3188 Tasting Notes

78
drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
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No medicine flavor or woodsiness, just creamy rooibos with a touch of peach sweetness.

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63
drank Neptune by Lupicia
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Thank you Kat_Maria for the opportunity to try this tea. I dropped the temperature a bit and this cup is definitely much better than the last. The artificial quality of the honey taste has subsided, leaving behind a nice honey sweetness. There is also a generic fruitiness to the tea. However, it is still nothing special and thus it is not too hard to see it go. I am grateful for the chance to try something new though.

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98
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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My beloved Chiffon is now gone. That means I need to place a Della Terra order soontimes to restock. Plus, with the weather warming up soon (in theory), I think having a large stock of Lemon Chiffon to cold brew would be a good plan.

Courtney

We’re out of this too! It’s J’s tea and I went to order but I could only put 1×1oz. in my cart. $4.25 for tea and $7 for shipping. Nope.

VariaTEA

That is definitely not justifiable. When shipping is more than the tea, it just doesn’t seem worth it.

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68
drank Thé de Pâques by Mariage Frères
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Thank you Sil for sending some of this my way. It is always fun to try new teas and this was no exception. It smells deliciously of vanilla and citrus but that doesn’t exactly translate into the taste. Instead, it is like black base and citrus peels. Not bad but not one I am too heartbroken to see go.

And now, as I say goodbye to this Easter tea and welcome the Easter holiday, I would just like to say HAPPY EASTER TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING!!

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Good bye tasty Monkey Bread tea! Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing some more of this with me. It is a good one and I am sad to see it go again. However, I imagine a Della Terra order will happen eventually and I wouldn’t be too surprised if this makes it into that.

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86
drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
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Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing this with me. This cup was a lot of dust so I am finding it very vegetal and not all that pleasant which is a sad way to see it go especially since I know it can be so much better. I am glad I got the chance to try it though!

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84
drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
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It feels like a Sipdown Saturday of Sadness as I say goodbye to so many tasty teas. This is yet another that is hard to see go. It has a great banana flavor that is true to the ripe fruit, and that flavor is complimented by the smooth black base and notes of chocolate drizzle floating around in the cup. Rich and full and definitely something I will be seeing again. Thank you Dustin for sharing!!

Courtney

That sounds so sad. I have this one on my Lupicia order list for whenever that happens haha.

VariaTEA

Haha. It is bittersweet. Sucks to say goodbye but it is nice to reign in my cupboard.

Cavocorax

I know I want a tin of this one. It’s good, and one I’d probably restock after (which is why the tin’d be good)

Courtney

Cavo what did you think of this one versus Tea Desire banana chocolate one?

VariaTEA

I know you asked Cavo but I much preferred this one to the Tea Desire one. It wasn’t as over the top sweet but still had a nice chocolate banana flavor.

Courtney

I appreciate all answers. :) I have ordered teas ‘sight unseen’ on your reviews, so I value your opinion too!

Cavocorax

So strange! I thought I commented here, but I don’t see it? Hope I didn’t comment somewhere else. :P ANyway I prefer the Lupicia tea! The Tea Desire one was good, but sorta oily in the way that Teavana teas are.

Courtney

Thanks for all the advice ladies. :) Lupicia is looking better and better.

VariaTEA

Aww thank you Courney but you trusted me with Strawberries and Cream and that did not work out well :(. I feel as though I failed you. With that said, I highly recommend a Lupicia Order :P.

Courtney

No worries! French Butter Cookie MORE than made up. :) I am going to get a few sipdowns done of actual cupboard-status teas, then Lupicia will be in order for sure!

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89
drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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This will be greatly missed. Thank you Sil for the opportunity to try it! I am not usually a fan of citrus teas but this is like a vanilla cookies with lemon cream. Delicious :)

Sil

I’m hoping Stacy’s lemon macaron is even better than this one

VariaTEA

I was hoping that too, especially given the Butiki tea is a bit more accessible.

Cheri

I’m excited for that one as well. I really enjoyed this one, and it sounds like the lemon macaron has a lot of the same flavor profile to it.

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80
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Tasty, tasty matcha soda a la Roswell Strange. Yum!

Courtney

Since you sent me Cola, I think perhaps a matcha soda may be in order.

VariaTEA

I warn you, Cola matcha was weird. I passed it along because I had no idea how to deal with it.

Roswell Strange

I find Cola weird too… Oddly I think I liked it better in milk?

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Sipping on cold brewed Barley tea and I am all kinds of happy :).

Courtney

whatshesaid sent me a coconut cocoa tea with barley in it a while back and it was delicious.

VariaTEA

That sounds tasty! This is just a random barley tea I picked up at the Korean grocery store to tide my over until me and Soba Cha are reunited.

Stephanie

I love iced barley tea

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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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