502 Tasting Notes

This was a good “first thing in the morning” tea, when you don’t want anything overly sweet. The black tea was the dominant flavor, but was accented by a slight blackberry flavor. The berry wasn’t overpowering and not too sweet. I think I would have liked the berry flavor to pop more than it did, but I still enjoyed it.

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Got this one as a sample in my order. I haven’t delved into green tea much and usually only enjoy it paired with food, but this one might just change my mind. True to its description, it tastes like strawberries and cream. The strawberry is both sweet and tart. It smells divine! The second steep was pretty good too. Delicious!

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
502 tasting notes

This is absolutely delightful! Thank you, Laurent, for this sample! Like ashmanra said, the black tea base is silky smooth. The raspberry, red current, caramel, and vanilla meld together to make a delicious fruity and creamy dessert tea. I think it would be amazing as an afternoon tea with a scone. Nothing gets better than that! :)

Edit: steeped it twice and it was just as good the second time!

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The hardest part about choosing a tea to drink this evening wasn’t that I had too many to choose from, but that I couldn’t have any of my new black teas! So, caffeine free, I chose this one, which is odd, because I wasn’t sure the first time I drank it that I really liked a tea that tastes like red hots. For some reason, tonight, I was really in the mood for a tea with some punch, and this hot cinnamon tea was it! This time I also got more citrus notes. I think the verdict is still out on this one.

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I think I’m in love with this tea! Sweet, buttery, cake-y, and slightly fruity. It’s the complex dessert tea I’ve been waiting for! Yum!!! I steeped it twice, and found that the cherry bits pop out more in the second steep. Definitely gonna keep a stock of this one around! It’s the BOMB!!

Fjellrev

Your reviews are seriously killing me! Glad I ordered this one too. I almost left it out.

Tealizzy

That would have been a shame! I wish I had ordered 2oz of this one though! (I only got 1oz)

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I got my first Della Terra Teas order yesterday, and I was so excited to try this! The reviews were so good, I ordered 2 oz. without trying it first! Ha! I had it first thing this morning and I have to tell you I was a little surprised by the flavor. It’s got kind of a rum smell and taste that I didn’t expect. I really liked it though. I could definitely smell and taste a little cinnamon and it was sweet and yummy. I also got two robust steeps. It’s not gonna be hard to finish the bag, but I can’t say whether I’m in love with it. Maybe another cup will help me decide!

Fjellrev

Awesome, can’t wait to get mine in the mail! I’m already expecting not to be insanely in love with it, but one that will nonetheless be a pleasure to drink.

Tealizzy

I hope you like it! Also, I was super impressed with Della Terra’s shipping! They shipped it the first day of mail service after my order and I got it in two days!

Fjellrev

Wow! That’s great service. Mine just got shipped so I hope it’ll come soon. :)

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
502 tasting notes

Steeped this one longer per Kittenna’s recommendation, about 7 minutes. Added a splash of milk to add creaminess. It’s still too weak for me. The smell is amazing. I just wish the taste was as robust as the smell. Would definitely be better with a black tea base.

Kittenna

:( Glad you gave it a shot! I liked it but found it too sweet to have often, so I’m ok with it being seasonal and going away.

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Added honey to this one today and the pineapple finally popped out! Still, the prominent flavor is walnut, which is okay, but not my favorite nut. Not sure how I feel about this one, though. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. Probably not one I’d get again, but fun to try.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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I finally had a morning at home to enjoy this sample. Thank you, Laurent! I didn’t want to steep it at work, since I’d have to use the microwave instead of my nice kettle and steeper. Got to use the right equipment! So, I liked it! I have never tried a flavored genmaicha before, but it’s nice. I was surprised that it had black tea in it. I agree with Kittena that it may not be necessary. I got good toasty caramel notes, and I actually added a little milk and honey, which brought out the sweetness. I got two decent steeps out of it. I can’t wait to try the other samples from Nina’s!

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Gave this one another try today paired with a delicious oatmeal wheat germ chocolate chip cookie. It went really well with the cookie. It’s kinda like a slightly sweet rooibos. Still didn’t get he caramel notes, but I’m not giving up on it yet!

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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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