502 Tasting Notes

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
502 tasting notes

Super old sample….going to give the rest to my friend to try.

I made this to bring to the movie theatre, added milk.

I think my “stained” stainless steel travel mug (the one that kind of has taste remnants of all the flavoured teas it has ever contained) may have ruined the taste of this one for me a bit.
It wasn’t very potent or delicious.

I might actually have to try again one time before I give it away!

I don’t consider this a 92 based on my tastes today, so I’m lowering my rating accordingly.

Marzipan

Denture tablets work wonders.

OMGsrsly

I second that. :)

Marzipan

If you’re lucky and have a kid with a retainer, you can just steal from their stash ;)

whatshesaid

Good to know!

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Super old sample sipdown… Thanks to Shmiracles for sharing this with me long ago!

I didn’t really care for it, unfortunately. Might be because I don’t love orange teas very much. I did like Davidstea’s chocolate orange, so maybe chocolate would have helped this one.

It was really musty and dusty and murky and putting orange flavouring on top of that didn’t make it taste any better to me. Like sticking an orange air freshener in a dank old basement….you never can hide that mustiness.

Not the pu-erh for me, I guess!
Though I appreciate getting to try it :)

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Another sample from Cavocorax!

I don’t much care for apple flavoured things, so admittedly I wasn’t excited to try this one.
It smells pretty good in the bag though.
And I do like apple cider, so I was kind of hoping it would be along those lines.

It ended up tasting pretty weak, though. Not really worth drinking!
Happy to have the chance to try it!

Thanks, Cavo :)

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59

I love Sherlock, but I did not love this tea, sadly. Though not unexpected, given my track record with Adagio.

Honestly I find all these chai/spicy/green/black blends these people come up with all manage to taste the same to me.

It was “Meh” times 100.

Thanks for passing it along for me to try, Cavocorax!
otherwise I’d wonder forever about Adagio and me.

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Had another cup of this for breakfast this morning, thanks to the generous sample from the TTB.

I accidentally forgot to fill my kettle up with enough water for a cup, so I had to let it sit after I poured it, while I waited for more water to boil.

It got really dark and bold. I added milk , or maybe it was a splash of cream…I forget. Anyway it was good and rich and thick and creamy.
Glad I have a bit left!

Nicole

I love this one with cream. :)

Sil

i’ll have to look at it sometime…sounds nice

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Another sample from my friend, I accidentally ruined it.

I’m always disappointed by maple teas, I expect too much mapley deliciousness from them apparently. Reality never lines up with my hopes.

So I kind of assumed this would be no different. And then I got the genius idea to add some cream to it, I figure it would make it extra desserty and the creaminess would make up for the lack of maple flavour that I was anticipating.

Anywaaaaay, I went to add the cream and forgot how full it was, so a bunch came out and made my tea pretty much white.

I took a few sips but it wasn’t anything but watery, creamy, tea flavoured liquid.

Sorry, tea!

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Sample sipdown from OMGsrsly, my second creme brûlée tea of the night.

It’s a pretty potent tea. I definitely get that slightly bitter burnt caramel note.

It’s a very heady dessert tea that I wouldn’t mind having a small quantity of, but nothing I would want to drink regularly. I’d probably add a bit to my cart if I was ever going to place an order but I wouldn’t place an order just for this.

Thanks for sharing, OMGsrsly!

Sil

this + cream from teaG or divine temptation smooths the burnt note out and makes it delicious!

JustJames

drat…. might have to explore this company…….

Sil

james – they have some really nice things and some icky things.

Amariel

I do love this and divine temptation.

whatshesaid

Good to knowwwww

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Uhhh, I can’t seem to recall who sent me the sample of this tea. I’m sorry.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was pretty good! (For a chai).

I did find it tasted a lot like a creme brûlée with major big time chai. Super spicy chai. This is probably exactly how spicy chai normally is, but the last few chai-ish teas I’ve had were Adagio fandom versions of chai, not as spicy.

It was a neat dessert tea to try, I enjoyed drinking it, though I wouldn’t buy it because of the strong slickness.

Thanks to whoever sent it, sorry I didn’t have the foresight to write your name on the bag when I got it in the mail!

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold brewed the small quantity of this I bought recently…. Yum! Left it in the fridge for about a day.
I really find it tastes like a cherry snowcone. Granted, it’s not gritty with sugary sweetness but it’s like an unsweetened cherry snowcone. Which is fine by me, I prefer tart things to overly sweetened things.

I will buy more to use up this summer!

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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Uh. I don’t get this tea, I feel like I’m missing something major. It might just be too subtle for me or something.

All I taste is a somewhat musty vegetal and also floral oolong base.
With maybe a hint of some kind of old fruit, I don’t know. Maybe that’s the frankincense? I have no sweet clue what that would even taste like.

I can’t stand the smell of incense though. I only have a fond memory of when I was 13 and would burn it because I used to pretend I was Wiccan. I didn’t even like the smell back then, at least it had a purpose at the time. Can’t imagine wanting to drink anything that tastes like incense.

It’s basically the opposite of everything I like.
Luckily this basically tastes like nothing to me… No bergamot, that’s for sure.

Sounded interesting but I guess it’s just not for me! Sorry I couldn’t do your beloved tea justice, but thanks for the sample, OMGsrsly!!

Cameron B.

Hah, I did the same thing in my early to middle teenage years! Dragon’s Blood was my favorite (whatever that means…). Reading this made me laugh. :)

whatshesaid

Hehe those were the days! I definitely kept my old “spell books”, neat snapshot of my life at the time!

Cameron B.

I wish I had mine to look at right now! I used to hang out at the book store all the time and look at all the Wiccan/Pagan books… I had tarot cards too, teehee. I wonder if those are still around somewhere…

OMGsrsly

I find this one is super strong with the frankincense, but sniffing it I could see that the flavour might not come out too strongly for everyone. :)

whatshesaid

I definitely still have a deck of tarot cards and a voodoo doll somewhere, haha!!

OMGsrsly maybe it’s because I don’t know what frankincense tastes like…. All I’m noticing is oolong for some reason!

OMGsrsly

If you don’t like incense, this wouldn’t have helped, but I could have sent you some resin and a wee charcoal piece so you could smell it. :) I find it really warm and heady. It’s tree sap, and is used in a lot of perfumes and soaps and things.

whatshesaid

Probably in the perfumes I avoid buying, hehe :)

OMGsrsly

:D I had to pull some out and burn it. Now my whole apartment smells yummy. (Considering my neighbours smoke inside, I don’t feel bad about this at all!)

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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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