1047 Tasting Notes

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OMG CHEESECAKE!
I bought this tea as soon as I saw it announced on twitter by 52teas. Cheesecake tea! YESSSS! I never tried the Earl grey cheesecake tea, but a white tea with apricot (and CHEESECAKE) seemed more up my alley.
I was waiting for my husband to take me shopping, but then this tea popped through the mail slot. Stop, delay shopping and try this tea!

DRY: Very strong sweet and fruity smell. Yum!

STEEPED: Cheescakey, almost buttery smell with fruityness. Lots of chunks of fruit in this tea. As always, I fished a chunk out and it was amazing strong apricot! Mmmm freeze dried apricot! Colour is a yellow gold.

TASTE: Interestingly, some sips I find it to be white tea and fruity apricot. Other sips I swear its a liquid cheesecake, a slight twang of that sweet cheese taste of cheesecake. It might be the cheesecake taste is being carried mostly by smell, with the tea being a lovely white tea mixed with apricot. As the tea cools, the apricot becomes more of a brighter taste. No bitterness or tartness.

WHO’D EAT THIS TEA: White tea fruity drinkers (blow yer pants right off!) and peeps like me who are depriving themselves of cheesecake for diet reasons /cry

COMMENTS: CHEEEEEEESECAKE! All I need for this tea to be perfect is a tea burp of graham crust flavor and more creamyness. I’m happy with the use of freeze dried fruit, it goes over better than those typical sticky tart dried apricots.

Now I wish I tried some of the other 52 teas cheesecakes teas to compare, but I put myself on a “No buy” for awhile.

Overall, this has got to be the best 52 teas I tried so far, though I’ve only tried 6 to date.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Kittenna

Oh, I am so excited for this one!

tigress_al

Aw man. This sounds like something that I would really like. I might have to order this but I really really really don’t need more tea. Now I have a dilemma!

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Cold steeped Coconut Cacao! One of my more weirder cold steeps so far!

Very very coconutty, like real coconut taste. Chocolate is in the after taste. Not sure if I like it cold, has a weird taste at the end like I chewed on the fuzzy brown skin of the coconut.

I forced my tea-hating husband to try this. He always says when he tries my teas that “it tastes like tea” meaning “it tastes bad”.
For Coconut Cacao he said “It tastes like cold tea. And ice cream”

hmm… I guess it’s sort of ice creamy.

Preparation
Iced

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85

Cold steeped!

More guava taste than hot, oh yeah! Also sweeter. However, the longer I kept this steeping in the fridge, the more the ginger came out, but on the sweeter ginger side of things. If the ginger is throwing you off, try coldsteeping for a couple hours.

I need a better way to cold steep. Right now I’m using my Libre glass, which interestingly doesn’t pour out, so I pour the tea over a strainer. Tempted to get another DT Steeper or similar device and just leave in fridge.

Preparation
Iced

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90

I had a really hard time choosing a tea this morning – I have lots in my “haven’t tasted” pile. This one screamed out at me with its amazing smell. I needed something sweet as my bunny Benson is terrorizing me this morning with his high energy, despite him stuck on cage rest for another day.

DRY: Smells deliciously strong, sweet and nutty – reminds me of a nutty sweet I’ve had, maybe pistachio halva? Crap now I’m craving halva. Lots of chunks of pistachios in this tea!

STEEPED: Steeps up a cloudy light green. Again, still smells very sweet and nutty. I fished out a pistachio and ate it!

TASTE: Smooth, creamy and nutty pistachio with a background of green tea. Bit of a roasted taste and gently sweet. Green tea isn’t grassy or bitter. As the tea cools it is more pistachio and sweet.

WHO’D LOVE THIS TEA: Peeps who love creamy sweet dessert teas.

COMMENTS: YUMMMMMMMMMMM! I should really add rock sugar to this but it is great without so far. I am digging the creamyness and nuttyness of Pistachio Ice Cream.

I finished this tea and immediately wanted more and very tempted to steep up another cup! Oh hell, be right back.
I resteeped as I got all crazy wanting to save more of this tea. Resteeped Pistachio Ice cream has more of the green tea coming out with the creamyness sticking to my lips. The nuttyness is mostly gone and just an aftertaste, but that could of been from me picking out the pistachios and eating them, LOL! The green tea is very nice and still not bitter or grassy, yay!

The balance of the nuttyness and creamyness + green tea is fabulous! So far I’m digging how complex Butiki teas taste, but without a long ingredients list. Very well done, I’ll be very tempted to order more when I finish it off.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Hello evil lemon marshmallow kitty, we meet again but cold steeped!

3 hours in the fridge + a squirt of agave and you are a refreshing lemon drop iced tea drink! No bitterness this time, but still a little grassy, which is fine. I recommend tea peeps to tackle S&CM cold steeped!

