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Another sample from the very generous scribbles! I love vanilla, so whenever I see a vanilla tea that I haven’t tried, I ask for a sample. To be honest, I don’t generally expect much from the regular ol’ generic flavored vanilla teas, but I still want to try them! This one looks very generic, just small black tea leaves and vanilla flavor. Dry scent is very sweet vanilla custard, yum! I steeped mine for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Brewed, it still mostly smells like vanilla custard, but for some reason I also get a mushroom-y scent. Odd! Luckily, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms. Hmm… I actually quite like this! The flavoring is a bit more subtle than I’d like, but the base tea itself is nice and mellow with no astringency. There’s that vanilla custard-esque flavor, along with something that resembles caramel, which turns it into a kind of creme brulee tea! I also get a touch of woody flavor which is what I generally associate with “bourbon” vanilla. Yummy! :)
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Custard, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
I had this in the morning. So yummy! Just with milk. I enjoyed standing at the bus stop drinking it while watching a bunch of people take an exercise class at a local gym. Haha. They were doing walking lunges over, and over, and over… and I wasn’t. What a lovely feeling. :D
This is from the SSTTB. I think that’s what it was called.
Oh, this is good. This tastes like really good quality vanilla extract smells. Almost. A bit less vanilla-y, though, and a bit more oak-barrel-y. :) A really nice black base that takes cream well (I picked up some organic cream because it doesn’t have thickeners in it, and it’s SO MUCH NICER in tea! I didn’t think cream could get nicer, but it did.). Doesn’t need sweetening, although I bet it would take sweetener well too.
Tempting to keep this one, or some of it at least…
(PS. The toads are squacking. I REALLY hope this doesn’t mean that they’re gonna start breeding. I do not want babies. Nope. Not at all.)
Flavors: Oak wood, Vanilla
So I finished this one off while also finishing off my Buttered Rum from DT; I steeped this one like normal, then added a splash of milk – and then I steeped about a tsp. of the Buttered Rum (all I had left) into what was already made.
It was pretty good actually; it reminded me of hot chocolate despite the overwhelming absence of anything actually chocolate flavoured. And I mean, I didn’t pick up chocolate notes at all so I don’t know why I’m making that connection; but I am. So, uh, that. What I did taste was a whole lot of smooth vanilla from the BBV with some mild butterscotch notes “floating” over it. It was very silky and smooth. Delicious.
Still not much Bourbon; but I’m over it.
Oh, other news: I started watching Gossip Girl (a friend recommended it) and I’m really loving it. Right now I’m in the middle of season two! Anyone else on Steepster watch it when it was airing? Am I crazy for absolutely loving Chuck Bass? He’s kinda despicable, but really cute about it? I’m also loving Jenny’s story line and I wish there was more Eric…
Honestly, there aren’t any characters I dislike except for maybe Vanessa? But I don’t dislike her – I’m just impartial.
I lied; I DESPISED Georgina.
Did a round of six teas for the evening; a few old, a few new. I guess this one falls somewhere in the middle as I’ve had it before, but only once so I guess I don’t really know this one well yet, even though we’ve been introduced before.
My observations with this cup? Definitely more strongly vanilla flavoured than I remember the first cup being. And a very rich, thick vanilla too. Bourbon? I don’t know about that – maybe really faintly. I want more from it; which I guess is how I was feeling last time (I just read my review on this from the first cup I had). I also picked up on light notes of oak and caramel.
I think overall this was smoother and just tastier in general than when I had it the first time around, even though both times the bourbon was lacking. I must have been in a really critical state of mind last time I had it because I rated this a “67” and I think it’s at least deserving of a “70” – it’s a pretty good vanilla black!
Flavors: Caramel, Oak wood, Vanilla
An extension of the “alcohol” cravings from tonight, though come to think of it I’m not really sure if I’ve ever had straight up Bourbon before. Like, I know I’ve had stuff with Bourbon in it, namely chocolate, but not the actual drink…
Anyway, this comes to me by way of (I’m 90% sure; apologies if I get this wrong) Scribbles who sent me a generous sample of it. I decided to test it tonight. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with it; the black base was nice enough though not spectacular and there was definitely a presence of vanilla but it wasn’t until I got the the last sips of the cup that I started to taste the Bourbon and even then I wanted more. Overall I suppose it wasn’t bad though.
And I have lots of this left, so I can totally experiment and try to play around with ways to bring more flavour out of it!
