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This is another tea that I get to thank the wonderful VariaTEA for! Sadly, I didn’t get to experience as much of this as I would have liked to. I had the cup all brewed up and was basking in my first initial sips which were lovely and filled with sweet maple, and a thicker mouthfeel from the milk I’d added to the brew. It was at that point, however, that I bumped the counter that the cup of tea was sitting on, and tipped the whole cup over.

Just like that – more than three quarters of the cup were gone. I did enjoy the little bit of a taste I did get though; reminded me a lot of DT’s Cardamom French Toast but more maple and less astringency.

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Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!!!

Mostly, this tasted very strongly to me of honeybush, but had hints of creaminess and, for whatever reason, lemons as well. I think from a tea based around Eggnog, I just wanted a much richer flavour with a more pronounced eggyness or nutmeg quality. As is, I didn’t tasted any sort of nutmeg or other spices at all and not nearly enough custard like flavour for me to feel like I could have even blindly named this as ‘eggnog’. That said, when I put aside the lack of accuracy towards the named – it wasn’t bad for what it was.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNIU0H880XQ&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=17

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Lemon, Rooibos, Wood

VariaTEA

Lemon? I’ll have to look for that next time I have this.

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GCTTB

this was a fun one to try. It’s more like the memory of oatmeal raisin cookie for me, with a little more cinnamon than i need. When i make oatmeal raisin (chocolate chip) cookies the cinnamon is much subtler. However, there’s an element of “baked good” that i think has been captured quite nicely. not a keeper for me, but an enjoyable cup to try.

VariaTEA

I was wondering how you got this and then I remembered I passed it along to Roswell who must have shared it lol

Roswell Strange

That’s exactly what happened :P

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Latte Sipdown (206)!

Thanks VariaTEA for the sample!

This was a fairly average latte overall. The cool mintyness was reflected in the steeped up brew, and it was creamy both in mouthfeel and flavour. That said, I didn’t think there was anything substantial here to set it apart from the other dozens of mint blacks I’ve tried over the years. Ultimately, a nice one shot.

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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I drank this one on the way home from work today as a latte; when I smelled it I thought that the flavours really seemed like they’d be suited well for that style, and the sample size VariaTEA sent me was the perfect amount to brew it as such.

I definitely enjoyed this one, though there were a couple aspect that I was either neutral towards or that didn’t completely work for me. What did work for sure was the overall creaminess; both the milk, marshmallows and silky chocolate all contributed to create a really smooth, velvety mouthfeel and flavour that was very rich and indulgent. I also liked that the chocolate wasn’t terribly in your face; had it been much stronger I think it would have felt over bearing and could have hidden the cherry notes.

The cherry is sort of the area that was a little amiss to me; not bad – just not totally what I’d expected or wanted. It was very candy like, and I think something sweet but more natural would have worked better. As it stands, this was pretty artificial. Not the worst though; it could have gone the sour/tart or medicinal routes and that would have been even more calamitous.

So overall, a nice smooth medium bodied tea with flavours well suited for a latte.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWDWfx-Pl0U&list=PL87NPs59pOxOKvHww24aW9bIW-xUMuk85&index=3

I actually just listened to the whole, self titled, EP by this band on the way home. It was my first listen through but I was REALLY impressed. It’s very emotional music, but at the same time incredibly peaceful and calming. I felt very lost in it all – to the point where I nearly missed my bus stop because I was too focused on the music.

And let me just say, I’m SO thrilled that I love this because the entire band is from Regina, where I live, and not only that but I have a personal connection to one of the members, Tanner. He does the drums and some of the vocals. I know him from DAVIDsTEA because he actually works there with me! I knew my coworkers had gone on about how killer his band is, but I sort of always kind of thought “Oh, I’m sure they’re not bad but they’ve gotta just be kind of biased because we all know him so well, and love him” but no, they’re really good.

They have one more EP, so about to go listen to that right away…

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First tea of the day today – made a cup at work. The sample is from VariaTEA!

So, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this one when I saw it included in VariaTEA’s care package. I was kind of terrified of it tasting like the really gross Cranberry Orange Muffin tea that DAVIDsTEA put out with their Fall Collection a year or so back. Damn that was nasty…

This wasn’t though! Instead, it really delivered on the flavour it was marketed as. Basically, it was a smooth light bodied tea with sweet notes of both candied oranges and cranberry and then more confectionery notes of brown sugar, cream and honey. It was also just a touch buttery. Combine that with the natural sweetness and hay notes of the white base and you have the perfect recreation of a fruity scone with clotted cream. Honestly, I didn’t even remotely expect this to get so close to tasting like the real thing, but I’m pleasantly surprised it did.

I’d totally order this one for myself.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRXtbLqIx04&index=11&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Cranberry, Creamy, Floral, Hay, Orange, Peach, Sweet

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Sample comes from VariaTEA!

