318 Tasting Notes

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

The more I drink this, the more I like it. I’m putting this on the shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

It’s a creamy, rich taste. Made this into a latte. No sugar needed! Burned myself on the ingenuiTEA (it’s stuck open and I didn’t realize) so I emailed Adagio – hopefully they’ll be able to replace it with a working one! If not, I suppose I’ll just buy a new one :)

Yum.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
JC

Have you tried the honeybush hazelnut? If so how does it compare? I tried the honeybush version… Hazelnut is my favorite… I almost cried.

JC

Just in case it wasn’t out of happiness. :P

Michelle

Haha :)

There’s Honeybush Hazelnut in The Woman blend, but I’ve never tried it on my own.

JC

Let me know if you ever do. If you feel the black tea version is better I might try it. To me Honeybush doesn’t make that good of a ‘base’ to add flavors as some black teas do. After I posted my comment I had to get some Nutella to kill the hazelnut crave.

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Received this in a swap from someone, I think, and I’m pretty sure they’re not on Steepster.

I was feeling lazy tonight, and I know I like this tea, it’s just not good enough for me to keep around all the time.

It’s mostly apple-y with chamomile (which has a kind of flowery apple flavor anyway) and then the cinnamon is behind that. It’s good and relaxing. Which I needed trying to schedule my classes.

I was in three that I wanted / needed, and one I registered for just so I’d have a fourth class, and it sounded interesting. But then the book list came out and suddenly a class on Baroque-Classical Music with a $200+ book list that didn’t count for any of my majors? No thank you.

But now I’m in Psych, Shakespeare’s Tragedies (those two are back-to-back MWF in the same classroom!), American Drama (with my amazing advisor as my professor – he’s wonderful) and Creative Writing (which I tried to get back during regular scheduling but couldn’t).

So basically I’m free between 11-3 MWF and free after 10 on TuTh, which is great. And the book list is fairly affordable now, which I was kind of panicking over.

And I’m in classes that I like and all of them go towards my majors/minor, and I was accepted into the Education Program, which is also cool.

So not much of a tasting note but mostly I just wanted to share. :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Helena

Sharing is always good :D

gmathis

It’s nice to have a schedule you can groove with. Just went through the book list cardiac failure thing with my son! I think something easy and relaxing was a perfect choice to wind down from that experience.

Michelle

Books are CRAZY! What sort of classes is your son taking?

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Thanks to Teavivre and Angel especially for the sample of this!

Steeped for awhile – probably about 4 minutes, so it’s a bit more grassy than I’d ordinarily like. But it’s a credit to this tea that it’s still perfectly drinkable, just different.

It has such a unique, pure flavor that I’m struggling to describe it with any words other than “Strong Dragonwell.”

Dragonwell is my favorite kind of green tea, though. I haven’t been drinking looseleaf for very long, so most of my teas have been come-and-go. Dragonwell (Teavana variety) is the only one I’ve repurchased over and over.

I trained a girl at work today, because I’m apparently the star cashier. It’s not because I’m particularly good at my job; I’ve just been there longer and I actually do my job, as opposed to some of the boys / high school kids who just kind of stand up there and text the whole time. Training is lovely, but exhausting. We’re busy for BTS anyway, and when I’m training I don’t even have the lull in between customers to myself. But she’s good, and she’s sweet, and I’m hoping she’ll learn quickly and well.

So this tea is really good to just curl up in bed with and watch old DW episodes :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Misaki by Teavana
318 tasting notes

Going through my cupboard and deleting a ton of teas I’ve sipped down but not removed yet. I haven’t updated it to the ones I still have in the cupboard, but at least it’s a bit more accurate now.

This is a really old tasting note – I ordered this tea some time around February or March, and haven’t had it in months.

I remember that it smelled like strawberries and chocolate and cream. The taste was very, very light. It was pretty, but didn’t taste like much at all. And what it did taste like was artificial.

I’m leaving the rating off because it’s been so long, but it’s definitely not a tea I really want to try again.

Bonnie

shhhhhushhhhh alex might see this

Michelle

Alex? Haha

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
318 tasting notes

The last time I had this, I found it to be very astringent, very malty, and wheaty.

Rifling through my stash, I was searching for the Jing Xuan by Red Blossom Tea Co, but it wasn’t in the box it should have been in and I didn’t have the time to search through the other box. So I grabbed this one, thinking, It’s okay, but it’ll do.

Steeped under decidedly unscientific parameters: slightly less than boiling water, a pinch of silky leaves, for maybe two to three minutes tops. I didn’t time it or look at a clock, so I’m not sure. I’m estimating more on the two minute side.

