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drank Creamy Caramel Oolong by Tealish
479 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

I don’t know what to make of this tea. It smells like caramel, and it varies between tasting like nothing (no base tea, no flavor, no nothing ) and tasting like cotton candy. The difference from one sip to the next is disconcerting. I’m so confused I don’t even know how to rate it!

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
949 tasting notes

Gosh I love this tea. It soothes and pleases, and I always drink it way too fast after it’s cooled. I may need to see if a cold brew is in order at some point… I mean, I have more than enough of it to try. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

MissB, would you say this resembles Della Terra Lemon Chiffon? I’m just curious cause that’s about the only rooibos I can tolerate!

MissB

They’re very similar teas, however this one is a green rooibos, which I find I enjoy more than most red rooibos. I can send you some if you’d like to try it out?

TheTeaFairy

Aww, thank you missB, you are so kind! I will pass on the offer for now, trying so hard not to get anymore tea cause my cupboard is so out of control but will keep that in mind :-)

MissB

I understand the out-of-control cupboard all too well. I’m sure I’ll have lots for a while, so feel free to ask anytime.

CelebriTEA

The name of this tea is enough to make your mouth water…mmm…
Lemon Meringue…mmm

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drank Blueberry Lagoon by Tealish
949 tasting notes

I’ve had this at least five times in the past few days, and I’ve noticed a few things:
- it’s too sweet cold, and as it cools;
- it’s infinitely better hot, and with a shorter than five minute steep;
- the apple takes over if you re-steep, oversteep, or let it cool too long.

I do love it, however it’s a bit finicky. This is a partial re-steep (I re-steeped the last cup and added more leaf), and probably my least favorite of all the times I’ve had it. The last cup however – 3 minute steep with 200F water and all brand new leaf – was amazing while still hot/warm.

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

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
61 tasting notes

This is nice. I didn’t get coconut in there anywhere – smell or taste. That’s a good thing or it would have gone into my swap pile. I liked the strong lemongrass flavor and scent. I got this in a swap and it will be nice for a couple of cups, but probably not one I will reorder.

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drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
72 tasting notes

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drank Pink Dragonfruit by Tealish
1196 tasting notes

Coldbrew Sipdown (316/298)

I love this one. I will definitely restock, but not in a tin. Just a 50 g bag. But it is wonderful.

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
105 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea in my cupboard for awhile but didn’t add it to my cupboard here. I don’t have it that often and had a cup last night. It is very delicious. A cream lemon rooibos. Yes, the tin is almost empty but I have enjoyed every cup. Almost want to run out and get more but my cupboard is pretty full…..

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Love Potion Sencha by Tealish
105 tasting notes

I love green teas and was looking forward to trying this tea because it had such good reviews. I can definitely taste the cinnamon, candy, peppercorns but the sencha is lost. I don’t taste it at all. I think the cinnamon/candy flavor has overpowerd it. It’s still a decent tea but coming from a green tea lover, not for me.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Creamy Caramel Oolong by Tealish
279 tasting notes

Thanks for this sample Moraiwe!
This really is kinda creamy! It is very light and hints at caramel. It is not a super strong flavor and the oolong is quite subtle. I don’t think I would have picked it out as an oolong. There is almost a hint of mint on the sip and the aftertaste gets a bit more carmely. It is an interesting tea, but not one I’m super taken by.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen West Blend by Tealish
1196 tasting notes

Cold brew sipdown!! (378/360)

So this was in a little DavidsTea bag simply labelled “Queen West”. It’s from when the Toronto Tea Party still existed and we bought a 50g bag of this to split.

I don’t hate it! It’s rather good, but…underwhelming. Just kind of meh. Basic fruit with basic cirtus. I can’t really pick out any specific flavors. It’s a nice cold brew, but not worth restocking.

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drank Hot Chocolate Chai by Tealish
949 tasting notes

At least I did one of my chai’s right tonight – this one! I much prefer it with cream than straight, and like this it’s a wonderfully rich and delicious hot chocolate with chai spices. Exactly as described!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sami Kelsh

Mmm, cozy.

