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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
22 tasting notes

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This tea is unique! Very smooth + relaxing. Or wait, is it crisp + refreshing? I can’t put my finger on exactly what these flavors invoke, but they come together to create a suuuper clean blend of light white chocolate, mint, and vanilla. This taste errs ever so slightly on the subtle side, so I always end up adding a bit more than the recommended amount of tea and a TINY bit of rock sugar with this one. Definitely a re-order for me, can’t wait to try it as a latte and perhaps iced.

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I only had a sample of this, but I enjoyed it a lot. However, the potency of the vanilla tended to vary; sometimes it was strong and very noticeable… other times it was weak and nonexistent. Sometimes this tea was flavorful, other times neutral. I’ll be ordering more of this with my next Upton order and updating this review when I taste more of this tea.

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This tea has a very nice flavor.. perfect light mix of rose with a black that does not overpower. This tea tastes a little more “thin” than I would like though, but the flavor is so on point that I could easily see this becoming one of my go-to teas. Sorry for the brief review, but I only tried a sample of this. I will definitely be picking up more of this with my next Upton order and will give this a more proper review at that time =)

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This one is pretty interesting. Let me first start by saying that I always add rock sugar to this tea, as this is another one of those teas who’s flavors are brought out by the rock sugar.

Now, speaking of those flavors… the reviewers if this tea are getting all kinds of flavors and notes, but I myself would describe this as simply this: a creamy citrus mint. I wouldn’t call this tea ‘complex’ but these three flavors play wonderfully (perhaps confusingly to some palettes) together, and I definitely can see how the illusion of vanilla is created. The cream and citrus are equal parts, while the mint is subtle. In fact, the way the mint leaves fall in your bag may vary so I recommend shaking your bag upside-down a bit just to get an even distribution of the particles before you scoop.

I like this tea even though I’m not in love with citrus (lemon, orange) flavors in general, but I enjoy the creaminess of this and how the contrast of 3 flavors lets your mind/mouth wander to come up with your own interpretations of notes on this tea. This is definitely one of those teas where I can see my opinion and perception of it changing as I become more familiar with it.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Just finished my sample of this tea. Definitely getting some chocolate notes in this one, quickly followed by a sharp sweetness. These flavors are brought together by an earthy, slightly malty body. I did perhaps notice a tiny bit of bitterness and astringency, but trust me as somebody who dislikes those things a lot – they are not a problem due to the boldness of the fruit flavor here. In fact, this tea may have let me develop an appreciation for how a hint of bitterness and astringency can sometimes work with the flavors to produce something good. In regards to that it reminds me of dark chocolate, where the bitterness is sort of a necessary evil that eventually grows on you. Currently I’m unsure if i would re-order this and I find it hard to rate this tea because I am still kind of ‘exploring’ the spectrum of various black teas… but I would not be surprised if, at the end of my journey, this tea ends up being one of the highlights.


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drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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For the longest time I was searching for an herbal to drink at night, something to kind of wind-down with and get all cozy with. I made a point to try a lot of teas with nut or cinnamon or vanilla notes, but nothing stood out… even Whispering Pines Elder Grove, which I had high hopes for, did not appeal to me. I thought that tea could not fulfill my expecations for this particular flavor, but I was wrong =) Let me first provide some perspective and preface this by saying that I am extremely critical with my ratings system; many teas I’ve enjoyed did not even make it into the 80’s, and some of the best teas I have tasted have not made it into the 90’s. So when I rate something at 97 after the first tasting, I hope that will mean something to you.

I received this today in my Tea Sparrow subscription service (which I highly recommend). The dry leaf smells like the essence of warm holiday memories, which sounds cliche I know but its the truth. I thought this could perhaps be the tea I had been searching for, but I didn’t want to get excited since I know that a tea’s dry leaf scent can be very different from its liquid flavor. So I put 5-6 pieces of brown rock sugar into my mug and steeped this for a bit – 2.5tsp in 8oz at 210F for 7mins, to be exact.

