616 Tasting Notes

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Tea #19 from Traveling Tea Box C

I did this one as a cold steep, because I love iced fruity teas. But this one ended up tasting really odd. The berry flavor was there and the primary flavor, but there was a soapy, almost minty weird that I’m crediting the lavender (pretty sure it’s lavender, anyway) with. The berry flavor was just so-so. I just really don’t seem to care for a lot of Della Terra’s artificial flavoring.

The good news was that Fiance liked it and was more than happy to finish off the rest of my cup.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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71
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
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Tea #18 from Traveling Tea Box C

Good, but not great sums this up pretty well.

They have a nice thick, smooth mouthfeel (The twelve year old boy in me totally just giggled at that), and they’re malty and just a little sweet. They’re not as cocoa-y or tobacco-y as thepuriTea’s or as robust as Teavivre’s even though I brewed them at about 5 pearls for 10 ounces, so I was a little underwhelmed.

I’d still definitely drink these if someone was giving them out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea #17 from Traveling Tea Box C

To me this was an all around more artificial and less tasty version of Love Potion from Bluebird Tea Co. I would also prefer Adagio’s Valentine’s tea to this.

The chocolate has that same artificial twinge that Della Terra’s have, and the aftertaste is hard to explain, but when I eat cheap chocolate (Hershey’s bars for example) they give my mouth a waxy feeling that leaves me feeling and tasting like I ate crayons. That is what this does.

That sensation goes down as the tea cools. But convincing myself to take a sip after that initial feeling was hard.

As it cools, I can pick out the strawberry (very slight, and I can taste it in the back roof of my mouth, which was a strange sensation), and the rose adds a subtle sweetness.

I ended up dumping this because the crayon/waxy/candle feeling never quite got to a point where I wanted to keep going.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea #16 from Traveling Tea Box C

This was another DT that has an absoltely stunning scent and then turns out a little lackluster. And it was so pretty and sunshine-y and had my hopes up too.

Sigh.

Very, very peachy. And apricot-y. It reminds me of peachy-o’s and dried apricots in the same mouthful.

As it cools, the almond becomes more pronounced and I can actually identify it in there. Which is more than I can say about the tea itself, so that’s unfortunate.

I would have like to try this as a cold brew, but there was only enough tea in there for one 8 ounce cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Fiddling

I definitely recommend trying this iced if you get the chance!

moraiwe

I probably won’t be going out of my way to buy it, but if I end up with some in a future tea box or trade, I’m definitely gonna :)

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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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Tea #15 from Traveling Tea Box C

This is just a really solid flavored black tea.

The currant flavor is primarily sweet with the expected black currant tang. It’s a very well-balanced flavor and used more as an enhancement than something to the smooth, rich base than something fighting for dominance. The tea and black currant flavor work together in perfect harmony through and through.

It’s a safe blend and there’s nothing terribly innovative or exciting, but just a well executed black currant tea. It would probably also be an excellent iced blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon Lime Kampai by Teavana
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Tea #14 from Traveling Tea Box C

Another one I cold steeped.

I wasn’t really too fond of this, I thought the lemon flavor was well done, but the lime crossed into the candy/artificial land. It might even remind me a little of Kool Aid.

The other thing I noticed was that I tasted the green rooibos. Normally with cold steeped green rooibos and citrus, I can’t taste the rooibos (or at least not to a degree that it’s really rooibos-y in my brain).

I think I liked the Tahitian Limeade that came out before this better.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
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Tea #13 from Traveling Tea Box C

Every once in a while, I feel like Teavana just nails something. This is that something to me.

It’s definitely perfumey and very floral. The floral is more delicate tasting than rose, but still has that same immersive property. The sweetness from the fruit is a welcome counterpoint. There’s a little juiciness too, and I’m not sure if that’s the base poking through or also from the fruit.

If I didn’t look at the ingredient list, I would never have guess there was hibiscus or rose hips in here. They don’t impart any noticeable flavor, and with the short steep the cup wasn’t terribly rose-hued either.

This cup actually reminds me a lot of American Tea Rooms La Vie en Blanc, because it’s just so floral and envelops you in the experience of drinking it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
wheezybee

Oooh… going on the shopping list!

Short Sorceress

I’m really glad to hear you liked this one. As much as I love floral teas, this one just wasn’t for me.

Fiddling

Sounds delicious! I agree — Teavana sometimes makes an awesome tea. It’s just not as often as I would like.

JustJames

i agree with Fiddling… i find alot of their teas smell great but then fall down after the steep. however, they are better than david’s for me, and any number of others i discovered through steepster is better than teavana, lol.

btw, this is a beautiful review…

BrewTEAlly Sweet

definitely adding ti my shopping list too!

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Tea #12 from Traveling Tea Box C

There’s definitely more going on here than a typical vanilla rooibos. I think the almond adds a kind of depth and richness. I don’t know that it really strongly comes across as almond, but it’s there. It’s also nice and naturally sweet, and would probably make a good latte.

The cinnamon adds a spiced note at the tail of sip, but other than that isn’t really present in the cup.

Neither flavor overcomes the rooibos, but it’s a smooth rooibos that doesn’t really have any landscaping chip notes to it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Lavender Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
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Tea #11 from Traveling Tea Box C

I went a completely different direction with this cup, because I thought I might be disappointed with another dessert tea after the Maple & Pecan Oolong.

I was admittedly nervous to dry this, though. The smell is very very strongly bergamont and lavender (The kind of strong where I could smell it brewing from across the room, with a fan blowing the opposite way strong), which I feared would make for a too-floral, kind of soapy brew.

My fear was only kind of warranted. It is definitely a potent Earl Grey. The lavender is softer and not soapy, and it balances with bergamont.

But holy man this is a strong Earl Grey. And it’s definitely a bit overpowering for my don’t-drink-much-EG tastebuds.

I ended up adding milk and an eensy bit of sugar to take things down a couple tics, and it held up astoundingly well to that. The result was a really bright, identifiably lavender-floral cup of Earl Grey that I could drink all day with the add-ins.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Short Sorceress

It is on the strong side, but I love it for those cold mornings when I can’t get going. Even though I’ve lived in Wisconsin for nearly 5 years now I just can’t get accustomed to the cold weather and snow (I’m from down south.) I’d rather hibernate all winter long and this tea keeps me moving ::grins::

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Tea #10 from Traveling Tea Box C

Woo! Double digit tea box notes!

This tea has chilled in my cart every time I make a Butiki order I can’t afford and then scrap because of the aforementioned inability to afford it. It really just looks and sounds amazing.

Now that I’ve tasted it, I just can’t wrap my head around how much this tastes like maple and pecan. Everything tastes natural, there’s no artificial plastic tastes, or residual aftertastes that make me regret not making a latte, just exactly what it’s supposed to be.

This tea is naturally sweet (and not cloyingly so), so there was no need for sugar even if you were drinking it for dessert. It’s not super strongly flavored, which I really appreciate; it’s nice not to get clubbed with flavors once in a while. The maple and very subtle citrus notes are on my tongue first, followed by butteriness and what is very definitely pecan. The aftertaste leaves my mouth feeling like I just snacked on a handful of pecans.

Thank you for this blend, Stacy. Your blends make my tastebuds hum with happiness.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

I keep doing the same thing with this one in my cart!

moraiwe

If you can afford it, absolutely get it. It’s so good!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

For my next order! :-)

Short Sorceress

it took me forever to finally order it and I’m glad I did because it is amazing.

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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