2362 Tasting Notes

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Backlog: This one is good. Amazingly good. It is like having a amooth and creamy piece of cherry cheesecake, complete with the cheesecake tang and the sweet cherry syrup. That isn’t actually the right word for what I am thinking of but right now my mind is blank – I am talking about the sweet saucy cherry (or strawberry or blueberry) stuff they pour over cheesecakes, funnel cakes and other tasty desserts. You know what I mean. Anyways, as if that weren’t enough deliciousness for one cup, it has a nice bit of buttery caramel to really top things off. MMmmmm…thank you MissB for this one. I will definitely be getting more of this (especially when it is only $5.50 for 4 oz! – I might have already been shopping around Darlene’s website :S)!!.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

This review makes me want to drool – now I’m so hungry for cheesecake! Can’t have it though!

Yvonne

Oh my god….I want to drool reading this.

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Sipdown!! (185)

I think I am definitely the majority but I am not loving this one. I am getting woodiness from the rooibos and a bit of smoke so the campfire is definitely present. Unfortunately, I am searching but can’t find my s’more. There might be a bit of malt from the black base but it is not the creamy milk chocolate my s’mores have and it is lacking the marshmallow sweetness. I am grateful that I did not need to order a full 2 oz as I surely would have been disappointed. You never know unless you try though so thank you MissB for giving me the opportunity to try this one. If nothing else, you satisfied my curiosity and saved me some money :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

Exactly! This is why I love swaps. :)

VariaTEA

It definitely paid off in this case. Plus, it was an easy sipdown so I didn’t have to go through many cups of something I felt was just okay. Thanks for sharing :)

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I have been sipping on this throughout the day between cups of hot tea. It is really a good cup. I am sure when the weather warms up, I will be throwing this back very, very quickly. It is creamy, smooth, and has awesome Neapolitan flavor. This is definitely a win.

JustJames

i do love this one.

VariaTEA

It is pretty tasty. I have a few more SBTs to try and then I will place an order to restock the ones I like and to try some of the new flavors (for some reason the insane sound pumpkin pie crepe with chocolate and vanilla ice cream is calling to me haha). However it takes me so long to get through a picture because when the weather is -25 degrees, I want something hot.

Which others did you enjoy?

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80

Sipdown!! (although a very sad one)

Okay so basically I think my next tea order is going to be from S&V. I have only had two of their teas so far but both have definitely lived up to their names. This one is like indulging in a fresh baked cookie. There is a nice bit of almond and a hint of vanilla that is found and delicious home made treats. I am actually really impressed right now. Thanks to the generosity on steepster, I have a few more of their teas to try but if they are all as good as the others I have had, I will 100% be stocking up! Thank you MissB for sending me this one :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
jeweledthumb

One of these days I need to make a Simpson & Vail order, but the teas are so cheap that it is going to take Herculean efforts to get to free shipping. So in the meantime, I’m making sure my shopping list is worthy of an order. =)

VariaTEA

I just checked prices and 3.75 for 2 oz is amazing, especially for such tasty teas. I was going to offer working together to reach the goal because I thought I was after you in the tea box (I would obviously share shipping costs with you to send it to me). Alas I am not.

jeweledthumb

We could split an order? Though I have to warn you that my husband has made an unofficial “no more tea boxes” traveling into the house rule so it wouldn’t be for a couple more months if you can wait that long!

VariaTEA

haha. my stash is pretty huge now and there is at least 10 more packages on their way. I can most definitely wait a few months! That will give me time to taste more of their teas :)

Dexter

(I mailed more of this to you today….you’ll get another taste to tide you over…)

VariaTEA

Oh yay! Thanks Dexter :)

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
2362 tasting notes

I have so many awesome loose leaf teas and yet for some reason all I could think about was the two teabags of this sitting in my box of swaps. I finally gave in and when I opened the package all I could smell was a scent I could only describe as eggnog. Tbh, I could be completely wrong as the last time I had eggnog was like 4 years ago and I hated it but something about this tea just appealed to me.

Now I am not sure if it is the smell that is so strong or it is actually the taste but this tea is eggy for sure, in a good way. There is a creaminess to it and a hint of cinnamon spice. All made better by a delicious vanilla sweetness. This tea is exactly what I expected. I have one more tea bag left and then I will simply need to wait until next Christmas and go in search of it in stores. Thank you Eve for sharing!!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I’ve personally never had anything eggnog flavoured that I can call a favourite…but this looks really interesting!

VariaTEA

The one time I had eggnog I hated it. This, on the other hand, is quite tasty. Maybe I am just more open to it because it is tea and I love tea. Haha.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2362 tasting notes

keychange got me thinking about cheesecake and this was sitting in the package from MissB just begging to be tried.

This is delicious! I don’t know if I would call it cheesecake but it is sweet and creamy and delicious. I would think this were a vanilla flavored matcha rather than cheesecake but I am happy nonetheless.

Preparation
Iced
keychange

mmm cheesecake!

Fjellrev

I always wondered if it really does taste like cheesecake so I’m not surprised to hear it’s more like a vanilla. But of course, that’s a good thing too!

