3013 Tasting Notes

drank Raspberry Cocoa by Tippy's Tea
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The raspberry notes I got when I had this as an eggnog latte are MIA now. Very weird but still good. The base is taking over but that’s okay because it is malty and chocolatey with a slight hint of astringency. Not bad but it definitely needs something to bring out the full spectrum of flavors.

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drank The Earl's Valentine by DAVIDsTEA
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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!!

I hope everyone is having an amazing day with their loved ones.

As for the tea, I tried it in store and surprisingly liked it despite the blerg and so I grabbed 20g. However, I didn’t like it that much so I’m not sure why I grabbed as much I did. Luckily I have someone I can pass it on to so I am having one cup to celebrate the holiday and say goodbye.

First off, this is a dark murky brown. It’s a little like muddy water which leaves a little bit of oiliness that I am not loving. I blame the chocolate. Still, it doesn’t fully detract from the cup as a whole. This tea smells great and looks really pretty with little chocolate curls and whole rosebuds, definitely a romantic looking blend. Unfortunately, the rosebuds and earl combined make this an especially floral tasting blend. It almost borders on perfumey but is held just in check by the chocolate and roasted carob.

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drank Key Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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I iced part of the sample and put another bit in to steep overnight. As I sip on this, this is the one time I think hibby really works in the tea as it adds a tartness that is reminiscent of the citric acid you find in limes. The sour is balanced by the apple sweetness and ultimately the whole leads to a key lime flavor more true to the fruit than the pie. I don’t know if it is necessarily for me but it’s good and I can see why someone who enjoys like would enjoy this.

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drank Nutty Chocolate Assam by Twinings
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Thank you MissB for the share. I didn’t quite get the liquid nutella that others did, though I really wish I had because that sounds amazing. Instead I got a nice tea that was sometimes nutty, sometimes chocolately, and sometimes malty black base. It was pretty good though not something I am running out to stock as I have my MF Mousse au Chocolat for when I have chocolatey cravings. Still, it was fun to try!

MissB

This one definitely requires some form of sweetener to get the nutella pulled out of it.

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This. I like this. Thank you MissB for sharing because this is one I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on. It’s sooo caramelly with a nice touch of apple I round it out. Really awesome and rich. Yum!

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
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This tea almost perfectly captures a fresh, crisp green apple in both smell and taste. It is amazing! I only wish I was more into green tea because this would be a restock for sure. However, as it is, the base does peek through at times adding a bit of vegetalness that detracts from the overall cup. Still, this is one I would consider purchasing if I were placing a Lupicia order and it is one I definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys flavored greens and apple teas.

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drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
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I think I’m going nuts because in my mind the smell of this tea was a mouth watering cherry/orange liqueur type smell. However, there is no cherry in this blend so I have no clue where that came from. What I do know? This is certainly a floral black and oftentimes I find floral teas tend to have a dryness to them that’s just not for me. Still, I could continue to smell this all day so I am happy for the chance to have tried it. Once again, thank you MissB for the share!!

TeaBrat

maybe it’s a ceylon?

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drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
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I love the spices in this and the creaminess of the eggnog but why does it have to be so green?!? Something about these green blends just causes them to deteriorate so quickly causing the flavors to take the backseat and the vegetal base to stand out. At least the grassiness was stronger in smell than taste but still it really takes away from the drink as a whole for me.

Kittenna

Part of what I like is the green, and how it works with the flavouring. Same thing with Banana Walnut Butterscotch – Sil noticed a ton of oolong, but that for me is what makes the blend wonderful. I love tea flavour :D (Ramble, ramble).

VariaTEA

Haha with flavored teas, I tend to find the bases take away from the cup as a whole. The exception being black teas since there are times where the cocoa notes or honey or whatever they might be meld well with the flavors. When it comes to something like a green tea though, grass isn’t something I would add to my eggnog or in terms of whites teas (mostly from davids), I wouldn’t want to add a soapiness to my fruits.

Kittenna

Ew, definitely not grass in my tea. But I like the brown sugar/beany flavour with some. Fair enough from your viewpoint, though!

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Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing but I think I messed this up terribly. All I am getting is a creamy honeybush in both smell and taste. I know this tea is so much more than that so I am sure it is personal error. Such sadness because I had high hopes for this one. Still, thank you for sharing your beloved tea!!

OMGsrsly

Aww man. If I had more I’d package it in the smell proof bags and send a bit over. At this point, MissB is my only hope. :D

VariaTEA

That’s okay. I’m not quite sure what I did wrong so I’d likely just make the same mistake again :P

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drank French Lemon Creme by Petali Teas
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As per Roswell Strange’s suggestion, I cold brewed the last of this and it tastes much better than the hot cup. I am not immediately running out to restock this, especially when I already have an amazing lemon tea for cold brewing (DTT’s Lemon Chiffon), but at least I am enjoying this last cup. The lemon is sweet and creamy, it’s almost like the part of a lemon meringue pie where the sweet lemon custard just has a touch of the marshmallowy deliciousness from the meringue. Yum! I will be bumping up my rating soon enough

Roswell Strange

I thought this one was much better than Lemon Chiffon; and depending on how the next two Amoda boxes go I may get more of this given Amoda’s doing smaller sizes in the store now :)

VariaTEA

As I keep drinking, I am flip flopping between the two but I have lemon chiffon right now so it seems silly to buy another.

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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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