180 Tasting Notes

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So, I did something kind of crazy, and, truly, I’m not even sure why… I put 1 scoop Super Chocolate & 2/3 scoop Mint Chocolate Rooibos (also DT) into my infuser and steeped in 12oz water.

And oh my goodness… Such a yummy combo! The Super Chocolate acts to mellow out the overpowering mint of MCR, and the MCR sweetens up the SC. I have no idea what inspired me to mix them (and honestly, I did not have high hopes), but I’m glad I did.

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80

Apparently, I just love rooibos. Seriously, I’ve yet to try a rooibos that I don’t like (flavored or straight).

This was included in the DT Chocolate Box, and while I do think the mint is bordering on overpowering the chocolate, it’s pretty darn tasty. It’s very refreshing, which is something that strikes me as a little odd to say about tea, but, there it is!

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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I’ve found that with multiple infusions, this one can get a little too vegetal for my taste. I’m somewhat sensitive to that taste, so I’m only able to enjoy a single steep… which is really a shame, because that first infusion is quite good.

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog: It’s good, but not amazing. The dry leaves are certainly very pretty to look at, but as far as taste goes, I could do with more strawberries and less rose petals.

The smell of this is overwhelmingly chocolate (like, coworkers-stopping-at-your-desk-to-remark-on-the-chocolate, chocolate), but the flavor is not as intense as the smell. I’ll certainly enjoy finishing what I have of it, but probably won’t order it again, as I think there’s better chocolate teas out there.

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Let me begin this one by saying that I HATE maple syrup. It’s not a taste thing for me (love maple sugar & maple candies), it’s the sticky, goopy texture. So when I see something that promises the flavor of maple combined with my favorite nut (yum, pecan!) WITHOUT the gross stickiness of syrup, I’m all in.

The smell of the dry leaf on this one is amazing. It’s pure maple with a faint whiff of fresh pecan. Steeped, the fragrance is much less pronounced. The first sip is total maple sweetness with a lingering taste of pecan. (Sidenote: How do you describe that distinctive pecan flavor? I want to say it’s dry and almost slightly bitter, but that’s not quite right b/c I don’t associate bitter with a good taste, and yet pecans are SO GOOD.)

In subsequent sips, and especially as it cools, the tea base seems to come out more. And it’s a good dark oolong with body. The maple and pecan – pecan somehow seems more pronounced now – are still there too, and all three flavors work really well together.

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I would say there is a slight sharpness to pecans (though that is the same thing as bitter).

Lindsey

Sharp sounds less negative than bitter, so I’ll go with it!

Butiki Teas

It kind of does.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogged post: I got a sample of this with my last DavidsTea order. Smelled like anise, tasted like anise. Could also pick-up some coconutty sweetness in there. My first time trying ceylon, and I think I like it :-)

Not rating at this time because I don’t think there was any white chocolate in my tiny sample packet. It was still pretty good without it, though.

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Whoa. This is one crazy tea. And I love it! I ordered this one on a total whim, because it sounded so off-the-wall that I had to try it. I think the best way to describe this tea is “savory.” You can definitely taste the potato, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Delicious.

I drank half the cup without any additions, and then added a tiny bit of sea salt for the second half. It felt strange adding salt to a cup of tea, but it was tasty. I’m going to try my next cup with a little bit of sugar, to see if I can bring out the applesauce flavor.

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Tastes sweet, fruity, and definitely like cinnamon. As it cools, the cocoa becomes more apparent (still not very strong, though), but it’s a slightly bitter cocoa, almost replacing some of the sweetness that can be tasted when the cup is truly hot. Still, no matter what temp I try drinking it at, it’s far more cinnamon than it is chocolate.

I think I might rate this tea higher if it had a different name. But because it’s named “super chocolate,” I expected much more from this tea.

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81

Holy smooth oolong, batman! It tastes like an oolong should, and it’s almost… dare I say, buttery? A great option when I’m not feeling the flavored teas.

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A tea fanatic who works in the tech sector, I purchase most of my tea online. The numerical ratings are to help me remember which teas I should re-order. 85+ means it’s worth a re-purchase. (If I ever get through all of the new ones I want to try!)

It’s pretty obvious from my tealog, but I have special place in my heart for flavored blacks and good rooibos. I also love oolongs, but apparently have expensive taste in that area, so I don’t purchase them too often. Learning to appreciate green tea, but not a fan of overly vegetal ones. Whites make a great iced tea.

I love to try new teas and will sample most anything once. Although I’ll usually pass on Earl Grey or super floral blends.

I drink my tea with no additions, unless otherwise noted in the review.

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