Tried this one hot a few nights ago, I thought the dry leaf smelled good and I liked the sound of the flavours a fair bit. It just didn’t translate very well into the taste though. The strawberry was pretty pleasant, and sweet/fruity enough for me to feel satisfied with it. It’s the cheesecake notes in the tea that really made a mess of everything. They just didn’t taste good. Part of it was that the profile was really chemical/artificial which caused an uncomfortable disconnect with the strawberry. The rest was that it also just tasted sour? Not like acidic sour, but turned milk sour.

I ended up dumping the majority of the cup.

VariaTEA

Oh no! I didn’t get any of that at all but I am sorry you did.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (218)!

Wow; this one was really, really good. I’ve had a few different root beer rooibos blends now at this point, but this is honestly one of the best ones. Top three, for sure.

The reason I think I enjoyed it so much was two fold. Part of it was that it tasted super accurate with really clear root beer notes and “float”/vanilla notes. Rarely do root beer teas nail the vanilla component as well as this one did. It was smooth, sweet and creamy which made for a very delicious cup. The second reason was just the general intensity. I didn’t have a lot of leaf for this cold brew so I was definitely worried it would come out a little weak/watery tasting but the opposite was the case: this was rich and bold!

I’ve yet to look at NecissiTea’s website yet – I wanted to finish all of the samples sent from VariaTEA first so I knew what I’d want bigger amounts of IF I decided to place an order. So far though this is the only tea I’m totally sure I’d want more of though.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoU7_qCgUAI&index=8&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

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This is one I have been struggling with. The lime flavor is strong and the coconut is present too but it just doesn’t mesh all that well with the chocolate and black base. I find the base tea is more malty and flavorful and that conflicts with the more tropical lime/coconut. Just gotta keep playing around with this to see if I can get it to work. 3.5 minutes in 200F water did not do the trick.

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drank Carrot Cake by The NecessiTeas
3250 tasting notes

Winterlicious is currently happening in Toronto and somehow that has resulted in dinners every night…three course dinners…and occasionally lunches. Plus a friend was visiting this weekend so it has been a busy and very filling few days with very little time for tea. I think I was having withdrawals though because all day I was fixated on coming home and making that first cup of tea. It was incredibly distracting but also fun to debate what to have first.

This was not the first cup I made today. It’s more like the fourth since getting home at 6. As far as Necessiteas teas go, this is not my favorite. I can sorta get where they were going with this but mostly it is cinnamony rooibos with an icing note. Not cream cheese icing so much as a cheap icing sugar mix. Pretty disappointing when compared to all the other Necessitea blends which have been pretty spot on to theirs namesake. It’s not bad, just not on par with the other offerings from this company. With that said, I seem to be in the minority with this opinion so maybe its just me.

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Really, really lovely tea from VariaTEA!

Drinking this as a teacup because I’m on the way out of the house right away so I didn’t want to commit to a large mug of it; I kind of wish I had though because it’s REALLY good. I mean, basically it tastes exactly like the name. I mean, it’s really accurate. The creamy, vanilla and white chocolate notes are my favourite part though. It’s so silky, that you’d think I’d added milk to this but I’m just drinking it straight! The mint is cooling, and makes a nice finishing note.

Technically there’s still a cup worth left, but I have to bring it to Value Village to share with my coworker Chantelle; she’s the biggest fan of mint teas that I know and I’d feel guilty if I didn’t share such an awesome tea with her…

Thank you VariaTEA!!!

VariaTEA

Do you want more? I can share!!! I preferred the other mint blends I got from the Necessiteas…though this made an awesome eggnog latte

Roswell Strange

You’ve shared so much though! Plus, I still have all the other mint ones you shared to go through still :P I’m thinking Dirty Girl Scout will probably be the one I try next.

VariaTEA

Well I will keep this in mind for future packages. This, the matchas and something else that I don’t remember right now.

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Made this one iced at DT today; I actually had brought it with the plan to drink it hot on shift but the store was so hot today that all I could bring myself to make was iced teas. It was actually really tasty though! At first I found it almost unpleasantly brisk, but after a couple sips I settled into the flavour and really appreciated the nuances of each element.

I expected a richer blackberry, but instead this is fairly mellow and creeps in the background a bit; it’s sweet but not overly and is very natural. I’d describe it primarily as the taste of a blackberry that’s just not quite ripe yet, but right on the cusp. What was surprisingly strong to me was the maple which was present in the top of the sip alongside the brisker, bold malty black base. The finish was vanilla and dry cinnamon. Overall the drink was just a hint astringent.

A pump of agave probably wouldn’t have hurt to brighten it up/draw out the blackberry but I generally try to avoid sweetener where I can and this wasn’t bad. Just throwing the idea out there for anyone who might find this not quite sweet enough.

Overall though I think this does do a really nice, solid job of recreating the taste of waffles with maple syrup and blackberries – just in a way where the tea itself isn’t lost in the flavours. It took a while, but I ended up finishing it off quite enamored with it.

Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Yay! I’m glad you liked this one.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (214)!

