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drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
583 tasting notes

I didn’t look this one up on Steepster before I brewed it, and it was quite a shock when it smelled of pu’erh once steeped.

Well, well. I was a little wary, but I let it cool as I wrote out more cue cards for conservation. I finally braved taking a sip, and it’s not so scary. The scent is far more pu’erh-y than the taste. The taste has a nice chocolate profile with the unmistakable, but not overwhelming pu’erh base.

Thanks for the surprise VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. That sample came to my from Kat_Maria who I believe got it from MissB. Since I tried it before, I knew it was not for me so I thought I would pass it along in hopes it would find a home with someone who might enjoy it :P. Gotta love how tea travels.

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And this is my evening tea, courtesy of Roswell Strange! :D
It’s chocolate and bananas and it’s really great and relaxing. It looks a little oily on the top but that’s not an issue as the tea itself tastes quite nice. Sweet! Like melted bananas and butter and chocolate – not healthy – so good!

Courtney

I also enjoyed this one thanks to Roswell Strange :)

Hello.Kiki

mmm, sounds delicious!

Sil

Better than lupicias? The same?

Cavocorax

I don’t think I’ve had Lupicias? Quick! Let’s place an order so I can find out! Mwahahaha.
(Oh god, no….)

Cavocorax

Oh wait. You mean Banana Chocolate. Of course you do. :P Yeah, I like that one more than the Tea Desire one. Both were good, but Lupicia’s isn’t so oily.

VariaTEA

Sil, I far preferred Banane Chocolate to this one but then again, I find this one too sweet for me.

Sil

Just checking…since I really liked lupicias version.

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drank Victoria Mint by Tea Desire
1184 tasting notes

The other morning cup I’m enjoying with my extra, unexpected time. It’s nice having a few hours to kill before work. Usually I just get up maybe an hour before I start work for the day, and I typically spend that time getting ready for work; showering, making my lunch/supper for when I’m on break, brewing tea for my shift. And then I walk to work.

But anyway; I brewed this up extra strong and the resulting tea was extra good! It feels…

Serendipitous.

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
941 tasting notes

My stomach is really upset again today, so after (I think it was) Roswell Strange tealogged this earlier, I thought, “Why am I not having some, too?” And so I am, and as always, it’s delicioso.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
__Morgana__

I’m sorry about your tummy. But I’ve been wondering what it is about pu erh that helps with stomach upset. Is it the fermentation? Like the “good bacteria” in yogurt? (Probably should ask OMGsrsly, the rescuer of bacteria.)

MissB

It’s interesting you ask, because I was told (several times) it’s an oolong I should reach for with an upset stomach, yet that (sadly) makes me even more ill. I’ll assume it’s the fermentation on my end that helps, although I’m sure OMGsrsly knows, or at least has something more scientific to share on the matter.

__Morgana__

My BF often has stomach upset (perhaps if he stopped eating like an 8 year old he’d have less) and I’ve been giving him pu erh, and he says it helps. There’s so much anecdotal evidence from various Steepsterites that I think pu ehr definitely has something magical about it. Unless it’s placebo effect ;-). But hey, whatever works. FWIW I would not dream of reaching for oolong with an upset tummy. I fear I would resort to some carbonated beverage or other.

Suziqzer

I’m afraid I often turn to ginger ale or Sprite when my stomach is upset. I’m trying to change my habit to peppermint teas now that I’m into tea :). So far Hubby has given the thumbs up for peppermint. I think a mild ginger tea mint be good too.. I bought a box of tea when I was pregnant to help aid a pregnant stomach & I believe it was mainly ginger. Sometimes you just do with whatever tastes good at the time too.

__Morgana__

Yeah, ginger ale is v. good. Also for me, Coke products though I tend to drink only Diet Coke. Ginger can be good. I bought crystallized ginger when I was pregnant, though I never had a lot of morning sickness, just sort of morning queasiness, and it seemed to help.

