123 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown!

I remember not loving this at first, but the more I have had it the more I really really like it. It’s just so smooth and nice. Definitely the predominant flavor is hay, but I think I’ve said before that it has a subtle floral quality to it from my taste buds.

I will definitely consider restocking this one on my next Butiki order.

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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This is not for me. All I could taste in this was the rooibos, maybe a bit of the lemongrass. I will be passing this one on to someone else.

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40

BLECH. I tried it… but no no no. This is terrible. Couldn’t muster more than 2 sips before I poured it out. The mint sticks to your mouth in a very unappealing way and the rest of the strong spices just gives me a headache.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec
mj

Surprisingly, the version of this tea (and by that I mean green tea + mint blend) that I liked the best was Teavana’s Moroccan Mint. I tried DT’s North African Mint, the Teavana one, and Berber by Tay Tea.

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
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I made a big pot of this for company yesterday while we played Smallworld and watched the World Cup. It’s was a really nice comforting jasmine. Not overly floral at all. It definitely comes in a close second to the Harney & Sons Dragon Pearl Jasmine on my list.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Marzipan

I am so bad at Smallworld. My husband did the kickstarter that they had and got some kind of special board, but I don’t think I am much fun to play with.

lolainred

I was TERRIBLE at it when I first played, but I’ve gotten better as we’ve played. We only have the original one, nothing special. I’m dying to get some expansion packs or something to make it a bit more interesting.

Marzipan

We have loads of good board games, but as the kids are growing up and moving out, fewer chances to play them.

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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
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Another kind sample from MissB I swear this is the bottomless box of tea!

It’s a very nice Jasmine tea, though seems to have a bit of a bitter finish compared to my other jasmine teas. Not a jasmine I would restock, but not a terrible one overall.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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97

sad sipdown…

After tasting a ton of jasmine teas and then coming back to this one for the final cup in my tin… I still think this is the best one I’ve had to date. Definitely going to miss having this staple in my cupboard until I allow myself to repurchase teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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64

Between my fiance and I… we bought a lot of tea last week at Quintin’s. He chose this one, and I’m glad he did.

I’ve never had a “milk oolong” until this one. If this is any indication of what they taste like, then I might actually like them better than I generally like oolongs. It definitely had a creamy buttery quality. I don’t know that I would call it milky or even think of milk at all if it wasn’t already implied, though. It was a nice cup of tea for the morning, but nothing I would reach for with any regularity.

Also, when it started to cool down, it got decidedly more buttery. The last sip I took was cold and it tasted like someone dropped a stick of butter in my cup when I wasn’t looking!

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cheri

I love milk oolongs. It’s probably my favorite kind of tea. Some have flavor added and some don’t; I prefer the ones that don’t. To me, it’s more about the texture and mouth feel. They’re really creamy feeling, like drinking milk, at least to start out. Then they go buttery which is amazing, too. <3

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76

The more I drink this one the more I taste. Sitting her enjoying this cup I really feel like i should be enjoying sushi with it. In my head I totally am. The seaweed taste is quite strong and the roasted flavor of the toasted rice mixes well. I start to get the sensation of eating sushi rolls. There is no fishy taste, but I think I keep imagining it. When I’ve finished the cup I definitely have the aftertaste of a nice fresh sushi roll in my mouth. It’s really very strange.

Flavors: Seaweed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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65

This is another tea that I picked up on vacation at Quintin’s Tea Emporium in Virginia Beach. It smelled so lovely in the jar that I had to take it home with me. And I am always looking for new and interesting herbals for my cupboard.

I don’t find this one to be artificially lemon as the other reviewer suggests. It isn’t a bright citrusy lemon, but it’s not cloying or sweet and it doesn’t remind me of household cleaners at all. I think the mint does a good job of balancing out the lemon and both hid the fact that this is a red rooibos which is great since I almost passed on this one because I typically don’t like red rooibos teas.

Definitely one I will be happy to enjoy, though not something I plan to keep stocked.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73

I picked this one up at Quintin’s Tea Emporium in Virginia Beach on vacation this past week. I am sure that it is actually a different tea company, but I forgot to take a picture of the label they had on the jar in the store and it does not appear to be on their website at this time. So I apologize for the lack of info for this team.

This smells deliciously like strawberry gummy bears or other strawberry candies. I don’t detect any creme at all in it. It’s a nice pleasant tea with a very fruity flavor, though you get a little of the green tea base in each sips as well. I think this one would turn out marvelously as an iced tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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The first time I tried loose leaf tea at home, I was hooked. I’ve been drinking tea for years now, though I still feel like such a newbie in the world of teas. There are so many things I’ve never tried from so many new to me companies!

I used to be very much a black tea drinker, but have started, in the last year, to realize that I prefer the lightness of greens and whites much more.

That said, I will basically try any tea once (probably twice, just in case)!

My review categories:
100-94: I never want to run out of these!
93-80: Restock please!
79-60: Definitely like, but not a must have
59-50: Not lovin’ it, but I’d drink it again
49 & below: nope, Nope, NOPE.

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