1636 Tasting Notes

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I don’t know what Irish cream is supposed to taste like, but this turned out to be a delicious chocolate teas. I really like how 52teas balances chocolate teas. It’s almost as satisfying as a hot chocolate with a pleasant black base and a very authentic chocolate. The second time I had this wasn’t quite as amazing as the first, but still quite pleasant sweetened with milk. This one also resteeps super well.

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76

Got this from a Sips By box, but it looks and tastes so familiar that I think I’ve had it from another company before. I steeped for only three minutes so it wouldn’t get too sour. The flavor ended up quite pleasantly tart with a nice jammy berry quality. The cold brewed resteep was very flavorful as well. I don’t think I’d seek this one out specifically, but if I come across it again, I won’t be disappointed.

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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I definitely don’t taste sweet potato, but I have to say that this is quite sweet and tasty. It’s mostly fruity, lightly spiced, and a little starchy. I like to add milk. I removed all the marshmallows (there were tons!). The black tea is mild, so this one ends up light, but enjoyable.

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drank Enlightenmint by BrutaliTeas
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This is a pretty standard mint herbal tea. I enjoy mint tea cold, so it’s refreshing, though it could be a bit lighter/brighter. It’s a tiny bit murky, but not bad. It’s definitely one of the less exciting blends from the advent calendar.

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drank White Apple by BrutaliTeas
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I enjoyed this tea a lot more than I expected. I couldn’t really taste the white tea (there was a lot less of it than in the picture on the website). It mostly tasted like a light apple juice. I think the chamomile was a great choice and perfect pairing. I only tasted a hint of the cinnamon. It’s not special enough to order, but it’s definitely refreshing. I preferred this one hot – it was comforting and well-balanced. Once it cooled, I tasted more white tea, which I don’t personally prefer. I made a cold resteep of the leaves, which ended up with almost a caramel apple flavor.

gmathis

I love apple and chamomile together. (Although, based on the Brutaliteas reviews I’ve read, that sounds like a very mild-mannered flavor and name choice — unless there’s a pop culture reference I’ve missed!)

ashmanra

I just noticed that Harney has a Disney line now, and the one I am most interested in is a white apple….Snow White Tea, of course!

LuckyMe

Apple and chamomile sounds like a delicious combination. I always have straight chamomile but this inspires me to blend it with one of my apple flavored teas.

AJRimmer

I didn’t previously love apple in teas, but I’m very converted to apple chamomile combinations!

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70

From a TTB. This one doesn’t really stand out from other breakfast blends. I found it decently strong the first time I had it, but the second time, I found it a little thin and lacking. It wasn’t bad, but not exciting, just a plain unexceptional tea.

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drank Chai by Big Heart Tea Co.
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My boss brought me back this tea from a work trip, which was really sweet of her. The main flavor here is black pepper. It’s a pretty standard chai with balanced spices and a nice kick of heat. It doesn’t need much sugar since it’s already a little bit sweet. I’m enjoying it with milk, and the rooibos is a hearty enough base that I don’t mind there not being any real tea here. The resteep was basically as strong as the first. I think I would order this for myself.

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drank Honeycomb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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This one gets terrible reviews, so I didn’t have high expectations. It tastes overwhelmingly like licorice root, which is a flavor I usually enjoy, but not as much in this context. The next flavor I taste is ginger. It has a lot of natural sweetness. It’s not a very hearty chai, more like an herbal bagged spiced tea. Its flavor is sort of weird and not entirely pleasant. I’ve tried mixing it with other teas, but it still shows up too strongly for my preference.

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drank Limoncello by The NecessiTeas
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This flavor is really fresh and zingy. It’s tart, but not too tart. Everything combines into a perfect, desserty lemon flavor. I really enjoy this one cold. I would totally order this again.

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drank Cherry Crisp Honeybush by 52teas
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This has a familiar flavor from another 52teas blend I remember enjoying, though I don’t remember which. I really don’t taste any cherry or fruitiness, but I get a nice sort of baked spice flavor. Really the strongest flavor I taste is the honeybush base, which I enjoy, but I wish the flavoring were stronger.

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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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