733 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
733 tasting notes

Finished up the Constant Comment! Goodbye, winter tea. I used my last bag with three tsp of Joy’s Teaspoon’s Spicy Pear. It’s… not very good. The cinnamon is so fake and bitter. It’s tolerable, though. Joy’s Teaspoon just wasn’t that great, I have to say. I see why it went under when we have so many better choices. I’ll make Spicy Pear one more time, and if I don’t like it, I’ll probably pitch it.

Sipdowns in 2019: 19

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I liked the Joy’s Teaspoons I had back in the day… but haven’t had any of their teas in a while.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
733 tasting notes

Decided to blend myself a sweet dessert tea for breakfast. It’s Friday and I deserve a treat. I took 1 part Pinky Up’s Coconut Creme with Flowers and one part Kusmi’s Caramel.

It’s wonderful. A creamy, coconutty, sweet and savory caramel tea. The caramel aroma sits in my nose and reminds me of Werther’s Originals. I hate that I keep coming up with these delicious blends with discontinued teas, though! I can make this maybe two more times and then it’s gone forever.

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drank White Rose by Tea Fiori
733 tasting notes

This is from my February Sips by box. A rose tea for Valentine’s Day. I’m a bit late, but that’s life.

There are lots of rose petals mixed with this white tea. It’s very pretty. I’m also seeing not rose hips, but the naked bud before it becomes a rose hip. I’m not sure what that’s called. A rose butt? Dry, the tea smells rosy and peppery, with faint notes from the bai mu dan if you really feel for them.

Flavor wise, this is of course very mild. I am tasting something like mint that I didn’t expect. Rose is probably the strongest flavor, but I use the word “strong” generously. The peppery smell is in the taste as well. All around, I’m not really liking this. It’s very light and very boring. The bai mu dan notes are green and nice, but not really enough for me to be interested in making this again. Meh. This is a miss.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Pepper, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Couple things before I review this — the leaves do not look like they do in the picture. There is a downright crazy amount of coconut shavings in this. Like each teaspoon is about half tea, half squiggly pieces of coconut. Wow. The flowers described in the name seem to be cornflower, calendula, and chamomile. I can see coconut and chamomile going together.

Second, this tea isn’t listed on Pinky Up’s website. I only see it on Amazon. Have I found yet another discontinued tea? That would be my luck lately.

Anyway, it smells like coconut paradise. I absolutely love coconut, so I am more than excited. The tea brews up pale and greenish. It smells like dessert in the best way. There is a tiny bit of coconut oil floating on the surface, but nothing like 52 Teas’ coconut flavors. As far as taste goes, it’s everything I had hoped it would be. So creamy, with notes of vanilla. It’s like coconut cream pie filling.

I can’t wait to try this iced. It’s definitely a winner. Possibly the best coconut tea I’ve had to date.

EDIT: Coming back to say that I am kinda getting a weird chlorine note. Not sure if it was my preparation or my cup or what. I might dock a few points for that if I taste it again next time.

EDIT 2: I made this over ice last weekend and there was no chlorine note. It was just pure coconut bliss.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

The way you’re describing this seems really familiar. I don’t know anything about Pinky Up, but I wonder if it’s a blend sourced from one of the bigger companies and repackaged?

Tabby

Ooh, if you figure it out, lemme know! I’m curious about that.

Kittenna

No pic on here, but I think this is what I was thinking of:
https://steepster.com/teas/t-by-daniel/71356-vanilla-coco-loco
https://www.tbydaniel.com/collections/white-tea/products/vanilla-coco-loco

or possibly a previous offering from DavidsTea.

You can tell by the tasting notes that Coco Loco is a fave of a few people – perhaps worth trying, especially if you can’t get your hands on more of this!

Tabby

Huh, this does look super similar! It’s even the same price. I’m making a face at them for their “toxins” and “detox” nonsense, but I’ll keep this in mind if mine disappears! Thank you!

Kittenna

Yes…. I’m so over this silly health benefits crap, and it annoys me that so many companies seem to be going that direction (e.g. DavidsTea has wellness blends, Amoda is full-on wellness stuff afaik). Luckily, I don’t think there’s any funny stuff in these teas specifically for “health”, they’re just touting the benefits of the white tea, I assume (so mostly a marketing scheme).

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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This has turned into a new Sipdown target. I saw my first crocus blooming yesterday, so it’s time to get all the spiced, heavy, winter teas out of the stash. Should have this one gone by next week, as much as I love it.

I miss iced tea!

