305 Tasting Notes

drank Lychee Coconut by Tea Forte
305 tasting notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

1.5 tsp + sweetener

Given the less than favorable reviews, I was expecting this to be kind of gross, but I quite like it. Not to keep the bag or to run out and purchase a tin of my own, but it’s pleasant. The coconut has a really nice mouthfeel though I could do without the lychee part. I’m tempted to try some of the Tea Forte Coconut teas now. Pretty reasonably priced too!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lala

I really like to Tea Forte coconut chai latte and coconut colada. I was not much a fan of the lychee coconut though. The lychee part was just too perfumey for me.

jeweledthumb

@Lala: I was actually just sifting through your reviews trying to find some of these. Thank you for making my job much easier!

Lala

I still have some of the coconut chai latte. Send me a PM if you would like to try some.

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1.5 tsp in 12oz mug + sweetener

Mmm, now this one I like. It’s ever so slightly less flavorful than the Davidstea Pistachio Cream, but unlike its herbal brother, it has the benefits of green tea! I’m definitely getting the Pistachio and a bit of cream – not quite ice cream but there is a creaminess to the sip that I quite enjoy.

While I have a generous bag of Davidstea Pistachio Cream, it was limited at least for now (I hope Davidstea brings it back) and this is available year round!

I’m keeping the few remaining teaspoons till I put in an order myself.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Thank you ashleyelizabeth for including a bunch of Butiki teas in this box; they are one of the e-tailers that I’ve been wanting to try but it just hasn’t quite happened yet. In any case, there was just enough in the baggy for about 1.5 teaspoons so I used my smaller 12oz mug.

Can I be honest here? Butiki gets so much love here on Steepster that this one was a bit of a let down. I’m getting black tea and nutmeg and a minor amount of cream, but it doesn’t have quite the mouth-feel one would expect and it’s a little astringent.

If there were enough in here to pass on, I would as it’s not something I would want to stock. Maybe I brewed it wrong?

edit
2nd steep was significantly better over the first but still not something I’d stock.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashleyelizabeth

I was also disappointed with this one, I was wanting more nutmeg! And I found it a little astringent as well. Don’t base your opinion of Butiki on this blend, I have moved most of Stacy’s blends that I have tried.

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This one is good, but I’m not really getting anything more than a nice banana flavor, no real butter so to speak. Though, I will note that I added sweetener so maybe that has overwhelmed the butter? This isn’t especially unique from other banana flavored teas in my opinion.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashleyelizabeth

I totally agree! It sounded so good and had such good reviews, but it let me down. It must just be the new re-blend because it sounds like older versions were quite tasty.

jeweledthumb

@ashleyelizabeth: Oh that’s a shame (of the older version really being like hot buttered banana bread). The idea of that seems so nice.

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Ohmygawsh! This tastes so similar to Davidstea Stormy Night… except it needs a lot less “leaf”. I used 2 tsp in a 12oz steeping mug and it is delightful! Yay! I’m keeping this. It’s chocolatey and cinnamony and yum (I added a dash of sweetener)!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

It is quite tasty. I am glad you are finding teas to enjoy from the box!

jeweledthumb

@VariaTEA: I don’t think I’ve ever had this much tea in a short amount of time. I’m definitely finding a few gems!

VariaTEA

Yay for tea box success!

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drank Hunny by Empress Tea House
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This one is pretty nice. As the name suggests, this has a nice light honey flavor and aroma. I don’t find the rooibos overpowering but I happen to like the taste of it. It’s not something I would keep around, but it was fun to try! I added a touch of sweetener to my mug to help bring out the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m actually a bit let down with this one. Given it is Della Terra and a rooibos which they tend to do so well, I’m not getting a real coffee or cappuccino flavor. I’m mostly getting caramel plus rooibos. Not bad, but it doesn’t really invoke the name all that much. Happy to try this one but I’m glad to send it on and I don’t think I would add it on to a future order either.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Dex to the rescue!

It’s not bad. Green tea is one of the few types that I can easily drink unsweetened (prepared correctly that is), but with that being said, none of the flavors really pop when I do that. I faintly taste lemon and maybe a little orange, but it’s an afterthought, not the main event. I bet I would taste more fruit if I sweetened it, but given that this is one of the few types of teas I can do without, I’ll sip the rest of the cup as is.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Hmm… something about this one isn’t quite doing it for me. I’m not sure if it’s the licorice or the fennel… maybe the pepper? It kind of reminds me of the same flavor I experienced with the Davidstea Love Elixir for Her, so I think it’s the licorice. While I have a mini argument with myself, I’ll wrap up this tasting note with a “it’s not bad, but not for me” ending.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank To Life by Teavana
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Wow, I’m really enjoying this one! It’s really light, slightly floral (due to the jasmine), slightly fruity. It smells pretty peachy but doesn’t smack you in the face with peach! I added a touch of sweetener which really brought out the fruity notes. I love jasmine and I am a fan of white teas due to the health benefits and the low caffeine content.

I was originally put off because one of the reviewers said it tasted like chateau blanc which is basically expensive grape juice, but it’s not anything like that to me. Yum.

Tempted to grab the rest of this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lala

Take as much as you want out of the box :)

Sil

i was going to say…for sure. that’s the fun of it!

jeweledthumb

OK ok! Well I suppose this is a good thing since I have so much I want to add!

ashleyelizabeth

Take it! I put that one in during the last round. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
lighters Blacks
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)
dessert teas
tisanes iced that don’t require added sweetener

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas
heavy ginger teas
teas with licorice (as primary ingredients – somehow I like some where the licorice is in the back drop)
heavily oxidized oolongs

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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