2806 Tasting Notes

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The most prominent flavor notes are sweet potato and mate and it is making for a weird blend. I am not getting much of the chocolate or vanilla which is disappointing. However, the sweet potato provides a nice fall-time element to the cup. It is an alright tea but I find myself craving Lupicia’s Sweet Potato tea instead for that particular flavor. Anyways, thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. It’s a nice cup and I would drink it again if I came across it but this isn’t something I would seek out. 172.

Roswell Strange

I was REALLY bad at paying attention while drinking this one :(

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It is just barely past midnight here but it feels like 2am to me. A couple of hours ago I actually dozed off while sitting upright with my laptop on my lap, my television on, and my bedroom light shining bright above me. It wasn’t until my laptop started sliding that I woke with a start and realized what had happened. I guess its just one of those days so I will try to get this tasting note out before I actually pass out for the night.

I made this in my carry mug, just because, and so luckily, despite being made hours ago, it is still hot (well warm since it was brewed in 175F water for 2 minutes) Yay for thermoses!

First thing I noticed was this tea has a strong apricot smell. That’s certainly a good thing. As for taste, I didn’t expect much but this is really flavorful. Wow. The first sip was vegetal but in the best way possible – creamy yet fresh and verging on corn/hay/wheat territory. That doesn’t sound quite so appetizing but it works. As I continue to sip however, the apricot takes over while blending perfectly with the vegetal base. At the end of each sip, I notice the roastiness of the hojicha which is just enough to keep things interesting while not taking over the blend. All of this is woven together beautifully by a rich vanilla sweetness. Honestly, I had no interest in this blend apart from its namesake but now I could see myself actually wanting more of this in the future. Thank you Roswell Strange for forcing me to try this by sending me a sample because this isn’t one I would have picked up on my own. 173.

In other news, the carry mug tipped over and some of the tea spilled out onto my leg. Given the tingling sensation I now feel, I can confirm that the Davids Carry Mug is indeed successful at keeping tea hot. Anyways, good night steepster! To bed with me…

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Today this tastes like a liquid Werther’s caramel and it is delicious. I am so glad I was able to stock up (though now I am debating how far 4 oz will truly go). One of these days I will try this differently than my usual plain hot cup but so far I haven’t had the need to mess with a good thing.

Kittenna

4 ounces! Nice. I might get some of the reblend with the new base.

VariaTEA

I am soo happy I got this with the original base because I LOVE white rhino in this tea. However, the new base Stacy was talking about using was also really nice so I am sure it would be delicious either way.

Kittenna

I have my original 1 oz. with White Rhino, and apparently didn’t care for it a great deal, so it would be nice to try the new base :)

OMGsrsly

GASP! But white rhino is so good. ;)

Kittenna

It was the flavouring on top of it that I couldn’t really taste. I do love White Rhino, though.

OMGsrsly

Oh gee. I was on my phone and I read that as
“I have my original 1 oz. OF White Rhino.” :D

VariaTEA

I’m sorry you couldn’t taste the flavoring, Kittenna. Perhaps it will be more evident on the new, softer base.

Kittenna

That’s what I was thinking. But to be fair, I only tried it once, and sometimes, you just screw up brewing! So maybe I’ll catch the flavour next time :)

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drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
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My Butiki order arrived today and it was super exciting to go through all my tea. Although, it was also quite sad to know that this could be my last box of Butiki teas ever. Not to mention that there was no Creamy Eggnog to be found as it sold out prior to me placing my order. Luckily, Stacy has made this as a substitute and it smelled awesome.

It tastes pretty great too. A nice vanilla sweetness with a touch of nutmeg flavor. It is like a less vegetal take on Eggnog & Pralines. Plus, it has a thick mouthfeel that really reminds me of a thick, rich eggnog. It’s good though it is certainly different from Creamy Eggnog, at least what I can recall of it.

Kittenna

Gonna order some of this too. Sorry I bought 2 oz. of Creamy Eggnog :o

VariaTEA

Hahaha. No worries. I wasn’t that in love with it that I am heartbroken I don’t have it. I just thought once I was ordering it would be nice to have a couple more cups. I wasn’t too invested.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Having this yet again tonight because it is awesome and I felt like it. Nothing new to say but this is delicious and should be tried while you have a chance.

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The vanilla is much stronger here than I expected. I was worried it would be a strong chai taste but mostly it is like a spiced vanilla tea. It is actually quite nice so thank you Roswell Strange for sending some my way. 169.

Kittenna

Spiced vanilla? adds to wishlist

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drank Rose by T2
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In my first tasting note of this tea, I mentioned I thought this would be good iced thus when I brewed up my cup today, I made sure to pour it over ice. Unfortunately, I think I was a bit misguided because despite the strong flavors in the hot cup, I am finding them drowned out in this one. Honestly this is like rose water. Where is the chocolate and candy notes from the hot cup? I miss them. Well, now I know if I ever get this again, it is best hot, though I won’t be seeking it out anytime soon. Still, I am grateful for the chance to try it so thank you Memily for the share. 170.

Sami Kelsh

Aww, boo. I do love chocolate and rose!

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Wow…the licorice is strong in this one. I hoped it would be merely one component of the tea but to my tastes, it has taken over. Seeing as I am not a licorice lover, I am not really a fan. Nonetheless, thank you Roswell Strange for sharing.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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I am finally getting around to drinking this tea which has been sitting in my brand new carry mug (yay) since around 3:30. I made it and didn’t get a chance to drink it before I went to the dentist and had half my mouth frozen. Now my mouth has unfrozen enough that I can both taste this tea and drink it without fear of burning myself and not realizing. And, I am happy to announce that it is still warm so yay!

Anyways, on to the tea…

I had this before and I remembered being disappointed so I didn’t have a lot of expectations for this cup. However, when I took my first sip, I was surprised at how much flavor I was getting. I am definitely picking up on strawberry and that is the aftertaste I am left with but that is not all this tea has to offer. There is also a nice punch of pineapple hiding among the berries and a nice amount of sweetness from the sprinkles. It is actually really quite enjoyable.

Cheri

I just love the name.

VariaTEA

It is a cute one.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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I really do enjoy this tea with a splash of milk. It tastes like liquefied banana bread and it is delicious. Alas, it really is quite heavy. 25 g is good for just 2 16oz cups. Consequently, I think I will definitely be ordering more of this (100g perhaps?).

Roswell Strange

Have you had Happy Banana yet from RiverTea? If so, how does it compare?

VariaTEA

Happy Banana is definitely sweeter and perhaps a bit closer to the bread itself but I enjoy both. I can send you a sample if you like.

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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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