721 Tasting Notes

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First time using my milk frother!
Definitely had a cheapo IKEA milk frother that I got years ago for like $2 but… it died a couple weeks ago.
Parents bought me the DAVIDsTEA milk frother and mailed it to me aaaand IT’S SO PRETTY OKAY.

But this is a nice matcha! But that’s like it. I can’t really taste the caramel bit of it? Maybe it’s the milk. I like using Vanilla Almond Milk with my matchas and maybe this milk is too sweet? I don’t remember trying this with good ol’ cow milk so I’ll probably do that next time :) I’m down to the bottom of my package so the next time is definitely going to be a sipdown!

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
721 tasting notes

Thank you MissB for sending me this sample! And she left a little note on it as well! Her favourite white. Well it does smell lovely so I’m excited to end my night with this tea :)

Mmmm this smells so good! More sweet like caramel and toffee :) I can’t quite put my finger on the exact flavour though. It’s like toffee, but has the brightness of mint (like the feeling in the mouth, not the actual flavour of mint. Does that even make sense?). Bonny, I see why this is your favourite white! It’s so nice and smooth and bright. I’m reading other notes on this and there’s coconut!? Ahh this is a great tea, and I don’t really taste the coconut, which is great because coconut isn’t really my favoutite flavour. But dude. THIS TEA IS GOOD.
I’m getting different tastes than other people. I usually underleaf my teas. Like usually it’s 3g to 8oz, but I found for my tastes, that is a bit too much for me, so it’s 2g for 8oz and it works perfect for this tea! This ratio may be underleafing for others, but it’s the perfect amount for me :)

((shout out to Flo [aka awoogah on here] for finally making a steepster account because I’ve been telling her all these stories about steepster ahha))

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
721 tasting notes

I feel like I totally ruined this tea because I followed directions and poured boiling water on top of these leaves. But the package said boiling sooo boiling it is.
I’ll probably make it anther time later this week with the usual time and temp for how I like my white teas.
But this has a wonderful melon scent right out of the package! Smells similar to their Golden Honey Dew, but definitely not as strong.
Steeping and it definitely smells burnt. Can tea do that? Give off a burnt aroma? And there are definitely scorch marks on the leaves.
IN MY DEFENSE, I WAS FOLLOWING THE PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS.
next time I’ll definitely make it the way I know white tea leaves like to be handled :)

Well, it’s nice. It doesn’t smell all that good, and the bright melon scent from the dry leaves definitely were replaced with something heavier. I think it’s because of the temperature of my water.
But even though I went against instinct and treated these leaves HORRIBLY (and followed instructions), this tea turned out nice! I would highly recommend using cooler water, and probably a longer steeping time, in an effort to keep the lightness and bright sent of the dry leaves.

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

I ignore lupicias steeping recommendations always

jump62359

Dude. Lupicia is a GREAT company, but their steeping recommendations are always waaay off! I should have known better, but I wanted this tea in my belly so bad haha

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SHMIRACLES I’M FINALLY DRINKING TONY STARK. I’VE BEEN PUTTING THIS TEA OFF FO SO LONG AND TODAY IS THE DAY.

Dude. I don’t know what it is, but all the fandom blends that use Lapsang always taste so weird. Like I actually really like lapsang! But I haven’t had Adagio’s lapsang alone, only in blends, but I’m convinced that Adagio’s lapsang is just… weird in its own way.
Oh Tony. You smell like… it’s the cockiness in you that deserves such a smoky, dark, spicy tea.
OH GOSH NO.
I AM SO SORRY
BUT ONE SIP
What is in this blend!? Tiger Eye, Lapsang Souchong and Ginger
Oh gosh. I’ll like force this down my throat and resteep to see if I can get a different taste, but at first sip, this is a no.

EDIT: This got a bit tame as it cooled and a lot of the flavour sank to the bottom. Not completely terrible and sour and gross from what I tasted right when it finished steeping, but at least it was a totally drinkable tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Always sad when a tea you were really looking forward to end up being disappointing. Especially a fandom tea.

Shmiracles

listen, i love a good lapsang blend, i love an adventurous lapsang blend, i seriously think the Smaug tea is super great, but this Tony Stark tea? it might be a problem. i don’t think i’ve tried it since that first big cup i brewed.
what i DO like about this tea… it makes sense! because, TONY.
so in a way it’s like a hilarious joke. a bold prank.
ha ha very funny Tony, you got me.

Shmiracles

okay edit! i went back and read my review so apparently i AM into this tea? it’s cold today. i do think lapsang is for cold weather. so i’ll try to have it again and re-evaluate my opinion.
truth be told, i try to be a practical kind of gal, but if anything is gonna influence my opinion, it would probably be my current love of everything Marvel Avengers. so, consider the source :)

jump62359

I’ve bumped the rating up a bit because Tony is actually… okay?
I had the Natasha not too long ago, and I definitely like Tony a but more than Natasha. Dude. I just need to try like every blend there is haha :)

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Thank you NayLynn for the sample!

I’m so tired and I guess a kick in the butt with guayusa would do it!
This tea smells like how an orange cream popsicle would smell like! Like the scent is DEAD ON.
I feel like I’ve left it to steep for a bit too long since it’s right on the edge of being bitter, but it’s still pretty good!
It definitely tastes like a tangerine cream pop! Definitely a great blend :)

I haven’t purchased from Butiki yet, but I’ve had plenty of their teas from swaps and their teas and flavours are as close to perfect as you can get!
Once I get my cupboard down to a reasonable number, I think I’d happily splurge on Butiki :)

Flavors: Cream, Orange Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Sil

stacy does a birthday extravaganza in july…. consider this your advance warning lol

jump62359

I splurged on Davids and Lupicia last month as a DCP Acceptance celebration.
Well, I start with Disney in June so… Looks like I’ll spend one of my first paychecks on Butiki hehe :)
Another reason why I should really get to work on all my sipdowns!

