1199 Tasting Notes

drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, I really just need to get myself some of this already. Thank you for sending me some, darby!

I made it with milk and brown sugar again, and I steeped it a bit longer than last time. I definitely, definitely got more pumpkin out of it this time around.

I’m not sure which part of this prep makes it better than when I just had it with sugar, is it the stovetop prep or the use of brown sugar? Either way it’s so tasty, I wish I wasn’t out of it. Friday can’t come soon enough…

MissLena

Friday/Monday is going to be so crazy!! Ugh I’m trying to narrow down what deals I want to do D: can’t decide..

Cavocorax

The brown sugar really made a difference for me!

Crane

I have also noticed that brown sugar is the one to use with tea.

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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Ok, this time around with this tea I went with 2 tsp for 8 oz and steeped for 3 minutes. Added a bit of milk, and yum. It was so good, I had two cups for breakfast! It resteeps really well, the tin says 2 steeps but I think it could definitely go 3 if the first steep is only 3 minutes.

I always like an easy fix when the instructions for a tea make something that’s not my style. Two tsp of this is PERFECT, and I just can’t help but drink it with milk.

Next time I’ll try it first without it, which will probably be tomorrow because I am up in Tennessee for the next few days. Sebastian survived the car ride, and has started chirping! But that’s because he is sitting next to my mom’s birds, and one of them never shuts up.

Nik

Yay, progress! He’s so cute. =)

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I got this as a sample with my order from The Tea Spot, and I have been wanting to try black blends like this, so I was quite content! I do believe this is the first I’ve had that is specifically labeled as English Breakfast.

This is perfect for today, with its name, because it makes me think of Austin Powers and one of my favorite F1 teams always has silly Twitter hashtags for races, so this week is #AustinPowers as the race is in Austin, Texas. My favorite is still Korea: Yeongam Style! But this is still funny to me.

And better than everyone else going with Austintatious…except that’s my nail polish’s name, seriously.

I steeped this up for four minutes, because I knew I was going to want to add milk.

So good, I am really, really loving these hearty blends of black teas on cold days. I could probably drink this one without milk, but I was really craving tea with some in there. I did try it before adding, it was malty and tasted a bit of fruits and chocolate. I loved how it tasted with the milk even more though.

And the caffeine boost was nice though I don’t think I really needed one, as I am SO EXCITED for the race! 99 minutes to go…

TheTeaFairy

In the Austin Powers spirit, I will say this to you: «Oh, Behave, Momo»!
Good luck for the race!

Rachel Sincere

I betcha you use OPI nail polish. That name sounds like one of theirs. That’s another thing that’s easy to collect.

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drank Cinna-Vanilla by English Tea Store
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Now I regret having all these packets of samples from English Tea Store…this is not tasty. I even steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes hoping to avoid any problems but it’s bitter and hardly tastes as good as it smells.

In fact the weird briskness/bitterness of this tea makes it oddly taste like fruits and stale bread.

Sadly I am not going to sit around with milk and sugar for this, which may help, as I need to go do some things. Hopefully that makes it drinkable, because it sure isn’t on its own.

I’m back home so I just tried it cold. Still tastes like stale bread, but at least it also tastes like cinnamon now. This may also be relegated to oatmeal.

Ninavampi

This tasted like Play Doh to me….

momo

Gross! I can definitely see that, I only tried it when it was really hot and I bet I would have gotten that if I gave it 10 min.

Tea Sipper

Isn’t it funny that so many people know what play-doh tastes like? hehe

Kittenna

Hahaha, playdough is for children, so it’s so not surprising given their hand to mouth habit! I actually like the salty delicious taste of homemade playdough, but Play Doh is pretty gross-tasting (perhaps the keep children from eating it??)

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Thank you, darby!

I didn’t even realize I really wanted to try this until I was swapping with darby, then I saw everyone’s notes again and that confirmed I wanted to try this.

I decided to try it cold, since that’s how I usually drink fruit tisanes. But I think if I can get it to resteep, I’ll try it out hot.

Iced, it is amazing! It’s tart, but not too bad. It’s kind of more apple tasting than the actual two fruits in the name, but I do get berry and it’s pretty sweet. The yogurt adds a nice creaminess. I think it might actually be more appropriate to call it a tangy tea than just tart.
Something with this many tart type ingredients going on might just beg for sugar but this is so good, it’s not even needed.

I’m sad I finished the cup already, but I’ll go make some to try hot and I’m sure I’ll be sending my boyfriend to get me at least an ounce of this next month…or if there’s a good Black Friday sale I will be all over this and that Bubbly one. Sometimes it’s not helpful having a birthday that always falls around Black Friday.

Ok, hot time: it resteeped pretty well! It is a lot heavier on the yogurt though. Thankfully I don’t mind this because I’ve been craving froyo and not going because I’ll go to get in the car and be instantly cold and it will be a bad idea. So something that still has that taste, but is hot sounds like a winner.

There’s still notes of strawberry but it’s not quite the same. I am definitely going to get more of this though, and I’ll have to try it hot on a first steep.

Nik

Love this tasting note, momo! I get so happy when a tasting note gives me a really good idea of what I can expect from a tea. I need to do more of that and less of my tangential rambling. =)

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drank Pancake Breakfast Black Tea by 52teas
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Ok, it’s been some time since I last had this. But I have a lot of it, so that’s okay. I just got these maple granules from Whispering Pines Tea, and so they are perfect to put in here! Extra maple without the syrup.

