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Steeped and Infused

Recent Tasting Notes

81

Thank you Steeped and Infused!
This was a free sample included in my last order. I’m not sure it’s on the website yet.

This is a really tasty and smooth coconut black tea. It’s creamy and almost buttery with the coconut. The almond nuts really enhance the flavour too. It’s good!

Amariel

Mmmm, coconut…

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77

Thank you to whoever sent me this sample! It has a light flavor of lemon and cream behind the woody rooibos. It’s nice and sweet I just wish it had a bit more flavor.

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92

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 !

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70

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.

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67

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.

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80

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!

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92

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.

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70

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.

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94

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!

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82

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.

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85

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. :)

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86

Sipdown. This is a nice, smooth, comforting tea. I like the lapacho and holy basil base, and the lemongrass gives it a fresh taste.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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This is really tasty. Creamy, nutty and sweet. There is a bit of woodiness from the rooibos. I added a bit of rock sugar and it made for a great afternoon treat. Yum!

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88

Today is a green tea kind of day. I realized I haven’t cracked my bag of this open in a long time, so it’s first up.

It still has that smooth, creamy taste I remember. Love it. Now I just have to drink a lot of it before it loses its taste or the quality diminishes. I tend to forget greens have a relatively short lifespan compared to other types of tea.

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72

I really enjoyed this tonight. I still think it’s very light for a chai, but I felt like drinking something light after a heavy meal.

The lapacho mixed with the sweetness of cinnamon and vanilla is really nice. I have enough for a few more cups before I have to decide if I’m going to replenish it. Actually, I think I have most of the ingredients. Maybe I’ll try to recreate it myself.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Very Nice. I typically go for oolongs with a rich, nutty taste, but this citrusy blend works well. It’s nice and smooth, with no astringency. The flavours balance each other out well, without any of them being overpowering.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

Sipdown! 807. Read my note from last time, saw that I intended to make this into a latte… belatedly did so… and yay! Deliciousness! Tastes like a lovely nutty coffee beverage. Yum. I’d certainly drink this again if I had some. On that note, I should really try making Malted ChocoMate into a latte… can’t actually recall if I’ve ever done so…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83

I should have checked to see what I’d steeped this at before, as I really liked it last time. Today I brewed it at 80C for 2.5 min. It was a bit astringent and lost the mango taste I remembered. I checked, and the water was at 70C last time and was perfect. I should make notes on my packages.

Not a sipdown, but pretty close.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86

This was in my FABULOUS, AMAZING, GENEROUS swap box from scribbles. This was one of the “I would never have bought that for myself” teas. I am so glad that she included it in the box. This is also why I shouldn’t judge a tea by it’s name.
I don’t normally like vanilla tea (unlike my last tasting note that confirmed that I don’t like earl gray) but this casts doubt on that thought. I like this, I REALLY Like this.
The vanilla is present, but it’s not hitting you over the head. There are some caramel notes that I really like. This would be a great winter tea, those nights you just want to curl up with a warm soothing cup of something hot to take the chill off.
Thank you so much scribbles for introducing me to this tea.

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20

This tea was one of those tuition teas that taught me I don’t like fruity tisanes, and names are powerful! Didn’t taste like pear or cream to me. If the name had mentioned apples and flowers, I might have come in with different expectations. As it was, I expected something sweet and creamy, and what I got was watered down apple juice with some floral qualities. Not feeling it!

At any rate, I’m glad to see the end of my pouch.

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85

This is a backlog from this morning. I made a thermos of this and drank it all through the day. The ginger and lemongrass balance each other well and the type of oolong used is perfect with the flavours. The end result is a nice, light, smooth cup of tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88

I’m bumping my rating on this one a bit, as I finished my sample and then felt the need to buy a bag. That’s the sign of a good tea.

The first steep is the best, but the second is still pretty good.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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82

I quite liked this one. It may not be the highest quality white tea, but the flavouring makes up for it. Winterhaven’s tasting note says there were chunks of strawberry in the tea mix. Mine doesn’t have any, just strawberry flavouring, so I’m assuming that the tea has changed a bit in the last couple of years.

It has a very nice, light, juicy strawberry taste. It’s very smooth with no astringency. I liked it both hot and cold.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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