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Oh. This is a very tart and bitter tea when it’s hot and I don’t think I like it that much :/
It smelled really nice in the package! But no. Not good hot at all.
I’ll throw this into my mason jar and stick it into the fridge for a cold brew to enjoy in the morning :)

VariaTEA

I only ever drink this as a cold brew. Hot, I find the hibiscus takes over whereas the other components come out much more as a cold brew.

jump62359

There are some teas that are great both as a hot and a cold brew, but I think this one is definitely leaning towards the cold brew only bit.
It’s in the fridge and very pink. I’ll see how it actually tastes in a couple hours or so :)

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
721 tasting notes

I’ve heard so many great things about this tea and yes, it’s another one from NayLynn!

Umm.. I messed with the proportions of the teas. I’m only doing 2g in my smaller mugs, and I thought that the chocolate was what made up a lot of the 2g when I weighed it, so I added a small dash of DAVIDs Peppermint Amour.
I definitely shouldn’t have done that because now all I taste is the peppermint :(

Umm.. I messed with the proportions of the teas. I’m only doing 2g in my smaller mugs, and I thought that the chocolate was what made up a lot of the 2g when I weighed it, so I added a small dash of DAVIDs Peppermint Amour.
I definitely shouldn’t have done that because now all I taste is the peppermint :(Ahh well. I have enough for one more cup and I’m definitely not going to mess with the blend! I’ll keep it as is and enjoy it with the original ratios :)
I can definitely tell that this is a great tea though, so it gets my thumbs up :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I didn’t know my Forensic Anthro quizzes were due today at 6 instead of Monday.
I just finished the most stressful episode of Bones.
I didn’t have time to make dinner so I legit drove to my favourite Filipino restaurant and totally took the wrong turn.
TODAY WAS A FREAKIN STRESSFUL DAY AND THIS WONDERFUL TEA IS GOING TO FIX ALL MY PROBLEMS.

Special shout out to NayLynn for this tea!
I freakin love gun powder alone and in blends and oh my gosh this tea is just made with all my favourites okay. Blueberries, gun powder, freakin COTTON CANDY.

DUDE AS I WAS WAITING FOR MY WATER TO COOL, I WAS LOOKING FOR MY THERMOMETER HANDLE THING, I FOUND MY PEN FOR MY TABLET AND I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT FOR MONTHS NOW AND AHHH THIS IS GREAT.

dude this tasting note is a freakin mess I am so sorry.
But it smells soooo good as it’s steeping!
Whoever decided to throw whole blueberries into tea was a freakin genius okay.
This tea is SO GOOD. I don’t really get the cotton candy bit, but it does taste like nice fresh blueberry muffins! Like it’s nice and warm, and as I sip, I could just imagine the blueberries burst in my mouth.
The blueberry flavour is dead on.
And I really like how it has a green tea base, compared to DAVIDs Blueberry Jam with a black tea base. Both are great blueberry teas, but it’s nice to know that blueberry is freakin great with black and green bases.
Now to try a white blueberry tea, or a rooibos or mate or herbal and I JUST WANT TO TRY ALL THE BLUEBERRY TEAS. Whole blueberries is an absolute must.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Pancake Breakfast by 52teas
721 tasting notes

This tea smells sweet and cinnamonny. Is that what it’s supposed to smell like?
Ahh well, either way, it smells gooooood!
Thanks a bunch to NayLynn for sending me a sample of this!

Hmm.. I don’t know what’s going on with me right now. For some reason all my teas have come out bitter! This and the last one, the flavour was off. But at least the cup was still drinkable :) I made sure to let the kettle settle for much longer in case my temp was off, but dang. Today isn’t a very black tea day.
I’ll stop it with the blacks because they’re giving me problems, so I’ll move on to other teas :)

Hmm.. I don’t know what’s going on with me right now. For some reason all my teas have come out bitter! This and the last one, the flavour was off. But at least the cup was still drinkable :) I made sure to let the kettle settle for much longer in case my temp was off, but dang. Today isn’t a very black tea day.
I’ll stop it with the blacks because they’re giving me problems, so I’ll move on to other teas :)Luckily I have enough of this tea to make it again so I’ll try sometime in the future!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
721 tasting notes

A big ol thank you to NayLynn for this tea, and a whole lot of other teas! Dang this package was definitely much larger than I thought.
Decided on this one for today. Mmm Salted Caramel. It sounds so freakin good okay, and now does the tea match the flavour in mind?
The dry leaves definitely smell promising. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS TEA.
Hmm… steeping and it smells like any regular black, unflavoured tea. Hoping that I can taste the caramel/salt when it’s done brewing!
It does have a nice amber colour to it though. DARN YOU BITTER TEA. I BELIEVE MY WATER WAS TOO HOT NO. OKay well, at least I have plenty of this tea so I can fix my mistakes.

See, the thing about tea swaps, you think you’re getting rid of a lot of teas and lessening your tea stash, BUT THEN YOU REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE GETTING PACKAGES FROM YOUR SWAP PARTNER AND YOUR TEA STASH DOESN’T CHANGE.

I’ve packed a whole lot of packages, and I’m getting packages back. Dude. Swaps. They’re great, but SO. MUCH. TEA.
I’m definitely done buying tea, now I’m just attempting to reduce my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Tea lover.
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Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so let me know if you wanna swap :)
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Tea rating guide:
100-95: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
94-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with jasmine teas because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Tea Queen for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I (try to) drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk. This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess.

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I was an avid fandom blogger on tumblr and tumblr talk can get in the way of everything kthxbai

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