2349 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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I am coming to the end of the bag and though I loved this once, now all I get is honeybush flavour so I am ready to say goodbye.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way to help me with my new project of trying straight blacks. So far, Yunnan Sourcing has been a success as I have enjoyed this and the other I have tried. This one is malty and smooth with notes of rich chocolate and sweet vanilla. There is also a bit of smoke and some earthiness for a complex but very pleasant cup. Very, very nice :)

Dexter

(I might have tossed some blacks to play with in the mail to you tonight…)

Sil

hahaha

VariaTEA

Thank you Dexter. I look forward to it.

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When it comes to this matcha, delicate is just far too subtle. I am having it tonight combined with a chocolate smoothie mix and I am getting nothing from it at all except for a hint of sweetness here and there. This is probably not going to be a reorder for me but if it is, it will be at a higher flavoring level.

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
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Oh Buddha Bamboo, I am happy to have you back in my cupboard! Thanks Roswell Strange!

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No rooibos to be found in this cup. Just delicious pear goodness. Yum!

Roswell Strange

Ooh; interested party!

VariaTEA

Don’t worry, there is already some packaged up for you. Hopefully it is as tasty as I found it (though it might be excitement)

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Thank you Amariel for the sample of this tea. I actually quite like it. The flavors are somehow subtle while simultaneously being bold enough to cover up the guayusa flavor. The smell in the brewed cup is all vanilla but the taste is a beautiful combination of creamy vanilla, smooth mint, and fresh lavender. I don’t know if I would go out of my way for more of this as I don’t really drink guayusa ever but I would not turn down a cup if offered.

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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For someone who is not a lover of hops, I am finding that I far prefer these teas cold brewed. That allows the other flavors to shine while the hops take a backseat. For instance, this has a rich peach flavor with the hops present but merely acting as a complimentary flavor than the main taste. I am not loving this tea either way but I think I will be finishing what I have cold. Thank you for sharing Roswell Strange and sending me enough to play around with it.

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So on the bag for this blend, it says that it is a mix of passionfruit and vanilla while on the website, it says it is the more traditional blend of grenadine and vanilla. Sipping on it now, I am getting the slight tang of fresh passionfruit blended with a smooth vanilla. Not a typical Monk’s Blend but still very nice.

Roswell Strange

Sounds really interesting!

VariaTEA

Yeah, as I continue to drink though, I am getting grenadine as well. Maybe it has all three? Very weird and some will be coming your way.

Sil

Do.not.give.me.this.

VariaTEA

I already know no Monk’s blend for you. That is why I passed on giving you the Cornelia Bean version as well.

Sil

haha you could have been evil…

VariaTEA

Haha I know but I decided to be nice. You will be getting some blerg and some lavender in the Firefly blends though

Sil

haha that’s fine… as long as you ARE prepared to come shop in my cubpoard…think of it as a great way to try a lot of straight blacks. even if they’re just 1 cup samples…

VariaTEA

Fine. I will be nice and accept teas since I have now moved your samples from an envelope to a box.

Sil

LOL hey you don’t have to…but it’s an exciting cupboard for exploring lots of non Canadian companies if i do say so myself :) I often tell raritea; kittenna;cavocorax; IB to come over and shop lol

VariaTEA

I am sure it is. I will be happy to go shopping. Thank you :)

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Well, my sister went on a weekend getaway with her boyfriend and they returned with gifts for all. My gift? A large bag of teas :).

This one smelled amazingly like a cookie. Yum! Tastewise, I am getting the notes of sweet potato and pumpkin combined with cardamom and cinnamon. It is quite nice though I definitely think this will be much better in the fall.

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drank SBT: Lime Cola by 52teas
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I am picky about Cola to begin with, as in very picky. If I ask for Coca Cola and am offered Pepsi, I drink water instead so I was not all that excited about this blend. However, my brother wanted it so it was added to the order. Sipping on it now, it is not as bad as I thought it might be. It definitely is reminiscent of cola but as to be expected it is flat and watered down, two things you never really want in a soda. As for the lime, it provides a bit of freshness to the cup that helps distract the flatness of the cup.

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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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