541 Tasting Notes

drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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I guess I never wrote a note about this tea, or even put it in my steepster cupboard. Weird. I think this was from the spring collection. Anyway, I didn’t like it much when I tried it hot….it was okay, but not great. Fortunately, I only bought a small amount. Today, I decided to ice the rest of the leaf, and be done with it. Once again, it’s not bad, but kinda artificial. Not the peach flavor I was looking for. I guess I should stick with Lupicia momo black or momo oolong when I want peach. Anyhoo, SIPDOWN!

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Stephanie sent this as a bonus sample in our swap. Thanks, Stephanie! Not one, but two A&D teas to try!

This tea is what you would expect from a blend of Indian teas…malty, bright, with some citrus notes. It’s a great tea to pair with breakfast. Recently, though, I think my tastes have moved away from Indian black teas and more towards Chinese black teas, but it was nice to try it!

Tealizzy

Oh, that was my 500th tasting note! Woo!

Sil

woohoo! grats!

KiwiDelight

Congrats on 500!

Stephanie

Yay! 500!

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drank Keemun by Unknown
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Wow, there’s already a tea page for Keemun by unknown. Nice! I was going to use random steepings, but this works.

Went to a local cafe to relax and read today, and they have quite the list of teas. Probably 50 different ones to choose from! I chose the Keemun, due to my recent love of that tea. They scooped it out of a large canister. Who knows where they source their teas. I did see a few small Kusmi tins on a shelf, but they probably buy bulk teas from somewhere and stash them in the humongous black canisters. Anyhoo, I got a cup of hot water and some loose leaf in a strainer. :)

This Keemun was more prominently smokey, and less chocolate-y than the other ones I’ve had. It was nice to sip on while reading though. I’m in the middle of The Brothers Sisters…pretty entertaining so far.

looseTman

What’s your favorite Keemun?

Tealizzy

Hmmm, out of the few I’ve had, probably TeaVivre’s organic superfine fragrant Keemun. I’ve also tried Keemuns from A&D, Stash, and this one, but I also have another Keemun from Teavivre as a sample…the Mao feng, so the verdict is still out!

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drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
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So, I was salivating over the notes for this tea, and Stephanie, awesome as she is, sent it as a bonus sample in our swap! Thanks, Stephanie!

I love caramel, and I love black tea, and I haven’t really found a caramel black tea that I love. I thought this one would be it, but unfortunately I don’t think I’m fond of the black base. I only steeped it for 3 minutes, and it’s a bit bitter. There is a touch of caramel coming through, but it’s overpowered by the base. Maybe I should have steeped it for a shorter time, but really, if it’s gonna be that finicky, I don’t want it. Alas, this one’s not for me, but I’m very grateful that I was able to try it first before buying a bunch (which I almost did!) That could have been a major bummer, from which my tea friend saved me! Yay for tea friends!

Marzipan

The TG original package calls for a 2 minute steep.

Tealizzy

Poo! Guess I messed it up then. Oh well.

Marzipan

I can send you more if you want to try it. All of the blacks I bought from them say 2 minutes. It surprised me but works well.

Tealizzy

Thanks for the offer, Marzipan…how about hold that thought for a future swap, if you’re game. ;)

Stephanie

What I sent you was the rest of my sample from Marzipan :) She has the Caramel hookups!

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This was my morning cup, thanks to Stephanie! :) I’ve been curious about this company for awhile now, but wasn’t willing to go all out and buy multiple ounces without trying them first. Swaps are awesome for that! So, the verdict? I think I’m in love with Keemun! Every one I’ve tried, I’ve enjoyed. This one was similar to TeaVivre’s organic superfine fragrant Keemun, which I recently discovered. It tastes like dark chocolate, apricots, and a little smoke. I think I’ve seen dark chocolate covered dried apricots before….that might be what this tea tastes like, except the smoke rounds out the sweetness. Absolutely the perfect morning cup! So, first tea tried from A&D is a winner. And, as far as price, it’s actually 17 cents cheaper than the TeaVivre one I mentioned; however, TeaVivre’s is organic, so makes sense. Anyway, I’m looking forward to trying more Keemuns in the future and would not mind it if this one landed in my cupboard!

boychik

I like this tea a lot. I’m not sure but I think they sold out this tea

Stephanie

Oh did they? I better hoard the rest of what I’ve got ;)

Glad you liked it Tealizzy! Boychik introduced me to it.