MissB

Ginger works well for me, and I’ll even take it in capsule format if I’m pukey. Only thing that worked for me when I was pregnant with my daughter though? Grapefruit essential oil that I dabbed on a kleenex and kept in my pocket at all times.

Suziqzer

I envy you for not having morning sickness. I had just gotten past the time during pregnancy when most women have it and I had only had mild nausea in the mornings… then it started, leave it to me to be different. I tried several things.. pregnancy tea, ginger snaps (didn’t like them at the time), something else the health food store recommended, and nothing helped much except gas drops they give babies w/gas.

I’ve never heard of grapefruit oil being good for nausea. Was it the fragrance that helped you? Interesting.

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In a timolino for milk, with a tiny splash of milk.

I just could NOT resist having this one, again, so soon after trying it. I think I’m really falling in love with this Pu’Erh (a phrase I thought I would never say). I feel highly compelled currently to go pick up a nice tin for it, and another 50g. I want this is substantial quantity…

But I should probably wait until I have it a few more times before I make my mind up on that. I don’t want to rashly by a new and exciting tea in a large amount; I’ve made that mistake before!

I get the impression this would resteep really well; I hardly ever resteep blends because I want to enjoy as many teas in a day as possible, but I’ll probably make a special effort to try and resteep this one.

MissB

This is an amazing tea. I think I’m on my second 100g now. It re-steeps well, although you want to leave it a bit longer than before to get all of the caramel goodness out of it. I may just go have some now!

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Our lovely MissB talks so highly about this one that the last time I was in Tea Desire I took the plunge and bought 50g of this to take home. It wasn’t a hard sell; I trust her opinion a lot plus it has caramel in it and a lot of it, which is a favourite flavour of mine in general, and I got to smell it in store as well so it wasn’t like I was just blindly ordering from their site. It smelled awesome, by the way.

I finally made it up tonight. I wasn’t sure if this was a Pu’Erh that really needed to be rinsed, so I did a quick 20 sec. rinse with warm water just in case. A five minute steep later, and I had my mug of this ready to go. It still smells incredible!

Man, this is a flat out tasty, tasty tea. It has the familiar caramel/toffee flavour I’ve experienced in other Tea Desire blends like Victoria Mint or Sweet Toffee but this is much earthier and almost “gritty” – but in a good way. It’s thick and creamy too, and very very rich.

I honestly think this is the first (but hopefully not the last) Pu’Erh I’ve tried that I’d want to keep restocked or in quantity; and hey, I have 50g of it now so that works out well! Looks like I’m going to need to clear out a spot in the tea closet for tins of Pu’Erh – at the moment such a section does not exist.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

Sami Kelsh

Oh yes! Caramel and pu’erh should just get married. YES.

MissB

Oh, wow! Thank you. :) I’m so glad that you enjoyed it.

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
397 tasting notes

Thank you MissB for sending me this sample! And she left a little note on it as well! Her favourite white. Well it does smell lovely so I’m excited to end my night with this tea :)

Mmmm this smells so good! More sweet like caramel and toffee :) I can’t quite put my finger on the exact flavour though. It’s like toffee, but has the brightness of mint (like the feeling in the mouth, not the actual flavour of mint. Does that even make sense?). Bonny, I see why this is your favourite white! It’s so nice and smooth and bright. I’m reading other notes on this and there’s coconut!? Ahh this is a great tea, and I don’t really taste the coconut, which is great because coconut isn’t really my favoutite flavour. But dude. THIS TEA IS GOOD.
I’m getting different tastes than other people. I usually underleaf my teas. Like usually it’s 3g to 8oz, but I found for my tastes, that is a bit too much for me, so it’s 2g for 8oz and it works perfect for this tea! This ratio may be underleafing for others, but it’s the perfect amount for me :)

((shout out to Flo [aka awoogah on here] for finally making a steepster account because I’ve been telling her all these stories about steepster ahha))

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Walnut Orange by Tea Desire
583 tasting notes

This one was sent my way from Roswell Strange. I’m almost completely through her parcel! Yes!

