1118 Tasting Notes
I ordered a box of donuts that spell out “happy birthday” for my boyfriend’s birthday, and went to pick it up today…and remembered hearing about the teas they brew. There’s just two kinds: this and the other was called cooling potion I think. But strawberries and rooibos as ingredients is basically like putting my name on the bottle.
Speaking of the bottle it is adorable, topped with a cork.
It’s pretty sweet, very strawberry, and slightly floral from the rose. I can see how it would go perfectly with a lot of their donuts, especially a strawberries and cream one.
I really like it though, a lot of times I don’t like cold rooibos teas but this I could drink often. But I don’t allow myself to go there very often because I don’t need to weigh 400 and be bankrupt from wanting to eat all the donuts. But now I am going to be on the lookout for something similar in loose leaf form so I can have a slight substitute until I’m back.
Received some of this from silvermage2000 in our swap. I’ve always been curious about it but never purchased it, given its high cost.
It is good though, but not something where I’m like, oh I have to go out and get this now. I’m sure there are many cheaper alternatives that might even be better. I’ve only had one TGY but I kind of like the taste of this better, it seems more buttery. Now I’ll know to explore similar oolongs with an “orchid” taste then!
This is good on the second steep but I’m afraid that very shortly it won’t be worth resteeping :( Sure enough, on steep #4 it tastes like absolutely nothing.
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Drinking one last cup of this hot before I use what remains for some cold steeped tea…definitely getting some of this again one day.
I am trying to convince myself not to buy the new tea of the week because I just ordered so much tea but teas based on breakfast foods I love are my weakness. Like this, though I had a monthly plan up until it sadly became March.
I don’t know why I took a week to try this, considering my love for maple syrup. This is better than oatmeal, and I really love oatmeal! Of course, tea compared to oatmeal is far smoother, which is the perfect way to describe this – smooth and sweet.
The maple and brown sugar flavors are pretty equal for me, I get maple then brown sugar without one overpowering the other. The oat flavor is in the aftertaste. This is fantastically done. I may have to have another cup since it just powered me to write a good 3/4 of a page of my paper without me procrastinating (which I guess I am now but you know what, I’m on page 3 of 8 so I deserve it).
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I want to declare this my most favorite (or should I say favourite?) tea now. When I need more of it, I am so getting the giant bag+tin.
I just love to steep this as long as possible so all the leaf candies melt. It’s so sweet, maple and caramel are like my two favorite forms of sugars so that is why I love this tea so much.
This is WAY better when cold brewed I have to say. It’s like combining the best of the first steep (BOOM! RASPBERRY!) and the second steep (actual oolong taste!) when made hot. While the raspberry definitely had an artificial taste when hot, especially on the first steep when it just tasted of raspberry, cold steeping kind of tones it down while still tasting like a raspberry.
And then of course, it actually tastes like oolong was involved. I always like when I find I have teas I can use solely for the purpose of iced tea!
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I’m so glad this is permanent now because chocolate oranges are way too good to be relegated to one time of year. Besides, legitimate chocolate oranges are kind of overpriced now and this really tastes just like one anyway.
I have two awful assignments to do for tomorrow and I decided I would drink this instead. It’s far less maddening and doesn’t ask stupid questions.
I’ve been wanting a genmaicha with matcha, so when I went to this big international supermarket today, I found one! They had some kind of gyokuro too, I wanted it so badly but they had expiration dates of next month. Not paying $12.99 for 4 ounces of tea that they can’t sell. I’ll try a more Asian-focused store next time. Actually I should have stopped there first since it was on the way. Oh well.
$3.99 for 7 ounces of tea is kind of awesome. While this isn’t amazing by any means, it’s decent…I like it better than the Adagio one I have. The matcha adds sweetness, and gives it a lot more color. I love sweet and savory combinations so I definitely enjoy this.
And seriously if anyone wants some, let me know. There’s no way I will finish this ever.
Turned some of this into a glass of iced tea. I had just enough for it, and it’s really good! This is sweet and minty and tastes perfect iced.
I went to Element Tea’s site and see you can get 4 oz of it for $3.50…wow. I don’t know why I haven’t had much Moroccan Mint before but it works so well iced, so I may have to jump on that.
Thanks for some of this, silvermage2000!
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My first flowering tea thanks to Teavivre! I chose to get this one because lilies are my favorite flower.
I had to steep it in a pyrex measuring glass because I have no other vessel suited for this, but it worked out just fine. And it was so cool!
