1962 Tasting Notes

55
drank White Choco Truffle by CaesarsTea
1962 tasting notes

This tea tastes like rooibos and not much else. Where is my white chocolate goodness? Where is the minty freshness? Because it is certainly not in this cup.

If I try really hard I can very, VERY subtly detect mint but I don’t think it is worth the effort.

At least it is a pretty good quality rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
1962 tasting notes

Dry this does smell like cotton candy. Steeped this just tastes like slightly sweet black tea. This makes sense given that cotton candy is just spun sugar however I was expecting more sweetness than what I am getting. It’s not bad, it just is not something particularly special.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
1962 tasting notes

I tried Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park and unfortunately, this is not butterbeer. This tastes more like Cream Soda mixed with black tea. However, the base for Butterbeer is often Cream Soda so I can see where this tea was going but fell a bit short. Not a bad tea, just not the butterbeer I was hoping for.

ETA: I added milk to this and frothed it to make it more like a latte and that brings this tea closer to Butterbeer but still not quite there. As a latte it has a bit more complex flavor as it is creamier and more buttery. Plus some butterscotch notes come through just a bit. I am still prominently getting Cream Soda and Black tea though.

ETA: Well my friend has found the key to making this taste like butterbeer. Milk and a handful of German Rock Sugar. Not the healthiest drink but Butterbeer is not the epitome of health either.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hmmmm. I should try this as a latte! Great suggestion. This is my last 52 Tea and I’ve sorta been hoarding it.

VariaTEA

A latte with a handful of sugar will give you Butterbeer.

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85

As per many suggestions, I steeped this at a lower temperature for only 2.5 minutes. It does wonders for the flavors. This tea smells and tastes delectably of blueberries! Yum!! However, I am not picking up on cream cheese flavors (although a bit it is creamy in texture). I am not complaining though because it is still a deliciously flavorful drink.

I would say it is similar to DAVIDs Blueberry Jam except less artificial tasting and with a stronger sweet blueberry flavor. In fact, I would say this flavor is probably what DAVIDs was aiming for as this has a more sweet blueberry jam (or perhaps even more like blueberry pie filling) taste while Blueberry Jam tastes more like juice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

I find the cream cheese and pastry notes come out more in the second infusion.

VariaTEA

I infused it a second time and got nothing. It tasted like water.

Fjellrev

Weird! I always let it steep longer though and find that there’s a better balance of notes.

VariaTEA

I let it steep for a minute or so extra and mostly just got hot water. I will try letting it go longer next time to see what I get.

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70
drank Fruta Bomba by Teavana
1962 tasting notes

Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. More and more I find that me and Teavana do not get along but occasionally I find a tea that is actually quite good. This is one of those teas. It is light and fruity and all around just a nice cup of tea. It is not over-the-top sweet like Teavana Herbals can be and there is no oil in sight. I don’t think this has converted me into a Teavana lover but it definitely is a nice reminder that they do have some delicious offerings. Thank you for sharing MissB, this was a very pleasant treat to share with a friend. Definitely a contrast to the bolder flavors of the Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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90

I have a friend who comes over every couple of weeks for study dates and tea tasting. I am always happy to share whether it be through swaps with the lovely people of steepster or just splitting a pot of tea with a friend. It is always so much fun to see what people think!

Well, today she decided she wanted to try green teas. I laid out all of the ones I had and she narrowed it down to 5 which I then narrowed down to 2 since I can make one in the gravity steeper and another in my timolino to have right after. Obviously, this was one of the two picks. First off, I enjoy this tea so I was more than happy to have it again. But mostly, she has never tried a Genmaicha before and so she was intrigued.

Anyways, I don’t know what I did today but this cup is exceptionally delicious! I am getting much more marshmallow flavor this time around so there is a perfect balance between the sweet/creamy marshmallow and the roasty-toasty rice. The last cup I had was great but a little more towards the genmaicha flavors, which I enjoy, so I was happy but now I see the true genius in this blend. The marshmallow provides an amazing compliment to the rice and makes for a smoother drink. My friend also seems to be enjoying her cup (although if she did not there would have been more for me so it is bittersweet :P). I think this was definitely a nice introduction to Genmaicha and an awesome first tea of the day.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1962 tasting notes

