2068 Tasting Notes

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
2068 tasting notes

Thank you Satsuma for sending me some more of this tasty tea! I haven’t quite committed to purchasing this tea (mostly because I think I prefer the idea of it to the actual taste) but I do enjoy getting it in swaps every now and then. Today’s cup is more creamy and eggy, with a slight vegetal base (though not unpleasant, just present) as opposed to the vanilla bean ice cream I make this out to be in my mind. Still good though :)

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drank Miz by Nina's Paris
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Though I am enjoying the green base quite a bit – smooth and buttery – I am finding he cherry flavor lacking in this cup. Perhaps that is a result of underleafing? All in all, it is pleasant enough but there are so many other teas from Nina’s that I prefer that I don’t think this will be a restock.

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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Thank you Dustin for sharing so much of this tea. I am slowly making my way through this and it really is finicky. Some cups are awesomely accurate to tasty neapolitan ice cream and others are 100% honeybush. This is in between, a hint of strawberry vanilla flavor but mostly a lot of honeybush.

Dustin

Sounds like you are already enjoying it more than I did! Never could get the hang of that tea.

VariaTEA

It is not too bad nor is it the best but it is alright every now and then.

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Sipdown!! (175)

Thank you Fjellrev for this delicious nougatty tea. Sweet, creamy, and oh-so-nutty. Amazing! I am sad to see it go but I am sure we will meet again eventually!

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. Tbh, I was preparing for pu’erh overload and even had more water ready in case I had to dump the cup. Luckily, that was not the case. The spices completely obscure any pu’erh flavor, leaving room for the savory flavors to really shine. Though I don’t think this is something I would have again, it was fun to try something new.

Sil

this one resteeps forever

VariaTEA

I might have tossed the leaf already. Oops.

Sil

Hahaha

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
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Sipdown!! (177)

So long creamy eggnog tea. You are certainly very tasty but seeing as winter is on its way out (it was actually above 0C today), it is only fitting to say goodbye to this winter tea too. Thank you Satsuma for sharing this with me :)

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This is yet another tea shared by the wonderfully generous TraceyC. I have had a couple Della Terra blueberry teas before and enjoyed all of them so I was intrigued by their caffeine free version. Tasting it now, the rooibos mutes the blueberry flavor just a bit but it still remains sweet and present. Personally I think Blueberry Creme is my favorite Della Terra blueberry teas but this is a nice alternative and one I am glad to have more of in my cupboard. Thank you TraceyC!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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67
drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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Thank you TraceyC for sending this my way. This is one of the HI teas I have wanted to try for a while now so I am grateful for the opportunity. This is not bad, though a tad thin. It smells awesome, just like a graham cracker, and tastes very similar, I just wish the flavor was stronger.

In other, but related news, I came across this interesting tidbit on wikipedia about the history of the graham cracker: "Reverend Graham would often lecture on “self-abuse” as masturbation was commonly called at the time. Graham would often say how these experiences were inspired by children eating crackers. One of his many theories was that one could curb one’s sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal." The more you know :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
MissB

Jeepers. Really? I’m… wow.

VariaTEA

I was pretty confused too. I wonder if this is one of those instances when someone fudged with the wikipedia page as a joke.

Cheri

I’ve heard this before, in my psychology of sex class back in the mid-90s.

aisling of tea

Yeah, no, this is totally legit. We learned about it in Sexual Deviance XD

Sami Kelsh

Yep, legit.

Though I can also say that I have empirically proven on a number of occasions that enjoying a tasty snack of delicious graham crackers or cornflakes does nothing to curb impure thoughts and impulses.

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Courtney and I recently decided to take advantage of Red Leaf Tea’s sale on Bananas & Cream Matcha and Strawberries & Cream matcha. However, once we were ordering, I could not resist getting more of this amazing matcha, even at fill price. For this tasty treat, I went with the following options:

Size: Large (60g)
Matcha Quality: Classic (Basic Grade)
Matcha Type: Regular
Flavor Level: Delicate

When I received this yesterday afternoon, I wanted so badly to have a cup but I had already had my dairy servings for the day. I have other samples of matcha that I really should drink first but I could not resist. So, today when I got home from classes, I mixed up ½ tsp of this matcha with 8 oz of milk and happily sipped away at it while cooking some healthy “creamed” spinach. It made for a very delicious cooking snack as this matcha captures perfectly the flavor of caramel popcorn. It is incredibly buttery, has a delectable caramel sweetness, and replicates the flavor of popcorn beautifully.

Honestly, when I first saw this matcha, I was not interested at all. I am not a huge lover of caramel popcorn in general and I didn’t really think it was a flavor that would lend itself well to being combined with milk (my usual prep method). Consequently, I am sooo grateful to Cavocorax for introducing me to this amazingly unique tasting experience that I want to have again and again. If you would like to experience it too, check it out at: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/caramel-popcorn-matcha.html.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel

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I am heading over to Camellia Sinensis on Friday to get some of this and Ombrelle de Papier for Roswell Strange (if anyone else would like me to pick up anything for them while I am there, feel free to let me know before then). Since I am running low on this, I decided to have a cup to see if I still really love it so I could decide if I wanted 25g, 50g, or 100g. Sipping on it now, I am thinking 100g all the way, especially because I will be moving away from the store soon :(. It tastes exactly like what the name suggests, candy and roses, and it is delicious.

Roswell Strange

I currently have a cup of this steeping, so I can tell you how much to pick up :P

Sil

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

VariaTEA

Haha, of course you do. If we didn’t have the same tea at the same time every few weeks, I would be concerned we were losing our edge.

Sil

Oooor…order less so you’re closer to free shipping threshold when you get here and place joint orders with us! Hahahaha

VariaTEA

It is around the corner from me so no shipping, just shopping and the potential for tasty treats. Plus I can get smaller amounts if I go in. I can also hand deliver teas to you when I come home thus shipping for you either :P

VariaTEA

thus no shipping for you

Roswell Strange

Ok, I’m thinking 50g. It’s very “yum” but not very, very “yum” ;)

VariaTEA

Haha, np. 50g it is and 25g of Ombrelle, right?

Roswell Strange

Yes please :)

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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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