295 Tasting Notes

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
295 tasting notes

Another that I got my cousin to pick up. Did I mention how much I love that David’s let’s you buy small amounts of their tea? I wish more places did this. One day when I own my own tea shop (which may be closer than we think), I’m going to let people buy small amounts of the teas they want to try.

I had received a sample of this with one of my orders, but there sample packs aren’t enough for me for the perfect cup. So I’m trying this again.

I really didn’t see much tea in the leaves & it brewed up quite light. The steeped cup smells amazing. Chocolatey, creamy, spicey. It’s creamy tasting, slightly spicey, but I’m not entirely sure its an anise taste.
This is super yummy though!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Soon eh? Sounds exciting!

Alphakitty

I adore that David’s lets you buy such small amounts—I often go in and get maybe 1 1/2 ounces in total and they really don’t pressure you to buy more (unlike some stores haha). It’s great to be able to sample absolutely everything.

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This is one of the teas I had my cousin pick up for me. I didn’t think I let it steep more than 3 mins, but there is quite a bit of astringency.
Just behind that astringency is a delicious ripe banana taste, with a touch of chocolate & creamyness.
This is really good, I added a touch of rock sugar to kill the astringency & it did without sweetening the tea.
Another one to add to my purchase list.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

Mmmm, I love this one!

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Received this from kittylovestea, she was very generous with the tea.

Dry this smells very banana like & creamy. Can you even smell creamy? Like banana & yogurt.
Steeped it smells banana like, but more like banana runts than real bananas. The taste is that of a handfull of runts, minus the sweetness. But also hints of bubble gum.
Ok so I totally don’t get breakfast smoothie, but this is good. It paired greatly with my hockey in game in which we won…. woooo!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
295 tasting notes

Quick note before my phone dies.
Received this from T.C.

This smells like alcohol big time! Like sickening so, even once steeped.
Hot I am getting mostly almond, I ended up letting it cool too much & it was bitter, but had quite a bit of chocolate.

I may have to let this air a bit to kill the alcohol scent.

ETA: I retried this today. Just over 2 perfect teaspoons, at 2.5 mins.
Much better this time, the leaves still smell like alcohol, but the steeped cup doesnr. It’s almondy, with a strong black base. I’m gonna try this again with 3 teaspoons at the same steep time & see if the other flavours come out more.

Cavocorax

“before my phone dies” – that’s dedication!

Fjellrev

Haha Steepster over potential 911 emergency.

T.C.

I swear I didn’t get the tea drunk before i sent it! :D

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I got this when I went in to get 4 to go cups, one for me, mom & my girls. I ended up buying 50g of each Wonderberry Truffle & Spiced Mandarin Oolong (Damn lack of will power). I wanted some Jinja Citrus Twist (which was discontinued :( cries), so my friend who worked there recommended this, & gave me a good 25g or so of it for FREE!

I decided to brew up a whole pot of this on Saturday. It smells very fruity, & brews up to a light redish-pink colour. And it tastes fantastic.
Very fruity, with some melon flavours, followed by the cooling effect of the eucalyptus. I love the lingering coolness/tingle. Almost like gum, but WAY better!!
This would be so wonderful iced, so now I gotta go buy some of this too!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

I also lack tea willpower!

teataku

I’ve been curious about this one. Your review makes me want to go try some in the store sometime… maybe on a day when I just need to splurge on something small.

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drank Almond Biscotti by Teaopia
295 tasting notes

it’s been over 6 months since I had this tea. I don’t normally write more than one note about the same tea, however my opinion of this one has changed.

This was almondy, slightly chocolatey a little bit bakey. This was quite good and either my tastes have changed or this tea having sat for 6 months has improved the taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Toffee Dream by Steeped Tea
295 tasting notes

I got this one off of a friend who hosted a Steeped Tea party, it’s one I didn’t order. & one I regret :(

This is really good, creamy, toffee, caramel. So delicious, with the nice refreshing white base. Totally in love with this one. YUM!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
BoxerMama

I just heard about this company and I was wondering what they were like. I’m already addicted to pampered chef and tupperware. . . What’s one more?! lol

tattooed_tea

Exactly. I want to become a consultant, just need the extra funds to buy my kit.

