1962 Tasting Notes

drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1962 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (202)

Thank you Sil for sharing some of your custom blend. It definitely nails chocolate orange, capturing the essense of the fruit as opposed to the bitterness of the peel. However, at the end of the day, I am just not a chocolate orange person, nor am I a lover of orange teas. I will certainly get through this cup but this will be the last cup of this I would want.

Fjellrev

I’m excited that Stacy may reblend this one.

VariaTEA

If only the two friends were chocolate and marshmallow. That is something I could get behind :P

Fjellrev

Haha now I’m picturing a Wagon Wheel tea in my head. That would be hilarious.

Suziqzer

Maybe she needs to make you one called “two other friends” that is just chocolate and marshmallow :)

VariaTEA

Hahaha that sounds like I am in a fight with these two friends so I am trying to make them jealous by going to hang our with me two other friends :P

Suziqzer

Oh, maybe so … Didn’t think about it that way :)

OMGsrsly

VariaTEA, I would be all over that. Chocolate and marshmallow? Yes.

VariaTEA

Right!! It just sounds tasty.

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This is an interesting cup of tea for sure. It is fruity but unlike any other fruity tea I had before. The sesame is also present. Very unique and certainly worth a try. I doubt I would stock this but I am so glad to have another cup to really wrap my head around this blend. Thank you NayLynn for sharing this with me.

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drank Acai Green by The Republic of Tea
1962 tasting notes

Great Canadian TTB and sipdown!! (203)

Thank you Jeweled Thumb for including this in the box however there is something I am not loving in this cup. It starts of fruity but quickly turns hibiscusy (is there even hibiscus in this?) and ends on an almost sour note. It is just not for me but definitely fun to try.

jeweledthumb

I don’t think I’ve ever had this straight. I usually mix it with something else for iced tea.

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
1962 tasting notes

Another successful green tea tonight!! This is sweet and blueberry and delicious :) Thank you NayLynn for sharing this with me. It seems I tend to have the most success with 52 tea green blends. Good to know…

In other news, I am going to have a day of studying/tea tomorrow at my friend’s house. Usually she comes here but I need to go pick up the food I have been storing there. However, I am the one with the huge tea stash so our plan is I will be bringing tea with me. The only problem? There is so much tea I have no idea what to bring. I may just grab the bag of all the swap teas so we have a bunch of choices but I just don’t know. Suggestions?

CHAroma

I don’t really have any suggestions, but have fun!

VariaTEA

Haha thank you :)

Fjellrev

Do you know what she tends to like? Maybe go by that, or if you have excessive amounts of something, you could do that too?

VariaTEA

She likes orange teas, floral teas, oolongs, and chais. All things I don’t :P. When she comes here though, she also likes to have cake type teas. I think I will take my swaps, the DAVIDs Spring sampler, and maybe some NINA’s.

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drank Sweet Seduction by RiverTea
1962 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (204)…and I already miss it.

This is delicious!! Thank you Roswell Strange so much for sparing a cup for me to try. For some reason I have had an influx of nougat teas in the past little while and this is by far my favourite of the bunch. The green base provides a buttery smooth on which the sweet and nutty nougatty flavor shines. There is even a hint of grassiness that is somehow only enhancing the flavor. This will definitely be apart of my RiverTea order (you know, the one I keep talking about but have never actually placed :P)

Suziqzer

Green tea’s not my favorite, but this sounds like a good one to try. I may have to put it on my shopping list for whenever I get around to trying RiverTea.

Roswell Strange

I surprisingly loved this one too. I’d definitely buy it if/when I had a smaller cupboard. I need to finish off some other green blends first ;)

VariaTEA

When I reign in my cupboard, RiverTea will be my first order. That and some more teas from Nina’s. I want more Ma Passion, 4 Fruits Rouge, and Under the Mango Tree. Oh I also want HI’s Strawberry Justice and Harney’s Soba. Okay, I think I might have a problem.

Suziqzer

Lol.. VariaTEA.. I think we could all do the same thing you just did!

