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174 Tasting Notes

Thanks to Azzrian for this tea:)

I have a mild like for peppermint, one of my favorite teas from Bigelow was Mint Medley. This tastes alot like it. It isn’t a ‘Wowzer’ of a tea, but it’s one that I won’t mind keeping in my cabinet. Luckily for me, there is a Spice and Tea Exchange nearby, like 15-20 minutes away. So I think I might soon go pick some up. Unfortunately though, this summer I’ll be moving and going to this one will be kind of difficult and it doesn’t look like they have any other locations here in Michigan. Ahh well.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
174 tasting notes

Thanks to Azzrian for this tea:)
Been a while since I’ve had a Wowzer of a tea….I think this would be it. Truthfully, I had started getting alittle weary of rooibos based teas, (Funny little after taste I hadn’t noticed before.) But I do not feel that way with this tea:) I looked up their website, unfortunately it doesn’t seem that they have the option to buy online, so short of driving 4 hours to the shop in Toronto, (Not that I don’t want to! Just lack of moola. But once I get a better paying job, it’ll be lack of time. LOL.) I’ll be SOL once I run out.
Anyways…back to the tea: This is sweet, I can taste the nougat flavoring, this is a perfect ‘in place of dessert’ tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Polar Fire by ESP Emporium
174 tasting notes

I have no idea if this is ESP Emporium as my Mom got it as one of my Christmas gifts from The British Pantry in Tecumseh, Michigan.
Interesting tea….I can taste the marzipan and certainly orange. Not sure if I would get this on my own, though probably wouldn’t turn down a cup at my Mom’s.
I had planned on doing this at 200, but I automatically hit the BOIL button, but it came out good. I will try and remember to do 200 next time, to see how it rolls.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Less flavorful then the Apple. I have to admit, I was hoping for a Blackberry strength similar to that of Blackberry Sage, from Republic of Tea. Yeah I know…silly. All in all though…it’s not a bad tea. It is light tasting, uncomplicated, the green tea shows up quickly.

I do hope this company comes out with more flavors, I think a Peach would be excellent by them.

I brewed this at 160, as that is the lowest setting of my kettle.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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LOL. Total Brain fart! I went to a Biggby’s Coffee shop with my sweetie after our late lunch/early dinner (Noodles and Co.) and ordered this as a Latte. Mmm it was pretty good. I never have had a tea latte before. It was very similar to drinking EG Cream, but significantly different….if that makes any sense;)
Drat…for whatever reason I started fiddling with the rating bar, so now I got to give a rating because now I can’t not do it….Grrrrrrrr. My only complaint about the tea latte, was that the medium I gotten was to much. I should of went with a small. Oh, they also sell H&S teas though not my current favorite, Tower of London, I wonder how that would turn out as a latte?

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

If you edit your post, there’s actually a little “X” on the right(?) side of the ratings bar that you can use to remove your rating :)

Lynxiebrat

lol…for some reason I cannot successfully edit on this site with the tasting notes. the box shows up, but for some reason the done button appears to low on my screen and I cannot click on it. But, it’s mildly annoying and not that big of a deal. LOL…good, located the X to remove the rating…now tempted to do that with the rest of the teas I rated.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I ♥ Biggby’s. Their Hot Cinnamon Spice latte is v good too. And I love their coffee lattes.

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drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
174 tasting notes

This is an interesting tea. Nice and light. Flowery smelling and tasting but not overkill. (To me, anyways.) I could be wrong but this could be interesting to haved iced. Despite it being like averagely (Least with the last 2 weeks.) 10-25 degrees out lately, I’ve been craving iced tea. So I think I am going to go with that urge.

Whether I would get this again? Hmm…I am not sure. At the moment I am not opposed to it. Which I find amusing because I am not a wine drinker like AT ALL! (I can’t stand the taste of most alcohol.) I bet if I tried the wine that this is comparable to, that I wouldn’t like it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I don’t like the alcohol part of alcoholic drinks (it tastes gross and it makes me sleepy instead of pleasantly drunk LOL) but I LOVE wine flavored teas. It’s a nice way to get the taste without actually consuming alcohol.

Lynxiebrat

Glad I’m not the only who dislikes the taste of alcohol but likes/is intrigued by the idea of wine flavored teas:)

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A nice, basic fruity, with a touch of tartness. They could of added just alittle more hibiscus in it though. Not alot…Hmm maybe I’ll see if I can find some fresh hibiscus next time I go shopping.
Being not very experienced with Oolong, I could not tell how much Oolong was present. Would I get this one again? Possibly but not anytime soon…plenty of other teas that I want to try.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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I decided a while back that I needed some more black teas and give Mate teas a try, in my cupboard for when I need something to help me get moving before work. So been trying some different black teas: Success with the 2 loose leaf EG’s and Tower of London. So far have tried 3 Mate teas so far: a plain Yerba Mate, Caribbean Calypso by Teavana and this one. The 1st….shudders I didn’t like it at all. The Caribbean Calypso, I love and I can’t wait to get more. This one…I was a bit apprehensive when I saw Yerba Mate was in it. But then I thought…why not try it? (Got it as one of the samples along with the Sweet Indulgence sampler for Christmas.)

