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302 Tasting Notes

93
drank Chai With Chocolate by 52teas
302 tasting notes

I don’t think I’ve ever been so sad to see the end of a sample. I’ve been drinking this over the last few days, almost always as a mid-morning tea. I’ve had a cold so I didn’t want to rate it until I could properly taste it. It is interesting that when I am drinking this tea it doesn’t necessarily knock my socks off, but yet I keep wanting more of it (what did you put in this tea Frank!).

I don’t normally like chai but I really like this. In the package, the tea has the scent of chocolate raisins. One brewed the tea is raisiny, chocolatey and has a fair amount of cinnamon flavor. It’s kind of like a mexican chocolate cupcake (esp when sweetened with agave nectar). I sure hope this is in the permanent collection because I am definitely going to need more of this (see reference to crack above).

BTW – there are thankfully no milk chocolate chips in this. I will have to verify with Frank that it is a typo and not just an oddity with my sample.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
52teas

RE: Chocolate chips.

I apologize, but I keep changing my mind on the chocolate chip issue, and I think I’ve managed to confuse myself even.

A number of our customers say they want our teas to be more chocolate-y. So, I started adding chocolate chips. Then I hear from other customers who are vegan and don’t want the chocolate chips. Other customers are using fancy machines to infuse their tea and don’t like what the chocolate chips do to their machines.

I am fairly certain that we are going to eliminate the chocolate chips from our blends. But I will need time to update the labels and descriptions on our website and Steepster. In the meantime, please feel free to order and tell me, “No chocolate chips” on your order, and I will make sure there aren’t any. That should go for the Chai with Chocolate, the Chocolate Mint and the Chocolate Malt Honeybush from MySweetHonebush. I’m going to work on updating everything as soon as I can.

Kristin

thanks for the explanation!

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75
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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I think I had my expectations set way high for this tea by all the great reviews. I suppose I was bound to be a little disappointed. This tea is just ok for me. I taste a black tea with strawberry (a la Frankenberry). I’m not getting vanilla or creamy custard. I’ll finish off the sample, but it’s not something I plan to order again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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71

Lowering my rating on this one. I like it, but the more I drink it, the less I like it. There is some weird flavor in the background that I am associating with melted crayons (I got this after a 5 min and also after a 10 min steep). Also, tonight I steeped it 10 minutes and I am getting lots and lots of cinnamon. Cinnamon crayons. Maybe waxy is a better description. I liked it better at 5 min.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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93
drank Chai With Chocolate by 52teas
302 tasting notes

So the description of this tea on steepster says milk chocolate chips, but the bag and picture listing the ingredients do not. I haven’t found any milk chocolate chips in it either. I wonder if it changed at some point or if that was a misprint somewhere. I was surprised to see that in the description when I logged in to review this.

I got this as one of my 3 ValenTeas samples. I think it was good. I’m not going to rate it yet because I cannot taste much at the moment (cold… boo). I wasn’t going to drink any good teas until I could taste again, but for some reason I keep grabbing the teas with chocolate; perhaps that is all I can taste. I drank this and DavidsTea Read My Lips today.

  • Update – I checked the tea and there are no chocolate chips in the package that I have.

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63
drank Throat Comfort by Yogi Tea
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I’ve been giving this little teabag package the evil eye for about an hour. I don’t feel good and the thought of anything in my regular collection made my stomach turn a little. Well, the sore throat finally won and I made this tea. It’s not bad at all. I was so worried because there are a couple of kinds of tea in that cold sampler box that are horrid (but work). This one is actually ok, so don’t be afraid. It’s licorice-y (which I don’t like so much but not overpowering) and gingery. And weirdly makes my throat feel better.

Update – dropping my rating as I don’t like it as much as it cools and there is a weird pile of cruft at the bottom of the mug. I don’t dig cruft,

gmathis

I wish there was a throat thing that didn’t have nasty licorice in it.

Kristin

maybe it’s the secret ingredient?

Angrboda

In herbal medicine licorice has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system, so I think most herbal teas that claim to be ‘throat tea’ will have licorice in it. It seems a logical choice for a throat soother.

gmathis

I always joke that my tongue feels like I’ve licked a glue stick after I have licorice—-which would explain its throat-coat properties.

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71

Mmm, this one is good too. I’m having good tea luck today. I was worried that I wouldn’t like this one. I get cinnamon, then strawberry, then cinnamon, and then the aftertaste leaves me with a feeling of a brown sugar oatmeal crumble topping. I don’t get ‘crust’, but I think the crumble topping is even better. I sweetened it with a little agave nectar. This is my first ValenTea sample. I might have to buy more of this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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96

Oh man, this is good. If you like coconut, I hope you ordered it. I don’t know how it tastes like cheesecake too but it does. The level of coconut is perfect in this tea and then it has something in the background which mellows it a bit (the cheesecake flavoring). Man, I’m really digging it.

Update – both my cats keep trying to drink this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Mine just arrived today too… but I had already brewed a cup of the 100 Monkeys so this will just have to wait until later – it will probably be my dessert after lunch!

Kristin

It was a tough call. I also got my Valenteas sampler too. I had to choose between this and the Strawberry Pie Honeybush. I’ll be trying that one later this evening.

mpierce87

Man, I’m still waiting on this one to arrive. Hopefully tomorrow!

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64

Kristen sent me a sample of this in a swap. This tea is much better than I expected. It smells a little like banana laffy taffy, but it tastes like banana bread. I’m getting the walnut flavor in the finish. It’s pretty good. I sweetened with agave nectar and gave it a tiny bit of silk soy creamer.

Update – lowering my rating as I could not drink a whole cup of this. It’s not totally the tea’s fault. I just think banana in tea is not my thing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

Wow, I missed that one. It sounds scary, but interesting. I’m conflicted.

Kristin

I don’t think I’ve had a banana tea work for me yet.

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86
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
302 tasting notes

This is another sample that Kristen sent me in a swap (thanks!). I like it; not as much as the buttered rum, but it’s good. It’s very minty and the chocolate is more of a background flavor. The unsteeped tea is beautiful with the red lips candy and tons of dark chocolate chips. I wish it had more chocolate flavor but I still like it enough that I might order this one too. DavidsTea flavored black teas seem to have a nice quality base. I don’t detect any astringency or bitterness in this tea after a 5 minute steep.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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98

Dude! This is great. I like this better than real Hot Buttered Rum, which I recently had over Christmas. With real buttered rum, the rum is very sharp and I don’t like that part of it. This tea has a rum like flavor but without the sharp bite of the rum. It’s tasty and mellow. The coconut gives it a fuller flavor but is mostly a background flavor. It even has a buttery-ness to it (and somehow a thickness that I associate with having butter in it). I steeped this 5 min, based on how long everyone else who’d reviewed this steeped it, and there was no bitterness or astringency in the black tea base. Lovely, lovely snowy afternoon treat.

I was a little worried about whether I would like this one, but I do and I will definitely be ordering some of this (I’ve asked to make a large DavidsTea order as my birthday present in April). I wish DavidsTea would open a distribution center in the US or get some cheaper shipping method!

Thanks to Kristen for sending some of this in a swap. This is one of many DavidsTeas that I have been dying to try.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kristen

So glad you enjoyed it!

Kristin

Are all of Davids Teas this good? :)

Uniquity

I love them. Most of them, at least!

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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