479 Tasting Notes

drank Ma Passion by Nina's Paris
479 tasting notes

I think the information on this tea is incorrect, as it appears to discuss the attributes of de vendome. Anyway, this is a very fruity black tea. I’m usually not a big fan of fruity black teas, but occasionally, I like them. This one tastes strongly of passion fruit, but the black tea base is pretty smooth. The passion fruit taste stays with you in what seems like a never ending aftertaste, so if you really like passion fruit, this one is for you! It’s not too tart, which is nice. No hibiscus here! I think this would make for a very nice iced tea in the summer. Thanks for the sample, Laurent!

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I think I’m liking the laoshan black blends even more than the straight laoshan black. It’s such a good base! I’m on a complexity roll too! I really enjoyed this one. At first, I thought, this is just laoshan black mixed with genmaicha. But as I sipped, it became a more and more comforting, well-blended cup! The first steep was like a toasty laoshan black. By the second steep, the honey notes I noted while drinking laoshan black popped out once again, and by the end of the cup it tasted like honeyed nuts! Yum!

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Got the sampler size of this, which is more than generous at 0.5 oz. This tea is a nice blend. The white tea lightens up the black tea. I didn’t even add milk, which is unusual for me with a black tea. It tasted like a combination of vanilla and cocoa nibs in a light black tea base. The second steep was a whole lot different, in that the white tea is more prominent, and there’s more of a vegetal floral note. I’m not sure I’m in love, but I will enjoy the rest of the bag.

TastyBrew

I tried this one the other day. I haven’t written about yet since my taster is still on the fritz. But I liked it. The vanilla holds up pretty strong which I liked. I added honey and a little milk and it totally tasted like a milk shake. You should try that if you like milk in your teas. Just brew it extra strong.

Tealizzy

Okay, I’ll try that next time!

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drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
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Another fun sample to try from Laurent! Thank you! I was really eager to try this one since I like dessert teas and I loved Grand Amour, and this one has some of the same flavors. The dry leaf smelled sweet. I steeped this one for 4 minutes, being cautious about the astringency. At first, it smelled sweet with some sort of smokiness…uh oh, not a fan of smoke. How did that get in there? Anyway, it tasted like a (slightly smoky) vanilla tea with a bit of caramel. The caramel shone through more as it cooled. Overall, it was not as exciting as I hoped. I think because I kept comparing it to Grand Amour, which has both the vanilla and caramel AND fruity flavors on top. I think, in this case, I prefer a more complex flavor.

Chizakura

Sounds pretty good to me. :D Even the smoky part.

Tealizzy

That’s good! My tastes are evolving, and I think I expect too much now! Ha!

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OMG! This tea is AMAZING! Thank you to Azzrian and TastyBrew for writing such good reviews and tempting me to buy this tea!

First of all, let me say, it was awesome that shipping only took 1 day! Probably due to the fact that their address is about an hour away from me, but awesome nonetheless. Makes me wish they had a store, and I could just stop by when I’m up there!

This tea is the most bake-y, bread-y tea I’ve ever tasted. It’s like breakfast in a cup! When I first smelled the dry leaves in the tin, it actually reminded me of an oatmeal raisin cookie, WAY more so than teas named that. Steeped, it is liquid cinnamon swirl bread with butter spread on top! Yes, I tasted the butter!! I have to admit I added some sugar and a splash of soy milk, which made it MORE buttery!

I was surprised that you only need to steep it for 2 minutes. It was definitely strong enough to stand up to milk and sugar. Also, it says you can get 5 steeps out of each TBSP. I steeped it 3 times and there was absolutely no loss of flavor, so they’re probably right!

I am so glad I bought the tin! Yum yum yummy!!!

jessiwrites

Gah. Everyone keeps raving about this tea, and it’s SO EXPENSIVE to ship to Canada.

Pout!

TastyBrew

Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it too!

Stephanie

Mmmm, sounds good!

Bonnie

Proof of what you can do with puerh,and no artificial flavoring! A really good tasting tea that resteeps well.

Tealizzy

jessiewrites – I wish there was a cheaper way to get it to you!

Bonnie – so, since I’ve never had puerh, what flavor do you think it brings to this tea?

Bonnie

Good question. In this case, I think Janet used a bready tasting puerh instead of one that’s earthy or cedar wood flavored. Puerh can be steeped many times which is giving body to this tea. Puerh is good for your digestion and blood pressure and cholesterol so what’s not to like! Like all tea, there are inferior puerhs and good ones.

