268 Tasting Notes

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drank English Toffee Matcha by Matcha Outlet
268 tasting notes

I woke up and really wanted something refreshing and cool, but alas I didn’t have enough milk to make another matcha milk! So I went with matcha soda, although the only carbonated water I had was coconut flavored. The combination is surprisingly good! I get a little coconut flavor at first, but then the buttery/nutty flavor of this matcha comes through and actually blends pretty nicely. Kind of like a macaroon? But not really.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts

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drank English Toffee Matcha by Matcha Outlet
268 tasting notes

This is my first matcha milk and I am liking it! A LOT. While I wouldn’t say that it really tastes like toffee, there is a very nice buttery component to it with a hint of nuttiness. I will definitely be ordering more matchas from Red Leaf, although maybe not this one. It’s good, it just didn’t blow my socks off. Thanks for the preparation instructions, Marzipan!

Marzipan

I highly recommend the caramel one.

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Yes, it is 2:30 am. Yes, I have been drinking. That doesn’t diminish how delicious this tea is. It’s so good, I suspect witchcraft (j/k). Thus, I’m drinking it out of a Hedwig mug. I’m drinking it while eating an actual sugar cookie. Double whammy.

Cavocorax

This one is surprisingly good!

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Another review for this tea because it is truly delicious! It has such a great almond taste. It’s not like eating almonds, but more like a almond flavoring in a baked good. It reminds me of my Mom’s sugar cookies :-) (She puts almond flavoring in the cookies and the icing, in case that wasn’t obvious). With drinking H&S’s Soho blend this morning and now this, this must be favorite tea day for me!

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95
drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
268 tasting notes

This tea deserves a second review because it is just that good! It is just dreamy- mostly coconut with great chocolate notes as well. The tea blend itself is just gorgeous and the aroma is fantastic. I’m obsessed. I bought a pound of this tea. If anyone wants to try it, and I think everyone should unless you don’t like coconut, hit me up for a swap!

Saturday morning + SoHo blend + catching up on Scandal = perfection

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

darby

I’d love to try this! What companies are you interested in? I have more than my cupboard shows.

mj

darby, I’m good with whatever companies experienced steepsters (i.e. you!) like! Trying new things is the exciting part! Things that I don’t like: rooisbos, bergamot, tons of citrus. Other than that, things that I really enjoy are black tea, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, almond, and fruit flavors. I’m also in the market for a good caffeine-free tea as I only have one “night” tea that I am really enamored with! Surprise me and I will be glad to send some of this to you :). Also, let me know how much I should send? This will be my first swap!

mj

Also, have you made it to Coffee & Tea Ltd? If not, I can throw in a sample of the almond or raspberry black teas and save you the trip! The locations are not exactly convenient, at least from where I live.

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82
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
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This is my favorite at-home chai! All the flavors are well balanced so you can taste more than just cinnamon! The vanilla is a really nice addition, although that is always my position :). Extremely enjoyable!

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
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I just got come from one of those wine and painting events (so fun!). I’m not very skilled, so I claim to be an impressionist ;). Not that impressionists are not skilled! I just can’t replicate the example in perfect detail. Anyway, I have to be at work at 7am tomorrow, but I have time for tea, right? Right. I’m extremely limited in my selection of caffeine-free teas and I accidentally bought this when I was in a hurry, not noticing it was a rooisbos. It’s not unpalatable, which is saying something since I hate rooisbos. It mainly tastes like cinnamon. I guess I’d drink it if I was desperate. I need suggestions for caffeine-free teas please!

Flavors: Cinnamon

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drank Wild Encounter by Novus Tea
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This tea is very floral and only secondarily fruity. Normally I’m not a fan of floral teas but this one is pretty pleasant. I wouldn’t buy it, but I might drink the other two samples I have of it.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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This has been my work tea for a while- it satisfies my need for something sweet in the afternoon and wakes me up! My body’s circadian rhythm insists that around 3:30pm is nap time, but this tea helps me to not sleep at my desk and get kicked out of my lab. The main flavor you get is peppermint, peppermint, peppermint. I normally dislike peppermint teas because they’re a little too intense. However, the chocolate tones really mellow this peppermint nicely. The peppermint to chocolate flavor ratio is more York peppermint patty than thin mint. All in all, a very pleasant tea that I have bought again and again!

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drank Royal Yunnan by In Pursuit of Tea
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Steepster has encouraged me to drink a wider variety of teas and this led to the lesson I learned last night: Green tea has waaaaay more caffeine in it than I thought it did! I was up until 2am and then had to be up by 7am this morning, which led to me wanting a tea to kick me in the teeth this morning. Since I didn’t have a good plain black breakfast tea (how is is this possible?!? must rectify), I went with my go-to non-flavored black tea. It is a delicate black tea and oh so smooth. I managed to enjoy it despite my early morning fog of sleepiness and grumpiness. This tea is perfect if you want a good quality, stand alone black tea. Lovely flavor!

Marzipan

Oh ouch!

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Tea-obsessed, book worm scientist.

I love black tea, especially Chinese black tea- I’m looking at you Fujians and Yunnans! I also enjoy Indian teas, mostly first flush darjeelings (and a select few assams).
I think I’m recently starting to like oolongs better though- gasp! I’ve been cheating on my black teas with all these lovely, alluring green floral oolongs. Sorry I’m not sorry.
White tea gets a lot of love too! I am particularly fond of silver needle whites.
I can’t seem to appreciate green teas and rooibos is foul, IMO.

Other interests: Books! Board games! Nerdy entertainment like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, all the nature documentaries, etc etc. Also Disney!

I’m up for swaps!

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