2526 Tasting Notes

I signed on, excited that I get to remove something from cupboard. Except that I not only never added to cupboard, but there is no tasting note here, so I guess if I ever wrote one it was just for Sororitea Sisters? And here I am finishing it off.

While you have all been doing your amazing sipdowns and I am cheering you on because you are amazing, I have managed to finish off a few sample packs and swaps as well as a small tin or two. The problem is that I never added them to cupboard to begin with, so I don’t really count them.

I got this one around Christmas time, maybe a little before? I am not a chai lover, so it was going to be either latte or iced and sweetened for me, and in respect for the name I chose iced. And I actually really like it! It has great sparkle and the spices make it seem extra cold somehow. I do resteep it and mix the two steeps together with sugar and then chill it in a glass carafe. After working outside in the yard most of the day, it was very refreshing on the patio with supper.

Mastress Alita

To me, it is getting back the physical space in an actual cupboard that is the satisfying part of a sipdown!

ashmanra

Mistress Alita: Oh, how right you are! My shelves are neater but my boxes still need lots of help!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Fluffy Bunny Tails by Cuppa Geek
2526 tasting notes

This one is currently out of stock and I am not sure if it was seasonal for Easter or if it is coming back.

Since it lists black tea first, I expected it to be very black tea-ish, but my first taste of this was as a hot tea with no additions for breakfast one morning and it tasted like a lovely and light sweet herbal instead of a flavored black tea. With tons of ingredients like this tea has, that could have been the draw of the scoop.

I made it next (twice) as a pitcher of sweet iced tea. I can not emphasize enough how strongly I feel that ALL iced tea needs a day in the fridge to meld! (At least that is what my mother called it, and she made sure her iced tea was made well in advance of being served.)

After a day in the fridge, this was a really nice fresh and fruity tea with hints of candy taste. It seems much more like black tea now, too. After TWO days in the fridge, this had really come together as a special sweet treat for the hot hot days we have been having. (We are hitting the mid-80’s already but since the mosquitos are not bad yet I am outside doing lots of yard work and getting hot and tired!) The flavors have mixed with each other and settled in comfortably and the cream and vanilla are coming out more. It really does have a fluffy lightness!

This one will be iced for me from here on out!

derk

I know you’re going to do it regardless, but enjoy these beautiful days before the humidity summons those pesky mosquitoes :) My body doesn’t react to the mosquitoes out here like it did in the midwest. They’re out in the spring here since we have rainy winters and bone-dry summer and fall.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
2526 tasting notes

This tea sounded really good and Cameron B graciously offered to send me some!

I tried it first with Ashman as a huge pot with bagels for breakfast. Since it was brand new to me I didn’t do my usual two steeps put together thing, but drank it full strength.

It was very good, but neither of us got fruit or flowers. I asked Ashman if he tasted fruit and he said not at all. I thought I tasted burnt caramel and he agreed that was spot on.

But we were supposed to taste something else, something fruity, so I tried it again the next day for breakfast when I was alone. I used 205F water instead of 212F and took the steep time down just a tad. And there it is! Baked apricot!

It was ever bit as good as I thought it would be! Thank you so much, Cameron B! It was a great tea and fun to try!

Cameron B.

I wish I got apricot and caramel ha ha, I mostly get orange blossom!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I had this tea hot yesterday and I am drinking cold and unsweetened today.

The first thing I need to confess is that this tea sample is probably super old. My impressions of this tea may not be fair and a really fresh batch might be as spectacular as the company describes.

Having said that, it is not a bad tea. The color of the steeped tea is lovely – a very clear, crisp amber color. There is a slight nuttiness, I pick up the chestnut flavor they mention, and it is smooth with a touch of briskness and a touch of minerality.

I don’t mean this in a bad way, but I get a lot of the mineral taste we have here when you finish your drink and the ice in your glass melts and you drink the melt water. Is that a touch of iron? Like freezer frost? You guys are mostly too young to have had freezer frost!

But really every flavor here is light. It is light minerality, light nuttiness, light briskness…all adding up to a medium bodied and medium flavored tea. Most DHP I have tasted are deeper and darker in notes than this, if that helps explain this tea.

I like it, but I am not finding anything to wax poetic about. It is good, though.

