, actually. It’s a nice sweet coconut, but not an overpowering coconut, which is good. :)

Chizakura

Ha, for me ‘coconutted out’ doesn’t exist for me. :D I absolultely positively love coconot. I put shredded coconut into my oatmeal this morning, and then later had a cup of Coconut Cream Pie tea from 52Teas. xD;

I’ve been tempted to try this one since it’s from Butiki, but I’m unsure about the rooibos of it all. Not sure if I’m really fond of rooibos or not yet.

Miss Starfish

Sounds delish!

TastyBrew

The rooibos scared me away as well. Glad to hear it doesn’t over power.

Tealizzy

Ya, I go back and forth on rooibos, but this one’s not bad.

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This tea was very floral to me. I got a sample of it because the description was about pecans and butter, but even after a third steep, I didn’t really get that flavor. Maybe some pecan, but not to the extent I hoped. Oh well. It was fun to try.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Since this morning’s teas have been less than exciting, and in honor of the 2oz. bag I just ordered of this tea, SIPDOWN! Yum yum yummy s’mores.

TastyBrew

I just got some of this in a swap with alphakitty. Sounds similar to love in a cup. You like it better though?

Tealizzy

Ya, I like it LOADS better! It has graham cracker in it! Yum!!

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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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