1700 Tasting Notes

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Here’s today’s sipdown! I like doing one a day if I’m drinking multiple cups – feels like I’m making progress trying things out and shrinking my cupboard down to 100! (Wow. I can’t believe that a few months ago 50 was my limit of teas. Now I understand that quantity doesn’t really matter because I don’t have A LOT of each tea- it doesn’t take that much more room than it did when I had 40 teas. Except now I’m buying more tins. So… that will change. Eep. Slippery slope anyone?)

This is rather good. It smells strongly of chocolate and nut, although the tea itself is milder than I’d expected. It’s very soothing and comforting though.

Thank you Sil!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha yeah… kittena is always like…i might have 800 teas but they’re all like 2-3 cup sizes max. YOU have more tea than me! you have large sizes….far as i’m concerned she still has more tea than me lol

Fjellrev

Haha those tins are what makes it really dangerous. For that matter I wish more companies offered ~1 oz. amounts.

Sil

I’ve stopped purchasing tea in amounts greater than 1oz. If you don’t have 1oz sizes i don’t want to shop there….unless i can split an order with a friend :)

Cavocorax

Totally! 1oz is a pretty good amount for most teas!

Maybe our stash should be judged purely on the size it takes up, or how much it weighs in its entirely! Or… I guess we could just not people for their stashes. Mwahahaha (sweeps it all out of view)

Kittenna

Haha Sil, I probably do have more tea than you, but probably closer to double the amount than triple, which cupboard counts would indicate. You also go through tea a lot faster than I do.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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“You’ll swear you’re drinking a cup of hot cocoa, even though there’s no chocolate in the blend”

Lies!

(Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a very good cup, but I can tell the difference between this and cocoa.)

Nxtdoor

Haha. Is it just the mouthfeel or the actual flavour.

jessiwrites

It totally tastes like caramel to me.

Fjellrev

It didn’t remind me of hot cocoa either.

Cavocorax

I’m not sure what was supposed to be cocoa-ish. Presumably the flavour? I get some notes that are chocolatley, but nowhere near an actual cocoa drink! It’s tasty but not a replacement.

Fjellrev

I think i read before that the coconut-chamomile combination is supposed to create a chocolate-like note. But chamomile is always chamomile to me! Can’t fool them taste buds.

Cavocorax

Sneaky! I didn’t know that!

Kittenna

Haha, this certainly didn’t fool me into thinking that it tasted like cocoa… but it did taste to me like a fairly decadent beverage, and I was quite impressed. I couldn’t ever taste the chamomile in it (I was apprehensive to pick it up initially because I thought I hated chamomile, but the girls at DT assured me I wouldn’t know it was in there… so true.)

katgolik

Men I really didn’t care for this tea..but my bff claims it grows on you and she drinks it regularly.

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Tealux
1700 tasting notes

Hmmm. This is a touch odd. It’s earthy and minty and I guess there’s vanilla but the latter two ingredients make me think of cotton candy. That’s been dropped in dirt? And, even with that in mind, I’m still not quite sure where to rate it. It’s not bad, but that cocoa spice pu-erh I had from tealux is just so much better in comparison – I probably wouldn’t re-buy this one.

The sample sizes are pretty decent though for $1.50. Definiately 5 cups or so in there, and I scooped them up when everything was 25% off last month!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
tattooed_tea

So funny how tastes vary, I prefer this one way more than cocoa spice

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Tealux
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I’m not often in the mood for Lapsang Souchong teas, but when I am, this might be the tea for me! It’s not super smokey, but instead it wraps around comforts, like a warm blanket of smoke.

:| My brain isn’t quite working today. Still sinusheaded. APPARENTLY. Lack of appropriate metaphors are a cluuuuue.

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Lost this note. :(

In summary, chocolate orange as a white tea is unique as the others I’ve had are black. This is subtle and creamy, and it smells like chocolate orange. It tastes of cream and orange though, instead of chocolate. Very nice!

Thanks for the easy sipdown, Sil!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Easy come, easy go. Sipdown from Sil!

This reminds me of something else I recently had but am too lazy to look up on my phone. It’s nice, but not my favorite. I think I’d rather eat almonds, than drink them.

Sil

it’s a nice smooth blend but i wish it was just chocolate lol

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This is just one of many that the lovely Sil sent over to me! I really didn’t know what to try first, but thought I’d start with a Sloane tea, any Sloane tea as I’d read so many reviews on them lately.

Much like Sil I’m not a huge bergamot fan, but I think I have a much higher tolerance at least – so long as it doesn’t taste like perfume. I can definitely smell the bergamot, but it’s really orangish too. And I realize that bergamot is related to orange, but I don’t normally smell oranges. Weird.

Could possibly be because my daughter is sitting behind me eating oranges. :P Yeah that’s it. I don’t actually taste orange – just smell it!

Anyway, I do get vanilla and cream in this. And even a touch of caramel! (Or something sweet!) It IS quite divine. I feel fancy-pantsed drinking it, even though I’m sick and working from home in my pj’s. :P At least I can breath through my nose again – the worst is over!

Would I buy this? Yes, but only for a decent price! It’s nice, but not worth breaking the bank over. I’m happy I was able to try it though – I wasn’t expecting Sloane samples!

ETA: To prove to myself that even with the 25 or so new teas Sil sent over, that I am going to ENJOY each one, I resteeped this one. No need to rush and try all the teas. (Although… I really want to drink them all now!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Sil

i aim to please! oh wait…does this mean you got the box!

Cavocorax

I did! Just an hour ago! The benefit of working from home! I sent you a message, but THANK YOU was the gist of it. :O That was A LOT of tea! And I’m pretty excited about all of it!

Sil

haha i did warn you that your cupboard was going to increase a bit :)

Terri HarpLady

(sitting off to the side with a knowing smile…hehehe)

Cavocorax

Should I be worried about any incoming packages?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I applaud the slower enjoying of the teas whilst on your way to drink all the teas! And yes, you should be worried bout package from Terri. The small one is tricky, I hear. ;)

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Boo! I lost my note.

:|

Anyway, this is a nice mild sencha that is strong in chamomile, but also has a subtle blend of apple cinnamon in the background. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this, but I’m happy I tried it!

Thanks KittyLovesTea!

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
1700 tasting notes

Ok maybe I wasn’t being fair to this tea, or I’m just having second thoughts as I sipdown this cup… It’s pretty good if I’m looking for a strong kick my butt sorta tea, and sometimes that’s what I need. So I’ll bump this up a bit, although I doubt it’ll return to my cupboard anytime soon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

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51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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