354 Tasting Notes

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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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drank Butter Brandy Cake by 52teas
354 tasting notes

I’m starting to get the hang of this one. It tastes best when it’s cooled down a bit, but still warm. Once it hits the right temperature, the cakey butter notes just seem to pop as if out of nowhere. I’m enjoying this one more than the first few times I made it. The flavors are present on the tea base, but they aren’t as obvious as some of my favorite teas. Personally. I like to have flavors totally in my face. Still, it’s a good cup.

CHAroma

I like to have flavors totally in my face too. ;)

Fjellrev

I agree. I liked my flavoured teas FLAVOURED.

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I don’t really like chamomile, but I’m polishing this one off from my touch of herb try me pack. The taste of apple is lovely crisp and sweet, and if it weren’t for the chamomile I’d like this one much more. It’s not bad, I’m glad I had the chance to try it, but it’s just not for me.

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UGH! This is sour hibiscus with a touch of spice and orange peel, and I swear I can taste the teabag (although that might just be my imagination). Not a fan of this one. I guess you get what you pay for (got this free in my hotel lobby).

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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I’m so glad I got this. mmm…me likey! This reminds me of 52teas pancake breakfast with cinnamon as an added dimension. The funny thing is that I don’t care for actual French toast, thus my original hesitation in buying this. But this tea captures a lovely French toast with cinnamon taste and blends it perfectly with the tea base. I don’t taste the overcooked egg taste I don’t like. (I know French toast egg isn’t really overcooked, but I prefer my eggs to be just barely cooked. Some may even say undercooked)

I used my typical heated, but not boiled water parameters, and I think this was key in getting the flavors to come out as well as they did. This has already become a favorite tea for me, here’s hoping it gets re-blended before I run out. I better go get ready; it’s looking like a rainy gray errand day. Thank goodness for yummy tea to brighten a dull-looking morning.

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drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
354 tasting notes

Another one done! This tisane has a strong over the top almond taste and smell. It has a good variety of ingredients but it still seems like it needs more depth and dimension for my liking. This isn’t bad, and I’m glad I gave it a try, but it didn’t really suit my taste. I won’t be repurchasing this one – I’ll leave it for all you true almond lovers out there.

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