Cornelia Bean

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90
drank Dragonberry by Cornelia Bean
41 tasting notes

Oh this is very nice. Way better than DAVID’s Magic Dragon. As good as Teavana’s Dragonfruit Devotion. Mmmmm. And so pretty too.

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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55
drank Prickly Pear by Cornelia Bean
41 tasting notes

Hmm, interesting. Steeped, the tea smells very creamy, but tastes very tart. It’s a weird mismatch.

I tried it plain first, but I was mostly getting tart an not much else. A teaspoon of sugar helps it, though I think it’s too much sugar. Sweetened, the flavour of pear and maybe vanilla comes out a bit. Still very tart, but better.

I steeped this quite a long time, so I think I will experiment with more tea and less time next cup. And sugar, but only a little.

Flavors: Pear, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dexter

:(( I really like this one.

Anlina

I’m going to give it another try. The person at the counter said it was their favourite of the Pear Garden teas too. I’m wondering if I just didn’t make it properly. Any tips?

Dexter

LOL cold steep it overnight. If not, shrug – I would do 1.5 tsp/8z 100C 5 min – but that’s just me

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85

I really love strongly herbal, dry tisanes. This one is powerfully rosemary and woody. The citrus notes come in behind the other flavours and are fairly subtle. There’s nothing sweet about this tea, in fact I could almost imagine drinking it with a pinch of salt, as I associate rosemary with savoury meals.

Flavors: Citrus, Herbs, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

Sipdown (127/134)!

Finished off the sample from VariaTEA – I debated adding milk to this but I’m really glad that I didn’t because that would have been really, really weird. This cup was pretty significantly different than the last one I had.

To start, the rosemary was very strong and intense in this cup. In fact, it was very close to being too much; but it kinda worked with the sweetness of the fig and the floral of the rose. Overall, it sorta made the mug especially herbal and borderline savory, though and that weirded me out. The caramel was kinda missing in this cup though. I feel like I’m not totally ok with that. I like caramel…

But on the whole this was a good cup; very weird and definitely memorable. I must say though, I think I’ll be good if I don’t have another rosemary heavy tea for a long, long while. It was maybe too different; but I’m so happy I got to experience it especially when it was so lighthanded in the first cup.

I guess the rosemary in the sample must’ve sunk the the bottom of the little baggie?

Cameron B.

I’m not sure I can get behind rosemary in tea. Sounds weird… :P

TeaBrat

I have some Rosemary white tea and it’s actually good!

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74

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample of this one! I pulled out a few black samples out of my closet to work on since my sipdown drawer was looking a little lonely, and this is one of them. I must say, the sample section in my closet is looking awfully empty right now; I’ve been doing a great job of keeping my cupboard at a reasonable number lately.

Also, I have to admit that I don’t remember much about this cup though I do strongly remember the second one I had of it (the sipdown one; which I’ll write about later – there’s more stuff in the queue to get through first). Because of that I’ll just have to rely on my notes to summarize what my thoughts were when I had it…

- Made in my timolino
- Visually lots of interesting things going on in the leaf
- A little hard to pinpoint what’s in this/the flavours based on sight and smell
- I don’t taste any rosemary… Thank God?
- Why does Rosemary instantly remind me of lesbian alien lovers!?
- Oh, this is why: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdykbgfLmJ1rb5pqfo4_500.jpg
- It’s a Homestuck thing…
- Back to tea: Even if I don’t taste Rosemary I do taste the rose, which is well balanced
- The fig is stronger than I expected it to be
- The caramel just makes the fig seem richer, like some sorta glaze?
- Is caramelized fig actually a thing?
- The black base is JUST A TOUCH bitter, but nice overall
- Yeah, this is better than anticipated
- Just weird; like canon alien lesbian lovers…

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Fig, Rose

Cheri

lesbian alien lovers?!?!

Cheri

But this tea sounds interesting

Roswell Strange

http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6 Rose Lalonde and Kanaya Maryam are both characters in this webcomic, and their ship name is RoseMary. One is a human female, and the other is a troll who is presumed to be female (trolls don’t have as defined gender roles or just gender in general in comparison to humans). Late in the comic they have a canon relationship.

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52
drank Pumpkin Spice by Cornelia Bean
41 tasting notes

It’s really weird that in this pumpkin spice black tea, the dominant flavour I’m getting is chamomile, and it doesn’t even contain chamomile. Behind the chamomile flavour there’s pumpkin and cinnamon and spices, but they’re definitely secondary. The black tea hardly merits a mention.

I initially steeped this for 5 minutes and it was so light, I threw the basket back in my cup for a while longer. With a longer steep and some sugar it’s better, and the non-chamomile flavours come out a bit more.