The rooibos is a bit too much for me here, but I can get some orange flavour. I have a feeling the sandalwood exacerbates the rooibos.

Thanks for sharing Roswell Strange!

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drank Kalahari / Khalahari by Tea Desire
91 tasting notes

I needed something without caffeine to try and this seemed like a good idea. Still not quite tasting everything, but I could get the Orange (quite nice) and a hint of chocolate. I’m not sure if the chocolate wasn’t strong enough for me or it’s my taste still being off from the antibiotics. I’ll have to try this one again.

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drank Asia Cocktail by Tea Desire
1184 tasting notes

Cold Brewed, and just… Ick.

It was like I was drinking Mango and Grass scented perfume, and the little bit I drank before dumping it all out did not sit well with me, either.

It’s hard to believe this used to be my go to flavoured green that I could actually tolerate; now I can’t wait to be rid of it. Just further proof tastes change, I guess…

VariaTEA

I have some of this, as you know since you sent it, but all your recent reviews have made me so hesitant to try it out

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drank Walnut Truffle by Tea Desire
1356 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (173)

Thank you Fjellrev for introducing me to this tasty, tasty tea. I don’t mind saying goodbye because I know it will be shortlived. My awesome tea triplet has 25 g waiting for me :) Sipping on it now, it is a bit weaker than I remember but still good. The black base is a little more prominent while the truffle flavor is a touch muted, though I think that was due to a bit of an oversteep on my part.

Roswell Strange

Did your sample have giant mother fucking walnut hunks in it? When I bought the 50g there was massive, whole walnuts in the mix. I made sure your 25g got a few of ’em.

VariaTEA

Well it did have walnut pieces but I don’t recall any being particularly huge.

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I’m such a sucker for banana chocolate. I have this thing where I despise fruit and chocolate together, with this one exception.

This is my morning cup with my breakfast of coconut pineapple loaf, plain yogurt with honey, and coconut water. I have a mango I should cut up, but perhaps that will be for lunch.

This tea is delightful. There are lots of floating bits, but it’s so tasty I don’t mind. The chocolate is apparent and the banana less so, but still there. I wouldn’t mind having a tin of this around for a herbal option. Though I think the closest Tea Desire is close to a 45 minute drive away. This city needs to grow up, not out.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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drank Oreo Cookie by Tea Desire
583 tasting notes

This tea is tasty. I’ve been lucking out with all these new teas I’ve been trying. This one is chocolate-y with a hint of vanilla and a nice black base. I wouldn’t say it’s anything special, but it is good.

It doesn’t really taste like an oreo, but I feel that could be a user error, since I don’t like adding milk to my teas.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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Recently, I bought 50g of this which I’m splitting 50/50 with VariaTEA – I hadn’t tried it before, but she said I’d like it so I took the plunge since it was pretty affordable, and I’m not going to be stuck with a ton if I don’t.

At Tea Desire, in store, when you smell the teas they use this elaborate fan set up to waft the smell towards you (instead of smelling directly like you can at a DAVIDsTEA) – because of this, the scents usually aren’t so strong – so when I get an overwhelming smell of one of the teas, that’s typically a good indicator for me. This was one of those blends that just smelled intensely good; pure walnuts! And you’d hope so, right? The dry leaf is LITTERED with giant, whole walnut halves.

Now that it’s steeped up; it smells really nice – definitely walnut, maybe kind of “maple” like, and with aspects of something chocolatey. Even though none of those things are inherently related to it, I’m kind of reminded of Christmas. Hmmm…

Now that I’m drinking it; it is really good! VariaTEA knows my tastes so well; this really does perfectly capture the flavour of walnuts. Though is there really no chocolate in this? It’s not in the ingredients list, but man is it in the flavour. How peculiar. It almost reminds me of Tea Desire’s Oreo Cookie – but I think this is better. Also, echoing my ingredient confusion; there’s apple in this!? Totally doesn’t come through in the taste. Oh well; the walnut shines marvelously, and that’s really all that matters, right?

