1700 Tasting Notes

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Noooooo! I’ve got one little scoop of this left after this cup. I will surely miss it once it’s gone. I think it’s my favourite out of all the matcha’s I’ve tried so far…

VariaTEA

How do you brew this one? When I made it, I used about 1/2 tsp for 8 (or 12) oz and though it was good, it did not taste like Belgium Chocolate

Cavocorax

I mix it with 250 ml of cold milk! Sometimes I use 2 matcha scoops isntead of one for more flavour too. I imagine it would great hot too. It’s not SUPER chocolate-y, but enough for me.

VariaTEA

Well I have never thought about mixing it in cold milk. Haha it is so simple but would probably be very good. I will have to try that next time. Thank you :)

MissB

I only have my matchas with milk/almond milk/coconut milk/soy (when I drank it). Soy is especially creamy and a good match with most matcha. I’ve even been known to use eggnog…

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90
drank Mardi Gras Vanilla by CaesarsTea
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Thanks VariaTEA! I’m really enjoying this vanilla rooibos. I think I would order some if I did a CaesarsTea order. It’s just really smooth and the vanilla is nice and creamy. It makes me think of marzipan a little, but I also get some kind of fruity note, possibly raspberry.

Yum!

VariaTEA

I really liked it too. I was worried about this one because I thought it might get too rooibosy tasting but it turned out to be a nice vanilla tea. I am glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Coconut Milky Oolong by Tealux
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I made a cup of this to keep up on my oolong tasting for Saturday Oolong day, or whatever it’s called. I may have over steeped it, but regardless it tasted like butter. Not milk. Not coconut. Just butter.

I’m not into that right now as I’m already a little queasy today, so I dumped it after a few sips. Will finish my sample and rate it another day.

OMGsrsly

That isn’t too promising. Hope you feel better.

Cavocorax

Thanks! I do now. I think I’ve been fighting a bug all week so it comes and goes. Little bear is sick too.

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76

So I’ve been putting off this last Bayswater tea for a few months now. The sandalwood is an interesting ingredient, but not one that yells, “Pick me! Pick me!” as I peruse my herbal tea tin. I felt sorry for it today, and gave it some love.

This is a decent tea. A bit of orange. A bit of wood. Sandwood of course too. It’s mild, but at 1:30 AM, I think mild is ok.

Yep. This is ok.
(Steeped for 10 min as directed. Also, I made another herbal the same time as this as I didn’t want to wait 10+ min for tea!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
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And, goodbye Wild Orange Blossom! (83)
I steeped it for 5 minutes or so this time around and that was a HUGE mistake. It just intensified the hibiscus so much that it was nearly undrinkable. What a shame. It was nicely balanced at 3 minutes though, so if a sale blows my way I may scoop it up another day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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81

This was my free sample with my first Teavana order. It was funny looking at my orders – 2 oz doesn’t really get you too much with how heavy these blends are. Good thing they were 30% off.

Anyway, this sample is just insane. I think it’s the equivalent of 4 perfect teaspoons to make a 16 oz cup. Guys, that’s A LOT to make 16 oz. This tea must be super expensive to buy. No wonder they want to hook us with the free sample.

The tea does taste REALLY GOOD though. The first few sips were sorta shocking due to the rock sugar overhwelming the entire thing with sweetness, but once my tastebuds kicked over to “pretend it’s pop/Starbucks/etc” mode, I was fine with it. I just would never sweeten my tea that much. After I recovered though, I really enjoyed the cinnamon, cloves and everything else they’ve thrown in here. #drools

Now, would I ever buy this again? Maybe? If I could get it WITHOUT the rock sugar, then I could consider paying $18.96 for 4 oz. If it was on sale that’d be more likely.

