2235 Tasting Notes

90
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Once again something crazy happened. I woke up this morning to not one, but two food packages from Jenny Craig. That is ONE MONTH worth of food! I called in and turns out they sent the food twice but only charged me for the one order. I offered to send the second order back to them but they said it would go bad before it got back to them. So now my freezer is jam packed and what I couldn’t get to fit in there is hanging out in my barbecue (I figured I would put the freezing weather to good use!). Although, of course when I want it to be freezing, Montreal weather is above zero but I will eat those meals first and hope for the best.

Anyways, onto the tea! I was packing this one up for a friend the other day and it smelled so amazing. Since I had 2 oz of it, I thought I would experiment with it to see if I could taste a black tea. I am picking up on hints of marshmallow-y caramel! Yay!! However, it is very, VERY subtle. I am not sure if that is a result of my taste issue right now or my use of an excessive amount of water for a non-excessive amount of leaf. Nevertheless, at least I can detect something so I am taking that as a win :)

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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So the craziest thing happened today…someone tried to buy over $1000 of paintball gear and apple online purchases on my credit card!! Luckily I keep my limit low so when I went to the grocery store and got denied for my $45 worth of groceries I thought I would check what I bought that made me hit my limit so soon. Then I saw a purchase for $608 from apple online. $608!!! Someone tried to buy an iphone or an ipad on my dime I am guessing. Of course I called the bank and when they went through the recent purchases I learned that in addition to the apple products, the asshole tried (and thankfully got declined) to buy over $1000 in paintball gear. SERIOUSLY!?!?!? Luckily. my bank has assured me that I don’t need to worry about the fraudulent charges. However, now I need to go through the hassle of getting a new card and trying to recall all the companies with automatic payments set up. I suppose that is a small price to pay for what could have been a far more costly situation had I not caught it early.

Anyways, in celebration of my taking care of this issue before it got out of hand, I decided to have a cup of Birthday Cake tea. I figured, even if I couldn’t taste it, I could at least smell the sweet birthday cake goodness scent that always makes me smile. Also, I have a fair bit of this tea so I didn’t mind brewing a cup to enjoy the smell more than anything. Tastewise, there isn’t much going on but that is probably a combination of this being a relatively weak flavored tea and my recent inability to taste. Nonetheless, I am glad to have dealt with this situation and to now be able to relax with an awesome smelling cup!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Rosehips

I’m glad you caught it! Thats scary.

keychange

Oh my gosh! what an awful story. I’m so relieved on your behalf that the idiot was caught. and good luck sorting out all the aftermath.

Roswell Strange

Oh that’s awful! Thank God you caught it early, and hopefully everything can be swiftly resolved.

Kelci

Glad you caught it. Hope all resolution goes smoothly. Way to go for staying on the upbeat-Cheers to you!

VariaTEA

Thanks everyone. It is an annoyance to have to get a new card but luckily I keep my limit low so they weren’t able to get totally spend happy on my dime. Plus, because it was caught early, I am not responsible for the fraudulent charges. It is more a pain in the butt than anything else especially given it was stolen for such dumb crap.

tigress_al

phew, good thing!

caile

Oh my gosh – that’s terrible, and such trouble to have to change everything. So good you noticed the charges early!

Helena

Definitely worth celebrating the fact that you caught it early!!

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70
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Still drinking this, waiting for my ability to taste to return. I actually have been craving teas and can’t have them because I can’t taste them. What I would give for a tasty cup of Nina’s Japon or Marshmallow Snow Flake Earl Grey. Alas it would be a waste to make them right now so instead I am using this time to make dents in many of the teas I wouldn’t usually reach for. Here’s hoping that this tea works and will help me get over this cold faster.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
caile

Hopefully it helps you feel better soon!

VariaTEA

Thanks. Luckily I feel fine. The lack of taste is the only symptom that remains.

caile

Ah, well that’s good! Though not tasting things would be frustrating for sure!

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78
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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Having this as a latte yet again. It is not my favorite and that is why I don’t mind drinking it while my taste buds are off. Today I steeped it for about 10 minutes which brought out the banana flavor more. This tea is overly sweet but with my tasting off it is nice because it is mellowed. All in all, not a bad cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95
drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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So I was thinking about making a cup of tea and I ended up having a huge craving for this one. Then when I opened the bag and smelled the sweet scent of a delicious pistachio ice cream I got very excited to take my first sip. Alas, like all my teas as of late, this is bland. Soon, soon I will able to taste teas again…I hope.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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I was trying to decide on what tea to have today. Since I am still battling a cold, I thought it best to stay hydrated which meant no caffeinated teas. Plus, due to my lack of taste, I didn’t want to try something new. Furthermore, I wanted something I could make as a latte just so I could get my milk servings in. Then mewakeling posted about this tea and it wasn’t the most glowing review but it reminded me that I have some of this tea I have wanted to use up and I have wanted to try it as a latte. I only realized after draining the tea out of the steeper that I should have steeped this longer. Nonetheless, it is not horrible. I added about 1/3 cup of frothed milk. The tea is sweet (probably due to the dates) and the banana is also quite prominent. I am not getting bread but the nuts are also present in the cup. It isn’t my favourite but mixed with the milk it is creamy and not bad at all. I think I will be drinking what is left of this in latte form.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
mewakeling

Latte would probably make this a lot better! I wish it worked better for me, I love all the components individually, they just don’t work together for me!

mewakeling

I am glad you had a bit more success with it than I did!

VariaTEA

Yeah. I had such high hopes for this tea but the execution was just not great. I find this oily without the milk so it is definitely better as a latte for that reason alone.

mewakeling

I hate when a tea sounds like it should be phenomenal and there is just nothing you can do to make it more than passable. It is just such a let down! And I hear you on the oily, it is a greasy tea on its own.

VariaTEA

I don’t know how much more you have to get through but I know for me, the only day I am getting the last few cups down is when it is prepped as a latte. Plus right now my taste is off so I don’t mind drinking what I have of this. Better than wasting teas I actually enjoy.

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I can actually taste this one! Unfortunately I don’t like it nearly as much as my other teas. The smell of the tea is kinda off putting as it is more nutty than vanilla or cream. Tastewise, the nut is most prominent to me but there is a hint of vanilla. I added some milk to boost the creaminess. All in all, this cup is drinkable but not great and life is too short for wasting time with “drinkable but not great” teas so to the swap box with this.

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80
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I was packaging this up for a friend and it smelled so great that I decided to make myself a cup. I figured since I could smell it so clearly that I might be able to taste it. Unfortunately that is not the case. I pick up some vanilla in some sips and black tea in others but mostly I am not getting anything at all. I want to taste the teas so badly :( damn this cold!

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70
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I will continue to drink this for as long as I can’t really taste. I at least pick up some of the mint and it is quite soothing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

I hope you get your tastebuds back soon!

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65
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I made this in my timolino and it is the first tea I have made in the timolino since I forgot it at home in Thornhill. Unfortunately, I believe the timolino tainted the flavor of this tea. This was never a problem before but when I opened it today it smelled off so I think it just needs a really good soak. Not much to say about the tea given I still can’t taste much :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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