403 Tasting Notes

drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
403 tasting notes

From the Overboard TTB!

Another enjoyable dessert tea from David’s. Somewhat similar to some of their others but definitely distinctively red velvet. I agree that it is sweet but since I like sweet dessert teas, it works for me.


How much tea is in that box now? I wanna see some pics :)

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drank Sally's Secret by Harney & Sons
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I had not read the tasting notes or anything and the package did not say what was in it, so… it was a complete surprise when I opened it up and smelled the bergamot. I love bergamot and the roses were a nice addition. This was a nice cuppa but I think I like some of the other EG’s a bit more. My favorite is #69 from TeaGschwender. (I have to look up the spelling EVERY time I want to write it!!)

Flavors: Bergamot, Rose


This sounds lovely!

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drank Energizing Chai by Zen Tea
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Overboard TTB

I am really enjoying my cup of this tea! It has an interesting depth of flavor with the pu’erh and the yerba mate with the chai being light but flavorful.

I’m not really sure why it is considered a chai since it doesn’t have the spice I would expect. It has long pepper and cardamom but no cinnamon, cloves, etc. Even though it’s not necessarily a chai it is lovely.

The cocoa, vanilla and coconut blend nicely. And I love almost any yerba mate so this makes a wonderful, invigorating cuppa.

Flavors: Cacao, Cardamon, Coconut, Dandelion, Pepper, Vanilla

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Overboard TTB

This is a yummy tea and I see that I gave it a 95 last time I drank it. I would rate it just a bit lower today but it’s probably me. I’ve got a bit of an upset stomach and should have made a mint tea but this one was just calling to me. I enjoyed it but… I should have waited for another day. Luckily I have enough for a lovely cup or three on another day.


Glad you got the box.

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drank Fig Formosa Oolong by Tealux
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Overboard TTB

There must have been a lot of this in the Overboard TTB. It seems there a bunch of notes so everybody must be sampling it. :D

I’ve heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different out come. Well, call me insane be cause I keep trying formosa oolongs and I keep getting the same result. Why do I keep trying them? Well, I thought that with fig added it would be better but I couldn’t taste the fig. :( The tea isn’t bad it just isn’t for me.
The taste is just a bit too floral and perfume-y.

And again… Where’s the fig!


That seems to be the question all of us had!

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Thank you NayLynn and Brandon! This is a yummy tea that fits well in the group of teas that I have been gulping down with total abandon. I REALLY need some that aren’t too high on the caffeine but have the vanilla and chocolate I love.

I have to agree that I don’t get the connection with the name but it really doesn’t matter. A nice tea. I have enough for another 2 cup pot… so yea!

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Lovely scent and taste. Not too ginger-y but like a nice gingerbread cookie taste. I was glad the rooibos wasn’t too woodsy and allowed the gingerbread to really shine. This tea tasted good even after I poured the cup and left it in the kitchen for 2 hours. I drank it room temperature and it was fine. Sometimes rooibos teas can get too strong when they sit too long but this was good. I drank the next one hot and it was even more satisfying. The tea wasn’t very chai but that was really no problem for me.

Thanks NayLynn and Brandon for this tea.

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This is a very enjoyable cuppa. The blueberry seems to be spot on perfect. No artificial blueberry flavoring. I did use a little stevia which I think helped bring out the blueberry nicely.

I was surprised that it didn’t have either a blue or purple color. I’ve never had a purple tea before so maybe I had a false expectation.

Does anyone know the caffeine levels in purple tea?

This is the third time this week that the refrigerator repair man has had to come out.
ANNOYING!! I hate sitting around waiting for someone to come and then waiting while they do the work. Errrrg.


I’ve never had purple tea, and I always thought it would brew up purple or blue, too. haha
The tea sounds absolutely yummy.
So sorry you’re stuck waiting for a repair person… I always get so anxious when I’m waiting around for a plumber, or something like that. I’ve put off having my stove fixed for the exact reason. haha


At least sitting around waiting for repair guys gives you a good reason to sip tea while you’ve got nothing else to do.

Butiki Teas

The leaf itself does look purple. Check it out here: http://www.tearesearch.or.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42&Itemid=36. It’s not always easy to tell by the finished product though. I’ve noticed just about all of the purple teas do have at least a slight purple tone to the liquor. If you use a white cup, look around the edges to see the purple hue. Our Steamed Purple Green has the most purple brew of the Kenyan purple teas that I have tried.


The leaf is gorgeous, Stacy! Now I want to try purple tea in a white cup… (adding steamed purple green to my wishlist…)

Butiki Teas

I love how pretty the leaves look. :)

carol who

I’ll have to keep trying the purple teas as I found this very enjoyable. I’ll make sure I use a white cup so I can appreciate the color better. Thanks Stacy!

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drank Genmaicha by SereneTeaz
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I have to say I really enjoy genmaichas generally and this is not a disappointment . :-D Very lovely rice and popped rice along with the green tea. Yummy-licious! It’s such a nice smooth tea. It makes a nice change from the teas I have been drinking lately.

I steeped it a bit longer than recommended because it seemed weak when I took a sample sip.

Flavors: Rice, Toasted Rice

180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai Town by Adagio Teas
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Although I love the tins I can’t really get excited about the tea. Very weak, mostly clove tea.I generally like chai but this just doesn’t come up to my expectations. There aren’t any nice big cardamom buds/seeds (?) like I am used to seeing in chai. The aroma as I take a sip is good, very chai-like. But there is just no umph in the taste. I brewed it carefully in the Breville so I am pretty sure it was made correctly. Maybe I’ll try to make it on the stove top with milk.


Yeah, perhaps letting it simmer would allow the flavours to come out more.


I get sad when I’m disappointed by a tea.

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats; flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking ;-p
My husband of 43 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say. :-D
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading. I volunteer at my “old” school teaching reading and I volunteer for the blind. I am trying hard to lose weight ( I have now lost 40 lbs and I’m looking good in my skinny jeans, IMHO) I am now walking about 4.5 miles a day and I am trying to do some core work for about 30 min. 3x a week.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 33years. In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send some to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.


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