1933 Tasting Notes

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Great Canadian TTB and sipdown!! (202)

I pulled this out of the box because I was thoroughly intrigued. The Tstix is an interesting concept and so I am glad I got to try it (Thank you Dexter3657!) however flavorwise this is a pretty generic mint tea. Nothing offensive but nothing remarkable (aside from the stick brewing technique) either and for that reason it won’t be missed now that it is gone.

Dexter

I agree – interesting concept but with just average tea. I tossed a couple in just to see what other think…

VariaTEA

I wonder how their other teas are. I looked at the site and they are pretty generic flavors it seems.

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100

So I was about to place an order for this but then I saw Red Leaf Tea has both Strawberries & Cream and Bananas & Cream on sale for another hour so I may order that instead (although I really don’t NEED matcha right now since I have a lot). Normally I would just cave and order both but I just bought this: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/4130236200002.jsp and I can only afford so much :P. However, I am going to be reimbursed for the dress so…hmmm…..decisions, decisions.

Courtney

The dress is gorgeous! I am in the same boat haha, I literally just bought a new pair of runners a couple hours ago.

__Morgana__

Beautiful dress, my favorite color!

VariaTEA

Haha thanks. I tried it on in store and it was just a bit too small and they didn’t have the size up in store or online. My mom has been checking it daily and it came back into stock today so she freaked out and called me to have me order it. I am pretty sure she is paying me back but it is still a lot of money sitting on my card so adding more is a little intimidating.

OMGsrsly

So pretty! Hopefully your mom gives you some money so you can buy more tea. :D

VariaTEA

Well my roommate might have just given me three months of rent she owed me so YAY for more money :P

jump62359

I blame you for getting me to look at stuff that I can’t afford, instead of studying for my final!
But really cite dress, btw!

VariaTEA

Haha thank you. And don’t worry, I should be paper-writing but that has been pushed aside in favor of shopping as well.

Stephanie

Love the dress! Oh the choices we make ;)

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95
drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
1933 tasting notes

Sad, sad sipdown!! (195)

Goodbye Buddha Bamboo, you will be missed a great deal! I am so grateful Roswell Strange was able to part with some because I don’t know if I would have been able to. Thanks Roswell Strange!!

Roswell Strange

I’m glad you loved it! This might be the highest you’ve rated a swap tea from me so far! In the future, more can always be sent. It’s a cupboard staple for me.

VariaTEA

Haha it certainly deserves it. This, Soba Buckwheat, and Birthday Cake (by Butiki) are caffeine-free options I could drink daily.

VariaTEA

Oh and the chiffons.

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54

Thank you TraceyC for sending me some of these teabags to try. I am actually very confused because I was immediately reminded of Bigelow’s Eggnogg’n Tea when I smelled the steeping cup and there is no reason I should be. Sipping away at this now, I am pleasantly surprised as it is slighty nutty and has a nice vanilla-caramel flavor. However, it is a tad thick for my liking and so for that reason, I probably won’t seek it out once I finish what I was sent. Nonetheless, not bad for a teabag.

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70

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for yet another sample of matcha to try. I am having this as a matcha milk and though the start of the sip is delicious (think cotton candy ice cream – YUM!), it quickly goes downhill when the flavor becomes very grassy. If only the cotton candy flavor could last through the whole sip. I wonder how this would be on a white base…

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75
drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1933 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for the chance to try this matcha. A while back Cavocorax sent me some Pumpkin Pie matcha on a white base so I was interested in seeing how this differs. What I am finding is that the pumpkin spices I enjoyed so much in the white matcha are still present but they are toned down by the presence of a slightly vegetal component from the base. Personally, if given the choice, I would probably get the white matcha version again over this but it still nicely captures the pumpkin spices.

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68

Sipdown!! (196)

Thank you Roswell Strange for the sample of this. I finally figured out what it reminds me of and that is Queen of Tarts so it all makes sense as to why you did not like this at all and I did not mind it. With that said, I still have a fair amount of Queen of Tarts and I never touch it so once that is finished I think hibiscus heavy teas will be kept out of my cupboard.

Roswell Strange

I made the same comparison – they both tasted the same hot and cold to me; bleck. Glad this was a little better for you.

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68

Chocolate and strawberry are both present in this cup but it is not sweet or creamy like a Chocolate Strawberry Truffle should be. The rooibos is contributing a hint of woodsiness that I am not loving. It is not bad but not something I think I will be getting again. However, I have about 50 g to play with and hopefully change my mind.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88

Thank you Fjellrev for the chance to try this delectable sounding treat. This smells A LOT like the Sweet Temptation tea I had last night which makes sense as they are both nougat teas. Sipping on this now, I think I prefer this to the Sweet Temptation as I think the black base and hazelnut mellow the nougat flavor and really round out the tea. I would happily stock this in my cupboard if it were more accessible and if I didn’t have 25g of the very similar Sweet Temptation.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh it’s accessible… I don’t mind being a Bayswater Tea Mule. :)

VariaTEA

Haha. I have to send you a package, not the other way around. Though I will keep this in mind for the future once I reign in my cupboard again and polish off my half of Sweet Temptation.

OMGsrsly

It would be nice to share some stuff from there. One day. :)

VariaTEA

Are we just going to keep placing orders together and sharing back and forth? I am totally okay with that plan, just saying.

OMGsrsly

LOL Ok! My cupboard is going to take a huge hit next week when Shmiracles’ box arrives. So, uhh, it’ll be a while before I can really do a shared order. Nice thing about Bayswater is since I’d be going to get it, there’s no miminum! :)

OMGsrsly

Miminum = I’m so freaking tired. Gonna go make a restorative & relaxing cup.

VariaTEA

Yay for no minimum!!

OMGsrsly

(I mean dollar amount, although they do 50g. Sorry!)

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1933 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for the opportunity to try this matcha. If only I didn’t convince myself Cola Milk had potential because prepped this way it is a whole lot of NOPE!

MissB

Think of it as a cola float! :P

VariaTEA

Haha that is what got me to make it this way but it certainly doesn’t taste like a cola float. It sorta tastes like licorice.

OMGsrsly

Sorry! I know I mentioned it on someone’s note.

VariaTEA

Haha no need to be sorry. The theory made sense, the result was less pleasant :P

Roswell Strange

Oh no D: Back to finding creative ways to try this…

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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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