154 Tasting Notes

88
drank Dong Ding by Storm in a Teacup
154 tasting notes

Mmmm complex… lingering… petrichor…. mineral…. vegetal…. delicious!

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95

Yay!!! It’s Friday afternoon, I got off work a little early and my plan for the rest of the afternoon involves nothing more than a cup of tea or two and a couple of chapters of my most recent book while lounging around on the couch ignoring all the things that need to be done around the house… After all, tomorrow is another day!

This tea is a little cup of deliciousness! Its malty, seriously hoppy, has a hint of vanilla and a touch of wood and I hope this cup never ever runs out! Bold but silky, bitter but sweet, this is pretty amazing cup! Thanks to Nicole for sharing this with me… It’s looking more and more likely that I’ll be making an order with Golden Tips very very soon!!

TeaBrat

sounds like a good Friday! what are you reading?

beelicious

The Poisoned Pilgrim by Oliver Potzsch – its the fourth book in a series… its not the best of the four but its still pretty good :)

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91
drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
154 tasting notes

Very excited to arrive home and find my April Fools Day order patiently waiting for me on the dining room table! I couldn’t wait and threw my suitcase on the floor and immediately put the kettle on and tore into the Not So vanilla. First of all, I have to admit that I love the tea labels! Backwards and upsidedown little birdy fish with Googly eyes!! So cute!! Second of all, I love the tea!! This has a nice subtle malty chocolate flavor which blends nicely with the vanilla bean and I got those amazing black specks floating in the top of my teacup that I love so much so you know it’s real vanilla bean! Best of all the price point doesn’t make me feel like I need to hoard this tea for special occasions and pick me ups only! I think I just found my everyday drinking vanilla tea!

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56

Another one I managed to sneak into my bag before jetting off the other day… And I’m kinda disappointed that out of all the amazing teas I have in my cupboard I picked this one up and took it with me…. It smells like hydrogen peroxide!! Taste wise it’s really medicinal when hot and as it cools there is a sweetness that suddenly jumps out but unfortunately the medicinal flavor is still the most dominant… I’m not a fan at all but it could just be me and my spoilt tastebuds. I would be happy to find this guy another home where he might be better appreciated if anyone out there is interested to try it

Sil

If you can’t find anyone who wants to try it, I’d love to swap with you for a chance to try these teas. They’re a little on the pricey side for canada with the shipping and the dollar to blindly buy. (that being said i AM in canada so if an international swap isn’t your thing, i understand)

beelicious

Hi Sil!! Happy to organize a swap! PM me and we can work out the details :)

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87

So I had to pack my bags, get on a plane and travel out of state very unexpectedly for work yesterday which just tires me out entirely these days… I was very happy this morning when rifling through my belongings I realized I’d placed a small bag of this in my suitcase in the chaos that was me leaving yesterday… and so this morning, I’m sitting in a strange hotel, in a foreign city, sipping on soul warming tea!!!

This has the perfect balance of maltiness and smokiness with a (very) slight hint of chocolate… with a touch of milk, that I managed to sneak out of the breakfast room, its simply perfection this morning and makes me feel a touch better about being where I am.

Fjellrev

That’s so crazy how your work calls you away so abruptly!

sren

I want to know what foreign city—- gosh I miss traveling for fun— I imagine work is another story

beelicious

Its a little stressful! Much rather be traveling for fun!

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100

OMG this tea is the BOMB!!

My first couple of sips I had a sneaking suspicion that there was some unknown and unidentified sugar element hiding down at the bottom of my clean mug and that the dishwasher was on the fritz… And then I realized… NO ITS THE TEA!!!!

The scent of this tea is insanely intoxicating… it smells like fresh buttery sweetbread or pastry! Taste wise, wow! Talk about delicious! Its malty, naturally sweet and has a slight pastry and stone fruit jam taste… I need more of this RIGHT now!!!!

Maddy Barone

Ooh, I have got to get me some of that!

beelicious

Hi Maddy! Happy to set up a swap if you’d like to try it first… PM me if your interested :)

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70
drank Winter Cupcake by Teas Etc
154 tasting notes

Not My Cup Of Tea TTB #7

I’m working through the box this morning, deciding what I still want to sample and packing up small amounts to try later this week and deciding what I want to add so I can get this monstrosity or monstros’o’tea back into circulation and I came across this delightful sounding tea…. Yellow cupcakes, vanilla icing , all in a tea with zero calories…. Yes please!

