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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
199 tasting notes

I had a cup of this back in December after I first received my order and remember not really getting much out of it. I didn’t quite understand what all the hype was about. I have learned that before I decide that I dislike a tea, or that write off a tea I need to try it at least twice. This morning I embarked on this tea again. This turned out to be one of many teas where my first impression was way off.

This morning this tea was perfect. It is a subtle oolong with a lingering sweet taste. The first part of the sip is filled with the hints of oolong. The hints are not a roasty toasty, or green oolong. but more of a, I am not a black tea, sorta flavor. The last part of the sip the honey/sweet notes that round out the sip.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of the teas from the February 2014 Steepster Box.

This is one of my first Darjeelings. I am not sure what to write about this one. It is hard for me to pick out flavors in this tea. It has a very dry finish. It makes my tongue think it is a tad bit bitter at the finish of the sip, and there is a woody/fruity mouth full.

From tasting this tea I am tempted to purchase a sample set of darjeelings to see how they compare and if there are any that I would like. This one is enjoyable, but does not stand out as a tea I would purchase again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I have been sharing this in every swap, but have yet to write a review. I am always really excited when I find something local that is awesome! This is one of them. I can walk a block and pick up a tin and support a local business. So this will be a constant in my cupboard.

This is really hitting the spot this morning. malty, honey, without being to astringent. This tea makes me want to snuggle up with a book right now instead of working, but such is life. I can’t have the book, but I can drink this all day long!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have had a few green teas. For the most part I am not really a fan. Too vegetal for me. The toasty with the vegetal was a bit much for me. Not a fan.

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Oolong, and nutty goodness. This is really hitting the spot tonight. I had been on the fence about this tea, but I think it was due to the word chocolate. In my head I had envisioned a more sweet flavor instead of the roasty toasty goodness. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
199 tasting notes

I received this in a box of DAVID’s teas I bought from TeaPet. Thank you!

I like chai, but unfortunately the more tea I drink the more I dislike cinnamon. The only thing I got out of this tea as cinnamon. I am glad I got to try this, but this one is not for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received this in a swap from ashleyelizabeth. Thank you!

I am not sure what to think about this tea yet. I have 3 cups and one cup was meh, the other cup was good and then the third cup I drank cold and it was okay as well. I think I will have to drink it a few more times before I really make up my mind about it. I would describe this tea as bright. Very citrus with a weird finish. I wouldn’t be able to name raspberry as a flavor in the tea if given this to sip without the name, but it adds an interesting flavor to the end of the sip. it is a bit artificial tasting. For now I will have no problems finishing what I have, but not sure I would purchase this one again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
199 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from ashleyelizabeth in our swap. Thank you!

This tea seems to be very popular so I was very excited to try it. I have had some good vanilla teas. A few that come to mind are Butiki, Caramel Vanilla Assam, Gong Fu Tea Shop Cream Assam, and Assam Tea Company Vanilla Ginger. I was hoping this would at least be able to be a hold its own, but not so much. The base, a decaf base, was meh and no matter how hard I tried the vanilla just didn’t come out as strong as I would have liked it. I am glad I got to try this, but it was a no go for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love chai, so its not too hard to impress me on the chai front, but this chai. This chai blew my mind. I could taste the wonderful base, and all of the flavors were so amazingly mixed. This was one of those cups that I finished and then immediately went to the web site in hopes that they always kept this one around. It looks like it may be seasonal or a one time good deal, but I hope it sticks around because I am in love!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am playing catch up from a week of lots of packages coming and not enough writing of tasting notes so sorry for the flood of notes:) I received a very generous sample of this from bluebelle.

Roasty oolongs are becoming my favorite evening wind down tea. Something about them makes me just want to cuddle up in my pj’s with my book and stay that way for a really long time. When I saw this tea in the mix of sample I got pretty excited, but the perfect time to try this kept escaping me over the past few weeks. I finally got to it this week. This was roasty, and more sweet than some of the other roasty oolongs I have had. As the sip lingered in your mouth it was almost like eating chocolate. I still got the oolong flavor, but it was mixed with a chocolaty after taste. I am not sure about this one just yet. It was enjoyable, yes, but something I crave and would buy again, I am still not sure.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

Rating:
90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.

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