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173 Tasting Notes

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I actually was going to wait til tomorow to review this tea because I’ve been writing, but then I glanced at the clock discovered how late it was!
Decided what the hell write a review then get my sorry ass to bed.
Dry Smell: Hmm heavy, complex, kind of reminds me a little bit of the Mulberry Magic tea.
Wet smell: Pretty much the same, though seemed to be a little heavier.
Taste: Mmm. I like this. If I continue to like this I might add it to the order that I’ve been going back and forth about these last few weeks.
I’m not WOWED by this tea, it’s more like a quiet wow. I did have 1 thought though: that it missed having some lemon rind pieces. I did not know where that idea came from, till I read the description for this tea as I sat down. And then I realized that some of the taste was citrus-y. It seems very muted though. I will try icing this next, damn my mouth is watering at the thought.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Smell wise: OMG. I could smell this all day and not get tired of it. I could wear it like a perfume on my date thursday with my sweetie…and he probably would not leave me alone. Giggles
Wet smell: pretty much the same
Taste: Ahh. it seemed to good to last. It’s good, pleasant. I taste the crumble-y part. And a hint of blueberries. a bare hint. Generally I am not a huge fan of blueberries, though I do like eating them on occasion. But I do love artificial blueberry. The idea of blueberry tea intrigues me, I guess because it’s a hard taste to deliver. I wanted to sprinkle some Cinnamon sugar in this, hoping to get the flavors to jump a little more, unfortunately, accidently added to much, but it’s still drinkable.
On my package there wasn’t directions in how to brew this, so I went with the green tea setting on my kettle (175 f) only just now looked at the website and it suggested 210. Hmm. It struck me as odd because everything I heard about teas that are blended with different types you go with whichever is the lowest, which makes perfect sense to me. But because I want to give this as fair of a shot as I can…I will try that next time, though I might be tempted to add a splash of blueberry flavored syrup or dried blueberries.
Would I get this again: Leaning towards no. But I just might get this again as a sample. And plan on trying this cold too. I think I’ll have enough if I just do it by individual cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Well this tea was good, fairly chocolaty. But I am not sure I’d go out of my way to get it from DTT.
I’ve been on a minor quest to see if there is any chocolate teas that I would really love. A few that I’ve had a mild like for…at least at 1st, but by the 2nd cup or even by the end of that 1st cup and sometimes gotten so….ehhh about it I can’t even finish! lol.

I did manage to finish this cup and still liked it. On to reviewing Blueberry Crumble, which is what I am actually drinking now.

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Smell and taste wise, can’t say I am especially impressed. However, if this does manage to keep me calm and energized…(Please no jitteriness, I detest feeling like I’ve stepped on a live wire!) I just might be inclined to keep this in my cupboard.

Why I am not impressed: (Nothing against Butiki:) Just about my own preferences, but easily doctored if need be.) I would prefer ALOT more Vanilla in this tea. And a little more Mint. And maybe a little more Lavender.

It could be, that I am just not a Guayusa tea fan. I tried the Citrus PileDriver by 52Teas yesterday, but wound up not being able to finish it til I got home, and neither time it really didn’t taste like much but a bare hint of citrus. (I adore citrus in teas, as long as it’s a bit sharp but nicely balanced out with sweetness.) But I havn’t officially reviewed it yet because I want to give it a fairer shot.
I’m liking this alittle better as it’s cooling down, next time I have it, I will ice it down. I feel kind of weird in having this much caffeine in the middle of the afternoon, even though I am a nite owl I try to avoid having a bunch of caffeine late afternoon because I rarely need help in staying up half the night. But…it’s Wednesday and I rationalized it by thinking: Well, got to grocery shop, (My dad and/or I shop every few days, fruits and veggies get used up better that way.) Also got to pick up my grandmother for the evening, Dad and I are making pizzas with this flatbread I gotten last week.) Then drive Grams back home, and hopefully do some writing. You see, usually on Wed, by the time I get back home I’m wiped out. Tired but not sleepy. So I end up staring at the computer screen trying to muster up the energy to do some work, instead I either end up killing time til I’m sleepy with reading various forums, (Not a bad thing in of itself.) or watching a movie/tv show on my computer.
My writing lately has been awful, not the writing itself but I mean in pushing myself to do it regularly. So anyways, a long winded explanation of why I chose to drink a highly caffeinated beverage in the middle of the afternoon. If this works out in the long run, I may have this and other guayusa teas around for my morning “jump out of bed with a chirp of glee” lol. Something my dad used to say. I’ve never been a morning person even when I was little, so never jumped out of bed with a chirp of glee, even on snow days. More likely I would just go back to sleep for a few more hours.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

You should try another guayusa flavor and see if it thrills you a little more :)

Butiki Teas

Have you tried our Good Morning Sunshine? You might like that one a little more. That is my personal favorite of the guayusa flavors. It’s a creamy lemon.

Lynxiebrat

Not yet…I’m hoping to order from you sometime after the holidays, as I am not sure I could before then due to all the things I need to save up for…rolls eyes

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drank Sweet Nothings by Adagio Teas
173 tasting notes

Can’t write much of a review, taking a really quick break from writing, but wanted to get this down before I forget.

