2369 Tasting Notes

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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
2369 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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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
2369 tasting notes

Sad, sad sipdown. (235)

I am going to need to get more of this soon. Alas, I feel like I need to reign in my cupboard which is quickly spiraling out of control. I swear each time I get a sipdown, I end up adding 2 more teas in its place. It is amazing to have so much choice but I worry that I won’t get through it all before it goes bad. It is stored properly though and a lot are just a few cups worth so I am not too concerned but no more buying until I get through it. Plus, there are Butiki teas I have yet to try and I should probably do that before placing an order.

Okay, on to the tea. Thanks to Sil and Stacy, there is this amazingly delicious pie tea. The crust is present thanks to the awesome teddy graham flavor. Sweet strawberry filling is the prominent taste with notes of vanilla and just the right amount of rhubarb tart. It is perfect. And now it is gone :(. I can’t thank you enough for sharing, Roswell Strange! I would not have bought this without trying it but now I know it would have been something I missed out on.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

It’s so good! I hsve it, and Rhubarb Pie, but I’m going to choose the Ruby Pie as my re-stock!

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2369 tasting notes

This is a weird experience because I know I am having cheesecake matcha but if I don’t pay attention, it sort of seems like I am drinking very creamy milk. There is no strong cheesecake flavor so it sort of just bumps up the creaminess and makes the milk sweeter. It is very tasty, don’t get me wrong, but it is not cheesecake. Perhaps it would be more pronounced if it were distinctive or robust? Nonetheless, this is still very good so thank you MissB for sharing this with me.

Preparation
Iced
MissB

This is one of those flavors that I think needs a distinctive or higher flavoring to really pop.

VariaTEA

I can see that.

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2369 tasting notes

I have accumulated a fair bit of this tea. Basically, Roswell Strange sent some to me back in December but it was either in a package that is lost somewhere in the world or a package that is stuck at my house in Thornhill. So, being a bit impatient to try what many have called “fuzzy peaches in a cup”, I asked Aimee Popovacki if she wouldn’t mind including some in our most recent swap. Then I ended up receiving a bit more from Roswell Strange in our most recent swap. So now I have a fair bit of this tea and thought it was probably a good idea to try it out.

Unfortunately, this is not the tea I was expecting. This smells like fuzzy peaches but tastes like oolong and more and more I am realizing that is not a taste I particularly enjoy. Thank you both Roswell Strange and Aimee Popovacki but I just don’t think this one is for me :(.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I wasn’t super crazy about this one either, but I didn’t mind it. Sorry you didn’t like it :(

mewakeling

I didn’t like it either. The boy is an oolong fan, so it gets drunk, but it was not the peach experience I had hoped it would be!

VariaTEA

It wasn’t something that appealed to me in store but then so many people called it the fuzzy peach tea and I could not resist. Alas those were lies! :P

Roswell Strange

Doesn’t taste like Fuzzy Peaches to me either – in fact, it’s my “Peaches and Cream Oatmeal” tea for when I want my favourite breakfast food in tea form ;) I actually don’t love this blend, but I find it’s really consistent. And, I also normally drink it cold instead of hot – I think it’s better that way. Sorry you didn’t love it.

VariaTEA

Like you let it cool? or you cold brew it?

Roswell Strange

Haven’t tried cold brewing yet, but I bet it’d be interesting. I just let it cool completely, though. Also, I find the resteeps of the leaf are surprisingly floral, as a heads up because I don’t think you like florals very much if I remember correctly.

VariaTEA

That I do not so that is good to know. Also, I will wait for this cup to cool and see if it is better that way. Thanks for letting me know :)

VariaTEA

Well this does get better as it cools but still not the tea I had hoped for. You never know unless you try though so it was nice to get to taste it. Thanks again guys!

Helena

I find this better cold as more of the fruity flavourness comes out. Great for summer.

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
2369 tasting notes

Every time I go into DAVIDs I consider getting just a bit of this tea to try. It never had a huge appeal so I always ended up grabbing other stuff instead. However, it is a bestseller and my curiosity has persisted so I asked to try some in my most recent swap with Roswell Strange.

This is actually a pretty tasty mate. The roasted mate actually helps to highlight the chocolate. This combines nicely with the nuttiness of the almond and a touch of raspberry sweetness to round things all out. I know this isn’t something I NEED to have around since I typically don’t reach for mates and am not really sure if this would ever be something I crave but I am glad I have more of this tea to enjoy for a little while more. Thank you Roswell Strange for being an awesome swap buddy and allowing me to try this and so many other tasty teas!

ETA: I think I actually like this better as it cools. It becomes more chocolate-y and the raspberry becomes more prominent as well where as the mate fades away to the background. I am going to up the rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Mmm, I like this one as well.

Roswell Strange

My first Mate love, lol. Still a nice companion – though once I’m out of what I have I wont be restocking it in as large a quantity.

VariaTEA

Have you tried Malted ChocoMate?

VariaTEA

Remind me next swap and I can toss some in so you can try it.

Roswell Strange

Will do! I have a list of things to send to you, after going through your shopping list, heh… Should have done that last swap.

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Aimee Popovacki sent me a bunch of this blend in our most recent swap and I decided the prep a cold brew immediately. After brewing for around 12 hours, this turned out pretty awesome.

Normally I avoid hibiscus at all costs but it works in this blend to help add just the right amount of rhubarb tart. However, unlike other blends, this hibiscus does not take over at all. There is a lot of strawberry sweetness here as well. Most impressive though is the yogurt creaminess and slight tang that is captured so perfectly. From start to finish, this cold brew is 100% a strawberry rhubarb parfait. I look forward to trying this one hot as well but something tells me this will be a restock come the summer months. Thank you Aimee for sharing this tasty treat :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Yvonne

I recently got this as a sample…I’m not big on herbals (at all) but now I’m a bit excited for this! Hopefully it doesn’t give my stomach problems, though – a bit concerned about the yogurt.

VariaTEA

Honestly I was shocked at home prominent the yogurt was in this. I have had other teas with yogurt bits but not like this. Maybe it was the cold brewing…

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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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