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193 Tasting Notes

74

I recall I had wanted to try this one for a long time and then last year pre-baby a sample was sent to me in a swap from Dustin…it’s been awhile, but thanks!

It tastes like the marshmallows from Lucky Charms. It’s good, I mean clearly there’s nothing natural about it and it’s purely a decadent, indulgent dessert tea, but it is definitely good if that’s what you are looking for.

I’d almost consider this as a replacement for hot chocolate if you were trying to “watch your figure” (vs “watching it expand”).

A winter tea for sure! Definitely comparable to DTT’s S’Mores tea. And that other one, the one that is similar to S’Mores. It’s been awhile and I forget.

I put a bit of cream in my cup and it held up pretty well, even though I think I put a bit too much. I would consider buying this in the winter, if I ran out of S’Mores!

It pains me to say this, but I almost think I’m over the whole super sweet fake dessert tea thing :/

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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54

I am doing this.

Decided to try and sip down a bunch of samples sent to me pre-baby as they’ve been sitting in my house for over a year.

This one first, as I had enough left for one cup, sent to me from Kitenna ages ago!

I didn’t enjoy this when I originally tried it, I found it disappointing.

Not much has changed, really. I still find it weak, flavorless, not at ALL full bodied.
The flavour is a mere suggestion of cinnamon and chocolate, not subtle in a good way. This is one watery-ass cuppa tea.

I dunno if that’s considered good fancy tea reviewer lingo, but I went there. It barely even smells like it should.

It’s making my teeth hurt and my tongue feel fuzzy.

After a few sips I decided to add some 10% cream. Not because I usually do that, but because the milk hasn’t been opened yet and I was too lazy to pull open the plastic thingy. Even delicious cream couldn’t bring out any flavours in this guy.

I’d call this nothing more than an “ok” cup of tea. And I will allow for the fact that I’ve had these remnants for a long time….but remember I didn’t care for it when it was fresh anyway. One down, millions to go!

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

“One watery-ass cuppa tea” works for me. :D Gets the point across just fine, but with a bit of personality.

whatshesaid

Oh good :)

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95

I still love this. Made some the other day, actually did a resteep of the leaves because I cannot bring myself to toss any Butiki tea remnants without sucking every last drop of deliciousness from them (not literally, but like, in my cup)

I’m not sure it’s quite a 98 as the flavoring COULD be a bit stronger for me, but it is really tasty. It’s delicately flavorful, not sickeningly sweet and with no weird chemical taste to it.

I will always stock this one and a few other Butiki teas! In fact, there are more I’d love to try if I ever drink down the ones I have!

edited to fix a typo :)

Flavors: Cream, Grass, Nuts, Vanilla

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
193 tasting notes

edit oh hey look! my 150th tasting note!

As I sit here drinking my new favorite thing (Second Cup’s Caramello coffee….blasphemy!!), it occurred to me that I could pop on and write a little review for my old fave.

I’m still trying to regain my love of tea…I certainly don’t need to buy anymore because my stash is through the roof and I haven’t been drinking much these days.

I’m sticking with the teas that have permanently earned a place in my heart (and in my belly), with the hopes that it will rekindle the old flame that died once I got pregnant and coffee took over. Now I have a baby and I go to bed at night dreaming of the cup of java I will have the next morning. Tea just doesn’t give me that satisfying jolt. But I know the love is there, and I’ve been drinking some in the evenings.

All that to say – THIS tea is one of my holy grail teas. It has achieved that ultimate status for me. It’s perfectly flavored but not too strong, not fake tasting. It’s basically a fancy, gussied up (yeah I just said that) version of my go-to tea, earl grey. Like the Earl’s young, fun sister.
I don’t know why but if you watch Downton Abbey, you should know that the character of Rose just came to mind.

Caramel, berries, vanilla, bergamot….I dunno, I mean this tea is everything I want in a ….tea. I’m raising my rating to 100 for two reasons:

1) when you love something this much you should give it full credit
2) when someone who is currently “off” tea (trying to find her way back on), and still loves one this much, that’s saying something.

(I’ve been using the sachets because with a 3 month old baby around, time is money)

<3

Sil

whatsherface! you’re back! (i kid i kid!) so glad that this tea is working out for you :)

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99

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 :)

Huzzah!

Oh and PS this may be my favorite tea tin to stick my nose in and sniff! Smells amazing!

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Ysaurella

That’s so nice to see you back : a warm welcome in the fairy land of motherhood :)

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75

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!

Thanks TastyBrew!

TastyBrew

You’re welcome! Glad you like it! I’m in in a no resteeps phase too. Way too much tea to get through and the second steep is never as good anyway.

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55
drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
193 tasting notes

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!!)

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

If you scroll about halfway down the tea page, the description is there :)

whatshesaid

Ohhh thank you. I didn’t think to scroll down. forehead slap

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86
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
193 tasting notes

So.

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!)

yyz

Congratulations!

Allie

Congratulations!! We all go through phases and you’ll get back into drinking tea when you’re ready. :-)

ifjuly

Congratulations! (:

Courtney

Congratulations!

TastyBrew

You’re back!!! Yay! Congrats on the baby! That’s awesome!

Sil

YAY! happy to have you back and grats on the bundle of baby love!

OMGsrsly

Congratulations! :)

whatshesaid

Thanks guys :)

Cavocorax

Congrats!
I’m happy to see you back too! Somehow I missed this post but when I saw your comment I lit right up! I hope you can get back into tea without too much fuss. Also, I recommend DT’s Mother’s Little Helper to help zonk you out before bed. (Sometimes you’re so exhausted but you can’t just make your brain shut up – that helped me out a bit!)

Also, if you see anything in my cupboard that you think you’d be interested in (and that I Have enough of) I could send it your way to help you figure out what you like again. :D

whatshesaid

Thank you, appreciate that! So far I haven’t had too much trouble shutting my brain down, five hours of sleep will do that to me, haha. But I will keep that in mind!!

I’m hoping the fact that I can’t healthily drink as much coffee as I’d like coupled with being home all day will encourage me to get back into the tea. Even a cup or two a day would be swell!! My husband is harassing me about my huge collection. I have to prove him wrong.

Kittenna

Oooooh, congrats! Glad to see you’re at least kind of back, as well!

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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.

Kittenna

Woah, preggers! Congrats! Well that sure explains some of it, hey?

Lala

Congratulations!

Chelle

Congrats!

Sil

haha Congratulations! That’s great news. Just remember…plenty of ppl here who will happily take some of that tea off your hands :)

Cavocorax

Congrats!!!
And maybe in the 2nd/3rd trimesters things will calm down enough that you can enjoy tea again?

ifjuly

Congratulations! Just think, one day the kiddo’ll be out and probably want to have tea parties with you. (:

Alysha

Congratulations!

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91
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
193 tasting notes

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.

Alysha

LOL at the egg incident! I can relate; I once dropped an entire container of yogurt on the hallway carpet, and had to clean it up as everyone passed by.

Kittenna

You are back! Though I’ve been on and off as well. Have you been drinking unflavoured tea at all, or not really that either? I go in cycles, most often.

whatshesaid

I’m around, creeping mostly :)
I’ve been drinking some Butiki teas and earl grey type blends mostly. Anything more strongly flavoured is just not appealing to me at all right now, which is unfortunate given how many new ones I have just taking up space. I’m going to see how I feel about a flavored matcha latte tomorrow!

Sil

Hope things are going ok in your world my dear :) miss your notes!

whatshesaid

Thanks :) I’m alive!!! Just posted a “review”

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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.

Location

New Brunswick, Canada

Website

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