682 Tasting Notes


Thank you, QueenOfTarts, for sending me a sample of this tea!
It smells so good! I don’t know about the blood orange bit, but it did smell very fruity/rooibos-y from the package. Oh wait. I like to…. inhale my tea… and yep! I smell the citrus now!
Poured water on top and the woodsy rooibos flavour is coming out, as well as the bright citrus! You know, this reminds me a bit of TeaForté’s Mojito Marmalade, but that one is like suuuper bright and flavourful. This one has more of a muted citrus flavour because of the rooibos, but it smells great!
Mmmm I just had a small sip (after about 4min of brewing) and it tastes so nice! Definitely a tad watered down so I’m letting it sit for another 10 or so minutes to pull all the flavour out. It has the bright citrus taste, while still holding it a bit back with the rooibos.
Definitely a great tea! Now I’m just waiting for it to brew to how I like all my rooibos (overleaved and oversteeped aww yiss) and I know it’ll taste great!

About half an hour later and I’ve been steeping my tea for forever and THIS IS GREAT. I would actually do with a bit more leaves though. I do taste the orange! Not just citrus, but orange :)

Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Enjoying this tea in my topsy turvy mug from Disney because I haven’t used this mug in so long!
Hmm a decent jasmine tea. For some reason it smelled like genmaicha when it finished steeping? But it tastes like jasmine and that’s what I’m here for :)
It tastes a bit like Beastly Beverages’ Angel of Decadence. Just a regular ol’ jasmine tea. I still really love DAVIDs Butterfly Jasmine. Much more smoother while this one tastes a bit more robust and slightly bitter in places. I may have used too hot water, but I’m sure this’ll resteep like a boss like all the other jasmines I’ve tried :)

((Also, topsy turvy mug bc Carrie http://instagram.com/p/nLAb-MSALx/))

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
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Tea from my mother.
I knew this probably wouldn’t make a great hot cup of tea because of the lavender so I turned this into a cold brew.
No thank you. I just don’t enjoy drinking lavender at all. Lavender oils to help me sleep and relax, sure! But no way am I drinking it.


This confused me because it is called Lavender Dreams yet it is caffeinated.

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drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
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Oh gosh
Thank you NayLynn for the sample but oh dang. I don’t think I’ll go out and purchase this tea though. IT WAS HOT. LIKE CHEWING SPICY MINCED HABANERO WOW.

I do appreciate that this is a great tea, but I wasn’t able to drink it because my taste just can’t handle the spice. LIKE IT’S GOOD. IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO TRY IT, GO FOR IT. But spicy foods and me don’t really mix all that well.
It’s in my timolino so I’ve been trying to drink it throughout the day, but I haven’t been able to get through half the cup. I’ve sure if I have a high tolerance for spicy foods, I would very much enjoy this cup, but oh dang was this spicy!

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Hahaha. Sorry, not funny I know. This guayusa is what I would consider mild. If you have some left, if you add sugar it will deaden the spiciness and taste like a red hot candy


This is mild!? Ahh well, I’m the weakest person ever haha.
Oh another thing I forgot to mention in the tasting note: I like to smell my teas.. a lot. This one I legit inhaled it and could not stop sneezing!
I did enjoy this tea, not gunna lie, but I’ll definitely need to build up some sort of tolerance for spicy foods. I’ve got enough for about 2 more cups so I’ll try it again soon enough!


Oh.. red hot candy?!?!? Yum! This might have to be on my sample list when I place an order. Milk should also take away some of the heat… although I don’t know if you take milk in your tea jump62359, or if this tea would even work with it.

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I think I have no reasonable idea of heat level since I enjoy very hot foods. If I’m not sweating, panting, having trouble breathing then it isn’t hot enough. :D

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Thank you VariaTEA for a sample of this tea!