When it was done, somehow the steeped scent was even better than the dry leaf scent. And then I tasted it, fully expecting it to be much less flavorful than I imagined. But O_O. Within seconds of the first sip I instantly had a smile on my face because right away I knew that this was what I had wanted all this time. This tea is ridiculous; a perfect combination of nutty cinnamon with just right right amount of apple sweetness and a creaminess to meld it all together in harmony. With its strong desert-like flavor, I literally CANNOT believe that this tea does not have any sort of flavoring added to it. Not to say that the inclusion of flavoring would’ve stopped me from loving this, I literally don’t care what the ingredients are if the tea tastes this good! I had long thought that herbals were not capable of achieving the type of deep flavor I wanted, and after tasting this tea I am pleased to discover that I was wrong. This is an instant favorite, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

During my short exploration in the tea world, there have been a handful of tastings that made me do a double-take back at my cup as if to say “Whaaat is this real life?!?” due to disbelief. In these instances, I had to literally re-taste the tea to reassure myself that it did in fact taste as incredible as I thought. However, this was NOT the case with this tea. Instead, my reaction was an instant smile of satisfaction because I knew right away on the very first sip that this was exactly what I wanted. This tea became a favorite within 2 seconds of the first sip, and that’s something I cannot say about any other tea I have tasted up until this point. Perhaps its because I had no idea herbals could taste like this, or perhaps because this flavor is just something that personally appeals to me, or perhaps just simply because this tea is absolutely undeniably fantastic… whatever the reason is, I 100% recommend this tea to everybody. If you enjoy this even half as much as I did, I’m sure you will love it.

6 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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I received a bit of this tea in a swap. It was my first tea from Davids and I am not disappointed. The taste was obviously very fruity, and I could identify the unique jackfruit/starfruit taste despite it being my first time with that flavor. The tea has a small bit of natural sweetness, but not enough for my tastes so I end up adding some sugar to my cups. I had to be careful not to oversteep this tea even a little bit, because the one time i did it tasted pretty undrinkable. This was a good intro for me to Davidstea and I look foward to trying more from them soon.

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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I’m changing my previous rating on this tea. I’m not sure if I oversteeped it on my first review, but this time I did 2g/3oz/1min. This time, the brew was MUCH better… any astringency or bitterness during my first tasting was much improved on this revisit, and had a much more vegetal flavor with a good amount of natural sweetness (another tea that I do not need to add sugar to). It tasted great, and its sad that most people dismiss green teas before tasting a delicious one such as this. Its hard for me to identify and define the notes in this since its my first sencha so I apologize for the briefness, but I will definitely be coming back to this tea in the future to see how it stacks up vs other senchas. In fact, tomorrow my huge Yunomi.us order arrives, so we will see very soon =D

1 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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December 2014_____

Currently looking for these flavored teas:
An A+ vanilla
An A+ cinnamon
Any good banana
Any good watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew

It takes me a while before I log a tea because I like to taste it multiple times before writing about it. If you are interested in a particular tea in my Cupboard, we can perhaps set up a SWAP… please follow/msg me!

Did I mention I want to swap?!? I’d love to swap some samples with you, just follow/msg me or post on my Swap thread topic.

Companies I plan to explore:
- Verdant Tea
- Tao of Tea
- Mighty Leaf
- Adagio
- Davids Tea (continued)
- Market Spice
- Teavana (maybe..)
- Mandala
- Art of Tea
- Harney & Sons
- Tea Guys
- Shanti
- Tea Spot
- Golden Moon Tea
- Fusion Tea
- California Tea House
- Tealish
- Tea Spring
- Life in Teacup
- Red Blossom Tea Company
- T-oolong
- Teavivre
- Steep City Teas

Rating scale:
100-90: Awesomely tasty, will always keep some on-hand
89-80: Great, will look to purchase again
79-70: Decent and maybe slightly above average, no plans to repurchase
69-60: Meh, not a fan
59-00: Bad and generally undrinkable


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