206 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to steepster I can now scratch off to see what advent tea I am drinking instead of peeling the sticker off(and trying to decipher what is left underneath).
The first cup was yummy, chocolate and creamy, with a hint of mint at the end? Not sure about the caramel flavoring in the first steep, but it replaces the marshmallow in the second steep and I’m getting weaker chocolate with the caramel. Overall an enjoyable cup, but I liked the chocolate covered snowballs better. Maybe I just don’t think marshmallows belong in tea, they belong in hot chocolate. Glad I got a taste of this though, I am enjoying this advent.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream

Martin Bednář

They are scratchable? How?

Michelle

It takes a bit if effort, and you might use a coin or knife, but she put scratchable stickers over the tea names. I put the tea in my infuser then I scratched to see the name. Makes a bit of a mess, but it’s better than trying to peel the sticker.

Martin Bednář

Hm. I tried but nothing. I will try again then. Maybe something sharper than my nails.

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drank strawberry daiquiri by Teavana
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Advent tea
I seem to be behind on my advent, my excuse is that I was traveling this week. This is strawberry with a slight edge. If it had a salty taste I’d say it was a margarita, but this is sweet like a a strawberry pop tart. Festive for this time of year, I could see this in the punch bowl at an office Christmas party. If I still worked in an office, or we could still have Christmas parties.

Flavors: Strawberry

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The Cuppa Geek advent has small packets, so I have been using about 6 oz for each cup as I like a strong cup in the morning. The berry and lemon flavors are the strongest in this cup, nice and light for a black tea. The lavender comes in as an aftertaste, very subtle. The first steep had a weird metallic note lingering on after I finished the cup. The second steep is weaker, with raspberry dominating and lemongrass in the background. Not my favorite of the advent so far, but an enjoyable cup.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Raspberry

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drank Vanilla Green by Adagio Teas
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The buttery green tea is trying to peek through, but really all I taste is vanilla cream. And it’s not artificial. Not a bad cup really, but not something I need in my cupboard.

Flavors: Butter, Vanilla

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drank Cool Eucalyptus by DAVIDsTEA
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From the Samurai TTB
Smells like a minty cough drop. Tastes like a minty cough drop. I could try to add ginger or honey to make it more palatable, but I think there is a reason eucalyptus is relegated to cough drops and vapor rub.

Shae

Have you tried DT’s Cold 911? I wonder how it compares. I feel like the eucalyptus hits me in the face on that one as soon as I open the bag.

Michelle

I haven’t tried that one, I usually go for Throat Coat or Gypsy Cold care from traditional medicinals when I’m feeling sick. Or strait peppermint.

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drank Spiced Mate by Adagio Teas
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Lots of clove in this one, which masks the bitterness of the mate. A bit of cinnamon underneath all the clove. I might like this if it were more balanced, but it’s a bit to clove heavy for me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves

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drank Butterscotch by Adagio Teas
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The tea advent box from Skysamurai had some extra Adiago samples in it, so I randomly chose one this morning. This is not bad, tastes like butterscotch pudding, but it does have an artificial aftertaste. I might be tempted to get more of this butterscotch if I didn’t fondly remember Butiki’s Walnut banana butterscotch. THAT was a good butterscotch tea!

Flavors: Butterscotch

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drank Iron Arhat by white2tea
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From the Samurai TTB
This is a nice roasty oolong with charcoal notes up front, salty peanuts in the middle, and a slight sweet floral finish. I only did two steeps western style, but I’m sure this would gongfu or grandpa well. One of these days I’ll place a white 2 tea order and this will be in my basket.

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted, Salty

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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From the Samurai TTB
Yum this tastes like a chocolate malted milk ball. I don’t like my chocolate super sweet, so this is good with me! I’d be tempted to stock this one in my cupboard. Thanks to whoever added it to the box!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

gmathis

I like this one!

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drank Passion Fruit by BLK & Bold
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From the Samurai TTB
This is fruit punch in a black tea base. While the fruit flavor isn’t particularly strong, the black tea base is rather nondescript. Not too much is interesting about this tea, but I bet it would be refreshing iced. Glad I got to try in a tea box and not have it in my cupboard waiting for a sip down.

Flavors: Fruit Punch

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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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