This is much better than the Walnut Orange I have from Tea Desire (which is what I was hoping); that blends captures the flavour of Walnut brilliantly too, but the orange completely and utterly detracts from it.

And now, I think I’m going to have a Vince Vaughn “Mini Marathon” and watch The Internship and Delivery Man – I’ve been dying to see them both for ages now.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts

VariaTEA

YAY!! I am glad you liked it. It is pretty tasty and I definitely got chocolate as well.

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drank Mate Mint by Tea Desire
1184 tasting notes

Today’s shift was hell, though only because I was functioning on maybe an hour or two of sleep, if that. So, I made this up as a timolino work tea because I knew I’d need the extra energy. I also brewed it up extra strong.

I have to say, it did help a little bit – but totally not anywhere near how much I needed it to. At least it tasted amazing! It had been a while since I’d had this one and I’d kind of forgotten just how good it is.

Thankfully, I got off at two and was able to sleep for a blissful six hours when I got home! I’ll probably be up all night now, but at least I’m rested again – and after tomorrow’s shift I have two days off so that should let me sort out my sleeping patterns a little…

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
1356 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (163)

I am going to miss this creamy apricot-coconut deliciousness! It truly is a unique and delicious cup of tea and it is amazing. Thank you Roswell Strange for sending some of this my way.

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This was the “Tea of the Day” at Tea Desire today, and I just had to try a sample of it because I don’t think I’ve ever had another Yellow Tea before.

It was pretty good; though it’s hard to get a definitive feel for it based on the little shot glass sized amount they pour out. Mostly, I think I tasted the cranberry and the orange/mango – not a lot of pomegranate. I’m finding that’s a flavour I’m usually really unimpressed with when it comes to tea.

I don’t know – maybe I’d consider getting some? Or at least, a “To Go” cup of it to get more of a taste? Though I don’t plan on going to the store for a while now that I’ve picked up tin refills for my favourites, two new blends (one of which I’m splitting 50/50 with VariaTEA) and VariaTea’s Buddha Bamboo.

Also, I was wearing my Dollarama smock because I was headed in to work after buying everything (and stopping at the bank to get my rent money), and the cashier charged me the mall discount price. She must have just assumed I was working at the Dollarama in that mall. Score!

I saved a few bucks in total :)

Flavors: Orange Zest

carol who

Yeah for saving money! Means more tea!

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drank Walnut Truffle by Tea Desire
1356 tasting notes

Thank you Fjellrev for sharing some of this with me. I don’t know why, but I was not expecting this to be as good as it is. I guess I thought it would be a one-note nut tea as opposed to the rich nutty chocolate I am getting. It truly lives up to its namesake – this is a walnut truffle in liquid form and it is great!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Roswell Strange

So, I was debating either getting this as a to go or 50g tomorrow when I go to Tea Desire for your Buddha Bamboo. Do you think I’d like it?

VariaTEA

I don’t know if you will see this in time but I do think you would like it. If you want, we can split the 50g?

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Cold Brew Sipdown (182/184)!

In total, this sat in the fridge cold brewing for pretty much a full 24 hours. When I set it up, I actually thought I had much more of it, and I was expecting to still have a bunch left – but somewhat thankfully there wasn’t as much as I thought and I got to dump the last of it in the mason jar!

This is pretty good cold brewed; I think better than it is hot, anyway. Hot I get this really funky, ‘soapy’ after taste that competes so much with the orange and the cinnamon, and all the other fruits. As a cold brew, the main flavours of this are orange/banana as immediate flavours and this incredibly long, lingering cinnamon/clove aftertaste that’s just really lovely and adds a cool dynamic to to the fruitiness of it. And there’s absolutely no soap flavour.

