2012 Tasting Notes

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Happy thanksgiving to my American friends! Though it is a mere Thursday in Canada, I thought in honor of your festive day, I would indulge in some Pumpkin Pie – Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie that is. This came to me courtesy of Dexter3657 and I thought what better way to keep warm and celebrate than with a cup of this tea.

The spices in this cup always make me think of being cozy and relaxed as the snow falls outside. It is such a nice treat to have on days when my apartment is so cold I think my fingers might just fall off! Thank you Dexter for sharing with me!!

Read my full review here: http://droppingthelbswithtea.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/tea-for-the-holidays/

Also, Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends!! I would have reviewed a Hanukkah tea if I had one but alas I do not (although I am hoping to change that at midnight when I place an order with Della Terra!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
MissB

Oh, yes! I need to drink some of Stacy’s Hanukkah tea today.

MissB

.. or maybe my mind is muddled, however I do remembers something very latke-like -ish from her in my cupboard.

VariaTEA

Stacy has a Potato Pancake and Applesauce tea which I am sure is delicious.

VariaTEA

I am planning on buying some Eight Candles from Della Terra

Cavocorax

The Potato Pancake one was really good! I had it as a free sample. It was odd, but good.

OMGsrsly

The Potato Pancake and Applesauce is so neat! I’m sending you some. I packed it up last night and realized I had no address. Haha. I totally forgot to message you!

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This is another tea I bought in Janelle’s tea sale and once again the dry leaf smelled like white cheddar powder you put on popcorn. Perhaps there was some of that powder stored near the teas because they all seem to be off. Granted I have never had the teas before so maybe that is what they actually smell like but it seems like time and time again the teas I thought I would love have fallen short of my expectations (and by “fallen short” I mean the cups went down the drain and the teas went into the swap box).

This tea, unfortunately, is no exception to that trend. When I woke up and saw so many people had gone for fruity oolongs this morning I felt compelled to finally test out the Banana Oolong I have had for a little bit. This tea really just tastes off. It is almost as if something in it has gone bad. No numbers because I am not sure if this tea is actually as bad as this cup or if I just happen to have a bad batch. Well, it was worth a try. Thank you Janelle for sending some of this my way.

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

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
2012 tasting notes

Sipdown! (162)

So I am finishing up the small sample of this tea I have. The dry blend is always deceivingly sweet smelling and though there is some sweetness from the apple I find the tartness of the hibiscus takes over the cup. In some teas I do enjoy hibiscus but when I make this I always hope for the sweetness from the dry smell but it never delivers (which is probably why I enjoyed it with the Honeybush Mango tea). Although I enjoy the cup, this definitely won’t be missed.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
2012 tasting notes

This came to me from MissB and it is definitely a pleasant enough cup. Nothing special or spectacular to be found here but nothing bad or offensive either. This doesn’t have a strong taste of honeybush nor mango but rather a each flavor is more prominent at different times in the sip. The tea far more strongly smells of mango and the flavor comes through in the aftertaste whereas the first flavor in the sip is the honeybush. I imagine this might be nice combined with some other teas, perhaps some herbals? Thank you MissB for sharing this with me :)

ETA: I had some Redberry Tonic in my timolino so I decided to add that to this tea. Together The Redberry Tonic helps to bring out some of the mango while the sweetness of the honeybush tones down the tart berry of the Tonic. Definitely a tasty combination.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

It’s definitely a blend tea, for me. I like it, however I always drink it with something else (when I do). I was gifted a pound of this a while back, and… well that’s a lot of tea! :) Glad you enjoyed it.

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
2012 tasting notes

I have no idea why but I am loving this tea right now. I tried it as an iced latte at David’s and I thought it was good enough to buy some to take home. I decided to brew it up and I was sure I would be making it into a latte but I decided to try it plain first. It is really good.

The smell reminds me of another tea but for the life of me, I can’t recall which one (which is super annoying). It smells coconut-y and sweet and before taking a sip I worried it might be cloying. Instead I got just enough coconut flavor to make this sweet and almost creamy. The raspberries add a nice depth to the flavor as they too are sweet but in a different way. I wish I could explain this better but mostly I am just really enjoying this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Chai by CaesarsTea
2012 tasting notes

Today something miraculous happened that changed this day from meh to awesome! I got back not one, but two papers, each worth 33% of my final grade and both were…As!!! Okay one was an A- but that is still an A of sorts, right?. Anyways, what makes this so miraculous was I was actually pretty sure I did not do so great on both papers. In fact, I was trying to figure out just how amazing my final paper for the class would have to be in order to pass (I was calculating this out with the grades I thought I would have gotten). Both papers were on subject matter that I did not find particularly interesting nor was I very comfortable writing about them (I mean one of the papers I was so lost as to what to write about that I ended up pulling an all-nighter and not finishing the paper until noon, just 4 hours before it was due) but apparently I was comfortable enough to do well so YAY!

I thought I would share my exciting news because it definitely brightened my day but now on to the tea. Dry this smelled so coconut-y and delicious. So when I took my first sip of the steeped tea, I was definitely surprised as to how much coconut I did NOT taste. I mean, if I had not known it was a coconut chai, I would have never been able to guess because there was NO coconut. What did I taste? Ginger, with a bit of cinnamon. The ginger flavor was just so dominant that I decided to turn this into a chai latte and see if that did anything.

