197 Tasting Notes

Sipdown!!!
About 2 years ago I got a can of this tea and it has taken that long to sip down 300 grams. I added ginger or cinnamon to some cups to make it a bit easier to sip down. This tea was not bad enough to throw out, and it wasn’t good enough to drink many cups on its own. I suppose it wasn’t really that bad as I drank it all, but I’m sure I can find a better chai to drink.
Cardamom and clove notes stand out, and although I tried various amounts of leaf and steep times, I couldn’t make this tea bitter. If it had a touch more cinnamon or ginger, I might be tempted to find the asian grocer where I purchased and get another can, but as it is I’ll let it lie.
Now its on to my next sipdown so I can order more tea!!!

Flavors: Cardamom, Clove, Pepper

Mastress Alita

Oof, 300g! I won’t even buy from sellers that only sell in 100g packages anymore!

Michelle

I drink a lot of tea, so it didn’t phase me when I bought it, but it did take a while to finish :)

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77

This is not a boldly flavored holiday tea, but a subtle and smooth cup of peppermint goodness. Sometimes I wonder if some holiday blends just try too hard by adding extra ingredients. This one is simple and delicious if you are expecting a mellow, minty cup.

Flavors: Cream, Peppermint

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I just saw this one on Amazon and was intrigued seeing it had (I think) a white tea base. Actually sounds like a nice quick cup. Might have to keep my eye out for this one.

Michelle

I’d pick up another box of this if I saw it. Pretty decent for bagged tea.

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73

I brewed this nice and strong this morning, it’s an almost sipdown, I think I have about a tsp left. This does make a bold cup of Assam, coppery, astringent, and just a hint of a bitter aftertaste. It’s not very complex or malty, but it is a fair example of an Assam. Don’t think I need any more of this, but it was ok while sipping down.

Flavors: Astringent, Metallic

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75

Tea advent – this is very nice, smooth, and yeasty. The first steep was a bit more balanced, with cocoa notes and no bitterness. Smells more cocoa than it tastes. The second steep is mostly yeasty and malty, like the grain mixture before its fermented into beer. There’s a striking difference between the first and second steep, I actually forgot it was steeping so it went a bit long, but that didn’t help the second steep retain much of the depth of the first. In all it was a yummy tea, glad I got to try it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Yeasty

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drank Baked Apple Pie by Cuppa Geek
197 tasting notes

Wow this is delicious. Fresh, tart apple with a hint of cinnamon. Not a very complex tea, but it does apple and cinnamon very well. I might need this in my cupboard!

ashmanra

Gmathis and I were rather smitten with this one, too!

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drank Peppermint Stick by Cuppa Geek
197 tasting notes

A balanced blend where peppermint and cream are the stars and the black base takes a back seat. I got three delicious steeps from this with the peppermint fading a bit by the last steep. It’s not a very complex tea, but it does peppermint well and isn’t artificial. I’d be tempted to get more of this one!

Flavors: Cream, Peppermint

ashmanra

I love the addition of the cream flavoring.

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69

I was disappointed in the first steep of this tea, as it was rather bland. I tried a second steep, and actually forgot it was brewing, so it steeped a good while. It was very forgiving in that it was not bitter after oversteeping, and the blackberry was much more prominent. Overall it was just ok.

Flavors: Blackberry

Martin Bednář

I bought a pouch of this tea, so I hope I will like it more :)

Michelle

You could try a 5 minute steep to really bring out the blackberry out. Not much lavender here.

Martin Bednář

Note to self: try longer steeps :D Thanks for your insight Michelle

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75

I got this tea sample as an add on in my advent swap with SkySamurai, thanks!
There’s a lot going on in this tea, and not surprisingly it’s a blend of three different teas. The vanilla and chocolate flavors are subtle and not artificial tasting. There is enough spice to keep things interesting. I did two steeps and the dark chocolate was more pronounced in the first, but not bitter. The vanilla is coming through more in the second steep, along with the chai spices. A nice enjoyable warming cup that I might not need in my cupboard but I’d be tempted to add to an order.

Flavors: Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Mint, Vanilla

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drank Comforting Chai by Cuppa Geek
197 tasting notes

Cardamom and clove chai? Yes.
Comforting? Maybe.
I wish this had more cinnamon or ginger, it’s kinda boring. I added some new sweetener I’m trying out, agave inulin powder, to the second steep. I’m more interested in how slightly sweet this is than the tea.

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I think this one needs a new recipe worked up. I don’t think the flavorings held on like I hoped they would.

Courtney

That’s funny — I always want less cinnamon and ginger, and more cardamom haha!

Shae

I love clove-heavy chai blends and cardamom is just so special. I might give this one a try!

Shae

Oh darn, just saw that it’s a green tea. I have such bad luck with those.

Michelle

This one is so clove and cardamom heavy, I didn’t even notice it was green tea!

Shae

May be back on my list then!

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77

The first steep was a bit clove heavy, but then I did brew it strong. There is a caramel/apple flavored aftertaste. Second steep is much more fruity, lots of sweet apple, the clove is gone, and there is a slight caramel note. I did a third steep for 10 minutes, and it’s the most balanced of the three, no clove, but the caramel/apple/cinnamon is weaker but certainly still there. This was a nice warming cup but I’m not sure I need it in my cupboard.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove

ashmanra

This is great as a latte!

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!

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