149 Tasting Notes
Just had a nice mug of this, trying to limit my caffeine consumption.
I recall loving this and that has not changed! It doesn’t strike me as an “icky” decaf tea, which is nice. Good thing I still enjoy this because I may or may not have purchased a huge mother load of tea bags from H&S last year that is still sealed :)
Oh and PS this may be my favorite tea tin to stick my nose in and sniff! Smells amazing!
I remember who sent me this, it was TastyBrew!!(OMG it’s been so long I can’t remember if that’s how you embolden a name or not…ugh) (edit – yay it worked)
Soooo this smelled and tasted a lot like what I remember of Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog Tea….which I LOVE, but haven’t had in awhile. Though this is black and Butiki’s is green, right?
Anyway, I did enjoy this. I have so much tea to get through that I decided to only use my leaves up once (1-2 tsp per cup, steep, then toss) to ensure I get through my stash faster,
It’s been a year after all.
It’s probably all stale by now :(
Anyhow. I’m kind of regretting not reusing my leaves, though I have more anyway. I enjoyed it, though wouldn’t have minded a stronger flavor. Eggnog FTW!
Received a sample of this in a swap from someone but I’m afraid it’s been so long that I can’t recall who. It’s a miracle that I even got around to drinking it with a newborn around so let’s just focus on that!
Unfortunately I had no idea what flavored I was supposed to be tasting as I drank this, since the description was wiped out on this new version of Steepster. So I was going in blind.
It reminded me a bit of Kusmi’s Caramel tea. No popcorn or buttery toffee taste that I noticed. (I looked it up right now on the website). I found the flavoring very mellow and subtle, which can be looked at two ways -
1) since when I was pregnant I was immensely turned off by the smell of all my flavored teas, the fact that this wasn’t super flavored (aka fake/chemical) tasting to me may be a good thing
2) I kinda wish it had been more tasty…buttered toffee caramel corn sounds delish.
This tea is at least a year old since I received it before I got pregnant, so that might have something to do with the lack of amazing tastiness, but from what I recall of the 52teas I’ve tried, most have underwhelmed me anyway.
edited to add: I should probably comment on the Dr. Who-ness of this blend. I don’t get it, Weeping Angels don’t go well with delicious caramel popcorn in my mind. But I suppose I wouldn’t drink evil, pigeon poop flavored pu’erh tea anyway (because pu’erh tastes like fishy dirt to me, so there’s an association I can back!!)
I got pregnant last spring and within a couple of months realized that being pregnant made me hate tea. I’d open my cupboard and all the flavored tea smells mingling together turned my stomach. So I basically spent 30 weeks not drinking tea. Except for Tetley, the old Canadian grocery store standby. And make that 30 weeks plus 5 weeks because now I have a five week old tiny human.
I have been trying to get my tea love back (lust, really), starting with old favorites that are a sure thing, like creamy earl greys and some butiki teas and kusmi and harney and sons. Hating tea has been bad news for my over the top flavored tea stash… I’m hoping they’re all still good. I’ve been giving samples away to friends so that someone could enjoy them. Was even debating doing an ebay listing or something.
I am in no position to review anything really at this point, but consider this one of my “dipping my toes back in” teas. Anything super flavored still makes me cringe. All I have wanted to do over the last 9 months is drink coffee, and that remains the case.
Bear with me! Bare with me? Either one will do!
I have basically forgotten all the tea brewing and reviewing rules!!
(Edited to correct an annoying typo. Sorry!)
Drank some of this earlier with breakfast. I either put too much milk or too few leaves because it was super weak and unsatisfying. Not that this is surprisingly lately. I am perpetually dissatisfied. With tea :(
I realize it must sound mental when I say stuff like that, the former 5 cup a day lady not being able to stomach even a cup a day half the time, or even one per week, so I will just come right out with it….
I’m about 14 weeks preggers and the baby is probably a demon that has turned me off my beloved tea. I kid, well about the demon part. Obviously!!
