2261 Tasting Notes

SSTTB

This is a pleasant black tea. It has a strong tea base with hints of almost berries and smoke to me. Good but not something I need stocked as I am starting to realize I am still in a transition stage when it comes to my tastes which means I am more prone to like the desserty blacks with malt and caramel and chocolate. Consequently, though I can recognize this is quite good, I don’t think I am at the point in my tea journey yet where I can personally appreciate it. I am grateful to have gotten to try it though.

Cavocorax

You are rocking the sipdowns/balancing between the SSTTB! :D
I just gave 5 teas away to a friend so I’m at 189, but I’m just a big cheater. :P

Sil

you are both big cheaters.. i decided. ephelant helped.

VariaTEA

Thanks Cavo, I try. And Sil, the many elephants on my jumpsuit say that Cavo and I are great :P

Sil

great you may be..but still cheaters!

Cavocorax

We’re all in the same boat when that Butiki order gets in .:P

Sil

Maybe I’ll just mail your teas to you…..then you can’t drop things off lol

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drank Malama by Lupicia
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Thank you Dustin for sharing this tasty, tasty tea with me! It is rich and chocolatey and has a great nutty flavor. Seriously, I love chocolate covered macadamia nuts and this is a liquid version of that. Yum!!

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drank MojiTEA by Bluebird Tea Co.
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This is the last of my Bluebird samples from the amazing Nattie!! Thank you! This one is really nice. The lime is bright and refreshing without making the cup sour and the mint is fresh and delightful. However, the flavors as a whole are a bit subtle so it takes a little bit of focus to truly appreciate the flavors but this certainly has potential.

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Sipdown!! (194)

Another tea from the amazing Nattie (thank you!!!). The mint in this is delicious and refreshing but once again the chocolate flavor comes from cacao. Good, but not for me.

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Sipdown!!

Thank you Nattie!! This smells like a fudgey brownie which is oh-so-tempting but the taste is mostly cacao. Granted it is a rich cacao flavor, one I am enjoying far more than most but at the end of the day, it is still cacao and that is not a flavor that is really for me when it comes to teas. However, I 100% recommend this to anyone who enjoys cacao flavors with a little bit of a tasty kick.

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drank Hot Mama Jama by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Thank you Nattie for the opportunity to try this tea. For a green tea, it is incredibly smooth. It is also a very light tea with a subtle fruity flavor. The chili is merely a very, very slight burn at the back of the throat right at the end of the sip. I find myself wanting MORE. More if everything. I want more passionfruit and lime flavor so they are noticeable and distinct and I want more of a chili kick. As this tea is now, I find it pleasant but not something all that memorable. C’est la vie.

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drank Birthday Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Sipdown!! (197)

Thank you Nattie for the chance to try this tea. Anytime I see “Birthday Cake” I am immediately intrigued so this one called to me. This one is actually really good. It tastes like sponge cake but also like baked goods made with almond flour. There is also a sweetness that definitely calls to mind just a touch of icing. Yum!

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Sipdown!!

This tastes like those caramel apple lollipops with a touch of oolong as the sip ends. If only the dry oolong flavor were not there because this is sweet and creamy and just a touch tart. Yum!

Suziqzer

Umm.. Yum.. Minus the oolong.

VariaTEA

Luckily at Design a Tea, you can choose a base so if I get this again, I can get it on a different type :)

Suziqzer

What options did you choose? I haven’t ordered their sample deal yet, this migt make my list.

Amariel

Interesting! You can choose a base? Wow.

VariaTEA

https://www.designatea.com/freesamples.php. This tea I chose an oolong base (seeing as I ordered it back in Dec. before I realized I didn’t like oolong) and caramel and apple flavors. I also got Mango Zabaglione rooibos (which was really good), Banana Chocolate rooibos (which was okay), Vanilla Pomegranate black tea, and I think Honey Apricot black tea.

Suziqzer

I imagine it would be good with a black or green base. Thanks for the “recipe”… I didn’t know if you added any cinnamon or anything too. Sounds simple enough. I’ve looked at their website before, but I’m terrible at making decisions… so it’s even harder when you can design your own. :)

VariaTEA

I did it when it was late at night and I was half asleep and I ended up placing the order before I even realized what I did :P

Amariel

Wow, some of those sound really good.

VariaTEA

It is a fun little company and the samples are free (though shipping is not)

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SSTTB

I am not a lover of chais and this box has a lot of chai but this one called to me. The sad thing is, it did so because it was Sherlock inspired. Seriously, these fandom blends are genius because I immediately want to support my fandoms and then have to stop myself from buying teas I KNOW I won’t drink. However, when I get the opportunity, I am still happy to try them out.

Tastewise, I get coconut and caramel with a hint of chai spices. The spices are nicely balanced though so I really don’t mind them at all. Not bad, though not something I personally need stocked. It is worth a try though :)

Cavocorax

Fandom blends are really terrible for that! I’ve tried 64 fandom blends now (or will have, once I drink them all up!) I think that makes me a sucker!

I could never get this one to work for me, and I can never remember who the Colonel is. (Ohhhh, Moran!)

221tea

I am still holding out hope that they make Mary, Moran.

Mary *MOR*st*AN*

I know the bad guy in the first episode was “Lord Moran” so we already sorta got him, but I am hoping she is the actual Moran. Moriarty’s right-hand man.

Fandom teas are the best/worst creation in all the land. I feel like such a bad fan because I don’t like the “Sherlock” blend…LOL.

Cavocorax

Oh, yes…. that’s an excellent theory!

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drank Cape Town by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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SSTTB

I cold brewed this tea overnight and the result is less than exciting. Mostly it is a woodsy rooibos flavor and then just as you are about to write this off completely you get teased with a touch of fruity sweetness. Still, it is not anything I plan to keep around though it was fun to try.

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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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