I was almost expecting not to like it because I don’t really care for floral teas, but this is just right. It’s not very floral, it’s more like the petals add sweetness to the green tea. It also tones the jasmine down, so I like this even more. It is a very clean flavor. I steeped it again and I’m going to drink it cold tomorrow. It could probably hold up to several more steeps but it’s too late to get into that right now sadly :(
I think more of these will have to be purchased when I order from Teavivre…
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Thanks for the sample of this, silvermage2000!
This is so good, I’m sad to see it’s no longer on the Teas Etc website (not that I need more tea). It really does taste like pie in tea form. It’s just sweet enough, though I imagine it would be even better with some sugar, but I like it how it is. There’s a bit of a pastry crust taste, and the black tea base is nice and smooth.
I really didn’t think I was going to like this. The other smoky tea I’ve had, a black gunpowder, was just undrinkable for me. This I can do. And I like it a lot. Some of the best chocolate I’ve had has included smoked salt and almonds, so I figured I would give it a try.
It smells like chocolate melted over a campfire, and that’s almost how it tastes too. But it could use WAY more chocolate, for me as it’s cooling it’s like the chocolate is getting lost.
I didn’t use boiling water, I let it cool for about a minute after it reached boiling. Not sure what that made the temperature, but I was kind of scared that maybe at boiling it would be too smoky or something.
Maybe at some point I will try straight lapsang souchong but for now I’m going to try that method on the black gunpowder and see if it makes it drinkable!
This is interesting…it’s a bit way too sage tasting. I don’t mind sage but since all I’m getting is sage and a bit of hibiscus it’s kind of gross. I even added sugar, so that’s sad.
I’ll give it a try with a cold brew since a lot of people seemed to like it that way.
Then maybe next time I just throw something into the basket because my boyfriend says he’ll buy me it, I’ll look at the ingredients.
Hey, something that smells like banana and actually has banana! (But this time more like bananas and not candy.)
It tastes a lot like bubblegum when hot. Super fruity and sweet. I decided to have it iced, which kind of cuts the sweetness. All the fruit flavors are there, I think putting it over ice made each fruit more pronounced, because now I can taste each one.
This is good, very refreshing!
I’m glad to try this, but this is not tiramisu, Teavana. Flavors that would make tiramisu: coffee, chocolate, rum or Marsala wine, and a tangy sort of cream flavor. Almond, macadamia, and orange? What. I mean, I guess the almond sort of invokes amaretto, and I’ve made a version of tiramisu with amaretto, but orange I do not get.
Smells to me like cinnamon coffee. Tastes interesting, it might be tiramisu if it wasn’t for that orange zest. It just doesn’t fit. It is really sweet though, I don’t even understand how.
It’s good, but it’s not really tiramisu. But really I have any better idea of a name. It’s an interesting flavor profile but…totally understandable why it’s discontinued: I’ve only smelled a brewed cup of My Morning Mate but I can tell this was just like a version of it with rooibos. TheDJBooth is on to something there, and I also must thank him for sending me some of this to try!
Third time’s a charm to finally get the tasting note box to pop up.
I oversteeped this so I’m not gonna rate it yet. Just FYI it brews up SUPER pale. I made it to drink iced so I completely forgot about it for a couple minutes longer than I should have, and thus it is very bitter.
BUT it smells like bananas. Like almost banana runts, which is obviously the best type of banana scent. And I can taste all the fruit and it is delicious. In fact it is so delicious that I don’t even care that it’s bitter.
Got my last round of samples from Teavivre today. Finally I was home/they were actually brought to my door. Of course I answered in my pajamas because today has been my “dead to the world day” where I have just drank tea, read, and watched movies.
I don’t really like the tartness of hibiscus, but roselle seems a bit tamer. Still tart, but far more tolerable. At first I tried to drink it straight, hot, but switched to making it iced and adding sweetener. Now I like it a lot better, and I thought I added a lot of sweetener but it’s just right.
This is great, I don’t really drink a lot of fruit teas that aren’t blood orange related, but I really like this.
Oh I love this. I’ve tried Valentine’s from Adagio and didn’t care much for it, but this I like a lot. It tastes more like the real thing…chocolate covered strawberries.
I’m getting a lot of chocolate, especially in the aftertaste. Not picking up too much on the rose, which is totally fine by me. The strawberry scent was more prevalent for me in the dry leaf.
Next time I order from DavidsTea I am getting more of this. Thanks for sending me some to try, cheetah_pita!