2368 Tasting Notes

Eve sent this to me in a swap and honestly I had no clue what to do with the pouch. I thought maybe I dumped the whole thing in the cup but then figured that was a little insane so I used about 1/4 of the package in 8 oz of boiling water. The crystals dissolved instantly and left behind a tea that is somehow both extremely sweet and quite spicy. In fact, I think maybe I used too much crystal because this is cloying as I drink but then has a nice ginger zing in the aftertaste. I am just very confused on how I feel right now but thank you Eve for this interesting experience.

Preparation
Boiling
OMGsrsly

I used a whole package, and it burned (in a good way)! You were wise to only use part of it. :)

VariaTEA

Haha. I think I wanted more burn and less sweetness. I like the burn…

OMGsrsly

Haha! :)

music27note

Sounds absolutely delicious!

Plunkybug

I just used the whole pouch and I may add more water…it is very burny. Good, but burny.

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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
2368 tasting notes

Recently I have been super sensitive to the taste of rooibos. Not in a way that I feel ill but rather I pick up on it and find it hard to get past the rooibos flavor. Unfortunately this blend has fallen victim to that sensitivity. I can taste the toffee and it is good but more than anything I am tasting the rooibos. At least this isn’t an unbearable rooibos like some others I have had but at the end of the day it is still rooibos. Nonetheless, I am glad I got to try this and I definitely understand why others would find this delicious – I think I am just biased. Thank you Roswell Strange for letting me try a sample :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I hate rooibos :P

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I get what OMGsrsly was saying yesterday about this tea being thin. I don’t know if it was my steeping parameters or simply the tea but this is definitely a thin cup.

However, what I am tasting is a whole lot of lemongrass. And some fruitiness – papaya maybe? Honestly, I have no idea what I am drinking. It is not bad though. Not too sweet and no hibiscus (which is rare for a herbal). Definitely interesting. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me!

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

So weird that I got strawberries and vanilla. So weird.

VariaTEA

Haha I have no clue what is in this. It is a mystery tea.

OMGsrsly

White flowers and lemongrass and… stuff. :D

Cavocorax

It doesn’t really scream Christmas though. Maybe it’s a tropical escape from Christmas tea.

OMGsrsly

I was looking at Tea Desire’s Christmas herbals, and they all had cinnamon. Maybe this was supposed to have a spice in it, but we’re all missing it?

VariaTEA

Haha. Oh Herbal Infusions, your sneaky hiding of ingredients has left us perplexed.

OMGsrsly

It’s interesting to try teas when you have no idea what they are, but the only reason I have this is because MissB smelled strawberries. That is not good. :/

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drank Lemon Tart by CaesarsTea
2368 tasting notes

After the success I had cold brewing Strawberry Field, I decided to try cold brewing yet another CaesarsTea green. This one smells so deliciously of lemon but was pretty vegetal in the hot cup. Not unbearable but I knew I would be happier with more lemon and less base. Since the vegetal quality was toned down in Strawberry Field, I figured I should try this one and see what happens.

Unfortunately, even as a cold brew, this is very much a grassy, vegetal tea. The lemon comes second to the base. However, one cold brewed bottle brought me that much closer to a sipdown as I only have 1 tsp of leaf left.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
2368 tasting notes

This, to me, is very similar to Pistachio Cream by DAVIDs which is so weird because I always hold Butiki blends to a different standard. Nonetheless, I am really enjoying this cup because I REALLY like Pistachio Cream. This does differ slightly though. It is a tad less nutty (due to the lack of mulberry leaves) which opens the door for a bit more creaminess. This is also lighter. However, it is on a green base which provides opportunity for a bit of vegetal flavoring and means I have to brew it at a lower temperature (which means waiting for the water to have to cool). Nonethless, Pistachio Cream has been discontinued so between this and Mulberry Magic, I shouldn’t miss it too much when it is gone.

Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I was looking at comments and it seems like I am one of many who was supplied this tea but the very generous OMGsrsly. I was a little hesitant to try this because I find maple is a hard flavor to accomplish as there is a fine line between not enough flavor and cloying. This is slightly to the former side of that line but really right on the edge. I taste mostly the base but the smell of maple goodness is just so strong that I am happy nonetheless. I don’t think I would seek this out but I could definitely sniff this cup all day (that didn’t sound as weird in my head). Thank you OMGsrsly!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Sounds like it would be like Oh Canada from Davids…mmm.

VariaTEA

The two are actually really different. This reminded me more of Pancake Breakfast (in smell only though)

Yvonne

Oh, I’ve never had that one! One day I’d love to, though.

OMGsrsly

You’re welcome! I really like pushing the tea to “cloying” by adding sweetened condensed milk and icing it. Heh.

It’s one they blend themselves, and yes, I send it to everyone!

Lala

Love the name of this one :)

VariaTEA

That sounds very tasty, OMGsrsly. And Lala, the name is quite fun.

