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72
drank Honeydew Gelato by Pinky Up
7900 tasting notes

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Thank you VariaTEA for sharing! I was really curious whether or not this blooming tea would actually taste like honeydew that I didn’t even make it in a glass teapot; I just shoved it in a larger teapot and brewed it up without any regard to the aesthetics of the bloom at all.

I did think it had a trace of honeydew flavour, which was more than I had actually expected at all so already that was a win for me. It’s not really overly strong though, and the flavours I experienced more so were a mix of malt, hot hay, generic floral elements, and a hint of cucumber skin. With a thicker, creamier mouthfeel. Not a bad infusion; I finish the whole pot that I had made and wasn’t unhappy with it – but I do wish the honeydew was a bit stronger.

VariaTEA

I still haven’t tried this one but didnt want to send you a pack and not include it.

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Thank you for the share VariaTEA! This sounds like a flavour right up my alley, and the dry leaf smelled quite nice – sweet, sugary berries!

Steeped up, this is actually really sweet, but in a way that I feel is appropriate for a cotton candy inspired blend. I actually feel like I’ve experienced this exact profile in a tea before but I’m really struggling to recall which tea – it’s a serious Deja Vu moment for me though. Just a hint of the white tea base (hot hay notes, a bit of honeysuckle) but mostly a very candy sweet, sugary artificial “berry” flavour – not any one specific berry, but just the generic berry flavour that you really would get from blue, fluffy cotton candy. It’s accurate! Maybe a little too artificial to be perfect, but at the same time I don’t know how you would convey the titular flavour profile without having that artificial quality!? It is a synthetic flavouring, afterall…

Thanks for the share VariaTea – this was nice!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxxea7egYIw/

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30
drank Confetti Cake by Pinky Up
7900 tasting notes

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Thank you VariaTEA for the tea care package!! As always, you sent a bunch of really interesting sounding teas that I cannot wait to explore!

So, I’m just now realizing that this “Confetti Cake” blend is supposed to be more of a white sponge cake with confetti sprinkles type deal (like the Betty Crocker boxed cake mix) and not the “Confetti Square” profile that I had in my head when I was drinking it – more peanut butter-y with multi coloured marshmallows. So, with that realization in mind I think this is a lot better than what I was initially feeling about it – completely and utterly not like a Confetti Square at all.

That said – it’s still definitely not GOOD. I mean, it’s basically just sweet chamomile! I taste nothing else remotely cake like in terms of flavour – only the unpleasant taste of chamomile. It didn’t even have anything visual in the tea leaf to indicate those confetti sprinkles that would normally be associated with confetti cake. So, definitely a miss for me overall.

Thank you for sharing though VariaTEA – I always like exploring new to me teas!

VariaTEA

This was originally shared by Cameron B (thank you!) and I felt the same you did about it. I hoped you’d have better luck but if you didnt, it was still one of the very few things I had in my cupboard that you had not already tried.

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drank Confetti Cake by Pinky Up
4430 tasting notes

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Thank you Cameron B for sharing but I just cant get past the chamomile with this one. Chamomile and stevia. Not for me.

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45
drank Strawberry Shortcake by Pinky Up
4430 tasting notes

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Thank you Cameron B for sharing but this tea is definitely not for me. It has a lot of cinnamon which is weird but when it was brewed I noticed what seemed like apple. Why apple and cinnamon in a strawberry shortcake tea? That is bad enough but this doesn’t even taste all that great as a cinnamon apple tea. It is way too sweet and sort of coats the tongue. It just is off.

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I’ve been using this to coconutify my other teas. Plum and coconut? Yum. Caramel and coconut? Also yum. Probably going to try it with my chai and cucumber tea, too.

Kittenna

interesting idea!

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Couple things before I review this — the leaves do not look like they do in the picture. There is a downright crazy amount of coconut shavings in this. Like each teaspoon is about half tea, half squiggly pieces of coconut. Wow. The flowers described in the name seem to be cornflower, calendula, and chamomile. I can see coconut and chamomile going together.

Second, this tea isn’t listed on Pinky Up’s website. I only see it on Amazon. Have I found yet another discontinued tea? That would be my luck lately.

Anyway, it smells like coconut paradise. I absolutely love coconut, so I am more than excited. The tea brews up pale and greenish. It smells like dessert in the best way. There is a tiny bit of coconut oil floating on the surface, but nothing like 52 Teas’ coconut flavors. As far as taste goes, it’s everything I had hoped it would be. So creamy, with notes of vanilla. It’s like coconut cream pie filling.

I can’t wait to try this iced. It’s definitely a winner. Possibly the best coconut tea I’ve had to date.

EDIT: Coming back to say that I am kinda getting a weird chlorine note. Not sure if it was my preparation or my cup or what. I might dock a few points for that if I taste it again next time.

