3247 Tasting Notes

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
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Well, it doesn’t taste like dirt so that’s a step up. Used bottle water and it helped so thank you Sil for both the advice and the tea. Unfortunately, the lemon has taken over. Last time I had this, it was much more well rounded but this time it’s a black tea flavored with lemon rinds and not much else. But, at least I fixed the dirt issue so that’s a plus.

Dustin

You are still in Florida? We were just down there for Xmas and my FIL had a reverse osmosis five step filter put on his tap to get good tasting water which spared me your troubles. Hope you and your tea get back to good water soon!

VariaTEA

School doesn’t start until the 12th so I am here until the end of the week.

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Grapes and….bitter astringency. Another failed experiment. I think I may just stop trying to brew black teas here.

Sil

or just do it with bottled water :(

VariaTEA

That’s what my mom suggested as well. That just seems like such a costly way to make tea though.

rosebudmelissa

You can buy gallon jugs of water for much less than smaller bottles. Or you could look into a good filter. I’ve had good luck with ZeroWater

Terri HarpLady

When I visit my looks in FL every cup of tea sucked. The tap water was very sulphurous :p
Bottled water made my teas better, but taste flat/dull
They finally got a decent water purifier, so my most recent visit was much improved!

VariaTEA

Thank goodness it is not just me who experienced this with teas in Florida. I was planning to get a lot of sipdowns in but now I am most likely going to save a lot of the teas to take home with me and try them there instead.

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Thank you Roswell Strange for the share. Even without recognizing the writing I would know this was from you since anything Saskatoon berry I have received can be traced back to you and that’s awesome.

I cold brewed my sample and the end result is a watered down version of blueberry Pom. Tart but sweet and definitely a strong berry flavor. Good, though it could have been left to steep longer.

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I’m getting nut and astringency. No banana. No pancakes. In fairness though, I’m guessing that has more to do with where this cup was mad as opposed to the tea itself. Nothing seems to have gone right so far so in glad I have more of this sample that I can take home and try there. Hopefully there’s a difference.

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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
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HAPPY NEW YEAR STEEPSTERITES

Sipdown (159)

Thank you Cavocorax for sharing but the last of this sample has fallen victim to the Florida tea weirdness. I tried using Brita water instead of tapwater but this tea still has a dirty taste to it. So weird and quite disappointing as this was a delicious tea.

OMGsrsly

Yay! Happy new year! Sad that your tea drinking isn’t going well, though.

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Sipdown (160)

I am questioning whether it’s me, the tea, or the water down here in Florida that is making almost all the teas I have had taste off/different than I remember. Take this one, for example. I loved this and was incredibly grateful to Roswell Strange when she sent me another little bit except when I brewed it up, it tasted like dirt. A similar thing happened a couple days back with the Damn Fine Holiday Blend. So now I’m wondering what is causing all these bad cups?

Perhaps it’s me? Tastes change and I haven’t really been drinking much tea so maybe my tastes are different now. Though, I had the holiday blend since my hiatus and enjoyed it and then I had it here and didn’t.

Perhaps it’s the equipment? No fancy kettle or frother here. Maybe the water temperature is off given I don’t have a kettle that can brew to perfect tea temps. However, the cold brews are off too and that doesn’t incorporate any equipment:

Perhaps it’s the tea? I decided to bring all my small sample in plastic bags. Some old, some new. They have been stored in a cool, dry, and dark place but still they were all left in the sample bags they arrived in from companies/other steepsterites. However, some samples have been stored for less than a couple of weeks and even they aren’t as strong or flavorful as I would imagine they should be.

Perhaps it’s the water? So now I’m left wondering if it’s something to do with the water here in Florida versus the water in Toronto that is throwing everything off. It tastes different but would it really alter the tea that much?

Perhaps it’s a combination? Whatever it is, it’s not making it easier to fall back in love with tea when half the cups are being dumped because they taste weird. On the other hand, it’s doing wonders for decreasing my cupboard size.

Fjellrev

So many factors, but I wouldn’t put it past the water source for making a large enough difference itself.

OMGsrsly

I’ve read that water makes a huge difference. I use Vancouver water and a Brita, but my parents have a super fancy filter. Tea at their place tastes different.

VariaTEA

It’s weird that the water could alter the taste soooo drastically. Teas have gone from ones I love to ones I couldn’t even drink. Maybe that’s why there isn’t really many tea stores in Florida…the water just doesn’t suit it :P

Equusfell

My parents have very hard, chlorinated water, and I swear every tea I brought tasted like pennies until I bought myself a brita squeeze bottle. Even then, it’s still different without my teaware and temperature control…

Sil

florida water = sulpher water imo. I hate even brushing my teeth when i’m down there visiting. so yes…i’d say it’s the water

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I cold brewed this and the end result is a CARAMEL apple tea, with an emphasis in caramel. At first, you wouldn’t even know this is anything but a caramel tea as the flavor while drinking is 100% chewy caramels. The apple comes in as a bright and tart finish right at the end that remains on your tongue long after you finish drinking.

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This has a thick mouthfeel that I am finding rather bothersome. It’s somewhere between a liquid and a gel and I’m not sure how that’s happening but it is making this seem like a salted caramel jello. That’s not a good combination so I guess I am glad this is done.

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drank Orange Kidd by Lupicia
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I treated myself to a belated channukah gift and took advantage of DAVIDs Boxing Day sale to get some new teaware. I bought a mug, a carry mug, an iced tea tumblr, a santa’s secret collectible tin, and a santa’s secret chocolate bar.

Now I am sipping on this tea while I catch up on the latest season of Supernatural. This has lost flavor since I got it with Sil and Cavocorax over a year ago. It’s gone from an orange creamsicle cold brew to a mere honeybush tea with sweet orange undertones. It’s not horrible but definitely not what it once was.

Fjellrev

Nice snags. You deserve it!

Roswell Strange

I have to say, it’s really nice seeing you regularly posting again! <3

VariaTEA

Thanks guys. And I’m on vacation which makes tea blogging much easier. Plus, I am trying to force myself to rediscover my love of tea.

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I had this once before and really enjoyed it so I know I must have done something different this time as it’s just not the same. This tastes more like a store-bought brand than the malty deliciousness I remember it being. I have one more teaspoon of this left. Hopefully I can get it right.

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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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