555 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
555 tasting notes

I bought a cup of this at the mall while I was walking around with my cute little baby.

Then when I went back, I decided to buy some, because I was pretty impressed with it.
I love eggnog. I thought DT did about the best job you could possibly do in translating something like eggnog to tea form. Considering what tea is – flavoured water.

I wonder if it would have been better as a black tea, something you could add milk to to get more of a creamy note?

But as someone who HATES LOATHES DESPISES normal rooibos, I am pleased to say green rooibos is not so bad. I didn’t notice this at all. Thankfully, no gross hay taste.

Just spices, a creamy note, the white chocolate helps.

I bought 50g and I will enjoy this as a caffeine free holiday treat!

LiberTEAS

I prefer green rooibos over the red as well. I don’t hate red rooibos, though, as I’ve found several different blends that I actually quite enjoy. But I’d prefer the green over the red … and honeybush over either one of those.

Cavocorax

I can’ wait to try this!
And speaking of cute babies, mine is grabbing my hand so I can only type with the other. She wants to draw on my tablet and doesn’t understand why I won’t let her. :P

MissSholia

You can add milk to it, why not?

whatshesaid

I had this again last night, just as delicious.

I find the idea of adding milk weird though, it would just make it white, it doesn’t seem like a substantial enough tea to add milk to!

Cavo -Awww! Yeah my baby is constantly after my phone and iPad.

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I’ve committed a tea sin.

And I don’t even care.

I’m on this mission to get my stash down, stop hoarding things, and make my cupboard (the real one, not the steepster one) seem less daunting.

So, i drank this to try it out when I got it.
I enjoyed it. But not any more so than I enjoy the normal LB, which is a lot, obviously.

So when I was going through my stash recently, I saw this…relatively new purchase that I had tried once, and enjoyed, but not any more than the normal LB – and I decided to just dump it in with the rest of my LB in its designated LB tin.

GASP!!!

Even though it cost more. I don’t even care. Since I didn’t notice a difference myself, I just decided to enjoy it as regular LB. So now it’s all mixed up.

Feel free to judge me, tea snobs! :)

Sil

haha that’s a good idea… i prefer LB more :)

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A sample from VariaTEA! Thank you!

I was interested in trying this, because his other marshmallow genmaicha blends always sounded so good… but then I was always let down. Just MEH. You shouldn’t really go by my ratings though, because I always seem to be let down by 52Teas blends.

No offense to them, they just don’t work out for me.
This was another.

I didn’t NOT enjoy drinking it, it was pleasant enough, but it didn’t really stand out.
Nothing super tasty.

The idea is better than the reality. IMHO.

Anyway, still happy to try it!!!

The whole Steepster world should be proud of me because I just made a point of sitting down for an hour or so to crank out a bunch of backlogged tea reviews. They’ve been hanging around forever! I keep empty packages to remind me to log the ones I drank, I’m so pleased to finally be able to throw these ones away!

carol who

I am proud of you! It can be a real challenge to keep up with tasting notes. I know that there are a lot of teas I never got entered.

Dustin

Have you tried this one cold brewed? I find I like 52 flavored genmaichas better that way.

whatshesaid

Thanks carol who!

Dustin no I haven’t! I’ve never been pleased with any of them :/

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I finally had the rest of this sample from the generous Cavocorax – you know, i liked it even more the second time around.

If it wasn’t so hard (read: pricy) for a Canadian to buy from Adagio, I’d consider adding a small amount to a future order! It’s definitely interesting and a unique blend of flavours.

Tasty.

Whaddoyaknow!?

OMGsrsly

I thought they had $7 shipping to Canada now… or am I imagining things? :)

Cavocorax

I just placed an order last week and the shipping was $11? They use basic ground shipping now with no tracking, which is totally fine with me. It ships from New Jersey so it’s not a long wait either. IF you ever do want to place an order, it’s really easy to get a $5 coupon for your first order (someone can send you a code – just fb me or anyone else!). After that, you get points for each order and for each review and at $100 you can redeem that for $5 or $10 off (not sure what). It’s not great, but it helps counter the shipping! Also, sending friends the first time coupons gets you points too. >__>

whatshesaid

Oh awesome! I had no idea. That’s good news!

Man I would have a hard time choosing!

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Received this as a sample from The Tea Spot…. it seemed like it was tasty but unfortunately the sample was so scant that I couldn’t even make a normal sized cup out of it, I felt like it could have been stronger. To my tastes, anyway.

It seemed raisiny and malty and a good strong breakfast tea, from what I could gather. I would love to find a good breakfast tea to stock.

I can’t really rate this because I felt like I didn’t have enough tea for a satisfying cup!

Would like to try again sometime with more!

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Saved this from a TTB in the summer, for my pu-erh tasting adventures.

Honestly I can’t really recall any difference between this and any other. I’m quite sure though that I prefer the Mandala ones I’ve tried. Even though they still just taste like pu-erh to me, no delicious chocolate notes or anything of the sort.

This was strong, I brewed it western style for a minute or so for a few infusions, and always with milk. I’m not a SUPER puerh fan yet. But i’m trying!

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
555 tasting notes

Oddly enough I got no strawberries out of this, only apples.

I don’t like apple flavouring very much, so I didn’t love this. Perhaps my tastebuds are messed up.

I also cannot recall where I got this! Courtney perhaps??

Happy to have tried it though!

Weird, apple.

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Got a sample of this one from Miss B!

I didn’t find the flavours super strong, they didn’t punch me in the face or anything, but I realize that is probably typical of “scented” french teas.

I have this mission to try as many French teas as possible. Though I can’t afford to buy online and I don’t seem to be able to find them at my local Winners or Homesense stores like some other lucky people.

Perhaps someday France will be on my travel menu!

I found this relaxing and enjoyable to drink. Not my favourite one so far, but nice. It kind of ended up like a random blend of unnameable fruits to me. Ah well :) Glad to have tried it!!

I liked Velours Nacre better though!

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drank Assam by The Tea Spot
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Got a sample of this from The Tea Spot. I drank it this summer, lol. So yeah, this is a very late review.

I had it for breakfast everyday when I was visiting my cousins’ cottage for a week in August, on the beach with my baby. My actual baby. Not like, a romantic thing.

It was delicious in the mornings with milk. A good strong cup and I usually had two steeps out of it. I honestly can’t quite remember if it was super flavourful, but I did enjoy it.

Assams are usually tasty to me!
So, there you have it! Just reviewed it so I’ll remember having tried it :)

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Bought a sample of this because it intrigued me.

Sometimes I like teas with roses in them, i ALWAYS love LB, and I usually enjoy Earl Greys. So I figured this might be good.

Once I smelled it dry I wasn’t quite sure, though it was really pretty to look at.

It ended up being pretty tasty though! The flavours seem to work really well together. I will have some more steeps of my sample tomorrow for sure, this is not one to use once and throw away!

I would consider buying some, but it’s not a MUST HAVE for me or anything.

None of the flavours seem to overpower the others, though the main thing I taste is LB, which is probably why i enjoyed it so much.

The next thing I notice is the bergamot, but it’s not overwhelming. The roses are pretty faint, which is probably a good thing because a super floral tea can be too intense for me.

Overall, enjoyed this one!

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Hello!

I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

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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