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drank Winter Spice by Numi Organic Tea
371 tasting notes

I really, really dig this one. The sour lime just works. Then again, I’m a huge fan of all things citrus.

It perfectly captures the essence of wintertime— spice with a bite, and of course, white tea to match the white snow. The thing I like about Numi is that their bagged teas taste like loose leaf teas. They just have a magic touch that not many other companies have in their bagged options.

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80

I really enjoy this tea as a latte (with milk, foam + sugar). I’m someone who keeps the tea bag in the whole time I drink because I like teas to taste strong. With Bollywood Chai, since it’s a black tea, it makes sense that when kept in over recommended steep time it gets a bit bitter. As a latte, I’m able to keep the bag in the whole time and it tastes really great! It’s not the best chai I’ve had, but I’m sad to see DT discontinue this one because I do enjoy it quite a bit.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Rum raisin biscotti by Tea Forte
2582 tasting notes

I picked this up as part of Tea Forte’s holiday gift set. The first time I tried it, I thought it was pretty weak but I was following TF’s guidelines to use 10 oz. of tea for a sample. When you use 8 oz. of water instead the teas tend to be more flavorful.

So, this does actually taste a lot like rum, it’s pretty boozy tasting overall. I would say the raisin flavor is also strong and the biscotti is something more in the background. I’m not sure how to rate this overall, it seems fairly true to the name but it isn’t something I would feel the need to have around in my personal stash. If you really want a tea that tastes like rum, this is a lot more authentic than the other one I had, which was Lupicia’s version.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard Traveling tea box

I am so glad I didn’t pick a tin of this up. It’s bitter and almost has a cardboard note (can cardboard be a note?). Anyway, I steeped for 3 minutes, tasted a bit and added sweetener. With sweetener, I’m still getting the cardboard note, but at least it’s only 6oz since I used 1 bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
rosebudmelissa

I’ve only had a couple of flavored blacks by republic of tea,but I’ve really disliked both of them.

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85

Because I love a theme, there was no other tea I could possibly have this morning. Winter Solstice!
It also is good that the date-significant tea is also perfect for a winter morning, as its rich, layered, spicy, but with the gorgeous note of citrus, which is lovely, and makes it all very good.
Happy Solstice! Its all longer days from here!

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80
drank Nuit à Versailles by Dammann Freres
811 tasting notes

Day 21.

Bergamot. I Like.

Just a note to Dammann, whom I am sure is not reading these reviews at all. Please try to put your green teas in the green tea coloured packaging. And not sometimes put the green teas in the same coloured packaging as the black teas. Or just not colour code at all, because you are kinda not good at it. But I still love your teas.

So I realized this was a green tea upon taking the sachet out of the package.

This was is heayy on the bergamot, and I am enjoying that. I smell peach in the tea, but I am not getting any type of fruitiness in the flavour. The green tea mixed with the flower petals is coming across as quite woody.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
492 tasting notes

This tea is a re-visit for me. I tried it for the first time back when Adagio was young, in 2005. Back then, I was really unimpressed. I thought it didn’t taste creamy at all. Just strange and vaguely sharp. But as I’ve mentioned many times before, Adagio has changed their recipes in the past 10 years. For most of the ones I’ve returned to, they’ve been improved immensely.

The scent of this tea makes me think I was right to give it another chance. It smells just like Thai tea! Oh, hell yes. I am such a sucker for Thai tea. Bottled, canned, powdered, boba, I don’t care, I love it.

The flavor lives up to the scent’s promise. It comes out looking like a regular black tea, no cloudiness from actual dairy. The creamy flavor is definitely there, though! It’s sort of like half and half, or non-vanilla whipped cream. That’s one thing I’ve seen a lot in teas like this — tea companies using the word “cream” when they mean “vanilla”. This is not vanilla.

After a few sips, I realized that this would be so perfect with a splash of milk. And I was right. Upping my rating SIGNIFICANTLY because this is not what I remembered at all. I’m going to make it double-strong next and try to make Thai tea out of it. Mmm.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
29 tasting notes

I have been really excited to try this tea for quite a long time. I’m a huge fan of lime tea, and a huge fan of gelato, so it sounds like a dream. It doesn’t have a very strong scent, its just a gentle creamy aroma, but the taste is fantastic. The lime is very present and distinctive but isn’t overpowering or sour, because it is perfectly balanced with a creamy sweetness that is just right. The creaminess wasn’t cloying, and perfectly dessert-like. This is definitely a tea I would buy more of. I’m confused about the other ingredients though, because they don’t seem prevalent at all. I don’t taste any pineapple, apple or lemongrass.

Flavors: Creamy, Lime

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

I’m going to be crazy sad when I run out of this stuff, as I’m surely in no place to buy anything else until I whittle my collection down a little – there’s some stuff I’m just not really drinking I should probably see about passing onto others, come to think of it.

In the meantime, what few cups remain of this tea. Oh man. I had two steeps of it this afternoon, and it is joyous. It’s the perfect choice for those times when you can’t really decide if you want coffee or tea, and honestly you could use something that will settle your tummy a bit and nothing that gets terribly bitter. Because of the pu’erh, this doesn’t really get bitter at all and has a nice earthiness that I’m always happily amazed melds so seamlessly with flavours of coffee. I like this one like I like my coffee: a little sweet and with a splash of milk. Jolly good.

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68
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
35 tasting notes

As I had said in my last review, I decided to brew this again. I used a bit more than a teaspoon, but I might need to consider using more. It tastes alright, but I probably would have preferred the vanilla. It’s alright as a tea, but probably makes a better base tea. I’ll probably continue to add rose to it.

