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drank Slim and Slender by Tea Desire
1871 tasting notes

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drank Cream of Earl Grey by Tea Desire
1904 tasting notes

Not bad, but I found the base to be a little bit wimpy and bland. The vanilla cream flavours were more apparent when I added milk to my cup and there was a pleasant mildly floral scent and aftertaste. Not bad, but certainly not the best cream earl grey I’ve tasted.

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

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Tomato tea.

I kind of feel like that should be enough said? Realistically it’s just not though: especially when this is my second tomato tea this summer. I actually quite like the other tomato tea I have though; it’s very fruity in addition to having that umami tomato element. I think that’s why it works for me. This one? Definitely more of a savory flavour profile…

I made this up at work: here are the notes I scrawled down on the cup…

- SO WEIRD!!!
- In a way it tasted just like very bland/REALLY watered down tomato soup
- Salty/umami for sure, but with an underlying sweetness?
- And then it had this strange apple quality too that reminded me of cider
- Tomato Cider!? That probably just shouldn’t be a thing
- The more I sipped on it the more I liked it; though there was no point where I loved it
- Would be good for cooking though: as like a soup stock?

Also, obviously, it’s kind of inspiried by the Caesar cocktail so you could definitely find a way to incorporate it into that type of cocktail. Hit it with a splash of vodka and a pinch of Lapsang Souchong!? That’d probably be really nice… if I actually liked Caesars.

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Oh, and 300 notes—whooop!

Goodness gracious. I’ve been hanging out listening to the blues this morning and sipping on this loveliness. Such complexity that I wasn’t expecting. There’s walnut and then there’s chocolate and then there’s caramel. And that’s just straight up and unsweetened. Delicious.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Walnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Inkling

Ooo, sounds amazing!

Fjellrev

Yay, happy 300th tasting note! I miss having this one in my cupboard. So delicious!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks. And yes, this could well be a newfound favourite.

VariaTEA

I love this tea. So yum! Also congrats on 300!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, VariaTEA. I think my purchase when I was out west was the result of you effervescing about it. And yes, it is delicious, so thank you!

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
568 tasting notes

I made another batch of three steeps of this to propel me to and nurture me after my yoga class today. The pineapple became a bit more prominent and the custard stepped a bit back with the rest in and between travel.

Most delicious. That white/green tea combo is completely working for me here—for the first time ever.

Sil

nice!

Evol Ving Ness

You inspired me with your banana green.

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
568 tasting notes

Very delicious, in a gentle pineapple custard with a whiff of coconut kind of way.

I was really really in the mood to start the day with a black tea like I usually do. While standing over my tea pile, I somehow managed to talk myself into a gentle easing into the day, or so I told myself. Glad that I nudged myself towards this one this morning.

I may have been inspired by Sil, a hardcore black tea drinker, who was recently smitten by a delicious banana green. And so I nudge myself towards being just a wee bit more open minded, just a wee bit less set in my habits.

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
568 tasting notes

A friend and I went out for Korean bbq at lunch today and then we ended up sitting in a park sipping bitter delicious Americanos. That, in addition to my morning tea was enough of the hardcore boom caffeine for me.

This tea is the perfect antidote to the strong flavours of the day. So gentle. The predominant flavour here is coconut with the slightest bit of vanilla mellowing out the pineapple apricot gently floating over the white and sencha base.

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

That sounds like an awesome time!

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
568 tasting notes

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drank Chai Apricot by Tea Desire
138 tasting notes

GCTTB DAY 3

I actually had this tea yesterday but I didn’t get a chance to write any notes for it. I remember that I really loved this tea. All the flavours were very balanced and harmonious. I actually was a little apprehensive because it’s labelled as a chai, and most chais tend to be too overpowering, smack-you-upside-the-head-with-spices to me. This one was very pleasant, the spices mild enough to allow for the apricot flavour and green tea base to come through nicely. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable evening cup! Another keeper. :)

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drank Baked Apple Rooibos by Tea Desire
415 tasting notes

Thank you, Mookit, for a sample of this tea! Got 3 cups out of what you sent me, and it’s already used up :)

Simple, nice tea: rooibos base with a hint of sweetness from the apple pieces. Not bad! Makes me wanna try a similar blend from iHOT to see how they compare. As mentioned above I used up the tea pretty quick.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mookit

Glad you liked it!

