1108 Tasting Notes

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Of all the 52 Teas blends, this was the one I hoped, prayed, that Frank would reblend. This is how, in my insanity that was Black Friday (NINE boxes of tea right now, NINE), I ended up cracking this one first.

This smells really… odd out of the bag. I was a bit concerned, only because it’s hard to put my finger on it. Sweet dirt, perhaps? Not a bad smell, almost like some pu-erh I guess. Just… odd.

Drinking it is okay, however I’m grasping to find much other than cheesecake (fairly prominent) and a teensy bit of peanut. I can smell chocolate after steeping, and there’s a bit of it on my tongue with mouthfeel. Sweetening it definitely gave it more punch, and more chocolate, but then I’m stretching for the cheesecake and the peanut.

I do like this, I may just need to play with it more to get the steeping directions right. Overleafed purposely (1.5 tsp/cup).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Weird, I wonder if the sweet dirt comes from the flavouring or the base, Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is just about one of the greatest tea flavouring ideas.

MissB

Maybe when I’ve had a bit of sleep I’ll be able to place the smell. I mean, it’s not a bad smell, it’s just nothing like what I’d expected. His other honeybush blends definitely don’t smell like this… thinking of Pina Colada particularly.

I grabbed one of the make-your-own blends in the Kickstarter project, and chose Haagen Daaz Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream as mine. I can’t wait to try that either, even though I know it’s similar (yet not the same) as this. I also asked for extra peanut butter flavoring. Frank said he could do that.

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I suspect this comes from somewhere else and gets repackaged, although I have no idea where; this is where I purchased it from however.

A pretty straightforward vanilla rooibos, with a hint of something caramel in there after a few sips. I wanted more hit-me-in-the-face flavor, and it’s just okay.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Tea Sipper

It looks like a tea than zentealife carries.

OMGsrsly

Everywhere carries something similar. Pearl Drops also has one, but it tends to be quite caramelly/boozy.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1108 tasting notes

Ooh, I got more the spice today out of this than last time, which makes me love it more than before. I loves me some spice, especially in my teas that (I think) are meant to get things moving! Great for cold winter mornings, or when I want things to start moving around in my sinus area.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Chai by Tea Desire
1108 tasting notes

Why did I rate this so highly before? It’s a strongly flavored anise/licorice chai, with little chocolate in it. I still quite enjoy it, however it’s no longer as spectacular as I thought it was. Reducing rating.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Damn, this one seems to get mixed ratings. I’m curious to smell it in the store.

MissB

I can send you a sample if you’re far from a store. Very licorice smelling, with a bit of chai spices. I’ll have to try it again soon to see if maybe I did something wrong. Initially, I loved this.

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Thanks to CelebriTEA for sending me a few samples of this!

Spicy comes through loud and clear, and something… soapy? I’m confused. Heat from pepper, spice from cardamom and cinnamon, and something.. weird. It doesn’t taste like soap, it just has the mouthfeel. I have no idea what this is, or why I’m feeling it. I like the heat though, it’s making my eyes water and there’s a tiny bite that I quite enjoy. Still, this weird mouthfeel is getting to me, and there’s zero vanilla in here.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

I wish this was as amazing as the last time I had it, and I’m trying to figure out what I did differently. Oh yea, I steeped it at a lower temperature. Need to remember to do that next time!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Lemon Zen by Herbal Infusions
1108 tasting notes

Thank you Herbal Infusions for the free sample in my last (first) order!

I oversteeped this a huge amount – 33 minutes – because I like my mint’s strong. Perhaps that was a bit of a mistake, or maybe just right? All I know is, this is a very strong lemon rind flavor coupled with mint. Zen? Perhaps. Tasty? Definitely, if you like a lemon mint tea. A bit rind-y for me though, and likely something I’ll pass over on my next order. Still grateful to have tried it, and more than enough to share if someone else would like a taste.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
1108 tasting notes

When something has the word ginger in it, I want to taste the ginger. Unfortunately, I’m struggling to find the ginger in this, or anything really. Sweetened I got more pineapple and mango than anything, and zero cake or cookie. Still moderately tasty, just should be called something else (in my opinion).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

These ingredients are very strange for a Ginger Snap tea…haha

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I used to drink a tea like this all the time from the Tea Centre on Vancouver Island. They were the first company (many years ago) to introduce me to yogurt in my tea, and how it created a creamy tang that really added depth to some teas. Although far from a ‘purist’ perspective, I really enjoyed it.

This tea has the exact same name as that tea, and so I had to try it. The differences between the two however are immediately noticed; this has cornflowers (I think) in it, and it smells little of anything other than rooibos to me.

Steeped, it’s okay. I don’t get much apple or cinnamon other than lightly with both, however some Truvia did sweeten them up and bring them out nicely. An okay tea, probably one I’ll not re-order though in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Rooibos by Assam Tea Company
1108 tasting notes

Decided to steep this up as I packaged some up for a swap with Sil. I should try it first before sending it out, right? :)

This smells strongly of mango, and tastes only moderately so when it’s straight. Add some sweetener though, and holy moly mango! By far the most authentic and strongest flavored mango tea I’ve had to date. Got a bit bitter at the end, almost like a black tea, yet this is most definitely a rooibos. Maybe it’s late/early, or maybe I’m just tired. Still, getting some tartness at the end bottom of the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

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.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

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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