Things I’m not liking about cold steeping
1. Having to wait a couple hours vs. 2-8 minutes.
2. I drink through it fast vs. a hot cup of tea to slowly enjoy.

Right now theres a heat wave happening here, so it’s great to have delicious cold tea to drink!

Preparation
Iced

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Cold Steeped:

Turned out really good and I think the only way I’m going to drink this tea is by cold steeping from now on.
I tried it before bed and it tasted the same the next day! Much much more fruity tropical taste. Less cinnamon than expected, I found it sat more in the background along with the oolong.

Onto experiment more with cold steeping! I got multiple teas going in my fridge and it’s driving the husband and roommates crazy!

Preparation
Iced

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90
drank Apricot Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1047 tasting notes

WOOOT! Butiki tea order! Ohh yeah! All the teas I got smell great!

Very excited to Apricot Guayusa after having that tea trade sample of Tangerine Creamsicle – thats the great thing about tea trades, you can get introduced to new teas!

Yesterday was stressful from the rabbit neutering – he’s home and this morning he’s 80% back to normal and recovering well. I just had that one black tea and some cold steeped tea in the morning, I should of drank more tea yesterday to feel less stressed out.

Onto Apricot Guayusa!

DRY: creamy… creamy? Fruity smell. Lots of big bits of calendula, I made an attempt to mix the tea incase those flower things were sneaking up to the top, but it looks like the flowers are pretty generous and evenly distributed.

STEEPED: Light, smooth and fruity. Yellowy brown liquid.

TASTE: Smooth and slightly creamy taste almost with a bit of earthyness (the guayusa I’m guessing). Aftertaste of apricot, subtly sweet – and by apricot I mean I can imagine the flesh and the skin of the apricot blended in. No bitterness, tartness or grassyness. As the tea cools, more apricot and sweetness.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: someone wanting to be introduced to guayusa. I find this tea to be much more gentle on grassyness compared to Tangerine Creamsicle.

COMMENTS: I was almost wondering if this would taste like I ate half my apricot and I dropped in on the grass after trying Tangerine Creamsicle. Apricot Guayusa is on the earthy creamy side rather than grassy.

I could see adding a sweetner would make it more apricoty but I find this tea to be enjoyable as is. I love the depth of this tea, even though it has minimal ingredients – the apricot is natural tasting, the guayusa is creamy and earthy.
And yes, starting to feel full again from the guayusa – very weird (but good, I’m doing a 20lb jiu jitsu weight loss challenge on my blog, so I need all the help I can get!)

Very awesome! I can’t wait to try more Butiki teas – but also I need to have more guayusa blends.
/searches steepster wow, there isn’t many guayusa tea blends out there! I can think up some crazy teas!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

I hope your bun gets back to full health soon.

I don’t know if you have seen this before, but I have a special way of making this guayusa that I think is kind of awesome. I usually make a pot of this for guests and it goes over super well. I use a 4 cup teapot and add 2 heaping tablespoons of guayusa, 3 tablespoons of brown crystal sugar (use way less sugar if using regular sugar) and 3 cinnamon sticks. I steep for 6 minutes but leave the cinnamon sticks in the pot to intensify the cinnamon flavor. The combination of the sugar, cinnamon, and apricot is fantastic with guayusa.

We have a guayusa sampler that allows you to choose 4-6 guayusas at discounted rates. We will be adding another one soon, The Killer’s Vanilla. Would also love to hear any recommendations for new guayusa flavors.

Good luck with the weight loss. I too have noticed that guayusa makes you feel full.

Hesper June

Glad to hear your Bunny is recovering quickly!

Will Work For Tea

Butiki: Your Apricot Guayusa brew sounds really good – I’m gonna try that too (when I get around to ordering some)! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

Butiki Teas

Will Work For Tea-I think its pretty tasty and guests at our poker games always request it.

Awkward Soul

mmm, that sounds good, like an apricot crumble! That killer vanilla sounds very good!
Today I was thinking persimmon fruit in tea would be interesting, maybe with guayusa. I’m thinking the fruit is on my mind because it’s going to be in season in a few months – tastes fruity custard to me!

Butiki Teas

The Killer’s Vanilla is a mix of spearmint, lavender, and vanilla. Its calming yet awakening.

Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve ever had persimmon fruit. I will have to look for that.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh god, now I want a persimmon. lol ♥

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
1047 tasting notes

This is one of my top fav teas – now to try it cold steeped! 3 hour cold steeping.

Interestingly mine came out a sweet cherry flavor. No tart or bitterness. No floral taste, but smells floral. I found the cold steeping made this tea taste more cherry. The sweetness is perfect and refreshing.

Oh man, I’m never going to share this tea now. Might be the tea I grab if my house was on fire (ha, a good conversation topic). Well, I’d grab the bunny and my hard drive first of course.

