1700 Tasting Notes

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’m getting near the end of this so I thought I’d better try this with hot water instead of milk because I keep forgetting that matcha doesn’t have to equal latte.

But it should. This one was better as a latte. :)

OMGsrsly

(I pretty much only drink my matcha as a latte.)

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, after drinking two cups of Laoshan Black (yay!) and one cup of H&S’s Fruit D’Alsace (ho hum), it’s time for my new “favourite” tea. Or, it had better be now that I have 10 oz of it. :P My order arrived today.

I’m fairly certain I will drink all of it eventually so it’s not a big deal, and this isn’t a tea that suffers if you overleaf it too, so I will enjoy it to it’s fullest. Even if I have ~120 cups of it.

Well, when you put it that way, 120 cups isn’t too bad when it’s something I like. It’s the warm creamy backdrop and the anise in the forefront that really makes this tea special. :)

VariaTEA

Worst comes to worse you can always trade some in the future if you get sick of it. Luckily you are a fan though. I was in David’s and they were selling this 2 25g packs for $5 and I had some on the way and didn’t think it was the most amazing thing I tried so I didn’t buy it. I definitely regret that now because $5 for 50 g is a great deal.

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh! This isn’t what I expected. I don’t know what I expected but… this is so good. It’s warm and juicy and it makes me think that I’m biting into soft mangos. I haven’t had mango lassi before so I can’t compare it to the real thing but I do love the creamy vanilla and orange notes that I’m getting in this. It’s like mango creamsicle.

This was a tea of the month, right? Because I might want more. This chamomile is nice too.

I’ll have to pick up some of Butiki’s Mango Lassi to compare. I wasn’t actually interested in this blend at all but it was convenient to grab this one, and now my curiousity is piqued!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ozli

oooooooh. sounds good! i picked up ceylon star & alpine punch there today :3

Ozli

they gave me a sample of that white chocolate frosting, too? it was pretty good but not buy-me good like currant affair…

Cavocorax

Well if you ever want more Ceylon Star, let me know! I have lots.

Also someone said that Alpine Punch tasted a little different this – more coconut flavour maybe? Anyway, I have 25g from last year so if you don’t like the new version we could trade!

The white chocolate frost is pretty good, but it’s no cocomint cream. Mmmmm. I still haven’t tried currant affair but I bought 20g!

Roswell Strange

One of the sales men at my local David’s store said that the blend was changed for Alpine Punch. They added black pepper and also upped the amount of coconut in the blend by a significant amount.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I really enjoyed this one and I’m mad I didn’t pick up more of it.

Ozli

OK these alpine punch changes are completely intriguing! Gonna get around to trying that TODAY.

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I believe this is my favourite of the Winter teas, but as others have mentioned, there are a few caveats:

-it has stevia in it (because I can’t be trusted to add my own sweetener? >:()
-it has a really oily sheen to the surface
-it leaves odd green globs on the mug

Why do I like it?
It really is quite similar to white chocolate bark. The peppermint is strong and refreshing, the chocolate is mild and creamy, and the whole thing just makes me feel cozy and relaxed. 30g of this probably won’t be enough to get me through the winter. Oh and the peppercorn gives it a little bit of zip at the end of each sip.

If I can ignore the negatives listed up top, I could see this becoming as treasured as Cocomint Cream was last year!

ETA: OMG. I thought Steepster ate my note and I was grumping it up. :P Glad to see it’s here. I just saved my note and got the kettle page.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

haha every time I try posting from my ipad I get that kettle page so I have given up and now only ever use my computer to post.

Also, I got this as a latte from David’s tea and it was amazing. It tasted similar to a white hot chocolate but with just the right amount of mint to make it fresh and amazing.

OMGsrsly

I think I’ll try some of this by mixing a good peppermint tea with shaved white chocolate and a few peppercorns. ;)

Cavocorax

Mmmm. Let me know how that works out.

OMGsrsly

Considering all I have at home that’s “minty” is tulsi, it could be really bad. :D

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And that’s the end of this one! (91)

It’s funny that I did my pumpkin pie tea-off, and then finished off the pumpkin teas that were my least favourite, while completely ignoring the Della Terra one that I really did enjoy. :P

I guess now that this and DAVIDsTEA’s pumpkin chai are out of the way, I can focus on the better one?

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

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Sipdown! (93)
I’m going to miss this, but I have so many flavours left that I don’t feel too bad about it.

I WILL reorder this eventually. In a year?

VariaTEA

I am really intrigued by all these different flavored matchas. I keep wondering if they actually do taste like their flavors or if they taste more like matcha than anything else.

Courtney

There are varying degrees of flavour you can get :)

Sil

Variatea – you should be getting some soon. It went in the mail on sunday

VariaTEA

Thanks Sil! I am so excited…I am definitely new to matcha so your package we be a whole new experience for me :)

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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After reading Roswell Strange’s review of this (http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/198587) I was inspired to try it for myself!

I was careful not to overleaf, and steeped it for the recommend 4 minutes. The result was decent. It did smell quite good, but there wad an odd burnt note too. I get a bit of toffee in the beginning of the sip, but it sours out near the end. Perhaps I’ll try a tsp of sugar!

And I have 20g left of this to experiment with!

Cavocorax

ETA: the sugar made the salt pop, and brought the flavours together quite nicely!

Roswell Strange

Yay for inspiring people! Hopefully you find a way to really love it. I was told by a friend that it’s good with a touch of vanilla creamer, but that’s not something I keep around so I’ve yet to try it that way.

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And I’m one cup away from a sipdown of this. :( Too bad as this is a green that I can get behind!

I’m rewatching Doctor Who now that it’s on netflix, but OMG, those early episodes are really pretty awful. And I love David Tennant and his Doctor, but going back just reminds me how flawed some of the characters are. :( Maybe I’ll just skip an episode or two. :P

This is a good though because TEA plays an important role. Even if it is an awful Christmas episode. (Those are generally cringeworthy, aren’t they? Aside from the 2 newest ones!)

VariaTEA

My roommate got a cup of this to go last weekend and all I can remember when walking on the street is the smell of fruit loops.

Cavocorax

Yikes! Once you smell it, you can’t UN-SMELL it. :P

VariaTEA

That is for sure but I do recall taking a sip of it and enjoying the flavor which did not taste like fruit loops. I think I might pick some of this up next time I am at David’s because I recall it being quite good.

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Mmmm. This is a nice rich start to my day. Not much caramel – more honeyed molasses, but it’s very good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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:( This just isn’t hitting the spot for me tonight. Bleh. Hopefully my cup of Zen’s Phoenix Pearls waiting for me in my timolino make up for it.

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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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