72 Tasting Notes

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The problem (for me at least) with getting sample orders is that I want to try everything all at once. Then I get amped up on caffeine and turn into a late night impulse buyer… mostly of teas. It’s a vicious circle.

Rarely have I had the pleasure of drinking a tea that actually tastes like it smells. With Lemon Chiffon the smell and taste are a perfect match! The only difference is that the smell of this tea tricks my mind into thinking that I’m about to eat/drink lemon frosting but I sip and am reassured that it’s “just tea”. Just really REALLY delicious tea.

It smells like a dessert and the smell becomes a burst of flavor in your mouth. I know that’s not the best description and it’s a little difficult for me to explain… well, if you’ve ever been to a bakery and ordered the little round or crescent moon shaped lemon cookies that are coated with powder sugar, then you already know what this tastes like. It’s delicious!

Yvonne

I have this too and can’t wait to try it!

EvaGrimm

I look forward to reading your tasting note!

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This tastes very similar to their S’mores flavor but with caramel undertones. It’s another very light but creamy tea which is good but too delicate for my taste buds to appreciate.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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This tea has a subtle roasted marshmallow (slightly smokey) flavor. My sample seemed to have a lot of marshmallows which was nice but the graham cracker and chocolate (S’mores) flavor wasn’t really there for me. To me, this is more of a creamy marshmallow tea. The smell of the dry leaves is terrific but the flavor just isn’t as strong as I’d like.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Opening a package of Forever Nuts should include background music. The smell is SO good that sometimes I find myself just hovering over the teacup (or opened bag), bathing in the steam until my glasses fog up.

If you like a rich nut flavor, then you’ll love Forever Nuts. I’m a big sugar and cream with tea person but this is naturally sweet and almost has a buttery taste when hot. However when it starts to cool, the flavor changes a little and the apple stands out more. This is definitely going in my top 5 favorites (Thanks VariaTEA)!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

YAY! I am glad you liked it. I loved it when I first tried it and then developed a strange aversion. Luckily that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

Suziqzer

ok… so I need to stop reading your tasting notes… Lol.

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I’m so glad that I went with a sample order because out of 5 teas, I only really liked two and this was one of them!

When I opened the package, the sweet scent of cinnamon and cream filled the air… this tea smells SO good! I prefer very “in your face” flavored teas, so I was really hoping that this would be as good as it smells. At first it was “ok” with the sweet tones of an oatmeal cookie but not as strong as I like. On my second try at making this, I used 2 tsp of tea, a sugar cube, and a splash of cream. It was divine! If anyone has suggestions for “strong” flavorful dessert teas, please share!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

It sounds wonderful! One of Della Terra’s I haven’t tried yet, but I do like several of the ones I’ve tried from them. Too many to order them all at once unfortunately.. and can’t get myself to order sample sizes from them because everything sounds so good. Either myself or my husband has enjoyed everything we’ve gotten so far, but find that sometimes we enjoy them more after we’ve had them a couple of times. Maybe because we are new to loose leaf and flavored teas & just don’t know what to expect.

EvaGrimm

If you’d like a 1-2 cup sample, I have a little left that I can send your way (just PM me)!

Suziqzer

Oh.. That’s generous. I’ll PM you.. Maybe I can send a little something your way if you want.

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Market Spice
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This Earl Grey is touchy-touchy, in that if you look at it the wrong way it could turn bitter. I made this three times and the first time at 205° for 5 min = very bitter, the second time at 200° for 5 min = slightly bitter but not bad, lastly 190° for 5 min= perfect. My cup was roughly 12oz and I used 3 tsp of Earl Grey Creme. I added a La Perruche sugar cube and a splash of cream which made it even more delicious!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Both my daughter and husband love this tea! It’s a very subtle vanilla and I think I’ve abused my taste buds with coffee for too long to appreciate the subtlety. I added a cube of sugar and a little cream and it was still yummy but I think this one will be reserved for the familia… plus it’ll keep them out of my favorite teas! ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie Tea by Market Spice
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Oh my… I purchased 2oz of this only to discover that it’s not to my liking. This one is headed straight to the trading pile. I couldn’t get past the flavor of black tea to the point that this had me questioning if it was mis-packaged. I’ve been fighting off a cold so I do realize that my nose can’t be trusted but I honestly can’t smell even a hint of cinnamon or pumpkin… if I had to describe what I’m smelling, it smells like laundry forgotten in the washer. I may just have to head back to MarketSpice to compare smells because I’m honestly convinced that I grabbed something different.

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drank Licorice Spice by Market Spice
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At first glance this tea just looks like mulling spice and the idea of warm licorice sounds satisfying. All of the ingredients sound alluring but I can literally only taste the licorice. I tried to sip on this one to see if there were any subtle changes but every sip was like a slap in the face.

If you’ve ever had pure licorice nibs, just imagine melting that down and pouring it into water. The last time I tasted licorice this strong was when I purchased a tin of hard candy in Venice. Having been only familiar with Twizzlers as my reference for licorice (hah!), it was quite a surprise. That said, if you like strong (cloyingly sweet) licorice, then you’ll love this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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After sampling two teas that I didn’t like, my expectations were low so this was a pleasant surprise.

The color of this tea looks like golden honey and it smells sweet yet citrusy. The flavors that stand out most to me are the ginseng, honey, and lemon verbena. If you imagine squeezing a fresh lemon wedge into a cup that contains a dollop of honey, a few drops of Panax Ginseng (the vials of ginseng), and green tea, then this is what you’ll get! The best part of this, is that you get to skip all of that work and just pour in water for the same result!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Favorite shows: Star Trek, Cosmos, Sherlock, Firefly… this is one of those lists that could go on.

Tea Likes: Dessert teas and Earl Grey.
Tea Dislikes: Hibiscus and anything with artificial sweeteners (artificial sweeteners give me migraines).

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