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

This is a really interesting blend; I fully expected strong coconut notes and hints of lime but it’s more like the other way around? Very strong, bold lime notes especially in the top and mid sip. It’s bright, sweet, juicy and all kinds of tangy! I’m enjoying it a lot. The coconut kicks in during the finish, and is quite buttery actually. Lime and coconut is a pretty solid pairing overall; and it works here mostly. The thing that is kind of disconnected is the butteryness of the coconut – it’s strange next to the tangyness of the lime. Still, it’s nice overall! Probably not something I’d revisit though.

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Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

So, this pretty well does taste exactly like an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, complete with light cinnamon pastry notes and vanilla notes. Is it a good thing that it’s so accurate? Eh, debatable. I’d probably enjoy it a lot more of I liked raisins. I’ve come around to them a lot since first joining steepster and even enjoy raisin notes in my black teas (Darjeeling/Keemun specifically) quite a bit now BUT I’m a long, long way from appreciating them in real life and I think the fact this reminded me so strongly of ‘real life’ raisins and not ‘raisin notes’ in tea was what made it somewhat conflicting.

I still enjoyed it a lot overall, especially the soft cinnamon notes and really subtle pithy lemon undertones – but couldn’t completely get into it.

VariaTEA

So when I packaged this, I considered the raisins but then decided you should try it anyways

Rasseru

Literally the new definition in the teadictionary – ‘variatea’ – when one drinks a lot of different types of tea, even to the point of drinking tea they might not like.

Roswell Strange

I think that describes so many of us…

I’m gonna choose to look at it as a way to broaden and refine my palate though. Also, thanks for the reminder that I really should be adding that book to my growing collection! :)

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Thank you for the tea VariaTEA! This was a really fun one.

- Made in gravity steeper
- Used a blue gumball in my tea leaf; the orange one is in the leaf I added to the GCTTB
- Dry leaf smelled like bubblegum and bananas
- Steeped up a weird, cloudy bright green hue (not a natural “tea green”)
- Initial taste is candy sweetness
- Definitely tastes like bubblegum, but the bulk/dollar store type of gum
- It is fun though; gotta give it that
- And the green base is JUST present enough (grassy)
- Overall, I’m not mad at it and would call it just slightly above average
- But you have to buy into the fact it’s bubblegum w. real bubble and will taste artificial

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“Calling all fans of citrus, vanilla, and sugar! Come on, come all, to this lemon-meringue delight! So sweet that if it weren’t a tea, your teeth would fall out and your waistline would be DESTROYED!”

The entire post is carnival-barker style at: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/11/limoncello-from-the-necessiteas-a-hand-blended-treat/

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drank Mayan Hot Cocoa by The NecessiTeas
3250 tasting notes

I made a latte with this and underleafed this so it is made for a weird drink. There is a sweet milk chocolate flavor, then there is milk, and then astringent spice. I have had this before and it was good but today it is diluted to a point of being not so great. Oh well.

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drank Mayan Hot Cocoa by The NecessiTeas
3250 tasting notes

This is making for an awesome eggnog latte. The marshmallow provides added sweetness and creaminess while the cardamom really stands out as a spice. It’s like a chocolatey chai but with a pop of marshmallow sweetness. Yum!

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Well this has cooled quite a great deal but it still captures the taste of an oatmeal raisin cookie…heavy on the raisin and with a great deal of cinnamon. The brew has an awesome fresh-baked cookie scent. All in all, its pretty tasty and though I wouldn’t mind slightly less cinnamon, I am pleased.

Evol Ving Ness

This sounds rather captivating. That said, too much cinnamon destroys the whole thing for me.

Evol Ving Ness

Did you drink this as latte or black?

VariaTEA

I drank it black and tbh I think the cinnamon came out more since it cooled. I imagine it would be more balanced if it were hotter.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for unravelling that, VariaTEA.

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drank Root Beer Float by The NecessiTeas
3250 tasting notes

Yes, this will do until DAVIDs decides to bring back their Root Beer tea.

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drank EggNaughTea by The NecessiTeas
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This smelled amazing but sipping on it now, I am mostly getting eggy Honeybush with a dash of nutmeg. I can see where this was going but the execution fell short for me.

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OMGsrsly

I like that it’s daily. :)

VariaTEA

I have so much and it’s going bad January 21 so daily is a little bit of a necessity

tigress_al

Daily??? Lol yummy

VariaTEA

I didn’t have one yesterday or the day before though so I guess tonight I am having 3

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Sipping on this while watching A Series of Unfortunate Events. I was watching Smallville but then my Crave stopped working so I switched back to Netflix and found this little blast from the past. I am only an episode in and if nothing else I can say this is definitely better than the Jim Carey-starring disaster.

Anyways, this is my second eggnog latte of the day since I am trying to use up the copious amount of eggnog my family has stocked up on that expires in a week. This one is better than my earlier tea latte because for one it is properly measured out but for another this has a really lovely white chocolate flavor. The peppermint creeps in at the end of the sip and leaves everything tasting fresh and minty.

I had this once before when I did the Battle of the Peppermint Necessiteas (http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/20/battle-of-the-peppermint-necessiteas/) and now I can say that this is definitely better as a latte. Plain, the carob comes out much more but none of that is present as a latte.

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