2368 Tasting Notes

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I was watching a youtube video and dying of laughter and thought to myself “there are definitely some steepsters who will enjoy this”. That inspired me to go make some tea so I could share the link and still have a reason for posting :P. So basically you guys are slowly creeping into my thoughts more and more…steepster is taking over my life.

Well without further adieu, here is a hilariously adorable of Misha Collins (Castiel from Supernatural) allowing his son to cook thanksgiving dinner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90tZUltzRBc#t=495. Enjoy!

As for this matcha…

I used a 1/2 tsp in 8 oz of milk for a delicious caramel popcorn treat. There is not much to say other than this is truly an AMAZING matcha. In fact, today might be more popcorn that caramel and that is still delicious. Buttery and oh so sweet. The perfect snack for watching a great clip. Thank you Cavocorax so much for sending this my way. I don’t think I ever would have bought 30 g but having tasted it I think I might end up ordering 60 :P.

Roswell Strange

So many tomato sauce from a can!

VariaTEA

They put the recipe at the end. It is pretty amazing. I especially like the creative use of the beaters.

JustJames

buwahahahahahaha! that was awesome…. such a good dad! most parents would have killed that pretty early on.

VariaTEA

haha. There are more too. This was definitely not something that was good to find when I have work I need to do. I am watching this one now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToTVFEHZhX4. I am about 2 minutes in and cannot stop laughing.

Roswell Strange

Also, further proof we’re kindred spirits: http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/205786#comments You know, just to add to the already vast list ;)

VariaTEA

HAHAHA. So basically we are the same person.

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
2368 tasting notes

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I ended up making a 16 oz mug of this so the whole sample Roswell Strange sent got dumped into my gravity steeper to be steeped for 2 minutes in water that was just below a boil.

I am definitely picking up the black base, as per usual with a 52 tea black blend. There is also a hint of caramel and a bit of butteryness. However, the caramel flavor pales in comparison to the Je t’aime I had last night. This isn’t a bad cup but it isn’t anything special either, imo. Thank you Roswell Strange for giving me the chance to try this tea! 52 Teas are so hard to get a hold of so it is always nice when you can give one a taste without having to commit to the full 2 oz bag.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Last time I had this tea, I could not taste it properly as I drank it immediately following eating a dinner with a fair bit of spices. However, I thought I tasted a similar flavor to DAVIDs Glitter & Gold. Now I realize, that was a pretty apt description for this tea because this and Glitter & Gold are much of the same. However this is a touch less sweet, a little harder to get a hold of, and lacks my beloved sparkles. That doesn’t mean I am not really enjoying this cup though so thank you Eva for the opportunity to try this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I am always just a little disappointed when a company gives absolutely no steeping directions. I would think they would know best about how their teas should be prepared but I suppose it leaves room for everyone to play around and find their sweet spot. For me, this cup was steeped for two minutes just below boiling. I find when I steep for longer the base takes overs.

Anyways, when I opened the sample package, I got a big whiff of fresh, juicy apple. In flavor, the apple is slightly muted in comparison to the scent. It is also covered just a bit by slight cinnamon flavor. I think I will try steeping this for longer to see if that brings out the flavors a bit more. Don’t get me wrong, this cup is still good, but weaker than I would have hoped (though that is probably my error and not a reflection of the tea). Thank you MissB for the chance to try something new. I look forward to experimenting with the sample to find this tea’s sweet spot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Hm, this sounds quite good! I’ve been craving apple lately.

VariaTEA

I’m sure you have one or two apple teas in your cupboard to satisfy that craving. They tend to show up in a lot of teas :)

Yvonne

I do, actually. :) I’ve just been drinking them a bit to excess lately, lol.

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So I think this is better when it cools. The mint comes out and the stevia fades. Unfortunately it is still leaving me with the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners that I just can’t stand.

Thank you MissB for giving me the opportunity to try this. It almost definitely would have been something I bought and then had been very disappointed. Now I know that it is just not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Crap, there’s stevia in here?! How… odd. I swear there was zero sweetener in the batch I bought, or else I would have left it on the shelf in the first place. Okay, that really blows.

VariaTEA

Yeah. Honestly though, I hate the taste of artificial sweetener so much that I swear I zone in on even the most acute amount. Half the time I won’t even eat low-fat yogurt because I taste the sweetener.

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This is a tasty, tasty tea. Thanks to Dexter3657 I can finally see what all the fuss is about. It is toasty and delicious with a hint of honey sweetness. Really, really good. Thank you for sharing Dexter!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I got this in a swap ages ago and I really enjoyed it too. I should maybe add it to my next H&S order.

VariaTEA

Plus it has the added benefit of being caffeine-free and we all know how hard it is to find a delicious caffeine-free tea.

