500 Tasting Notes

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Gah! Peppermint! It’s good, but…brisk. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Actually, perfect for the faint of heart. Like smelling salts, this tea will revive you. It’s a rooibos though, so don’t expect the kick to last.

The dry leaf smells overwhelmingly like peppermint with an undercurrent of white chocolate. Brewed, the peppermint smell mellows out and I can make out white chocolate and some of the woodiness of the rooibos base. The flavor is actually overwhelmingly peppermint with a distinct honey tone. No white chocolate, though. As it cools, the honey turns into white chocolate. Iced, the white chocolate flavor is dominant with a lingering peppermint note. I quite prefer this tea hot. There’s something addictive about this one. It’s nice to help soothe a migraine, too. This tea may well end up in my permanent rotation.

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80

Not bad. Not bad at all. The jasmine flavor is a bit strong because I lost track of time and oversteeped. Still tasty. This is not the most distinctive or astounding jasmine tea, but it’s solid. Definitely glad I have another sachet of this at work.

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85
drank Rise & Shine by Clipper
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Many thanks to adagio breeze for bringing a few bags of this all the way from England!

I quite like this one. It’s tart and lemon-y. Great for an afternoon tea break at the office. Sad to say I drank it all up before getting around to writing a full review. :(

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86

Yum yum! This is dead on for a spiced cider. I think I underleafed, because this is a bit weak. Still lovely. A bit of brown crystal sugar highlights the apple note, which lingers pleasantly. Thanks for including this in my Secret Pumpkin package, RogersCK!

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80

I had the sachet version of this in my travel mug this morning. I don’t have a whole lot to say. The citrus is prominent here, but not overwhelming. The base tea is solid. Not a must-buy but by no means a turn-down.

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93

It’s my birthday! Whee!

I am very much one of those people who make a big deal out of birthdays. I decided to ring this one in with something light and sweet and summery to distract me from the cold. This tea tastes like optimism tonight.

Next up is some Butiki Lavender Chamomile to lull me gently to sleep…

MissB

Happy You Day! Hope it’s spectacular and brings a year full of joy and abundance.

JustJames

happy birthday… they are wonderful things. hope the year is outstanding =0)

Sil

Happy birthday! Hope you had a nice relaxing day :)

Katiek

Happy Birthday! Always good to celebrate!

MissLena

Happy birthday! Hope it’s a good one :)

Dexter

Happy Birthday!!

greenteafairy

Happy birthday!

caile

Happy birthday!!

Butiki Teas

I hope you had a wonderful Birthday! I’m the same way, its really important to make a big deal out of birthdays. :)

Ana

Happy Birthday! :)

Rachel Leah

Happy birthday!!

Kaylee

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone!

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87

I picked this up during BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale. It called out to me a few nights ago, during my New Year’s Eve tea cocktail streak. I’m calling this concoction a White Chocolate Snowman.

recipe:
1.5 tsps Della Terra White Chocolate
7 oz water
180 F
3 minutes
½ oz Baileys Original
stir

The result is a creamy drink full of rich white chocolate flavor with a strong vanilla note. I actually used 1 oz of Baileys, but it came out too strong. I changed my recipe to call for ½ oz instead. Alas, this is a sipdown, so I can’t test out the mod.

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75

This came out of the foil package in a cloud of dust. But ok. I tried it anyway.

Actually, this is quite nice. The mandarin and orange flavors lay nicely over the sweetness of the honeybush. Not a “rush out and buy” tea, but I would reach for this if it was complimentary at a hotel, conference, training, etc.

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30

This is earthy, but… more like dirt. The caramel toffee flavor is delicate but pleasant. The aftertaste, on the other hand, is less than pleasant. I think this might be what people mean when they complain of pu’erh tasting fishy. I was going to play around with multiple steepings. I couldn’t even finish the first one. Thankfully, I only picked up a little bit of this during BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale. This is a sipdown.

Sil

english tea store does a nice one…

Kaylee

noted, thanks!

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50
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Um. No. Just no. This is all peach and almond. The almond is slightly more dominant than the peach. They’re both fairly natural-tasting, but way way way too strong. An almond aftertaste lingered on my palate long after the sip and long after I was done with the cup. I couldn’t taste the tea base at all. The best I can say for this beverage is that the flavors are distinctly themselves (i.e., the almond tastes like almond, not marzipan, and the peach tastes like peach, not generic stone fruit).

Two wrapped sachets of this tea came in the sampler I picked up at David’s Boxing Day sale. I pawned the other one off on my officemate first chance I got. This is a total miss for me.

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