Veronica

That sounds delicious!

Suziqzer

Sounds like a treat!

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drank Love Potion Sencha by Tealish
108 tasting notes

Another green! I’m making my way through some of the samples I have.. and trying some of the greens. If there are enough flavors that pair well with the base, I do well… if I taste mostly green, I give the cup to Hubby if he’s home. I must say, I’m doing better with greens though. :)

Dry this smells sweet & spicy.

Steeped I get a light tea that I’m not sure how to describe. I reminds me so much of the little craft/home décor stores that you walk into that smell so good. Kind of fruity, sweet and a bit of floral, but then at the end of the sip I get a kick of spice… must be the peppercorns &/or cinnamon. I’m not real familiar with currants, so maybe that’s why I have a little trouble with the description.

I’m finding I enjoy this more than I expected (even with an accidental over steep) … a really light tea, green base that is just a base and not acting as part of the flavor, and a nice surprise of spice at the end. A touch of raw sugar made the fruit/floral flavor pop a bit.

Thanks MissB for sharing this one!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
72 tasting notes

I tried this tea this morning and it was a very nice smooth tea. I love coconut and I love chai, so I figured this would be a no brainer for me. I did think this had a mild coconut flavor and I would not mind if it were a little stronger, but I liked it any way. I would drink this one again for sure.

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drank Milk Oolong by Tealish
181 tasting notes

And now this is my second milk oolong ever. Kind of hard to compare this to the Teavivre one, but I’ll try. Thanks to aisling of tea and De for giving me a full package of this to try.

Dry leaf: Dark greenish-black little nuggets. The smell isn’t very creamy. In fact, it’s kind of metallic, bordering on marine/salty. Perhaps a touch of sweetness underneath.

Steeping parameters: The instructions on the package called for a 2-4 minute steep in 95°C water. I thought that was a bit odd, so I went with about 85° water for 1 minute for the first steep. Then I did 2 subsequent steeps at 95° for 3 minutes each to see what difference that made.

Liquor: The steeping times and temperatures did make a big difference. The first steep was quite light. The second and third steeps had a deep yellow colour and much more apparent flavour. However, all three steeps tasted kind of chemically/metallic. The third steep had the creamiest, milkiest flavour to it, but it wasn’t taste so much as mouthfeel, and it still felt oddly astringent.

Thoughts: I really don’t know what to make of this yet, so I’m not rating it. I think I liked the Milk Oolong from Teavivre more (it certainly had a nicer smell when dry), but since I’ve never tried any milk oolongs before today, I don’t know if I’m doing this right.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
477 tasting notes

I keep hitting the ‘notify me’ button instead of ‘review this tea’. They should really make the review button bigger.

ANYWAY.

My wife discovered that I actually do enjoy some cold-brewed teas, so we have set out on a quest to discover exactly which ones, and how much agave is too much agave. I’ve had so many in the last few days that I haven’t reviewed that I’m just going to do them all at once and out of order SO we’ll start with Lemon Meringue – which in and of itself is one of the few rooibos teas that I enjoy (I find rooibos just too naturally sweet – it sticks in my throat).

Unfortunately, I did not like it cold-brewed. I’m leaving my rating where it is, because hot this is delicious, but it turned bitter and pungent on cold brewing.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I wish that I had something witty to say about this tea…but it really just tastes like walnuts (and that’s rather delightful).

You can kinda taste the green base, but it seems as though it’s mainly there just to bump up the deliciousness and savoury goodness that is toasted walnut. I’m not entirely sure why I like this tea so much, but something about it just makes my tastebuds all kinds of happy.

I’m slightly undecided on whether I would order it myself, but it’s an enjoyable cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cheri

I think I need to try more tea with nuts in it. I have one that has almonds in it, but the almond does’t provide much and it seems overwhelmed by the other flavors. Walnuts, on the other hand, I think would provide great flavor to a tea. hmmm….

