361 Tasting Notes

This tea wasn’t for me. I bet other people would like it though. I like a darker chocolate, I think this is a milkier one.

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
361 tasting notes

Now this is a good tea. Really good. I don’t tend to like fruity teas, in fact, I generally avoid them. I got this because I needed one more for my ocho sample so I threw this one in. The only way I can describe this is in terms of Jelly beans. But this isn’t an overly sweet tea. Just sweet enough. It tastes as though I have both a juicy pear jelly bean and a cinnamon jelly bean in my mouth. And those happen to be 2 of my 3 favorites (the other being the popcorn jelly bean—anybody found a tea for that one?). I will definitely be re-ordering this. So far I’ve really liked 3 out of 4 of the joy’s teaspoon teas. Not bad!

Aimee Popovacki

this sounds awesome :)


I’ve been considering an order from there and this is an encouraging tasting note.


Hmmmm still looking for my favourite pear tea.


@sil, you’ve never had this one? They have an awesome choose your own sampler deal. Not sure about the shipping to canada though. Worth a try if they do!


Yeah it’s on my list of places to order from eventually. Just too many options out there!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Thanks to QueenOfTarts for this yummy sample. At first I wasn’t overly impressed, but as it cooled the buttery cookieness emerged and I really enjoyed this tea. I’m already craving more! I also like that it’s a strong tea first and then a cookie. I love Pineapple upside down cake, but it’s more of a (delicious) liquified cake. Perfect for when I want something sweet and don’t need much caffeine. Cookie tea is a strong morning tea for when I don’t want anything too sweet yet and want a strong cup of black tea.

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I just got the shipping confirmation from Della Terra that my big bag of this is on its way so I felt safe finishing off my sample pouch. There was a little extra in the bag so I threw it all in. Extra cakey tonight. So good.


this has been totally my afternoon dessert tea at work lately.


I’m sad I’ve been so focused on samples lately that I have neglected my established favorites


this week is butiki week for me! Going to try and focus on those teas 75% of the time in an effort to drink up some of my “older” teas and try some of the teas i purchased but still haven’t had any of lol

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drank Praline Truffle by The Tea Spot
361 tasting notes

Just got this in a swap from QueenOfTarts. Thanks!

This tastes just like walnut brittle from Della Terra. So I like it, but don’t need to order any since I have a bag of the walnut. They literally taste exactly the same. Funny.

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Thanks Stacy for including this sample in my order! I’ve only ever had this tea as the base for the caramel vanilla assam. Now that i’ve had it I can totally pick out the flavor from the blend, but it is fantastic on its own as well. Very smooth, no astringency, could totally be an every day tea. Glad I finally tried this one!

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Took a break from going through samples to have something I knew I’d love. And I do. Sometimes I get super excited about a tea after one mugfull, then I order a big bag thinking I’ll want to drink it all the time. Then the big bag arrives and I make a cup and its not nearly mindblowing as it was as a sample. And I’m stuck with big bag of it. Not the case here.

I felt like playing with this one today. I added just a smidge of brown sugar. I’m really loving good old brown sugar (not the rocks, just plain brown sugar) in my teas right now, especially for caramelly or bake-y teas. Plus a splash of my kids whole milk. It tastes like creamy caramel butter. I feel bad for whatever tea I try next.


I’m having this right now too! Hmmm, I should have used brown sugar!!

Terri HarpLady

I’m at Tony’s house, really wishing I’d brought some of this tea with me. I know what you’re saying about samples vs bulk. I ordered 4oz (which is very rare for me now), & then had that thought, but I felt sure Stacy wouldn’t let us down. When the box arrived, the first thing I did was open the bag of this tea & breath in, LOL. Then I transferred the tea to an airtight tin (recycled) that was eagerly awaiting it’s companionship. It’s such a comforting tea, I may not be in there for long! Hopefully Stacy will keep this one on her menu forever!

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drank Nutty Love by Steep City Teas
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Found a winner! This is definitely nutty, but not in an overwhelming way. Kind of like nuts and honey or something. Really enjoying this sample from Alphakitty. I’ll have to add Steep City to my list of places to order from!


awesome, glad you enjoyed it!

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
361 tasting notes

Rough morning for tea so far. I must have underleafed this. Not nearly as good as last time.


I hate when that happens! Hope your next cup is better!


Yeah, I would much rather overleaf than under. Oh well.

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drank Peanut Butter Toast by 52teas
361 tasting notes

I’m trying to get through some of my samples that I haven’t tried yet. This one has been sitting in the drawer ever since I got it from Alphakitty since it smelled smokey. I’m not a fan of smokey at all, but I need to make room in my sample drawer so I brewed it up.

It’s a little smokey, almost fruity. Definitely not peanut butter-y. For a slightly smokey tea I found it almost tolerable. But I can’t say enjoyable.

Thanks for letting me try it Alphakitty!

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I love tea. And I love beer. I spent my twenties thoroughly enjoying all that beer has to offer but now that I’m into my thirties and a stay at home mom of 2 little kids and 1 big kid, I spend more time enjoying tea.

I joined steepster in Feb 2013 and it’s crazy how much my tastes have changed since joining. Before, I liked cream and honey in all teas and loved mostly dessert blacks. Now I almost rarely drink them, but enjoy them from time to time. What I love more than anything are straight rich black teas, Fujian, Laoshan, Rizhao, etc… I also love pretty much any black tea that the little leaf hoppers have gotten their teeth on.

I’m still not too into the green/white/oolong varieties. I keep trying to but my tastes are evolving pretty slowly on that front.

Overall, I just enjoy tea. Something about it that just settles me.


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