It’s kind of tasty but not really noteworthy, and I just want so much more from it. Pumpkin spice makes me want lots of pumpkin and allspice and cinnamon and pie crust and cream flavour. Something really rich and warming. The name evokes cool autumn days, the smell of dry leaves, rich food for cold weather and the melancholy of summer departing in a blaze of colour. Maybe I’m asking too much of a tea, but I want that feeling from something called Pumpkin Spice.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

Might have to toss a pumpkin sample or two into your package…..

Anlina

Ooooh :D I can’t wait to get it.

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The lime is very dominant in this cup, with plenty of sage to give it some intense herbal notes. Very refreshing and crisp.

I let it steep for quite a while and then slowly sipped it till it was cold. Lovely at any temperature.

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Lime, Sage, Tangy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

This tea is my relaxing after a whirlwind morning. I got up, made coffee for my sweetie, made french toast for three and then when all that was done, took the hot water left in the kettle and made tea. I steeped this cup for a cool 9 minutes, and even when I took the leaves out, they were only beginning to unfurl, still all crinkly from being rolled up.

This tea really benefits from a long steep, though I think it brews up better with slightly hotter water than I used. It has a beautiful, full mouth buttery flavour that overlays a light, nuttiness. There’s a hint of dry mouth feel on the finish, but no astringency, and the faintest floral note.

Such a lovely cup, and a lovely way to start the day. I’m looking forward to my second steep of these leaves, and what comes out.

Definitely a more complex and full mouth flavour than the milk oolong from DAVID’s Tea.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Nutty, Umami

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
mj

Nice review! I have the one from David’s and was wondering how it compared to other QMOs

Anlina

Yeah, I think we pay a bit more for this QMO than it is at David’s, but I think it’s worth it. This is a staple at my partner’s place and I just started buying it so I could have it at home because it’s so good.

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87
drank Marquis de Gris by Cornelia Bean
41 tasting notes

For some reason this extremely flowery, dry tea reminds me of Earl Grey, even though there’s none of the signature bergamot notes of Earl Grey. But the flavour has a similarly elegant and sophisticated feel to it.

I like a cup of this to start my day. It’s a pleasant bouquet of flowers on the nose and a delicate but full mouth taste.

Flavors: Floral, Rose, Soap

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89

I love how beautiful and fragrant this tea is. The scattered lavender blossoms in the dried tea and the way they float above the tea leaves while steeping is lovely, and the strong lavender and bergamot fragrance carries nicely from bag to cup.

This makes a very dry, floral cup. The lavender flavour is strong but doesn’t overpower the Earl Grey. The lavender lingers longer on the tongue than the other flavours.

This is another one of my favourite teas to start the day with.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Lavender, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97
drank London Fog by Cornelia Bean
41 tasting notes

This tea is amazing. It’s bold and full bodied and has all the characteristics that make a London Fog latte so delicious.

Just straight, it’s creamy and sweet, with strong bergamot notes. The roobos flavour comes out only subtly, not distracting from the flavours that say London Fog. It’s also excellent with milk and sugar, which punch up the flavours even more.

It’s a tea I can drink over and over again, and it satisfies every part of my palette.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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16

Small brown leaves that don’t unfurl much, deep brown cup. There’s both a fruity and astringent fragrance that’s slightly off-putting and reminds me of cheap lychee black tea bags.

I think this tea might be a bit too old, since I remember it being better than this cup. The currant flavour is subtle and the tea tastes a bit flat, none of that full mouth flavour or delicate notes that I look for in a good cup.

I may need to pick up some fresh tea leaves and give this a shot again, because I’m disappointed in this.

Flavors: Astringent, Black Currant, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

On its own this tea isn’t bad – strong chocolate mint flavour without a lot of sweetness. It really shines with milk and sugar though. The sweet, creaminess enhances the chocolate and mint, reminding me of an After Eight chocolate.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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77
drank Peach Guava by Cornelia Bean
4818 tasting notes

so i’ve had this cold brewed, hot brewed and hot brewed, cooled lol and this is the first time i’ve had a chance to log this, so thank you dexter since i’m lazy and tired… here are some highlights..

1) i prefer this cold brewed as long as you don’t mind my second point
2) this looks like someone peed in to a container when it’s in a glass one
3) this is really nicely guava flavoured – i’d love to see a guava only tea from cornelia bean!
4) the peach isn’t overpowering :)

thanks again dexter!

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83
drank Dragonberry by Cornelia Bean
4818 tasting notes

another cold brew of this one tonight – good for hydrating after an afternoon in the sun. I’m not burnt, but i am warm and hot…and itchy. which means too much sun for me today lol thanks for sharing this one with me dexter!

