654 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
654 tasting notes

I know I’ve already written about this tea twice recently, but I have new data to add. I accidentally oversteeped this by 15-20 minutes. Just totally forgot about it while I was getting ready this morning. And it didn’t get bitter or gross!

So, to sum up my tasting notes: add honey to really make the vanilla pop, try this iced, and rest assured that it’s very forgiving.

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m so glad you liked this.

Did you know there’s a custom Adagio blend called Kaylee? Thought you might want to take a peek: http://steepster.com/teas/custom-adagio-teas-amy-zen/46213-kaylee

Kaylee

Squee! That is totally going on the wishlist. Thanks for the heads up!

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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My darned cat just sneezed right into my mug. Ugh. I had to pour out the first steep and switch mugs. The second steep didn’t have much vanilla flavor, so I added about two tsps of honey. Niiiice. It really brought out the vanilla! Good to know.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Mmmm I’ve always enjoyed this one!

Cat sneeze…funny

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Christina didn’t like this one. Good news for me, because I liked it quite a bit and she sent me the rest of hers. Thank you!

This is a nice oolong with a strong undertone of vanilla. It’s good hot, but I’ve just accidentally discovered that it is amazing cold. The smooth vanilla comes to the fore without drowning out the oolong. Man oh man this is going to be lovely as the weather warms. Whee!

Hello.Kiki

I have a bit of this left from my sample- I’ll have to try it iced now!

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drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
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I don’t think I’ve ever had a floral rooibos before!

Based on the smell of the dry leaf, I did not think that I would enjoy this. It smelled very artificially floral. Once brewed, this becomes a veritable bouquet. If this is what a day in Provence feels like, then I need to book a flight. The lavender and rose play nicely with the woody quality of the rooibos, which keeps the florals in check. As this cools, the berry flavor comes out. It’s almost like a different tea actually.

Overall I find this very soothing and expect to finish it off quickly. It’s just a lovely lovely bedtime tea.

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I’m really enjoying this tea right now. The lemon and hibiscus are playing nicely without being too tart. Sort of soothing and energizing at the same time. Enough so that I’m actually upping my rating by a few points.

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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I wanted to make this for some guests today. I didn’t have enough leaf for a whole pot, so I mixed up what I had with Nina’s Versailles Rose. It went over big. I think. It’s hard to tell with some guests whether they genuinely like something or are just being polite. But I think they liked it.

For me, it kind of just tasted like black tea. Very dry with a citrusy aftertaste. The Versailles Rose improved on the citrus aspect, but the Troika toned down the best notes of the Versailles Rose.

I actually picked up both of these teas at the Taste of France festival back in the fall. The Troika came from Fuzzy_Peachkin (I think) and the Versailles Rose from Laurent. Thank you both!

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drank Duchess' First Love by Tay Tea
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I’ve never seen a black tea/rooibos blend before. I’m intrigued! The dry leaf smells like caramel and citrus. I would almost say orange, but I know it’s not. The color of the brew is definitely orange, though. The rooibos is very assertive. Woody. It’s tempered by a hint of caramel and citrus. The citrus peeks out at the end of the sip. It’s a generic sort of citrus flavor. I wouldn’t know what it was if I didn’t read the label. The creaminess comes out in the aftertaste and lingers pleasantly long after the sip is over. Caramel builds up in the aftertaste as I near the bottom of the mug.

This tea is ok, but nothing special. I’ll probably get my dad to drink the rest.

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I saw something very similar to this at Trader Joe’s. I considered buying some to compare with this mix, but then I read the nutrition label and totally changed my mind. It had 10+ ingredients, loads of chemicals, and a whole lot of fat. So yeah, that didn’t happen. But of course I ended up thinking about this mix all the way home.

I decided to try it with cold rice milk this time. It turned out ok, but too sweet. This is much better hot. For dessert or a leisurely weekend breakfast. Somehow I can’t see this or any matcha as a regular breakfast drink. It’s just too thick and sweet for that.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

It’s definitely sweet. I had it for breakfast last week and regretted it

Kaylee

Yeah, it reminds me of a milkshake.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Holy hot cocoa batman! This tastes exactly like hot cocoa. Amazing. I bet this would taste incredible iced. This tea is way too good to wait until it cools, though. I got two solid steeps out of it. Also, it takes beautifully to a shot of Bailey’s. This is so going on the ideal cupboard list. Thank you MissLena!

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Thank you for sending this to me, MissLena!

I was really worried that this got contaminated at first. What’s up with the spiciness? I was expecting creamy orange! Instead, the dry leaf smells overwhelmingly of cinnamon and, weirdly, clove. There’s a touch of vanilla at the end of the sniff. The brewed tea has a more balanced smell – equal parts cinnamon, vanilla, and orange.

The taste is sharp cinnamon and woody rooibos with a tart aftertaste. It actually reminds more of a chai than any kind of creamsicle. There is a nice sweetness that comes out at the bottom of the cup. If the whole brew tasted like this, I’d probably be a bigger fan.

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MissLena

Haha I just saw this note now! I don’t think it was contaminated, the whole bag was more cinnamon and rooibos than anything else to me, and spicy too. I too wish there was a creamsicle flavor, but none to be found, I could barely get any orange out of any cup

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