I’m also just now realizing that when I go to Barcraft with Tyrell on Sunday I’m probably going to be a total newb at the whole ordering drinkings for myself thing. Like, I drink – and I definitely know where my preferences lie in regard to alcohol types but I’ve never actually been to a bar before (remember, I only turned 19 a few months ago) and I definitely don’t know “fancy drink names” or anything like that.
Half my brain is saying “you’re getting nervous over stupid ass shit” and the other half is freaking out going “do you literally just say ‘I want a Pina Colada’ or whatever…”. Help me out Steepster people! We have a week to make me a bar savvy person so I don’t embarrass myself!
It’s been a week since my last log, wow ! I sort of changed jobs this week (it’s complicated but let’s just say I had a lot going on and a lot of pressure too), plus I have a big cold that started at the end of the week. Arfff. I just wish I had bought some of the cold survival kit teas from David’s Tea when I went a couple of weeks back. :(
This one is OK, but not amazing. I liked the smell of the dry leaf a lot, probably because of the juniper berries, but there’s rooibos in it. I hate rooibos with a passion. It doesn’t taste too much though, that’s a plus, but there’s still that lingering aftertaste of medecine that I despise so much. I’m sure I would like this herbal much more if it wasn’t for the rooibos.
This is not bad, but I expected way more maple flavour. I only get black tea, and then in the aftertaste a general sweetness that could be maple. I would love to try it with some added maple syrup, but my boyfriend and I finished it last week with some pancakes, so no more maple syrup for me :(
I just added a bit of brown sugar, but it doesn’t change much.
Backlogging from last night. After a very intense and yet relaxing yoga session, I had a cup of this while taking a bubble bath. Oh god, it was amazing ! I couldn’t log the tea after that because I went straight to sleep. And I don’t know if the tea had any effect or if it was just a coincidence, but I had a very good night’s sleep. And I have had a lot of trouble sleeping lately, so if this tea is the answer then I’ll buy more that’s for sure!
As for the taste, I’m not exactly sure what I could detect. Certainly peppermint, and maybe a vague lemon flavour. But anyway I thought it tasted exactly like what something that will put you to sleep should taste like!
Oh, wow !
I had tried this one before, but a few nights ago I decided to put more tea for the same amount of water, just to see if it could improve the taste a bit… and it did ! Lots and lots of pear creaminess, amazing !
Right now, I’m having it iced… and I’m going crazy. This is too good to be true !
Mmmm. I like this quite a lot.
The smell is actually more intense than the taste, but I can still taste a lot of pear, which is way better than anything else pear-flavoured I’ve tried. Great!
Now I’m enjoying this while watching American Horror Story alone in the dark. I’m so NOT going to sleep tonight.
I had such high hopes for this one. I tried Cherry Blossom by David’s Tea yesterday and fell in love with it, but since it’s so expensive and only available for a limited time I was hoping this one could replace it, but sadly no. :(
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty nice, but the taste reminds me too much of cough drops and cold medecine in general for me to be able to really enjoy it. It won’t be restocking this once I’m done with my sample. Too bad.
Wow. I absolutely loooove this. It makes me think of Lime Gelato from David’s Tea. I know this one doesn’t not have any yogourt in it or anything of the sort but it does feel creamy to me. I can’t really taste the ginger, which is alright by me because I was looking for the lime, not the ginger. And boy did I get the lime ! :) It’s the perfect treat for a late night at work!
My second try from my Steeped and Infused order ! I’m still so very excited :) This one is very interesting. I love the little squares of caramel in the blend (I ate one after the steeping… it was so tasty and perfect) and I wish the tea had a stronger flavour, more like the actual caramel squares, but I’m still quite impressed with the taste. Very sweet and caramelly. Mmm.
I’m very excited because my Steeped and Infused order arrived this morning and now I have 19 more teas to try ! Awesome ! I only ordered a few sample sizes, but they had a deal going on until today : every order placed online would receive sample sizes of each of the top 13 teas of 2013. Isn’t that amazing !? Plus I’ve got an order from Persimmon Tree on the way and another one from David’s Tea (Pumpkin Chai is back online in the web specials section, I couldn’t miss it…) And tomorrow I might get to go to an actual David’s Tea store for the first time. All great tea news !
So, this tea is the first one I try from my order. It’s actually one of the 13 top teas of 2013. I like it quite a lot. I would say it’s mostly a mild chai flavour with a touch of vanilla. Yummy. There is something though that bothers me a little bit, I keep having the feeling I can taste rooibos even though there is none in the blend. It bothers me a bit since I hate rooibos, but it’s not present enough for me to really care. :)