As a latte, the ginger calmed a bit. Some of the other spices were able to pop a bit more. Still, I missed the coconut I was promised. I finally decided to try one more thing in hopes of bringing out the sweet coconut-y goodness my nose promised was hiding – sweetner.

Given I drink tea to get flavor into my diet, I hate having to resort to additives to make the tea taste how it should. You will never find sugar or honey (unless I am sick) in one of my tea cups just because that would defeat the purpose of the tea. However, the other day I picked up some Truvia that I have been wanting to try so I decided now was as good a time as any. Wary of making the tea too sweet, I added less than 1/4 of the packet. Luckily that was enough to bring the coconut out.

So 1/2 cup of frothed milk (more than I usually use but I got distracted pouring) and some Truvia later, I am finally enjoying this cup of coconut chai. The ginger is still prominent but no longer over-powering and dominant. Its flavor is blended with a sweetness from the coconut and a little more spice from the cinnamon. Is this my favorite cup of tea? No, not by a long shot. But, it is pleasant for this cold evening to sip on something different from my usual dessert teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

w00t congratulations on the grades! It always feels like such a relief to get papers back with decent grades, especially when you thought you bombed them haha.

VariaTEA

That is for sure. I actually dreaded having the papers returned and was so thankful when I could just rummage through a pile to get them back as opposed to having to be handed it back face-to-face with the person who marked it. I thought that would be far too embarrassing. Luckily, I was worried over nothing.

OMGsrsly

Yay! So glad you did better than you expected. :) That’s always a lovely surprise.

Dexter

Awesome, good job!!!!

MissLena

Good job! I hated that calculating your grades when you thought you did bad, you figure out the lowest you could get then the highest you need on the final to get a certain grade.. I can totally relate, did that way too much lol. Always a relief to get an unexpected good mark! :D

Bonnie

Good grades!

VariaTEA

Thanks everyone! It definitely made my day much better and helped relieve a lot of stress and worry. I have one more paper for this class and it has taken off a lot of the pressure to do AMAZING on that – although now that I have As I would like to keep that grade so there is definitely a fair amount of work in the near future.

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
2012 tasting notes

A quick note (not that mine are ever very long) between doing some work and getting dressed to go see Thor (finally!).

This tea was sent to me in a swap with Aimee Popovacki. Since today has been a bit of a green tea day, I decided to finally brew some of this up. It is a pleasant enough cup for sure. Nothing especially good but nothing particularly offensive either. It is light and fruity with a dash of kiwi. No green tea to be detected anywhere. All in all, this is a pleasant cup but I doubt I will really miss it when the sample I have is gone.

Thank you for sharing this with me Aimee!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Strawberry Rhubarb by Tealish
2012 tasting notes

Courtney was kind enough to share this with me a couple weeks back and I had not gotten around to it yet. However, today I woke up in the mood for greens and so this made it into the gravity steeper.

After the Bella Berry, I worried this would go the way of potpourri but I was pleasantly surprised. I only brewed it for about a minute and what I ended up with was a very delicate tea with a hint of strawberry. I am not picking up any rhubarb but I am enjoying this nonetheless.

Thank you Courtney for sharing this with me :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
2012 tasting notes

I had one of the perfect teapot packages of this lying around and since I just got a brand new teapot I decided to brew this up.

This did not taste like any pie my mom has ever made but what it did taste like was the caramel apple lollipops my grandmother used to give me as a kid. Except someone had already eaten all the awesome chewy caramel so I was left, a little disappointed, with just the tart apple lollipop remains.

I could not find the cinnamon. Although I did pick up some of the vegetal green base. Not really the best compliment to the candy apple taste that dominated this cup.

Not a horrible cup of tea but not the best either. I will finish the teapot but be glad this is another sipdown!

ETA: Inspired by so many of you wonderful steepsterers (steepsterites?), I have started a blog. My first post is about this tea. If you are bored, feel free to check it out at http://droppingthelbswithtea.wordpress.com/. I am not the best writer, nor do I know how often I will be able to update the blog (especially coming up to exams) but it seemed like fun so I figured I would give it a try.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
2012 tasting notes

I finally decided to try pineapple bacon tea and in my mind I built it up to be a lot scarier than it actually was. However, being as wary as I was, I decided that if I were going to try something crazy and out there, I wanted to have something comforting and delicious to wash it down with – enter my sample of Strawberry Pie Honeybush. YUM!

When I describe this tea to people, the best way I can explain it is it tastes like the delicious sweet strawberry topping they put on funnel cakes combined with the yummy cinnamon flavoring of a good apple pie. The two combines makes for the most delectable pie tea I could imagine. However, this cup in particular I steeped a little bit longer than the last and though it is still amazing, I think the flavors balance more with a shorter steep time. This cup is not as sweet and falls a bit flat on the cinnamon so I guess I found my sweet spot with the last cup and will stick to those steeping parameters in the future.

I was actually hoarding the little bit of the sample I had left but since I placed an order for more of this I decided I could finish what I had knowing there would be more of it in my cupboard soon enough. That makes this a temporary sipdown. Temporary being the key word because I am not ready to part with this awesome tea.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Sil

I thinki went to rough 3 bags of the. Stuff before I I was like…aaaand ok I’m done for a bit lol

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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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