3021 Tasting Notes

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I was talking to a friend about this matcha which got me craving a cup. The sample I originally had was delicate and I quite liked it but my purchase was for the distinctive level and I am getting quite a grassy taste. I will have to try underleafing (underpowdering?) and see how that goes because right now it is like indulging in creamy grass.

keychange

uggh eww no. Hopefully it’s better next time!

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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So Roswell Strange was right! This tea makes for a great cold brew! Pure vanilla frosting goodness with a hint of cakey deliciousness. YUM!

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drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
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I made this last night but fell asleep before getting to drink it so now I am sipping the cooled cup. It is creamy and sweet though the subtle flavor notes are harder to detect at this temperature. It is very pleasant but I personally prefer it hot.

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drank Prickly Pear by Cornelia Bean
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Made a giant mason jar cold brewed. I was surprised to see it looked almost fizzy by the time it was done. Now I am sipping on it and getting a lot more floral notes than in the hot cup. It is also lacking a bit of tart to make the pear “prickly”. In future, I think I will stick to having this hot but it is not a bad cup either way.

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This is one of the teas I grabbed out of the Great Canadian TTB and I am so glad I did because it is a tasty caffeine-free option. The rooibos is virtually non-detectable leaving room for the caramel to shine through. However, this stops itself from becoming too sweet and having a monotonous flavor by complimenting the caramel with a hint of coffee deliciousness. Thank you Jeweled Thumb for including it as it is something I have wanted to try for a while now.

Suziqzer

Sounds delish

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown!! (174)

Got this as a sample in my most recent Butiki order and it is just as good as I remember…maybe even better? It really is the best coconut I have ever had but combined with the banana and toffee goodness, it is pure perfection! JustJames, you and Stacey make a magical pair! This will definitely be stocked once I can get my hands on more :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Yes! I’m just waiting for the site to update with it because I’ve been eying it since JustJames was kind enough to send me some.

VariaTEA

Soon Cavo, soon we will have more and it will be fantastic!

Butiki Teas

Pssst, it’s up. :)

VariaTEA

YAY! I may have been checking the site obsessively :P

Butiki Teas

Hahaha :)

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this tasty tea. It has an almost cherry-like quality while still staying true to its name. Very good for anyone who is a lover of marzipan. Personally, I enjoy it from time to time but am not so in love with the flavor that I need this stocked. Although, I wouldn’t turn down a cup if it were offered.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Sipping on this now, I feel like I expected much more than I am getting. All the reviews seem so overwhelmingly positive that I thought this would be a mindblowing taste experience. Tbh, it is not. Don’t get me wrong, the tea is good but it is not something I NEED to have stocked. It mostly tastes of a black tea with a hint of honey sweetness and a few chocolatey notes here and there. Good, but not as special as I had hoped. Oh well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

keychange, I can’t thank you enough for the generous sample you gave me of this tea! It is so delicious that I wish I could drink it everyday, though I am trying to make it last. Luckily, I have still been able to have it pretty frequenly because you shared so much. Plus, I don’t need to hoard anymore because the awesome NayLynn was kind enough to order me 4 oz and send it along so I can avoid Harney’s insane shipping prices. It is people like the two of you that makes me love steepster sooo much!! This is truly the greatest community I could ever hope to be apart of :)

keychange

Omg, naylynn is enabling all of us, isn’t she? I’m doing an order with her also!

VariaTEA

Haha she told me. She asked if I wanted to join but I am holding off for a while, especially because I am getting Lupicia samples in swaps so it is probably best I try those first and then order :)

keychange

Oh yeah, you could have totally gotten in on it! I get holding off though.

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sending me a sample of this in a generous surprise package! This is my strawberry milkshake tea and I have missed it but am refusing to order from HI until I am back in Toronto so this was a very welcome addition.

Today, the base is a bit more prominent than in past cups and there is less creaminess but it still has a nice strawberry flavor so I am happy. Once again, thank you so much for sharing and brightening my day with your unexpected surprise. With that in mind…

I AM MOVING IN LESS THAN A MONTH! The reason I mention this is because I know how generous everyone is on steepster. I never expect them but you guys have surprised me with packages time and time again. However, since MY ADDRESS WILL BE CHANGING, I would hate for someone to generously send tea that would just get lost in the world :(. Thus it is probably best that you DON’T SEND ME TEA to my Montreal address (except for the swaps I already arranged) as I don’t think I will receive it.

keychange

Are you moving back to TO for the summer?

VariaTEA

For good. I am finished my degree in Montreal as of the end of April so I am returning home. It is certainly bittersweet as I love it here but it will be nice to not be away from my family for so long. Plus, I might get the chance to meet wonderful steepsterers (steepsterites?) when I get back, which would be fun.

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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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