Jennkay

Ooh, I’m always on the hunt for a good herbal. This sounds right up my alley- adding to shopping list :)

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drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2368 tasting notes

MMMMMmmmmmm…this is more like it!

Chocolate. Coffee. Creamy. Delicious.

Thank you Dexter3657! I will definitely make quick work of this sample :)

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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This smells sooooo strongly of orange and as I took my first sip, I realized why…this tastes almost exactly like a liquefied Terry’s Chocolate Orange. The only problem? I was never a huge fan of those :(. I can definitely appreciate why people would love this tea but I suppose it is just not for me. Nonetheless, I am glad I got to try it and it definitely has me intrigued as to how other Fauchon rooibos blends would taste. Thank you to both Dexter3657 and Cavocorax for sending me a sample but it seems as this tea and I were not meant to be.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Awww. Too bad it didn’t work for you!

Courtney

I too do not enjoy chocolate oranges, but I’m still exited to be able to try this one. I’m entering the world of French teas!

Yvonne

Those were my absolute favourite chocolate confections growing up. I miss them!

Cavocorax

I like chocolate oranges but have had a difficult time finding a tea that was comparable. I think Sil has spent the most time looking for great orange chocolate teas…

VariaTEA

Having tried thousands of tea, I think could Sil could tell us the best tea for every flavor :P

Courtney

Agreed VariaTea!

VariaTEA

Wow. I had issues with that post. “I think could Sil could…”. That makes no sense.

Courtney

Hahaha I didn’t even notice. Funny what the brain leaves out (or adds in) for things to just make sense.

Cavocorax

LOL – you’re probably right VariaTEA.

Sil

Hey…I don’t know everything…just lots. Also, I totally bought tea …and need to message cavo because I there ARE fandom blends to be had….

Cavocorax

Oh yeah? Umm, IDK if you heard but I sorta spent $120 on ADAGIO teas when I found out I had a job. But I’d love to see what you ended up getting, or are thinking of getting. I can send you samples of the ones I grabbed too, once they show.

RIDIC amounts. I hope they’re good. I think Shadowfall is sending it on to me Monday!

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
2368 tasting notes

I was packaging this up for a swap and realized that there is a pretty fair amount of tea in the little tin they gave me at Nina’s. Anyways, once I had the tin open, I decided I should make myself a cup.

What I have learned is that Nina’s knows what they are doing when it comes to vanilla caramel flavoring. Though I prefer Nina’s Japon to this (and pretty much everything else it seems) I still love this tasty cup. The black base is present but smooth and really allows the flavor to take center stage. There is a nice creaminess to this tea as well and the vanilla caramel flavoring is perfect.

Je t’aime is certainly right because I love this tea. Other phrases that would work would have been “Je t’adore”, “Incroyable!”, “Magnifique!”, “Extraordinaire!”, “Formidable!”, and other things of that nature.

Thank you Sophie and Laurent for providing me with this delicious tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Yeah, I really loved this one -they gave me a sample of this and Taurus, which was also fantastic.

VariaTEA

I tried Taurus as well. I am not big on their rooibos blends because I find the rooibos a bit too prominent but Taurus was not bad. Gemini and Pisces were also alright rooibos blends.

OMGsrsly

Was Taurus really strawberry-y?

VariaTEA

I found it creamy with a nice strawberry tang (at least that is what my tasting notes say). They also have The des Anges which is a strawberry tea on a black base.

OMGsrsly

I might end up getting both. :) I love strawberries, and am a Taurus. :)

VariaTEA

Haha. I am a Pisces so that was the first sample they gave me. I was happy to see it was caramel. The only issue was I found their rooibos to be a bit strong for me. Although weirdly enough it was actually stronger in the smell than in the taste.

Sil

i find their rooibos fairly rooibos-y as well heh

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Finally a sipdown! Not that I want this tea gone but rather I am trying to try all the SBTs I bought so I know what I need to restock and it is just such hard work to get through a pitcher alone in the middle of winter.

I don’t have anything new to say about this tea that I have not already said in my other tasting notes. Basically this is a delicious tea that captures the neapolitan flavor well. It will definitely be a restock.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Yvonne

What an interesting premise for a tea!

Roswell Strange

I always just scoop the Strawberry out of Neapolitan…

Yvonne

^ That’s exactly what I used to do, too. Strawberry rules.

VariaTEA

The flavor is predominantly strawberry and vanilla in this which is amazing because I never liked chocolate anyways :P

Suziqzer

Ohh… Might have to pout this one on my shopping list for the summer. I always used to eat the chocolate first to get it out of the wah so that I could enjoy the vanilla & strawberry. :). Ice cream is a fav of mine… Going on shopping list.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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