270 Tasting Notes

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
270 tasting notes

Samples Only TTB

I was afraid that there would be too much cinnamon since it was listed first. Then I realized that they were in ABC order.

There is a nice balance of flavors. Not too much cinnamon. Really a lovely blend. Quite a tasty tea which was very really terrific as a reward after cleaning all the windows and screens.

When I am allowed to buy more tea… this is one I would probably buy. It might be a very long time before I’m allowed to buy more tea. Buying 37 teas and getting two TTB is a little excessive.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I have never had a Lapsang Souchong before so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I thought… a little smokiness from the tasting notes. Well, I got smokiness to swoon over. It is really lovely! Really brings back sweet memories of campfires with friends and family. What an aroma! I almost didn’t want to drink it, just breath it in. I added a just a bit of stevia and it became a smooth, lovely cup for sitting and reading the paper. (What’s a paper? Remember newspapers?) The smokiness is very enjoyable, in a relaxing way. It’s not a tea to bounce you out of bed in the morning. It’s more of a calm afternoon tea break. This is one I would not want everyday, but I can picture enjoying it many times in the future. This re-steeped twice with good results. :)

I’m on vacation in Florida and checking out all the tea shops nearby. I’ve bought about 20 teas this week. It’ll take some time to do tasting notes on all of them but gosh. I guess I just have to force myself to drink lots of new teas!

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mj

Have a good vacation :)

Suziqzer

Vacations are great for new tea! There aren’t any tea shops near where I live so I always look for tea buying opportunities when I’m on vacation too.

Mandy

What part of Florida? I’m assuming not Orlando since we don’t seem to believe in tea over here or something.

carol who

I’m visiting Sarasota. July is not the time to visit Florida. I have been petitioning my mom to change her birthday to sometime in November but she seems reluctant. :P

I’ve gone to three really excellent tea shops and have gotten about 30 teas. Oops! I don’t think I’ll be able to sneak that by my husband very easily. I’ll write about the teas and places in my tasting notes when I get home.

I think I’ve gained about 3 lbs while I’m down here. Weight watchers is going to be very upset with me! All we do is eat. Even with all my walking (indoors 3-5 miles) I don’t think I’ve made a dent in all the weight I’ve gained. :(

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95

I went to the lovely Selby Gardens in Sarasota Fl. They have an adorable tea shop where we spent way too much money. The tea wasn’t too expensive, it was just so good that we kept buying. So many interesting teas! I love traveling and getting to try new tea shops! The owners were VERY nice. When I mentioned Steepster and talked a little bit knowledgeably (Yeah right, me knowledgeable? Ha!) about tea they gave me a choice of any of their more expensive teas, $10./2 oz. for free. (Totally unexpected!) I think when I mentioned bringing my Breville TeaMaker with me on vacation, they could tell that I am pretty serious about my teas.

One of the teas we drank was CreativiTea. Very lovely scent! So nice a fruity. Smells like a summer day in the garden. Very refreshing. Nice lemongrass, orange peel and rose bud aroma and taste. It’s mostly a fruity taste rather than a particular fruit, but it isn’t just the same old fruity tisane. Very fresh flavors.

We have already decided to go to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning where they will also be selling their teas. We have to have mooooore !

Flavors: Apple, Carrot, Lemongrass, Mango, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

Tea tourism is awesome. :)

mj

I love tea tourism too!

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95
drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
270 tasting notes

Ooops! I just realized that I’m drinking My Morning Mate at 8:15 p.m. It’s really good but I think I could be in trouble. :/

Sarsonator

Uh oh!!! You may be in for a long night!!!

Zwi

Hide in an IHOP. They serve breakfast all day, so it’s not like they’d mind…

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95
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
270 tasting notes

Another review on a tea that I love. It is truly one of my anytime, anyplace, any reason teas. I’ve never made a bad cup. I added a little French Vanilla Stevia and all my cares have just melted away!

I’m visiting my very grumpy 88 year old mother in FL. Oh joy! It’s hot and sticky. I’m staying in a guest apartment in a “Senior Residence”. There are is no real kitchen and making tea is going to be a pain. Luckily I brought my big ice tea pitcher with the infuser so in 12-24 hours I’ll have some lovely cold brewed tea.

I’m still trying to do my exercise program of walking 3-4.5 miles a day. Ya know what… it’s really hot out side! I’ve ended up walking up and down the halls, over and over, back and forth, up and down stairs. Luckily, I can listen to Doctor Who and Orphan Black podcasts while I walk so the time goes faster.

One of the best parts about this trip is that there are several tea shops in Sarasota that I’ll get to visit! Uh oh, there goes all my money.

TeaBrat

Have fun! I bet Mom is glad to see you even if she is grumpy… :)

sherapop

This tea definitely delivers a consistently high-quality experience for me! I drink it with cream (no sweetener) and find it very fine! ;-)

khamilton611

Where did you find French Vanilla stevia?

ashmanra

Today would have been my Mom’s 88th birthday! Enjoy but don’t get overheated!

carol who

I get the French Vanilla Stevia at a health food store. It comes as a liquid with a dropper.There are several brands. They have a ton of flavors. I also have chocolate and hazelnut. Yum, Yum!

carol who

Ashmanra, Sorry about your mother. I guess I should appreciate the time I do have with her.

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I’ve had a good day enjoying this tea today. I sense the strawberry and the chocolate flavors both before and after steeping. I added a bit of Stevia which made it quite enjoyable. It is definitely a dessert type tea. The rooibos doesn’t bother me as it does some people.

After drinking 2 cups, I resteeped the tea with some Yogi Daily Detox. Helped cover up the boring flavor of the Detox and still enjoyable cup of the Strawberry Chocolate.

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
270 tasting notes

Well, the first taste was very buttery. But it got better on the second sip. I sense a nice caramel taste and the popcorn trying to jump out from the behind the caramel. The butter flavor remains strong and kind of makes this an odd cup. I had to add a drop of stevia to mellow out the butter. I’m sort of enjoying the cup and would enjoy this occasionally but wouldn’t buy it.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Popcorn

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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95
drank MateVana by Teavana
270 tasting notes

OH MY GOODNESS it is cold this morning. Here it is the middle of July and it is 50 degrees! In the spring or fall that is no big deal but today it feels like its freezing. Part of the problem is that I had to get up about 2 hours early.

Perfect day for some Matevana! Warm and energizing! Just what I need this morning. Perfect taste and aroma! Now I am set to face the day!

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90

Oh yum, yum, yum! Thank you Ost! What a pleasant surprise!! Very enjoyable rooibos with gentle lemon and perhaps a bit of “pastry”. Very relaxing and satisfying. :-D

TeaBrat

I like this one too :)

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85

This is a cautionary tale… some teas just don’t mix. We have all mixed teas on purpose but … I had half a tumbler of Fig Rose left. I went out and came home, decided to “top off” my Fig Rose and saw I had something in my teapot, added Samuri Chai by accident. In case you ever wondered… that is not a good combination. Blech! Right now I don’t think I could handle a cup of either tea without the memory of the bad tea overwhelming the cup.

Sarsonator

Oh wow. This made made me laugh. I mix teas also, sometimes. Eventually I’m sure I’ll come across a terrible combo like this!

Ellyn

ohh, ugh, that does sound like a horrible combination!

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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 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say.
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 32 years. It’s almost new DW time!!!! 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 them 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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Elgin IL

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