514 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
514 tasting notes

I couldn’t wait – I had to rip into my bag as soon as it came this morning! eee!

It smells very lovely, nice and strong earl with a hint of something else… could it be cheesecake? ;)

Oh it tastes wonderful! It’s like an Earl Grey creme but with cheesecake notes instead of vanilla! I added a bit of cream and sugar after the first few sips, because that’s how I like my Earls, and mm it does not disappoint.

I am getting a creamy, slightly tangy cheesecake taste that gets stronger and stronger as the tea cools down. I know as the tea ages a bit it will intensify even more, so I’m looking forward to that!
As far as the Earl base goes – it’s nice and strong, not for the faint of bergamot heart, and a bit floral. I like that :)

Blog review in the future!


The cheesecake element in my 2 year old bag seems to be a lot stronger than that in the newer batch, so I think it does get better and better with age!

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Michael approves!
Always a happy sign to me, when prefers a straight tea to a flavoured tea ;) (I love myself lots of flavoured tea, but I’m always surprised when he likes a straight tea – and so is he!)

He’s a slow convert. Oh well, I have lots of time!

Until then, here is my photo shoot/blog review: http://www.daisychubb.com/review-yanxins-reserve-04-shu-nuggets-by-verdant-tea/


Aw man, this sounds delicious!


Lovely images!

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Still the best milk oolong ever to hold a place in my cupboard!

Never disappoints! Never a lack of sweet, creamy, milky & buttery flavour. Delicious.

My Sunday Tea

I’m new here. Although this is a review on 3 years ago, I can still feel the taste from your wording “sweet, creamy, milky & buttery flavour”.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh Steepster drama – I need to stop finding myself in it haha!

Nothing slows the rapid heartbeat like a nice, hot, soothing mug of Pumpkin Chai latte. I’ve been good to my little tin, I can’t believe it’s lasted this long! The tin is amazing by the way (the orange snap shut one) because the tea is as fresh as the day I bought it. Just as sweet, caramely and pumpkiny. I just used a little squeeze of agave and 2% – luckily it’s a cold rainy day so I can enjoy a hot cuppa!

It was a good long weekend, but back to work tomorrow! For a customer service position, it’s strangely stress-free. Except when people get mad at you for asking for donations to the children’s hospital. You know, the hospital that is no cost to you and runs on donations? Yep, that’s the one! ;) There’s all sorts of people, and they all come to the mall. haha!


Idiot that I am, I went looking for said drama. Further idiot that I am, I couldn’t keep my trap shut. My brain is still not entirely convinced that my eyes really just saw that… O.o


haha I’m totally guilty of doing the same thing! I still remember the magic carpet date sugar episode, and am still shaking my head!


Yeah, that one was pretty bizarre too.


oh I was going to say something the first time around but after reading that response there was no way my brain and fingers weren’t working out a response. shakin’ my head.


Why do I have the sudden urge to pop some popcorn? I remember that date sugar thing…..and what about the one company that was caught with the fake profiles to rate their teas well…

Hugs, DaisyChubb! You are one of the good ones! (I was going to say ‘eggs’, but you know where that might lead….)


Popcorn may be in order!
Hugs to my homies ;)

Hey, if we ever get enough drama to start a sitcom (or a soap!) we could strike it rich! <3


Amanda, I thought yours was really awesome. :)


nothing hits it home quite like ‘come at me bro!’ :D


I’m confused!


A pumpkin chai works really well for calming a girl down when dealing with interesting people. DaisyChubb you rock and don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t. I also saw some of the other nice posts from you other nice people and it was appreciated :D


Ah, nevermind! I see it.


I dunno what happened… but I <3 ya Daisy!!


see thread in discussions Being Judged for drinking tea by Kwinter and Why…? by Lynxiegirl. It’s my posts that started it all… I’m apparently quite the trouble maker


Interesting tea drama but not even related to tea. Sometimes people get a little carried away. Tea is meant to enjoy and share with others!
Pumpkin chai is definitely enjoyed best as a latte! Yum


Lol, I was going to make the first comment on the ‘why…’ post but decided not to get involved, although I meant to email Jason and let him know. I was wondering if Helena/Scott B knew each other IRL, because I couldn’t see any provocation otherwise… oh well!!


no idea who he is, and the being judged for drinking tea came before the why… post . When I saw the cruelty free comment… well I posted the other comment. It was more to justify eating ham, bacon and such. I’m not very good at making my intentions/feelings or ideas clear.


