317 Tasting Notes

I know that I’ve reviewed this tea before, but I have no clue where my notes are. To sum them up: I’ve never managed to get the amazing flavors out of this that everyone else has. I’ve adjusted everything, and it always comes out bitter.

Well I decided to try this today with the water at work. I didn’t expect much, but I’ve had this for a very long time and I should really finish it. Well, this is the closest I’ve been to tasting what everyone else writes about. I could actually taste the tangerine, just barely. Maybe it really was there, or maybe my mind was just desperate for this to work and made me taste it. I’m thinking of cold brewing the last bit of this to see if that goes any better.

165 °F / 73 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Stone Fruit White Tea by 52teas
317 tasting notes

TTB 11: This one smells very nice and fruity dry. However, I think I may have underleafed. I can taste the white tea some, but everything is very weak

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drank Napalm Ferret by 52teas
317 tasting notes

TTB 11: The name definitely gets your attention. When steeping, this tea smells like some kind of candy that I can’t quite place. I was prepared for the slight burn in the back of my throat this one causes. This one tastes like cinnamon and some kind of fruity candy, I really can’t think of just what candy it reminds me of

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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TTB 10: I pretty sure I underleafed this one. It was difficult getting the big, fluffy leaves in my spoon. I’m getting some white tea flavors with a bit of sweetness I’m assuming is the peach. I’ll likely update this soon when I try again with more leaf!

Edit: I resteeped and added more leaf. I got more tea flavor, but I still didn’t really get any peach flavor. This is a bit disappointing because it smells just like a fresh peach. I may have to cold steep this one and see if that brings it out any.


Big leaves are hard to measure sometimes!

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
317 tasting notes

TTB 9: This tea definitely has all the scents that make me think of the holidays. The holidays are my favorite time of year, so anything that reminds me of them is already on my side. Both dry and steeping, this smells full of spices but not overwhelming. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the scent. The spices are there, but much much more mellowed out than I would have expected. This tea is nice and smooth, and I would drink it (and enjoy it) if I had it, but I doubt I would seek it out or buy any.

Flavors: Spices

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Vata Organic by TeaGschwendner
317 tasting notes

TTB 8: I’ve been having stomach troubles lately. I’m gluten intolerant, and my doctor is having me eat gluten so that I can take the Celiac test. Its important to do, but its making me feel miserable. So I was wanting a tea to sooth my stomach, without caffeine in it. Unfortunately this wasn’t it. This tea smells like soup and tastes like licorice. Definitely not a tea for me.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I’ve got a sample of this tea, and I’ve been debating on if I want to try it or not.


Sorry you are feeling bad. Those type of tests are never fun. :(


Cheri, I can definitely see some people loving it. It wasn’t bad exactly, it just had a bunch of flavors that I can’t stand at all.

Veronica, thanks. I have to do it for a month, so yay tasty food but not yay feeling like crap.

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TTB 7: This one smells really good! Its not overwhelmingly rooibos at all, and has a nice sweet fruity flavor

165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hot Mama Jama by Bluebird Tea Co.
317 tasting notes

TTB 6: I didn’t read the ingredients before trying this one and it made for an interesting experience. As I was drinking, I kept noticing a bit of a burning sensation in my throat. I thought maybe I was getting a cold or the tea was too hot, but even as it cooled, the burning persisted. Finally i realized that this must be a spicy tea! I’ve tried a few teas that were intended to be spicy, but I think this is the first one that I’ve actually noticed having an effect. The tea flavor itself was tart fruitiness. I think the real draw for this one is definitely the spice!

Flavors: Spicy, Tart

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
317 tasting notes

TTB 5: Another tea from Friday. The tea flavor (which surprised me, since it was a white) was actually what dominated, the blueberry was there, but behind the tea.

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drank ToLife by Teavana
317 tasting notes

TTB 4: This is a backlog from Friday. The office was busier that day so I didn’t get a chance to write this then.
This tea was vaguely fruity and slightly tart. Not much special as far as I remember.

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I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, Texas, and California, and I’m currently in Oklahoma while the boyfriend gets his grad schooling on.

I’ve been into tea for about five years now and my favorite thing is that there is still so much to learn! I personally prefer black and oolong teas, though I love trying new teas whatever they may be.

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