1678 Tasting Notes

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drank Papayarama by DAVIDsTEA
1678 tasting notes

I didn’t want to drink this after I steeped it and smelled it. I may have over-steeped it.

I don’t want any more of it after my first sip.

Swoooooosh. What else is in my cupboard?

Fjellrev

I applaud you for dumping it. Life’s too short for 11-rated tea!

Dexter

Agreed, if you don’t like it, dump it and move on to something else.

Cavocorax

Yeah I made some Butiki Peppermint Patty and Tealux Chocolate Monkey. Between those two I’ll get that awful taste out of my mouth.

:) I’ll take that first sip, but I’m with you guys – life’s too short for bad tea.

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91
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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I love this before bed. It might become a night time ritual…

OMGsrsly

Mine should be delivered tomorrow or Friday. I hope!

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This is my first Herbal Infusions blend that I’ve tried, and I am just pleased as punch!

It’s dark and rich and sweet and makes me think I don’t need H&S’s SoHo or Florence because the coconut and hazelnut in this are fantastic, and I love the coffee beans and chocolate for the mocha effect, all swirled around an almondy black base.

Yessssssssss.

The only downshot is that the sample bags AREN’T resealable so I’ll probably make this again tomorrow as my go-cup for my transit adventure to see Sil. I suspect it’ll make a great timolino brew too.

And I just had one cup and I’m looking at the website and thinking… hmmm. $6.50 for 50g is pretty good, add to cart, no wait – close it! (I need to try more of their teas)

ETA: By the way, this is also much better than the H&S teas I’ve mentioned above because all the flavours come across as completely natural. I’m happy Courtney reviewed this and got em excited enough to sample it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

hmmm that makes me happy to see – positive reviews! haha

Cavocorax

Do you want to try some of this? I can bring you enough for one cup.

Courtney

I also found myself on their website tonight pondering over 50g of a few teas. Gah!

Sil

sure! that would be cool beans yo

Fjellrev

That’s great to hear!

Dexter

This makes me happy too, I ordered just assuming that I would love it. From your comments, it sounds like I will.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Right dexter?! Soho and Florence lovers!

Cavocorax

Oh no. Now I’m nervous. What if I was just in a great mood and rated it higher than it deserves? :O Well Sil can have a shot at it too…

And I don’t really care for my SoHo or Florence blends anymore. I just can’t make them good. They’re either weak or artificial… So this one was really nice in comparison.

Dexter

I might need to break the rules and dig out my package of this. I LOVE Soho and Florance, but I also adore mocha. If this combines all of that…. Swoon..
BrewTEAlly Sweet Have you tried this? If not remind me to toss some into that package I’m going to send you once I get organized….

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I have not tried it! :) and oh my jeezus that would be so awesome of you!!! Eeeek!

Dexter

You got it, I’m steeping some right now. It smells amazing!!!

caile

Better than Soho and Florence – that is awesome! I got tired of Florence as well, at the end of my tin but still have some Soho which I liked better anyway for the coconut but this sounds like it might be a good similar alternative!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I bet Dexter! I can’t wait to try it!

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76
drank White Choco Truffle by CaesarsTea
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This isn’t the strongest tasting rooibos I’ve had, but the flavouring is a little delicate. I am getting a little creamy mint to it though so I’ll enjoy this cup, and pass the last cup on to Sil bc he might not have had it yet, and I. Want to push her cupboard numbers up.

Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

I am glad you tasted something because I got nothing from this tea and that made me sad.

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91
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Yum! This actually has a great chocolate taste!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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I don’t think this one is for me. It’s very well blended, but I’m personally not a huge fan of nutty teas or really grassy teas.

OMGsrsly

Have you tried it with milk? I thought it was really good with milk and a little sugar.

Cavocorax

I’ll try milk next time! I never think to add milk to anything aside from black teas.

Sil

can’t wait to try mine…

Cavocorax

When do you expect it?

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72
drank Fennel Spice by Della Terra Teas
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Quick note from my phone: the fennel is strong in this one! Not sure I’d want to drink this often, so I’m grateful I tried this as a sample and not a 1oz bag!

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93
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Ok, so it’s been long enough that it seems safe to drink these down and announce that they came from the Amoda box.

OMG. The smell of this is just divine. It’s like warmed eggnog. I could just sit here and smell this all afternoon…. /drools

And each sip I take is just that much better. Unlike the DAVIDsTEA’s I had earlier, this tea doesn’t hide the base. It respects it. It enhances it by sidling up to it and taking it slow.

The black base is complex and rich and dark. The nutmeg and cream are prominent and give the tea a thick mouthfeel. I just love this tea.

Too bad I’ve only got enough for 3 more cups.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

They clearly need to remake this!

Cavocorax

They might make it for Amoda if enough people tell Amoda there’s demand! But shipping from them is $10.

OMGsrsly

Shipping from Amoda is $10?! That seems a little excessive, seeing as their awesome boxes are about $2.

Cavocorax

I know, right? That’s what it was back when they sold the leftover teas. Now they just direct you to the blender if you want to buy more so maybe they’re switching their model again?

OMGsrsly

I sure hope so. Although, shipping from Butiki is quite expensive to Canada. I hope that Amoda will sell the tea in Canada so maybe we can save a bit on the shipping costs.

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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And here’s another one from Janelle!

I like how we can all try the same tea and get different things. For me, the coconut/oolong combination is just screaming butter. Every sip, that’s what I get – warm butter oozing down my throat.

No thanks!
I’ll wait for my second cup before I rate this.

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drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
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Woo! My tea from Herbal Infusions came in today, and I also got my huge mystery stash package from Janelle. It had a lot of teas from DAVIDs in it that I’d never tried, so I’m pretty excited to run through them all.

My cupboard is up at 119 now though. :O

This tea smells really amazing. I hope it tastes as good.

Ok, this is interesting. I mean it’s a puerh blend, and I didn’t think puerh would work with mint, but this sorta does? It adds a bit of weight to the creamy mint. I like this. It’s very relaxing and smooth – not what I expect with all that earthy puerhness… I guess the vanilla and licorice help to tone that down by adding a bit of sweetness. It’s a good thing I like licorice!

And the licorice in this is much nicer than it is in the chocomint oolong that came out this year.

ETA when this cools, the licorice really starts to dominate it the blend, so it’s best enjoyed warmer IMO.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yay for tea packages!! My friends all laugh at me but I have surprised a few of them with tea packages and I think they get it :)

Cavocorax

Are you trying to convert them to loose-leaf? :) I made my sister a huge surprise package full of tons of tea – may 40 samples? And I sent her a Perfect Mug, and a 4 page instruction book full of tips on how to steep tea, store it, as well as a summary of each sample and why I chose it. It took her until the second page before she realized that I typed up the document – she thought it was from DAVIDs. (Which just made me feel uber-professional and awesome).

So yeah, tea packages rock!

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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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