2372 Tasting Notes

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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
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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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drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog: I got this as a sample a few months back when it was still a mystery tea in search of a name. It has been a few months but I remember it tasting pretty good. I recall thinking it was very reminiscient of a York Peppermint Patty. Today I saw it was released for sale as “Mint To Be”. Had I not forgot my wallet at home, I think I would have ended up heading to DAVIDs to pick some up as I recall enjoying it and would be interested to see if my impressions remain the same now that it has been a few months and a few hundred teas since I had it.

Ana

So jealous you have a sample! I think this calls for another trip to Davids!

VariaTEA

I had this cup months ago but figured I would write the tasting note now that I knew what to call it.

Roswell Strange

I love the new name!

Isaila

I just got a sample from Davids. It’s pretty nice. I actually just got the name… awkward…

Meliboum

I’m so jealous ! Plus the name is awesome :)

Yvonne

I can’t wait to try this one eventually!

keychange

I’m so jealous too! I think I might head to dT to try this very very soon! can you taste the coconut? I love coconut!

keychange

How do you think this compares to santa’s secret?

VariaTEA

Honestly it has been a while since I had this but I do recall really liking it. Unfortunately I don’t remember the specifics though.

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drank Spiked Eggnog by Herbal Infusions
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Backlog: I made this in addition to resteeping the Lemon Meringue I had earlier. I got distracted cooking so I could not try it hot but as a warm tea, it is very similar to Santa’s Milk and Cookies. Actually, this was slightly less astringent than Milk & Cookies and may even have more of a cookie quality to it. No eggnog or alcohol though. Again I only drank this after dinner so my taste buds may have been off but luckily Cavocorax was generous enough to send me a very generous sample that I can have another cup in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

The only ‘eggnog’ I got from it was a slight creaminess that I could taste mid-sip, but not all the time. It was better than Milk & Cookies. (Stupid Milk & Cookies – glad I didn’t accidently send you more. Maybe I finished it? LOL)

Cavocorax

And I always try to send enough for 2 heaping cups. I’d hate for you to miss a good tea because it was over/understeeped this first time.

VariaTEA

Haha I got the creaminess too. It wasn’t bad compared to the others I had. I will definitely be trying it again soon with more neutral taste buds.

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Backlog: My taste buds may have been a bit off given I drank this with dinner. However, from what I could taste, this came off as a cross of Orange Pekoe and Glitter & Gold. I will hold off on rating the tea until I can properly taste it. Thank you Eve for sharing this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Backlog: Right now I am having the most INSANE craving for either carrot cake, carrot cake cheesecake, or a cronut. Something about the creaminess of those desserts are calling to me. Alas, I do not have any of those things and even if I did, it would be highly frowned upon that I eat them. What I do have is a ripe banana and a package of Bavarian matcha courtesy of the wonderful MissB.

I have no idea what Bavarian Cream is supposed to taste like but it sounded like it might hit the spot. Unfortunately, I forgot to grab milk while I was out so I stole a glass of almond milk from my roommate. Together the flavors are creamy and sweet with a hint of nuttiness. I don’t think there is anything particularly distinctive but it is creamy and delicious and actually helping a bit with the cravings.

Thank you MissB for sending this my way :)

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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Backlog: You know, I think I like this one even more than Lemon Chiffon. Now I know why you drink it so often, MissB. Thank you so much for sharing this delectably creamy treat. The lemon meringue flavors are spot on, right down to the hint of lemon tartness that makes it such a tasty dessert. More and more I realize my caffeine-free options are limited so I am grateful you gave me yet another thing to put on that list!

Also, the ladybug the flew right past my face and into the cup also seemed to enjoy it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
MissB

So glad you enjoyed this one! I’m enjoying this one slightly more than Lemon Chiffon… but only slightly. The creaminess, the meringue, the tartness… yum!

Cavocorax

Really? Wow. Do they have a lime version too? I’ve never heard of anything topping Lime Chiffon. :P

VariaTEA

MissB, I am shocked to say it but I agree 100%. It is good, REALLY good!

And I am not sure if they have a lime version, Cavo. Something to look into…

Kittenna

Sweet! I just saw Anlina’s review, and wondered how it compared to the chiffons, so thanks for making that comparison! I’ll have to pick some up at some point, which shouldn’t be too difficult as Tealish is much more accessible than Della Terra, haha.

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
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Backlog: Part of what puts me off about pu’erh is the smell. This is simply pure, unadulterated, ooey-gooey caramel goodness. I can definitely see why you like this one so much MissB so thank you so much for sharing it with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Wow, seriously? I stayed away from that because yeah, I don’t really care for the taste or smell of pu-erh. Was the base really strong and/or ultra earthy?

VariaTEA

I think you can definitely tell it is a pu’erh (as in there is a hint of the earthiness in the base and smell) and for that reason alone I won’t be getting this again. However, it is the most mild pu’erh (with the exception of Teavana’s Weight To Go which has virtually no leaf) I have ever had. The most prominent flavor by far is the caramel.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never had a pu’erh (I find them a little intimidating, to be honest) but this one sounds really good and I’ve smelled it before in store, and it just smells like delicious caramel. Do you think it’d be a good starting point? Remember – it’s not hard for me to obtain (ten minute walk) and I could get it as a tea to go prior to purchasing any.

VariaTEA

Well my first “pu’erh” was Weight To Go but there was virtually no pu’erh in that that I don’t think it counts. I think the only reason why that was a good start is because it rid me of my fear despite being completely non-representative. If you want something that does have the earthiness of pu’erh but is not overwhelming, this is definitely your best bet. I would say it is like 90% delicious caramel and 10% earthy pu’erh

Roswell Strange

I also have a sample of Dreamsicle Pu’Erh right now, which smells amazing, but same idea where I’m not sure if that’s a good starting point. I’m not scared of the earthiness of it (I like earthy teas), but of the potential fishiness.

MissB

The Dreamsicle is, in my opinion, something to move towards. It’s light on the flavoring, although the pu-erh taste is low as well. I found it… weak. I should also note that I love pu-erh however.

This tea? I think the earthiness is exactly as VariaTEA has described it, and it only accents the caramel-y ness of it. If you have easy access to it, I’d definitely try a cup. Zero rinsing needed either, although if you’re really worried, give them a quick rinse before steeping.

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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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