517 Tasting Notes

This was the tea I chose for my free tea from the sale, and it is SO GOOD! I really didn’t know what to expect. I usually think of assams as dark and malty, but the leaves make me think of a golden tip yunnan. When I brewed it, the aroma was AMAZING. I could just inhale those notes all day! Sweet, bread-y, with a hint of spice. The taste is very much the same. I think the spice note is a bit like nutmeg. I also detected a yam or sweet potato flavor. There is just the slightest hint of malt. This tea is smooth (like all of Stacy’s teas!) and I found it warming , cozy, and comforting. :)

Stephanie

Nice, I’ve not tried this one :)

Tealizzy

I can send you a sample if you like. Are you still at the same address?

Stephanie

I am! But we could totally swap sometime…

Tealizzy

Okay! I’ll put it on the list for a swap. PM me when you’d like to do it!

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
517 tasting notes

Hello, Zhen Qu! Nice to meet you! I wonder why I never tried you before, but I’m really glad I went for 2 whole ounces of you recently, because I sure enjoy your company! Ha!

This tea is SO FLUFFY! Makes me think of that silly line in Despicable Me 2. I don’t think I’ve seen a black tea that looks quite like it. So light and airy!

Steeped, it smells sweet, nutty, and malty and that translates into the taste. After a few sips, BAM! This chocolate brownie taste snuck into the aftertaste. Where’d that come from? After awhile, I decided it tasted like chocolate covered pecans, but more pecan than chocolate. It’s really smooth, and goes down fast! Good thing I bought a lot! :)

Butiki Teas

I totally read “so fluffy” in a despicable me voice. :D

Tealizzy

Awesome!! :D

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
517 tasting notes

You wouldn’t think that sweetening an already sweet tea would be a good idea, but man, that agave works wonders for this tea! I had a glass iced, and it went really well with my polvoron cookies (Filipino cookies, kind of like buttery shortbread). Yum!!

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Yes, I’m drinking this again, even though I have a whole bunch of flavored black teas at my disposal. I guess I’m just in an unflavored black tea phase! I have about 2 cups worth of this one left. I’m getting a lot of dark chocolate from it today. Yum!

Gotta get my rear in gear, stop stalking my orders from Butiki and Teavivre, and go running before it gets too hot! Has anyone gotten a shipping note from Stacy yet from her big sale? I suppose the 6 business days aren’t over yet, but I’m so anxious to enjoy the teas I ordered!

Cheri

I got a shipping note from Stacy I want to say Friday….no, Thursday.

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Woke up with the headache I struggled with all night. Ugh! I think it’s from dehydration because I didn’t drink all that much water yesterday and we went straight from work to dinner and Guardians of the Galaxy and had to stand in line at the theater in 106-degree weather. Had an awesome time though!

So, this morning, it’s PTA to the rescue!! I needed something strong and delicious and this one never disappoints! Mmmm, malty, raisin-y goodness!! I’m running low on this tea. In fact, for unflavored black teas, I’m down to a bit of this one and a bit of Fengqing Dragon Pearls. The horror! The good news is I ordered a bunch of unflavored black teas from Butiki a week ago, and last night, I ordered a bunch from Teavivre, so once those come in, I should be swimming in them. The waiting, though, is SO HARD! ;)

CHAroma

Oh man, I hate waking up with a headache. It’s the worst.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
517 tasting notes

Yes! I bought 4 more ounces of this today! (Don’t judge! Haha.) Really, though, it’s limited and is going away at the end of August when the Fall teas come out. Yay for Fall teas, which have the best flavors in my opinion, but I had to get my fill of this one before it’s gone. I got that annoying guy again, who over pours. Ugh. Never had that problem with other folks at the store. Anyhoo, I enjoyed a nice big cup of this afterward while I waited for our IT guys to fix my email problem at work. Yummy caramel goodness with a hint of fruit. :)

Lariel

Is there actual popcorn in the tea? It sounds good.

Roswell Strange

Yes, there is actual popcorn! Same with Movie Night :)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
517 tasting notes

Tonight I decided to try this one as a latte. I brewed it up a bit like I would do a chai on the stovetop. I didn’t add any sweetener though, because this one doesn’t need it. It brews up as a light pink latte…pretty fun! The flavor is good, but I think something gets lost in the milk and that it’s more flavorful when brewed with water, no additions. Maybe I didn’t add enough leaf? I can’t believe it, because I haven’t had THAT many cups of this one, but my 2 oz. from last week is almost gone! I guess that’s what happens when it’s a “heavy” herbal. I’ve become kind of attached, so I guess I’ll have to make a stop to pick up some more on a lunch break this week!

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Anxiously anticipating Teavivre’s upcoming 3rd Anniversary sale and so, enjoying some of these pearls in their honor! I really need a kick in the pants this morning too, and this tea does not disappoint! Strong, earthy, and dark chocolate-y, they are really hitting the spot! I still have a few left, so probably won’t restock in my upcoming order, but will keep them in mind for next time. Gotta make room for new teas, right?!

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
517 tasting notes

Enjoyed this iced today. So good! It steeps up real dark and sturdy, like a black tea, but the rooibos isn’t too medicinal. The creamy coconut is delicious! Maybe I should have included more of this one in my order? Dang! ;)

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
517 tasting notes

Nom nom nummy! I had to throw away the first cup of tea I made this morning (which shall remain unnamed) as it tasted nasty, so to get rid of that bad taste in my mouth, I made this beautiful tea!! So freaking delicious! Smooth, sweet, like tea made for royalty! I’m so happy I have a whole ounce coming to me! It will be my special treasure tea!!

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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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