2699 Tasting Notes

This tea was really calling to me and when I opened it and smelled the familiar strawberry scent I love so much, I was excited to have a cup. Unfortunately, after steeping for 20 minutes, this got dumped. The strawberry flavor was hidden underneath the cacao and cacao is really not for me. I am officially giving up on it and letting go to the hope that one day I will enjoy it again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Hazelnut by Simpson & Vail
2699 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (121)

This is yet another tea from the package Courtney sent my way (Thank you!!). I am really enjoying the nutty flavor to this. However, the base is also quite prominent and I find it is competing with the flavor and really taking away from the cup.

Flavors: Malt, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Ah yes. Jessi sent me this one from her order, and she finds it best as an addition to resteeps to “reawaken” them.

VariaTEA

Ah. I can see that. It was good but I found myself wanting a more subtle base.

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
2699 tasting notes

Thank you Courtney for helping me get a couple more cups of this delicious, delicious tea. I really loved the sample Roswell Strange sent and having it again tonight, I am still very impressed with it (Good job Sil!). It makes me really, REALLY happy that I have more on the way in my group Butiki order.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Yay! I sent you the rest of mine, but I’m getting ready for a Butiki order soon. :)

VariaTEA

I gave in and added some to my Butiki order so if you are in need, I can send some your way :).

Courtney

Haha thanks! I think I’ll survive. I have so many teas to get through as it is, and more on the way.

VariaTEA

Says the girl with only 47 teas in her cupboard to the one with 122 :P

Courtney

Hahaha! But I have a tiny wee cupboard! Half my Tealux and HI orders are “hidden” in my swap box so J doesn’t suspect cupboard “spillage” haha! You’re doing so well with your sipdowns though. :)

Sil

…says the girl with 122 teas in her cupboard where the girl with 150+ can hear…

VariaTEA

haha. Courtney, I like how you are hiding teas. Luckily my roommate does not mind but I imagine when I move back home I will have to do the same.

And Sil, remember back when I hit 200 and said I was aiming for 150 and you suggested 175 :P. Go big or go home! Though, I got new teas today so I thought you would be happy.

Sil

ya ya you’re so awesome..blah blah kidding :) I’m just happy that i made my goal of 150 this month…since anytihng i’m bringing back from florida is “march” leaves me with quite the jump to get to 140 for the end of march, but i can do it!

VariaTEA

I probably shouldn’t say anything or tea might just appear as it does to you :P. And you almost always hit your goal so I am sure you will get to 140 by the end of March.

Roswell Strange

*Cough*200+*Cough* I win. And by win, I mean lose. But also win.

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drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
2699 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (122)

Thank you Courtney for sharing this with me! I know it is one of your favorites so I was very excited to try this out and I can definitely see why you like it. It is quite tropical and delicious. Sweet coconut and vanilla with a great hint of ginger to round everything out. Plus, I am getting grassy notes from the base that are actually making the taste better as opposed to worse.

I don’t know if I would stock up on this but I certainly would not turn down another cup. And I have 24 oz to enjoy right now that I am happily sipping away at while I watch Bones.

Flavors: Coconut, Grass, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Courtney

Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed this one.

VariaTEA

It was the first one I went for when I opened the package. I would never have given it a second glance if you hadn’t mentioned it in one of our convos. Thanks again for the chance to try it :)

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78

Still working on my Mason Jar from last night. Weirdly enough, despite no leaf being in the mug, it is more tart. However, I want my mason jar back so I can have large cups of hot, hot tea so this might disappear.

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I actually quite enjoy this tea. For me, HI’s strawberry smells just like a strawberry milkshake or the fake strawberry syrup they use to make strawberry milkshakes (which I quite enjoy). I just wished I liked either the Cacao or their black base more so I was not hesitant about stocking up. For the most part, the strawberry flavor is what is prominent but the base creeps in from time to time and really ruins the cup.

Flavors: Berries, Cream

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

I haven’t tried my sample of this yet. Sadly I don’t like their base either.

VariaTEA

The strawberry flavor is what I taste most. Just drink it while it is hot still.

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Okay so Adagio’s The Woman led me astray and made me think I might like a Lapsang Souchong. I do not, at least not this one. I think my craving for “smoke” was actually a craving for The Woman.

This smells smokier than it is and ultimately it is a bad black tea with more smoke in the smell than the taste. I might try combining this with some other, sweeter teas, in an attempt to drink it up. At least now I know.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Nxtdoor

women always lead me astray too. just sayin.

Roswell Strange

I was confused when I saw this in your cupboard, but it makes sense The Woman is to blame. I tried to stuff the little sample baggie full for you, though! :)

VariaTEA

Haha. Thank you!! I was convinced I liked smokiness and honestly I think there is a chance I still do however this was not really smokey. It was mostly just shitty black tea.

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
2699 tasting notes

I really like the combination of smooth chocolate, sweet berry, and a nice roasted mate. This is really hitting the spot.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2699 tasting notes

This is something I have been craving for a while but have not been motivated enough to go into the store and get it. Nor did I want 50 g of it so I did not add it to my most recent DAVIDs order. Today, I went into DAVIDs to grab something for a friend and since I was there I figured why not grab some of this tea. Of course I started brewing up a cup as soon as I got home and it is just the vanilla pudding flavor I so desperately desired. Delicious!

In other news, I asked the saleswoman and she told me the Spring line comes out March 5 and she was quite excited about the new products (though would give me no hints as to what they may be). Unfortunately, I will be in Florida when the stuff is released so I won’t get a chance to try it until I get back.

Flavors: Cream, Orchids, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
keychange

Nothing unfortunate about your being in Florida, yo! have fun!

VariaTEA

This is very true. I will simply have to wait for the new line. On the plus side, I will be able to see everyone else’s thoughts first and know what to avoid.

OMGsrsly

Actually, it could be super beneficial to have to wait! I get so excited about the new teas, and then disappointment inevitably follows. Maybe I’ll wait to try the new stuff. :)

Roswell Strange

I’m desperately hoping that none of the new Spring blends interest me, because I can’t really afford to be interested. That, or that lots of them are older blends which I’ve tried before and didn’t like. Same goes for the new March tea – I’m hoping it’s not too appealing, because it looks like I may not have much Birthday Money coming my way this month.

VariaTEA

Worst comes to worse, I can always share the teas I try :P

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First cold brew in my Mason Jar mug. It was so easy to just pull out the infuser when the tea was ready. I honestly love this teaware.

As for the tea, nothing new to report. It is rhubarb tart with a hint of strawberry sweetness and a delicious custard creaminess. Yum!

Oh and hello tasting note 900! 1000, here I come!!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
__Morgana__

Congrats on 900!

Sil

Yay 900!!!

OMGsrsly

Woohoo! 900! :)

keychange

Wow!! 900!!

Rosehips

900 notes? Wow!

Jennkay

Congrats! 900 is amazing

VariaTEA

Thanks everyone :).

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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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