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1195 Tasting Notes

drank Nuwara Eliya Courtlodge by Pekko Teas
1195 tasting notes

First tea I am trying from the returned traveling tea box!!!

It just felt like a Ceylon day, and I love me an estate Ceylon.

This one is a lot more subtle than others I’ve had, there is absolutely nothing brisk about it. It actually tastes more like a Darjeeling, minus any astringency. It’s very citrusy, definitely orange, with just a slight hint of flowers.

Very, very clean on the palate. Super smooth, too.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Yay! You got the box!

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drank White Coconut Dulce by TeBella
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In a month, I’m going to Tampa basically for a hockey game then coming back. Actually we’ll have Saturday entirely down there, and so I did a Yelp search for tea, and TeBella came up. Bonus: it’s 2 miles from the hotel for that night! (They jacked up Friday rates so we’re staying in Clearwater then, darn I know.)

I then remembered that Autumn Hearth offered me this in a swap so I gladly took it as I love coconut. After looking at TeBella’s website, it looks like some of their teas are Art of Tea blends, like this one, but that’s totally okay by me because I won’t order directly from them again probably, though I like some of their teas.

I haven’t had this in awhile (I have it from Art of Tea and then maybe Persimmon Tree? Somewhere else w/it, that’s all I know) so I can’t really tell for sure by taste but I can by look.

It’s sweet, first and foremost. The coconut isn’t too strong in this cup as a coconut flavor, but it is definitely amplifying the creaminess of the tea. Definitely agree with everyone who says delicate but flavorful, that is a fact.

I’m glad I bought buttercream flavor oil for lip balm today. I was already thinking coconut chai and now coconut frosting is happening too. I’m just REALLY in a coconut mood and this tea is making it worse.

Kittenna

Yes, it’s the same as Coconut Creme from Persimmon Tree.

tattooed_tea

It also looks the same & has the same ingredients as the Coconut Calypso from Steeped Tea. But I swear this one has way more coconut flavour.

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drank Comfort and Joy by The Republic of Tea
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Wow I’m confused…this tea has some serious hate front and center…I found it not bad at all. I thought at first well maybe they’ve changed something because almost all these 1-4 ratings are from years ago.

I got it for free in the catalog like most everyone else.

I steeped it while I made some solid perfume, so it had time to cool off also. The good thing about solid perfume is it’s so quick to finish, so the tea was at the perfect temperature for drinking when I was done.

I’ll honestly say I was expecting to hate it. I don’t care much for RoT unless it’s herbal/rooibos. But I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was going to be weak and bitter because I used a lot of water for their underleafed sachet.

This isn’t strongly spiced, but I don’t think it tastes a thing like apple cider. It was like a cinnamon/lightly spiced black tea with just a hint of sweetness.

I don’t think I’d buy it unless I could get it way cheaper than what RoT sells everything for, but it wasn’t bad especially if you’re in the mood for cinnamon, but not a tea that’s really IN YO FACE cinnamon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Blueberry Pie by The Whistling Kettle
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I did not realize this was a green tea when I bought it and I had been hoping for a black base. Oh well, not a big deal. Just means I’m still on the lookout for a blueberry pie like the Teas, Etc one that is no more.

This isn’t bad, I guess. I didn’t really taste much blueberry to it. honestly I would have guessed apple pie. It has a bit of pie spice kind of flavors, not really sure, but it is definitely sweet. I just don’t know why I wasn’t tasting blueberry very much.

Nice base tea too, last time I had a blueberry green I think it was gunpowder and kind of flat. This one is nice, so I enjoyed the cup anyway!

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drank Cran Marnier by Art of Tea
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This is a bit much.

I can’t believe they say to use a tablespoon per cup. I used 2 tsp TOPS and it was impossible to drink.

The cranberry flavor was completely lost underneath all the spice and licorice, which is really disappointing when there are these big rehydrated cranberries floating around the infuser.

Like, I’ve had Gran Marnier in some drinks but not by itself and I don’t think it has nearly this much spice to it? I don’t understand what they’re going for here. I don’t get orange at all.

I have a little sample tin so I’ll try it again with only a teaspoon next time.

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drank Love In A Cup by Della Terra Teas
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Gawwwwwd this one smelled AMAZING when I opened the pouch up.

The dry leaf is just too cute.

This mostly tastes like caramel marshmallows to me, more so than Eight Candles. I didn’t get much chocolate. It’s a very, very sweet tea, so I don’t see any need to ever add sugar, but I might try it with a little milk sometime.

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drank Darjeeling by two leaves and a bud
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I made tea for myself on Monday and then left it on the counter. With time to spare, I went to the library for a giant $2 cup of tea and picked this one out.

I probably liked this even better than the tea I had made! (Which I never got to drink.)

It’s not as good as a specific single estate, specific flush Darjeeling, as in I really couldn’t taste my favorite nutty/citrusy notes, but there’s still honey and the lovely Darjeeling astringency. It was an all around smooth and enjoyable cup.

For $2 a cup I don’t have to get mad about forgetting my travel mug!

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Can my self-ban on Steepster not include weekends? I think so.

I really did not enjoy this today AT ALL. The walnut got me, it just made the tea taste off. I went with the white tea setting on my kettle (10 below what I used the first time) but I have no idea how long I steeped it the first time… 6 min scares me for a white tea.