This is quite tasty! The cute little sugar snowflakes add a touch of sweetness and vanilla to the green tea base and I can taste a slight cake flavor with limited artificial aftertaste. Glad I tried this but since it’s in the 90s here already I think it’s time to lay off the winter teas and start planning for summer!

Nichole

I love this one but I bought so much of it I thought I’d share. Its great iced too.

TeaNTees

I hope there is still some of this in the box by the time I receive it! ;P

Nichole

Send me a PM with your addy and I’ll send you some. :)

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90

I received a very generous package from Nicole yesterday and had to dig straight into this tea this morning since I’m dying to try it after her review. Brewed the tea has a decidedly woodsy scent with a touch of malt and what I think is very very delicate mushroom.. When I close my eyes I imagine a dense overgrown forest towering above me and picking hen-of-the-woods mushrooms in the dappled afternoon light…. But at the same time there are some cocoa and dark chocolate scents peaking through as well… It sounds a little strange but smells amazing! Taste wise this is pretty much on par with my last sentence! The tea is smooth, it’s complex, and it’s malty. It’s got that slight woody taste combined with the cocoa/chocolate notes and a hint of caramel sweetness. Im sad that my cup is now empty…. Thanks for the share Nicole I’ll be picking some of this up soon for sure!!

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88

A recent discussion thread peaked my interest in this company and since it was so close to home I decided to give them a go…. So they’re a little creative in their flavor notes (feels like soft warm mahogany) but wouldn’t you be too when your ingredients include Ceylon black tea, South American cocoa husk, Indonesian cinnamon, Chinese chili and Iranian safflower petals?? Man… I don’t want to think about the carbon footprint of this tea… (its also blended in Germany)… but doesn’t it sound delicious???

This tea is seriously like a big warm hug!! Its the perfect blend of cocoa and spice, no one flavor overpowers any of the others, they’re all in perfect harmony!! A splash of milk adds a delicious creamy mouth feel to the end of each of my sips.

I can see why this tea was a winter release for August Uncommon! Unfortunately its probably a little too warm in California these days to be drinking this but I can see myself hoarding the remainder for the winter months around a fire watching the snow come down… assuming it ever snows again in California…
sren

I just had my first cup of this. Complex and delicious. Every tea I have tried from AU so far has had the “hug” quality that you mentioned and in entirely different ways.

sren

Beelicious gave the only rating for this tea so far at “88” but Steepster’s overall rating is “79.” How does that work?

Fjellrev

Sounds delicious, and that really is crazy to think how this tea all came together with ingredients from all corners of the world.

Indigobloom

there is an algorithm they use for ratings, I think there is a base “rating” given sort of like Steepster has its own opinion heh. (same for every one though, to be fair!)

sren

Thanks for the info, Indigobloom. It must weighted to take into account the number of ratings.

Indigobloom

Yeah I think so too, that rings a bell. There is a thread floating in the forums somewhere about it

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drank Pina Colada by Adagio Teas
154 tasting notes

Not My Cup Of Tea #6

I thought this might be a good afternoon snack type of tea and so I brewed it up at lunch time in one of my Nordic mugs, stuck it in my brand new Davids Tea Carry Travel Mug and then sat it at my desk until I was ready for it a couple of hours later. I’m not sure if the tea was bad or if it was the new Carry Travel Mug but something tasted like soap and plastic when I finally got round to drinking this… There was a decent amount of hibiscus, a touch of coconut and a whole ton of soap and plastic…. blegh! Back into the box this one goes!!!

update… ok, I’ve brewed something else in the Travel Mug and I’m going to admit, some of the plastic taste seems to have come directly from it…. BUT the majority seems to be the tea… oh well… double boo on the plastic tasting David’s carry travel tea mug tho!!

Maddy Barone

Yeeou. I haven’t had trouble with any of my DAVID’s teaware. Hopefully the plastic-y taste will go away. :(

beelicious

I’ve never had issues either until now!! Hopefully a really good soak helps get rid off the plastic taste… I’ve definitely noticed the new carry travel tea mugs are not the same quality as the timolinos.

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I’m partial to straight oolongs and strong blacks but will drink almost anything if it’s good! I’m also a sucker for coconut, pineapple, passionfruit, mango, raspberry and chocolate flavors and I’m starting to dabble in pu’erh but haven’t found my feet yet….

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