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drank Apple Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2362 tasting notes

As part of my Jenny Craig diet, I need to have two low-fat milk servings a day. In the states that meant fat free Yoplait yogurt because it came in a million tasty flavors (ummm hello Boston Cream Pie and Red Velvet Cake…yum!!). Unfortunately in Canada we are not so lucky. For a while I would eat Oikos Black Cherry greek yogurt and nothing else when it came to my milk serving. Then I realized I could make lattes and get milk that way. Then I was given matcha and taught that I could make it in a glass of cold milk and everything changed. Each day I get to have a new tasty cup of matcha milk in a multitude of different flavors. Alas, I forgot all my matcha in my fridge in Florida and my Red Leaf order was delivered somewhere, just not to me. So when I got my package from MissB that had 4 different matchas, I was ecstatic!

This is one I have wanted to try and as soon as I unwrapped the aluminum foil it was sealed in, I could place the smell instantly. I was a little unsure about making this flavor in milk and then realized it could be the liquid version of apple pie a la mode. In reality, that isn’t exactly the case but it is definitely close. Flavor wise this is distinctively apple but more akin to an apple jelly belly than the actual fruit. It adds a sweetness to the milk that combined with the apple is reminiscent of liquefied ice cream. This is creamy and delicious and I am so grateful this was sent my way. Thank you so much MissB!!

Preparation
Iced
Roswell Strange

Once I have money to put together more swaps, I should really see if MissB would be up for one… Her swaps sound fantastic.

VariaTEA

These were all bonuses when I picked up some tea in her sale. I was expecting four teas and instead got 18!

Fjellrev

Oh, I had no idea you were on JC! I hope it’s going well for you.

And the same thing happened to me. As soon as I tried a cold matcha latte for the first time, I was hooked, and voila, my milk consumption skyrocketed,

MissB

I’m definitely game to send you soemthing Rosewell! I’ve got a lot of te here. :P

MissB

Jeepers. That was teA.

VariaTEA

@Fjellrev – thank you! I started back in April and am down about 65 pounds so so far, so good. Plus, it was the reason I got into teas in the first place so in that sense it has been very good for me (even if it is not so great for the wallet :P).

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drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
2362 tasting notes

I grabbed this out of the package from MissB because once I was brewing a tea at boiling, I might as well make another.

This tastes like sugar-free cider. It has a hint of apple sweetness as all ciders do but it remains mellow due to the guayusa base. Not my favorite cup but definitely very pleasant. Thanks for sharing, MissB!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

Sipdown!!

Every time I see Adagio’s fandom blends I want them. Instinctively I press shopping list just because I like the show/movie/cake/etc. that inspired it. Then I need to rethink my choice and actually look at the tea and ponder if it is something I would actually drink. Unfortunately most of the Sherlock blends, as much as I want them, don’t see like something I would actually enjoy. This was the one exception and of course MissB was right there to satisfy my curiosity.

I am actually very glad I got to try this because it is a really good cup. The bergamot is not overpowering because it is balanced by the caramel and the hazelnut. Moreover, the hazelnut lends a nuttiness to the aftertaste while the caramel incorporates and burnt sugar sweetness. Tasty indeed! Unfortunately, I used the whole sample in one 16 oz cup. So long wonderful Sherlock tea! Our relationship was brief but pleasant while it lasted. Perhaps we will meet again soon. And thank you MissB for introducing us :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
MissB

I have three ounces of this – you’re more than welcome to have more!

VariaTEA

Thank you MissB but I think I am starting to get stressed with my surplus of tea. I think I have to drink a lot of it down before I am going to get anymore.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
2362 tasting notes

First off, thank god I am alone in my home because I am pretty sure I look like a psycho. I literally cannot stop smiling as I go through all the surprise teas MissB sent my way. There are so many ones I have been DYING to try! It is like she knows…I think she might be inside my head :P. Anyways, THANK YOU SO MUCH MISSB!!! I don’t think I will ever be able to thank you enough for your generosity.

On to this tea…

This has been in my sample box for a few weeks now and today when I opened it up to send some to Josie Jade, I decided to give it a try myself. The smell of the dry leaf was wonderfully cinnamon and maple. The taste is very similar. It is like having a thick slice of French Toast (that got a good dash of cinnamon in the batter) with maple syrup. Frank really does know how to blend a delicious breakfast tea.

Actually, I worried this would be the exact same as Pancake Breakfast but it is quite different. This has less maple and the mouthfeel is not as thick. Plus the cinnamon really sets the two apart. As much as I love Pancake Breakfast, I think this is a tea I could drink more often as it still captures the breakfast taste without being as dense (which of course is part of the charm of Pancake Breakfast but hard to drink everyday).

Oh and for anyone wondering, I used 2 tsps for 16 oz of water and brewed the tea for two minutes in water that was slightly below boiling. Came out quite well!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

LOL re the psycho smile. ;-)

keychange

I have an unopened sample of this that came in the 12 days of Christmas package, if you’d like it!

VariaTEA

That is very sweet but I actually have the 2 oz package. That should keep me satisfied for a while.

keychange

Oh good! glad you scooped it up while it was available!

Yvonne

I’ve been wanting to try this flavour in the worst way!

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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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