454 Tasting Notes

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I wanted to try this one because I was curious about what the Dong Quai(angelica sinensis) was going to taste like. I stumbled across a few things on the angelica sinensis a few years ago somehow while I was searching for info on Ginseng, I think it was called
“Female Ginseng”.
Anyways I read up a little on it and tho it’s used mostly for female health it seemed to
have possibly a few benefits for anybody But I wondered what it tasted like and if was any good but I never bought any. From what I had read I had a preconceived notion in my head that it would taste not so bad perhaps similar to dandelion root.

I saw Cameron B’s Steepster post on this instant dong quai not long ago and I commented that I’d like to try this one and Cameron replied offering to send me a few yay!!
Thanks Cameron!

I wanted to try this one because I wondered about the taste of Dong Quai and because I do so love trying little instant tea packets like this for some reason. I’ll not lie I know that they may not all be very healthy and such with all the sugars and all but some of them just taste so good I can’t help myself anymore, when I see them I want to try them.
I didn’t always used to be like that with the instant packets but I sometimes now I binge on them, There is nothing wrong with indulging sometimes I think :)

Anyways this one is not bad at all, I like it tho it may be an acquired taste.
I was kinda right in my assumption that it would taste like dandelion, it Don’t taste like
it BUT the flavors are in the same field.
It has an herbal taste similar to burdock or dandelion that I love so
well with a peppery celery-like bitterness and it is VERY sweet honey taste, almost too sweet even with a slight taste of sticky dates.(the herbal bitter celery kinda kills the date some even tho it is very sweet).
It also has kinda of a roasty dark quality about it that makes it much more like a caffeine free Coffee Substitute rather than a Tea.

Did you ever get Verdant Tea’s TOTM with the blends???
They had blend one month called “Cask Strength” do you remember it? Did you like it?
If you liked it then you’d prolly like this instant packet of Dong Quai & Red Date, it don’t
taste the same but it is in the same neighborhood, minus the slight date taste of course.

I enjoyed this :)

Flavors: Bitter, Celery, Dates, Herbaceous, Honey

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After midnight, Lance is in bed sleeping and I’m awake in the tearoom, my favorite room. Tomorrow is an off day for us so I can stay up late as I want and with Tea in my mug, a furbaby at my feet and a notebook full of eBooks on my lap, I’m all set to read and sip for a while tonight.

With all the lights off except for my reading lamp and the radio off everything is nice
and quite, there no sounds at all in the tearoom except for rhythmic tick-tock of the
clock on the wall and the spontaneous snoring of the doggy, I can hear the sounds of
The crickets and the frogs outside.

A perfect atmosphere for sipping and reading, I’m sipping on Rivendell so I probably should have downloaded a LOTR book but I’m still reading Piers Anthony “If I Pay Thee Not In Gold”.
I think I’m going love this tea, it smells pretty good and I took a few tasty sips already,
it’s going to be nice for reading and relaxing.

I’m going read a bit and sip my tea and soak in some of this peace and quiet with out typing up tasting notes just yet, I will do it a proper review soon but for now I’m just going enjoy this.

Good night Steepster folks :)

Cwyn

Nite Toad, enjoy the mellow moment….:)

MzPriss

What a nice space to be in

Cheri

This is how I love to spend my relaxing time, too, with a good mug of tea, a book, and a furbaby.

Marzipan

I have started doing something similar, but it’s tea, cross stitch, cat and big screen TV.

Cameron B.

Sounds so lovely Tommy! Give the furbaby some love from all of us. :)

ashmanra

How is Lance doing these days, Tommy?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Oh Lance is doing pretty good these days, no hospitals visits in a while, getting around good and breathing ok too.
He has been drinking Chaga and Reishi mushroom tea lately and I think it makes him feel better too. Thank you for asking bout him :)

ashmanra

Good to hear, Tommy! I still pray for him, and you, too! Glad to know he is doing better.

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100

OH
MY
GOODNESS!!!!!!

100 tasty tea points for this one on steepster lol

Frolic

Yes! Succinct but so very true.

Cheri

This is an outstanding tea.

TheTeaFairy

Yes, so f** good!!!

Stephanie

Dang, I gotta try it soon!!!

Cheri

Stephanie, it’s going in the mail hopefully in the morning.

MzPriss

It’s soooooooo good

Stephanie

Squeeeee!

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100

I’m out with Lance going to some doctor appointments we had a little time between 2 appointments so we stopped by a Cups Espresso Cafe.
I’d much rather make my own tea but since we were out I decided I would try the London Fog.
I’ve made the “London Fog” at home a few times but I’ve never had one while out before.
I didn’t expect very much but Oh My! this one is wonderful!! Sweet creamy Vanilla Early Grey goodness.
I like it a lot, too expensive tho :)

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Sipping on this one now, I don’t usually buy bottles teas from the store but this one is not bad, its actually pretty good for a bottled sweet tea.
It is quite sweet tho.
I’m drinking it now with Simply Limeade mixed in with it 50/50, its pretty good, like a Lime Arnold Palmer.
The lime in there is quite nice, very refreshing and not bad at all, Not something I would do very often tho.
I’d rather have a Milo’s sweet tea tho if i had to have a bottled tea.

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100

My Comfort Tea,My comfy chair and Runescape, Good Times!!
I love this tea so much, it makes me feel happy.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

yyz

Yay, to life’s simple pleasures!

MzPriss

Tommy, I’m having some of this right now. Makes me happy too.

Cheri

Comfort teas are so wonderful. <3

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The Sleeping Bear while at the dialysis clinic again, its lonely here today, just myself and the sleeping bear and the color purple on tv, I think i’ll turn off the tv and read a book :)
I really enjoy this sleeping bear, the jasmine sweet pine goodness is great this morning.

