2871 Tasting Notes

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
2871 tasting notes

I wasn’t a lover of DAVIDs Bamboozled but this, I really like this. The bamboo provides body and a solid base for a nice fruity flavor of berries and currant. I could definitely enjoy this often. I think I see a Tea Desire order in my future. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing it with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75
drank Tiramisu Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2871 tasting notes

Thank you Fjellrev (and Sil) for some of this delicious matcha. It is sweeter and creamier than the mocha matcha and with a bit less of coffee flavoring but it is still very good and the two are quite similar. I think out of the two, for my tastes, I would get this again but I am not sure if it would make the cut when compared to all the other matchas I have tried.

Sil

i love this one. it’s…probably one of my favourite now since it lacks the bitterness of the coffee matcha and isn’t tooooo sweet. i only made it in milk though.

VariaTEA

That is how I had it too and it was very good.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me more of this tasty, tasty blend. Just a whiff of lapsang souchong and I start to crave it. It has a whiff of smoke to compliment the sweet cherry and creamy vanilla – a blend that perfectly captures Irene Adler. Luckily I picked up 3 oz along with samplers in the most recent Adagio sale but I won’t see that until I go back home at the end of April/beginning of May so I am super grateful to have some cups to hold me over.

Anna

Of COURSE the Irene tea nails it! <3

Hello.Kiki

You’ve inspired me… I must go find my sample now!

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Sipdown!! (197)

So I was pretty worried about this because my swap partner, Roswell Strange, did not seem to be a fan. Luckily she sent me some to try though because I actually am enjoying this. It is chocolatey until the sip is almost over, at which point a little chili kick comes through. I don’t know if I would want 50 g of it but I would not turn down another cup. Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me a sample to try.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88

Thank you keychange for sharing this delicious tea with me. It is subtle but brilliant. Floral but not perfumey with a beautiful champagne flavor. Somehow the fizziness was even captured in this blend. Sipping on this makes me feel as though I should be at an afternoon party held in the backyard of someone’s estate home, sipping on champagne while clothed in a beautiful dress. Okay, I may have watched a bit too much TV today but you get what I mean. The only downside? 6 cups cost $6.50 :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

still cheaper than some drinks! :)

VariaTEA

This is very true.

Butiki Teas

Yeah, unfortunately that base tea is very expensive. You could squeeze out some more cups by decreasing the amount of tea and increasing the time. :)

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I think it was originally Cavocorax and then Courtney who had the idea of mixing this with milk and letting it sit for a few hours. That method seemed to get positive reviews so I decided to try it out. I find that the peanut butter flavor is a little more infused into the milk as a whole making for a thicker cup that is more reminiscent of peanut butter. However, with that said, there isn’t as much a difference between this cup and the cup I usually have to justify the wait if I want a cup immediately.

Stephanie

I really like this flavor even though it isn’t totally peanut-buttery :)

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70
drank Pret a Portea by RiverTea
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Thank you Roswell Strange for yet another RiverTea blend to try. This is a flavorful rooibos but most of the flavor is coming from hibiscus which is making me sad. There is also a hint of cherry hanging in the background but it is being completely upstaged by the tart attention-hog that is hibby.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me a sample. It is nice to get to try RiverTeas prior to placing an order however this is not for me. I am getting hibiscus and not much else. Surprisingly, I don’t mind the hibiscus in this blend as much as I minded it in others, but I think that is because I was expecting it to be tart. Nonetheless, after I get through the sample I was sent, I doubt I would want it again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88
drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
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Sipdown!! (198)

Thank you Roswell Strange (and also aisling of tea) for the opportunity to try this tea. This sort of reminds me of Vicki’s Sponge Cake which I really enjoyed. It is deliciously creamy thanks to the meringure while maintaining an amazing sweet-but-tart raspberry flavor. This would definitely be included in my RiverTea order if/when I place one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Maple Syrup Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2871 tasting notes

Thank you Fjellrev (and I believe also Sil?) for the chance to try this matcha. I love the idea of maple syrup everything so this is a matcha I really wanted to try. However, now that I finally have some, I was really unsure of what to do with it because maple syrup milk sounded weird to me and so did maple syrup soda. I decided the soda seemed like the lesser of two evils and sipping on it now, I am actually enjoying it. It has the flavor of carbonation (that I am not a huge fan of) but once you get passed that, there is a distinct maple syrup sweetness that I am really enjoying. All in all, not bad. I might even try this in milk.

Cheri

I think I would try this warm….

VariaTEA

I was considering that too however matcha has become a cold drink for me because of how great it tastes in milk.

keychange

totally try it with cold milk! it’ll (sort of) taste like when they drizzle maple syrup over snow and ice and all that shit.

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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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