1028 Tasting Notes

drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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Thank you so much Kimquat for including this in our swap!

Since I only had one servings worth, I was very precise with my water temp and steep time. Man, this tea smells so beautiful! Floral and citrus sweet with the incensey undertone and oolong tang. But taste wise? Frankincense is SO not my thing! How can something that smells so good taste so bad?? Haha. Anyway, really glad I got to try this one, I’ve been really curious! Apparently I would prefer it as a potpourri ;)

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I was scared of this one based on the scent of the dry leaf. I’m very maple picky and it smelled a little artificial! Also there are large pieces of popcorn?! Haha! Anyway, steeped up this makes a decent enough sweet breakfast tea :) Kind of reminds me of french toast. Neither the cinnamon or the maple is overpowering. Not something I’ll buy but it was certainly fun to try on this dreary Sunday morning at work all by myself! Thanks again BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending me so many fun teas to try. I love trying new teas!

Tamara

There are pieces of popped popcorn in it? That’s different. :-)

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Drinking this one this afternoon to compare to the David’s Pumpkin Chai I had this morning. Well, they’re really in two totally different leagues. First off, this isn’t even a chai, though it does have somewhat prominent cinnamon/nutmeg notes. 2nd of all, I can actually taste the base tea! Clean is how I like to describle this Ceylon. Also, the pumpkin is detectable and not at all artificial. Adding brown sugar really upped the brûlée notes. Sorry David’s, Butiki always wins in my book!

Tamara

Oh, I need to try this one.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Strong chai flavor with slightly artificial pumpkin undertones. Very drinkable with cream and brown sugar. Serves its purpose very well but not something I personally will want to keep around all the time!

Thanks for the sample Teamore I was really glad to try this one :)

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YUM. As I was brewing this one, the caramel scent was driving me WILD! It is a heavy, rich and earthy puerh base, but the sugary sweet caramel overtones complement it wonderfully. Thanks very much BrewTEAlly Sweet for including this in our swap! I went on the Enjoyingtea website and am sad that the smallest amount they sell is 4oz. With the kind of stash I have, I try to buy 1oz or less of most teas.

Stephanie

Ehh, the more I drink this, the more musty the base tea seems…guess I am a little pu-erh picky!

Kittenna

This tea is available from a bunch of different vendors, and they’re all quite similar/the same :) English Tea Store and Majesteas, off the top of my head, also carry it.

Sil

yep…and for nearly all that i’ve tried, you want to drink it hot haha

Stephanie

Yeah, the more I drank it the more I wanted to lower my rating…not the best quality puerh. Earthy turns to dirty pretty quick! :P

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Glad you got around to this pu-erh. its definitely one that was not one of my favorites but I thought since our tastes were different sometimes and that you were going on a pu-erh testing I thought I would include it. :)

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I should have ordered way more of this wonderful tisane. I’m going through my pouch alarmingly fast, and it isn’t even cold outside yet! Next time I place a verdant order I should order like 4 oz or something, lol :)

This brew has been very good to me since I’ve been sick. I’ve been stirring a honey/turmeric paste in with this in the evenings and I think it has really helped. I feel almost better already!

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drank mystery puerh by Unknown
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I’m drinking on my mystery cake today. It is mediocre puerh I’m sure but I can’t taste anything anyway. I’ve got a cold and I’m taking those nasty nasty zinc lozenges that make everything taste awful! Blah. Back to tasting swap samples soon I hope! :)

JustJames

oh dear, happy fall. feel better?

Stephanie

Heh, thanks :)

Tealizzy

Oh no! That’s no fun. Feel better soon!

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drank Thurbo Darjeeling by Butiki Teas
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I REALLY enjoyed this today. I savored 2 steeps, one before and one after lunch. I could see myself getting into darjeelings! Despite my head cold I got lots of sweet grassy, flowery, hay like flavor from both steeps. Somehow it tasted like a sunny autumn meadow in a cup!

Thanks very much teamore for including this bonus sample in our swap :D

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Very tasty white tea with rose! I can’t believe I still have a cold. Anyway so I’m not going to rate this one yet…

Stephanie

Oh and thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet :)

Kaylee

Aw, feel better!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Feel better. You get sick way too often. I’m glad ur still finding joy in my package:)

Stephanie

It is unusual for me how often I’ve been sick lately! :/

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmm, this is interesting. I’m not ready to rate it yet, but my review is mostly positive!

First of all, this tea smells GREAT! The flavor is like if you mixed spiced apple cider half and half with some weak green tea. I feel like this is probably a Dragonwell type base, which is not my favorite type of green tea, and I think whatever it is could stand to be a little more assertive. I think if I steeped this a little stronger next time I will like it even more! Also I bet it’d be super good sweetened with brown sugar or maybe buckwheat honey!

Thanks teamore for this swap sample! I was really glad to try this one :)

Lariel of Lórien

I am now the proud owner of this tea, as it does smell amazing.

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