595 Tasting Notes

drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
595 tasting notes

This smelled like wine and chocolate. After steeping it smelled like hot cocoa and coffee beans. 2 1/2 minutes was either far too long or I used far too much leaf. This was really bitter. I tried adding sugar to see if it would level out the bitterness somewhat but no luck. It just turned odd. Thanks for the sample, NayLynn!

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Maybe it was just my imagination but the scent of this was very strongly milk chocolate. :) Taste was a a bit non-specifically fruity. The wet leaves smelled of wine. And I poured some into a clean paper cup to test the milk chocolate thing I don’t think I was crazy -this smells like a Hershey bar! :) I might quite like to have this on hand some day. Thanks for the sample, Ost!

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Wow, this is not my thing. I like the idea but the red rooibos kills it for me. it has that medicinal cough syrup taste all over the base. Also, while this is super gingery, it is too fruity to be a chai I like. Thanks for letting me try it, NayLynn!

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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This smells like something baked that has raisins in it. The taste is sweetish with toasty grains. This is very good. Thanks, Ost!

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So, it would appear that I have had this tea before at least 2 times. :) I guess it is unremarkable. Either that or I’ve simply had too many black teas to remember them all at this point. This time I got some mild fruity notes when hot that vanished as the tea cooled. But yeah, unremarkable basic black tea. Thanks, NayLynn!

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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This smells very spearminty and vanilla-y. There are what look obviously like apple pieces and then a whole ton of little white cubes, which look like sponge pieces but I guess were pineapple? I taste apple, a bit of mint and chamomile – though that isn’t in the listed ingredients. I tried adding cream but that just made it stranger. Another David’s that is not for me. Thanks for the sample, NayLynn!

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I can’t believe I am the first to review this tea… I know NMTea has had it for sale for awhile because I’ve looked at it before and considered buying. I got this sample in the Christmas card swap from Naylynn.

I do taste the chocolate, which is odd because being white chocolate and caramel I should only be getting sweet, not chocolate. Along with cloves, ginger and cinnamon. I didn’t notice black pepper. Overall, this is a very pleasant chai blend. I steeped with 1/2 water and 1/2 light cream, 2 teaspoons sugar. This goes on the wishlist. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Christmas Wreath by Lupicia
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This smells like everything I want in a Christmas tea – apples, fruit, sweet, spice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger… The tea base is very strong though and without adding cream and sugar, the apple didn’t really come out. It doesn’t quite fulfill the promise of the scent, but I will allow room for it being operator error in steeping. :)

Thanks, NayLynn, for including this in the Christmas card swap!

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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And for the early Christmas tea… the only David’s Tea I care much for. :) I am such a sucker for the glitter in the cup. Not overly sweet, but definitely sugar sweet cinnamon here. Tea base is really nondescript – it could be anything. The sweet cinnamon is the star here, not the tea itself, IMO.

I finally took a video of the sparkle in action: http://tinyurl.com/o829k8v

And here is the still: http://tinyurl.com/q3c2wah

carol who

The video is terrific. The still is just… what a difference the movement makes in showing off the tea. Great job!


Beautiful! Oh man, I absolutely love the scent of the dry leaf.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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This is a thick Assamy type of tea. Chewy and bold. I absolutely love it with cream. :)

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Tea afficianado. I wish I could make a living creating and serving tea parties, but alas, bills prevent that possibility. :) So I make do by catering tea parties for friends and co-workers and drinking tons of tea with my cats on my lap. :)


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