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199 Tasting Notes

90

I can’t believe there’s rooibos in this. I think I talked myself into the idea that I hate rooibos on account of some bad, hay-like, medicinal tasting rooibos teas that I’ve tried in the past…. Even though there are a few I like, mostly the lemon/lime ones from Della Terra. Anyway to me this is mostly green. Green and caramel. And yum.

I still like it. I have two small tins and I am happy about that!

As far as green caramels go, not that I was ever technically ON the hunt for such a thing, but if I had been, the hunt would be over.

Flavors: Caramel

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drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
199 tasting notes

Still an old favorite of mine. I had bought it blind from Kusmi, and didn’t regret it. I do love bergamot. I find it interesting how I’m just noticing now how similar this is to Harney and Son’s Paris tea, which I also love. I will have to do a taste test sometime. At the very least a sniff test, once my sick little nose is back to operating at 100%.

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
199 tasting notes

You know how sometimes it seems like you search and search for something and it ends up being right under your nose the entire time? Like, a really good caramel black tea?

Yeah. I made this to take into the movies with me yesterday, and couldn’t believe how tasty it was.

I remember being super underwhelmed when I first tried it because at the time I was looking for super extreme flavoring, but now that I’ve refined my tastes a bit (great success!), I realize that I truly enjoy this tea.

It’s pretty delicious. Subtle. Sweet caramel flavoring and a tea base that seemingly can’t be ruined, because I’m pretty sure I let it steep for quite awhile. A nice rich liquor that stood up next to my milk and said “I shall not be overcome!”

It was good. I’m sad I swapped so much of this away back in the day, I might just have to suck it up and do another Kusmi order at some point (I hate paying stupid shipping fees but what can you do when you live in a shoe Canada??)

Bumping my rating up from 76. Such a happy ending to a tea story!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
199 tasting notes

Have I never reviewed this?!

eta yes! I have. So why is there no way to automatically see your own review of a tea you’re about to review again?!

This was my all time fave when DT first opened in my city. It’s the perfect blend of flavours for me. I’m pleased to report I’m still a fan. I had two strong mugs of this today, I could almost even taste it at times (thanks peppermint!)

I restock this one every Christmas. Totally worth it. It’s comforting, flavored but not too much so, and still simple. I love it with milk, or even without.

It brews up to be a great dark tea, with a deep, rich liquor. Holds its own with milk.
My cuppa tea!

Flavors: Vanilla

TheTeaFairy

One of the very few Davidstea I still like a lot also :-)

whatshesaid

Same, I’m losing interest for a lot of others that I used to love, but this one is a keeper for me :)

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Wow, the other reviews make this sound amazing.
I shouldn’t have had a cup when I am sick, because it tasted like nothing….everything tastes like nothing :(

I will obviously revisit this when I can taste anything at all!

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens…

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91

Got my sample in the mail today and had a mug of this earlier. Just made it as a hot latte following the parameters recommended.

It’s really good.
I’m going to have to start reviewing in depth so I can get a discount in order to fund more matcha that I otherwise can’t really afford right now. Unless babies can drink matcha? Haha. I KID, obviously.

Dustin

Rooibos is said to help with diaper rash, so if you get the red base then yeah, babies can drink matcha!

whatshesaid

Haha no way! Weird fact!

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100

Yum. Put this in my magic bullet with some milk and one ice cube the other day and went to run some errands with it. Super tasty no matter how you make it!!

What a frothy, creamy, delectable treat!

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I must have underleafed this because it tasted like nothing… Not at all like laoshan black. Is this not laoshan black? Why does the description mention oolong? Is laoshan black an oolong? I’m so confused. It’s gotta be the head cold…surrrre.

Eta ok, reading the description helps… So oolong was added, ok.

I’ve got enough of this left for one more cup, if I have to use more leaf.
I had used about a “perfect teaspoon” in 8oz at 180 degrees like my sample bag told me to, for about 3-4 min (3 didn’t seem like enough)

Do I steep longer?
I was so excited to try this. What do I have to do to make it awesome?

