2087 Tasting Notes

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drank Minty Cow by Della Terra Teas
2087 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (173)

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this tea with me. It is quite a tasty cup – minty and sweet. However, after trying Anti V-Day treat (thanks Sil), I find this tea lacking in the vanilla notes that I enjoyed so much.

As for now, this is hitting the spot though and I will be sad to see it go.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Pineapple Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Well after reading the discussion thread Lala posted about matcha smoothies, I caved and decided to try one for myself. I used 1/2 tsp of this matcha combined with 1/2 tsp of Madagascar Vanilla matcha (both provided by the ever so generous Sil), one frozen and VERY ripe banana, and a glass of cold 1% milk.

More than anything I am tasting the banana but there is the slightest hint of Pineapple. It is also very creamy. However, I think my venture into matcha smoothies was not particularly successful this time around. Next time, I will try with some more matcha in order to bring out the flavors. Oh well, you live and you learn.

ETA: I found the vanilla flavor right at the bottom of the cup. Hmmm…

OMGsrsly

Frozen pineapple works in them too. It also gives a creamy texture. I use it with coconut matcha. So good.

VariaTEA

hmmm i will have to try that.

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78

My herbal infusions order (well 1 of them) has finally shipped! I am hoping to receive that, my Della Terra order, and a few swaps before I head off to the sunshine state in a week. That would be so wonderful!!

On another note, if I send away the rest of a package of tea I have in Montreal is that considered a sipdown when I have a whole tin of the exact same tea waiting for me in Florida?

Anyways, I am now working on my third infusion of this bloom. I actually brewed this hours ago but did not get around to drinking it until now…at 12:50 pm…and I am pretty sure there is caffeine in this one…oh, and I have a pot worth to drink. Hopefully I am right about caffeine not affecting me otherwise it is bound to be a late night. Anyways, even on its third infusion, this tea is still nice, light, and fruity. It is just the right amount of peach flavor to make this cup tasty without being over the top. A very refreshing cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Lala

This one is a white tea so there will be caffeine it it. I find Teavana’s herbals often contain white tea !?! Anyway, I love this one iced. I brew it in about 2 cups water for 15 min, then add cold water and I to fill up the pitcher. Super delicious.

VariaTEA

Lala, I think you are on to something there. I usually brew it hot but in a teapot and for some reason always find that I wait until it has cooled quite a bit to drink it. Perhaps I should cut out the wait time and just drink it iced :)

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71
drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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In hopes of getting some sipdowns to rein in my cupboard just a bit before I get my BF orders, I decided to have this tea. After this cup, I have enough leaf left for just one more and though I am not too heartbroken, I might miss it every now and then. It is sweet and bread-y but not gingerbread. I could be completely off but I imagine this might be similar to what fruit cake tastes like – sweet, fruity, bread-y and with a very, VERY slight hint of spice. A nice treat for a relaxing evening.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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85

Well now that I have finished my exam and was finally able to go to the grocery store, I am celebrating having milk by having yet another glass of matcha! I wanted something creamy but not overly sweet and so I decided to go with peanut butter. It is smooth, creamy, nutty goodness and definitely hitting the spot as I package up some swaps :) Thank you Cavocorax!

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84
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I resteeped the leaves and this second infusion has lost a lot of its creaminess. It is floral and vanilla but not so much pudding anymore.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74

I picked some of this up when it was 1/2 price on Red Tea Leaf’s website. The specifics of what I purchased are:

Flavor Level: Delicate
Size: Small (30g)
Grade: Classic (Basic Grade)
Type: Regular
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cookies-and-cream-matcha.html

I first tried this matcha when Cavocorax generously sent me a sample. From my very first sip, I knew that I wanted more of this flavor. Of course when I saw the matcha on sale for 50% off, I could not pass up the opportunity to buy some more. I also lucked out and was able to pick up some Bavarian Cream, a flavor I have wanted to try since discovering flavored matcha, at the same discount.

Anyways, when I opened the package, I was immediately in love with the smell. It has a very creamy scent with just a hint of the fudge-y chocolate cookie lingering in the mix. I was so excited to have a cup so I grabbed out my measuring spoon, my milk frother, and a glass. Of course I also needed my milk to make my drink complete.

I excitedly measured out 1/2 tsp of matcha and used my milk frother to combine it with 8 oz of cold milk, with just a hint of froth. I watched as the milk quickly took on a pale green color and released the decadent smell of cookies and cream.

Finally getting to drink my milky snack and I am definitely happy to announce that this is an oreo in a cup. It is amazingly creamy and that hint of chocolate cookie adds another level to the cup. Not to mention, it is matcha so it is definitely a guilt free treat. Yum!!

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84
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2087 tasting notes

This tea is creamy, floral, and tastes like a vanilla pudding cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
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This was the first Kusmi tea I ever tried and so far it has been my favorite. I walked in and it was the tea sample of the day and after taking my first sip, I knew I needed to own a box. This tea is spicy and roast-y from the mate. It manages to balance the spices beautifully so that everything works together equally as opposed to once spice taking center stage. Moreover, apple helps to keep the spice in check and make this a smooth, pleasant cup. It is nothing extraordinary really but it does make for a good cup of tea. Unfortunately this has mellowed a bit with age and improper storage but tbh, it is holding up pretty well after 2-3 years.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Ooo, mate? I will have this next.

VariaTEA

haha I hope you like it :)

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70
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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So lately I have been feeling a bit head cold-y (it’s that time of year) and so I decided what better time to try Cold 911 than now. As soon as I opened the bag, the peppermint and eucalyptus started to open up my sinuses. There is a very mild flavor to this tea (unless it is just my tastebuds right now) when compared to the smell of the dry leaf. Brewed that mintyness has gone away a little bit and in this case, I miss it. I am getting an unexpected sweetness and I am not sure where. Nonetheless, even though it is not as strong as I anticipated, it is not a bad cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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