1157 Tasting Notes

drank Honeybush Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
1157 tasting notes

This tea scares me. The floral notes are SO strong in the bag that I’m hesitant to even try it. It smelled great until I got this weird chemical floral note and thought… uh oh. Well, I’ll try it. It’s here. The smell is so strong as I drink it though, it’s a bit offputting. The flavor is predominantly floral, and then it kind of melds into an EG. I kind of wish this was more TARDIS-like… a bit of caramel with zero florals.

Okay, in an attempt to be able to drink this, I added some cream and a drop of vanilla stevia glyercate. Yea, still super floral, although it does mellow it out a bit. I’m going to have to pass this along, because I’m actually having an allergic reaction to the flowers now. Sigh.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Hm. Smells like rooibos and tastes like… something weird. I want rhubarb, I’m getting… something else. Hard to place. The aftertaste is a bit like panna cotta? Maybe? Rhubarb is a stretch. Going to wait until it cools a bit to add to this review.

EDIT: Added some cream and a drop of vanilla stevia glyerate to see if this gets better. Uh… it curdled the cream, which is weird, because the other drink I did the same thing with was just fine with the same cream. Pass.

1.5 tsp in 12oz.

Flavors: Cream, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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What happens when a mild chai meets cacao? This tea. I wish there was more chai to it, although frankly, it’s quite delicious as is, and it’s only billed as “Chocolate Enlightenment”, right? Very vanilla cacao with a touch of spice. Really lovely! So glad I grabbed a box (2.6 oz) of this.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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I am constantly surprised at the creamy meringue and lemon loveliness in this tea. How many more awesomesauce ways can I describe it? :)

2.25 tsp in 20 oz.

Flavors: Cream, Lemon Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
VariaTEA

I like the use of the term “awesomesauce”. That is a pretty great way to describe this tea :)

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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Hm. Interesting. I wonder why this tea is called Cinnamon Stars. Zero stars in it, and very little cinnamon. It’s more of a creamy vanilla with a hint of cinnamon – lovely, if only I can get past the name.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mint Chocolate Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Oh, this is tasty, and may just replace my love of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Smells like chocolate, tastes like chocolate, and then the minty refreshingness hit at the end of the sip, and it was pure decadence. Yes, this will be a staple in my matcha cupboard.

Size: 30g (small)
Quality: Basic
Type: Regular
Flavor: Distinctive
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/mint-chocolate-matcha.html

Mixed a heaping 1/4 tsp into 1/4c of heavy cream, with a touch of sweetener.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
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Less eggnog-y than other teas, yet probably my favorite of the eggnog caffeine-free options that I’ve tried so far – including the one earlier from 52Teas. Creamy meringue and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Yum!

1.5 tsp in 12oz.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Have you tried Della Terra’s?

MissB

Nope. I’ve found that, except for a few select unique teas from them that OMGsrsly sent me, and their chocolate teas, they use a flavoring that I find unpalatable.

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Drinking this because I’m still stuffed up, even though I feel fine.. and because I felt like an herbal tonight. Really strong on the herbal – something mint/eucalyptus-like, maybe some euleuthro (geesh, thanks for nothing spell check), lots of pizza-type spices and maybe dandelion? With some sweetener I kinda of like it, however it’s definitely only one for those needing to clear things up, or who love the more hay-like herbals. It does the job, which is all I’m rating it for.

2 bags in 20 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Stephanie

Sounds like something I could use right about now.

MissB

Aw. Feel better soon! I found it at my local health food store, if it helps.

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drank Eggnog Honeybush by 52teas
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Much, MUCH better with a dollop of whipping cream to melt into the cup. There’s still a weird taste that I’ve found in many of Frank’s honeybush blends though that I fail to place… if that was kaput, I’d enjoy this a lot more.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Ooo.. Hadn’t thought about adding whipping cream to tea. Might be something to try.

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drank Rooibos Masala Chai by Davidson's
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I may have oversteeped this, and really hope that’s the case. I love the sweet peppery chai-ish flavor, yet abhor the whole scratchy throat, woodsy taste from the rooibos.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Peppercorn, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in Ireland) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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