And I actually really like it. It’s not as heavy or dark as it was before. It sparkles with a mineral sort of sweetness. It’s kind of reminiscent of the Jing Xuan. The bready notes are there, but they don’t dominate the flavor.

I’m starting to believe in picking the right tea by fate, or whatever you call it – a tea that you grab because it’s the only one available, or you don’t have time to search for the one you want that turns out being perfect – it’s not what I wanted, but it was what I needed. It’s happened twice now. But maybe I’m just more grateful for fantastic tea or more sensitive to flavors in times like this.

momo

I love when that happens. After you drink it, it almost always results in wondering why you were looking for that other tea in the first place.

Michelle

Exactly! I finally see what everyone else sees in this one.

Bonnie

Second chances in tea often prove to be good ones. Sometimes it’s our mood or how we brewed the tea that one time that threw us off, the second time can be so different. Either better than ever (sometimes though you wonder why you liked a tea).

gmathis

Any time I see malty, wheaty, or bready in a description I start droling. This sounds lovely!

Michelle

It’s not something I like a lot of, but in moderation it can be good!

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This has been sitting in my pitcher in the fridge for about a week now. I’d forgotten what kind of tea it was! I’m 90% sure this is it :)

It’s good iced, but it’s not a favorite. I think what I really want to do is blend it with some cream or vanilla (or, you know, just order some The Lemon Is In Play from Adagio – another Cara McGee and Cabin Pressure is by far my favorite fandom) because the lemon’s a bit weak and the creaminess isn’t too strong either.

But it’s decent.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Kiaharii

Aaaaand now I’ve bought Cabin Pressure on iTunes, about time though. :)

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drank Rooibos Cocomint by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

This tea perplexes me. Each time I smell it, I get cool mint and then chocolate. It smells kind of like those Andes mints.

Drinking it, it’s a sort of chocolaty rooibos with mint. The mint really lingers, which is cool.

Added a splash of milk – it’s worth a shot, and I don’t feel like I’m losing anything if it doesn’t work.

It’s a little bit better that way, a little bit smoother this way. Hm. It’s more of a mint chocolate rooibos. I’ll finish the cup, it’s not bad enough just to throw out, but it’s not a tea I’m eager to drink again.

EDIT: I realized the reason I wasn’t tasting any coconut the first time around was because there literally wasn’t anyone: Cocomint refers to cocoa and mint, not coconut and mint! Cool, I’m glad my tastebuds weren’t broken.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Tawny Kira

I almost ordered some of this thinking it would be coconut & mint but luckily reexamined it on their website first! I’m not a huge fan of chocolatey teas, so I think I’d have been a little disappointed with this tea as you were

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Okay, I’m 90% sure this came from Invader Zim So thank you! (And if I’m wrong, then thank you to whoever swapped me this!)

It smells really interesting – like the inside of The Body Shop or somewhere like that. Not complaining – it smells great. It’s a bit hard to put my finger on specific scents though.

The rooibos is a strong flavor in this one, and the dried currants, rose and lavender accentuate it. It’s definitely a rooibos tea tisane first and foremost, but the other flavors behind it make it interesting.

It’s interesting. That’s a good descriptor for this tea. Tastes like there’s some chocolate in there as well, though I’m not sure where I’m getting that from.

EDIT: I tweeted this tea, and now @DAVIDsTEA is teasing me about lavender fields in France. This company is great.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Invader Zim

Yup that came from me. It has too much red rooibos for me. I like my red rooibos blends to be heavier on the additions. It seems you’re enjoying it more than I did and that’s all that matters!

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Kind of like a breakfast tea for someone who doesn’t like breakfast teas. My issue with most of them is that they’re labelled the same sort of generic “Indian Black Blend” and there really isn’t anything special to them.

I’m partial to Irish Breakfasts, probably because the first time I really started drinking any sort of tea regularly was on my trip to Ireland in the spring of 2012. It was incredible. I learned SO much. I’m going back one day, I will, I will.

So I like that this is in there! And the chai gives it just a bit of cinnamony kick – I’m able to drink it without milk, and it’s not overwhelmingly strong, maybe because the berry gives it a little bit of sweetness. This is the first time I’m trying it with milk and sugar, and it reminds me a bit of a sassy breakfast tea. Now I see why my friend Jackie likes it so much!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Autumn Hearth

Ooo a slashy tea! Does the taste evoke warm fuzzies of their bromance?

Michelle

Ehehehe it does! Cara McGee is a blending master :)

Just Boiling

May I just say how much I love your phrase, “sassy breakfast tea”? That alone makes me want to try the tea. (:

Michelle

Haha! Yes, do it :)

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