2158 Tasting Notes

65
drank Angel Dust by CaesarsTea
2158 tasting notes

There is a bit of lemon and it is blending with hibiscus. A tart drink but not horrible when cold brewed. However, this is a sipdown so I will be having this no more.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
TeaBrat

what a horrible name! PCP anyone?

VariaTEA

Hahaha. I think we can just blame that on it being a Montreal company and thus English is not their first language – they don’t know our slang :P

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85
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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While packing my teas, I picked a lot and read each tea name to my roommate one by one. She said yes or no and her decision was final as that was the only way I was going to avoid packing my whole stash. Anyways, when I read this tea allowed, her ears perked up and so I offered to make some for us to try now.

This will definitely be coming with me to Florida because this is great. I wanted to try this for so long that I almost made a cup at 3 am this morning while I studied. Anyways, as my first introduction to Herbal Infusions, this does not disappoint. It is hot chocolate but not the milky treat that people have around a camp fire. This is pure, unadulterated dark chocolate flavor and it is amazing!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Dexter

Agreed, it is amazing!!!

VariaTEA

I am taking this one and strawberry cream cacao with me and I am debating about sneaking in the vanilla and mint ones too but I think I am already bringing 20 diff types of tea ranging from one cup to 40 g and mt dad is sending me 5 of my Black Friday orders while I am there.

Dexter

LOL How long are you going for? IMHO you need a tea for all occasions/moods – do you really need 4 cacao teas?
Might be a good time to drink more iced tea…
Whatever you choose, enjoy it and have fun.

Starfevre

You don’t know what you’ll want, best bring the whole stash :)

VariaTEA

I will be there until January 7. And I am glad you all can understand me and my tea needs. My mom on the other hand might think I am nuts when she opens my suitcase to find mostly shoes and tea :)

Starfevre

2 Suitcases. That’s the only answer.

VariaTEA

haha don’t joke – I considered it.

Sil

(psssst told you guys this was good..neeener neeeener) lol

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Sipdown!! (172) but a very temporary one as there is some of this being shipped to me as we speak.

Thank you Veronica for sending this my way. I actually am really enjoying this blend. It has the awesome combination of brown sugar and cinnamon that is always so tasty in a cookie. It is not over-the-top sweet but rather it is reminiscent of a warm, soft, gooey cookie. Yum!! Now I regret JUST getting 1 oz.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
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So apparently clothes packing is far easier than tea packing. I ended narrowing it down to a box of different teas – some from swaps, some that have only about a cup left, others that are my favourite – all packed and ready to go to Florida.

I leave for the airport in a few hours and since I won’t be getting any sleep I figured caffeine wouldn’t hurt. I ended up grabbing this tea and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie out of the package from Veronica. Both are teas I forgot to remove from my shopping list when I bought them on Black Friday so Veronica was kind enough to include samples in our swap. I am actually glad because the Della Terra teas are somewhere in New York so I wouldn’t have gotten to try Oatmeal Raisin Cookie until I got back in the New Year and this tea is with my Dad in LA until my Butiki order arrives and he can ship all the teas to me at once. So I was happy to get to sample the teas to see if I made a good choice or not.

As far as this tea is concerned, it is not the most amazing I have ever tried but it is tasty enough that I don’t doubt I will be able to get through the 2 oz. It is thick and creamy like a pudding with a hint of banana sweetness. I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting a stronger banana flavor but perhaps next time some sweetner will bring that out. As for now, it was still a tasty cup. Thank you Veronica!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Veronica

Lol. I guess great minds think alike. :)

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68
drank Cinnamon Roll by Fusion Teas
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This is one of the teas that Veronica shared with me and I was very excited to try it. This would be my first fusion tea ever and with a name like “Cinnamon Roll”, I thought what could be bad? The answer is nothing is bad per se. I am definitely getting thick bread-y notes so they got the “roll” part down. There is also a sweetness that could be icing. However, when it comes to the “cinnamon”, I am finding that I am a bit underwhelmed. It is really lacking the bold and gooey cinnamon flavor of a real cinnamon bun which is leaving me quite disappointed. You never know unless you try, so thank you Veronica for letting me try this tea. I have enough for one more cup so hopefully I can bring the cinnamon out.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
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I was planning on making a tea from the swap package Veronica had sent but when I got to my tea stash, the envelope from OMGsrsly caught my eye. Since that packaged arrived first, I decided to grab samples from there instead. I looked for the teas that could be brewed as close to boiling as possible given that I am in the midst of studying for my last final of the semester (tonight at 6 pm) and did not want to wait for the water to cool. That meant I ended up with this one and Zhena’s Coconut Chai.

Interestingly enough, despite having a cup of spicy chai in one hand, all I could smell was the sweet raspberry coming from the cup in my other hand. I thought this tea would be flavor explosion but like so many other French teas that I have tried, it is more subtle. This is not to say that it is not flavorful, rather there are many flavors that slowly come to light throughout the sip. The first is the gentle sweetness of the raspberry that slowly turns into a more strawberry type flavor, followed again by the caramel sweetness to end off the sip. It is a very nice cup and I am sure I will have no problem getting through this sample. Thanks OMGsrsly for sharing some of this with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

:) Better thank Sil, too! I need to get more of this one.

VariaTEA

Oh Sil, how is it even when the teas are not sent to me from you, you still manage to share your stash with me?!?! You are ever so generous :) Thank you both!!

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68
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I am not a huge lover of chais but this one had particularly positive reviews so I asked OMGsrsly if I could try some in a swap. I guess I thought the coconut would balance out the flavors or something but alas this does not seem to be the exception to the rule. It is not bad by any means, it would just seem that I am not a huge lover of the chai spice combination. Plus, I am not picking up on any coconut which makes me sad. Honestly, I think this is just me so I won’t be rating this one but I am glad to have tried it out. Thank you OMGsrsly for sending it my way.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Dexter3657 shared some of this with me months ago. I then got even more in the bestsellers sampler pack. Though I find it good, I am not THAT in love with it so I ended up sending the sampler to a friend and kept what Dexter sent me for myself.

This is not one I reach for often but when I do, it is always quite good. It is chocolate-y but when combined with the roasted mate, it comes off malty. So, basically what you would want in a tea called Malted ChocoMate. Thank you Dexter for the generous portion!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Fruta Bomba by Teavana
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Last night my roommate decided she wanted to try cold brewing a green tea. She was searching through the CaesarsTeas when I told her we could make a tea from a different company if she liked. She was open to doing that but told me she only knows my CaesarsTeas because she was there when I bought them. I started telling her about all the different greens I had and then the swap package from MissB caught my eye. Immediately I knew Fruta Bomba was the perfect tea to try.

Turns out it was a great choice for a cold brew. There was a bit of a vegetal flavor from the base but mostly it was like drinking a refreshing and juicy fruit salad. It was actually so good that we finished the bottle and have already prepped another for later. Thank you MissB for sharing this with me :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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69
drank Ye Pan Tsa by CaesarsTea
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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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