2080 Tasting Notes

drank Goji Strawberry by Cornelia Bean
2080 tasting notes

I think I prefer this tea cold brewed to hot, The strawberry flavor comes through more strongly and the apple, though present, is not overly sweet/prominent like it was in the hot cup. Though I feel this might actually benefit from hibiscus (gasp!) or some other source of tartness, it is not a bad cup. It is like sipping on a sweet juicebox.

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drank Honey Rooibos by Ceylon Tea Bush
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Smooth and sweet and oh-so-delicious. The tea I reach for when I am at my friends house but soon I will be able to get a tin of my very own when I return to Toronto :)

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Sorry Roswell Strange but I did not get to Camellia Sinensis today as I ended up going to the hospital instead to wait with my friend for test results :(. All is well though and my friend and I will be going some point soon enough.

As a thank you for coming to the hospital and supplying her with food she shared some tea from this really cute “tea book” (which basically looks like a tiny, elaborately decorated novel but is instead a small tea tin). I didn’t know what to expect since it had jasmine petals and cornflower and all sorts of random goodies but in the end, it almost tastes like Lupicia’s Sweet Potato Pie tea. I kid you not, and I have no clue why it would but that is what I am getting from this cup and I am loving it.


I’m glad your friend is ok, and think it was thoughtful of you to accompany her! :)


I am glad she is alright too. And I only did what anyone else would do. It is no fun sitting in a hospital waiting room alone.

Roswell Strange

No worries! I’m in no rush to get anything! Just go whenever is convenient for you; whenever that happens to be.

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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This is a strange, strange cup. The sip is thin and watered down. It is basically cinnamon water. However, at the end of the sip, there is a sweetness that lingers that is reminiscent of the glaze. Very, very strange.


Weird. I do overleaf mine slightly, but never had this experience.


Mine was overleafed too. I am not sure what happened today.

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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Thank you NayLynn for sending me soo much of this tea! The more I drink it, the more it grows on me. The banana flavor is prominent and delicious. While there is a faint caramel sweetness and a hint of the black base that peeks through and contributes to the rum component. A very, very tasty cuppa :)

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Jasmin by Nina's Paris
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Had this as part of a jasmine green tea side-by-side comparison found here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/236019.

Of the three, this was most subtle on flavor but has a delicious buttery smooth base. Yum!

I have a few tsps left in my sample that I am happy to share with anyone who is interested in jasmine teas and wants to give it a try :)

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Thank you MissB for sending some of this my way. It was fun to compare this to two other jasmine teas (http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/236019). This one in particular was very floral with a smooth base. Though ultimately, floral teas aren’t my thing and so this won’t be something I stock up on. However, I can certainly appreciate any tea named for the wonderful Castiel.

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I was about to brew up a cup of Angel of Decadence sent to me by the wonderful MissB, when I realized that I am now currently in possession of three jasmine green teas: Beastly Beverage’s Angel of Decadence, Nina’s Jasmin, and this tea sent to me by my awesome swap partner, Roswell Strange. So what did I decide to do with this knowledge? I decided to do a side-by-side-by-side comparison in order to determine which is the best out of the three.

This one, though nice, is most “green” of the three. It definitely has a strong floral scent and flavor but of the three, it is the one that leans most towards a leafy/vegetal taste.

Angel of Decadence is the smoothest and most floral of the three. It has a touch of a buttery green base but the most prominent element by far is the flowers.

Lastly, Nina’s. in true French tea fashion, has the most subtle flavor. The Jasmine comes through in smell more than taste. Weirdly enough, this is not as thin as the other two teas and has a far more buttery base.

All are good in their own right and have their different appeals. However, at the end of the day, I am not a lover of floral teas nor green teas so I probably won’t be stocking up on any of the teas. Nevertheless, thank you MissB and Roswell Strange for sharing your teas with me and giving me the opportunity to try something new!

Flavors: Flowers, Grass

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Sipdown!! (167)

Good bye tasty caffeine-free blueberry tea. You will be missed. Thank you TraceyC for sharing!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown!! (168)

Thank you keychange for introducing me to your beloved friend, the Queen, She was very nice but ultimately straight blacks are not my thing and so this is probably the end of our relationship. It was nice while it lasted though.


Glad she graced your cupboard for a bit! :)


It was nice having her. Thank you for sharing :)

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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


Thornhill, Ontario

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