Tealizzy

It’s still on their website under limited editions. :)

boychik

excellent. i think i need a tin. i have maybe tbsp left,maybe even less.

boychik

its the New Year Horse tea is sold out.

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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Yes, I still have some of this. Who knows how long it’s been since I last ordered from Della Terra…it’s been awhile! I’m pining for Fall today, so I broke this one out of my nicely organized cupboard. It’s sweet and cake-like. I ate it with a cookie! ;) I got my TeaTime mag in the mail, but the front cover got all crushed and torn. What the heck?! Makes me sad, because it’s an issue all about Fall! :( I love Fall. It’s still hot here, but I’m counting down the days until I can drink some new Fall teas and go buy apple goodies at Apple Hill! It’ll be here soon!!!

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So, this tea is very pleasant to drink, but I’m not sure I really “get” it. The notes elude me. Maybe because they blend so well I can’t distinguish them? Overall, it’s nice a creamy, smooth, and has a nice thickness to it. I think I detect some caramel, malt, grain, and a little peach. It also seems to have sweet potato, but not as much as yunnan dian hong golden tips. It’s a nice smooth drink, but I think I prefer the more robust flavors in TeaVivre’s other black teas. Who knows though…maybe by the end of the bag I’ll “get” it. ;)

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Amazing as always. Like eating a really high quality dark chocolate. I think I hooked my tea buddy at work on this one too. ;) So glad there is lots of it in my cupboard!

Cameron B.

I feel like such a dunce because I hardly ever taste chocolate in teas that are supposed to have it. XD

Tealizzy

Maybe it just takes time? I didn’t really taste specific notes for a long time. People seem to get different notes anyway…all are accepted! :)

yyz

I wouldn’t worry about it Cameron. Like Tealizzy it may be something you taste in time or maybe you identify that tone as something else. I’ve noticed on aliexpress they rarely list cocoa or chocolate in flavour descriptions in styles of tea where Western shops always list it.

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After all the recent sales causing my tea cupboard to balloon, I decided I needed to rearrange things. The last time I did this, I put all my favorite teas together, all my samples together, and all those that would be good iced together. This didn’t really work. I think when I reach for a tea, it’s really based on whether it’s base is black, oolong, green, white, or herbal/rooibos. So, that’s how they are arranged now. Going through it, I found a few I never want to drink again…those, I will offer my tea buddy at work. ;) I also rediscovered a few.

This tea is one I rediscovered. It was at the bottom of a container filled with rooibos teas. It is essentially rooibos, with a hint of caramel. Not surprising since very few actual caramel pieces are included. In contrast, I always get more than one piece in caramel corn. Still, with a splash of milk and a little sugar, it’s comforting. Not as good as my beloved Lupicia caramel & rum though.

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Mmmm, smells like cocoa and smoke. Tastes like dark chocolate, hint of smoke, maybe some rose? Very smooth. Yum. Makes me think it got mixed up with bailin gongfu! All Chinese blacks are tasting like chocolate to me now, except the yunnans. Why would I ever need a chocolate flavored tea again? They usually taste artificial anyway. Makes me wonder if I had tried these teas early on in my tea journey whether I would have noticed these notes, and if so, what would I be drinking now?

Cameron B.

The only chocolate tea I’ve tried that I actually like is Three Friends from Butiki. Most chocolate flavor just doesn’t seem to satisfy me, it’s always thin and watery. Ick! :P

Tealizzy

I agree! I always feel like the chocolate flavoring doesn’t really taste like chocolate to me.

KiwiDelight

Chocolate-flavored teas are a hit-or-miss sort of thing. Some are good, like Three Friends and Peppermint Bark.

Chinese blacks are on a whole different level. It was so surprising to find out that they’re so chocolatey when I just started drinking them. Like, they’re magical.

Cameron B.

I feel like a derp, because I don’t generally get cocoa from most of them… >>

Lariel of Lórien

I used to have chocolate flavoured teas (still do from some companies), but I really like the Chinese blacks.

Stephanie

Have you ever eaten straight cacao nibs Cameron B?

Cameron B.

Stephanie, not that I recall. I have eaten completely unsweetened chocolate though.

Lariel of Lórien

Cacao nibs are good in cookies.

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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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