Meh. The taste was all the Yerba Mate taste that I remembered from the other one. Hmm, in looking at the ingredients list on DT’s website I notice coffee bean…now I can’t stand coffee, so that might be part of why I couldn’t even bear to finish this tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Meh. So much for adding another lovely white tea to my favorite’s list. It isn’t terrible, just not my cup of tea;)
It’s sweet 1st taste but at the tail end of it, it’s dry and bitter. I’m going to wait til it cools down, if it tastes a little bit better, I’ll keep it for the summer, might make an ok iced tea. If not…giving it away or throwing it out.

I broke my promise to myself about not buying more tea til March/April. Truthfully I didn’t even try to stop myself. But I’m not going to waste time and beating myself up for it, just try to restrain myself from getting more. The rule moment of truth will be when I go get some replacement rock sugar at Teavana’s sometime this week. I was there today, (Had to go to Whole Foods for grocery shopping, and with Somerset Mall just a mile from WF, I stopped there 1st to have a up close look at the Breville 1-touch. I’ve been thinking the last few days of saving for one for when I get a new job and would like to wake up to a morning cup of tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
174 tasting notes

Been a while since I’ve had this tea, and wanted to review again. I am starting to get where I can taste the artificialness of some teas….though this has yet to really bother me. I imagine it can be difficult to add certain flavors to tea, such as fruit. Though I do wish for a more ‘fresh fruit flavor’. I still like this tea though, and now that I am getting close to the end of it…need to make that decision to buy or fly past it in favor for others….as there is like 50 odd more teas from Teavana’s that I wanted to try. Another complaint is that (as with most of Teavana’s teas I am noticing.) there is not alot of tea, more dried fruit and ‘stuff’ so what I am thinking is that I want to pair this with a plain white tea (or maybe a plain black tea or earl grey might be intriguing.) My craving for white tea has certainly gone up! lol. Of course I would pick the type of tea that is usually some of the most $$ of the tea world. Though for the Strawberry Paraiso at $10 isn’t bad…I know with the straight white teas such as Silver Needle it is much more pricey. I do hope that the more traditional tea drinkers don’t think it blasphemy at the idea of pairing these up….though if anyone has a suggestion as to what would be a better pairing, (preferably unflavored, as I am looking for a combination white tea taste with the Strawberry Paraiso.)And preferably one that Teavana’s has as it seems easier to blend that way.) I am also contemplating adding just a pinch of Hibiscus to it. I am not a huge fan of tart, but I do like it in the sense to make the flavors stand out and be somewhat complex. Or maybe some lemon rind? Let me know if you got any ideas….the idea of doing some blending is exciting!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
momo

ooh maybe the strawberry lemonade herbal they make?

Lynxiebrat

I was thinking of that, since the site recommends it, but with the strawberry already in the Paraiso, it seems kind of silly and not balanced out…..I guess there is only 1 way to find out.

Hello.Kiki

I would be tempted to blend this white a regular white as well. You can get several steepings out of this tea, which I love, helps cushion the cost. Have you tried any other blends with this?

Lynxiebrat

LOL. I did try blending it with a white needle, though not Teavana’s because of the price. It was ok, particularly as a iced tea. This summer I’m thinking of maybe doing it again though combine it with Peach Tranqulity, or Dragonfruit Devotion, as those are my 2 favorite herbals from Teavana.

Hello.Kiki

mmm, I’m going to have to try the Peach Tranquility. It keeps popping up

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Queer, genderfluid, bookworm,various ‘alternative lifestyles and communities’ (You’ll have to ask in a message by what I mean, I don’t want to weird anyone out, though most people here seem to be fairly accepting or at least tolerant.)

Currently in my late 30’s.

Rating Guide that I use:
100-Excellent
90-99 Good
80-89 Interesting
70-79 Not cupboard worthy (Means that while I kind of like it, not enough to keep.)
60-69 Uninspiring
50-59 Terrible

Current favorite teas: Victorian Earl Grey, Pink Passionfruit, Dragonfruit Devotion, Mandarin Silk,Citrus Pile Driver,Constant Comment (If I could get that in loose leaf or find a direct equivalent…I think I would be inspired to buy a pound. OMG I forgot how much I loooooove that tea!)

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