5665 Tasting Notes

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This was a sample in the order that arrived today. I was happy to see it since it is one of her newer teas she mentioned that intrigued me. I made it as a latte and then sent some samples to Sil and Roswell Strange. This looked awesome and super chocolate-y but flavorwise, it was mostly roasted hojicha. The last few sips had chocolate and cream though, which was nice. This was my favorite of the 3 teas I tried from the most recent order so far but this is also not one I need more of. Also, I paired it with the caramel filled stroopwafel-like cookie that Deb sent in the sub box. It was delicious and a fun pairing to the latte.

Silent Kettle

This is a tea that I am super excited to purchase since I enjoyed her cinnamon bread hojicha! :)

Cameron B.

OMG so excited for this! Hojicha all the way!

VariaTEA

If you enjoy hojicha, I think this is a nice option. I am off and on with hojicha so I was fine with the one latte.

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Another sample snagged from Sil. Thank you!

Salted caramel is always appealing to me but I’m so off pancake teas that I decided to skip this one. Also I knew Sil was getting it and she’d let me try it.

The dry leaf smelled deliciously caramel. Drinking it though, it leans more strongly into the pancakes side of things than caramel. For me, that’s a plus because it means I don’t need to place an immediate order for more of this.

Silent Kettle

I love having this one as a latte! It surprised me how nicely the popped rice complimented the tea and added a nice saltiness to it

Sil

I like that i’m like thanks sil? riiiiiiiight forgot about those

VariaTEA

@Silent Kettle, Deb definitely recommends it as a latte so I could see that being nice.

@Sil, I am stealing from you before its even in your possession lol

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My Dessert by Deb ordered arrived today and it was so exciting because it was my order and my sub box and wrapped with so much love. Part of it was literally gift wrapped and it just makes for such an amazing experience! I planned on taking pics but I was so excited I ripped through everything before I did. Oops

Part of the order were teas for Sil and teas for Roswell Strange. They both grabbed this tea and while I was curious, I didn’t want more than a sample. I snagged a cup from Sil to try so thank you, Sil!!

It’s a nice tea. I don’t know if it screams pear so much as just a generic and soft orchard fruit note. It also has turmeric but it’s subtle and alright. Overall, it’s fine but it’s not for me.

Cameron B.

Ooh so exciting! Looks like mine has made its way across the border now! \o/

VariaTEA

Exciting! It’s an awesome sub box. I’m so happy I got it!

Silent Kettle

" I planned on taking pics but I was so excited I ripped through everything before I did. Oops" lol! This is so relatable! It reminds me of when I eat all the food before taking pictures, lol! Which is so sad since I love looking back on photos!

And I loved this one as well! Very turmeric heavy, slightly sweet, but it tastes super fresh.

Silent Kettle

Also, I think I didn’t expect it to taste much like pear? >.< I couldn’t imagine that since turmeric would mask the taste. Maybe if the tea was like pear and cranberries?

I think the pear just adds a sweetness to it, and is a nice diversion from apple. But I think most pear teas use natural/artificial flavourings to get it to really taste like pears? :)

Sil

i’m a little sad i didn’t pick up this sub…but then variaTEA and i would have too much of the teas we don’t love lol because sharing is caring

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Made this as a latte and it tastes like a NecessiTeas spiced tea. It doesn’t taste specifically like pumpkin or snickerdoodles though.

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drank Eleven's Eggo by Happy Turtle Tea
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In my opinion, this is Happy Turtle Tea’s version of Forever Nuts. Forever Nuts but sweeter.

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Stovetop Latte Sipdown (296)

For the first time I made one of these Vahdam chais on the stovetop. It’s a lot better. So creamy and combines well with the spices. It’s smooth and flavourful and just a nice mix of spices. My usual latte prep method waters these chais down and doesn’t bring out the flavors well so I guess going forward these will be strictly stovetop.

Cameron B.

Aww, we’re Vahdam chai buddies today!

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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Finishing the last half of my advent package of this matcha, though I picked up a tin on sale so I have more in my stash. I dumped this directly into milk which I was warming in the frother. As a latte, it really is like pumpkin pie – creamy, rich, spiced, delicious!

Silent Kettle

I feel like this would make a delicious latte

VariaTEA

I’m sure it would since its a wonderful matcha milk!

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Roswell Strange was so nice to send me more of this delicious tea. I have been loving the Salted Caramel Oolong from DAVIDsTEA as a latte ad so I wondered how this would compare. However, this is a French take on that flavor and thus is more of a gentle flavor than the more in-your-face version made by DAVIDs. That means as a latte, this one is almost a touch bland. It’s like a buttery milk oolong with whisps of caramel. Though its a softer caramel. So as a latte, the DAVIDsTEA version is much better. Should be interesting to try the two side by side plain and thanks to Roswell Strange I have one more serving of this available for that. Thanks Roswell Strange!

Sil

this is the best…. i cant drink the DT one because of this one and the fauchon version

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drank Wit & Wisdom by Geek + Tea
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Iced Tea Sipdown (298)

This is a really nice blueberry tea, though the white base comes out a touch more when iced. It’s a floral blueberry that makes me think of blueberry pom drinks for some reason.

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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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