2374 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown!!

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
2374 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
2374 tasting notes

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
2374 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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Sipdown!! (233)

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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Prior to trying this, it was a plus in my mind because it is a fruity tisane that actually DOESN’T have hibiscus in it. That is surprisingly rare so when I find one, I am immediately interested.

I got a generous portion from Dexter3657 and immediately prepped a bottle to cold steep. I am very happy that the melon flavors are strong and deliciously refreshing. However, there is a bit of a sweet bubblegum quality to this that I am not loving. Nonetheless, this is a very juicy drink and would probably be nice to have around in the summertime. Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this with me. It is definitely something I would consider restocking.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Courtney

Excellent! I threw a sample of this in my HI order.

Roswell Strange

Mmmm! That sounds great.

VariaTEA

I am pro any tisane that manages to be fruity and avoid hibiscus. This managed to do that and actually have a pretty prominent melon flavor.

Dexter

Awesome glad you liked it – I haven’t tried it yet – might wait til it warms up and cold steep it.

VariaTEA

It will be nice in the summer. Though it does have a sweetness to it so watch out for that.

OMGsrsly

I wonder how flash-chilling it would change the flavour? I think that’s how I made it last time.

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OMG this is sweet. Like really, REALLY sweet. When I took my first sip I was expecting far more mint but this really puts the “candy” in candy cane!

I want to love this but I can’t help but wish for less stevia because I am picking up on that and not much of anything else. The peppermint is almost a background flavor.

I am sorry MissB because I know how much you love this but it is really not for me. Thank you for sharing though because at least now I know that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Wow! Talk about different tastes.

VariaTEA

Haha. I feel like what she sent is being wasted on me which is why I wanted so much to love it but I can’t stand the taste/aftertaste of artificial sweetners. I imagine it is very good if that is not something you pick up on but unfortunately I did.

Fjellrev

I know what you mean. It’s very hard for me to get past artificial sweeteners.

MissB

I really had zero idea that there was any stevia in here… I would have left it had I known. I’m so sorry.

VariaTEA

No need to be sorry MissB. I am glad I got the chance to taste it because even seeing stevia on the ingredients list I probably would have bought it. I am just sorry that I wasted some of your beloved tea.

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Sipdown!! (234)

I managed to burn the INSIDE of my nose today. I opened the lid of my roommates soup to smell it and forgot about steam and how hot it could be and ended up inhaling really hot steam. So I feel dumb but at least I have this tasty cup to take my mind off that.

It is an interesting tea because it is very different from most of my others. This has a herb flavor but it is not a herbal tea. And that works really well with the toasted rice of genmaicha. I am glad I got to try this but it probably won’t be a restock – not because it is not good but rather my tea preferences almost always gear towards sweet and I don’t think this would really be appreciated. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for sharing it with me. I enjoyed it while it lasted.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Ouch! Hope it’s feeling better.

VariaTEA

Thank you. It was painful at first but I put some polysporin on it and it is really not that bad anymore.

Cavocorax

Ooh, that sounds rough!
And I’m happy you enjoyed this more than I would have! When you askd about it, I decided to give it all to you since you like genmaicha so much more than I.

VariaTEA

I think my genmaicha love is not so much a love of genmaicha but rather a love of Nina’s Japon. Don’t get me wrong, I find genmaichas tasty but I think my obsession in large part is due to my love of Japon.

Cavocorax

Having had it, I can totally see that. But I figured you were more of a fan, overall, than me. :P

VariaTEA

Well thank you for sharing. I did enjoy this one but I just don’t crave savory often enough to justify ordering this.

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
2374 tasting notes

This is a juicy fig tea for sure! Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this tasty cup. I don’t know how often I would reach for it just because fig is not a flavor I think about. However, when I do have a fig, it is a delicious treat and this tea captures that flavor perfectly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I’ve been seeing quite a few tea notes pop up on this one, but I’m not so sure I’m crazy about figs haha.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I love figs and sadly have been disappointed by the two figgy teas I have tried. I will have to give this one a go.

MissB

Heh. Likely due to myself and Dexter grabbing a schwack of it (minimum 100g order with Dammann Frères), and then liking it yet wanting to share, since our cupboards are so out of control. ;)

Courtney

Minimum 100g? Eek. And I thought 50g was bad haha!

Dexter

Yep I got lots in that split order – I’ve send quite a bit out in swaps and have yet to try it. At least others will know if they like it or not before they order 100g. That’s the beauty of sharing/swaps.

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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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