2086 Tasting Notes

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!! (159)

So I have no idea how long I steeped this for and it was quite overleafed but it managed to be nutty, smooth and delicious as always. This is always reliably tasty and it will be missed. I am sure it will return to my cupboard in time but until then I have Pistachio Cream to keep me happy.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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After seeing this mentioned by Roswell Strange I decided to have a cup. I also decided to follow her lead and cold brew some teas to enjoy tomorrow.

Anyways, as far as this tea is concerned, I think it is tasty but I have fallen out of love with it a bit. When I first discovered loose leaf and all I knew was DAVIDs, this was delicious but now that I know there are much better rooibos blends out there so once this is gone I am not sure I will be restocking. Nevertheless, it is maple-y and sweet and is a pleasant enough cup on occasion.

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I decided to move into whites for the evening (and by evening I mean 10 at night) to cut down on my caffeine. I decided to go with this one because Lovelylotus sent me so much and I am trying to work through it. I also had the thought to add just a smidge of the Honeybush Mango MissB sent me, as I have a lot of that as well and thought the two would make an interesting flavor combination.

So how does my concoction actually taste? Weird. There is strawberry, there is mango, there is sweetness, but each component seems to be in conflict with the others as opposed to being harmoniously intermingled. Oh well, it was worth a try. Thank you both Lovelylous and MissB for so generously sharing your tea stashes with me!

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drank Velvety Vanilla by Tea Desire
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Why do you insist on tasting like Tetley’s Orange Pekoe? When I read the name “Velvety Vanilla” and smell a delicious vanilla scent, I expect some vanilla in my cup. Instead I got generic Orange Pekoe tea. I have one cup of this left and I may just drink it down to get it out of my cupboard. Thank you Roswell Strange for sending me this sample – if nothing else, you helped me permanently cross this off my list :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown!! (160)

Well Cookies & Cream, your presence in my cupboard shall be greatly missed until we are reunited :(

Goodbye dear friend.

Thank you Cavorcorax for sharing this with me!! It was much appreciated :)

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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I have been hoarding what I had of this tea because I feared the sample JustJames sent me would be gone and I would never have this amazing tea again. However, when Stacy said she most likely will be selling this blend I decided that what good was hoarding a tea if I could never enjoy it. So today I am indulging in this decadent masterpiece.

This cup is pure coconutty-banana-caramel-toffee-goodness! The flavors simultaneously shine on their owns and combine perfectly to make a delicious cup. It will be nice when I can actually buy more than just a few cups to enjoy. Until then, I have one cup of dry leaf left and a couple of resteeps to get me by. Thank you JustJames for selflessly sharing this with me – personally I think I might have hoarded it for myself because it is just sooo good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

you know, i have no idea why i can taste stacy’s caramel, lol. only hers. i love my blend…. and we had so much fun building it. i only have enough left for a cup!!!!

VariaTEA

Probably because Stacy is a little bit of a genius or perhaps a wizard. I am not sure but somehow she manages to get almost every flavor spot on.

JustJames

true that! both of them!! lol.

VariaTEA

a genius wizard you say? Does that mean Stacy is actually Hermione?

keychange

Omg HP tea! and I agree that James is unbelievably generous. I would have horded this one, too!

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
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Sipdown!! (161)

Though I am finding this tea better today than I did when I first tried it, it still is not really for me. The floral flavor and I are just not compatible. It was fun to try but I don’t think it will be missed. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for sending this my way :)

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

it is an unusual tea to be sure…. it gives me memory cues which is why it works for me.

VariaTEA

Unusual is quite accurate. I have another tea called Candy Rose which is a great combination of candy sweetness and delicate florals but imho this tea also has those two elements but they just don’t mesh together as well. It was still an interesting taste experience though – fun to try something new and unique every now and then regardless of whether I love it or not.

JustJames

i wonder how it would be as a reduction over vanilla ice cream…… hmmm.

VariaTEA

haha you would have to let me know. It has been months since I had ice cream and I have run out of this tea so I don’t think I could try that.

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I chose this for today’s matcha because I realized my roommate had picked up plain almond milk. Last time I had this flavor was in Vanilla almond milk and that tasted like a vanilla milkshake so I was curious to see if the vanilla I was tasting was actually from the matcha or if it was from the almond milk base. What I have learned from this experiment is that the vanilla almond milk did provide additional vanilla flavor, plain almond milk also helps to bring out the vanilla taste. I am not sure why that might be the case but this cup is definitely more vanilla than when I mix this matcha with regular milk.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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As my tastes are now, I would have NEVER picked this one out for myself. I suppose that is the amazing thing about steepster and swaps because Cavocorax was kind enough to send some of this my way. I put off trying it in favor of the many other flavored teas she had sent but this morning I thought I would finally give it a try. I am SO glad I did because this is great! Its chocolate-y and vanilla and just downright delicious. I definitely won’t have any problems getting through this sample. Thank you Cavocorax for giving me an opportunity to try something I would have never picked for myself. I certainly would have missed out if it had not been for your generosity.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

so glad she sent this. it’s such a good straight tea :)

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After Tiger Assam and I did not get along, I was worried that I would have issues with this one as well. I am not really sure why I thought that given all teas are different but I did. However, Cavocorax was kind enough to share this with me so I thought it was at least worth a taste. Well, it would seem I was worrying for nothing because this was a rather tasty cup. Given that I did not realize it was an Earl Grey, I was quite shocked to discover the bergamot in my cup but it is there and it is prominent. I don’t know if this is something I would reach for often but it is a nice cup for right now. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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