I can’t believe with a base as flavorful as LB, why can’t I taste it??

ETA#2 I added some more leaf to my leftovers from steep 1, and did a resteep with boiling water, this seemed to bring out the flavours more but I still can’t seem to quite taste the full power of the LB in there!

Stephanie

I’ve given up on LB blends…I’d rather just drink LB :)

whatshesaid

Yeah, totally understandable base on my very limited experience here!

TheTeaFairy

Whatshesaid, Just curious to know, how old is your batch? Cause I I just received my order of this and it’s pretty tasty, one of the best chocolate blend I’ve ever tried…I did put a lot of leaves though and let it steep for a good 5 minutes, maybe that’s why?

whatshesaid

Mine was a sample likely from last year so that could very well play a role!
I didn’t have any interest in tea while I was pregnant so everything kind of went on hold for awhile

Courtney

I steep this one the same as LB. Boiling for 3 minutes and I really enjoy it. :) I can send you some more if you’re interested.

whatshesaid

I would love to try a fresher cup before ordering!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
199 tasting notes

Yikes, last time I had this I rated it 69. Newb. I shouldn’t have left a rating just because I didn’t have a developed palette.

I’m not entirely sure that I do now either, but it’s gotta be better because I’m on my third infusion of this now and I’m really enjoying it.

And I had that before I even had a cup of coffee. Plus I have a cold and didn’t get a ton of sleep last night, baby had me up early….so I really needed that coffee.

Guys, I think I’m officially back!!!
I put this one out on the counter last night because I knew I wanted to revisit it today. Je regrette rien!

I’m sorry that I don’t have the “teaxpertise” to separate and name every note that I taste in this very interesting and multi layered tea….but I did read a bunch of reviews before hand so I would know what to pay attention to. Maybe that’s cheating but I still need the guidance.

I know that when i smelled the wet leaves I definitely caught a cocoa note, but I didn’t smell that in my cup after. I have a cold but my sense of smell is still here (for now)!

When I drink it, it tastes bready to me, is that the same as malty? I don’t know. Definitely complex. On this third steep I think I might taste that cinnamon note people speak of, but that also might be wishful thinking.

I think I will have to order this when it comes back because I can see me drinking this way more than a lot of the flavored teas I have kicking around.

Maybe I don’t even need coffee this morning?!
Actually I’m going to go nap while the baby naps.

I’m going to remove my rating because what was I comparing this to anyway?? Chemically flavored teas? Silly girl.

Once I drink my way through all the straight black teas I will be allowed to buy after I sipdown my flavored stash…then I will revisit a rating.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
whatshesaid

I used 1.5 tsp, just noticed Steepster must not allow decimal points

Courtney

The decimal point non-allowance is a pain. But this tea is amazing.

Dustin

I feel like I’m cheating reading other’s review before trying a tea too. Sometimes it really helps me identify what I’m tasting. Other times it is fun to try to name what I’m tasting and see how close or how far off I was with identifying flavors correctly.

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92

Had two steeps of this guy tonight. Lately for every flavored tea I drink it’s like I need to balance it off with something simpler.

I still love me a delicious buttery oolong! This is a particular favorite of mine.
Interesting because I had thought I recalled that this one had added flavoring, but when I looked at my bag it only listed the oolong tea as the ingredient. But the website says it has “added natural flavoring”…. Whatever that means.

Either way it’s not one I would consider fake or chemical tasting, and the flavoring blends perfectly with the tea in my opinion.

I drank this while me and the hubby watched a horror movie. I used to love horror movies, being genuinely disturbed by a film meant that it was very well done, served it’s purpose of properly horrifying me. Since the baby though, I find they’re just mean. I seem to have a much lower tolerance for movies that just torture the characters for fun. I suppose that makes me normal now…. But anyway. If it doesn’t have some sort of happy resolution at the end I probably don’t want to depress myself by sitting through it.

The movie we watched disturbed me.

But my tea was good. I’m going to up my rating from 87.
Yum yum.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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New Brunswick, Canada

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