EDIT 2: I made this over ice last weekend and there was no chlorine note. It was just pure coconut bliss.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

The way you’re describing this seems really familiar. I don’t know anything about Pinky Up, but I wonder if it’s a blend sourced from one of the bigger companies and repackaged?

Tabby

Ooh, if you figure it out, lemme know! I’m curious about that.

Kittenna

No pic on here, but I think this is what I was thinking of:
https://steepster.com/teas/t-by-daniel/71356-vanilla-coco-loco
https://www.tbydaniel.com/collections/white-tea/products/vanilla-coco-loco

or possibly a previous offering from DavidsTea.

You can tell by the tasting notes that Coco Loco is a fave of a few people – perhaps worth trying, especially if you can’t get your hands on more of this!

Tabby

Huh, this does look super similar! It’s even the same price. I’m making a face at them for their “toxins” and “detox” nonsense, but I’ll keep this in mind if mine disappears! Thank you!

Kittenna

Yes…. I’m so over this silly health benefits crap, and it annoys me that so many companies seem to be going that direction (e.g. DavidsTea has wellness blends, Amoda is full-on wellness stuff afaik). Luckily, I don’t think there’s any funny stuff in these teas specifically for “health”, they’re just touting the benefits of the white tea, I assume (so mostly a marketing scheme).

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68
drank Candied Apple by Pinky Up
10044 tasting notes

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55
drank Lavender Sorbet by Pinky Up
7900 tasting notes

Big, glass teapot of this because sometimes you just need to start your mornings with something beautiful…

This bloom, purely aesthetically speaking, is pretty pleasing. It has some vibrant, bright contrasts from the flowers tied in with the green tea: pinks and oranges. It opens up very quickly, too – and has some pretty good expansion. However, I don’t think it’s well tied because a lot of the green tea seems to have separated from the bloom and is now floating in my pot independently of the bloom itself.

Flavour is… meh. It’s lavender.

Not great lavender and not awful lavender. Just a touch boring? At least the green tea isn’t getting bitter over time as I drink down the pot. So that is somewhat of a win. Blooming teas are always a crap shoot in that regard.

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58
drank Berry Cotton Candy by Pinky Up
4430 tasting notes

So tbh I grabbed this tea this morning because I have Cotton Candy Caramel Corn and had an idea for a tea picture. But once it started brewing, I was excited to get to try another berry cotton candy tea.

I brewed this like a green tea because I thought it was a green tea but now I realize its a white tea. Oh Well.

Tastewise there is a nice jammy blueberry flavor. However, despite that, I am finding this a bit flat. I am blaming the white tea and also stevia which coats the tongue. It is not overly sweet as blends with stevia usually are but there is still that stevia taste coupled with hay notes from the white tea. It all sort of stops the jammy blueberry in its tracks instead of letting it shiny. Also, I think their hope was the stevia would lend itself to the “Cotton Candy” aspect of this tea but I don’t think it is successful in its job. They should have just thrown actual sugar in this if that was their plan.

Still, I am glad I got a chance to try this tea because it was one that definitely peaked my interest. Thank you Cameron B for the share!

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50
drank Cinnamon Bun by Pinky Up
1528 tasting notes

Home – 11:00 PM

The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 5

This does definitely taste like a cinnamon roll, with the pastry, cinnamon, and icing notes. Maybe a little raisin and orange in there as well.

Only issue is, it’s waaay too sweet for me. I guess it must be the “maple crystals”, but it’s quite sugary. Which is unfortunate, because otherwise I would be tempted to keep this one around as a nice cinnamon roll herbal tea… :(

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Pastries, Raisins, Sugar, Sweet

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

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72
drank Honeydew Gelato by Pinky Up
1528 tasting notes

Home – 10:00 PM

Another Pinky Up tea. I’m confident that this one will be less offensive than the last! This is a flowering tea, which I don’t really care about. Really, it’s a detriment in my opinion as it makes the tea less cost effective and more annoying to brew.

I used two orbs for 16 ounces of water. I just let them steep directly in the teapot, since two of them together don’t fit in my basket well. Of course, there were a bunch of detached tea leaves floating around so I ended up having to strain it into another container and then pour it back into the pot.

This is a nice enough honeydew green tea. The base tea is very light and has a bit of a smoky profile. The honeydew is also light, and there is a bit of creaminess to it. I’m not sure whether this has cream flavor as well as melon, but it’s possible. Overall, it’s light and sweet with good honeydew flavor.

It’s tasty enough, but I already have a favorite melon tea from Lupicia. ;)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cream, Melon, Mineral, Smoke

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tabby

I feel the same way about blooming teas… yeah, it looks nice, but…

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42
drank Strawberry Shortcake by Pinky Up
1528 tasting notes

Home – 8:30 PM

I’m not sure what these people were thinking with this tea.

It’s supposed to be a strawberry and cake flavored black tea. Yet when I open it, the first thing I notice is that there’s a ton of cinnamon bark mixed in. Since when does strawberry shortcake have cinnamon…? It makes no sense.