Mastress Alita

Ugh, I hate that “melted ice cube”/“freezer frost” taste! No matter what I do trying to make ice (use filtered water, store ice cubes in a freezer bag, etc.) they always taste that way to me. For that reason I have to chill my tea overnight in the fridge, I can’t make “iced tea” by pouring tea over ice cubes. And I cannot add ice cubes to the “straight out of fridge” tea either. It’s like my tea somehow tastes wrong or dirty as soon as I do…

AJRimmer

I do the same, Mastress Alita. My strategy is that I always make three teas at once, at least one that needs to go in the fridge (a few hours is enough) and one that can be enjoyed right away. Then I never go thirsty! :P

Mastress Alita

I usually always have a mason jar at the ready in the fridge. When it gets empty or close to empty, I get a new one going in the evening and strain it the next morning.

tea-sipper

The problem of freezer frost is cured for some of us? I’m confused!

ashmanra

Tea-sipper: when I was a kid, all the refrigerator freezers use to get a snowy frost. It could build up quite thick. We used to put the vacuum hose on the exhaust and thaw it so we could “clean” the freezer without turning off the whole fridge. If the frost got thick enough you couldn’t fit as much food in and sometimes it would jam the door open. We would also rake our fingers through it like harvesting snow and eat the ice while the adults threatened us that we were going to get some weird food poisoning from it. As far as I know, only big chest freezers do that now, so I doubt people still eat the frost. Is that the part you were confused about?

Mastress Alita

The freezer in the fridge that came with the apartment I was in until I bought my place in 2019 definitely had the thick freezer frost layer that constantly made it hard to fit in my food. The ice smelled foul, too. I think all the appliances in that place were from the 70s…

tea-sipper

So newer freezers don’t get that ice build up? However did they get it to stop?

gmathis

Add to that the flavor of ice cubes frozen in those metal trays with a lever opener poured into sweaty aluminum tumblers… (In retrospect, this might be why I always drank out of the garden hose at grandma’s house!)

ashmanra

Ah yes, the metal ice trays with the handle! We brought one home to show the kids when we cleaned out their grandma’s house!

I haven’t had a freezer make frost inside since the 90’s at least, tea-sipper. Maybe it is better insulation or somehow they dehumidify the air of the freezer compartment.

tea-sipper

Wow, that is good to know ashmanra. NO MORE DEFROSTING?!?! (Can you tell older fridge and freezer here? haha)

tea-sipper

oh wait… i’m just thinking of the pain mini-freezer and outdoor freezer. I forgot the main freezer doesn’t ever have to defrosted. But the weird ice flavor is still there.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I got my first ‘Rona shot last Friday! Yay! Where I live supply exceeds demand, people are being offered the shot and declining, and so they are letting pretty much all groups get the shot. I had no ill effects other than a typical sore arm.

Last time I drank this tea I said I should try it as a sweet latte, so tonight that is what I did. It is rather pleasant out so Ashman and I sat in the rockers and chatted. You guys are so inspiring with your sipdown challenges and here I am ordering tea and feeling guilty! This was attempt to sipdown the second to last tea in this set. I am almost there.

I heated some milk and added my tea blend and sugar straight into the pan with the heat turned low and set a timer. I give lattes like this five to ten minutes, depending on the blend. I strained it into mugs and added a heaping helping of whipped cream and some sprinkles. It was good, and Ashman especially enjoyed it. I did like it, but this one is actually a little milder than I like for my rich lattes. Even though it is a rooibos (blech) it also has honeybush which I like very much, so this is one that I find palatable as a regular cuppa, too.

derk

Glad to hear you got your first shot. Still waiting this-a-way. The good thing is all the people I spend most of my time with are now fully vaccinated.

ashmanra

Derk: That is awesome! Ashman has been vaccinated for a while, and now all my kids have had their first shot. My tea party guest (haven’t had tea party in over a year!) is vaccinated and we are excited to start that up again soon!

White Antlers

Great to hear you got vaccinated! Here’s to tea parties in your near future. : )

Tiffany :)

Oh trust me, just because I’m attempting to sipdown .0000000000000001% of my stash doesn’t mean I’m on a ban from buying $4593208423904 dollars of new tea/teaware/tea related items. :)

Congrats on getting the shot, I had the same reaction myself to mine on Friday.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

First – my little envelope icon always says I have messages even when I don’t. It has been this way for over a year. I have literally gone through every single page of old messages at least twice to see if a reply posted way back and I missed it, but there is nothing new. Does anyone else have this issue?

Now, the tea! This was a surprise envelope from White Antlers! Thank you, thank you!

I made a cup one night and a big pot for breakfast yesterday to share with Ashman. (By the way, only his friends call him that. I usually call him sweetie. And that’s what he usually calls me. I would wonder what I had done if he called me by my name, probably! Ha ha!)

I am not a big chai drinker and would have made this as a latte except I saw a review that said it didn’t make a good latte. Drinking it, I could see why. This is actually pretty mild and smooth when drinking it by the cup. The spices are interesting and it doesn’t give me the stomach burn. I think milk and sugar would have detracted on this one.

