1693 Tasting Notes

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drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
1693 tasting notes

So I’m currently drinking more Muharajah/Samurai Chai from Teavana, but I don’t want to log it two days in a row – it’s just great for getting past my sinues and this stupid cold.

Because of Steepster issues yesterday I couldn’t log this tea from VariaTEA. It’s a good thing I like it because she sent me A LOT of it. But with just a tiny dash of sugar to mellow out the hibiscus, this is really nice. Also soothing on a poor throat. So thank you!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
OMGsrsly

Also no artificial flavours! :) I love this one. So orangey.

Cavocorax

Yeah, that’s pretty great! I will have to try this iced some time too….

OMGsrsly

I have to wait for another sale before I order more to try iced. :)

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Thanks to VariaTEA for the generous bag of this tea. It’s quite zippy and very good, especially as this doesn’t have the rock sugar in it. Or if it does, I can’t tell – unlike the premixed sample Teavana likes to ship out (and which is nauseatingly sweet).

Thank you! This is just what I needed at 6 AM to get me going!

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying it. There certainly is a lot there, especially given 1 cup only uses a tsp. And no worries about the sugar because I watched them combine the two teas myself. Unless, the each tea was pre-sugared, that is a sugar-free mix.

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying it. There certainly is a lot there, especially given 1 cup only uses a tsp. And no worries about the sugar because I watched them combine the two teas myself. Unless, the each tea was pre-sugared, that is a sugar-free mix.

Yvonne

Hmm, I’m gonna have to try this one one day!

Cavocorax

Yeah it’s really strong!I was surprised because the sample pack from Teavana is close to 1 oz, but it has so much sugar in it, that the sample doesn’t go far. This is MUCH better.

OMGsrsly

I will be posting an analysis on the contents of my sample pack. Heh. Should be entertaining. My parcel is supposed to be in on Wednesday.

VariaTEA

I think they put something insane like 1-2 tsps of sugar per cup. I mean, if you are proud of your tea, why do you feel the need to sugar it?

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – are you going to do a chemical test of it? I’d love to see yoru results. :P

And you would think it wouldn’t need sugar if it was good. It’s strong and spicy enough – there’s already a lot going on in this cup!

Cavocorax

Yvonne – if you do get a sample of it in store, ask for it without sugar – it makes a big difference. (Unless of course you LIKE super super sweet drinks, but I swear it was worse than a pop!).

Yvonne

I will, Cavo – thank you! It actually appalls me that they’d add sugar to it without specifying…I can’t have sugar, especially not at the levels they add, and the fact that they dictate how to sweeten tea is rather rude in my eyes. I can have my tea however sweet I want, thank you Teavana.

Cavocorax

That is one of (unfortunately) MANY reasons that people here dislike Teavana. I just thought I’d give them a try after I’d prepared myself for what I’d find, but usually their teas are more expensive than what you would find elsewhere, and the ratio of flavourings/tea is too high. (There’s not enough actual tea in some of these blends!) There are so many alternatives out there though.

OMGsrsly

Haha. No chemical analysis. We don’t have the equipment for it. I’ll just count and sort and weigh and do some stats. :) Might use a dissecting microscope to help my eyes.

VariaTEA

Haha OMGsrsly, I will look forward to reading your analysis :)

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I thought I would try this again and steep for 7 minutes, but that only improved the flavour slightly. I guess I just want more peanut butter in it. But I have my matcha, so I’m happy!

Also, this is an easy sipdown! (152/201-with all incoming incl)

VariaTEA

Haha, so much for this one. Hopefully the others were better. At least I didn’t send an excessive amount though.

Cavocorax

I was hopeful, but not terribly disappointed! You sent me a lot that I’m really excited about! I just realized half of it was decaf so I’ll have so many evening options now! :D thanks again!

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Buoyed by the success of the Banana Pudding, I thought I’d try this sampel from VariaTea too. I should have read her directions first though, as I treated this like a black and understeeped it. I will have to do it again for 7 minutes and see how that goes!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I hope you have more success with this next time. I was not too impressed when I made it but I think I need to try prepping it with different parameters.

__Morgana__

Love the sound of this one.

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This was one of the many samples VariaTEA gave me. It was difficult to chose, I gotta tell you.

This one was quite pleasant! I was worried becausse I’ve had a few 52 Teas fall flat, and with the extra shipping etc to Canada, it just didn’t seem worth it to order from them anymore. But this may have changed my opinion! It was really nice and the banana flavouring was perfect!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it. So far, so good on this swap :)

Yvonne

This sounds so good!

keychange

This tea is amaaaaaaaazing!

Roswell Strange

You’re all making me want to pull out my sample of this… Banana sounds like such a lovely idea right now.

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73
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1693 tasting notes

This is probably a bad use for puerh but I like it. It tastes like cinnamon heart candy, and I approve.

Some days I want serious tea. Some days I want candy.

VariaTEA

Have you received any packages today?!? :P Also I definitely get what you mean about wanting candy. That is my tea preference on most days :P

Dexter

(Not sure I should admit to this, but sometimes I put a little cinnamon stick in a GOOD pu’erh – cinnamon and pu’erh just go together in my world. It probably is pu’erh abuse, but I like it)

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79
drank Velours Nacré by Dammann Freres
1693 tasting notes

Thanks MissB for letting me try this one out! It’s a nice almond tea, but I’m not really getting much else from it. It seems well suited for such a cold day, but I don’t think it’s one I’d crave as I’m not so much into nutty teas. ;) Glad I tried it though.

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This is excellent. I didn’t expect it to be, but I guess drinking it in cold milk helps make it more creamy/peanut buttery.

sherapop

I have to confess that the idea of flavored matcha doesn’t appeal to me! Basically it sounds as though they are being used by you and others to prefer lattes—or beverages sort of like frappuccinos. Is that right?

sherapop

prepare lattes

Cavocorax

That’s how I do it! I haven’t had much experience with matcha – I’ve only been the matcha from Red Leaf. I have prepared matcha properly with the bamboo whisk and hot water, and I do enjoy that, but I find with the flavoured matcha that they taste perfectly fine in cold milk, which makes it a snap for a breakfast smoothie on my way out the door. I like to make it hot when I have time at home to enjoy it.

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81
drank Glacier Blend by Specifically Tea
1693 tasting notes

Yum! Sore throats and sinus aches are so crappy, but this tea makes it more bearable! :D

Looks like I wasn’t able to avoid this cold after all but I don’t mind so long as the little bear doesn’t get sick! Also, I wouldn’t want to call in sick in my first month of working because she’s sick, but I’ll have to do it because you can’t send the kiddo in to daycare sick. :| So, fingers crossed! I’ll make her some of this tomorrow!

__Morgana__

Wishing you immunity to little bear germs! (They’re whoppers!)

Fjellrev

Nooooo, I hope you’ll feel better soon, Cavo.

yyz

Hope your feeling better in the morning!

Cavocorax

Thanks guys! Definitely actually sick, but I’ll live. :)

TheTeaFairy

Feel better soon, Cavo, not fun…

There’s no scientific studies proving this, but the more I read about sick Steepster members, the more I’m starting to think we share our germs in some ways, lol, maybe through swaps??? haha!

Yvonne

Get well soon! ♥

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Oh. UGh. I did not make this taste good at all! :O

The upside? It was a sipdown!

Yvonne

Oh no :(

__Morgana__

Sorry, and yay for upsides!

Fjellrev

You showed that tea who’s boss.

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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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