464 Tasting Notes

drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
464 tasting notes

MMMMmmmmm! You know what this reminds me of? Strawberry licorice ropes! SPECIFICALLY the good ones that taste like fresh, real strawberries and sugar, NOT waxy ropes or twizzlers or red vines.

On second thought it also reminds me of strawberry shortcake with tons and tons of sugar on the strawberries and pound cake as the cake- like my Dad makes it. There are lots of pleasant associations with this tea flavor.

The red rooibos in this is quite nice- not overpoweringly earthy and just enough menthol taste to add to the candy sensation without making it seem too artificial.

Oh and thanks, SOPHIE AND LAURENT for this sample! :-)

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Since Laurent and Sophie sent me some more of this, I decided to try it again at work. This just isn’t the tea for me. I tried it at 3 minutes this time and it was less apple cider vinegar-ish, but the acid taste was still there. It did however mellow as it cooled, which makes me think a cold steep might work well for this one. The rose did become more prominent with a shorter steep, so it was sweeter than the last time I had it. Base was smooth and malty.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I will take this off your hands for you :p


It’s a really small sample, but if you’d like I can drop it in the mail for you. Just PM your address to me. :-)


Send me your address! I have quite a bit of this one left still!

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drank Ceylon by Nina's Paris
464 tasting notes

Thank you, Sophie and Laurent, for sending this to me as a sample! :-)

This is a lovely, dark breakfast tea. The dry leaf scent is fragrant and malty. The smell of the liquor is like dark green beans, sweetly vegetal and slightly earthy. It has a soft, satin-y mouthfeel. As it cools, the malt and fruitiness becomes more prominent. I can

What sets this apart from other ceylons (or just a lot of breakfast teas) is that it is amazingly smooth. I kept bracing myself for a gritty mouthfeel and drymouth after drinking because my brain associates that type of taste with those sensations, but the bad stuff never came at all. It was lovely!

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Still Thanksgiving Dinner in a cup minus the turkey. See last note for full review.

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold-steeped this from a pitcher pack. It was really refreshing. The citrus was fresh-tasting, sometimes tasting of orange, sometimes like lime. The oolong was stron, smooth, and distinct from the lime. There was a floral element I couldn’t quite place, but after reading the description, I realize was jasmine. It added some complexity to the citrus, making it feel at the same time darker and sharper.

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The blender bottle makes it so much easier to mix up matcha! Had half a tablespoon w/14oz of water, 2oz of coconut almond milk, a little bit of clover honey. It was the perfect alternative to the ice cream I was craving.

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Still kind of disappointed I missed the Butiki sale due to vacation, but I still have enough of this to last me a little while, so I can’t complain too much. :-) I’m on my 4th steep of the morning. It went so well with the buttermilk scone I had for breakfast. See other notes for details.


no no no look at it as an opportunity to make sure your order includes MY tea (it’s not in stock yet) without having to have placed two orders… OR an opportunity to sidown more of your cupboard before black friday butiki sale haha


i’ve got my eye on your stacy….



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I’ll be that person that ends up placing 2 orders….or maybe 3…

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Sil-you always make me laugh :)


at least i’m good for something! ;) (still waiting for it to be very very soon…i should think it’s at least very soon.)


lol! You crack me up, Sil! I don’t think I can stretch my flowery pineapple oolong until Black Friday, so I might have to place a teensy order before then.


wait until the new tea comes out! well new old tea..and by that i mean Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black…unless you DESPISE black teas…or have tried it and don’t like it lol


That’s the magical unicorn tea I keep hearing about!


it reminds me a lot of some of the tasty teas i’ve had from taiwan tea crafts… i really love it


googles taiwan tea crafts

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I laughed at the description when I read it after I drank this cup. “Touch of vanilla”? I think not! It’s more like someone shoved a handful of vanilla up my nose. Granted the server at the store put in a ton more leaf than I would use for the size of the cup and I steeped it rather long, so that might be a contributing factor as to why the vanilla is so overpowering.

That being said, the vanilla is a nice, natural one. It doesn’t make my throat itch like some vanilla flavorings.

As it cools, the floral tones come out to play a little. It’s subtle and sweet- very pleasant. I’m still not picking out any particular oolong taste. I’m gong to try this out for a shorter second steep.


No, no, the vanilla is like that. I prefer the second steep as I find the vanilla so overpowering.


I did do a second steep and enjoyed it much more! It was more florally sweet and I could taste a little of the oolong.

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Momo box tea!

My highly trained sister cold-steeped this one when she finished off the prairie berry icedtea thismorning. This one is very artificial in a way I can’t make up my mind about. It’s almost like a chocolate liquor with xanthum gum flavoring. I can’t really taste the base over all the flavoring I might add some coconut milk to the second half of the glass. That is only if I can move from where I am- so sore from kettlebell class last night!

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Base is mellow and reminiscent of green beans. The citrus and flowers are VERY sweet and like all the Kusmi teas I’ve tried lately, it reminds me of soda. The bergamot and other fruits are slightly bitter as well, which adds a little depth to the flavor. I can’t distinguish the exact taste of the floral notes, they are a little overwhelmed by the citrus.

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I run, I sing, I drink tea. That’s the best description I have of me.

I’ve always enjoyed tea, but have just started trying out a lot more loose teas and varied brands. I’m really excited about a site like steepster so I can read about what people think about different teas.

Oh and I really hate Lipton tea. There’s something just awful about it and I can’t understand why nearly every local diner only has Lipton.

Also I’m on the search for a full-bodied, fruity blackberry tea. So if you have any suggestions feel free to throw them my way! :-)


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