3243 Tasting Notes

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So I am not very good at whisking with a fork. I have little matcha clumps all through my drink. Such sadness. Should have not been lazy and found batteries for the milk frother. Now I know.

Stephanie

I should get one of those. Sounds easy!

VariaTEA

It really is.

Cheri

milk frother == easy to make matcha.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
3243 tasting notes

Of course this tastes good cold brewed. This tea can do no wrong. Seriously, hot or cold, it is pure melon goodness. Thank you jump62359 for bringing this tea to my attention and then supplying me with such a generous amount. You are AMAZING!!!

Memily

I still remember jump62359 first bringing this to my attention and if watching various steepsters try it and go nuts for it makes me happy, I can only imagine how she’s feeling! So rad. Hope I get to try some one day.

jump62359

Not gunna lie, I definitely stalk the Golden Honey Dew page pretty often because I freakin love this tea. And the fact that you can get it in only one place (technically three places within one city haha), it makes it super easy to read through all the notes :)
So so incredibly happy that the people I’ve sent it to has enjoyed it very much! It’s bittersweet, in a way. Sweet that people love the tea, bitter because it’s obviously hard to get :/

jump62359

Memily, I’d definitely offer to send you a sample, but I don’t know how much it’ll cost to send to Australia :/ next time I visit the post office, I’ll make sure to ask! If it’s in my budget, I’ll probably send a small sample your way :)

Plunkybug

It looks great, and I’m sure this is on my wishlist.

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SSTTB

This one smells much better than it tastes. So lemony and delicious. Mmmmm… However, tastewise, the lemon is muted and the spices leave a drying feeling in my mouth. It is just not for me. I am glad I got the chance to try it though :)

Cheri

Apparently, it’s an acquired taste. (Sorry, just some very bad humor. I needed it.)

VariaTEA

Haha. I liked it :)

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drank Ruby Black by American Tea Room
3243 tasting notes

SSTTB

Aside from Brioche I have been pretty disappointed with American Tea Room teas. Consequently, when I see one, I don’t have high expectations for it. However, this was a pleasant surprise. It is rich and malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Yum!

In other news, I checked the description and my tastes are way off (aside from the malt) of what this is meant to be. Oh well.

Cheri

If it tastes good to you, that’s all that matters. Or someone mislabeled the tea when they put it in the box.

VariaTEA

It is probably me. I am not yet sophisticated in the ways of detecting the subtle flavors of black teas.

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
3243 tasting notes

This is a sweet, sweet tea. Maybe too sweet? It is like a Fuzzy Peach without the sour part that is greatly needed to balance out the flavor. It is not as bad as Peaches n Cream but I can’t help but feel like it needs something to round out the flavor and counter the sweetness. Oh well. I have more to play with but right now this is not a restock.

Cold brewed 2.5 tsps in 16 oz for 8 hours

Roswell Strange

I don’t understand the need for another peach tea after JUST having one in the Spring collection… If they want a peach herbal so bad they shouldn’t have discontinued Bamboozled or they should have just released this/Peaches & Cream as part of the permanent collection.

VariaTEA

I think Peaches & Cream didn’t go over well so they tried a different peach.

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drank SBT: Maple Bacon by 52teas
3243 tasting notes

So I let my brother talk me into this one. It is not my favorite but it is not as scary as I always expect it to be, especially given the strong artificial bacon bit scent. Tastewise it is mostly maple black tea with a touch of smoke. However, the smell is strong to get past so the next cup will need to be in a more narrow glass I think. That or I will just pawn the rest of this off on my brother and his friends at tomorrow’s game night :P.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
3243 tasting notes

Mmmmm. So good. I can’t thank you enough, jump62359, for such a large sample of this amazing, amazing tea! You are awesome!! Also, I decided to see how this cold brews so I have it prepped and in the fridge now. We will see how it goes tomorrow.

jump62359

Ahh I made sure to send you a larger than average sample of this tea :) I had 150g of this tea at the time, and now I’m down to 30g…
I hate this so much as a cold brew though. I had plenty of this tea one time, then I discovered it was great as a cold brew and now… ugh. This tea is going to be gone soon enough because cold brews need so much more leaves than hot.

VariaTEA

Such sadness. I am having such a terrible conflict with this because I want to drink it because it is so tasty but I also want to hoard it and I just don’t know what to do.

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
3243 tasting notes

This. I really like this. Cold brewed all 18 g in a pitcher (the downfall of this is the large heavy pieces) and the result was a fresh, citrusy fruit punch type drink. Yum! I will definitely be getting more.

Memily

Ooh, is this a new summer one?

Cavocorax

I think I was the most excited about this one of the new blends. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Cheri

This is the only one of the summer blends that interested me at all, but I decided not to put it on my order. It’s good to hear people liking it. Maybe I will order some with my next, if it’s still around.

VariaTEA

It definitely is my favourite, by far, of all the ones I have tried so I definitely recommend it.

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Sipdown!! (192)

Had the last of this cold brewed and somehow managed to bring out the passionfruit flavor. I am not sure what I changed but it is there today and wasn’t in the last bottle. This is still most prominently sweet rooibos but that flavor gives way to fresh passionfruit goodness right at the very end of the sip. Subtle but present, which has made for a pleasant last cup. However, at the end of the day this was merely okay and so I am not rushing to stock it. I am very grateful to my awesome tea twin, Roswell Strange, for the chance to try something new :)

Roswell Strange

So… I sent you more tea today. But only like four more samples – and two are definitely just one cup samples so don’t panic! I was mailing stuff to Courtney and since my stuff from 221 had just showed up took advantage of the new goodies to share some things with you (two Stash teas I don’t think you’ve had, and two fancy shmancy straight blacks for your journey/quest).

VariaTEA

lol Yay! So is that two packages I am waiting for now or just one? You have to stop sending me tea :P

Roswell Strange

You’ve got the one with stickers, right? Other than that one there are two coming in just regular mail/envelopes – so not a bunch. The older one has a Menthe Soleil bloom in it.

VariaTEA

Oh dear. I am trying to stay under 200. I think your job is bad news for my attempt to reign in my cupboard because now your are ordering/sharing more tea :P

Roswell Strange

I have to make up for the lost time when I was only receiving tea from generous Steepster members and couldn’t afford to reciprocate ;) Also have to get you back for making my cupboard balloon :P Oh, I also got a large sample of Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treat today so no need to pass that one along :)

VariaTEA

I am still waiting for mine so you will have to tell me how it is

Roswell Strange

So much for cracking open my plain Marshmallow Treat, eh? I have two new Genmaicha samples (PB being one of them) to finish up first…

VariaTEA

haah you are just never going to get to it :P

VariaTEA

I should just send you a sample of it so you can try it.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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