614 Tasting Notes


This is my favorite white chai. It is naturally pretty sweet, and definitely spicy. I can definitely taste the fruity flavor too. This was actually the first loose leaf tea I ever purchased, along with the youthberry one which I ended up not liking much. It is one of a few Teavana teas I love, and will continue to repurchase. When it is on sale, of course.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was good – it was creamy and sweet, and the next two steeps got more floral. I brewed this western style as I reorganized the tea cabinet. It was perfect for the last day of 2014. It wasn’t overly buttery, which I like.

It was a hell of a year. Frankly, few good memories were made this year. But hopefully that means there is nowhere to go but up. Good or bad, I will be moving in July or August, who knows where, so that will be an adventure at least. One great thing has been Steepster. In a few more days, I will have my one year anniversary here. This site has really revolutionized tea for me. I was into it before, but very limited in my knowledge and exposure to types of tea, and companies. I also have loved having a way to keep track of the things I’ve loved most so I know what to purchase more of.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

2014 was probably the worst year of my life. Steepster and tea was one of the few things I could keep engaged with that didn’t stress me out more. This community really helped save my sanity last year.

Here’s to a much better 2015.

Leah Naomi

Me too man, it was a really really rough year. I do believe the worst of my life as well overall. Just really struggled with anxiety and depression this year, more persistently than ever before, combined with a few crap events. I agree that I threw myself into tea to have a safe place away from the insanity.

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This is lovely – I’ve been drinking so much darjeeling and assam from my Golden Tips subscription I’ve forgotten that other blacks exist. This is sweet and smooth and bready. As it cools down I get more of a chocolatey note. Still chocolate bread, and not strong enough to give me that “omg imposter chocolate” sense, but enough to be flavorful. I am so glad I got a sample of this on BF.

Plus, two steeps tastes great. I love when I have the option to resteep.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I purchased this as part of a box full of samples and such here on steepster within the year, though I do not remember when. I admit when I saw there were full on peppercorns in here I got nervous. I like spicy, but even I have my limits.

Luckily, it is actually super smooth. It offers a bit of a warmth and smokey flavor, which could also be from age. I’ve kept it in a cool, dark tin since receiving it but I really don’t know how it was stored previously. I don’t mind though, this is good.

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This isn’t bad – I am a chai fiend, and couldn’t resist during the sale. I like having some chai that doesn’t have caffeine so I don’t have to limit myself to morning chai. This one doesn’t have a ton of rooibos – most of Teavana’s teas don’t. But it is spicy, and does taste somewhat like caramel and spice…if you add a little sweetener. I like it with milk too.

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

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I am really glad this isn’t bitter – it is super flavorful and smooth. I drank it with almond milk, and it was perfect to wake me up this morning.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is creamy and buttery without tasting too buttery. I think what saves it is that it isn’t too sweet. Sweet coconut flavors tend to come out buttery to me and I find it gross and oily. This is pleasant, though I don’t get a strong baked flavor.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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OMG, a chocolate tea I actually like…it’s like finding a unicorn haha. I like that chocolate is not the primary flavor here. The raspberry and waffle flavors are more prominent, and cocoa is a back note that only comes out when it gets cold. While I don’t think it tastes exactly like the title implies, it is still very tasty. I particularly like that even though it is decaf, it doesn’t taste weird. Most decaf teas have an odd taste.

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

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drank Cream of Earl Grey by Tealated
614 tasting notes

This is seriously gross without intervention.

I can’t tell if it is too much bergamot (hello soap taste) or the artificial aspect, or both. Then the vanilla cream flavor just makes it all nasty as hell. I put in my normal healthy dash of milk as I typically do with Earl Greys to minimize soap taste, and took a sip and promptly spit it out. I added maybe a half cup more of milk and now, I can finish drinking the cup. But man, this is pretty bad. I have no idea who it might appeal to because strength can be managed by brewing with less tea, but artificial can’t be fixed.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is delicious. I LOVE vanilla. Pretty much all the perfume I own that smells phenomenal on me has a vanilla base. All of my favorite desserts, controversially, are vanilla based and not chocolate.

It makes this green tea super smooth and evening appropriate. Win.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML


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Now a certified teacher, beginning my first year in third grade this fall. I have been involved in the tea world about 5 years now. In that time, I have learned so much, and am hoping to learn even more by joining the steepster community.

In my non-tea times, I am usually watching netflix while writing lesson plans, cuddling my two kitties, or trying to find new things to do in a town that is sometimes a bit limited!



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