1259 Tasting Notes

drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
1259 tasting notes

Do not have this tea while eating fresh pineapple!

I found it out the hard way, during lunch eeeeeeggg! They just do not go together at all and it’s quite awful.



Fresh pineapple actually temporarily disables your taste buds do best not to eat when you want to taste other things.


Eeeekk. I only eat Pineapple as a standalone snack or as a dessert. Unless it is combined with other foods (Like a fruit salad.)


Hahaha, I have discovered multiple foods that do not go together, but this isn’t one I’d encountered yet! Notable are mint preceding orange juice (but everyone knows that one), and smelly cheese preceding juices of most sorts. How people can drink even wine paired with such cheeses is beyond me.


thanks for the friendly advice :) But on the same token, I feel bad you had to find it out the hard way. I love this tea so much but cannot buy it becuase it was part of the fall collection :( I really need to get a credit card so I can buy on line.

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I’ve been craving this tea for awhile now, and finally gave in. I love white teas, but it’s another tea I tend to conserve and not drink too often.

This pot will not last long. I was up most of the night sick with I don’t know what, but I feel like my head is going to freeze off. I’m chugging this tea to stay warm. I like the sweetness here, but since I was impatient, I just chucked in the leaves so it’s getting oversteeped and weird bruised fruit tasting.

I’m going to sit with my rabbit and drink tea. He’s nice and warm.

Hesper June

I am sorry:( I hope you feel better soon!


Get better soon!

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What can this tea not do? Hangover cure, morning pick me up, great iced, cold killer! I drank a pot of this, killing off the rest of my bag – rest assured, I have another bag, MUHAHAHAHAHAAA!

I guess it’s not a great bedtime tea.


Hahaha. I’m about to get aboard the GMS train… just bought my first 1 oz. bag! Only had a sample before, so I’m pretty excited…


I have never tried it, but I bought some because I always read your rave reveiws!


I really gms….especially cold resteep after the hot steep

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My house has strep throat, and I’m trying to ensure I don’t get it. Though, the last few days I’ve been waking up with mild cold symptoms, hoping I don’t actually have it already!

Either way, I’m drinking tea non stop, taking vitamins, drinking lots of juice and eating more fruit. Uggg so tired of going to the bathroom!

Brought out The Skinny this morning – hoping the orange and gingery combo here will unclog my dry throat. Which it did, yay! Now to stalk cyber monday sales.

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Make everyone throw away their toothbrushes so they reinfect themselves! Stay well!

Oolong Owl

Ewwww yeah! Thank you for letting me know, I’m ordering all my roommates to do this now!


So they don’t reinfect! LOL! That was an important word to leave out!

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drank Cherry Rose Organic by Zen Tea
1259 tasting notes

TYs out to Zen tea for a sample of this tea!

Blarg, I’ve been mostly drinking unflavored teas that can survive the “Dump into tea pot without strainer and sit there all day” treatment, as I want to pound out my writing for NaNoWriMo without having to stop and make tea and wait for it.

DRY: Smells like those really sweet red cherries in a jar. Maraschino cherries? DROOLDROOLDROOOOOL

STEEPED: Strong floral mixed with a zing of sweet cherry!

TASTE: Lots of flavor! Strong rosey floral taste that is very fresh tasting. Distinctive cherry taste, not very sweet as it smells. A little bit of bitterness, maybe from the floral. The green tea is in the background, and it’s smooth, bordering silky.

COMMENTS: If you do not like floral, stay clear of this one!
This tea is pretty strongly floral – the cherry is a nice flavor. I did not like the bitterness I got, but I think I will steep this at 175 next time, which I think will help. Overall, pretty nice – but I love floral teas.

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MMm! This is hitting the spot! This is a great, full flavored buttery green! Having this with a bagel with edamame hummus for dinner.

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Huge balls of tea! I got so much of this tea too, I like how a little goes a long way and resteepable. Nice, solid, earthy black tea that is fun to watch unfurl.

Bleh, I want to do some tea trades, but I don’t think I have to time to coordinate plus go to my local post office from hell. Pretty much NaNoWriMo is taking up my spare time, with long jiu jitsu hours, along with knitting christmas gifts. Sigh.

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TY to Whispering Pines Tea Company for having a weekly drawing – and woot, I won tea!
http://whisperingpinestea.com/drawing.php let’s go tea peeps, enter!

DRY: very spicy smell! Clovey!

STEEPED: Black tea brown colour, smells kinda smokey with a hint of sweet.

TASTE: Very earthy and woodsy, full of flavor and slight smokey. The cloves are present but not overpowering, and a hint of citrus at the end. Interesting, the tea is smooth and the flavors mix well. No bitterness or astringency.

I tried this tea with a bit of honey and a splash of soy milk and it turned out very well – honey with this tea is very tasty!

COMMENTS: I’m thinking latte with this one.. or next time my Dad visits he’ll ask for this tea every morning until I’m out. The spice level is nice, the black tea base is interesting – I was really worried this was going to be bitter, but it wasn’t.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

Congrats on winning! :)


Yay! Congratulations! It’s always fun to win something… especially if that something is tea!

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Oh, I didn’t tealog this one?

I need to work on NaNoWriMo – it’s day 15, the halfway mark of 25,000 words.

Arctic Raspberry has a good raspberry taste, very simple, with a ceylon finish with a mild berry tart. My tea got cold while I was chipping away at my writing, and it’s pretty good cold.

Next time, fully iced and sweetened!

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I received this tea as a wedding gift. Interestingly, this company isn’t even on Steepster yet! Looks like a local tea company in my area.

So,I never buy these kinds of herbal teas – chamomile I drink only when I have a sick stomach, but otherwise I’m not into. But hey, it was a gift.

DRY: I smell licorice, I think. Oh man, I’m undecided about this.

STEEPED: Smells like mint, chamomile. Herbally!

TASTE: Chamomile mellow and light citrus bitterness and spice that also hits the throat with a zingy mint aftertastes that goes down the throat.

COMMENTS: Hmmmm. I like the minty throat zing – a great contrast to the slight bitterness. I’d drink this again, but not purchase as it’s not my kinda thing.

Annoyingly, I can’t find an ingredients list for this tea, never mind, it’s not on the page where you can purchase the tea, but on link before listing the teas.

Oh crap, this had white tea in it, I totally had it pegged for an herbal, I didn’t want any caffeine. Sigh.

edit, whoa they sell some weird mugs http://www.thelooseteas.com/servlet/the-STYLE-cln-Funky/Categories

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Hesper June

Whoa! those are different mugs.

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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