BoxerMama

My husband’s cousin sells pampered chef and does amazingly well! Plus they have crazy incentives. She goes on elaborate trips every year for free. I’m not a people person, so I would suck. lol NOW, if they had a company like that for dog supplies. . .

Nicole

I wish they had this for the US!

Sil

Tatooed…I have a toffee dream from another company I can share with you..add it to our swap list if you want to try it out lol

tattooed_tea

Haha sounds good Sil.

Boxermama, I use to sell for passion parties, my upline does so well she was able to leave her actual job & only do the parties. It’s crazy.

BoxerMama

Yeah, same with the lady I know! in a matter of 3 years she’s making twice what she used to working a 9-5 and she only does two shows per week. She just recruited a whole bunch and moved up quick!

bethssteepedtea

I’m a steeped tea consultant, it costs about $160 for a kit. And they are in the USA now.

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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Received this one from kittylovestea.

I’m not exactly sure what gooey butter cake is suppose to taste like. But it sounds & looks good.

I’m only getting a nice lemon taste from this with a nice black base. No butter, no cakey goodness. I do have more to give it another go. But right now just a plain old tea that you would turn into iced tea.

ETA: I had this again yesterday. I went & oversteeped it… ok next weekend I am investing in a real tea timer!!
So I was still getting only lemon & some astringency because of the over steep. Once it cooled I did get some of that delicious bakey flavour. I do have enough for one more cup, so I will try it again!

ETA 2: Finished this off this morning, some strange smell coming from the pouch. No astringency this time, but not much flavour. Still lemoney, maybe a hint of cake this time around. Definitely DID NOT over steep this time, no astringency to be found.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
BoxerMama

3 minutes is perfect for 52teas. I murdered a tonne of their caramel cheesecake serving before figuring it out.

tattooed_tea

I’ve started doing all my blacks at 3 minutes, but without a time I have been butchering SO many teas :(

Kittenna

I actually even go for 2.5 mins with 52teas blacks. That’s usually the sweet spot for me.

And yeah, nearly all blacks I steep for 2.5-3 minutes now. Except DavidsTea and Della Terra, which are much better with 4 minutes.

Sil

52 teas is 2-2.5 for me on their blacks. 3 and it’s too atringent

Cavocorax

When I started I steeped everything for 5 min because I figured I’d get the most flavor, then I’d be upset about bitterness. Now I have a tea timer app on my phone, and I add my own so I can remember to steep 52 teas less than DavidsTea etc. Hearing what others do is also useful.

tattooed_tea

Cavocorax, I was the same. All blacks got 5. Greens & whites 3 & herbal/fruit/rooibos about 10.
Some teas I really need to check other people’s notes for steeping times.

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oh my bloody he’ll. Steepster at my note.

anywho, I’ve had this forever and am now trying it in hopes of cleaning up my stash.
I don’t hate this like everyone else, I don’t love it, but quite enjoy it. it reminds me of those pop bottle gummies.

I put the rest in the fridge to try it cold.
as my cup cooled to room temp, it wasn’t quite as good as it is hot.
Also there is a kind of strange taste at the end of the sip. maybe the stevia?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
jessiwrites

I had the strange aftertaste thing with Blueberry Jam, and also blamed it on the stevia. I think perhaps I am not a stevia fan.

Indigobloom

sorry you lost your note! that happened to me the other day :s

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
295 tasting notes

Received this one from babble

This has a slight medicinal smell.
This brewed up a dark red, it’s got a nice cherry flavour, with just to say a bit of a medicinal taste. I’m getting the green tea base at the end.

I’m also getting a slight tobacco aftertaste?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
teataku

Try it iced. Doing that knocked up the rating a LOT for me. It’s not too special as a hot tea, but iced, it’s delectable. :) Kind of sad that you have to do that to it, but there it is.

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