When Ashman and I drank I had made a HUGE pot. Drinking cup after cup, the spices build until you start getting a little heat on the roof of your mouth. I thought it was clove at first, but now I think it was black pepper. I didn’t think he would like it, but he said that while it is not in his top ten, he didn’t mind it and would drink it again, but would not seek it out.

We googled Alexandra David-Néel and he read it as we drank the last of the tea. What a fascinating woman and a fascinating life! I had never heard of her until I received this tea, and we both really enjoy learning something new, so that was awesome!

I have to agree with Ashman. I liked it, especially when I had just a single cup and the spices stay tame. I normally dislike pepper in tea but this one wasn’t bad! It just isn’t one I woukd drink such copious amounts if at a time.

Thank you, White Antlers! For the tea and the history lesson!

White Antlers

ashmanra It was a pleasure to send you a little tea parcel! Very interesting to read your review, too. I got NO spice at all when I drank this tea, but then I have said over and over that tea just tastes like ‘tea’ to me so sometimes I wonder why I even bother. So glad it was well received in your home. : )

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This is another birthday tea from Youngest!

I am hunkered down waiting for the big storms that are supposed to hit in a few hours. I moved the rockers and table, rolled up the outdoor rug, and put my car under the back carport. I don’t think this is a storm I would care to sit and watch from the rocker…Now I am sipping tea and reading everyone’s notes. Ashman will be at work until the storm ends and I am hoping for no tornadoes, no downed power lines, and no wind damage!

Of the two Czar Nikolas teas I received, this is my favorite! The other is bergamot with some extras and is a nice Earl Grey stand-in, but I don’t reach for Earls that much. This one is rose and I love me some rose tea!

The tea is broken leaf, not CTC. The pink and yellow rose petals are very faded but the safflower is very bright red/orange. Maybe they just hold color better. It is still a pretty blend.

The rose flavor is thick, as in rose oil thick. Thicc. It says it has natural and artificial flavors and I am sure this is how they achieve of the strong rose note but I don’t care. I dig rose and this has it in spades! It is smooth enough to drink without milk and sugar. As rosey as it is, I feel like sugar would be too much and would ruin it for me because mild rose really just tastes like sweetening to me. Strong rose would surely be overpowering with sugar.

The base is smooth and doesn’t anger my tummy like many black teas do. This is going to be a breakfast staple for a while…

Thank you, Youngest!

Shae

Stay safe today! The same storm system came through here yesterday and it’s always so stressful with the tornadoes.

Martin Bednář

Never happy to read the news about storms. I am happy that they are rarely here that serious!

ashmanra

Welp, I have filtered two extra gallons of water and secured the patio furniture…and it is really nice out. 77F. That’s 30 degrees higher than it was 36 hours ago. Cloudy with a breeze. Threat level has dropped from 4 to 3, so that is all good! I guess we wait and see now. It looks like we may be spared any truly severe weather. Here’s hoping!

White Antlers

Stay safe! It’s been raining here for the past 2 days, but it’s just par for March.

Lexie Aleah

Glad to hear that the threat level has dropped. Stay Safe!

ashmanra

It turned out to be a beautiful day with a windy spell, then a sudden deluge of rain. Better safe than sorry, but wow I enjoyed the nice weather! Spent the evening rocking on the porch.

Martin Bednář

Yay! As you said, better safe than sorry. Glad it was okay!

Shae

Happy to hear you didn’t have any damage!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I could have sworn I wrote a note on this but I didn’t.

Youngest gave me this for my birthday, purchased from an international food market near where she lives.

I tried it hot first and initially thought it was pretty much just an Earl Grey, but I liked it more than most that have a Ceylon base. I generally prefer Earls on Keemun or other Chinese base because Ceylon can be too lemony with the sour bergamot.

There is a minty aftertaste so either they added mint leaves or used some really high elevation Ceylon in the base. There is a little bit of rose flavor, too, but mostly bergamot. I noticed some really green leaves in the infuser basket, so I think there is some darjeeling here as well. I enjoyed it hot with breakfast, sans additions. I think I will treat it more like a darjeeling next time and see how that affects it.

I noticed some reviews here and there that said it made great iced tea.

It does not. Those people were lying liars of lies. It is horrifying sweet and iced. I made just over a quart and after doggedly trying to finish my 10 ounces with supper (I couldn’t) I poured all of it down the drain. It was a big old carafe of sour. Maybe treating it like a darjeeling would save it here? Maybe.

Fortunately, it tasted good hot so I don’t mind it not making good iced tea!

Thank you, Youngest!