Ok, dry smell: nice, sweet, but not overkill. I think maybe I’ll try the 175 F setting next time, or maybe use the stove top kettle since I got a Tea Thermometer, makes it easier.

At this moment, I cannot say I am at all impressed with this tea, it’s ok tasting but kind of bland. But maybe it’ll be different next time.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
173 tasting notes

Yay, this seems to be working again!

Actually had a tiny glass of this last night but due to the fact it was still warm it didn’t really impress me. I think I’ll try coldbrewing it next.
Based on this glass of iced tea, I cannot say I am really impressed. I mean it’s not terrible, and I wouldn’t mind having it on hand for when I’m in the mood for iced tea…even in the winter sometimes I do crave iced tea, which I perceive as different then my usual tea cravings. It feels like the same cravings I get for juice. There…I think that makes better sense. But if I had to choose between Tropicalia and Pink Passionfruit, (I know I only had 1 cup of!) I would pick Pink Passionfruit in a heartbeat.
Now, this tea is not overly sweet, even with plenty of sweetener, which I consider a really good thing, the last pineapple tea I had…Oh Gods it was so gaggingly sweet! I didn’t even ask where it was from, though I know it wasn’t Teavana because I am pretty familiar with their base flavor profiles. This tea has a tartness that is nice, but in a understated kind of way. I would like if the apple just a bit more apparent, and a tounch more coconut. But….maybe coldbrewing it will bring those flavors out more. So if I cave and end up buying 50 g of Pink Passionfruit, maybe I’ll get this 1 too.

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
173 tasting notes

I have a thing for when trying a tea for the 1st time to do it hot, or at least brew it that way, with sweetener, taste it alittle then pour it over ice cubes. Unfortunately though, before I had gotten any solid sips in it, 2 flies decided to commit suicide in my cup. GACK! (Well not truly suicide as I am sure they were just attracted to the sweetness of the tea. Poor things. At any rate, needless to say I am not inclined to finish this cup. The small sips I did take…it was ok, but didn’t seem to be up to par with Pink Passionfruit. So tempted to make another tea, (Like Tropicalia or Coconut Grove.) But if I do that I should go on fly patrol before hand and I really would rather give about 2 hours to my writing, then bed.

Kittenna

Yuck. I’d have dumped the whole thing.

Lynxiebrat

I did end up dumping it. Not sure whether I’d even want to try again with this tea. Been tempted to order the Pink Passionfruit whatever their smallest size is, though maybe I should stick with the iced tea package, at least that is cheaper. Thought if I order that I should order 1 or 2 others. MAYBE. We’ll see how tasting Tropicalia and Coconut Grove will go. Both Pink Flamingo and Citron Oolong look really tasty. LOL…so much for my tea hiatus!

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
173 tasting notes

LOL! Tea BLAH is over! WOOT! I got this as a sample along with my order from David’s Tea.

At least with this tea. I’m tempted to go back to DT’s site and buy 500 gr of this, and trust me…that is highly unusual for me. I say that much because it seems this is a seasonal tea, and we are nearing the end of the season….unfortunately, I’ve put myself on a Tea buying hiatus due to all the things I need to save up for (Am semi planning to take advantage of Black Friday sales, and maybe 1 reasonable buy from DT…do they do Black Friday sales?? If they do that will assuage my guilt at least a little bit.) Anyways…had this hot despite the fact that it’s been a wee bit hot out, and it’s pretty tasty hot, but as it cooled down….I knew that it would be dynamite iced. From what I just read of the reviews, that assessment would seem to be right.
I am going to try a 2nd steep, iced down….eh. not bad 2nd steep but not terribly inspiring.

Kittenna

Last year DT did not have any Black Friday sales.

Cavocorax

Woohoo!
And yeah – DT doesn’t really do anything for sales. :| THey had some things on sale for Boxing Week, but that was just CHristmas related tea. I was in store a few days ago and I noticed they had signs for a summer sale – 40% off? I’m guessing that’ll be for some of the summer teas/tea ware.

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From KeenTeaThyme

Meh. Not sure if I am just going thru tea blahs still, or if I just havn’t had a new tea that I really like yet. Or maybe it’s both, hmm?

This tea is not bad, and as it cools noticing a little bit more flavor…like a peanutbuttery taste, but not terribly distinctive. Thinking I might want to send this on, but I give it a few more shots to be sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

ah! i tried to message you but realized i couldn’t cuz you aren’t following me…anyways, i got your twitter add!! yay!

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From KeenTeaThyme:)
I was hoping that this was the tea that I had started getting at my favorite tea shop. I had the thought that if they went out of business (I hope not!) that I would still be able to get this tea.
Hmm. The flavors are very similar. Has I think the same ones. But it doesn’t quite match up to my memory of the other tea. I think I would have to do a side by side comparison, with same amount of water, tea, sweetener, salt.
Yeah that’s right I said salt. :) I know it may sound weird but the salt helps bring out the flavors more.
Hmm. I just salted this cup, didn’t seem to do much.
You know, even with a side by side, I think I’m going to think that it’s a no with these two being the same tea. Pity. The shop owner also told me that she was considering not getting this tea again because it didn’t seem to be selling well, but a few people had asked for it, so she did. Well maybe if she does stop selling it she would be more willing to tell me what company it’s from.

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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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