994 Tasting Notes

drank Pineapple Cupcake by Cuppa Geek
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I was hoping this would be similar to August Uncommon’s big easy, which is the perfect pineapple cake tea. Unfortunately, this one isn’t quite there. The main flavor is the green tea, with some very light fruitiness contributing. There’s nothing cakey about it. On my second try, I drank this gradually as it cooled, and I didn’t get pineapple or cake at all, but I did get a lot of marshmallow root, which is a flavor I love. Though the flavor is decent, I can’t say it’s even close to pineapple cake.

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75

This one smells like DT unicorn fluff, which I didn’t like at all, but happily, the taste is different. The first time I made this, it was super thin, so I overleafed and oversteeped the next time…and it was still a little thin, but now also sort of sour. With milk and sugar, it tastes pretty good, but I’ve had better teas with this flavor profile. The rebrew is quite mild, but has enough flavor to be worth it. I have to say that this one isn’t at all like pumpkin and certainly not creme brulee. I’m disappointed because the name sounds delicious, but the flavor is pleasant enough that finishing it won’t be a problem.

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I enjoyed a free sample of this, so I bought a 50g bag, which I enjoyed considerably less. It was confusing since I liked the sample so much. I kept having it cold, brewed various ways, and it always tasted so weak and vaguely orangey. I gave up and gave the rest to my sister. She drank it hot and loved it. I tried the last cup hot, and actually, it was pretty good! Like a warm orange cider? I wish I’d tried it like this earlier! I still won’t buy this again, but I’m glad I finally found the right way to drink it.

Kawaii433

That happens to me all the time. /cry Buying a lot after a really tasty sample…

AJRimmer

It’s always such a bummer!

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This came out a little strange for me. It’s an unremarkable light black tea with artificial-tasting berry. Not peachy enough. Oh wait, I totally forgot this had rose in it. For some reason, rose sometimes tastes weirdly sour to me in tea. So I’ll blame the weirdness on the rose since I like Cuppa Geek’s flavoring in general and haven’t really had these problems before.

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drank Vanilla Peach by Cuppa Geek
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This is one of those times where a black/honeybush mix really makes sense. I feel like the honeybush lightens up the black tea and keeps it from taking over, and the black tea adds nice depth and holds up the flavorings well. I get a clear, sparkly peach flavor, and maybe something desserty like vanilla. It reminds me sort of like a peach sparkling water? I’m drinking this cooled to room temperature, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a new take on peach, or at least not one I’ve seen before. Very refreshing and delicious.

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75

I had to order this one because the combination of flavor profiles sounded so interesting. The main flavor seems to be cardamom, but that’s as far as it goes in the chai direction. Other than that, there’s plenty of mint and the mildest chocolate. I added a little milk to the cup and found it to be pretty pleasant, though I think the cardamom flavor is too strong and the chocolate not strong enough. I would have enjoyed some other chai spices peeking through.

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drank Maple Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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This one reminds me strongly of Teavana’s gingerbread chai, which I remember liking. For a black tea, it was a little thin, but I’ve been able to enjoy it both with and without milk. I wouldn’t say I notice any maple, but the spices combine into a pretty pleasant cup. I can’t really identify for sure what I’m tasting, definitely cinnamon, but the natural sort, not the intense red hot variety. The bag rates the caffeine as being low, but I can definitely feel it. Yeah, I think I like this one. The spice combination works. The second steep is as strong and tasty as the first.

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drank Lemon Swirl by Cuppa Geek
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This flavor reminds me so much of a different lemon tea that I love, but I can’t remember which one. I’m having it slightly warm, and it tastes pretty great. The lemon is gentle, and the green base complements it well. The marshmallow root softens and brings everything together wonderfully. It’s not sour or tangy at all, just gentle and delicious. The second steep was great as well. I wish all lemon teas were like this!

ashmanra

One of my very favorites from cuppageek!

AJRimmer

I only ordered a sample of this one, so I’ll have to get more sometime!

ashmanra

It reminds me a bit of Wedding Tea from Harney, which has a white tea base.

AJRimmer

Oh I’ll have to try that one! I think the one I was thinking of when I drank this was lemon meringue green from Adagio.

gmathis

I think I’d have to vote this one as my favorite CG, too.

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90

I think this is the same tea I’ve had from TeBella. I remember liking it before, but this is the tiniest sample, so I’ll try not to underleaf. The flavor is good! I get some sour cherry and pleasant red fruitiness. It’s light and not too tart. This is one I’d buy again (from TeBella or elsewhere). Resteep is fruity and lovely as well.

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drank Kava Kava Root by Buddha Teas
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Single tea bag from the last tea box. I hadn’t heard of kava kava root before, and I’m hoping it’s not weird. Hmm this tastes like almost nothing except maybe some bitter raw potato/dirt taste. I guess people don’t drink this for its flavor. The small amount of flavor that it has isn’t tasty.

Courtney

I read the most hilarious book many years ago which is how I learned about kava kava root — this sounds about right!

gmathis

Raw potato—that is a really good comparison! St. John’s Wort isn’t much different, but sometimes helpful to my body chemistry.

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike

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