4781 Tasting Notes

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Woke up this morning to find the tea leaves I used last night were still in my filter. I decided to try resteeping this tea and I am glad to say that it still tastes amazing!! Thanks again, Dexter3657!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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This is another sample from Dexter3657 and it is great! I was worried because I could not find brewing instructions anywhere so I just used 1.5 tsp and steeped it in boiling water for 4 min. Mostly because I was making another tea at the same time using those conditions.

Anyways, the cup turned out great! Not as chocolaty as I would have thought it would be but you get the malt for sure. This is definitely one I will be drinking again. Thanks Dexter3657!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
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I got this tea in the summertime because it smelled amazing! It smelled exactly like fuzzy peaches. Unfortunately, as a hot tea it was far too sweet but as an iced tea it was not sweet enough. Despite trying multiple times to brew this tea in a way that it would be enjoyable, I never quite got it to be what I wanted. It had such potential though.

TeaBrat

sounds like my experience with most of Teavana’s fruity blends

VariaTEA

Yeah…I really have not been enjoying them as much as I thought I would and given their prices that is definitely not a good thing.

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98
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Yet another sample from Dexter3657 and so far they have all been a hit. Many people recommended I try this tea, especially after I raved about DAVIDsTEA’s Lime Gelato, and I definitely understand why. The two smell almost identical to me and taste very similar. However, what I like about this is it is a rooibos which means no caffeine and it can be enjoyed anytime of day. Something tells me this sample won’t last long and I will be placing a Della Terra order in the near future!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Try orange cream if you like creamsicles heh. Lemon chiffon is good too, but if prefer lime and orange by just a bit more. That lemon lime rooibos, can’t remember what it’s cal led now, isn’t worth it if you really liked lime chiffon…it’s too similar, though the. Try me packs are treat for letting you try it and not have lots heh

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65
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Another sample from Dexter3657; I am trying to work through as many as possible before my order arrives tomorrow. Also I am just so excited that I want to try them all tonight!!

Anyways, this is my second tart tea of the day and I actually was not anticipating the tartness so it took my by surprise. Upon the first sip I find this similar to Queen of Tarts by DAVIDs as the hibiscus really shines through but what is interesting about this tea is how once you get past the tart hibiscus there is a complex flavor that is both spiced and sweet. I am definitely getting the cinnamon as well as the fruits (which I at first thought I was tasting apple but now realize it is a more complex flavor profile than that).

Ultimately, I am really enjoying this cup that has something for everyone – tart, spice, and sweet all blend together quite well. Thank you Dexter3657!

ETA: Unfortunately in my freezing apartment if one does not drink the tea within 20 minutes of it being brewed the tea becomes ice cold. On the plus side, this has now taught me that I really enjoy Kanpe cold.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dexter

LOL I guess I just like the tart. Sometimes I like this one with a little straight green tossed in…..

VariaTEA

that could be nice. It is funny because I had Queen of Tarts this morning so it was a shocker to be having a tart tea in the evening too. It is very good though, once I realized it was tart I definitely enjoyed it a lot more. The first sip really took me by surprise though.

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73
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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Dexter3657 sent me a sample of this and something tells me I will be finishing that very soon! I love this tea. I couldn’t decide which tea I wanted to make because there was so many to choose between but one sniff of this and I just had to make it! It smells like carrot cake with deliciously creamy cream cheese icing both dry and when brewed. I could sniff this all night but that would mean I don’t get to drink it which would be a shame because it is delicious! One of the best rooibos teas I have tried in a long time. I honestly can’t thank you enough Dexter3657!!! I hope you are enjoying my package as much as I have enjoyed yours so far :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

This tea is so good even the string on my hoodie decided to sneak into my mug and try it.

Cavocorax

VariaTEA – ha!

And Ooooh – I love this one!

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68

Thanks Dexter3657 for this sample!!

This is an interesting tea for sure. It actually does smell like peanut butter to me. When I tried it for the first time I tasted some peanut butter but it almost tasted burnt to me. However, upon my next few tries I realized it wasn’t burnt and I began to taste the chocolate notes a bit more. All in all, I think this is a good cup of tea and I am glad I have enough of it to enjoy another cup (maybe then I will be able to fully wrap my head around it).

ETA: I resteeped this one and whatever I did not like in my very first sip seemed to intensify during the second steeping. I ended up throwing the cup down the drain.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Any idea whether this was renamed on the Della Terra site? I tried looking for some to throw in a sampler, but I couldn’t find it (though I swear it was there just a few weeks ago) :S

VariaTEA

yeah I checked the site too and can’t find any

Dexter

Hmmm… I ordered that in my massive September binge buy – but you are correct it’s gone :((

Roswell Strange

Blah. That’s a shame. It’s one I was really curious about.

Dexter

I don’t have any more to send you. I only got it in a sampler and drank half and sent the other half to VariaTea….

Roswell Strange

Don’t worry about it at all. I’m just going to blindly hope that they’re tweaking the blend or renaming it or something – and it’ll be back on the site eventually for me to try. But it’s really not a big deal – there’s way too many things I want to try anyway, so it’s probably a good thing (financially, anyway).

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75
drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of my all time favourite teas! There is not much to say other than it smells like spice cake and tastes like it smells. I want this in my cupboard for as long as possible so I am definitely glad I bought 250 g of it the other day

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Good thing you snagged it! I was considering more but my store was out.

VariaTEA

Really?? All the stores around me (in Montreal) seemed to have a lot of the Sugar and Spice collectible cans left which I think was part of my inspiration for buying so much because I am worried it was unpopular and so it won’t come back next year

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68

I bought this tea my first trip to David’s mostly because I accidentally dumped the sample they put out to smell all over their counter. However, I am actually quite glad I did buy this (not so glad about the mess I caused)because I enjoy having this tea around. It is so tart which makes it drastically different from all my other teas which are more sweet and/or spiced. Next I want to try this iced because I think it would be great cold. Plus, gotta love the rich pink color!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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I am having this one again since I boiled the water before I figured out what tea I intended on having and this was right by the kettle, staring at me, begging to be brewed. Last time I made this I fell in love with it and though this time it tastes a little different (probably because last time it was made in a teapot and this time in a timolino) I still really like it. This cup, the lavender is more pronounced both in smell and taste but I don’t mind that at all. I am glad to see that upon second tasting I am still a fan and my first reaction wasn’t just excitement over a new tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Your reviews make me want to try this! I put it on my Christmas list of teas though, so no buying any for myself.

VariaTEA

haha I am glad my reviews inspired you to want to try it. Now I hope that you like it as much as I do otherwise I will feel bad I hyped it up so much and you were disappointed

noyadefleur

I’d really like to try this one.. I feel like I’d love it. But I smelled it in the store and it seemed really off putting. Though we seem to have similar tastes so maybe I’ll give it a go.

VariaTEA

I smelled it once before and told them to put it away because I also didn’t like the smell but when I asked the saleswoman and she so strongly recommended it I thought I should at least try and I am definitely glad I did.

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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.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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