Except, if 4 oz only made me 4 16 oz cups. Then it wouldn’t be worth it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

I have the same issue with this tea. Okay, I only drink one side of it because there’s strawberries in the other. Still. I’ve decided that unless it’s on a big sale, I just get it when I’m walking by the store as a tea/latte/iced.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I re-steeped it and am enjoying the second cup, but this tea is just too expensive. It makes me wonder what Butiki’s chai is like. I bet it’s just as flavourful, if not more so.

OMGsrsly

Wait, their samples come with extra rock sugar in them?

Cavocorax

This one did. It was a special promo sample during the friends & family event. It was labelled on the package that it had rock sugar, so it wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise was that the entire package was meant to be used for 16 oz. :|

OMGsrsly

Wow. I found the Maharaja chai to be super sweet anyways. I couldn’t imagine it with a “Teavana” amount of rock sugar added.

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95

I’ve been enjoying this all day. Moreso, knowing that I’ve got 2oz more on it’s way so I don’t have to hoard it. This may be my favourite Butiki tea. (Aside from Hello Sweetie!)

Time to bump the rating up!

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drank Amsterdam Licorice by Steeped Tea
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Backlog from earlier:
I was considering if I should just toss this or offer for a swap because I wasn’t drinking it, and was apprehensive about it. I decided not to though bc I’ve got so many swaps going at the moment, I wasn’t ready to do another. And I’d feel bad dumping it.

Turns out it’s not as bad as I remember, but it’s still not mind-blowing. A touch of milk mellows it out and makes the licorice not quite so overpowering. I’ve probably got 1oz of this left, but that shouldn’t take too long to drink up as I over-leaf it and under-steep it a bit – for best result?

MissB

Wow. Amsterdam Licorice? So, salty licorice, aka Double Zout? Holy moly. I’m…. now wanting to try this.

OMGsrsly

Have you tried So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice yet, MissB? I can see it being good with a little salt if you’re looking for that flavour.

MissB

First I’ve heard of it. Off to find it…

OMGsrsly

Butiki. :D SO GOOD. Absolute favourite. A bit chai-like due to other spices, but mostly licorice.

Sil

Miss B – i think i have some of stacys so long that i can send you…

MissB

And so the swap begins. I’d love that, Sil. Thank you!

Cavocorax

MissB – if you really think you’d be interested in this one, I could send it to you some time. It just might take me a few weeks to get it out as I’ve been busy with swaps lately.

MissB

Definitely interested! Zero rush. I’m also swamped with swaps and Black Friday.

Cavocorax

Great! I made a note in my spreadsheet that I was going to send some to you eventually. We can arrange something in a bit!

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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SIPDOWN!
I had to yell that because I’m now at 80 teas, but with what I’m expecting from Black Friday purchases, tea swaps, and whatever Sil has, I’m looking at 40-50 new teas for my cupboard. So, with that in mind I figured it best to drink this last sad little bag of Vanilla Comoro.

I went through a period where I didn’t care for this tea as much – it fell flat – but I realized it was because I was under-leafing by using one bag for a 16 oz mug. Yeah, no wonder. Now I’m using more like 10 oz, and just a tiny little bit of milk and this is just wonderful. Creamy vanilla that just soothes and relaxes you.

I will restock this eventually, but the earliest would be in the spring.

VariaTEA

Congrats on 80!! I think after all my Black Friday teas arrive and the swaps that I am waiting on get here I will need to stop getting more tea because I am definitely going to be over 200 :O. This is what steepster has done to me. Prior to joining I had maybe 40 teas and in a month that has skyrocketed. I am not complaining thought because I have gotten to try so many amazing teas I would have never found if not for this site.

OMGsrsly

VariaTEA, I think we all go through cycles. It will go up, it will go down, you will swap out things you don’t love, etc. :) It’s an adventure and so much fun.

Cavocorax

Yeah – don’t panic. :P That is the Steepster Effect!
I imagine most of your teas are smaller samples (like what I sent you?) so you’d be able to sip them down quickly if you wanted to!

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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.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

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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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