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350 Tasting Notes

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Tastes like a peppermint patty, or should I say peppermint pat-tea? I never used to love the chocolate mint combo when I was a kid, but it has recently really grown on me. I’m drinking my leftovers of this from my morning steep while watching a rerun of Fresh Prince of BelAir…ahh… good combo! My taste in flavors may have changed, but I still like my old-school teen sit-coms. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.

Fjellrev

Nice job on the pun. :D Watching Fresh Prince sounds like an instant mood lifter!

JustJames

facepalm. lol.

canadianadia

XD hahaha!

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drank Peppermint by four o'clock
350 tasting notes

This tea steeps too weakly for my taste, even with two teabags in a cup. I honestly think that I’ll need to use three or four to get a decent cup. I only paid $2 for a box of 16 individually packaged teabags so for the price it’s not bad. At least the packaging makes it convenient. But personally, I’d prefer to pay a bit more for loose leaves that give a stronger steep than this one. It’s always nice to try something new though.

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t really drink alcohol very often (I might have a glass maybe 2 or 3 times a year) so this may not be totally accurate, but if you make this with a little extra dry mix the taste reminds me of red wine. I also get cherries in the taste and smell, but according to the ingredients there aren’t any. Perhaps my taste buds are playing tricks on me? I’m finishing my sample of this at the moment, and I don’t plan on repurchasing it, but it was nice to give it a go.

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
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This has been one of my morning go to teas lately for taking to work. It’s yummy but I swear I there was more butterscotch flavor in my first pouch. Hmmm…maybe I’m doing something differently? In any case, I’m clearly still enjoying this tea because I have a pouch on standby, and I just reordered another one. For me it will remain a cupboard staple at least until Frank reblends some of my other toffee or butterscotch or caramel favorites.

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Hmmm…too much orange peel in this for my liking, but I’m glad I had a chance to try this in my mix it up try me pack. I wouldn’t repurchase this tisane, but I really love the idea of these try me packs.

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Today I used this to make my first latte ever! It was exciting, although I’m quite certain I screwed it up. It’s milky, chocolatey, cinnamony, and it has that roasty mate taste. It does leave a dusty feeling in my mouth that I’m not accustomed to.

I heated the milk and water combo on my stovetop and when it was bubbling I added my entire 25 gram package and turned off the heat. I left it for 5 minutes, but when I strained it, I noticed that there were still quite a few chocolate chips that had not completely melted. I don’t think that’s what’s supposed to happen. I don’t know? Have you made this? Did your chocolate chips melt away?

It tasted alright, but I think there must be a better way to make this so that the chocolate chips melt completely. I feel tempted to read up on this and give it another go, but I shouldn’t be drinking it in the first place because I’m lactose intolerant, mildly allergic to soy and caffeine sensitive. It was an impulse buy. So far I’m not experiencing any of the self-inflicted symptoms, fingers-crossed that it stays that way.

OMGsrsly

I tend to stir mine, and I only use a couple spoons of tea for 16oz milk/water. Haven’t had any problems with the chips not melting. Good luck with that. Maybe try coconut milk next time?

TheTeaFairy

I hope you don’t feel sick over this! I’m not a fan of anything latté. But I remember trying a sample of this tea when it came out, are you sure those little nuggets are chocolate chips? As I remember, this blend looked very strange, and nothing resembled maté in it.

canadianadia

@OMGsrsly – hmmm…maybe I had the proportions a bit off
@TheTeaFairy – I was lucky that time, and didn’t have any problems other than some mildly itchy bumps on my arm that went away after a few hours. As for the nuggets, it turned out that there were a lot fewer unmelted chips in there than I originally thought. I didn’t realize how unusual this blend looked until I was throwing away the used bits.

OMGsrsly

I was actually thinking I should try adding 25g to a pot of milk and water, but I’ve already prepackaged mine into ~6g bags. I did 4 bags per 25g pouch. :)

canadianadia

Wow that’s organized! I just cracked open the sample and dumped it in – lol

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Both of my teapots were in the dishwasher, and I wanted to fill and run it so I decided to do something unprecedented and make this tea in my glass Pyrex measuring cup. This tea has never tasted better, I wonder if it’s because I could smell it even more? Today I got the perfect combination of grassy and fruity with no bitterness at all. The package calls for 1 tsp per cup, but I used 4 heaping teaspoons for 3½ cups. My first 2 teaspoons consisted of mostly fruit, with only a fleck or two of tea leaves, while my second two teaspoons were more balanced.

The re-steep was alright, but was noticeably weaker than the first steep.

I see the Steepster ratings are all over the board for this tea, but I’ve had pretty good luck with it so far. Perhaps it’s an acquired taste? Or perhaps it’s just the luck of the scoop?