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
285 tasting notes

Reordered this after being out for awhile. It’s pretty much a standard in my cupboard.

I decided to take a chance today – I bought some chocolate eggnog last night, and it is waaaaaaay too sweet – I can’t drink more than a few sips without it being too much. I wondered if it would be good in chai – I like chocolate chai. So I mixed about half chocolate eggnog and half half&half. It’s so sweet that I didn’t even bother with sugar – and it’s quite good!

Now I can actually use up this eggnog without getting sick! :D

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no tasting notes yet and this one won’t be much better because i’m on proper tasting notes strike…or at least it feels that way haha. Trying to work through some of my newer teas to figure out if there’s anything i need to reorder early in the year before the dollar goes completely down the tubes. On the plus side, it’ll give me more incentive next year to try out a few more canadian companies that i’ve been meaning too (though it’s going to mean large orders because shipping is still the suck in canada).

i enjoyed this one :)

boychik

Like doesn’t stick. Trying to post a comment. I like this one. I think I have 2013 version.

boychik

It worked but still doesn’t make me happy

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60

Warm, caffeinated,
Uncomplicated, it’s a
Tea to wake up to

The wet leaves have a trace of tobacco scent, though the dull golden-brown liquor does not. Without dipping my nose in it this time, I’d say I smell no more than the typical “tea” smell with a suggestion of autumn leaves. The liquor is clear and goes down smoothly without bitterness, though there is a neutral astringency that puckers my tongue a bit.

Overall, I’d rate this an average tea. Seems to be a good “waking up” tea when you’d like to just drink something caffeinated and warm and don’t want to worry about subtleties and paying attention. It was decent on the second steep, as well.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Tea, Tobacco

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93
drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
176 tasting notes

Ost included a sample of this in her Christmas Card. Thank you, Ost!!

Brewed in a test tube steeper. Steeping times: 20, 40, 60, 120.

The dry leaf smells uncannily like caramel-filled chocolate candies, while a rich smoky and somewhat chocolately aroma arises from the wet leaf. The liquor is a beautiful golden orange color, and has silky smooth texture. Very clear, except for the fuzzies from the leaves – makes for a nice sight when you hold the steeper in the light. Flavorful and full-bodied. Offers fudge and caramel with a bold smokey note.

I’ve come to learn that smoke in teas doesn’t appeal to me unless it’s lapsang souchong, but this is a delightful and well-made black tea nonetheless.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Okay, funny thing about this tea is it tastes different gong fu’d versus western! I guess when I had this western style, I got a lot of cocoa notes. I had this one mixed up with the jinggu (sp?) one and forgot this was the cocoa-y one. Anyhoo, gong fu’d, I get a lot of potato and some fruity notes! Delicious! Pretty cool…it’s like two teas in one! Btw, I love brewing really quality black teas this way now. I need more gaiwans!

Tealizzy

Update: later steepings brought out the cocoa notes. So cool!

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87

I have making a matcha latte down to a science and I could almost do it in my sleep now, which is awesome, because it’s great to have first thing in the morning when I’m still kind of sleepy. Also the milk provides a bit of sustenance on the days that I’m too lazy or exhausted to feed myself actual food.

So a huge eggnog matcha latte for breakfast, and then maybe real food for second breakfast, and then running errands.

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85
drank Winter Chai by Tea Forte
16 tasting notes

Very nice! One of the teas I particularly enjoyed from my Tea Forte Advent Calendar. It is a comforting drink after a long day of Christmas shopping. I ordered a Tea Forte Festive Warming Collection for my brother for Christmas and I’m glad to see this one is in it. I hope he’ll enjoy it too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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60

This was very gingery, not so toasty popcorny to me. It was very flavorful and not bitter, but unfortunately ginger is not a flavor I really like, particularly not as a main taste. People who like it will love this though.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
884 tasting notes

This is a decent Moroccan Mint. The smokiness of the gunpowder green tea and the spearmint pair well together. I like that there’s no peppermint in the blend. The green tea is easier to taste with just one mint.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

gah steepster ate my note. to recap:

this one was from dinosara and terri… i had it yesterday and it was really nice. This is not a strong puerh – it’s light and refreshing and reminded me of drinking spring water, except with taste that was sweet and earthy and just downright calming.

Final Count Yesterday: 75 (though that will be going up again with some teas that Kitenna dropped off once i get another few moments to enter them)

boychik

Omg 75. You are my hero !

Sil

haha that number will be up again today, but hopefully not tooooo much

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90

sipdown on this on yesterday as well…. happy to have been drinking it, but i still prefer LB…though i guess in terms of this years harvests, i’m not sure that’s the case. We’ll see :)

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80
drank Cacao by Tisano
5367 tasting notes

sipdown on this one from yesterday. I think when i get through my HI cacao, i’ll switch to tisano. HI is the serious suck when it comes to their teas/customer service etc so i refuse to continue to support them. Very similar to frank. I figure next year i’ll have even less spending power with the dollar so i’ll be focusing my efforts on companies that care about their customers and are doing things right. Soooo i shall see you again tea!

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89
drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
5367 tasting notes

Another one from yesterday’s gaming day. This one would be one i’d be tempted o pick up again if there’s another order placed with stacy before she closes down fully. I really dig the chocolate strawberry, though to be honest the “espresso” part continues to elude me.

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79
drank Khongea Encore Assam by Butiki Teas
5367 tasting notes

steppster…you annoy me. I’ve had this a couple times now and yet it says no reivews. Backlog from the other day – this is a tasty assam but i don’t have much moreincentive to say much about it since stacy’s closing down shop.

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