2582 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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The base is stronger in this cup than it has been in previous cups. The praline is the other most prominent flavor but unfortunately they are not blending well today. Luckily I know this isn’t representative of the tea in general so it could just be an off day.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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I made this so I could try a side-by-side comparison with the TTC Hong Yun. Ultimately I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy both Hong Yun teas. I can tell there is a difference between the two but it is so minimal that I can’t pinpoint what exactly it is. At the end of the day, the two are close enough that I would be happy with either or. Thank you Cavocorax for the chance to try both of them!

Sami Kelsh

These sound so nice.

Cavocorax

I’m glad you did the comparison too because I have trouble differentiating them!

VariaTEA

Thank goodness it is not just me. I was like the only reason I know these are two different teas is because I had them side by side.

Cavocorax

Haha. Yeah, I was hoping buying all those black teas would help me nail the difference but not yet. Maybe I need a cheat=sheet by my desk with a list of the most common notes so I can mentally Y/N them all as I sip?

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I am not entirely sure if this is the Hong Yun Cavocorax shared with me but it is the only one from Taiwan Tea Crafts that she has in her cupboard so I am going to assume it is the right one. Anyways, thank you Cavocorax for sharing. I have only tried one other Taiwan Tea Craft tea (Sun Moon Lake Assam) and I really enjoyed it so I am excited to have others to sample. This, like the last TTC tea I had, is a pretty solid cup. It has an amazing smoothness that suits the sweetness of the tea.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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So this is still sweet and delicious despite being one of the oldest teas in my cupboard.

Tamarindel

Oh cool! I just got a sample of this but I haven’t tried it yet. Looking forward to it now :)

VariaTEA

Hope you enjoy it.

Tamarindel

Thanks :)

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72
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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The flavors in this are smooth and subtle and pleasant enough. However, I feel like at this point in my tea drinking, I would prefer to reach for either a straight black or a black with great flavors. This is a good transition between flavored and straight but I think I have outgrown it maybe?

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
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I tried making this one iced but messed up all the measurements so it turned into a watery mess. I would be sad about ruining the last of the sample Sil gave me (thank you!) if I didn’t have some of this on the way.

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So when Sil gave me the sample of this tea she told me I had to have it with just a touch of maple. I don’t usually sweeten my teas though so when I poured, I didn’t know when to stop and I may have added too much. And by that, I mean I definitely added too much. This is one cup of sugar and it is just too much. This got dumped and I will try again. Thank you Sil!

Sil

LMAO. SPLASH of maple syrup..like uh less than 1/4 tsp to a 12-16oz cup

VariaTEA

Haha yeah. It tasted like I put in a tbsp.

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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So I am super confused by the popcorn in this blend because I don’t really think it adds anything. With that said, this is still a very nice maple tea. It has cinnamon in it which couples nicely with the sweet maple. I enjoy it and wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered but I don’t think I would seek it out either. If I am being honest, if I were to get any maple tea from Vancouver it would probably be Maple Seduction from Steam but this is a pleasant alternative and one I am very grateful to Sil for the chance to try. (162)

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One of the flavors listed is “salty” and sadly that is sort of accurate. It is not as offensive as that may sound but it is also not for me. Thank you Sil for the chance to try it but I will pass on this in the future. (163)

Single Origin Teas

Auch, sorry that the salty wasn’t your “cup of tea”. ;)

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Oh TWMB, I am a fan. You are sweet and fruity and have lovely notes of pastries and baked bread. You will be missed but I plan on re-adding you to my cupboard soon. Thank you Cavocorax for introducing me to this tasty tea. (164)

Sami Kelsh

Every time I see someone mention this, I lament that I have yet to try it! It sounds glorious.

VariaTEA

I would definitely recommend it.

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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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