Brewed up, yes it has quite a bit of cinnamon to it. Which makes it rather confused, is it strawberry shortcake or some kind of apple pie?

Plus, the flavoring is so artificial-tasting to me. It’s like I can feel the residue on my tongue after each sip. Plus they also put a ton of brittle pieces in, so it’s overly sweet.

Nope, nope, nope…

Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Cake, Cinnamon, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Berry Cotton Candy by Pinky Up
1528 tasting notes

Home – 7:00 PM

I packaged some of this up for a swap last night, and it smelled so good that I left it out to steep some myself.

I must say, the blueberry flavor here is really good. It’s deep and jammy and has a touch of elderberry with it as well. I can taste a bit of the white tea, but it’s mostly just a vehicle for the yummy berry flavor.

The only issue I have is that this tea has stevia in it. I’ll never understand why companies feel the need to sweeten my teas for me – I guess they assume most people will think it tastes better than unsweetened tea and buy it because of that? It just annoys me…

I mean, this isn’t horribly sweet, but I don’t think it needs the sweetness. Oh well, still tasty. I bet this would be fabulous cold-brewed as well, but I haven’t been drinking iced tea lately with the chillier weather.

Flavors: Blueberry, Hay, Jam, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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55
drank Tiramisu by Pinky Up
1528 tasting notes

Home – 9:00 PM

I’m not sure why I ended up with several Pinky Up teas. I think I had a sample of one in my Sips By box and liked it enough that I ordered several to try? Anyway, they’re generally not very good.

This one mostly just tastes of weak coffee, even though I used a ridiculous amount of leaf for my 16-ounce pot. There’s also a bit of cream, and just a slight undercurrent of cinnamon.

I would probably enjoy this more if it were sweetened, as I’m not a person who would ever drink coffee black. So someone who actually likes coffee would probably like this more than I do!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coffee, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60
drank Confetti Cake by Pinky Up
1528 tasting notes

Home – 10:30 PM

Well… This definitely isn’t cake-like. It mostly just tastes of chamomile (which I do like) with sweetener and perhaps a little bit of vanilla and cream. At least the sweetener isn’t overpowering. They also don’t list sweetener in the ingredients, maybe it’s just from the candied pineapple?

No cake, just chamomile. But I like chamomile, so I’ll have no issue drinking it. ❤

They should have added marshmallow leaf like that Birthday Cake tea Butiki used to make.

If nothing else, at least this has inspired me to reorder an apple cinnamon chamomile tea that I previously enjoyed.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78
drank Candied Apple by Pinky Up
1528 tasting notes

Home – 8:20 PM

So I somehow ended up with several teas from Pinky Up. I think I got a sample through Sips By and liked it enough that I decided to try some of their other teas? This one happens to be a flowering tea, which I don’t really care about. But I love apple-flavored things! So I used two flowers for my 16-ounce teapot, and brewed them in my usual steeping basket.

The resulting brew is light in flavor, next time I would consider using three blooms. I really like the flavor that’s here though. The base tea is slightly smoky with notes of apricot, and a light astringency. The apple flavoring is quite convincing – like a mixture of unfiltered apple cider and crisp, sweet apples (one of the crunchy multicolored varieties).

Overall, it’s a lovely apple tea. I do wish they offered this one in regular loose leaf, as the fact that it’s a flowering tea makes it much less cost-effective.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Astringent, Red Apple, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

How did you brew this? I tried this today, steeping it 4 minutes in 175F and it tastes like apple juice flavored tea.

Cameron B.

Looks like I steeped two orbs in 16 ounces of 175° water for 3 minutes. Is apple-juice-flavored tea bad?

VariaTEA

No, just very different from what you had so I was curious if it was because we steeped it drastically different. We did not so I guess it’s the magic of tea and how people can have such different experiences.

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85
drank Honeydew Gelato by Pinky Up
45 tasting notes

I am especially fond of flowering teas so my review is a bit biased! I could see someone more impartial to them being less of a fan.
Personally, I was delighted to discover this tea is just as good iced as it is cold, especially with a small bot of honey in it. The “honeydew” flavour does have a tinge of articial-ness too it I will admit, but it is not cloying nor is it overwhelming.
It has a scent similar to fresh dandelions, along with its smooth melon vibe.

Overall it was a sweet, light tea with a good balance of fruity and floral- very reminiscent of spring. The bug itself bloomed nicely, and did just fine on a second steep.

Flavors: Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Honey, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Lavender Sorbet by Pinky Up
45 tasting notes

I am very fond of flowering tea, so I will admit to some bias.
I found this to be a very light, creamy floral tea. There was an overall pleasany green/grassy note as well, and the bloom was quite beautiful.
I will say it tasted more of lily than of lavender. I suspect that is how they managed to avoid the soapy flavour lavender often offers.

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Floral, Grass, Honey

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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