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463 Tasting Notes

97
drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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I’m still totally in love with this tea. Unfortunately, I’m almost out! One, maybe two more lemon-y, cake-y cups, and then this tea will be gone. I’m sure I’ll be pouting when I remove it from my cupboard. For now though, I’m enjoying this wonderful tea!

JustJames

i am just beginning to experience 52teas and i have NO idea how they make tea buttery without a) making it gross or b) actually adding butter! lol. but this is why they’re good.

Veronica

Yeah, I have to say I bought this tea because I figured only Frank could pull it off. I still say it’s more lemon pound cake than gooey butter cake, but whatever it is it’s yummy!

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34
drank Miami-Ice by ESP Emporium
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I had high hopes for this one, but I am not a fan. I added sugar to the tea while it was still hot and then let it cool to room temperature before pouring it over ice. Even with the sugar this tea is incredibly tart. Mouth puckering, eye twitching, shivers-down-the-spine tart. Not something I’ll seek out in the future.

Tea Sipper

If you still have more, you should try it iced — I noticed recently it cuts the hibiscus WAY down.

Veronica

I tried it iced, and it was still incredibly tart. Maybe I’m a Hibiscus wimp. :p

Tea Sipper

No I probably just brewed it differently than you did…

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80

Another tea from the tea box!

The rose in this tea is lovely. It’s not overpowering, but it definitely lifts what would be a middle of the road Ceylon up a notch. The base tea has a bit of an edge to it, a tiny hint of bitterness. The rose flavor helps smooth the tea out, and it gives a fullness I think would be missing otherwise. Very nice.

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94

This is from the traveling tea box. I still have a lot of samples from the box I need to try. If they’re all as tasty as this one I’ll be set for a while!

This tea was a delight. It immediately reminded me of this amazing baked French toast a friend of mine makes. Delicious! There were so many flavors mingling together – bread, cinnamon, almond, and butter. Then there was a sweetness that reminded me of melted powdered sugar on top of a warm beignet. So. Very. Good.

JustJames

this is the one i failed to get but wanted most in my order. sigh. we are not amused….

Veronica

Oh, I hate it when that happens! Of course, now you have a reason to order more tea….

JustJames

you are not helping my good intentions!!!!

Veronica

… in August… your next tea order in August or September… :)

JustJames

i need the ability to do bold italics and then i could emphatically spell out SIGH. the harder it try to be good, the worse i behave….

Sil

justjames – you can do that..

Sigh….

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92

This is such a great iced tea. The banana and coconut meld together a bit more than when I drink it hot, and the base tea is nice and smooth. I don’t get a lot of creaminess, but I don’t find myself missing it either. A nice, cool, tropical treat. I wonder how it would taste with a bit of rum added… :)

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83

I’ve been away from Steepster for awhile because my tea drinking habits have been horribly dull this summer. Lots and lots of iced tea (mostly Tetley) and not much else. What can I say… I’m a creature of habit.

This morning I decided it was time to break out of my tea rut, so I made myself a cup of Moroccan Mint and then poured it into my travel mug with plenty of ice. This is a very nice tea. A good amount of smokiness from the gunpowder green and plenty of peppermint. It resteeps very well, and its perfect for these hot summer days.

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96

I’ve been using the tea randomizer (jaydeee.net) to pick my morning tea. It’s fun, and I’ve been drinking teas that have been lingering in the back of my cupboard. Sometimes I get so focused on my newest teas that I forget that I have a bunch of other tasty options that also deserve to be drunk.

Today’s choice was blueberry green. I really do like this tea. It’s still one of my daughter’s favorites, so I’ve been leaving it for her, but I should drink this more often. It’s a really lovely green tea with a great blueberry/floral flavor. Nothing overwhelming, just a nice light cuppa.

canadianadia

I didn’t know about the tea randomizer- thanks for sharing! What fun!

Veronica

I know! I happened to see it mentioned on a discussion board, and now I’m hooked.

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92

Since trying Banana Jack from Element Teas I have been on the hunt for a really good banana flavored tea. When I saw that Frank had released this tea I snapped it up because I knew I would not be disappointed. I was right!

The banana flavoring is spot on. There is no fake candy flavor or funky aftertaste that is common in a lot of banana flavored teas. And while I am not a fan of coconut in real banana pudding, it works in this tea. I was worried that the coconut might overshadow the banana because there were some big pieces of dried coconut in my infuser basket, but happily it plays a supporting role. I think it also helps lend a creamy taste to the tea.

I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite teas this summer. I’m looking forward to trying it iced and sweetened with simple syrup. This might also make its way on to my Memorial Day picnic menu. I’ll serve a basic black tea and then have this as a sweet tea option. Something tells me it’ll be a hit.

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96
drank Starry Night by The Tea Place
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Went to The Tea Place this to pick up more of this lovely tea and found out that the shop is being sold. I’m so sad because it is a great little store/tea house. I wish I could buy it myself, but there’s no way that’s going to happen. Hopefully another tea aficionado will take care of this little gem and keep selling me my favorite vanilla tea. Fingers crossed that good things will happen!

JustJames

always so sad when a bit of our ritual proves to be transferable…. =0(

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90

I have mint on the brain. Yesterday I was at the store and couldn’t resist picking up a chocolate mint plant. While it will be in its own container it will be nestled up against my orange, sweet, and pineapple mints. I’m already looking forward to all of the minty goodness I’ll be eating and drinking this summer!

Since I was thinking about chocolate mint I decided to make myself a cup of this tea. It’s really good. Lots and lots of peppermint followed by a bit of chocolate. I can’t taste the base tea, but I don’t mind since the mint and chocolate flavors are so good.

Josie Jade

I just drank this one too and rated it the same. A little more mintiness and I would’ve given it a 100! :)

canadianadia

Your mint plants sound lovely. I’m hoping to grow some next year once our home extension is done. I’m thinking of growing them in containers so I can keep them under control, but I’m not sure what size container is optimal. What do you use?

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I have always been curious about tea, but I didn’t give in to a full fledged obsession until 2010. I’ve enjoyed every new discovery, and my garden has loved the mini mountain of tea leaves that’s been added to the soil! Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

While drinking tea I enjoy indulging in my other passions which include reading (the classics and mysteries), music, gardening, and crochet. I have a small business called the Leaf Street Thread Company, and I’m excited to have many of my handmade items sold at stores in the Philadelphia area.

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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