521 Tasting Notes

drank German Chamomile by Unknown
521 tasting notes

I grew this myself! O_O it was off to a really slow start this year. Until I added some organic fertilizer. As it turns out, my soil is awful. So I only got a few blossoms popping up last week or so. Last night I decided to stop just admiring the blooms and harvest a few.
I’ve never been a huge fan of chamomile. It usually leaves my throat itchy and tastes unpleasant. Fresh chamomile though, that’s good stuff! It was all honey with a hint of green apple. And only a barely perceptible itch in the throat. :)
Next time I’ll add some chocolate mint. I wanted to try this by itself first. I’m also curious to taste it dried.


You know, as crazy as our chocolate mint is growing, I have underused it and didn’t even think about it with chamomile. I will remedy that quickly!


We tried without success to grow this last year. We used bagged soil in a planter but it was probably too hot and too dry around here to grow anything.


Gmathis, I also have lemon grass! It will be delicious!
KS, maybe add fertilizer next time. Bagged dirt can be awful quality. Or try chocolate mint. Gmathis and I both know that it’s invincible. ;)


Actually K S and Mrs. K S are the ones that turned me on to chocolate mint and other potted curiosities :) Reading up on the best way to keep them healthy and dormant in the winter is on my to-do list.


Oh well now I feel silly.
I’ve always loved plants but wasn’t allowed to have any until this year. It’s so exciting!


I need to plant some chamomile! I finally got lavender to grow and flourish here this year by ignoring the advice on the tag. It is simply too hot and humid here to put it in full sun. We have five composters and use that for our soil, top dressing, and fertilizer. Maybe chamomile would like to live near my lavender!


I didn’t see it, but hubby says we had a little hummingbird visit our lavender pot today.

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drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
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It’s supposed to be summer here but it’s cool and cloudy. Not at all like the NY summers of yore. Yet I decided to cold brew this. It’s nice to have something cold and refreshing on a humid day, even if it is also cool and cloudy. Summer, where are you?

Anyway, if I had been asked to identify the flavors for this tea, I would have come up blank. The best I can say is that it’s kinda desserty. I don’t taste anything specific. Maybe it’s the age of the tea, but it’s been sealed up until a week ago… I dunno. Husband said he liked it even though he initially says it smelled like socks, so I guess we can drink this, but I’m sorta disappointed.


I don’t know if my tastes have changed, but I feel like 52teas has been going downhill for the last 2 years. Their teas just don’t pack the same flavor punch that they used to. :( I still hold out hope though that they’ll return to their former glory.


I think Frank occasionally gets amazing ideas and executes on them flawlessly, but when you have to produce so often, you’re bound to also make a few duds. Maybe it’s just been a streak of less than stellar teas, sadly. Some teas of his are still amazing. Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha, Sun and Cloud Mist, and Neapolitan Honeybush come to mind as awesome teas that are still awesome.


Yeah, those are some of the best. I guess I just don’t see how he can mess up chocolate, coconut, and almonds. I’ve ordered a pomegranate tea that had no pomegranate flavor whatsoever. Not even a generic fruity flavor. It honestly just tasted unflavored. And another fairly recent blend was chocolate and caramel and it tasted flavorless too. So it’s not like he tried a combination that was a bust. It’s just the overall flavorings have become less potent to the point of being undetectable.


I see your point. I wonder what changed.


Agree CHAroma – hence I stopped purchasing them


If this is an OLDer pouch, I wouldn’t mind buying it from you! I just finished my last teaspoon lately!

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It seems that this tea does not age well. Sadness. It is about two years old though. Where does the time go?
It still has that tasty malty dark bread flavor I love, but it’s bitter-er than I remember.
If you have this tea, drink it fast. It’s delicious when fresh.

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My sniff if the brewed tea was like the sniffing an old fire. Smoke and ash.
First sip revealed a mineral oolong like a leaf littered forest. It feels like I’m literally swallowing ashes from a campfire. The warmth of the tea adds to this illusion. I’m not sure yet how I feel about this. I so love the smell of wood fire. Not sure how I feel about eating it.

