1474 Tasting Notes

drank The Candy Bar by Dear Camellia
1474 tasting notes

Dear Steepster Friends,

I know you salivated over this tea as soon as I posted it. I get it. I did as soon as I received it, too.

The idea of candy bar tea? Yaasss. I’m in. Like Flynn.

Sadly, I didn’t get what I think I should have out of this tea. Why? The super cute tea spoon that it came with didn’t allow for enough room to portion it out (leaves = big = good). Plus, I had no idea as to how much – there’s nothing listed on the bag other than the name, the really cute logo (a tea stain!), and a note about not drinking things you’re allergic to.

Okay. But how much leaf?

I guessed, dear friends. And I failed miserably.

I put in (about) a tablespoon of tea and caramel bits, into a 12 oz cup of 200F hot water.

Yea, it was just flavored, weak tea. Nothing I can even grab to say, “yes, that’s what it tasted like”.

Just weak, thin, tea.


I’ll try again tomorrow.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML


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Not a fan of this tea , which started well before I drank it… so I’m not rating it.

a- Ingredient list is merely “berries”. For someone with a strawberry allergy, this is problematic. I searched through the tea, didn’t see anything but round dried berries, so I took a risk.

b- papaya. First and only other time I’ve ever had it, I got sick from the smell. Opening this bag… yuck. Same smell.

c- passionfruit. Not my favorite tea ingredient.

d- hibiscus. Too much of this and I’m out. Steeping it, I think there’s quite a bit.

Steeped, this is a dark, bloody purple. It smells MUCH better steeped than dry. Whatever offputting odors I (personally) smelled from the papaya, were gone.

Unfortunately, I took one sip and I had to dump it. It’s just not something I’d ever seek out, and that papaya flavor… nope, not for me.

Anyone in Toronto that likes this sort of stuff, want to try and review it for me? I can’t do it justice.2

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Smile-T by Smart Nutrition
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Haven’t had this recently, but, did really enjoy it when I did. Kinda wish it was more accessible and cheaper ($9 CAD for a box seems a bit excessive).

Still, for bagged medicinal tea, it’s tasty – orange punch, in a good way.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Orange

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chocolate Hustle by Wise Ape Tea
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I’ve had this tea every morning for a week, bulletproof-style. THIS IS THE PERFECT BULLETPROOF TEA.

Phew. Now that that’s out of the way…

Seriously, I love this stuff. It’s okay on its own, but not amazeballs. A hint of cacao and mint, yes. No real strong mate taste (a plus in my books), a touch of the tulsi, can’t taste the ashwanghanda (not spelling that correctly, I know). A little sweet from the stevia…. I still needed to add more.

BUT AS BULLETPROOF – this stuff bloody well shines. OMG. I can’t get enough of it, and I’ll run out soon.

Bulletproof just means you’re blending the hot tea with coconut oil and/or grass fed butter, and then drinking it as you would a latte. (Trust me, this is WAY better than any latte you’ve ever had). Folks into noortropics, keto, or performance athletes drink this sort of thing. Lots of reasons why, won’t go into it here, but let’s just say this.


Try it.

Flavors: Cacao, Herbs, Mint, Smooth

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Oh, hello Forever Nuts (DAVIDs Tea). How I’ve missed you…

Yep, same tea, same ingredients, I’m assuming the same supplier. I love both just as much — although I might love this version more, because The Tea Time Shop in NYC sent me a HUGE bag of teas to sample and review. This was in it.


Cinnamon apple pie. In a hot mug.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Zesty? Yes. Turmeric? No.

Really, there’s no turmeric in this tea – or, at least it’s not on the ingredient list, and I couldn’t taste, smell or see any in the blend.

Still, it’s quite tasty! A bit of a spicy zing to a citrus peel twang, along with a LOT of hibiscus (I say a lot, but really, it’s just my tastebuds… I don’t love hibiscus). There’s a touch of woody rooibos in the mix, and I swear something more spicy too, but again, nothing on the ingredient list to say what it might be.

Regardless, with a bit of sweetener, this is really tasty and easily drank. I’ll happily finish this generously sized sample bag (good for about 5-6 cups of tea).

A beautiful hug in thanks to The Tea Time Shop in NYC for sending me an enormous package of sample teas for me to taste, test out, and review. Like, we’re talking a dozen teas with about 5-6 cups each. WOW. Many thanks!

