28 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Yumchaa
28 tasting notes

Another tea gifted by @EmilyGee. I love it! The dry tea smells lovely and is only a little less aromatic once brewed. I’m very fussy about fruit teas. And I’m a huge fan of raspberry stuff. This one isnt bad. Not overly artificial tasting, pretty decent actually. Man, maybe I’m just not very good at reviewing tea or they’re all starting to blend together for me lol. Overall, I think the vanilla helps to make the raspberry not so tart or even maybe tones down any artificial raspberry taste because this is pretty good!

Flavors: Raspberry, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
EmilyGee

Totally agree! The vanilla really makes this!

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this as a sample from EmilyGee, thanks so much Emily!

Oh I DO like this tea! I’m a big fan of peach, so this definitely delivers a peachy taste! I could do without the floaties in my cup, but I’ll deal. It has a slight hard candy taste at the end that I haven’t quite decided if I like or not, but there’s definitely no bitterness or astringency..

EDIT: Ya, that hard candy taste at the end is not to my liking. I think I may pass on making this my ‘go to’ peach tea. The search continues!

Flavors: Candy, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Received this from EmilyGee to try, thanks Emily!

It smells more chocolate/orange dry than it does when brewed. I don’t sense the orange anywhere except maybe a slight hint of citrus right at the end. But it’s ever so faint, I miight even just be willing my tastebuds to notice it.
The chocolate is there, but in a very earthy sense as opposed to the sweet commercial sense. Or it could just be that I’m not familiar with pu-erh tea and the earthiness is from that.
I don’t think it’s orangy enough for my liking, so I doubt I’d buy it in future.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I was recommended this tea because I like Buddha’s Blend. She probably suggested it because they both have hibiscus. But they do not taste the same. Unfortunately this one tastes like watermelon and I hate watermelon! Oh well, at least I only bought a very small amount. Moving on.

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80

Got this tea in my February Tea Sparrow box. It’s a lovely tea! The black tea gives the vanilla a very round, full flavour. I don’t sense the ginger so much, but I’m not all that bothered by it, it’s still lovely.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Sunny Citrus by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks so much to Vari Tea for sending a sample of this. Unfortunately as much as I’m learning to embrace fruit teas, this one is not for me.

Flavors: Fruity

VariaTEA

I’m sorry you weren’t a fan. I was trying to figure out what to send samples of but you didn’t have any likes/dislikes on your profile so I sent what I had available.

Debi

Oh please don’t worry about it! I loved the smell of it, but the flavour just didn’t turn out to be what I like.

VariaTEA

I find that a lot with fruit teas. Usually cold brewing works best but the smell is always off from the taste

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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Raspberry? There’s raspberry in this? I don’t get raspberry at all. Coconut? Yes. Chocolate? Yes. Even butter? Yes. But no raspberry. Which is disappointing because I really like raspberry. Oh well, if you want coconut, this may be the one for you. Buttery and smooth…

Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Got this in my February Tea Sparrow box. Very excited about the pineapple and coconut although it doesn’t come through much. Definitely a nutty flavour and quite nice with no milk/sugar

Flavors: Almond, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Orange Oolong by Bulk Barn
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I forgot Bulk Barn sold loose leaf tea. This is one of four that I picked up and it was the one I was most looking forward to trying. I was very saddened to see that it was the lowest rated of the four on Steepster though!!
Well, I’ve since tried it and it’s not bad. The orange tastes a little artificial and the taste isn’t as orangey as the scent was, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for trying. ;)
Still very drinkable, I just wouldn’t steep it too long in case it becomes bitter or too astringent.

Flavors: Medicinal, Orange

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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Received in my Advent Calendar. Nice, clean toasty rice taste. Very comforting.

Flavors: Green, Toasted Rice

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