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1335 Tasting Notes

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drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1335 tasting notes

I grabbed this out of the package from MissB because once I was brewing a tea at boiling, I might as well make another.

This tastes like sugar-free cider. It has a hint of apple sweetness as all ciders do but it remains mellow due to the guayusa base. Not my favorite cup but definitely very pleasant. Thanks for sharing, MissB!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

Sipdown!!

Every time I see Adagio’s fandom blends I want them. Instinctively I press shopping list just because I like the show/movie/cake/etc. that inspired it. Then I need to rethink my choice and actually look at the tea and ponder if it is something I would actually drink. Unfortunately most of the Sherlock blends, as much as I want them, don’t see like something I would actually enjoy. This was the one exception and of course MissB was right there to satisfy my curiosity.

I am actually very glad I got to try this because it is a really good cup. The bergamot is not overpowering because it is balanced by the caramel and the hazelnut. Moreover, the hazelnut lends a nuttiness to the aftertaste while the caramel incorporates and burnt sugar sweetness. Tasty indeed! Unfortunately, I used the whole sample in one 16 oz cup. So long wonderful Sherlock tea! Our relationship was brief but pleasant while it lasted. Perhaps we will meet again soon. And thank you MissB for introducing us :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
MissB

I have three ounces of this – you’re more than welcome to have more!

VariaTEA

Thank you MissB but I think I am starting to get stressed with my surplus of tea. I think I have to drink a lot of it down before I am going to get anymore.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
1335 tasting notes

First off, thank god I am alone in my home because I am pretty sure I look like a psycho. I literally cannot stop smiling as I go through all the surprise teas MissB sent my way. There are so many ones I have been DYING to try! It is like she knows…I think she might be inside my head :P. Anyways, THANK YOU SO MUCH MISSB!!! I don’t think I will ever be able to thank you enough for your generosity.

On to this tea…

This has been in my sample box for a few weeks now and today when I opened it up to send some to Josie Jade, I decided to give it a try myself. The smell of the dry leaf was wonderfully cinnamon and maple. The taste is very similar. It is like having a thick slice of French Toast (that got a good dash of cinnamon in the batter) with maple syrup. Frank really does know how to blend a delicious breakfast tea.

Actually, I worried this would be the exact same as Pancake Breakfast but it is quite different. This has less maple and the mouthfeel is not as thick. Plus the cinnamon really sets the two apart. As much as I love Pancake Breakfast, I think this is a tea I could drink more often as it still captures the breakfast taste without being as dense (which of course is part of the charm of Pancake Breakfast but hard to drink everyday).

Oh and for anyone wondering, I used 2 tsps for 16 oz of water and brewed the tea for two minutes in water that was slightly below boiling. Came out quite well!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

LOL re the psycho smile. ;-)

keychange

I have an unopened sample of this that came in the 12 days of Christmas package, if you’d like it!

VariaTEA

That is very sweet but I actually have the 2 oz package. That should keep me satisfied for a while.

keychange

Oh good! glad you scooped it up while it was available!

Yvonne

I’ve been wanting to try this flavour in the worst way!

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drank The de Vendome by Nina's Paris
1335 tasting notes

Typically I really don’t like orange and citrus teas. I will usually overlook them when browsing through a selection because the flavor is just not for me. However, Sophie at Nina’s Paris was kind enough to make me a cup of this when I visited there office and I actually really enjoyed it! So much so that I bought myself a small tin so I can have it again every now and then.

I like the subtlety of this cup. It is not as boldly flavored as most of the other citrus teas I have had. This is more gently flavored and strongly scented making for a pleasant cup. I may not want it everyday but this is definitely my go-to for those rare days when I want citrus tea.

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

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Finishing up the last of the cold brew as I watch Revenge. Not much more to say other than so long Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also if anyone watched the most recent episode of the show, WTF JUST HAPPENED because I never saw THAT coming!!

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80

Mmmmm…this is tasty!

I cold brewed this for 16 hours and it is really good. It is Neapolitan ice cream through and through. Plus, it is the Neapolitan I like because it is heavy on the vanilla and strawberry and not so much of the chocolate. Moreover, the base is present but very muted, allowing the flavors to shine (although I tried it at 15 hours and the base was even more muted – I think next time I will stick to that time).