Cheri

Books are generally better than daytime TV anyway. What are you reading?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I’m reading “If I Pay The Not In Gold” by Piers Anthony and Mercedes Lackey, I started it a while back finishing it today tho, I hope :)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

If I pay THEE* Not In Gold :)

Cheri

It’s been a while since I read that. Maybe it’s worth a re-read.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

i’m liking it so far :)

christeana1

I Cant picture pine in tea…but sounds interesting! I love the name though:)

Kirkoneill1988

isn’t that a bed time tea?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

No, it is green tea and pine, Maybe because it is called Sleeping Bear that you may think its a bedtime tea, it is really good in the morning to me:)

Kirkoneill1988

i see :p lol

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I had the Campfire Blend with a little added maple syrup and it was omg so good.
I reminded me of the outdoors so much I had to step outside and to enjoy a cup.
I got so much cedar and piney notes with earthy sweet notes and of course wonderful smokey notes, the maple sweetness really enhanced the cedar and smokiness.
Oh this is so good :)
The only thing missing now is a campfire and some colder weather, still a great outdoor tea.

Hillel

I have never met a rooibos I like (that’s putting it mildly). I find them cloying and overwhelming. But you’re making such a good case for this tea that I’m willing to give it yet another try. What does the rooibos add to this blend that is so desirable? It looks like there are enough other notes going on that the rooibos doesn’t take over, but I fear that overpowering redness.

Cheri

I haven’t had this one yet, but I love Brenden’s teas a lot. I would imagine that the rooibos in this blend would add a woody flavor which seems to make sense here.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

You can’t really much taste rooibos in this one, its more smokey with cedar

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I hate rooibos and this is one of my favorite teas :)

Hillel

OK OK, you’ve convinced me. The rest of the brew sounds so good that I’m willing to risk the rooibos. What is it about rooibos that inspires such passion on both ends of the spectrum? ;-)

Kirkoneill1988

campfire blend, does that taste smokey?

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Oh My, So smooth and creamy almost buttery even,mmmmm.
Very nice and bold with malty, cocoa notes and honey notes with smooth floral vanilla and just the right amount of spice.
The spice level on this one is just perfect.

I can’t believe how smooth and creamy this one is, it needs no milk or sweetener at all because it is perfect on its own.
I did decide to add a little maple syrup to it just because and it was omg so delicious BUT a bit much for me at first because I used a bit too much the first time. After using less maple the second time around it was perfection.

The maple made it very sweet and even more creamy somehow, the maple sweetness brought about a chocolatey note that is different than the dark chocolatey notes of some of brendens teas and it totally enhanced the Vanilla and made it stand out much more.
The chocolatey notes of this one with sweetener is like a milk chocolate donut or something, omg so good.
Milk chocolate donut with chai spice on top, mmmmmmm so good.

The perfect balance of the ginger and other spices toned down by the vanilla make this a perfect chai on its own and allow it to be subtly sweetened without being too bold like some chais, Some sweet chais give my a slight belly ache from the sweet spicy combo, Not this one!

Totally Awesome on it’s own but if ya sweeten it do try some Maple Syrup, oh my so good.

Thanks BOYCHIK for mentioning Maple Syrup in your review! Great Idea!!!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Spices, Vanilla

mj

This is my favorite chai, always and forever

boychik

You are welcome;) Actually its Terri and Sil style.

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I was excepting something different and exotic with the Yak Butter but it wasn’t much different from the milk teas I was having earlier.
I’m not sure what yak butter tea suppose to taste like, I’ve only had cow and goat butter teas, it don’t really taste much like a butter tea to me, but it does have a buttery smooth kinda mouthfeel.

It has that same little twang that all these instant milky teas have and it’s super creamy and smooth and not too sweet, not quite as sweet as the milk teas.

I didn’t get the salty one, I want to try it now tho :)

Sarsonator

I’m so happy you reviewed this. I am really interested in Yak butter teas. I have no idea why, because I don’t eat butter, but I find these fascinating. My boyfriend wants to try these, so they may end up in my house soon anyway!

Cwyn

Excellent note, thanks! I have a box of the salty version that I bought for a Buddhist friend who wants to start making yak butter tea. I figured we could always add sugar but I don’t how much salt to put in. I also ordered a Xiaguan Tibetan Flame mushroom (2007, I think) for my friend to make the real thing, but we are going to use the boxed tea to get some idea of how it should taste first. Your note is helpful. I am not sure if I can take the real yak butter tea. My friend is from India so I am not worried for him so much.

Stephanie

So jealous!

Hillel

Funny you should mention this. I’d been wanting to try the real salty-and-buttery deal for a long time, so my beloved got me a gift certificate to the Rangzen Tibetan (http://www.rangzenrestaurant.com/) restaurant near us in Cambridge, Mass. First of all, the food was absolutely terrific. Even my kids were raving about it. The tea? Well, what can I say? Poecha tastes exactly as described on the menu “Traditional Tibetian [sic] tea blended with butter, milk and lightly salted.” For those of us accustomed to unadorned tea, the addition of butter and salt is, well, startling. It wasn’t bad tea, but I’d say it’s definitely an acquired taste that I have not yet acquired. I am absolutely thrilled, however, that I got to check that one off my tea life list. as I told my kids, it’s a new experience, and one should never pass up an opportunity to try something new.

Kirkoneill1988

Yak, buffalo are kinda like cows I think

Cwyn

I’ve been tasting Wisconsin butters and bought a log of Amish butter to make the tea.

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