196 Tasting Notes
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!!!
My Nova Scotian friend received some of this as a gift and passed on the rest to me, with a warning that it’s “strong”.
I thought it was a decent cuppa Earl Grey, a bit strong but not too bad. I like EG teas to start with so it was a perfectly enjoyable way to start my day, with a bit of milk :)
I’m a bit depressed because I haven’t been able to drink as much tea lately, so I’m being choosy and drinking ones I love, make it worthwhile. I miss writing reviews. I’m still reading everyone else’s though!!
I got some of this from Dustin in a swap and also Scmiracles sent me some because she is totally awesome!!
I tried this once a few months ago at my local fancy tea shop, but then she never had anymore in stock. Speaking of fancy, I feel fancy when I drink it.
It does get pretty strong pretty fast and I remember the lady at the tea shop telling me this, so I steeped it at 95 degrees and only for about a minute and a half, I do not regret that decision as I can actually taste a hint of bitterness even at that time!
It’s delicious though, chocolatey and caramelly and the scent of the tea is intoxicating. I know it’s all in my head because it’s my curse to always want things I cannot have, but I swear it even SMELLS like quality. It’s so nice to be able to try this!
My ultimate life goal of visiting Paris one day (and England for that matter) is just emphasized now because when I get there someday, I will absolutely be raiding Mariages Freres!
Thanks so much for the samples, you guys :)
I am truly enjoying my cup of this while I rewatch Season 5 of True Blood, two of my favorite things at the same time, too much awesomeness!!
Weird that I never reviewed this before! I had definitely received a sample in a swap from someone when I first began this tea journey. I wasn’t super impressed, I remember being disappointed. It was actually one of the first Della Terra Teas I tried and one I’d had high hopes for given the other reviews.
In hindsight I can now recognize that I definitely underleafed that first time around, and that my sample was probably contaminated from sitting in its little baggie in the sample box for so long.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved this tea on round 2, I definitely enjoyed it more. It still wasn’t super cookie tasting to me but it had more flavour than my first try. I have enough for a nice strong second cup so I don’t intend to skimp on the leaves.
Glad I got a second chance, thanks Dustin!!
ETA forgot to mention that oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite, because there’s a little old lady who lives inside me. Don’t even try to replace the raisins with chocolate chips, that’s blasphemy! So that being said, you’ll have to excuse my lack of raving over this tea. It’s not a real cookie!