I thought the fact that ‘cruelty-free’ was emphasised and in a direct response to you was the thing that turned his comment into an attack (his second one on that thread was just plain batshit crazy). That made it very clearly aimed at you, I thought.

I was actually going to report his comment on the Being Judged thread, but I never got around to it. Last time I tried to report some spam via email, gmail decided to send it directly to the bin, instead of actually sending it to Jason. And when I then took it out of the bin and made sure it was actually sent, I never saw Jason’s reply because then gmail decided to bin that. I just couldn’t deal with that hassle one more time. But at least the whole thing reminded me that I wanted to ask why the reporting via Getsatisfaction had changed.


No worries Jason knows and has said in his ever calm, firm manner to drop it :D As long as my steepster friends know I’m not trying to be a jerk I’m happy :D Now let’s all grab some of that great Pumpkin Chai :D


Pumpkin Chai for everyone!
Hugs all around <3

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Enjoying the last of this tea from LiberTeas (THANKYOU!) while I make an insane amount of bacon and prepare to put it both in my mouth, and on my tuna melt. We’ll see if any makes it to the tuna melt.

I digress! The perfect blend of spices, and it is spicy! Super peppery kick at the back of the throat, a great way to start the last day of this long weekend! Yummy in my tummy.


As I read this, I saw “chai” and bacon… and as my eyesight is not yet completely focused (still very tired) … my mind started reading BACON CHAI … which I think is a totally marvelous idea. Bacon Chai. Frank probably isn’t reading this… so I must inform him that a bacon chai would be a good idea. LOL


O: Bacon Chai! Heck, why not!? Spicy, smoky, bacony… how do we hail Frank? Is there a batman-style light we can shine in the sky? I guess email works too.. haha!


I’ve never tried bacon in my tea… although as everyone knows by now I love my meat :D How is bacon flavoured tea taste anyway?


Well 52 teas has a few bacon teas! I have a zillion packages of maple bacon (long story), so if we ever do a swap I’ll definitely send you some! Mostly it just tastes smoky and a little salty, and there are bacon bits in there for awesomeness.

I don’t know if I would trust another bacon blend that wasn’t 52teas – I trust Frank for all my bacon tea needs. haha!


I haven’t tried anything by Frank yet although I did order some Monkey Fart the banana honeybush blend. It’s supposed to be really good :D Although I like bacon I was worried about what a bacon tea would taste like… now I know I’ll have to hit Frank up for some when I get some money :D

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Wow! Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for this generous sample!

This is one of the best rooibos blends I have EVER tasted! The taste is SO true – juicy, sweet, ripe and a little tart raspberry! The type that is so ripe, you will probably stain your shirt and mouth with it when you go berry picking. DELICIOUS! Is there a little bit of hibiscus in this blend? I swears on the precious that there is a perfect hint of tartness that takes this tea over the top.

Yum! No sweetener needed! No icky weird rooibos aftertaste! I am very impressed with Culinary Teas :)

I have just enough left to try it iced, but it was SO good hot that we’ll see what happens when the time comes.

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drank Dreidels & Donuts by Tealish
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I had this one again to compare to other chocolate/strawberry teas, and sadly I got a suuuuper sour taste to the flavouring this time :(
So much it gave me heartburn.

To be fair, I’ve had this tea since Christmas, and since it is chock full of chocolate chips, it might not have aged well.

Nothing a little cream and sugar can’t counter, but not my favourite chocolate strawberry blend. I still have half a tin to finish up, eep!

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for this deliciousness!

I’ve had two chocolate strawberry teas in a row – this one won the contest! (Although I still prefer Love Tea #7)
There is a slight sour note from the flavouring, or maybe the base, but that passes quickly and creates a nice dessert tea! Good chocolate flavour and the strawberry is strong, can’t be missed! The scent is just heavenly – I wish it came out in the taste a bit more!

For my second steep, I added a tiny pinch of rose congou – mmm much better! I love a bit of rose in my chocolate/fruit teas. I rounded it out with some vanilla and milk – very tasty!

I have been very impressed with Culinary teas for the most part! I wish the shipping to Canada wasn’t so crazy ; 3;


that’s why I haven’t ordered tea from some places, the shipping is just too much. I think it was $26 or something… I can’t remember.


It’s true! Being in Canada definitely has its perks, but price of shipping isn’t one of them


Butiki Teas was $6 I think and Verdant Tea was free because I hit the $35 mark which is a lot better than most places where it’s $50. The smaller companies have it hard so I don’t mind paying a bit. I always choose free ground shipping whenever possible to save money :D


I’m Canadian too so I feel your pain :D luckily we are getting some things now that we didn’t before. Netflix Canada actually posted some current movies/tv shows so we’re not as far behind as we were :D


Yes! Netflix! I try not to look at what the US Netflix has because I get jealous, but yay for fairly updated movies!

