464 Tasting Notes

How I LOVE this tea! It was love at first sniff because the dry leaf just smelled so enticingly like licorice. The taste of this is like a liquefied licorice scotty dog candy with more substance and probably less sugar. It is gloriously smooth, unlike a lot of chais where the spices just kind of clash and leave a roughness on the tongue. The clove in particular, but also the cardamon and other spices really build up the licorice and add to it. I haven’t had a straight guranse, but what I did get from the base was smooth, dark, and slightly vanilla. I am enjoying this cup immensely!

BoxerMama

Yay! It’s so nice to see that other people love it too!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I’m OBSESSED with licorice- so I’m very glad you inspired this tea! :-)

Sil

looking forward to trying this one out

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100

I wish this wasn’t a sipdown! I finished off my sample packet at work today. I swear this tea gets earthier and earthier every time I drink it. So yummy!

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The local DavidsTea was giving glasses of this iced out for free this morning, so how could I resist? I really enjoyed this. It was both tart and sweet at the same time. Each sip, a different fruit would come out with me, sometimes sweet apple, sometimes citrus, sometimes berry. I loved the combination of berries and mint. It a little like vanilla at the end of the cup.

I haven’t reviewed anything for a few days because I was in bed with a bad cold. I couldn’t taste much of anything and just started getting my sense of taste and smell back.

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Light green tea and a strong, natural tangerine flavor. Reminds me a bubble tea, but not as artificial or sugary.

I crave citrus when I’m sick, so this makes me happy today. Let’s hope I stay happy as we are moving the whole office back to our renovated office. People tend to panic in situations like this. I don’t panic if I have my towel. :-)

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94

Oh my! Where has this tea been all my life! First I have to say that I love potatoes. I actually love them so much that when people ask me what I want for my birthday or for Christmas, I inevitably say “a sack of potatoes”. I am always delighted when I actually do get them. So when my Butiki order came in today, I decided to try this first. It especially sounded comforting because I have a cold. I’m so glad I tried this first. Sipping it is just one scrumptious mouthfull after another of potato, appley, cinnamony, and buttery goodness! I have a feeling I’m going to be working my way through the ounce I got of this VERY quickly! :-)

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100

Grabbed the sample packet of this before heading out the door to work. I love the smell of the dry leaf! I needed a strong tea to get me going this morning. Steeped it for a couple of minutes. I love the roasty, buttery taste of this tea. I think I may be getting a sore throat, so I needed something good this morning.

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Disappointed with both new teas I tried today, so I went for something I know I love! Black tea right before I go to bed? Sure, why not? :-)

Cavocorax

Been there! At least you can’t go wrong with that one!

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So I can’t add teas yet, so I’m adding my review of Om (Sound of the Universe) by Joy’s Teaspoon here. Frankly I didn’t like it. It smelled like soapy potpourri in the dry leaf and as a liquor. The rose was very overpowering and in a bad way. I didn’t taste much of any of the other spices except for maybe a little bit of licorice root. Not really my cup of tea. I think I like my floral teas a little more subtle.

Ingredients according to Joy’s Teaspoon website are: cardamom, saffron, licorice root, fennel, ginger root, cinnamon, rosebuds, lemongrass, rose scen

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
464 tasting notes

This tastes a lot like DavidsTea Bollywood Chai, but a little more mellow. The star anise really hit me full in the face when I first drank it, but it soon settled down and let some of the other flavors come out to play. I love fennel so that was nice. I could definitely taste the chocolate, but it was little artificial like bad chocolate milk. I felt like I couldn’t taste the base at all. It probably would taste better with milk. This probably wasn’t the best choice for me, since my stomach was a little off today. I will probably stick to peppermint or chamomile for the rest of the day.

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This is much better than Della Terra’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I was beginning to think that pastry-inspired tea was just not for me. I didn’t love this, but it did give me hope that these kind of teas might be ok.

The best thing about this tea is that you could still taste the base under the cinnamon. It was rich and dark. It was also really smooth. There was a note that tasted like raisins, but turned a little more to chocolate as it cooled. The cinnamon was nice, not fake tasting. There was something artificial that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was kind of like that dreaded soy lethicin taste I hate, but not quite as strong. That’s the one thing that didn’t make this tea a win for me.

Sil

psssst try cinnamon swirl bread from steap shoppe.

TastyBrew

I second sil’s comment.

Sil

haha says the one who’s responsible for my decline..

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Lol! I was looking at their website today and thinking about placing an order! :-) Maybe after I receive my current Butiki order.

Sil

Janet has some kick ass customer service as well.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to hear! I’m trying to pace myself with buying teas. I don’t think I have the space for 200+ teas in my place. :-)

Sil

hey! i’m almost under 200…if none of my swaps come in, should be there before the weekend lol

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Woohoo! I say I’m going to pace myself because I know I could quite easily get up to that many teas myself. It really is addicting!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, Fuzzy, you have room, because when you go off the deep end of tea ‘collecting’ somehow you keep making more room….& more room…

Terri HarpLady

Sil, my dear, there is no such thing as ‘almost under 200’, LOL
Either you’re over 200, at 200, or under 200. Ask Yoda, he’ll tell you. ; )

Fuzzy_Peachkin

:-) I’ve already made space where there wasn’t any. At least tea is less expensive than running shoes.

Sil

fuzzy…depends on how much tea you buy
terri – says you! i can see the finish line…right…there!

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I run, I sing, I drink tea. That’s the best description I have of me.

I’ve always enjoyed tea, but have just started trying out a lot more loose teas and varied brands. I’m really excited about a site like steepster so I can read about what people think about different teas.

Oh and I really hate Lipton tea. There’s something just awful about it and I can’t understand why nearly every local diner only has Lipton.

Also I’m on the search for a full-bodied, fruity blackberry tea. So if you have any suggestions feel free to throw them my way! :-)

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