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drank Maracuja Orange by Tea Desire
138 tasting notes

Had this hot and cold, thought it was just alright both times. It was pleasant cold brewed, but the flavour was predominantly of orange, with only a mellow hint of other fruitiness in the background. I’m not a huge fun of oranges in general, so I can’t say I was “wowed” by this tea. Didn’t get a lot of the pumpkin or beet that is supposedly in the blend, either.

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

There was just enough left here for a single cup. I don’t know how old this is, but it’s a little bland. It’s sweet and a bit nutty, with a definite taste of rooibos. The rooibos is a little medicinal, but not too bad. Nothing too remarkable

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drank Baked Apple Rooibos by Tea Desire
138 tasting notes

Giving this one another go.

I have the same impression as last time: it smells really good, but there is not enough sweetness, and the marzipan creates a rather soapy aftertaste that is not pleasant.

I will probably save the last tablespoon of it for blending, or to give away to an interested swapper!

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drank Baked Apple Rooibos by Tea Desire
138 tasting notes

Tea Sparrow tasting #1!

I’m not too experienced with Rooibos teas, but what I’ve had so far has been quite pleasant so I’m excited to give this one a go. I think tea sparrow sent out a similar one from a different vendor a few months ago, also to do with “apple pie in a cup”.

This one smells quite delicious; sweet apple cinnamon. First sip is a little underwhelming because I don’t get the same intensity of flavours as the aroma provides. Also, I can really taste the marzipan in there; unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of marzipan… The tea is also not really sweet in itself, and falls a little flat in body.

Rather disappointed with this one. I’ll try brewing it for longer and sweeting it next time, maybe it will help bring out the flavours.

Edit: As the tea cooled I could taste more of the apple, but still no sweetness came through. I actually still found it rather sour.

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I think my favourite steep was number three. The oolong had mellowed out somewhat and yet a hint of the jasmine still remained.

I gave up on the leaf after steep four. Four was pleasant enough, but the flavour of the leaf and the additions were done and another one would have been flogging a dead horse.

The tea is really pretty. I’ve been steeping in a clear glass canister and watching the dark tea, jasmine blossoms, and goji berries float around. Beautiful.

It is also possible that steep one and two were good, but I was too rushed to pay much tea attention. It’s been a bit of an overwhelming week. I need to chill before I crash. Rest breaks, rest breaks. I miss being able to power through with my endless energy supply like I used to do.

A reminder to appreciate your health and wellness when you have it.

Flavors: Jasmine, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Definitely a good takeaway message!

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drank Irish Cream by Tea Desire
1778 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B. If nothing else, it certainly smells amazing! It’s another one that fills the whole kitchen with its glorious aroma. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it around 4 minutes in boiling water. It brewed up pretty dark, so I added a splash of milk. You can tell straight away that there’s chocolate in this one, because there’s an oily scrim that develops on the surface. It doesn’t affect the flavour or texture, though, so not a big issue. At least the chocolate melted!

To taste, there’s a very light irish cream flavour and a stronger, rich undertone of chocolate. It’s not nearly as flavourful as the scent would have me believe, which is a shame. It pleasant to drink, though – smooth, rich, and not overpowering, and it does taste of what it’s supposed to. The only memory I have to compare this one to is Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake, which was a finicky brew but simply amazing when done right. This one isn’t quite on a par, but it’s a good contender. I’m finding that the irish cream flavour develops a little more as it cools, which is a welcome discovery. It’s a comforting cup of yum, no question!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Oreo Cookie by Tea Desire
1778 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B. I can’t believe I’m still working through the box of samples she sent me, but I am. There seems to be no end to it! This one was lurking right at the bottom, or else I’d probably have got to it a lot sooner. I also feel like my cold has cleared up enough that I can try new things again, except for a niggly slightly-sore throat that I think is going to be around for a week or so yet.

I used a generous 1 tsp of leaf for this cup, and gave it around 4 minutes in boiling water. When I returned to the kitchen, it had filled the whole room with the scent of chocolate cake. Looks like I’m going to be popular at work today! I added a splash of milk.