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100

Caramel popcorn and milk, who knew?!? This is actually amazing. I opened the package and got the whiff of buttery popcorn. I worried that would combine strangely in a glass of cold milk but prepped this way, the popcorn is present but topped by an oh so creamy caramel. Truly delicious! Thank you so much Cavocorax for sending this my way.

Stephanie

Yum. Want!

Roswell Strange

Sounds great!

MissB

This is one of my favorite matcha’s from Red Leaf. So good!

VariaTEA

It seems like such a strange flavor and then it turns out to be so amazing!

Cavocorax

Oh good! I’m not a weirdo for liking this!

VariaTEA

Haha definitely not. It was surprisingly REALLY good!

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This came to me from both MissB and Cavocorax (although this particular cup is from MissB). I was a little nervous about having so much because I am finding that often I am not a huge fan of Herbal Infusions black base but tbh, I actually really like this one. To me, it tastes like warm apple cider. In fact, the taste is spot on and the astringency is more subtle and almost adds to the flavor.

I actually smiled when drinking this cup because it reminds me of my mother who got drunk for the first time drinking hot apple ciders in Old Montreal. The thought of my tiny, drunk Mom and my very confused grandparents (no one knew the cider had alcohol) just makes me laugh. So thank you MissB (and Cavo) for sending this my way :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Meliboum

Mmm… sounds tasty. And that part about your mother made me laugh because I could easily imagine my own mother in that same situation ;)

VariaTEA

Obviously I was not around at the time but from what I was told she had quite a few cups of it as well. Then part way through the meal my grandparents were like “is she drunk?!” and it was only then the waiter informed them of the alcohol in drink.

caile

That is such a funny and cute story!!

Meliboum

I agree, that’s so funny and cute ! I’m sure it made you enjoy this tea even more :)

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drank Boatsman by RiverTea
2368 tasting notes

Thanks to Roswell Strange I get to try a RiverTea and I am definitely very excited. I reached into her package and decided to make the first black tea I pulled. I was glad to see it was this one. I was a tad bit worried as there was a whole piece of cinnamon in the blend and I feared that would get sweet in the cup but there was also cranberry pieces among other stuff so I figured it would all balance out.

I get vanilla for sure. Cinnamon is there. Mango and banana are also hiding in this cup. There is definitely a lot going on in this cup but I think it works. I also get a slight bit of astringency but nothing too over the top. This was a nice introduction to the company so thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me :)

ETA: As I continue to sip, this is actually getting better and better. The mango and banana are becoming more prominent and the astringency died down. Weird. I upped the rating :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m finding it’s tasty, but a little unpredictable because the chunks are so large (reminds me of Tea Desire fruit blends) it’s hard to get everything in the mix in one cup. I did try to include some of all the pieces and bits and stuff in your sample. Those cinnamon sticks are huge, right!

VariaTEA

You definitely got some good chunks in there but I can see how it would be hard to get a piece of everything into one tiny teaspoon. I mean the cinnamon alone would probably fill that. It was definitely good and I will easily get through the sample but I don’t know if I would order it again.

Roswell Strange

Personally, I broke many of the cinnamon sticks up into smaller sizes (a few were significantly larger than the one you got) right after I packed up your samples. I wanted to give you a full one though, like it’s supposed to be ;P

VariaTEA

That probably was a good plan on your behalf. I didn’t even think about doing that. I just dropped the stick into the infuser and added a tad bit more leaf

Tealizzy

Ooh, so excited to get mine! Can’t wait!

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I have three very large swaps from MissB, Cavocorax, and now Roswell Strange. I also have another swap from Eve so I am trying to balance out trying teas from all the swaps. I decided if I went with Hot Apple Ginger Toddy that covers tea from MissB and Cavo since they both sent me a sample and then I could grab something out of the package from Roswell Strange. Then as the water was boiling I remembered the two types of matcha I needed to try in the swap box from Cavocorax and got very excited.

So technically this is my first tea of the day. I whipped it up in some milk (Yay for having milk again!) while waiting for the other tea to cool just a tad. I very quickly realized white base matcha does not mix in milk quite as nicely as green base. Nonetheless, this ended up being a tasty cup that was fairly reminiscent of pumpkin pie. It had a nice amount of pumpkin spice and the milk gave it the creaminess that is so awesome. It did not have the richness of the pumpkin flavor but that is a hard flavor to match when it comes to a powder. All in all I enjoyed it so thank you Cavocorax (and by extension CrowKettle) for this delicious cup.

In other news, I am happy to announce that Robert is kindly reshipping my lost Red Leaf Tea order. Here’s hoping that this time it actually gets delivered to me and not someone else.

MissB

Yay for re-shipping it to you! I think the same thing has happened to my last Whispering Pines order. :(

VariaTEA

I was really confused when it said delivered Jan. 13 but I received no package. It is definitely not something you want to see. Luckily Robert was kind enough to send it again. I am sorry to hear about your Whispering Pines order.

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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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