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83
drank Dragonberry by Cornelia Bean
4818 tasting notes

another cold brew tea courtesy of dexter let me first start off by saying that unlike the one that David’s tea came out with recently…this smell of this one doesn’t make me queasy. I cold brewed this one and while it looks similar to the one from DT – it’s a much nicer brew. :) also the giant chunks in this one are kinda fun! thanks a bunch dexter!

Final Count: 117 (22 left to go for anyone counting lol)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I so loved this one…This is what I call a REAL fruit blend!

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79
drank Frisky Rhubarb by Cornelia Bean
4818 tasting notes

Another cold brew of this one tonight – had a few glasses of this today and it was fantastic. Exactly what i needed after our morning bike ride. I have to say, i’m not sure if i’d call this rhubarb but it was tasty and so that’s all that really matters in summer with cold brews lol is it tasty? check. drink it! :)

Dexter

I agree – not really rhubarb but still tasty. :))

Roswell Strange

I love the name of this one.

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85
drank Juicy Peach by Cornelia Bean
4818 tasting notes

Dear dexter all is forgiven…at least one of the peach teas you sent me is a hit…there may be others, but this one has reminded me of why i really liked peach to begin with. That’s not to say i want an abundance of peach teas, but i had this one cold brewing…came home, drank it up – it was like drinking liquid fuzzy peaches without the sugar. IE. it wasn’t too sweet – but it was just a DIFFERENT peach flavour than the usual. So after drinking all that, i made the last of it as a hot brew and it too was pretty tasty – though i prefer the cold one :) thanks for sending this one my way dexter!

Final Count: 128

Dexter

YAY!!!! Glad you found one that you liked.

Tea Sipper

Sounds lovely!

Bear With Me

I’m pretty sure this’ll be the winner for me too, just based on the smell. Gotta wait til I stop tasting rusty metal before I can try it though.
Yay Dexter and her generosity with the peachy goodness <3

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81

Sipdown (133/140)!

Firstly, read this: http://gawker.com/my-14-hour-search-for-the-end-of-tgi-fridays-endless-ap-1606122925

I don’t understand how one person can hate mozzarella sticks so much; and also only 7 plates after 14 hours is embarrassingly low, in my opinion. I would have been aiming for like a plate an hour…

Anyway, the tea! I said I’d have the last cup worth prepared at home, so I did – and it did make a difference. In addition to the rich juicy grenadine, I finally found the vanilla flavouring and there wasn’t any bitterness or astringency (though I still feel like that was more so from sitting in the timolino for so long and less so from being prepped that way). So hooray for a tasty cuppa and some flavour improvements!

Bumping my rating just a touch.

Flavors: Grenadine, Vanilla

Cameron B.

I agree, she certainly wasn’t trying very hard… And she claims she ordered 7 plates but only ate 32 sticks, which doesn’t add up if it’s 6 per plate… :P

Roswell Strange

Oh, true! I never even noticed the math discrepancy.

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drank Peach Yellow Tea by Cornelia Bean
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drank Peach Yellow Tea by Cornelia Bean
4818 tasting notes

this was another from dexter I’ve reacently fallen out of love with Peach, which is funny because that’s the first “flavoured” tea i really gravitated towards. This particular peach isn’t bad. I like that it’s blended against a yellow tea, making it a little different than some of the others that i’ve had. That being said, while it’s a nice tea because i’m not in love with peach currently, it’s not a hit for me. HOWEVER, for those looking for a light peach tea, this one is pretty nice :)

Dexter

Sorry – I sent you a lot of peach…. not sure I realized you and peach had broken up. Will try to send you more variety next time. :))

Sil

Hahaha no no it’s all good. Fruit teas are generally ok…. It’s the green + peach. But it’s all good. I have an other half to make drink things too when I cold brew them

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59
drank Strawberry Meringue by Cornelia Bean
4818 tasting notes

another from VariaTEA this one was also a miss for me, but not as badly as the previous one. There’s almost like a vague memory of strawberry here, and i’m not sure i’d pin point anything as “meringue” A fairly uneventuful cup of tea for me, but again, i dDO like trying teas! so thank you Variatea!

VariaTEA

I didn’t have high hopes for most of the teas I shared but I shared them because you had not had them before. Nonetheless, I am sorry they aren’t more enjoyable. This one in particular may have been better if Cornelia Bean added more than just two meringue pieces to the whole 50g bag.

Sil

haha i never mind… you never know what surprises you might find :) regardless i always appreciate the share!

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59
drank Strawberry Meringue by Cornelia Bean
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