It’s an incredibly ironic forehead slapping twist of fate, though. I’ve stocked up on so much tea over the last few months (right up until about 2 months ago when I had the harsh realization that the smell of my flavoured teas was turning my stomach and totally repelling me)… Now I have zero urge to drink it.
Even now when I have a random cup it’s more out of a sense of obligation than an actual enjoyable experience. So sad!!! I hope it comes back six months from now!!!
I’m sticking to the unflavoured or mildly flavoured teas at this point, that’s for sure!!
Right now all I want to drink is chocolate milk and apple juice, two things I maybe had two-three times a year previously.
It’s ALLIIIIIIVVEEEE!!! By “it” I mean “me” and by “alive” I mean “still existing in this realm”.
I’m still completely turned off by most of my flavoured teas, but this one is so lovely and delicately flavoured, that’s why it’s one of my faves. I had some for breakfast here at work.
That would be right after I dropped a raw egg on the carpet in front of my cubicle…. I’ve gotta be the only person in history to have done that, seriously!! Smashed an egg not only at work, but on the carpet. Good thing it was Berber, haha.
Tea was totally good. Would you believe I went all weekend without any tea?? I find all I want now is Earl Grey (or cream of earl grey) – must be the Captain Picard in me.
I’m going to try and have another cup tonight, of tea in general I mean.
I still have so many new ones I haven’t even tried!! Sadness.
I thought I’d finally try this today, received a sample weeks ago from the awesome Tastybrew as I’d been dying to try it.
So I made it at work this morning, which means I didn’t pay any attention to temperature and lost track of how long I steeped it. Making a tea like this at work is probably never a great idea. Anyhow of course I got distracted and it was really cooled down by the time I got to it, however I was still able to enjoy it.
People talk about the original being chocolatey which I still laugh at when I read, because I feel like I will never get there. It’s as roasty and strong tasting as the original, however this one is DEFINITELY chocolatey.
I am looking forward to my second steep which will likely be tomorrow morning, because I probably let this around sit 2-3 min this morning.
Thanks to Tastybrew for this precious sample!
Aw man. I’m so depressed lately. Teapressed. I have a million teas to try and drink but lately not only do i have to limit my caffeine consumption but (cover your ears) I just don’t even feel like drinking a ton of tea. I’m sad because all my zillions of flavoured teas seem to be turning me off and since I’m limiting my intake I really want to focus on the ones I love. Figuring out what I feel like having is a nightmare these days!!
So I’ve been MIA and it sucks and that’s why.
As this was one of my old favourites from back in the day I decided to have some this morning. But something is wrong. It seems like I can just taste fakeness. It’s still tasty but this new development is both distracting and disappointing. I am unsatisfied :(
I also watched the end of the Tenth Doctor recently and that only added to my depression.
I want to keep reading everyone else’s reviews and maybe that will encourage me. I was also in Maine for 4 days so I had no tea! Just one crappy bagged tea from Dunkin Donuts. I threw it out.
And it’s chilly and perpetually rainy here so I can’t even make myself drink my new Davidstea herbals cold brewed! Wahh!I’m a downer, my apologies
Another one ordered for me and sent up north from Tastybrew, yay!
Drinking it now. It’s more flavourful than the S&V English Toffee I had yesterday… Still not SUPER caramelly. It doesn’t have the burnt toffee taste I thought I didn’t like, but I’m wondering if maybe that taste would still be preferable because at least it’s A taste.
Hm. I don’t know yet, I probably won’t be sad when this is all gone though.
My amazing “tea mule” Tastybrew sent this to me, along with two other S&V teas, one being the one I know I love, Almond Sugar Cookie.
I took a chance on this one, as some others I’ve tried have left me with a feeling of “meh”.
Sadly this one didn’t work out… So far. I brewed it at work with boiling water and no doubt oversteeped it, and it tasted like slightly flavoured hot cardboard, kind of like some of their other samples did. BUT, I hear there’s a better way to bring out the flavours of these S&V teas, 180 degrees for a couple minutes I think it was, so I plan to try that and withhold my rating for now.
Either way, thank you, Tastybrew!!!