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262 Tasting Notes

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I was a bit hesitant to buy this because I loathe ginger, but the thought of creme brulee won me over. And I can definitely taste creme brulee in this tea. It’s obviously a chai, but a creamy version. And happily, I can’t really taste the ginger.

Though I am still not a huge chai fan, and probably won’t buy this again. I can see chai lovers loving this, though.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
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I was really looking forward to this. I had ordered samplers of the the regular Cacao and the Mint Cacao herbal teas at the same time and loved both of them. Unfortunately, I was less enamoured with this tea. I can’t pinpoint exactly why but the flavor just did not do it for me. Rather than blending perfectly into a sweeter and creamier Cacao tea, it just tasted like a hot mess in my mouth. Nothing fit together, it tasted odd overall, and I ended up dumping my mug down the sink.

I guess 2 out of 3 isn’t bad, but I had high hopes for this one.

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5 min, 0 sec

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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
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This is the first tea I’m trying from my first Steepster Select box. Exciting! I’m not a huge green tea fan, but I was intrigued by the description: “Deep savory notes of nori and cut grass balanced by a hazelnut finish.” And I can definitely taste nori, but I can’t taste the hazelnut finish.

But I like this. It’s more robust than other green teas I’ve had. The flavor is definitely “chewy” as noted in the steepster description. Which is a weird way to describe a tea, but the flavor definitely lingers in my mouth and gives my mouth a full feeling.

I can definitely see this being easily oversteeped. I oversteeped it by about 10 seconds as I was fumbling with the microwave timer, and I’m tasting a little bitterness in the tea. It’s not unpleasant, but it can easily become so.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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drank Mint Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
262 tasting notes

This is pretty damn delicious. It’s pretty much as advertised – it’s a peppermint chocolate tea. And it tastes GOOD. I will definitely need to get more of this once my sample pack runs out.

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5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
262 tasting notes

MMMMM. Delicious. This is a dark hot chocolate… without the milk, and cream. It’s pretty good. I may have to try this steamed with some almond milk cause that sounds delicious in my head.

I’m so glad for whoever mentioned this company on the Steepster board. I picked up a few sample sized packs, and look forward to trying them all now!

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5 min, 0 sec

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How mad am I that they are discontinuing this tea? It seems as soon as I find a tea I like, it’s gone, but if I hate the tea it’s on the shelf forever.

This is a very banana-tasting tea, as advertised. And there is just a hint of chocolate. It’s quite a nice caffeine-free dessert tea.

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5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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This is one discombobulated tea. I’m not sure what I’m tasting. Tart, more than anything. Definitely not cherry, or pineapple, or any other candied fruit bits that were in the infuser. Blech. Maybe I’ll add some sugar and stick it in the fridge. Many of Teavana’s fruit teas seem to do better as an iced tea.

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3 min, 0 sec

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I threw a sample of this in with my last order. I am very pleasantly surprised by this tea.

The first sip was cloyingly sweet, but after that the tea soon mellowed out and there’s only a faint sweetness cutting the earthiness of the pu’erh. If I don’t take a sip for a few minutes, it sweetens back up.

I quite like this. I’m not normally a pu’erh fan but I like this.

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3 min, 0 sec

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Finally sitting down with a mug of this after a number of failed attempts to start a new sweater (counting, why you so hard tonight???), and I’m waiting for a number of new Steam games to download. So, of course, I reach for the kettle and browsed through the cupboard for something that wasn’t too heavy or caffeinated for 9:45 on a Sunday night.

This tea is lovely. It’s light and fruity and I think would taste awesome iced. Definitely taste mango and papaya mingled together. There’s a slight perfumy quality of the tea I don’t quite like, but it’s faint enough I can overlook it. I think this would be better as a summer or spring tea, rather than a mid-winter tea. But I’m enjoying it.

This is another tea from ching ching CHA, the tea house in Georgetown. I’ve been very impressed with all the teas I’ve tried from them and may have to stop by again to pick up some more. The quality of this white fruit tea is quite high and the price, as I recall, relatively quite low (I believe it was about $7 for the 2 oz. bag?).

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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drank Perry Tart by Handmade Tea
262 tasting notes

I was really excited to try this because I’ve been looking for a good pear tea for a while. Unfortunately, this isn’t it. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a lovely black tea. But I can’t taste any fruit at all in this. There are both dried pears and cranberries, but the taste doesn’t come through with steeping. Which is a shame.

As a black tea, however, it’s quite nice. Smooth, slightly sweet, and no hint of bitterness.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens, and then blacks. For the most part I do not like flavored or blended teas, and I never add sugar or cream to tea from the actual tea plant.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I drink for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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