1848 Tasting Notes

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Well Sun Moon Lake Assam, we meet again and I am very happy about that. This really is a great black. Fruity and smooth with the faintest touch of malt. Thank you Sil for sending more of this my way. I think I will take one more cup and pass the rest on to Roswell Strange. Hopefully she also enjoys it :)

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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One last cup to say goodbye before I pass the rest along to Cavocorax. Each time I have this tea, I do really enjoy it but I just never reach for it. I know Cavo will show it the love that I don’t. The assam base adds a touch of malt that blends beautifully with rich caramel flavor and the creamy vanilla. Each component is present in its own right but they all work together perfectly to create a decadent treat.

Cavocorax

Thanks VariaTEA! :)

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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What better way to celebrate Stacy’s birthday than a big ole cup of Birthday Cake?!?! Today I am having it iced, just to switch things up. It is light and fluffy and very creamy. Very nice indeed but to be honest, I prefer this hot as the vanilla seems to be more highlighted that way. Still I am enjoying each and every sip. Thank you Stacy for this awesome treat and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Cavocorax

I wanted to drink this today to celebrate but instead I ordered some, so I guess that counts!

Butiki Teas

Thanks! :)

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This is salty and sweet and really hitting the spot today. I keep putting it off because it is a green tea and that means having to wait for the water to cool (I really miss my variable temp kettle sometimes) but when I do make it, I am always impressed. Both the potato pancakes and apple sauce are distinctive and delicious. Thank you Annie for sharing!

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drank Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei by 52teas
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Scheherazade kindly shared a sample of this with me and I have to say that it is quite nice. My first sip, I definitely noticed the raspberry and as I continue to drink, I detect the sugar glaze as well. Both flavors pair beautifully with the base. I am not sure I am really getting “pastry” notes per se but the base mixed with the other flavors can lend itself to the notion of a baked good if you put your mind to it.

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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This is much lighter and creamier in comparison to Coca River. It still tastes like dark chocolate but the bitterness is far less prominent. I don’t necessarily detect coconut like Courtney did but it is certainly enjoyable nonetheless.

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drank Coca River by Crio Bru
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So I decided to do a side-by-side taste test of of my Crio Bru’s to see if I actually detected a difference. To choose, I just blindly reached into the box and grabbed two and it turned out I grabbed Coca River and Cavalla. That means I am doing the same comparison as Courtney coincidentally and my findings are essentially the same. This one is definitely the more bitter of the two cups. Not overly bitter as in it’s not drinkable but bitter enough that I know I don’t want to restock when the sample is finished. Essentially this is like drinking melted bittersweet chocolate. Not horrible but not the best either.

Courtney

That’s how I felt too. It’s not terribly bitter, but I would restock on others first.

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
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Of the tree house collection, this is my least favorite. There is a fairly strong cherry flavor that at times can be slightly medicinal. The coconut provides a creaminess but can also take on a lotion-esque quality. Very weird. Not horrible but not great either. Still, I am grateful for the chance to try something new. Thank you Scheherazade!

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drank Rocket Fuel by Adagio Teas
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Made this iced and the result is a very refreshing cup. At first, I thought it was lemon that provided the bright citrus notes but I am guessing it was probably the orange. This is sweet and fruity and very nice and whether hot or cold, it is pleasantly delicious. I definitely will be getting more of this one in the future. Thank you Scheherazade for giving me a second opportunity to try this tea! I really appreciate it :)

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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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