I wont get this again; because while it’s a neat cold brew it’s not overwhelmingly special either, and also because the fear of the lack of “soap” flavour being a fluke it holding me back a bit too. I think I may have sent this to a few other people, and based on this cup my recommendation to them is to try cold brewing the sample instead of having it hot.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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drank Brasiliano by Tea Desire
1184 tasting notes

So I gave a “loose leaf tea” crash course to a few coworkers today; Cody and Morningstar. I taught them how to properly portion the loose leaf teas I’ve brought in for store usage (all steep at boiling temperatures except one, just for convenience sake), and how long to steep them, and all those good things!

We had a fun time smelling the different tins. Anyway, Morningstar asked if I had something that was high in caffeine/energy because she wants to quit drinking coffee so I brought this one in for her. I mean, Mate is the route to go if you want high energy – and this is a roasted Mate with flavours that are sort of like a flavoured coffee. It seemed like a good fit!

So this is the tea I “taught” them with, and we all had a bit of it. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it; and that makes me feel very proud of my looseleaf. Morningstar even asked me a WHOLE bunch of questions about the ingredients and where she could buy something like this for herself – so I told her she could get this specific tea in town, and that if she’s just interested in the caffeine/energy to go to DAVIDsTEA and ask about “Mate”.

Squea for learning! EeeiiiiI!

VariaTEA

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
1356 tasting notes

I am having this again because Roswell Strange has been kind enough to offer to grab me some when she goes to get me Buddha Bamboo. However, although I am enjoying it quite a bit, I don’t know if I am quite prepared to commit to a large quantity of it. It combines apricot and coconut beautifully in a delectably creamy cup. However, I just don’t reach for white teas too quickly and I feel it might get lost in my large cupboard. Perhaps when I get down to a reasonable amount of tea…

Roswell Strange

I can hold out on sending some to you/buying you some. You might be moving soon, but I’m not going anywhere so this can be picked up for you at any time if you change your mind. :) Plus, I think it might be permanent to my cupboard – so samples can always be passed as swap add ins.

VariaTEA

Thank you for the offer. I just don’t know if I would want a lot of it or not. Buddha Bamboo, on the other hand, I would be happy to be swimming in :P

VariaTEA

I wouldn’t turn down the occasional sample though :)

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I got this one from carol who in a mini swap. I was hoping this one would be better, but it tastes fairly weak to me. I could find no steeping directions. I tried it at 1:30, which is normally about what I would steep a green for, and there was almost no anything to it, so I added another minute. That helped some, but I still don’t get a lot of flavor from it. It’s a little sweet from the fruit in it, but that’s about it. Oh well. Maybe if I had more leaf that would have helped. It was worth the try, though.


UPDATE
I wrote the original part as I was part way through the cup. As it cooled, I found this got better. Still not amazing, but better. I bet this would be good iced as the flavors seem to come out better in the cooler temps. If I see this again in any of the tea boxes I’m involved in, I will definitely grab it and try it that way.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
carol who

Now I feel bad… that’s two of the teas that I sent that you didn’t like much :( I hadn’t tried this one, I had gotten it in a swap. Maybe the next one will be better. :)

Cheri

Don’t feel bad, Carol! I wrote this when I was about half way through the cup. I was just coming back to edit it, actually. It got better as it cooled, surprisingly. I bet this would be good iced.

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
1093 tasting notes

thanks for another sample, Miss B! This blend sounds as heavenly as the name. Green & white tea, pineapple, and lovely tiny yellow roses! The taste is nice, though the first steep seemed like it could have more flavor.. probably the fault of the temp and the steep time. But the white & green tea makes a unique yet mild enough base for the creamy flavor with the pineapple. I can’t really taste roses, but they sure look lovely. The second steep had more pineapple! Very nice.
Steep #1// 30 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 3 min

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
1356 tasting notes

So apparently I was in the mood for coconut because without even realizing it, I brewed up this cup and Creamy Coconut by Bayswater. Luckily, this is more than just coconut. Instead this is a tasty marriage of coconut creaminess and Tea Desire’s spectacular apricot flavoring. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me because I quite like it. I might need to add this to the Buddha Bamboo I asked you to pick up for me because I want more! At least I got enough for some more cups left in the sample.

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