TastyBrew

Bonnie- what are some other good bready puerhs? This tea has made me want to try some more.

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drank Masala Chai by Samovar
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I just HAD to compare this one to the laoshan village chai that I had yesterday and loved! So my coworker and I both picked up a hot cup this morning. It’s really different than the laoshan village chai, in that it’s more sweet. Not sure if that’s because of the fact that they sweeten it for you. It’s also not as earthy, but I think I love them both. Surprisingly, even though they are both chai, it’s like comparing apples to oranges. Yay, for two good chai’s!

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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I have about 1 serving left. This tea went fast! I really love this one, but I’m wondering, does anyone have a s’mores tea they like better?

Stephanie

Nope but I do have a chocolate tea or two I prefer over this one. I do like the marshmallowey taste of this one though!

Kittenna

Wait until the reviews of 52teas’ S’mores Genmaicha start coming in. That might be better (but IMO Della Terra’s was one of the better ones).

Stephanie

Ugh I want that genmaicha so bad!

Tealizzy

Ya, I was thinking the 52teas one might be good!

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Got this as a sample in my Butiki order. Thanks, Stacy! I really wasn’t sure about this one, mostly because of the cilantro. I used to hate cilantro, but I’ve learned to like it, that is, mixed into a stir-fry or something. This tea has a very strong cilantro flavor. The pineapple is more muted. I wonder if adding sweetener would bring out the pineapple more? The tea overall feels thick and creamy, which is nice. The leaves are so pretty too. Little pink petals included! I think this would be a good tea to have with Mexican food, and I don’t think there are a lot of teas that fit that pairing!

Chizakura

Interesting what a different palate can taste, huh? For me it was PINEAPPLE PALOOZA oh yeah with some spice from cilantro.

Maybe you took more note of the cilantro because you used to hate it; more on your guard with it.

Either way it’s interesting, and glad that you enjoyed it. :)

Butiki Teas

Tealizzy-Adding sugar will bring out the pineapple more and subdue the cilantro.

Chizakura-With this tea I have been getting a lot of interesting feedback. It seems that there is a pretty big divide about whether the pineapple or cilantro is the strongest. Personally, I find the pineapple to be the strongest but the feedback has been pretty varied. Also, it seems that people who prefer their tea pipping hot notice the cilantro more.

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Clearly, I killed this one. I got the sample size of this tea, and thank goodness there’s enough for another try, because I killed it. I know the steeping instructions were all about shorter steep times, gongfu style, but I thought since I’d steeped other oolongs western style, that it would be okay. I was wrong. I’m new to oolongs, as you can see. Well, so I steeped it for 3 minutes, and it smelled and tasted like I oversteeped AND burned it. Oops. So I did another steep of the same leaves for 1 1/2 minutes, and it was better, but I think I ruined the leaves in the first round. I added honey in the second round, so I’m not really sure if it just tasted better because of the sweetener or the shorter steep time. Overall, it tasted like an oversteeped toasted green tea. Lesson learned: will do short steeps!

Bonnie

I wouldn’t add honey the second time either if I might suggest. Honey has a flavor and you’ll have a hard time finding the true oolong taste when you use it. Most people only use honey with spicy tea like chai or black tea or a non-delicate blend.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Bonnie. Good tip! Especially since I’m intrigued by oolongs right now and would like to try more. :)

Kittenna

Omg. Sounds like my first attempt with a Verdant dark oolong. Yeah, I killed it. They are very finicky sometimes, and either require very reduced leaf and/or shorter infusion times. Glad to know to watch out with this tea – I have some en route :D

Tealizzy

Kittenna – I’m glad I’m not the only one and that I could help on this tea! Haha!

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Got a sampler size of this, and I’m now wishing I had more! This is an exceptional chai. It’s earthy and well-rounded. I loved it!

Update: Just re-steeped this. I think this may be the best chai I’ve ever had at home (my favorite being Samovar’s). I think I need more!!

Chizakura

Ooh, maybe I’ll try some eventually. :) I’ve been in the search for a yummy chai (besides pumpkin ones xD) and this could be it. :D

Tealizzy

You should check it out. It’s not one of those strong cinnamon chai’s. More cardamom. The laoshan black rounds it out well!

Chizakura

Well I do like cinnamon quite a bit, actually. :) But I’m excited to hear about cardamom and the rest though. Hoping the ginger won’t be terribly strong, but here goes nothing! I’m tossing a 1oz size into my cart. :D

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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! ;)

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