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823 Tasting Notes

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drank 100 MYSTERIES by SAHARA TEA
823 tasting notes

I’m finally trying this tea! This was a gift from a co-worker who is also an avid tea drinker, she was the one who got the variable temp kettle for the office I think :) so thanks to her!! I have been wanting to try this tea but I always get a bit worried about trying new teas with nuts, especially since this company has a tea with peanuts in it, luckily not this one! Haha

The dry smell is so familiar..Alpine Punch!! That wonderful almondy marizpan smell! Yum. I brewed about 1 tsp (maybe a bit more) for 5 minutes with boiling water as per the directions. It smells like Alpine punch..looking good!

The taste is where this differs from Alpine Punch, in a good way! This one is much more natural, no flavorings in this I don’t think, so you get more rooibos, a natural almond, and the spices are very present too! I got a few mouthfuls of pepper earlier lol, now it is mellowing as it cools. A very tasty little blend, and a very nice gift! I’ll have to get her some tea on her birthday :)

Oh, and not many notes lately as I have been crazy busy..work, gym, started a new course for work, and more exciting things that I will talk about later! Too tired tonight haha!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

Well, I’m at a sipdown for this tea and I never logged it! Haha, I drank it down in about a month, so it was a very good tea! I first had it at the lake over the holidays, so I didn’t log it due to poor nets up there, but I should have logged some other cups too haha. In a nutshell, this is minty and sweet, the fennel adds to the flavor nicely and the cacao is present but not overwhelming, as with the cinnamon. The cup seems like it could be a bit more chocolatey since it’s a peppermint bark tea, but it’s refreshing and not too sweet so you can drink it all the time. Oh, and I also steep this one for about 4 minutes, much longer than specified, and it’s really good. If this became permanent/seasonal, I would probably look into restocking. I love the herbals that come with the blend club! I’ve enjoyed all three that I’ve received, can’t wait for this months! :)

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

I’ve been hoarding this tea ever since I found out they stopped offering it at DavidsTea lol..but since it’s so warm out today (with random periods of snow, what up weather), I decided to break out this spring tea. Had to wait until this afternoon to have it, peppermint was first, I felt kind of weird, think I was dehydrated and had a migraine coming on lol, now I can have my one cup of caffeine! Sweet, yummy melon flavor, with lovely green rooibos and mate for that kick. This is my favorite mate ever I think, well, WP’s Zen Master blend comes close. This is refreshing and springlike, good for a Monday! See previous notes :)

OMGsrsly

I have some I think I could send you if you’d like it. :) I’m not a melon fan.

MissLena

I will keep that in mind :D I have ~50g of it currently so I should be good for a bit :)

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82
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
823 tasting notes

I haven’t had a cup of this since I restocked it, so I thought I should try out the new bag finally tonight, and I was craving it lol. This one seems a bit nuttier, not as sweet, but still delicious. I am definitely getting a hazelnut coffee vibe still, without the coffee bleck and massive caffeine rush. Yum. A good tea for this lightly snowing Sunday night, and the end of a good weekend! Back to work tomorrow :( the weekends always feel too short for me. See previous notes on this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
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The weekends always feel far too short for me too. :(

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84

Another sipdown. This is usually a nighttime tea for me, but I felt dehydrated this morning so I decided to have a non-caffeinated tea to start off the day. This tea was a tasty one, but not my favorite of the honeybush teas from the Bestseller box. The flavor is indeed strawberry with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, but it never seemed to get flavorful enough for me, even after 10 minutes of steeping. Still a pretty tasty little tea, and I’m happy I had a chance to try it in the sampler! See previous notes :)

ETA – seems like I loves this tea in my previous review lol, maybe I just didn’t have enough leaf left in this cup? Haha ah well, maybe we shall mee again one day, Strawberry Pie :)

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83

I didn’t drink a whole lot of tea today, but I should try to get a good rest tonight, so out comes my sole decaf black tea. This one is really quite tasty! The lavender shines along with a mild bergamot, the base is not too weak in my opinion either. I don’t have much experience with decaf blacks, but I enjoy this one! See previous notes!

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And this is a sipdown on this fine Saturday morning, and man, this tea is good. I haven’t had it in a while, and it is so tasty today! Malty and rich, lovely caramel notes today. Smooth as well, I am tasting the roasty oolong notes and the Zhu Rong the most today I think. Very tasty last cup, I hope this is offered again next spring/summer! Or a winter blend :D see previous notes on this tea!

Oh, and my cupboard got reduced drastically as I picked out 30+ teas that are so-so for me and let my friend have his pick of them..he took around 11. Yay for sharing tea!

Fjellrev

Good job de-cluttering!

MissLena

Yes it was about time, I had a few duplicate teas and some that I just haven’t drank in ages, he was pleased with the assortment :)

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My one cup of black tea for the day..I keep having it at night too lol, not sure if that’s a good plan, but at least I’m cutting down on caffeine! Although I did have genmaicha this afternoon, which has caffeine, but minor detail lol. This tea called out to me tonight. After an unfortunate incident of our kitty breaking both of my boyfriend’s favorite pieces of teaware (elephant teapot and halloween color changing mug), he ordered I put some of my teas away so we have a place for teaware. This one ended up in the rejects bag, but of course I had to have a craving for it tonight, so I took it out again lol. Oh, and I ordered him a replacement elephant teapot, so we should be good! Bad cat, he was in a bit of trouble for that :( but anyways, this is creamy and delicious tonight. I quite like this EGC, it has a tasty cream note but the black base and bergamot are still a tad stronger. I like it, yes indeed. See previous note!

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Wow another great 52teas steeping tonight! I am on a roll haha. Unfortunately this is a sipdown, this might be my favorite of the honeybushes from the Bestseller’s sampler..although Cinnamon Roll is pretty close. TOnight, it is sweet, with the cheesecake tang very pronounced. The coconut is rich and creamy as well! Man this is good. I want to save the leaves from both these teas tonight now haha. Delicious, and might consider purchasing more of this if it is reblended! See previous notes :)

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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