Well I think this tea is growing on me because I found myself craving it tonight. However, now that I realized how much I enjoy this tea, I, of course, have no more of it. This is yet another sipdown and another tea for me to miss. No it is not in-your-face sweet or cake-y but it is still reminiscent of cake in a different way. This tea is like sipping on a creamy but delicate frosting – the kind you find thinly iced on cakes in high end bakeries as opposed to the inch-thick wall of pure sugar that gets put on grocery store cakes. Both are good in their own way but every so often it is nice to have just the hint of sweetness. Thanks again Courtney for sending me a sample :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think I read somewhere that Stacy is reblending it :)

MissB

I just received some in my order from late last month (long story; new tenants at my old place signed for my tea). So, it’s definitely available! Or, was as of late October.

Butiki Teas

Courtney is right, this herbal has been discontinued. Unfortunately, it just got too many negative reviews. I’m looking at making it into a white tea.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I guess it will remain a happy memory than and I will need to find a different tea to love.

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71

As per Sil’s suggestion, I tried this tea once again but let it steep for a long time (10 minutes). That helped to enhance the flavors a bit but unfortunately it is not the flavors I thought I would be tasting. The coconut is stronger now and there is a sweet, creamy flavor that is more akin to grocery store cream cheese flavored frosting than real homemade cream cheese icing. Not a bad tasting cup but also not the best. I will be finishing off the sample but I think that will be the end of mine and Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush’s relationship. I would far prefer to spend my money buying copious amounts of the amazing Strawberry Pie Honeybush.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

haha well at least you got more flavour? :)

VariaTEA

That’s true – I still have about 1-2 more cups in the sampler so perhaps steeping it for 20 minutes will being out the flavors I am looking for. If not then I have many other teas to enjoy so it is no big loss.

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80
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1962 tasting notes

Having remembered to pick up milk today, the second bag of Vanilla Comoro was calling my name and asking to be made into a latte. Honestly, just a touch of milk and this becomes a whole different drink. The taste finally reflects its delicious vanilla frosting-esque smell. It is creamy and sweet and velvety smooth. AMAZING! Thank you Cavocorax! Alas, this cup means I have used up both bags, making this a sipdown and me sad to see it go.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I’m glad you liked it after all.

VariaTEA

too bad I only realized that once it was gone

MissB

I’ve found this at Chapters a few times now, thanks to (I think?) OMGsrsly’s suggestion. I actually debated buying it just remembering your first review of it, and grabbed a book instead. ;)

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75
drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
1962 tasting notes

Today is cold, very cold. In the past, this would not be an issue but a side effect of losing 55 pounds is you tend to feel the cold weather just a little bit more. I tend to forget that so when I ventured out this afternoon with no gloves, no hat, and my fall coat I froze the whole way to the post office. That would have been fine if it had not been for that fact that when I gave them the parcel pick up card they told me they didn’t have my package and I would need to come back Monday. So back home I went, empty-handed and cold but excited to try the many teas I have received from many wonderful Steepsterites (Steepsters?).

Unfortunately, my tea tasting has not been fully successful, as you may have already read. Though some were great, others that I were so excited about turned out to be huge disappointments. So after the let down of Toasted Marshmallow and the horrid experience with Ice Cream Cake, I decided on this cold evening I would make myself comfort and turn to some favorites to make me happy.

So, while it snows outside, I have cozied up in bed, decked out in my Roots sweatpants and sweatshirt. Supernatural playing on my Netflix. Bag of baby carrots to snack on. And a timolino full of Sugar and Spice to sip.

This tea always hits the spot. I know many were not fans but to me this smells and taste just like a delicious spice cake. Just the right touch of cinnamon and cloves to compliment the sweetness of the apples and carrots. It never fails to be warming when the temperature outside may not be so kind. Definitely glad to have stocked up on this one.

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

…I currently happen to be watching Season 8 of Supernatural on Netflix and eating baby carrots and mozza sticks. Odd.

VariaTEA

hahaha I guess Baby Carrots are the snack of choice for Supernatural? Mozza Sticks sound amazing but I doubt they would be Jenny-approved (a prerequisite for my snacks since I started doing Jenny Craig in April). I am watching from Season 1 again because as much as I love the show in general, sometimes I miss the older episodes that were more focused on each episode and the hunt as opposed to the overarching theme of the season.

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 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!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. 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, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

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.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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