Martin Bednář

I think I have seen some tasting note from this company not that long ago! Not sure if from you, or anyone else. But I can’t find it anywhere…

tea-sipper

Martin, I have a couple teas from this shop but not this one.

Martin Bednář

Ah, yup, I haven’t scrolled enough on company page and now I found out it was you tea-sipper, sorry for forgetting that fast!

tea-sipper

I don’t expect you to remember ALL the teas, Martin. :D

Martin Bednář

There are way too much other things I could remember, but I couldn’t. But then there is a tea world and I can remember almost everything. Whoopsy daisy.

White Antlers

Martin this reminds me of when I was a teenager. I could remember the lyrics to rock songs, even obscure ones, but could never remember my way around the chemistry lab or how to do calculus homework. LOL

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Jaffa Cakes by Cuppa Geek
2526 tasting notes

Another one bites the dust!

Youngest gave me a bag of food and tea goodies for my birthday, and one of the gifts was JAFFA CAKES! The actual cookies! We had a discussion about them when this tea came out and she was sure she had eaten them and that they tasted a lot like orange Pims.

Naturally I had to make a pot of Jaffa Cakes to go with the cookies last night!

When I suggested this one she said she has not really been drinking or digging much black tea lately and was pretty surprised when I told her she would like this since it was a honeybush.

She didn’t just like it, she LOVED it, so I sent the couple of remaining teaspoons home with her and I will re-order more for me!

This looks almost as dark as some black teas in the cup and you wouldn’t guess it was a caffeine free herbal from sight or scent. Youngest said she thought the honeybush was really enhancing the orange. She was quite passionate about the orange flavor in it and waxed poetic about the glory of orange and there was also a small tirade about lemon and its inferiority and how it can just…well, there was a tirade. She prefers orange.

This one is a keeper and I hope it never goes away.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I can just imagine the orange tirade… I happen to love both orange and lemon for different reasons!

White Antlers

I hope you had a delightful birthday, ashmanra!

ashmanra

Thank you! It was a gorgeous day and after doing a tiny bit of yard work and helping a neighbor with hers briefly, we really just sat outside and talked almost all day!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Birthday Cake by Cuppa Geek
2526 tasting notes

And it’s a sipdown! (but I already have a new one so I guess it doesn’t count.)

Yesterday was my birthday and Youngest came to visit. It was a gorgeous day and we spent pretty much the whole day outside, even having our meals out on the patio. We drank copious amounts of lots of different teas which I hope to get around to writing a note on.

I had intended for this to be my birthday tea from the time I saw it advertised, then I hit it hard and was nearly out, and ordered more. And of course, on the actual day I forgot. I was going through the whole “what shall we have with the cake…” and soliciting suggestions when I remembered this tea. I made a huge pot for the three of us. (Middle daughter drinks absolutely no tea but London Cuppa.)

The smell is pure birthday cake or birthday cake flavor Oreos but the taste is rich black tea with caramel, almost a burnt brown sugar taste. It was perfect with the butter cake with chocolate frosting. Ashman said he believed it was the perfect pairing.

If this tea had been super sweet and cloying like a grocery store birthday cake, it would have been terrible with cake in my opinion. Instead it has the body and black tea cocoa-y goodness to cut through heavy sweetness and let you taste the caramel and flavors in the tea instead of being overwhelmed by thick syrupy tasting sweetness. The aroma adds festivity but the tea has what it takes to go with your sweets and stand out as a solid, delicious tea.

derk

Happy Birthday, ashmanra!

gmathis

Piffle! I knew you had a March birthday, but not what day. Consider this a card with confetti in it!

Cameron B.

Happy birthday! ❤

Leafhopper

Happy birthday! That tea sounds good.

White Antlers

Again-very happy birthday! : )

ashmanra

Thank you, everyone! It was lovely!

Courtney

Happy belated birthday!

Lexie Aleah

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great tea + cake combination.

mrmopar

Happy belated birthday cuz!

ashmanra

Thank you! And thank you, too, cuz!

Tiffany :)

Happy belated birthday—March seems to be popular for us tea folks (Mine was on the 9th).

ashmanra

Happy birthday (belatedly) back at ya, Tiffany! Hope it was great!

tea-sipper

MANY Steepster March bdays! Sounds like it was a good one, ashmanra! :D

Mastress Alita

There are! Mine is tomorrow. (Pisces drink like fish, right?!)

derk

Mine was 4 days ago. Happy Birthday to you, Tiffany!

Martin Bednář

Whoo, how many people having birthday in March. Happy birthday everyone!

ashmanra

And happy birthday to you, derk! :D

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about twelve years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

I am also reviewing for Sororitea Sisters now!

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

Location

North Carolina

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer