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drank Pecan Dessert by CaesarsTea
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So I think i was afraid of steeping this because it requires slightly more effort than steeping at boiling water, as this sample has sat around for months! Sorry VariaTEA! :O

But there was nothing to be afraid of and this tea is nice and fruity and slightly sweet and very nice on a cool summer day like today. So thank you- I’m happy I got to try it!

VariaTEA

Glad you enjoyed it :)

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drank The New Yorker by CaesarsTea
300 tasting notes

Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box – Round 3

Trying to get my few tasting notes in for this box before sending it off to the next recipient (and somehow manage to stuff everything back in plus what I’m adding). I drank this about a week ago so ignore the lack of detail, but I did not enjoy this one, though it was drinkable. I was expecting something similar to the Teavana Spiced Apple Cider (which I adore), but there was a spice in this that didn’t sit well with me. Happy to have tried but would not purchase.

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drank Sunset by CaesarsTea
4923 tasting notes

another one from variaTEA and i have to say, i am not getting mango or strawberry here lol for me, this tastes like a cup of peach tea. It’s fairly pleasant though, not quite what i was expecting. still though, nice to try something new heh

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drank Sunset by CaesarsTea
1925 tasting notes

Sipdown (158/164)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample. It seems reviewers have had this hot, but I took this a different route and I cold brewed it. I figured it’d be a nice, thirst quenching way to start off my morning and I was pretty correct about that.

I’ve been trying to pin point the flavours in this without looking them up because they’re kinda weird to me – but mostly good weird. I would have said Strawberry and orange or some other kind of tropical-y type fruit. I guess I was sorta right: mango and “passion tropical flavour”, whatever that is. Doesn’t really taste like passion fruit to me but I can see the mango in here.

This was very good at first, and now the mango (or I thought orange) is just sorta sitting on my tongue all lingering and weird like. It’s building, but in a very weird though not all together unpleasant way. I guess overall I’d call this one sorta just average? That might be because I’m not a huge mango fan though. It is nice enough, however. Probably the best CaesarsTea blend I’ve had, I think? I can’t remember exactly how many VariaTEA has sent me, but at least a few and this is better than the ones I remember.

Thank you VariaTEA!

Flavors: Mango, Orange, Strawberry

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drank Genmaicha by CaesarsTea
4923 tasting notes

another tea from variaTEA….i’m still hoping i can get to 200 teas before next weekend rolls around…god that’s a lot of tea to drink before july 1st haha.

this is a pretty average genmaicha to me. there’s nothing to set it apart from the others i’ve had but nothing to make it a terrible tea either.it’s a middle of the road sort of genmaicha which means a pleasant cup to drink but nothing i need to go out of my way to drink more of :)

VariaTEA

I felt the same way. Good, but nothing to write home about.

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drank Genmaicha by CaesarsTea
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I love genmaicha, but this one is just average for me. It’s really nice to look at, lots of fluffy popped grains of rice. It’s just not toasty enough for me, and that makes it too green.
It’s ok, and if you prefer a less roasted genmaicha, you might like this one – but this isn’t my favorite.

SSTTB

VariaTEA

It is quite fluffy. And I agree with 100% of what you said here.

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drank Sunset by CaesarsTea
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Despite the fact that there were snow flakes in the air today, I’m craving light, fruity summery teas. Thank you VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this in the surprise package you sent. :))
This is actually really nice. Nice white tea that’s not getting in the way of the mango. It’s not over the top fruity – but really nice and gentle. I’ve enjoyed this – thank you so much for providing me this opportunity.

VariaTEA

Yay! I have had success with Caesar’s white teas and I am glad I am not the only one.

Roswell Strange

Now I’m even more excited to try this one out. Do you recommend it hot or cold?

VariaTEA

I have only tried it hot. I should attempt cold brewing this though I usually don’t cold brew whites since they can get bitter at times.

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A sample from VariaTEA, and the last of my pre-bedtime teas tonight. At first, I was convinced this was going to be all rooibos. After the first couple of sips, though, I proved myself wrong. This does taste almost like a truffle — a milk chocolate richness develops first, and then the sweetness of white chocolate comes through, with maybe a touch of vanilla. It’s almost reminiscent of a truffle with a milk chocolate centre that’s been dipped in white chocolate! The tiniest swirl of mint helps to prevent it becoming too sweet and cloying, and a slight background woodiness from the rooibos also helps on that score. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this one! It’s a great guilt-free dessert tea, and a relaxing evening cup. Thanks again to VariaTEA for sharing this with me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Blood Orange by CaesarsTea
963 tasting notes

A sample from VariaTEA. I was expecting this one to be quite sharp, somehow, but it’s not like that at all. It actually reminds me of a couple of orange teas I’ve tried recently; Twinings’ Lady Grey and Mighty Leaf Orange Dulce. It shares the same orange cream, almost sherbet-like, taste. I added a splash of milk to my cup, which I think helped with that a little. It’s not a very natural orange flavour, though; more like kia-ora than fruit. Even so, it’s a pleasant cup. The black base suits the flavouring and stops it from becoming too sweet and cloying. It’s not one I’d want on hand all the time (a good thing, because I don’t think I could get any even if I did…), but it’s a nice treat on a spring evening, and a great dessert tea. Thanks to VariaTEA for giving me the chance to try this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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I was packaging some of this up for a swap and realized I have never tried it myself so I decided to brew up a cup. However, that didn’t go as according to plan because instead of pouring the water into the mug, I apparently though it would be more fun to pour it on my hand. Thank god it was green tea so the water was not boiling but it is still not an experience I recommend.

As for this tea, it is good, but nothing mind blowing. There is an apple sweetness mixed with the smooth green base (which is less vegetal than a lot of the other Caesar’s greens I have tried). There really is no “pie” element which is disappointing. At the end of the day, this is just an alright apple tea which is nice but not what I wanted from the cup.

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The smell of this is incredible—very fruity. The taste is primarily white tea, and a good one at that. Pleasantly buttery with just a touch of a hay note. The middle of the sip and aftertaste are lemongrass and peach respectively, and neither is overwhelming or fake-tasting. I’ll have no problem using the rest of this up! Mom likes it too so I think we’ll sip it down soon.

VariaTEA

I am glad you guys are enjoying it.

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drank Vanilla Cream Pie by CaesarsTea
81 tasting notes

This tea smells wonderful, but it smells way sweeter than it tastes. I added some sweetener and cream. It made it much richer and I did enjoy it after that.

VariaTEA

I am glad you were able to doctor it up so that it was enjoyable :)

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drank Genmaicha by CaesarsTea
1925 tasting notes

Sipdown (191/193)!

Well, thank you VariaTEA for the sample; you know how I love my Genmaicha and how I love trying things from locations that would otherwise not be accessible (especially places local to fellow Steepsterites) – so I liked this for those reasons especially.

I think this is a really aromatic Genmaicha! It has that special quality to it; though the taste is a little more average, and this cup leaned a little more to a vegetal side so it wasn’t the best one I’ve produced.

HOWEVER; I now only have three(?) Genmaicha blends to get through before I can justify cracking open my Marshmallow Treat; DT’s Genmai Hojicha, RiverTea’s Genmaicha, and Verdant’s Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha! I just finished fishing the first two out of my closet, and rotating a whole bunch of new samples into the sample drawer because it was looking sparce. Yay!

Goodbye, CaesersTea Genmaicha – I’m onto new and hopefully better blends!

EDIT: I just checked my physical and online cupboard, and apparently I do not have a sample of Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha even though I’m like 95% sure that Courtney sent me some in her swap package. I remember specifically requesting it, and being excited when I saw it in the package…

Plus I took it off my wishlist (just added it back now).

URGH. There’s no trace of it ever being in my house, and I swear I had some of it. Damn! I was really, really excited about that one. Where the frick fracking fuck could it have gone? I mean, it’s DEFINITELY not like Tre took it. He’d take one look at the name and be all “fuck no”.

Dexter

If you PM me your address I’ll send you some. I have lots and it’s amazing, everyone should try it. :))

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drank Genmaicha by CaesarsTea
1925 tasting notes

Late night Genmaicha.

I wanted popcorn, but I waited too long to make it and now it’s nearly midnight, so I’m being a good tenant and not running the popper because I know that’s a dick thing to do to our landlord trying to sleep upstairs. Still, I’m a little disappointed regardless.

Anyway, this was good! I really enjoyed cradling the cup close to me and smelling it; I’m not sure why (especially since this just tastes average), but this is the best smelling Genmaicha I’ve ever had, and it made me feel really comforted to have it close to me where I could enjoy it like that. It tasted good too, which is probably worth pointing out.

One more cup and it’s gone; but I’ve decided that once I’ve finished this, my RiverTea Genmaicha sample, and my Genmai Hojicha from DT I’m finally breaking open the 52Teas Marshmallow Treat! That’s giving me incentive to finish it up quickly.

VariaTEA

My Marshmallow Treat is sealed up too but I have S’mores Genmaicha to drink as well as my beloved Japon so I am not itching to get at it. However, NayLynn was super kind and included a pack of the Strawberry Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha in our swap and something tells me I will have a hard time not ripping into that.

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drank Genmaicha by CaesarsTea
1925 tasting notes

TRY ALL THE GENMAICHA!