This was really good otherwise but since right now I trust Davidstea as far as I can throw the company, I’m not sure how I feel about this one. There are a couple from this Winter collection (see: cocomint cream) I’d like to have a bit more of but they are really making it difficult right now to know exactly what’ll be around and what won’t.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sweet Canadian

I agree momo! I have been one of the peeps on facebook challenging them on their shiftiness. I hope everything gets cleared up soon, I wish they would just come out and say what they are considering getting rid of, not just what is going away/what is already gone.

momo

Seriously, I had to look so far into comments to find Root Beer Float is gone b/c they didn’t even put it in the list they commented. It doesn’t even belong in comments, it belongs as its own post. I’m pretty much done with them at this point, they called me when I wanted them to email me and now I await my parents asking me to pay them the $3 for being called from Canada. I didn’t pick up the next time that’s for sure.

Jackie T

I brew this one at 176 for 2 minutes and it comes out great, maybe I just love it more than is normal :-P

Sweet Canadian

Wow yeah that is seriously messed up. You are lucky you are in the US, with shipping costs going up here I can’t afford to buy from 52 teas/Della Terra very much anymore. The same thing has happened with Perfect Pear, Pom Power, and I have the sneaking suspicion there are more they haven’t told us about yet. Just come out and say all the ones that you are getting rid of, don’t make us guess.

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So I love anything chocolate cherry and when it was posted you could get a tin of this for $6.50 shipped I figured why not?

I have two other chocolate cherry teas, one from The Tea Spot, which was okay, and then Griottes from Della Terra that I haven’t tried yet.

I think this actually ranks above the Tea Spot one, though I have only had it with additions. I drank this plain and it was soooo perfect. I drank it while watching the series finale of 30 Rock as I cried at the end. Of course.

The chocolate isn’t super strong, but it tastes real enough. The cherry is perfect though. I don’t think it tastes medicinal at all, it tastes like a maraschino cherry.

Of course the only downside of this tea is a) you have to use 2 teabags to make a decent sized cup and b) it’s actually only available from World Market. But if I could get it at such a low price again, I’d get it. I have to try my other two again and see which one really prevails.

Now I must go check on course 2 of our coffee oatmeal stout night. First up was stout mac and cheese (I’m now dying earlier than ever) and next is chocolate stout brownies. My arms are tired from all the whisking and grating.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Tea Sipper

I think I’m saving up all my tears for when Community ends (HOPEFULLY not this year)… or even for when Community STARTS next week (after not being on TV for almost a year!)

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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
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Well hopefully I can post this without getting kicked out or power going out. Between all the errors of Steepster (coming back 2 hours later and seeing the dashboard is busted — WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?) and how absolutely hopeless I feel regarding one of the traveling tea boxes, I’m pretty much going on a steepster hiatus. I’ll probably come post notes every so often just for brand new stuff I’m trying, like this.

Let’s be real here, the draw of this one is the white tea stars. I’m not sure what they really add to the tea other than the possibility of feeling like you messed it up.

The vanilla isn’t bad, but this tea is not that good once it starts to cool. The vanilla starts to taste artificial, and the base starts to become bitter. When it’s still hot though, it’s delicious. It wouldn’t ever replace Vanille des Iles for me as a favorite vanilla tea. I may have to try it with milk and sugar to see if it gets that vanilla frosting taste too.

just a little thing to add, please keep Adairsville, GA, in your thoughts. A tornado rolled through there earlier and one person died. Their poor dog was outside and he was rescued but gosh the picture I saw of him still in his dog house, poor baby. There were cars just absolutely flipped and crushed on the highway and 18 wheelers overturned. Scary stuff.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

Amanda:

I am sorry the teabox is sending you on a hiatus. Your contribution to this community will be missed!

Ellyn

Alphakitty

I’m so sorry the TTB has caused you so much trouble :( We all really appreciate the effort you put into it!

Bonnie

I don’t want to miss you!

momo

I should rephrase it to more of a biweekly type visit rather than all day every day. And you guys are always welcome to add me on Facebook (right now I am a caveman hockey player don’t mind me) https://www.facebook.com/kimisicecream

Ysaurella

well Amanda I am coming back and you want to do a break with Steepster :( Hope to see you here on a biweekly basis because I love your notes !

Tea Sipper

Ah, I’m sorry the tea box is bothering you so much. :/ It should have been fun. It doesn’t even seem like it would be worth it to eventually get the box with all you’ve been through with it. I will miss seeing your tasting notes!

Azzrian

Sent friend request on FB

Ellyn

i sent a friend request.

Claire

I will miss seeing your posts!

Terri HarpLady

MOMO, don’t leave us!!!
No point getting upset over those TT boxes, they sort of took on a life of their own, right? I expect Box A will arrive here tomorrow. I’ll enjoy it, & then forward it to you. PM me your address, ok? I’m friending you on FB.

MegWesley

I think we all need a break every once in a while. Just don’t stay away from us too long. :)

Josie Jade

I received my lip balm and the mail today and I couldn’t be more happy with it – every flavor I’ve tried is perfect!! I’m allergic to everything and picky about my lip glosses, so I was thrilled to hear about your Etsy store. I’ll definitely be ordering from you again. :)

momo

Yay I’m so glad you like them! I’ll be making more new flavors soon since I got a bunch of supplies in the other day.

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