This is the best to go along with watching the first practice ever for the first United States Grand Prix in 5 years, eeeeee.

Black tea is all I want to drink today for some reason, and combine that with butter and syrup and a cakey taste and I am set.

Babble

Maple granules? Interesting. Can you buy them? Are they just crystallized maple syrup.

LiberTEAS

Maple granules sound incredibly dangerous for me. Like something I’d be eating by the handful during times when I am needing a sweet fix.

momo

Yeah, you can buy them from Whispering Pines and a couple other places. They’re dehydrated maple syrup. Of course as soon as I got them yesterday I had to try them out by themselves, so I know what you mean, LiberTEAS!

LiberTEAS

Have you ever had any of the maple sugar candy? It’s usually available in my local Whole Foods this time of year, and they are often shaped like maple leaves or something. Like these: http://www.maplecandyvt.com/store.php/products/maple-candy-leaf ???

Are these crystals anything similar to these? I love these candies!

momo

Oh those look amazing, I hope mine has those because I am going tomorrow looking for them. These are definitely different though, it’s almost like granulated sugar that tastes like maple syrup. So they melt in your mouth but probably nowhere near as nice and creamy as those candies would taste.

Nik

I went looking for myself, so I figured I’d share:
http://whisperingpinestea.com/maplegranules.html

They also have honey granules!
http://whisperingpinestea.com/honeygranules.html

I feel like I must try both. I also worry that, like marshmallows, these will end up in my gob long before they have a chance to sweeten my tea. [sigh] I am reigned by my sweet tooth.

TheTeaFairy

Happy for you and the Grand Prix, you must be ecstatic!

momo

Yes! I only wish I could be there!

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I don’t like gingerbread that much. But when I was making my order with Della Terra I thought I’d at least try this since they do dessert blends so well.

I am quite enjoying this one, it really tastes like cookies. And the rooibos, instead of being annoying and woody and medicinal, really blends into the flavor well.

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Thank you for this sample, Teavivre! Sorry for taking 3928752 years to get to it.

I wanted more white tea tonight, and realized I had a lot of unopened silver needle samples. Jasmine sounded especially nice so I brewed this one up.

This is really light after 90 seconds. And I don’t know if I like jasmine with silver needle, because it tastes so amazing by itself. I’ll give it another try at some point, because it was just too muted for me.

I feel like Goldilocks…first a white has too much flavor for what I was looking for, then the next one is too light! I’ll revisit this again soon and steep it longer.

Kittenna

Woaaaah… you are old! :D

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drank White Tea Riesling by Vintage TeaWorks
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This tea smells SO GOOD.

On the other hand (hurr hurr, literally?) I am not a fan of the packaging. Chipped my nail polish on three nails trying to get it open. It’s okay because I need to change it up but it was still sad.

Riesling is my favorite wine…at least if it’s on the dry side. Though if it’s a tea I don’t care!

This is very apricot with nice floral notes too. It seems actually really more flavorful then I was imagining it was going to be.

I’m glad this is a small amount because I’m not sure I like it too much, which pains me to say because this was pretty pricey for me compared to other teas I’ve bought lately, coming in at nearly a dollar a cup.

Maybe if I resteep it later, it will taste more like I was expecting. We shall see!

Second steep is very heavy on the lemongrass in that fruit loopy way. I may next time only steep the first cup for 2 minutes instead of the recommended 3.

LiberTEAS

LOL I love the packaging. But I didn’t use fingernails trying to get in to it. I cut the tape on the sides. :)

momo

I had to use my nails to get the lid to come off after the tape, hopefully now it’s easier to get open after that initial time.

LiberTEAS

Wow! I didn’t have that issue with the lids… sorry to hear that you did! :(

momo

It’s all good now! I made sure to try it after seeing your comment and I can just twist it off fine now with no problems.

Vintageteaworks

Sorry about that chipped nail. My wife was thoroughly upset on your behalf :-). Just wanted to let you know that we are actually working on a new and improved closure to be released next year. We hope you will give us another chance! – Brandon – Vintage TeaWorks

momo

Haha, I definitely will be trying more, the green tea sauvignon also calls for me!

Just MJ

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks that a tad too much lemon makes things taste like fruit loops. Or trix.

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When I got 100 cup points, I decided I’d get this. It was between this and the Sagittarius zodiac tea and now I feel like I should have gone with that. But they’re basically very similar…blackberry or raspberry? I have to choose blackberry.

I don’t really taste blackberry in here though until long after I take a sip. It seems like it’s just a floral bergamot flavor, but it finally fades into blackberry.

I’m surprised though at how smoooooooth it is. I gave it just a 3 minute steep, and it’s perfect for me. Not too strongly bergamot, and very easy to just sip.

A latte sounds like a great idea, especially since this one comes with FOUR ounces of tea instead of just three.

KeenTeaThyme

Adagio’s blackberry flavor is kinda mean. Or shy. It’s hard to get it to come out and play.

MegWesley

Do share if you make it a latte! I have noticed that some flavors only like to come out with the addition of milk. Plus I have been eyeballing this since I am a big Dr Who fan.

Kittenna

I wish this Tardis tea was something different that my roommate would like, because I would totally get it for her… but I don’t think this would really pique her interest.

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