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Every time I take a sip of this tea, I ready myself for rooibos, and am blown away by the amazingly accurate apple strudel flavor. You think I would have learned by now but I think I like the element of pleasant surprise. Thank you Roswell Strange for supplying me with even more of this tea. I NEED to place an order because I want to this in my cupboard…in COPIOUS amounts. This and Soba – delicious caffeine-free options for any mood.

Suziqzer

Sounds like another good one!

VariaTEA

It has been a good night for tea :)

Stephanie

I love the idea of apple strudel with pistachios in it…nom nom nom

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Thank you NayLynn for sharing this Adagio blend with me! I am not actually a part of the Dr. Who fandom (I tried, we just never clicked) but this particular tea sounded quite tasty. Sipping on it now, it is one of the more flavorful Adagio blends I have had – creamy coconut with a hint of apple sweetness. There is a thick mouthfeel to this blend and it is a touch artificial but not bad at all.

In other news, while logging this, I might have picked up my mug of the Queen and sipped on it for a minute or two wondering where all the flavor disappeared to. So that happened…

Sil

POOF!

VariaTEA

Haha. I was very shock. I mean I know the Adagio base can be overpowering but that was just ridiculous.

Anna

I also don’t Who, but I am OBSESSED with Moffat’s first show Press Gang.

VariaTEA

The only Moffat show I watch is Sherlock. I thought I would love Dr. Who but I just never got into it.

Nattie

I love Sherlock crazy amounts, and loved Doctor Who, too. I lost interest after David Tennant, though – Matt Smith is just not my cup of tea.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1962 tasting notes

I am not a lover of straight blacks but keychange speaks so highly of this that I just had to see what all the fuss was about. Tbh though, I have been putting off having it because I did not want to take a sip, think it was just okay, and then disappoint keychange. However, I decided to delay it no longer. I am happy to report that it is actually quite good. Smooth and with a hint of malty chocolate. A very pleasant brew and I can certainly see why keychange regards it so highly. For my tastes, this won’t be the tea I reach for every morning but it is also not a tea I would ever say no to if offered a cup. Thank you so much keychange for sending me a sample of your beloved tea. I am happy I got a chance to try it.

keychange

Fuck yeah!! (sorry, I don’t typically swear all over the place, but yeah!!). And I’m so glad you genuinely liked it—because hey, if you didn’t, it’s ok—more queen for me LOL!!

VariaTEA

Haha. I don’t think I would get a whole 4 oz tin but I will certainly enjoy the rest of the sample. Thank you for sharing. I felt bad putting it off so long because I know I always get excited when people review Japon.

Cavocorax

Yay! Glad you liked it!
(Fuck yeah! Hahah. Bc you did it)

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
1962 tasting notes

So this has been steeping for over an hour. In fact, it steeped for so long, my whales went back to black :(. Unfortunately, this can be oversteeped. It is coming off peppery in this cup, though that is a result of my prep and not a reflection of the tea. Nonetheless, I still have a lot more of this to prep properly so thank you Dustin!

In other news, how is it that when you cross the border, fat free whip cream goes from being 30 calories to merely 5 calories?

Sami Kelsh

I want to live in 5 calories land!

Fjellrev

So strange. It also makes me wonder what kind of crap they put in the fat-free stuff. Usually chemicals, sugar, and/or sodium is added to compensate for the fat. At that point, I’d rather take the fat.

VariaTEA

Haha. It is tasty whipped cream too. I miss it :(. That and Boston Cream Pie yogurt.

Fjellrev

That’s insane. I can’t imagine all the different stuff available across the border.

VariaTEA

I am only allowed fat free yogurt and the only non-greek fat free yogurt I will drink is the yoplait yogurt they sell across the border. My mom’s plan is to drive over the border monthly and go grocery shopping to buy the things you can’t get here.

Anna

Wait, is Canada the better option here in terms of choice, or the US?

Sil

US..always US for choices… unless we’re talking kinder eggs.

Anna

I’m still weirded out by the fact that you guys have to pay so much for shipping.

VariaTEA

Yeah I think it worked out to $5 shipping for a $9 bag of tea.

tigress_al

Ya the shipping really sucks :(

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
1962 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (205)

Thank you Allie for a sample of this blend. I have actually tried it before and really enjoyed it. It is the Harney version of Glitter & Gold which is one of my favorites so it was nice to get another cup.

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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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