886 Tasting Notes

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drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
886 tasting notes

Another generous swap sample from Dexter3657!

First off, I wasn’t overly excited by the idea of this tea. I do rather enjoy fresh pears, but the thought of a pear flavored black tea was just kinda “eh” in my mind. Boy was I wrong! OK, you know how a really good Bosc pear will have an almost floral quality to its scent/flavor? This tea somehow captures that. These French teas, man…something magical about them :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, how convienient, I also have a sample of this from Dexter, yay! You make it sound really good Stephanie, will be hard to resist it, it is screming at me right now, drink me, drink me!!!

Starfevre

I have more of this if you want another sampler. I wasn’t too enthused about it.

Stephanie

Wow it even re-steeps well! Dang, Starfevre, you’re so generous! I’m sending you some surprises this coming week but I haven’t picked them out yet…

Starfevre

I also have a caramel and jasmine tea from Fauchon that I hated very much.

Stephanie

:-O that sounds amazing…

Starfevre

I don’t think there was anything wrong with the tea. I think I just hate jasmine.

Stephanie

I lurve me some jasmine :)

Starfevre

I’ll send you some then.

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drank Anji Bai Cha by Butiki Teas
886 tasting notes

This tea is hard for me to measure! The leaves remind me of pine needles…so I usually end up guessing how much to use.

Anyway, I love a sweet creamy vegetal green tea, and this one has the added bonus of occasional twinges of tart cherry sneaking in occasionally. Very complex and delish! Happy Friday everybody!!

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VariaTEA

This short tasting note is every so heartbreaking

VariaTEA

*ever so heartbreaking

Courtney

I have some Stephanie :) I can send it your way!

Stephanie

At least I can still buy Creamy Eggnog :) consoles myself

Stephanie

Aww, Courtney did you not like it??

Courtney

Not so much for me, but I’m not huge on greens yet.

Stephanie

Well, I’ll gladly take it off your hands if you really want to send it. Hope I can return the favor :)

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-This one will be in stock only for a month very shortly. :)

VariaTEA

That is very exciting. This one is sooo good. I also really liked Nutmeg Cream.

Butiki Teas

VariaTEA-That one will be in stock as well. This will be happening very very soon and will be in stock only until the end of February.

VariaTEA

Ooooh I am so excited. I should probably try all my other Butiki teas so I know what I want to restock once I am ordering.

Butiki Teas

VariaTEA-It will be slightly different though as we are no longer stocking one of the base teas but it won’t be different by much.

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I can’t believe how fast I’ve been sipping through my Mandala teas…I’m going to try really hard to make it a few more weeks before I place an order. My cupboard is FULL. Anyway, I love this one. I’m not sure I ever want to explore other shengs because this one is so interesting I could drink it daily and never get bored!

Kamyria

Oh that’s the one that I’m dying to try… I love sheng in general and I have a feeling that I’m going to love this one a lot too.

Sil

Kam..this one is amazing. at least in my humble opinion. it was the first cake i purchased.

Dexter

Ditto – love this one – ok love all Mandala pu’erh but this is my favorite sheng.

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I decided to sample this tea on my lunch break at home so I could brew it up at proper temperature for a tasting note. I brewed 1 tablespoon of tea at 195 degrees F for a couple of minutes. This is an extremely smooth, honey-sweet black tea. Bright and bold and clean, the only thing I can think to compare it to in my tea palette is a crisp Ceylon. There is a very faint floral note resembling a green oolong. There are no dark nutty or malty notes present. Very interesting and tasty tea! I’m glad I have a large sample so I can try it a few more times :)

Thanks Mantra Tea!

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I’m really enjoying this cup but it is not what I intended to drink today. I walked out the door this morning without my chosen tea AND without my apple for 2nd breakfast! Luckily I had some of this in my desk. Always have emergency tea stashes at the office, folks!

Courtney

Phew for work tea stashes.

Cavocorax

As long as that stash doesn’t lose control! :O
(I have about 25 teas at work to choose from, but most of them are sample sizes! I don’t want it to be too obvious!)

caile

hehe, 25 different teas doesn’t seem obvious at all.. :-P

TheTeaFairy

Yummy tea :-)

Stephanie

Now I want to count my teas in my work stash, but I’m scared! LOL

Cavocorax

Hahaah. They fit in a little tin? And another tin on top of that tin? Next to my bag of filters and my measuring spoon, and my special tea mug and my bubble cup. Yikes.

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I’m very grateful to Starfevre for letting me try some of this. It has always been on my “holy crap this flavor sounds amazing I must try it someday!” list, but with the mixed reviews I’ve been scared to invest in a whole package.

This morning I whipped some up as a hot latte with honey. This matcha smells AMAZING. Exactly like it is described, it smells like a macadamia praline! Now, why can’t it taste exactly like it smells? There IS something a touch artificial tasting about it. It is drinkable, but definitely not something I would purchase in the future. I don’t have many flavors of matcha laying around right now, so I will easily finish this sample though. It’s a nice change up and will tide me over until I can order a better tasting nutty flavored matcha in the future! :)

Skysamurai

That sounds amazing. Putting it on my list!

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I’m drinking the last of my sample of this tea from my last Mandala order. I have the 2013 “tea nugget” style. I am plotting an order soon (almost out of Special Dark! oh noes!!) so I wanted to finish up this sample and decide if I need to buy some when I place my order…

I’m really enjoying this today. It is rich and very smooth! I think I prefer this one’s flavor over the Phatty Cake! It is somewhat earthy but very clean. This is a shu I could drink regularly, though my favorite is still the Special Dark!

boychik

Special Dark is truly special;)

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Tea-tini time! The vodka tea infusion steeped up beautifully! I then combined 1 and 1/2 shots of tea vodka with 1/2 shot of simple syrup and 1/3 shot of fresh squeezed lime juice and shook with ice. It tastes fancy and expensive! ;)

Fjellrev

Nicely done! It most definitely sounds fancy an expensive.

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I only have one serving of this left and I’m super sad! My fave herbal blend of all time…will definitely be re-ordering ASAP. Wonderful winter evening drink.

Bonnie

I love it too!

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