I’ve decided that I’m not a fan. I really love how well the smoke and ash flavor is captured. It’s like having tea in a burnt down house after a rain storm. I’m a little disappointed not to taste the honey and vanilla people are talking about in their notes. Maybe it’s because I had this sample for so long. :/

Now what to do with the rest of this sample?

To be updated.


+maple syrup!


Sweetness completely ruins a tea for me unfortunately. My taste buds are weird that way.
I love maple syrup though! I bet a smocked version would be interesting.

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
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Delicious cold brewed. Perfect for a humid day out with the pups. I do find myself wishing there was a bit of tang, but that’s easily remedied with a squeeze of real lemon juice. I gotta try that! I bet it would complement the sweet marshmallowy-ness really well. This is truly one of Frank’s best blends. :)

I love how my thermos still has ice cubes clinking around at the end of the day.

Lastly, congrats Germany!

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I made this into iced tea! Delicious and refreshing! The only unfortunate thing is that the cocoa butter from the chocolate chips make unappealing solid fat blobs when the tea cold. I’m also detecting that flavor I associate with artificial chocolate. It’s not as prominent when hot. Either way, this was a nice cool glass on a hot day.

I think I prefer my actual chocolate mint plant as a tea though. More cooling effect.

WORLD CUP SPOILERS AHEAD – Brazil vs Nederland*

On an unrelated note, I was really hoping Brazil would learn their lesson from their last game and make a good showing this time. I felt so bad for them, alas.


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I got this in a swap forever ago. I forget from whom. I’m sorry! :(

I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it. The taste is quite nice despite suboptimal storage conditions. The flavor reminds me of that boozy scent you get from vanilla extract. There is a lovely depth from the sweet caramel flavor but a dryness from the astringency. It’s untamed and refined all at once.

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Tea review + story time.

So I wake up this morning happy to finally have some time to do my own thing after a weekend of socializing. I make this tea and go out to water the garden so it has time to cool. Unfortunately, husband suckered me into helping him wax his car. Then I spent some time watching 5 swallowtail butterfly caterpillars demolish my small (3" tall) bronze fennel plants. I’m actually more concerned that they’ll run out of food than that my plants are being eaten down to nothing. I purposely got the fennel in order to attract these butterflies, but they haven’t grown enough to support the appetite of even 1 caterpillar, let alone 5. I should run by the store and pick up a parsley plant or something for them. I wasn’t planning on planting carrots until later in the season. hmmm…

Anyway, by the time I got in to drink this tea, it was only lukewarm. And I was so hot from working outside I didn’t even want it anymore. I wanted iced tea!! I drank it anyway. Can’t let tea go to waste. :D

This was one of those teas I purchased when I made a big order from Verdant a while back. First time opening the bag. I’ve decided that I’m not really such a huge fan of qimen. Sometimes I like them, but sometimes not. This one seemed like a really good quality one for someone that appreciated this type of tea. Smokey and fruity and autumn leaves. Nice.

Now on to the cold brewed tea in my fridge. yay!




I should specify that it’s an Eastern Black Swallowtail. They only eat plants like parsley, fennel, carrots, and others in that family. I happen to know where to find wild carrots in my neighborhood so maybe I’ll just harvest some of that for them.


Or maybe I should bring them indoors. I’ve noticed lots of wasps browsing my garden for caterpillars. :(

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This tastes like a dark tomato soup. It’s crazy!

There’s the fruitiness and tartness of a nice grape tomato. There’s some herbal medicinal thing going on as well. I can possibly imagine the mint. I can’t imagine any clove or cinnamon.

It’s not a bad cup but I’m not keen to repeat the experience.

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drank Obukucha by Steepster
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Beautiful color, as with many Japanese greens. The leaves expanded a lot in hot water. I absolutely adore Japanese greens when they are like this. There’s that smooth creamy greenness in the background that makes it so perfect. I love the pine. I love the savory sweetness. Really lovely tea.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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