252 Tasting Notes

So I had my water boiled and ready to go, and I knew which tea I wanted to drink, and I thought I knew exactly where this particular tea was. Wrong. There are only 5 possible places in my home where this tea could possibly be hiding, so where is it??!! It took me 10 minutes to find, and wouldn’t you know it was in the desk right beside me. Hiding behind the box that it came in.

So I prepared fresh water, and am now sipping on sweet caramel goodness. It was worth the hunt. This tea is so silky smooth. I bought this tea because of the way it looked in the photo – all the long golden strands. I just knew I had to have it.

Another delicious tea from Mandala – thank you!

JustJames

ha ha ha, 5! like my lab! oooooh…… not a good sign. there goes my mind.

Dexter

lol you know you’re addicted to tea when……

scribbles

YES!!! :D

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I guess I didn’t like this very much the first time I tried it, but something changed from then to now, because it went down much easier this time around. On my last note I had decided that I might like it better if I added sugar and cream. I didn’t do that. I had it straight up.

There was still that earthy roasted flavour, but this time around it was more appealing.

Thanks Dexter3657 for sending me this sample!

JustJames

funny how tastes change….. xoxo

scribbles

YES!! I’m kind of surprised and pleased by how my tastes are changing.

JustJames

i seem to be moving away from puerh?!!!! it’s all ysaurella’s fault. all i want to drink now are french teas. sigh. as if this wasn’t an expensive habit before!

scribbles

Yeah…that can get pricey. Right now I’m on a black tea kick.

gmathis

Thank you for reminding me I have a little tin of mate…uh…somewhere. Once I find it, I’ll try with cream and sugar.

scribbles

I didn’t appreciate the earthiness the first time around, and thought cream & sugar might help.

Dexter

I totally agree, my tastes are really changing too – things I used to think were great, now not so much – and starting to appreciate some that didn’t really do it for me. It’s fun to go back to a tea you haven’t had in awhile.

(memo to self – scribbles is on a black tea kick…..I have MOUNTAINS of black tea in my house)

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drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
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As a pumpkin spice TISANE this is pretty good. But it’s not a tea. I saw no leaves. None. I’ve read other posts about this problem, but this is my first experience with the lack of leaf.

Not worth the expense.

VariaTEA

I’m sorry to hear that! Especially since I have some of this coming to me in a teavana order which will hopefully be arriving tomorrow

scribbles

The taste is ok, I was just disappointed in the lack of leaf. Hopefully your sample will have leaves :)

Aimee Popovacki

i agree…. there was not enough leaf in mine either.

VariaTEA

Hopefully mine won’t have that issue but I am glad to hear it still tasted alright regardless of the lack of leaf

Aimee Popovacki

yeah it was still nice… i gave some to a friend who loved the taste of it (but isn’t a tea drinker so didn’t really know the difference)

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drank Spiced Fig by DAVIDsTEA
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I was so excited to try this blend – I thought it would be my favourite go-to flavour. Sadly, it is sorely lacking flavour. Am very disappointed.

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens!

CelebriTEA

Did you just try this from a sample or did you order and ounce or two? I ask, because even though it is a disappointment to you
(If you have leftovers ) I wouldn’t mind purchasing some from you.
I afore figs in cookies and this sounds so enchanting to me :-)

CelebriTEA

Adore not afore..lol…sometimes I tend to type dyslexic

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I drank too many dessert tea’s today (but too lazy to log all of them) and really needed something either salty or roasty to cut into all that sugar. This was the choice, and it was perfect – roasty with mineral notes.

I’ve been neglecting my oolongs since being on a black tea and dessert tea binge. I love oolong. I don’t know why I’m not drinking them up.

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drank Carrot Cake by Tealish
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drank Carrot Cake by Tealish
252 tasting notes

While this tea doesn’t taste very much like carrot cake, it’s not a bad tasting tea. It has some spiciness that’s not overpowering. I added some creamer and a touch of sweetener (maple syrup) and I found this to be a pleasant dessert type tea.

I tried a re-steep – didn’t work. Had to dump it. Bleh.

Sil

i wish tealish sold smaller sizes…

scribbles

I agree – some of their tea’s are going to be a challenge to finish ‘cos they are only ok there’s too much…

Sil

on the flip side, it means i don’t order from them and there’s less risk to me falling in love with yet another tea i must have hahahaha

scribbles

haha – I also won’t be ordering from them for that very reason, but – insert sigh – I’m sure the next greatest tea that I must always have (I usually find one in every order or swap) is still to come :D

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Out of the fall flavours that I tried – I didn’t bother with cocoberry mate, this one was my favourite. So sweet and creamy. I’m tempted to buy more of it – though I know if I do, I need to do it soon ‘cos of the winter tea’s coming out.

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
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Sipdown.

Sniffles. Sad it’s gone. So good – deep and rich. Gone. :(

Anna

Oh no. =(

Sil

and this one is really gone…

scribbles

I hope I find other pearls as good as these one’s were.

Garret

I’m working on it. We had sourced several black pearls over the years, but this supplier made the best ones. I am working on him to produce these again next year. Fingers crossed that spring time will see him wanting to use the material for pearls.

But I’ll tell you, our current crop of Black Gold is very very nice, my favorite crop so far from this producer. Worth a try. Golden Needle premium is also quite good.

I’ll keep working on the producer to make these pearls again!!

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This is my first venture with keemun – I would not normally have purchased this tea based on the description, but this was a sample given to me in my Teavivre order, so I decided to give it a go.

I wasn’t very nice to this poor tea. I steeped it far too long. Well, what a pleasant surprise that it was still really tasty. It was malty and a little bread-y. I decided to re-steep the leaves even though I over did it the first time around, and while the flavour was milder (no surprise there) it was still quite flavourful. I am impressed.

I will definitely be purchasing this one at some point.

Sil

This plus maple syrup = delicious!

scribbles

I will give that a try – thanks for the tip! :)

Terri HarpLady

What Sil said!

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

My tea preferences are blacks, pu’erhs, oolongs and greens.

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