Courtney

I’ve tried this one on different occasions, sometimes months apart, and I can never get it to work for me :(

Nxtdoor

I’ve done the Pyrex on a pinch too. In fact Lupicia’s Paradise green went in there a couple of days ago. I worked well for me too!

canadianadia

@Courtney – looking at the ratings it looks like your disappointing results are more common than my good luck with this tea.
@Nxtdoor – I really enjoy how much more I can smell the tea this way. I think I’ll be using this technique again, I’m just concerned about things falling in my tea – ick!

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It seems it takes a little while for me to warm up to melon flavored teas. I can never resist trying it hot even though I know it will quite likely give me a case of the icky face, I mean hot watermelon…ugh. Needless to say (but I’m apparently saying it anyways) I was not at all a fan of this as a hot tea. Thankfully, it’s much better cold. The mango flavor seems a little subdued to me. I know the flavors develop a little better in 52teas blends when I let them sit for a while, so since I just got this in the mail recently, it’s probably not the best representation of what the flavor can truly do. I’ll wait to rate this on my next go-around, but so far, the watermelon is definitely there, but I was hoping that the mango would be equally (or even more) present.

My hubby qualified in all his training, and is flying home right now, as I type. Sadly, his grandfather passed away a couple of days ago, so his homecoming is going to be bittersweet. I better get going so I can prepare some comfort food- I’m sure he’s looking forward to a home cooked meal after pretty much 3 weeks of cafeteria food.

TheTeaFairy

Sorry for your loss… Comfort food is always helpful, he will appreciate that I’m sure.

canadianadia

Thank you TheTeaFairy

CHAroma

My sympathies to your husband and family.

canadianadia

Thank you CHAroma

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I used to love this stuff when I first started on Steepster almost a year ago. Now I think it’s just o.k., nothing special. There are way better caffeine free options out there. This one is just another tart tisane…seems like one in a million. I’m glad I’m finishing this off today; and I have no plans to repurchase this one. Reducing my rating.

JustJames

funny how everything changes the more we learn and try, isn’t it?

scribbles

I started with Teavana & Davids, and I will not give up on them; however I agree, in a couple of short months I’ve discovered my tastes have changed significantly.

Sweet Canadian

It’s funny, I felt the opposite way. I wasn’t impressed with this one, and now I am obsessed with it.

canadianadia

It’s funny, reading back on my logs for this tea, my impressions seem to be greatly varied. I suppose a lot of it depends on my mood and perhaps on what comes out in the scoop? I think this is a good tisane if I’m in the mood for something tart, but there are just so may tart herbal teas out there, that the more I try, the less they make an impression on me.

CHAroma

What are your favorite caffeine-free teas?

canadianadia

That’s a good question CHAroma. Depending on my mood some of my favorites include 52teas Chocolate Malt Honeybush (particularly for the colder months. this tastes best if I make it a little strong)
52teas – any of their strawberry based Honeybush blends
DAVIDs Tea Peppermint Amour
52teas Pina Colada Honeybush
I also drink a lot of Davids tea super organic ginger and cold 911 but that’s more because I chronically get sore throats

CHAroma

Cool, thanks! I’m not much of a rooibos or honeybush fan, so it’s usually hard to find good caffeine-free teas that I like. Sometimes it sucks being picky. LOL!

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Now that I tried Teavivre’s version of this, it leaves me wondering if they add flavors to this David’s one. It tastes much more buttery and nutty than the Teavivre version. It’s really lovely, but I’m having a hard time believing that this that taste can occur naturally despite what the sales associate tells me.

It’s very yummy though.

CHAroma

Ooh, I totally forgot I have a sample of this!

Cess

Oh, is that so? I should try Teavivre’s Milk Oolong, then!

canadianadia

@CHAroma – I hope you like it too, I look forward to reading your tealog
@Cess – Personally I prefer the taste of the David’s version, but the Teavivre version definitely tastes more natural. They’re both worth giving a try.

OMGsrsly

Well, if there’s flavour in it and it’s not disclosed as an ingredient, that’s a problem…

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That’s my mug! I’ve never really been a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh, but I like the fact that this mug is more or less clear. Plus, I can’t help but giggle when I say “ewww …I have Pooh on my mug” and people in the room gawk in horror before realizing I’m talking about Winnie. Am I easily amused? heck yeah!

A little something about my interests? – In no particular order, I love tea, makeup, paper crafting (card making), home renovations, and gardening.

As a rule, I tend to drink my tea without adding anything, but if that doesn’t work for me, I indulge in the fact that rules are meant to be broken. Yep! I’m such a rebel…sometimes I even color outside the of lines :P

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