This will definitely be a repurchase.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
__Morgana__

Sounds decadent!

VariaTEA

It is quite good. This will definitely be something I want around in the warmer months.

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drank Strawberry Field by CaesarsTea
1335 tasting notes

Though your many cold brewing suggestions all sounded great, I didn’t have any of them. What I did have was a lot of this tea. I worried that this might turn vegetal since when brewed hot it had that quality. However I am glad I relented because this is so much better this way. After 15 hours there is virtually no vegetal base. This is sweet strawberry (mewakeling, I actually thought of you while having this as it is reminiscent of DAVIDs Sweet Strawberry) and papaya all the way. The rating got bumped and I will definitely be making it this way from now on. One of the best cold brews I have had thus far. In fact, I might make another bottle tonight and cold brew some of Caesar’s Lemon Tart while I am at it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Sounds like a yummy cold brew to me.

VariaTEA

It definitely was. I am glad to. It is a mediocre hot tea but a very good cold brew.

Fjellrev

I love when that happens. Such a huge save in my books.

VariaTEA

Definitely. A lot of the time I use cold brewing as a way of quickly using up leaf of teas I don’t love. That was sort of the case here, well that combined with the fact that I thought the flavor would work as a cold brew. Now I am even considering picking up more of this next time I am in the store.

OMGsrsly

VariaTEA, I’ve probably asked this before, but how much tea and water do you use when you’re cold steeping black teas?

VariaTEA

This is green tea although I suppose if I steeped black I would do it the same way. Basically what I do is start with a 500 mL water bottle and pour off/drink just the top little bit to make room for the leaf. Then I double the of leaf used in a cup because I figure it is two cups. So in this case I used 3 tsps for the 500 mL.

VariaTEA

*double the amount of leaf

OMGsrsly

Awesome, thanks! I only use 1 heaping tbsp/litre for fruit teas, but it feels like it’s not enough for a black or green tea.

VariaTEA

For one liter, I would use 2 tablespoons just because that is about 4 glasses and typically for blacks and greens you need 1.5 tsps per glass.

OMGsrsly

So for my new jugs, I’m going to need 1/4 cup. Yikes! That’s gonna use tea up fast.

VariaTEA

Haha that is quite a bit of tea. Well, I usually used cold brewing to use up teas I am not in love with so I suppose in that case such a large use of tea is a positive thing.

VariaTEA

SBTs are sized for about 2 liters though so maybe it might be worth it to invest in those. I have enjoyed the couple I tried so far.

Roswell Strange

Just dropping in to say that all the notifications for this tasting note are driving me crazy! Not because of the conversation or anything; it’s actually really interesting. Purely driving me crazy because everytime I see this blends name in my notifications I get the damn song stuck in my head :S

OMGsrsly

We can have a sing-along! “Strawberry fields forever…”

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I remember this one being better the last time I had it. It is still tasty but there is not as much raspberry and sweetness as I recall. At least I have a fair bit more of this to keep trying to get it right. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

This sounds beyond tasty.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
1335 tasting notes

This smells like chocolate and I do pick that up in the taste but mostly it is a lot of licorice. Thank you Whiskey Buzz but this one is just not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I’m a bit of a licorice fan – in small amounts, it’s perfectly okay with me – but even I found this one to be a little bit too heavy-handed on it as well. My dad loved it, but he adores licorice. He’ll probably be the one to finish most of what I have. :P

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Maybe I am crazy but this is tasting an awful lot like Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0 to me. This is a bit more subtle on the pumpkin flavor. Although that might be because the vegetal taste of Milkshake really bumped up the flavor for me and this base is less prominent. Also, between this and Traditional Plum Pudding, I am worried I am doing something wrong because the spices are virtually non-detectable to me where as everyone else really seems to taste them. Oh well, it is not a bad cup, just not one I would go out of my way to have.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

This sounds like it would actually be better and more true to it’s name than Teavana’s version.

VariaTEA

OMG! I hated Teavana’s version. That tea made me gag. With that said, I obviously prefer this one. haha.

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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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