5005 Tasting Notes

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So I put some of this in a mug and went to shower only to find it cold when I returned. However, that turned out to not be such a bad thing because it is delicious when cold – I mean I would think that is not such a huge surprise from a tea called Watermelon Mint CHILLER. The mint is fresh and sweetened perfectly by the addition of the melons. This is definitely a much cleaner (that’s a weird way to describe it but hopefully you get what I mean) tea than the cup of oil Teavana calls Pumpkin Spice Brulee.

Hot this tastes different than cold as I find the melon more prominent and the mint comes towards the end. Still delicious though. I haven’t really found a teavana tea that I thought was amazing but this tea might have changed that (or maybe it is so fresh compared to my last cup that I am tricked into thinking it is better than it is?).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
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Well first thing I noticed was the lack of leaf in my bag that so many others have complained about. However, the smell made me overlook that and made me excited to try. It smelled like pumpkin bread or some other delicious fresh baked good.

Once brewed, before even trying the tea I noticed two things:
1. how incredible murky it was – I couldn’t even see the bottom of the cup and
2. the oil sheen on top of the cup that made this tea rather unappealing.

I decided to push passed all that though because if it tastes good, the oil would not bother me. However, the taste, though not bad is not enough to cover the oily mouthfeel I am getting. This is actually the first time I have truly noticed oils in a tea and it is not something I enjoy. Perhaps I can mask the oils if I make it a latte? I think this might find its way into the swap box despite its intoxicating aroma.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Once again another delicious sample courtesy of Dexter3657!

This to me tastes a lot like DAVIDs Pumpkin Chai (which I like very much) but with a bit more pumpkin in its taste! To be honest I was expecting this to be far superior to pumpkin chai because of the rave reviews I have read so I was little disappointed that they were so similar (at least to my taste buds). However, there are worse things than being similar to a tea I really enjoy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

At least this one is available longer!

VariaTEA

I was thinking about that while I wrote my review and honestly I do think this one is a bit better (although I can’t quite put my finger on why?), the two are very very similar.

VariaTEA

as in I doubt I would crave this if I had a cup of Pumpkin Chai and vice versa

Cavocorax

They are really similar! I drank both at the same time and I liked this, but I’d have to go back to my review to see why exactly.

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drank Cucumber White by The TeaCupany
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This is yet another sample I received from Dexter3657. I am really trying to power through them and taste them all before I have even more teas to explore.

Anyways, this tea tastes exactly like what you’d think it tastes like. This is white tea with subtle notes of cucumber. Personally, I like bolder flavors but this is definitely a very nice cup of tea when your in the mood for nothing over-the-top or fancy. Thanks Dexter3657!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Dexter

I might have to try this one tonight……..

Roswell Strange

The two teas I have my eye on from TeaCupany are this one and Sweet Potato Pie (which Dexter reviewed). Thanks for reviewing this one: we seem to have pretty similar taste, so I think I’d feel a lot more comfortable placing a TeaCupany order for those two after reading your and Dexter’s reviews.

VariaTEA

Glad I could help! Also, Dexter sent me Sweet Cherry from the Teacupany to try so I can let you know how that tastes once I try it myself if you like.

VariaTEA

Plus sweet potato pie sounds interesting. I would definitely be interested to hear your thoughts on that once you try it.

Sil

i liked sweet potato pie! it was neat

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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