Thanks VariaTEA for passing this along! It was my nightly Genmaicha last night and I was thrilled to try it. I know you said this seemed like it has/had something “extra” in it, so I was sure to look for that.

What I found personally that this tasted pretty much just like your average, typical Genmaicha: roasty, toasty and warm. Although, I thought this was much more aromatic and intense smelling than other Genmaicha, even if that quality didn’t carry over into the taste. Was that it?

But yes; a nice cuppa!

VariaTEA

I just don’t know. Something just seemed weird.

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I received a sample of this from bluebelle. Thank you for sharing.

The weather hinted at spring today so I was feeling like ice tea. This looked like it would be good as an ice tea so I made a cup of this. It was good! Peachy, lemony and a nice white tea base. Very refreshing. I might add a bit of sugar on my next cup. Thank you!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Haha this originated from me! I love when tea travels :)

TeaTiff

Haha! I see this a lot. I have received a few samples that from the comments I can tell the tea has been passed along. It is fun that it travels so much.

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drank Pecan Dessert by CaesarsTea
4923 tasting notes

Backlog from last night. I totally don’t remember much beyond this tasting like a smoothish sort of creamy tea. I liked it..but sadly i got distracted by my bed and forgot to pay attention to it. But thank you VariaTEA! :) it was enjoyable haha

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it and don’t worry as there have been many times I drank cold cups of tea in the morning because I passed out before ever taking a sip.

Sami Kelsh

I totally do that! I’ll probably do that tonight!

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drank Peach Vanilla by CaesarsTea
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Thanks VariaTEA! this tea smells wonderful…more vanilla than peach, but totally ok with me given my declining deire for peach teas in my life. However, brewed…this is a different beast. It becomes a sort of weirder black tea that isn’t quite peachy or vanilla like. It reminds me of something, though i can’t quite place it. Ah wel…can’t win ’em all!

Lynxiebrat

LOL. Sounds like that tea should be named Amnesia.

Sil

:) heh

VariaTEA

Haha. I am not a lover of this one but my roommate really enjoyed it so I sent a sample along anyways. She calls it wood shop tea if that helps you place the weirdness.

Sil

i think i’d really like this if i was in my peach phase. But i’m off peach so i’m finding they fall flat. still good to try though!

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drank Genmaicha by CaesarsTea
1914 tasting notes

Given my need to try all the genmaichas, I grabbed some of this the last time I was at CaesarsTea. This is not one I will be getting again. The base is not as vegetal as most of the other green teas but there is still something off about this that I just can’t put my finger on. Perhaps Roswell Strange will figure it out as I may have tossed a couple cups worth in a swap since she too wants to try all the genmaichas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Have you tried the Den’s Genmaicha extra green with added matcha?

VariaTEA

I have not. Although I have had other genmaichas with matcha added that I enjoyed.

Stephanie

Yeah, those are yummy :)

VariaTEA

Camellia Sinensis makes one that has added sencha and matcha. It is one of the first genmaichas, if not THE first, that I tried.

Roswell Strange

I’m a little worried about how big this package is going to be. Will it be easy to get back under 200 once it arrives?

VariaTEA

I don’t think I sent THAT much and what I did send are small samples. I honestly don’t remember what got tossed into the bag tbh though. I think mostly just the teas you requested.

Jennkay

I second the deliciousness of Den’s genmaicha extra green!

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drank Sunset by CaesarsTea
1914 tasting notes

So I had a feeling this would be nice iced and today I know for sure. It is juicy and sweet and has a great fruity flavor from the strawberry and mango. However, at the end if the day, despite enjoying this tea, I just don’t reach for it often given it’s a white tea so I will add it to the GCTTB as an iced tea and hopefully others will enjoy it too. So long Sunset! It’s been nice :)

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drank Sunset by CaesarsTea
1914 tasting notes

This is definitely a juice tea but it is more like a child’s juicebox than a nice glass of fresh juice. It is sweet and fruity but there is nothing particularly distinctive about it beyond that. Good, not great but would probably be enjoyable enough iced on a hot day.

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drank Sunset by CaesarsTea
1914 tasting notes

So I have come to the conclusion that CaesarsTea does white teas quite nicely. This is smooth and fresh and very juicy. It has a nice mango flavor combined with a generic fruitiness. Definitely a pleasant cup to sip on as I finish up some work and stress about packing.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thanks VariaTEA for sending this! It was a nice strawberry rooibos, but it didn’t blow my mind. That’s ok though, bc I DID enjoy a lot of the other samples from this company. They’re allowed to strike out once in a while.

VariaTEA

I think their rooibos is too prominent for my tastes so in future I avoid it.

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