Full review and sample links at my site, or IG account when I get a chance to post. http://instagram.com/teatravelninja

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Spicy

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

They told me at the tea fest that turmeric needs pepper or spice to activate it. I don’t see any turmeric or spice in the ingredients!


@indigobloom – Yep! I’ve had an avurvedic doctor tell me the same, years ago. That black pepper activates the anti-inflammatory ingredients in turmeric… hilariously, only one company makes turmeric pills with pepperin (pepper extract) in it!

I think the tea is mislabeled somehow, I’ll have to ask the owner. I do, however, want to try their turmeric chai now though, which I didn’t get in my enormous sample package.


I’m curious as to what they say now, and how the chai tastes! I bought some at the festival, I enjoy it but wouldn’t consider it a traditional chai. One of these days I’ll get around to making turmeric milk/paste for my tea

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drank Tropical Green by Davidson's
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Out of the freebie teas that Davidsons sent me, this was my favorite.

Creamy coconut with the mystery ingredient made it oh-so-delicious! I couldn’t believe it when I read the ingredient list, I’ll be honest. YUM.

Note: MUST be steeped at less than boiling to get out the proper flavors.

Not as “tropical” as I’d like, but still delicious. I’ll definitely seek this one out again.

Flavors: Creamy, Tropical

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Winter Punch by Dollar Tea Club
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Ooh, yummy. Winter punch!

If you’re anything like me, this tea will make you think of a spiced wine. The smell is divine, and soooo addictive. I could literally just smell this all day and leave it at that.

Steeped up it tastes a bit different than a spiced wine – although it would’ve been fun to mull it in wine. Hm… deep thoughts.

It also needed a LOT of sweetener to get it palatable. Otherwise, it was dry and almost antiseptic to me. Too much hibiscus for my palate.

I’d love to try more of this and play with it a bit, it was a super fun tea.

Thanks Dollar Tea Club for the sample! $1 for three 6.5g samples INCLUDING shipping – I’m in.

Flavors: Red Wine, Spices

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Raspberry Lemonade by Dollar Tea Club
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“Ooh, Raspberry Lemonade… sounds delicious. I’m trying it!”

That’s my first reaction to the three tea samples, 6.5g each, that Dollar Tea Club sent me today.

Out of the bag, it smells distinctly like pink bubblegum. Brewed up, it smells more raspberry bubblegum… interesting.

The folks I’m staying with had a cup (this made two, 12oz cups of tea). Their reaction? “It was sweet, nice”. They’re not tea people, but they appreciated it.

I’m a bit more… discerning? lol Or picky.

Hibiscus haters, don’t try this one. It’s as bloody as they come, in all its glory. It’s also surprisingly tart the longer you steep it. Sadly, more sweetener is needed to make it palatable for this gal.

Sweetened, I could drink a whole jug of this at one sitting, especially once it cooled. Yep, this tea’s a keeper.

NOTE: I received this tea for free in exchange for an honest review.

Flavors: Astringent, Raspberry, Tart

Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

hmmm… sounds delicious


Sil – you should definitely check them out! $1 for 3 samples, including shipping. Mind you they’re based in Thornhill, but they’ll still ship it to you.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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crying in my tea I’m all out. That’s it. Never again.

I kept it, literally, three years…. but it was time to say goodbye. I steeped it THREE times. Each time was a joy.

And now, it’s done.

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

If I have enough, I’m happy to share. If I’m in your area, I’d love to swap, meet for tea, and explore together.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, travel and my writing and speaking work.

What kinds of teas do I normally like?

YES: flavored teas, fruity, dessert, chai, and spicy (REALLY spicy).

A FONDNESS FOR: all white teas, malty black teas, any herbal or medicinal teas, strange/weird teas you can only get in one place.

ALLERGIC TO: strawberries, lavender

DISLIKES: any added sugars, grains, lapsang souchong, and overly floral teas – I might enjoy a Jasmine Green every once in a while, but unless it’s a creamy floral tea (think roses in a chai, or the smoothness of a floral note in a French tea), I’ll likely pass. Earl Greys are a hit or miss with me; heavy on the cream or fruit notes and I might like it, heavy on the blergamot and I definitely won’t.





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