2762 Tasting Notes

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So I have now successfully attended my first hot yoga class and it was no where near as hot or as frightening as I had anticipated. It was actually quite nice and relaxing and walking out into the cold air afterwords was pretty heavenly.

Alas, this matcha is not nearly as pleasant. Not that it is bad but mostly rather nondescript as it merely tastes like sweetened milk.

Courtney

YAY! I was just driving back from picking up J and I was going to inquire about the class. :) I ruled this matcha out of my order hehe. But French Vanilla Cookie went in, all because of you.

Stephanie

Love yoga!

__Morgana__

I am afraid of hot yoga, too. Though I really like Iyengar. Unfortunately there’s no Iyengar close enough to me that I could make it to a class regularly. :-(

VariaTEA

@Courtney – I always worry when people want something because of my review. I get stressed that they won’t enjoy it as much as my review makes it sound. Hopefully that is not the case in regards to the butter cookie.

@Stephanie – I can see why!

@Morgana – I HATE heat and was freaking out prior to going but it actually was very nice. It is certainly hot and you need to focus on your breathing more but I was pleasantly surprised.

keychange

Oh yeah, hot yoga can be fun but really intense. I remember feeling as though I was literally swimming through my poses, and I use the term “poses” loosely; they would be like “now do downward dog” and I’d hold that position for a split second before sliding to the floor in a puddle.

Roswell Strange

Hot Yoga does not sound like fun to me XD But then again, my idea of exercise is the ten minute walk to the mall instead of the 20 minute bus ride. So, I applaud your dedication.

VariaTEA

@keychange – “intense” is definitely an accurate word to describe it. Also, there certainly were puddles around me but luckily I have a pretty great yoga mat which has amazing grip meaning no sliding, even if I tried :P

@Roswell Strange – I put off going for years because the idea of being in a purposely hot room while exercising was essentially what I imagine hell to be. Turns out it wasn’t that bad. The last pose is literally just lying on the ground for a while :P

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75

So I really enjoyed this when I first had it but there is something off about it today. What was originally a warm and comforting baked good flavor is now a sharp burst of artificial flavor that is throwing off the whole cup. I would drop the rating but the scroll bar is not phone friendly :(. If I were rating this cup though, it would be closer to a 68 or 70.

Plunkybug

It does still sound yummy…

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86

Sad sipdown :(

Talking about this with Courtney made me want a cup. Unfortunately, there was not as much left as I thought and so my cup used up all the leaf. Now it is gone and I already miss it delicious strawberry milkshake flavor. At least I still have my strawberries and cream matcha to hold me over until I can get more.

Flavors: Berries, Cream

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

You make me want to rip into my sample. :)

VariaTEA

I put it off for a while because I really don’t like their black base but mostly this has just been strong strawberry flavor (except not true strawberry, more like strawberry syrup)

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85

My roommate has always felt that matcha should not be flavored. She is sort of a purist that way but she was happy to choose one for me to drink since I was having an indecisive evening. She selected this and so I prepped it as usually, in a glass of cold milk.

I handed her the cup and she was shocked it was cold. Then she took a sip and quite enjoyed it. Now she is planning on trying plain matcha prepped the same way and got excited at the prospect of using different flavors of almond milk to make matchas.

As for the taste, this was delicious as usual. Expertly captures the flavor of French Butter Cookies. I think in the future, I might forgo any vanilla flavors in favor of this one.

Fjellrev

Wow, conversion successful!

VariaTEA

Haha. She said it tasted like flavored milk and though I don’t see her ordering it anytime soon, she doesn’t look down on it quite so harshly either.

Fjellrev

Definitely a step in the right direction haha.

Roswell Strange

I envy that your roommate actually drinks tea.

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75
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2762 tasting notes

This plus Marshmallow Snowflake Earl Grey are probably the only EGs I enjoy. It must be the use of flavors to mellow the bergamot. This actually sits right on the border or too much EG and just right but I do like the other flavors and this enjoy having the option of a cup every now and then. Thank you Cavocorax for providing me with a few more cups worth :).

Courtney

Hmm. I’ve tried in the past with bergamot, but it never sits well. Sometimes your notes really make me contemplate these things.

VariaTEA

I sent you a sample of Marshmallow Snowflake for you to try. This one is good but definitely has more bergamot. I can send a bit along if you want to try.

Courtney

You did? You are so sweet. Oh that’s okay. I can always throw a sample of this one in my next H&S order. I love that they offer sample sizes.

VariaTEA

I honestly never even noticed and I tossed it in with the Irish Cream Cheesecake because I knew you were interested.

Courtney

Thanks!

VariaTEA

Your welcome. I hope you like it :)

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Whoa this is rich. Very, very rich! Maybe even too rich? It is a liquified brownie smothered in caramel. I think I would really need to be in the mood for this one as I am finding it hard to get through right now. Thank you Courtney! I think this will be something I turn to when I really need that brownie flavor.

Courtney

I found the same thing here.

VariaTEA

It is certainly not something I could drink often but it was not bad.

Courtney

Agreed. S&V does their flavoured teas well, even if they are a bit rich in my opinion. :)

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68
drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
2762 tasting notes

Thank you Courtney for the chance to try this tea. It is not my favorite root beer tea (I think that goes to Butiki’s Root Beer Float Honeybush) but it is certainly a pleasant cup.

In other news, apparently there will be a Supernatural spin-off called “Supernatural: Tribes”. Has anyone heard about this?! What is Supernatural without a Winchester? I am not sure how I feel about this…

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

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84
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2762 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (117)

Most of the time I love the vanilla pudding flavor, so much so that I debate about stocking up. However, every so often, the oolong flavor creeps in and I am left unimpressed which makes me hesitant to buy more. That is probably why I buy only 10 g of a time.

Flavors: Cream, Orchids, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

Sipdown!! (118)

Thank you Sil!! This is certainly a delicious black tea. It is one I would even consider stocking as it is fruity and smooth and really quite tasty. I definitely was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did and now it is gone and I am sad.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

I’ll put some more into the travelling tea box most likely so that you and others can try. the company will let you buy their samples sizes and get free shipping as long as you spend 25$. and the samples are 25g – so theres even enough to split with another person!

VariaTEA

I checked their website and didn’t see this lot anymore.

Sil

no.. but so far, as near as terri and i can tell, the lots are very similar. They rarely will have 2 lots for the same tea name, if that makes sense. it’s just like verdant getting in the next harvest etc..

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drank Vanilla Cream by English Tea Store
2762 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (119)

Thank you Courtney for the chance to try this tea. I am finding something very strange about this cup though. It is almost nutty in flavor. This is very reminiscent of Stash’s Vanilla Nut Creme for me and I was not a fan of that one. Nonetheless, I am glad I got the opportunity to try something new.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Ahh sorry!

VariaTEA

It is okay. You win some, you lose some and if I liked everything, I would have a serious debt problem :P. I am glad I got to try it though so no need to be sorry.

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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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