343 Tasting Notes

(from one of the traveling tea boxes)

I realized that my sample supply was quickly taking over my tea cupboard/table/drawer (see what I mean?!). That and the fact that I couldn’t determine how old some of my samples were has led me to try to sip them down as fast as I can prior to the 2 tea boxes I am participating in arrive (which aren’t currently lost).

Well this is definitely still good! I used 2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug – I’d consider a bit more next time. It’s a creamy light coconut/vanilla flavor. I added a bit of sweetener but I have a major sweet tooth. Also, no rooibos taste for those who find it offensive, just a nice evening drink. Yum. Staying on the wishlist for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
rosebudmelissa

green rooibos has a much different flavor than red rooibos. In my opinion green rooibos and honeybush are much better for blending.

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semi-sipdown

I finished my first 2oz bag of this (I have a few others stowed away from the last Heavenly sale). I really quite like this! As I said in my initial tasting note, Peppermint Mocha drinks from Starbucks are my favorite treat during the holidays (though I do get them “skinny”). This similar, just sans espresso. I manage to get 2 steeps out of this by adding a generous scoop of cacao nips during my 2nd steep and I also over"leaf" it due to the bits of white chocolate and other meltables. I’d say about 3 tsp in my 16oz mug for 10 minutes in boiling water. That and a dash of sweetener and I am in for a very tasty treat indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
343 tasting notes

Semi-sipdown

I brought the 6 sachet tin of this to visit my in-laws for the holidays and finished it off there. The sachet tins aren’t really cost effective, but happened to be convenient and the tin is great for travel. I drank this as an after dinner (and dessert) drink. I did sweeten it but I think the sachet are meant for a smaller amount of liquid than I prepare. Otherwise, I’m glad I bought 2oz of this loose that I still have at home!

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My husband drove the 3 or so hours each way (!) to the newest Davidstea near us this past Saturday (my birthday) so I could redeem my 4 (gulp) 2oz bags and get my free brewed tea for my birthday. I wound up picking this one out because it tasted so good at the front of the store and didn’t require any additives. I thoroughly enjoyed it on the long journey home and picked up 3 of the 3 for $15 tins so I’d have some at home (this, eggnog and apple custard – as a side note, both this and the eggnog are cheaper per gram or ounce if you buy the mini stackable tins for the $5 in store price and you get a cute tin!).

This is a nice slightly creamy cinnamon tea. I love that it’s an oolong and not a black tea. I can see myself sipping this all winter long. It shouldn’t be a surprise when i say I enjoyed my free cup to go!

I also “bought” Gold Rush, Mulberry Magic, Vanilla Orchid and Butterfly Jasmine.

lolainred

This one sounds so good!

caile

Sounds like you had a great birthday! Lots of goodies! :)

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I’ve been so stuck on Spiced Apple Cider, that I completely ignored the fact that this was in my cupboard; but since the weather has recently turned cold, I thought I’d take this out. This is last year’s batch and I’ve never even tried it (bad tea drinker/buyer)! Anyway, it’s a nice mix of chocolate and peppermint (with a little sweetener added). And it reminds me of a rooibos version of read my lips. Skinny Peppermint Mocha Lattes are my favorite drinks during the season and this is a nice tea version! Should have cracked it out sooner!

I’m a little embarrassed to mention how much of this I managed to stock, but the 2oz bag is pretty paltry so I don’t think I’ll have any issues finishing… though maybe not in time for the next Heavenly sale…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Well, serves me right for making this before reading the reviews. Steeped at 200 degrees for 7-10 minutes produces a much more flavorful cup. And 3 tsp gives me 2 decent steeps. Not too bad. Still trying to narrow down my 4 choices though… hmmm

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I bought myself an ounce of this to try the last time I was in NYC, thinking I would redeem my rewards on it. It’s only ok. Did I do something wrong?

It’s nice, slightly creamy, and coco-nutty. A mild hint of caramel, but even after steeping for the recommended 7 minutes, I still needed to add sweetener to it. It was fine without, but it was missing the oomph. I can see people who generally don’t sweeten their teas to really like this, but I dunno, even sweetened, there’s something missing. I just can’t put my finger on it.

If anyone has any recommendations let me know (if I did something wrong, etc.). Good, just not great given the hype or price!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by Rishi Tea
343 tasting notes

Honestly, I’m not sure how I got this, but since I had my first work from home day at my new job, i decided to give something new a whirl (since I’ve been stuck on Teavana Spiced Apple Cider + Rooibos Chai) or bagged tea at work until they determine I’m not a weirdo.

Anyway…

Seriously don’t know how I got this, but I had an ounce of it to begin with in an official Rishi bag. This was on top of my cabinet which also happens to house tea but happened before my tea obsession so I probably stuck it up there since I didn’t know where exactly to put it.

Anyway, is this chocolate chai?

No.

It’s basically ginger chai. So if ginger is your thing, you’ll love this. Me, on the other hand seems to hate ginger in tea (though I do like it on my sushi – the pickled variety though). This to me was barely drinkable. I got about half-way down my mug, before dumping it for the Teavana blend I mentioned above. Also, they recommend 2 Tablespoons on the front (for 12oz of water), I used 3 teaspoons. I cannot imagine how much more I would have hated it if I had followed directions!

Not a fan, but I don’t think I paid for it, so all is not lost.

EDIT
Managed to pawn this off to my husband’s coworkers so yay! Out of my cupboard! =)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Finished off this tin this past week. It was decent and so convenient for work, but I’d have to wait for a sale to repurchase as these RoT blends wind up being fairly pricey when you have to use 2 bags to get any reasonable flavor. I had bought this one 50% off, so not too shabby, but I don’t think I’d ever pay the ~$10 regular price.

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carol who

I agree with you completely :(

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Tealux
343 tasting notes

I feel like I haven’t been on Steepster in ages! Things have been crazy at work and then I’m about to start a new job. And then when I manage to get on the site, it seems to be buggy and not work, so not fun.

Anyway, I finally finished my 100 gram bag of this as a mix-in with the Teavana Spiced Apple Cider and I was so happy to throw the bag away. Would not repurchase. It actually mixed well with the Teavana blend, but just, no. No, not happening again. Have a learned my lesson about tea quantity? Probably not. But, I am so so so so glad this is done!

Sipdown!

carol who

Glad to see you back! :)

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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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