527 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Souffle by Fava Tea Co.
527 tasting notes

This one was on sample at the store and as soon as I tasted it I knew this was one I needed in my cupboard. So yummy! The coconut flavor is rich and creamy and natural and pairs perfectly with the white tea base. It’s delicious hot and even better iced. A new favorite!

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #6

Chocolate-flavored teas aren’t usually my thing, but French tea definitely is so I gave this blend a go. What a lovely surprise! The chocolate flavor is sweet and rich and full-bodied with a note of vanilla in the scent and aftertaste. With a bit of milk, this made the perfect bedtime treat. Excited to be adding this one to my collection!

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #5

This is a very smooth, light black tea with a strong grape flavor. The grape came across a bit artificial to me, so I wasn’t a huge fan.

Flavors: Grapes, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #4

This was a surprise! The go-to flavor for holiday blends seems to be spiced orange. This one definitely has some spice to it, but no citrus that I could detect. Instead, lots of malty black tea flavor and a bit of smokiness which blended nicely with the spice blend. A bit overpowering on its own, but quite delightful with a splash of milk!

Flavors: Clove, Malt, Nutmeg, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #3

I enjoyed this one! The flavor is surprisingly light for an Assam: sweet and smooth and fruity with just a touch of astringency. If I didn’t already have so many good straight black teas in my cupboard at the moment, I probably would have held on to this one. Hopefully it will find a good home with someone else as the box continues on its way!

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60

TTB #2

This is a nice smooth, creamy green tea, but didn’t seem to have much eggnog flavor for me. I do pick up on just a hint of nutmeg, but not much else.

Flavors: Creamy, Nutmeg

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mordor by Liquid Proust Teas
527 tasting notes

TTB #1

This was my first pick from the TTB, as I haven’t sampled much from Liquid Proust and am a huge Lord of the Rings fan! I was expecting this to be a smoky black tea, but it’s actually a black tea/puerh blend…disappointing to me personally, since I’m not really into puerh. The flavor is earthy and musty with a dry finish, reminding me of a forest floor blanketed with dead leaves. An interesting flavor experience (and actually fairly appropriate to the inspiration!) but not something I’d choose to drink again.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Drying, Earth, Musty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Cranberry Bark by DAVIDsTEA
527 tasting notes

I was sure after the first sip that I wasn’t going to like this one: it tasted like a straight-up hibiscus tea and I am NOT a fan of hibiscus. However, as it cools, the other flavors start to pop a bit more…I definitely get some cranberry and maybe even a hint of vanilla. Still not outstanding, but better than I thought!

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lexie Aleah

It seems like hibiscus is showing up more and more often in Davids tea blends unfortunately.

Maddy Barone

Yes, hibiscus and stevia. I am not a fan of either.

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drank Apple Pie à la Mode by Teavana
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Not going to rate this one, as I’m not sure how old my sample is. I’m getting a weak apple flavor and a bit of cinnamon, but mostly the rooibos base coming through. Apple seems to be a hard flavor to get right in tea for some reason!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pura Vida by DAVIDsTEA
527 tasting notes

This one smelled divine, but the flavor was a huge let-down: sickly sweet artificial fruit with a hint of chamomile. Not a fan!

Flavors: Artificial, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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