Midterms are a butt and I’ve been sitting in the same spot for hours now and I knew I wanted some caffeine-free tea to end the day.
This smells nice and spicy and cinnamonny and that’s exactly what I was craving for! Nice and spicy and warm :) I usually don’t go for teabags, but I’ve already washed up all my gadgets I use to make my loose tea, so this is just the perfect tea to end the night. Gotta get well rested for my finance midterm tomorrow!
((Freakin cash flow and feasibility studies and valuation of real estate. Last week I thought it was chapters 1-3, but NOPE! It’s 1-5, 14-19… yeah. That’s a lot to keep in my brain, but I’ve been studying so I think I’ll do well :) ))

EDIT. Had to bump this down a bit. It was nice at the beginning of the cup! But now that it’s nearing the end, I’m tasting everything that I don’t like in typical cinnamon teas. Usually, I love teas more as they cool down and it gets better as the cup goes on, but this just… no. It was great at the beginning, but now that that it’s nearing the last like 10 sips or so, it’s getting all cinnamonny and weird.


I’m sorry it got worse as it cooled.

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Oh. my. gosh.

Thank you tons to QueenOfTarts for sending me a sample of this!

It smells like caramel cookies and brown sugar and ahh I just love sugary smelling teas! I have high hopes for this one :)
Now that it’s steeping, it definitely started smelling like an oolong!
I love oolong so freakin much okay. Partially because I love seeing the leaves unravel, but dude, I love all the oolongs I have okay.
I think this might actually be my first dessert oolong so I’m quite excited for that.

Hmm. The sugar/caramel bit does get lost. I’m kinda sad about that! It smelled sooo nice dry, but the flavour didn’t carry out through the steeping process, and now it just tastes like any regular slightly roasted oolong. It’s good, not gunna lie, but the sugar/caramel bits that I was looking forward to didn’t come through.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown of VariaTEA’s sample! But luckily I still have some more of my own :)

A nice cold brew. Dude. I pretty much need a cold brew every day because it’s getting hot so quickly. But it’s supposed to rain on Saturday? Ahh well.
A nice refreshing drink! I might have forgotten to strain it so it sorta brewed for an extra like 2-3 hours soooo yeah. VERY tart today but it’s fine :)


Iced 8 min or more 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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It’s freakin 11:30am AND I JUST WOKE UP.
Dude. This is my coffee in the morning okay. Nice and perfectly creamy with my vanilla almond milk! A sad sipdown, but next time I take a trip to Lupicia, I’ll definitely pick up a pack of their other flavours :)

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, the tea does smell green and fruity out of the pack, so that must be good!
I love fruity rooibos so I have high hopes for this one :)
Definitely smell the mango and papaya dry and as it steeps.
OH WOW IT DEFINITELY IS FRUITY. I can taste each ingredient separately. The mango and papaya, most definitely. The apple is there, but you’ll have to go looking for it.
All in all, a nice blend. I’d like to see how this does as a cold brew so maybe sometime in the future that’ll happen :)

I’ve definitely had a tea like this before.
It reminds me a whole lot of Mango Lassi from Davids! But Mango Lassi, add chamomile, less papaya, and tons more tartness from the mango. This is a bit turned down version of that so I like this a bit more :)

Boiling 8 min or more 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sublime by Silk Road
682 tasting notes

Tea from MissB!

Ahh lemongrass. I still don’t know if I like it or hate it. It’s just… there.
Well, it smells very much like lemongrass, and steeping as well.
Well, pretty much LEMONGRASS.

Herbal and no caffeine so I’m good :)

2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Tea lover.
Food and Beverage lover (food, wine, beer, TEA)
DCP Alumni (WDW Fall 2013 and DLR Fall 2014)
Future management intern, WDW Fall 2016
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so let me know if you wanna swap :)
Likes/dislikes here:

Tea rating guide:
100-95: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
94-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with jasmine teas because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Tea Queen for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I (try to) drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk. This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess.

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I was an avid fandom blogger on tumblr and tumblr talk can get in the way of everything kthxbai


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