Pyroxy

Yeah, I’ve not found almond teas to have that nutty flavour I really like…but this one has great walnut flavour. Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA is another tasty nutty tea – I’m going to try and put it in the TTTTB. :)

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Cold brewed this for me and the wifey overnight.

I am not a lemon fan, especially in tea, as it tends to taste like lemon pledge, which this definitely does. Ugh, with the woody rooibos, it’s like licking a freshly pledge’d coffeetable.

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drank Razmintazz by Tealish
442 tasting notes

I gave this a longer hot steep today. Somehow I managed to coax out more of the raspberry and less of the mint. This is always a nice cup, but it was particularly nice to get a cup that was more raspberry heavy as opposed to strong on the mint side of things.

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drank Milk Oolong by Tealish
1196 tasting notes

I took my cold steep of this with me out today and it was so, sooo good. The oolong really came through and it was creamy and refreshing and just so delicious.

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drank Milk Oolong by Tealish
1196 tasting notes

Mmmm, I love milk oolongs. Loooove. Of the ones I have, this is my least favorite, even though it is quite yummy, so I’m adding it to the sipdown pile. Especially since RiverTea supposedly has a great Milk Oolong.

Even as I was making it, though, I began craving Birthday Cake from DavidsTea, so I knew I wouldn’t be coming back for a resteep. But the leaves had barely begun to open after the first cup finished steeping, so I poured them into my Mason Jar to let them cold brew. I love watching oolongs unfurl.

The tea itself is just lovely. Lovely! The roastyness of the oolong and the creamy milk….guh. Hands down one of my favorite teas.

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drank Bella Berry by Tealish
477 tasting notes

Backlogging a bit. Sort of grabbed randomly for a tea the other day – I wanted something black, and that’s all I knew. I remember this one being a luscious mouthful of fruit and melon, but this cup was a little disappointing. There was a faint aftertaste of berries and honeydew, but it was mainly just a cup of decent black tea. Not amazing. Just okay. A little dusty-tasting. Maybe I needed a longer steep time to bring out the berries.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Patisserie by Tealish
949 tasting notes

Hm. How have I yet to open this? Okay, I will today. It smells of a bakery (odd considering the ingredients) and it does remind me of one as well. Have to admit though, I preferred this on the heavier side (suggested portioning is 1 tsp per 6-8oz. so I used 2 tsp for 16oz.) and only when it was almost cold. Hot, it was… meh. Ice cold, it got bitter. Warm on the cold side, it was… pleasant. Pastry-like. Rich. Sweet.

On a complete aside, I’ve decided to stop adding data into the database until everything gets added so that I can. Otherwise… I’m adding partial data, and that seems like a waste of time to me.

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

You mean flavour data?

MissB

Flavor, ingredients, anything. I sent a note to Jason directly via email, suggesting they enlist some of the keeners amongst us to do that for them, so they can control the database entries yet still have it updated in a timely manner.

Anna

Oh, I didn’t realize until now the ingredients are also an issue. Wow.

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
949 tasting notes

Just meh. Maybe I underleafed? 2 tsp in 16 oz, I could go up to 3 tsp, as these are HUGE pieces of orange, sunflower, cardamom, peppercorn, etc. Regardless, this just tastes like a mildly sweet tea with perhaps some cardamom in it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Love Potion Sencha by Tealish
293 tasting notes

Another tea from the lovely MissB

A green, and I am not very green except for Oolongs.
The dry leaf is absolutely beautiful, mix of tea, flowers and berries.

The liquor smells cinnamon, light cinnamon. I didn’t want to take any risk , I am very suspicious with greens and steeping so it has been steeped for 2 minutes only.
This is a sencha and has the specific taste notes of the sencha.

I particularly appreciate the way the flavours are working together, I wasn’t expecting cinnamon and currant to pair so well together.

I am very pleased to have had the chance to taste this sencha.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
MissB

Je suis tres heureuse que tu aimes cette thé! (Je practique mon francais, et j’ai besoin d’un becherelle pour les conjugaisons.)

Ysaurella

bravo pour la petite note en français et merci pour ce joli thé :)

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