299 Tasting Notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box

Wow, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but I really like it! It’s a little like Stormy Night, but it lacks the black tea and coconut-ness of it. It’s a bit weird unsweetened since you definitely taste the slightly vegetal green tea, but once I added a bit of sweetener, it was a nice, spicey mix – definitely lots of yummy cinnamon. I’m not getting much chocolate, maybe a hint of cocoa? I think the rest of this is going to be sticking around in my cupboard (sorry future tea traveler peeps)!

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thanks to Dexter3657 for a sample of this!

So far I’m on my 3rd steep (dare I try a 4th?), and it’s nearly as flavorful as the first, it’s actually bit creamier. I was a bit worried, this being a Pu Erh, but it’s actually really nice! I don’t think it would make me get a brick or plain Pu Erh or anything, but tasty cinnamon tea with all the benefits of Pu Erh? Yes, please.

A lot of the reviews say this is bready and I’m not sure I’m going “bread” but it definitely evokes a cinnamon pastry.

I’ll definitely need to restock this when I’m out.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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

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drank Banane Chocolate by Lupicia
299 tasting notes

Thanks to Dexter3657 for this! Seriously, the swap box that I received from her is amazing and I am having a fantastic time trying all of these teas!

Anyway, the dry leaf of this didn’t really smell like much of anything, BUT then I added hot water and let it brew and the true banana scent that wafted up from the water was amazing. I tested it unsweetened and while it was nice, the banana flavor really pops when I added a bit of sweetener. To my taste buds, this tastes a little like the 52teas Banana Pudding but I’ll have to try some more of that to be sure and see which one I prefer. I don’t really taste chocolate, but that’s totally ok.

I have yet to make a Lupicia order, but I’d certainly add this in if I were to make one in the future. Yummy.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

oh man… i need a lupicia order..pretty sure this was on my list to try

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Thank you so much to Dexter3657 for sending me a generous sample of this!

This is good, but it reminds me almost spot on to Argo Tea’s Earl Grey Creme which is not limited edition and easier to get a hold of, though the snowflakes are pretty darn cute.

I used about 1.5 teaspoons of leaves in a 12oz mug and added sweetener

Flavors: Cream

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

So it looks like every company has a version of this type of tea: Tiesta’s Nutty Almond Cream, Davidstea Forever Nuts. I think most of them have a version. I didn’t buy a bag of this but two of the sachets came in a sample set I bought and I brought the set into work. While loose tea is great, bagged is definitely easier at work. This is a nice apple-based tea with creamy almond notes. I add sweetener because I have a major sweet tooth but I’m sure many would enjoy this plain.

I got the Tiesta version for a ridiculously good price during Black Friday and I hope it lasts till this year’s holiday because I think it’s the cheapest I’ve seen this type of blend. Though if Davidstea had this on sale for any reason, I’d certainly stock up (doubtful given it’s popularity).

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Thanks to Dexter3657 for this sample!

I’ve been on a new medication that makes me nauseated so I’ve been really boring in my tea drinking, but since this is a rooibos, I thought I’d try it out. All the extra bits in it make it really pretty to look at and it reminds me of Davidstea Alpine Punch. There’s a lot of almond flavor and a nice creamy taste at the end of the sip. I added a bit of sweetener to mine even with the sprinkles.

If I decide to make an order from Georgia Tea Company when this tea is available, I’d likely add it to my cart.

Flavors: Nuts

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This one is very interesting. So, like all Teavana “teas”, this is more fruit chunks than actual tea, which is absolutely fine for me since it means that it’s not extra caffeinated.

This is probably the closest thing I have tasted to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Yes, I realize that this doesn’t have coffee in it, nor does it have any milk, but the taste profile is very similar. I bet this would be really excellent as a latte. If I manage to get my butt to IKEA (planned for today) and buy a milk frother (they are only $1.99 there!!).

Anyway, I really like this. I used 2 teavana “perfect” teaspoons (I think they are more like 1.5 teaspoons) and added sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I liked this one too! It was a little bit grainy I found, but had a nice taste.

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I succumbed to the Teavana sales.

Also, we just got back from a trip to Long Island, where we celebrated my great-aunts 100th birthday, pretty crazy. I’m happy to be back, especially since it was so dry. Both my sinus passages and I are happy to be back near my tea stash.

This one I was a bit worried about, but it’s actually pretty nice. I’ve been into teas with almond and this is a light fruity one. I’m curious how it will fair with the addition of some rooibos. It definitely needs sweetener, it’s a little sour without and it’s not as creamy as say, Tiesta Teas Nutty Almond Cream but definitely drinkable!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Kinda wish I bought this now.

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drank Fig Rose by Teavana
299 tasting notes

Right out of the bag, this smells really alcoholic, but it’s a sweet type. My first thought was, Manischewitz – super sweet, kosher wine. Not like I’d reject a glass of it, but I was really really hoping this wouldn’t taste like it!

I really like figs. I didn’t care much for them growing up, but as an adult, I’ve eaten dried figs as a tasty super sweet snack. Oh my goodness, the deliciousness.

Anyway, my mug is cooling right now, but I took a small taste right before I took out the ""leaves"". It’s quite good and it’s sweet on its own so I didn’t add sweetener, though as it cools it’s getting a little bitter so I think I might add some next time.

I used 2 perfect teaspoons in my 16oz steeping mug

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

LOL aboout the Manischewitz reference.

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Sad sipdown today. I finished the last of this one. Although I never thought I would finish 250 grams of this tea, I managed to in less than 6 months. Granted, I portioned off a fair bit of it for swaps, but I think I probably drank 90% of the 250 grams. I’m bummed that this appears to be discontinued but maybe it will show up on the Davidstea sales page sometime in the future.

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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:

Fruity White Teas
Assam Black
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas

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



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