Butiki & Verdant are amazing and can always have my money :D


they put up all 5 seasons of Primeval, first season of BBC’s Sherlock, the first 2 seasons of The Glades and I forget what else. Not enough to cancel cable yet but getting there :D


Butiki Teas I will order from again & again because the tea is great and I like Stacy. Verdant tea people seem really nice I just can’t say most of their teas’ names… I’ll know more when I taste theirs I picked up the phoenix chai, laoshan black, laoshan village chai, and imperial breakfast. I’m going to pull from my vacation fund to cover the tea since I’m not going anywhere this year :D

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Oh my! Spicy is right!
mmm I love it though. My favourite part is the black pepper taste, more than the tellicherry pepper. This is by far the most peppery chai I have ever had! I want to try it with chocolate milk, but right now it’s starting my day (and clearing my sinuses) with milk and honey – paired with my creamy maple syrup rice pudding.

A good way to start the day before work takes over at 12:30! We’re only allowed water bottles at work, but everyone else sneaks in redbull, so I will find a way to drink my tea!

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way! It’s spicy goodness – I LOVE IT


sounds quite tasty :D


Only water bottles? Seems to me that caffeine is an essential part of keeping employees happy :P


Agreed! And I wore blue shoes yesterday but got chastised – they have to be black you see. And I’m not allowed to wear headbands. Lest I not look like anyone else .. which no one else could really tell anyways, because I work alone.

Luckily (?) they can’t tell me not to wear my neon green glasses – I need them to see! haha


Get an opaque water bottle and put tea in it! Some of them even are insulated. I think they are intended to keep water cold, but the stainless steel ones can no doubt handle hot tea if are careful about drinking out of it.


I definitely need to find me one of those :)

Madeline Alyce

Oh dear where do you work? (We get a “latte guy” once a month at my work, But there was a big line before our last staff meeting of the year, and we basically all ignored the principal when he told us the meeting was about to start and we had to sit down. There was almost a revolt! SO we wrote our orders on a napkin and gave them all to the wonderful guy and snuck out to pick them up Haha :D)


That sounds yummy. I like Chai that is heavy on the pepper. I will have to put this on my shopping list. :)

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I said that aloud after taking my first sip. I read the description of the tea and read multiple reviews, sniffed the bag like a mad woman, but I still didn’t know what to expect!

Judging by the smell of the dry leaf, I expected a tea heavy on the spice and very savoury. As usual, this blend is so much more than that. The spice is actually not overpowering at all – the tea is the star! Amazingly crisp and creamy Laoshan green. And the mint! I forgot about the mint – it’s the perfect amount. Oh so refreshing and, may I say, perfectly blended? (Always leaving room for human imperfection of course, but as far as my tastebuds are concerned, every ingredient has its role in this blend, knows its place and plays its part like it was born to play it!)

I want to make a bottle of this, ice it and take it on a hike.

So much more to say about this tea! I’m going to sit and enjoy it right, hope it doesn’t keep me up all night ( ;) ) and come back when the bag is empty to amuse you with tales of our adventures. Until then!


We’re sipping this tea today! It’s so good! These blends make me happy like a cat with a yard full of catnip.


Great tea pals think alike, is that how the saying goes?
Ah what a great analogy! Too true <3


I like this too!


HA! I love smelling my tea. I feel judge when I get a new tea bag and I just sniff it over and over. But some teas just smell delicious.

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You can call me Daisy.

I’m a 24 year old (not so budding) thespian – just moved to the Maritimes from the Saskatchewan Prairies. I’m way too polite, aka Proud to be a Canadian. I love it here by the water – it must remind me of tea or something ;)

My favourite tea companies are DavidsTea and Verdant Tea. They please my palette in different ways – and I love them both for it.

My rating system is as follows:
95-100: I will stock it as soon as I can, if I haven’t already! Permanent collection worthy.

86-95: I would stock this tea if I could, but my collection is just too full to warrant it. But it is that good.

76-85: This is a tasty tea and I will have many cups and share with friends, but won’t go out of my way to keep it stocked.

50-75: It was alright! It was… alright! Not horrible, but I might not re-steep.

25-50: Ew. But I will finish the cup.

1-25: Please no, I want to dump it.

The Steepster community is my safe place. Thank you to all my tea friends!

<3 Daisy


Halifax, NS [Canada]



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