2236 Tasting Notes

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HAPPY NEW YEAR STEEPSTER!! HOPE EVERYONE HAS AN AWESOME, TEA-FILLED 2014 AND BEST WISHES FOR THE YEAR TO COME!!

With that said, my first tea of the new year was not so great. In fact, it went down the drain. I think that Republic of Tea’s rooibos is far too medicinal for my tastes. C’est la vie.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Hope your year goes better than your tea!

VariaTEA

Haha thank you :)

JustJames

oh no! well, i have a feeling this year will be good for all of us. (fingers and toes crossed…)

Lariel of Lórien

I just got some, but I like their rooibos.

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I am quickly running out if this however last night while placing an order for 52 teas, I decided to grab a pouch of the Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish. I am not a huge blueberry fan so I don’t think I need more than one blueberry tea at a time. However, I am sure this will be a restock eventually. I imagine it being particularly nice in the summer months as it is always like enjoying a nice cup of blueberry juice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I have a bit over 100g of this, so if you ever want me to throw a few cups worth into a swap, just let me know! I don’t mind sharing, even though it’s super good ;P

VariaTEA

Awww thanks Roswell Strange :) Perhaps I will take you up on that during one of our many swaps

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JoonSusanna sent this to me and when I first smelled it, I was VERY hesitant to try it as something about the smell was just not appealing. However, I decided to stop putting it off and trust Stacy’s mixing. My father always said that if something sounds incredibly strange but made it on a menu it is because it was tested and found pleasant enough that someone thought it was worth selling. I thought that applied here.

As for the tea, I am quite glad I tried it. It is very interesting and incredibly tasty. All the components are present and working together. There is pineapple sweetness, a thick but smooth creaminess and the cilantro herb just makes for a unique flavor experience. I was worried but tbh I don’t think I will have trouble getting through the rest of the sample. Thank you JoonSusanna!! I don’t know if I ever would have bought this on my own so I definitely appreciate you giving me the opportunity to try something new :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

I have some of this from my Black Friday order to try still. I keep putting it off but can’t figure out why…

VariaTEA

The dry smell isn’t the most attractive tbh which is why I put it off. Also the flavor combination is a bit intimidating but it works

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
2236 tasting notes

I am running out of tea fast in Florida so I am praying my teas from my dad arrive soon. After this cup, I only have one cup worth of dry leaf left and it will be missed greatly when it is gone. This will definitely be a restock asap but there is no David’s here so I will have to wait to return home.

Anyways, as for this cup, I prepared it as a makeshift tea soda (My first tea soda ever!!). I brewed 2 tsps in half a mug (about 4-6 oz) for the normal brewing time (4 min at boiling) and then filled the test of the mug with club soda. The end result was a warm but tasty carbonated drink. There is a hint of the flavor water gets when it is carbonated but mostly the raspberry and coconut flavors shine like usual. I think I still prefer this hot but not a bad introduction to a tea soda.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

Great choice! I’m going to restock too!

VariaTEA

The only question is do I go for the 100 grams and get a free tin or do I refill one of the many tins I own and go with less than 100 grams?? I really like this tea but I also have a lot of tea to get through so I just don’t know

Roswell Strange

I’ve started frequently using flavoured matcha for tea soda. I dissolve about 1 tsp. of powder into an ounce of boiling water and use a full can of club soda to dilute it. Not totally relevant – but I know you like flavoured matcha, so just another thing to maybe keep in mind to try? I’m using eggnog matcha this way, and it’s actually really good!

OMGsrsly

Roswell, that’s an amazing idea!

VariaTEA

I just ordered more flavored matcha so perhaps I will give a try although all the flavors I got lend themselves to being mixed with milk really well

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
2236 tasting notes

My sister is not a huge loose leaf fan as she is impatient and prefers “normal” teas. She does like this one though so today we are both having a cup. Unfortunately, mine does not have the usual balance of sugar and spice. One of the scoops was filled with the sugar crystals so the usual cinnamon has been drowned out. This is the first time I am not in love with this tea but I am still enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown…of sorts. I have enough left for one cup but that is going to my roommate so she can try it out.

This won’t be a reorder for me just because I am not a coffee drinker so I probably won’t reach for it all that often. I have enjoyed this sample though and would recommend it for anyone who even slightly likes coffee. It is flavorful as in addition to the coffee it has notes of nuts and chocolate and a hint vanilla caramel sweetness. Yum :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I am definitely going through this fast. It is just soo good. Luckily my sister preferred Nutcracker Sweet so that left the cup of this for me to enjoy. Even cooled it is delicious :)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
MissLena

I hope they offer this on their site, it looks like it’d be pretty tasty :)

VariaTEA

If they offered this one I would buy more in a heartbeat

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90

So I brewed this and then started cooking and so this cooled quite a bit. It was still good but I personally prefer it when it is hot. I also gave this to my sister to try and ended up losing the cup to her. There are plenty more bags of this in the cupboard though so I was not too concerned.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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One more cup of this left after this and I think the coconut will forever be lost. The lime flavor is impressively natural and distinct but it competes with black base which can be slightly astringent. If anyone has suggestions about how to brew this to bring out the coconutty sweetness, I would love to hear them!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Cold brewed two sachets in a 500 mL water bottle last night for around 8 hours. I was hoping this would bring out the taste of the pomegranate but it may have actually had the opposite effect because this is highly vegetal and there is no pomegranate to be found. I will just have to keep trying to find the perfect way to get through this tea.

On a related, but different note, I am thinking about trying some Southern Boy Teas. I read that the suggested way of making them was to hot brew them and then put them over ice. However, I really like the cold brewing method so I am wondering if anyone has made them that way and if they are good when prepped using that method?

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

LiberTEAS cold brews and then hot brews the SBTs. Maybe check out their notes?

VariaTEA

I will definitely do that. Thanks for the suggestion :)

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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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