The first sip tells me that the taste more than lives up to the scent. It’s very chocolatey straight away, with vanilla/cream notes in the mid-sip and a deliciously cookie/fudge finish. I’m guessing it’s the dates that are responsible for that – they’re rich and slightly sticky, and I can sort-of pick them out in the aftertaste. I love dates, though, so I’ve no problem with that.

Taken as a whole, this tea does remind me of oreo cookies. The initial sip is a lot more like chocolate cake than anything else, but it comes together remarkably well and by the end of the sip it’s definitely “biscuit” rather than “cake”. I appreciate that it doesn’t taste watered down in the way that some chocolate teas can – it’s not like hot chocolate with too much water added, and that’s always a bonus.

I actually have some cookies to eat with this one – not oreo because I’m on the gluten free these days and I can’t have those anymore. They are triple chocolate, though, and rather delicious, so I’m going to sit and eat those with my cookie tea and pretend I’m not at work for a while. It’s a plan.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Cinnamon Star by Tea Desire
1778 tasting notes

A sample from Miss B. This one actually reminds me quite a lot of 52 Teas Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, only it’s a black tea…and all the better for it. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water, no additions. The liquor is a medium golden brown, and the scent reminds me of warm danish pastries – sweet, a little pastry like. My colleague said it made her think of toast, but I guess some people are just a bit odd.

To taste, it’s cinnamon roll in a cup. The cinnamon isn’t too sharp, just a prominent yet gentle spice. The vanilla is the really amazing thing here, creating a flavour very much like icing, and adding a distinctive creamy sweetness that lingers well into the aftertaste. The black tea base is smooth and allows everything to shine nicely without really making itself too conspicuous. This might be flavoured tea heaven!

Many thanks to Miss B for sharing this with me. It’s been an unexpected hit, and I’m very glad to have tried it :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Champagne Cassis by Tea Desire
23 tasting notes

Another one from the Tea Sparrow subscription. Not bad. I don’t really taste champagne, but the black currant flavour is okay. It’s not one of my favourite teas, but I’m glad I tried it. Maybe I’ll try it as a cold brew next…

Flavors: Black Currant

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Gran's Spicy Cake by Tea Desire
8941 tasting notes

GCTTB

this tea has got everything but the kitchen sink in it. It smells really nice..but drinking it, it’s like… dirty socks or something. I dunno…something about the taste is just blech

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
1184 tasting notes

GCTTB5

I really enjoy the pairing of chocolate and pu’erh. and who I am kidding, I love chocolate. This tea is more of a dark chocolate though, I didn’t find it sweet. There wasn’t any meringue pieces in my scoop though so that might have something to do with it. I don’t know if I would label this as “truffle” though.
I really enjoyed this one. I didn’t find the flavouring to be too strong, which is nice sometimes.
I think I would add this tea to an order if I made one to Tea Desire. I have only tried one other tea from there I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A strange, delicate, and lovely tea this one.

Who knows what bamboo is supposed to taste like? Here, each sip is a mellow variation of straw, strawberry tart, and sweet fruit tastes with a heavier silkier mouth feel than you would expect from such mild flavours. I am quite enjoying this pleasant evening tea. Gentle on my spirit after a trying day. Like a gentle camomile hug without the camomile.

I look forward to shaking the bag up a bit more and steeping a bit longer to see what flavours develop.

And as for the question of what bamboo is supposed to taste like, I guess I will find out soon because one of my Black Friday sale teas is a bamboo-based one from Zen Teas.

Flavors: Red Fruits, Straw, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Seeing that I am a freak, I’d take my experience with a grain of salt, but bamboo tastes like cellar to me. I think it’s safe to say that it’s not supposed to taste like that.

Evol Ving Ness

The scent is a bit funky, old sneaker-like, but the taste is quite lovely. I think. I’ll be able to say more about bamboo when my other bamboo tea gets here.

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
138 tasting notes

Used up the rest of my sample to make a cold brew. Really, really disappointed with it. Not sure if it was underleafed or not (it didn’t seem like it, there was a good tablespoon and a half for a barely-1L teapot), but there was almost no flavour, even after two days of leaving it to brew in the fridge. Reducing my rating because of this.

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