Preparation
Iced

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80

I’m amazingly tired out. I had all these plans with a couple cold-steep teas to review and savor this morning, but instead I had an early start to take my rabbit to the vet. So instead, on the drive to the vet I inhaled all that cold-steeped tea without thought or noticing taste, booo!

So drinking black tea, now later in this morning. I would prefer mate but I got an order from The Persimmon Tree yesterday and another package from another place coming today so I need to try these out!

On that note, shout out to the Persimmon Tree for great customer service. There was a mix up on my order and they emailed me back right away and were fast in fixing it. Plus upped my Coconut Cacao to 6oz in apology. /love love love. All I need now is to get my post lady to stop brutalizing my tea packages – not sure theres some post challenge to see if they can cram packages through a mail slot, ripping the package open and spilling tea samplers out. GRRR!

Onto: French Vanilla Bean (FVB)

DRY: Sweet vanilla smell, kinda nutty. Lots of big mystery chunks… almonds? But isn’t listed on their website – Just tea + vanilla beans.

STEEPED: Sweet again and slightly vanillay. Steeps up a dark brown.

TASTE: Creamy smooth taste right up front with a delicious black tea in the background. Starting to get bitter – I should of steeped it to 3 minutes, not 4.
I added rock sugar and soymilk halfway through which upped the ante making FVB very smooth and ultra creamy.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Black tea drinkers and vanilla lovers. Especially someone who likes adding cream and sugar to tea.

COMMENTS: My first sip I was brought to that similar creamy reminder of their other creamy teas but this one is for the black tea drinker. Very nicely balanced creamyness. FVB is the bomb with milk and sugar added.

I was hoping I would get vanilla punched to the face, but instead got an amazing sweet creamy tea. FVB would make a killer vanilla latte. A nice tea to show off to fellow black tea drinkers. I personally like more crazyness in my teas, but this is delicious, best straight up vanilla tea I’ve had in awhile.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Is bunny okay?

Awkward Soul

He’s getting neutered today, so hoping it goes well.

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80
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
1047 tasting notes

I bought this tea along with 52 Tea’s Butterbeer. “Sun and Cloud Mist” (S&CM) I think should have the kitty wearing a hollowed out lemon helmet on its head. I dunno, I’m weird. But hey, that’s cool, you can’t please everyone right? Regardless, I do like lemony teas, so I wanted to try this tea out.

OBSERVATIONS: I am wondering why Frank doesn’t post steeping times. For this and butterbeer I went onto Steepster to figure out what others did for their tea – and it looks like “S&CM” has some tinkering to avoid bitterness. I feel bad for the peeps that overcook their tea, and it is limited edition type tea.

DRY: Lemony drop smell – sweet and lemony! I wanna chomp down on these tea leaves because it smells so delicious!

STEEPED: Pure yellow colour. Smells slightly sweet with lemon.

TASTE: Sharp and lemony with a hit of grassyness, starting to creep into bitterness. There’s a mysterious hit of fluffy creamyness at the end. Aftertaste is back to grassy lemon. Refreshing tea!
As it cools, the mystery creamyness comes out more and less bitterness.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Lemon tea drinkers. Or people like me who love lemon bars! oooooooh!

COMMENTS: Hrmmmm. I’m totally the tart bitter tea police as I think I’m sensitive to those flavors. I think with this tea I need to mess with steeping times more, maybe 165F or drop to 2 minutes to drop that hint of bitterness. That or cold steeping would be interesting to try on this tea.

However, S&CM is addictive as I chugged it down so fast. The mystery fluff flavor is interesting. MMMM fluff!!! Now my cup is empty and I’m going to get a cold steep started on this and hopefully not destroy it like my last cold steep.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Alphakitty

I am so in love with this tea, every time a note on it pops up I want to drink more but I’m trying to save it. If you can, try it cold brewed and/or iced, it’s very good cold!

Awkward Soul

I got a cold-steep starting now. Now to wait 4 hours /wail

Alphakitty

I usually do cold brews overnight so I don’t have to wait around checking the fridge every hour to see if it’s done! I always want to drink it right away.

Lynxiebrat

I would love to try this tea, based on the descriptions! And that kitty…so cute! Awkward Soul, I like your description, especially of the idea of the kitty wearing a lemon helmet. I think that would be cool. I hope that 52 Teas carries this one for a very long while, because I won’t be able to get it anytime soon. My next tea purchase is going to be a sampler set from Davids Teas, and then I’ve got to (try) and resist buying tea for a few months.

Awkward Soul

I totally know it Lynxiegrl, I’m on a no buy right now, it’s slightly painful. Right now the new mates/guayusa at DavidsTea are taunting me.

hahah, Ze_Teamaker, thats totally what I was picturing. this http://www.cybersalt.org/images/funnypictures/cats/catmelonhead.jpg but lemon

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

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