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Gave my packet a good shake this morning to try to mix up the vanilla. It seems to have worked. This time I am tasting more vanilla with my toast notes. It’s still not as creamy as I remember, but it’s also still better than any tea in my collection. Whispering Pines really is worth the money.

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drank Dawn by Turmeric Teas
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The turmeric trend continues to find its way into my Sips by box.

I love the way this tea smells. Turmeric and cinnamon take the lead in the aroma. I see a very large amount of cinnamon chips and ginger root, but also some unusually big cardamom pods that have been sliced in a + shape. I guess that’s to help release the flavor.

Since I only had 4 teaspoons of this tea, I didn’t add milk. I use a 24-ounce tumbler, and I was afraid that it wouldn’t be strong enough. I was right, I believe. The flavor is just fine without the milk. Turmeric takes the lead, with ginger and cinnamon next. I really like the cinnamon they used. Reminds me of a snickerdoodle. However, I think I just don’t love turmeric. I find it kind of medicinal and off-putting. Like ginger’s ugly cousin. It leaves me wishing this was a regular chai, because if it was, it would be perfect.

EDIT: This turned the inside of my tumbler a gross shade of yellow. I hope it washes out easily…

Sipdowns in 2019: 18

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Medicinal, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Cameron B.

I’m not a fan of turmeric in tea, either. It’s a bit too earthy or something.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
733 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’ll be missing this one. It will probably be the reason for my next Harney & Sons order…

Sipdowns in 2019: 17

tea-sipper

FYI: Just learned they have the old Paris blend called Vieux Paris. Not sure which blend of it you like!

ashmanra

Oh my gosh! I thought I knew everything about Oaris by Harney but this is DEFINITELY going on my next order!

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I’m so happy to have this back in my collection. I’ve never reviewed it, but I believe this is my third time buying it. Anyway, the last time I got a notification that it was in stock, it sold out before my lunch break was even up. I emailed Brenden jokingly, saying something like “Did Golden Orchid really sell out in an hour??” Turns out it had sold out in 3 minutes. 3 MINUTES! But Brenden is amazing, y’all. He had the ingredients to make more and made me a custom three ounces. He is the best!

That said, the vanilla in this batch just isn’t what I remember. My memory of this tea is richer and I can’t figure out if my taster is broken, or if maybe I’m doing something wrong. The black tea base is still incredible. Luxurious and toasty. But the vanilla is lacking. Can any of you give me some advice on how you personally prepare it? I went with 3 rounded teaspoons for 24 ounces of water for 3 minutes.

Still giving it a high rating because I have faith. And because I would love this tea without the vanilla anyway.

EDIT: I see somebody saying the vanilla-ness tends to sink to the bottom of the packet. I’ll give mine a good shake tomorrow.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Toast, Vanilla, Wheat, Yams

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Kawaii433

Loved it too. I was just deciding what to drink after my morning detox tea hehe. I did it Gongfu and got some vanilla notes. I did shake it really well though. I learned that the hard way when I went through half of the 52teas without shaking them >.<. Those are such small quantities too.

derk

shakeshakeshake
shakeshakeshake
shake your loose tea

Tabby

Hahaha, derk just made me laugh in the middle of a quiet post office.

Maddy Barone

I also found the most recent batch a bit light on the vanilla. I thought it was just my faulty sniffer, but maybe not.

Tabby

Aww, I hope that’s not the case…

Maddy Barone

As you said, this one is excellent even without the vanilla. And every batch is bound to be a little bit different. It’s hand crafted after all.

tea-sipper

THREE minutes. Some fast orderers there…

derk

Tabby: Is there soon going to be a lucky recipient of tea samples?

derk

(post office Tabby)

CrowKettle

3 MINUTES!? Wow.

Tabby

@derk Ah, not this time. I have to go to the post office every day as part of my job.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
733 tasting notes

I got this one from Sips by, too. I’ve reviewed it before, but it was almost eight years ago. My tastes have changed since then, and the tea I tried was a little old. So, this morning it gets a second chance.

The aroma is absolutely wonderful. Lush, dark berries and vanilla. It smells like a decadent dessert, almost like a strawberry shortcake, but with something more sensual and rich. I used 3 sachets for 24 ounces of water, and it came out plenty dark. I’m glad I saved my fourth sachet for a single cup later.

This tea tastes romantic. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s creamy with vanilla and sweet with currant that reminds me of blackberries. Heavy and caramelly. The black tea base is strong but smooth with only a little astringency. Something about this makes me want to put a big dollop of whipped cream on top. I’m going to have to up my rating. 79 was far too low.

Flavors: Astringent, Berries, Berry, Black Currant, Blackberry, Caramel, Fruity, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 24 OZ / 709 ML

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