15 Tasting Notes

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I found this on sale recently at World Market – 50% off for RoT? Um, hell yes.

I always find the rooibos is naturally sweet—but in a weird, rooty sort of way. When I read the ingrendients (which are short and underwhelming), I expected to be kind of disappointed, but who cares, it’s 50% off.

Boy was I wrong. While the flavor is definitely not complex, it is very robust. The blueberry flavor is intense. VERY intense—and blueberries are freaking delicious. It doesn’t taste artificial either, which is quite nice. Usually, I find that flavored sweet rooibos teas are overwhelming, but this one sits right on the edge — any more sweetness, and it would be ridiculous.

The smell is very pleasant — it definitely smells how you’d expect a fragrant blueberry cake to smell up close. Overall, the tea is very pleasant in short, small doses.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Marshmallow Macaron by Teavana
15 tasting notes

I had a the pleasure of getting a free cup of this when I made a recent visit to Teavana to restock my favorite blend.

Anyway, it was brewed with some unknown amount of their ever-so fancy “German Rock sugar”. Generally, I prefer sweetened tea. The first sip frankly took me by surprise. The taste was crazy sweet and came in multiple complex hits. At first, you sip and get a very mild vanilla+tea flavor. Then, you taste a split second of marshmallow, which blends beautifully with vanilla… It’s all good, but then within milliseconds the taste shifts dramatically to a carmelized/maple-y flavor that I suppose is supposed to be emulating macaron. At this point, the last hit, the tea is almost sickeningly sweet. The last hit tastes quite artificial, and it lingers.

Still, it keeps you coming back for the first half of the flavor hits, especially that tiny hint of mellow marshmallow. I ended up finishing it in the end, but I definitely wouldn’t be able to drink more of it. Over the next couple of days, I sort of missed it…

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89

I am always left impressed by the “get xyz” series from Republic of Tea (actually, just in general, I love their brand).

The taste is smooth and sweet the whole way — upon hitting your tongue and going down the hatch. There is a hint of cinnamon without it being overpowering — most blendmasters make a mistake of adding far too much cinnamon in their blends.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Before steeping, the scent out of the box is very intense. The strongest notes upon smelling the unsteeped bags is strong with cinnamon and ginger, with an overtone similar to maple syrup. Imagine a sweetened, fruity chai.

The body is somewhat binary: The first hit is wrought with cinnamon, the second hit is a tart plum flavor. In between is a very slight floral taste — this tea is not at all on the flowery nor planty side, despite containing chamomile and rosehips, perhaps because the floral taste is flooded out by spice. Due to the combination of cinnamon and high tanginess, there is a slightly grainy and light mouthfeel, which leaves the tongue rough after the sip.

There is a lingering spicy aftertaste, which leaves the tongue feeling somewhat “prickly”.

Due to the intensity of this tea, DO NOT for more than a minute; else, the taste gets rather extreme, sure to overwhelm most taste buds. Even when steeped shortly, it ends up being a very rich, nearly wine-like cool red color with slight clouding from particulate spices.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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As is with a lot of Celestial Seasoning’s flavored teas, it gives off an extremely strong scent as hot water is poured over it. I had a friend grab me a whole bunch of boxes of this, since it’s both A) Seasonal and B) Legendary on Tumblr.

What exactly is “natural sugar cookie flavor”? Who cares! This tea is absolutely delicious. It tastes like I’m drinking liquid (and diluted) sugar cookie. Don’t expect it to literally taste like a sugar cookie. It is tea, after all. It’s very good though, and I can gulp down several cups of it without getting sick of it. It’s barely tea, however, in terms of taste. That doesn’t make it NOT delicious though! ^^

When it’s brewed, it has a very, very light color. I always recommend putting in sugar, because I love sugar in my tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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I believe this tea isn’t available online anymore, so it really excited me when I found this at the local World Market.

Compared to the single other cherry flavored black tea that I used to drink, this cherry flavor is quite a bit more prominent. In fact, it is so prominent, that one may at first be inclined to say the flavor is slightly artificial solely because of the concentration of cherry flavor. I can’t say I very much enjoy the black tea base, however; bitters up very easily.

There isn’t much in the way of chocolate taste, at least typical caocao taste, in my opinion. It can perhaps be better augmented with a bit of sugar.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I got this a long time ago when it went on sale.

Tastes planty and a bit nutty; I suppose you’d describe it as earthy. Very smooth and calming. It needs to be consumed hot. It gets ultra-gross when it’s even slightly lukewarm.

Maybe I’ll edit this later… I’m not used to this kind of tea and the words aren’t coming to me to describe it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This tea is extremely strong in both scent and taste… and perhaps shouldn’t even be considered your typical tea. I brewed a cup of this at a friend’s place, not expecting too much from it at first. As is typical with opening a box of tea, I expected a nice smell, thought nothing of it at first. Then I poured hot water over it. As the steam wafted from my cup, I was surprised by the strong spicy scent in the air, as well as my neighbor sitting beside me. It smelled so amazing, that I had to lean over and take some deep whiffs; wonderful! It smells stronger than a warm apple cider. With a bit of sugar in this tea, it tastes similar to that—a cider… but not quite as heavy with sugar— when brewed in the aforementioned manner, it gives you a wonderful balance of taste and light sweetness. I’m going to buy a box or two for myself the moment I see this when I go out next. Best thing I have ever drank (even outside of the range of teas) maybe… but that’s just my opinion. :³

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I love this tea. It’s sweet, but not overly-so. It doesn’t taste very artificial, though from the smell, you might think it would taste artificial. It’s far superior to orange flavored teas by Celestial seasonings, for sure.

All in all, I enjoy it very much.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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This will be my second tasting note for this tea; it’s somewhat a special note in that I was a bad girl.

I re-brewed a teaspoon of leaves for a second taste one night. The results surprised me. The usual spiciness was dissipated significantly and the tea mostly only had its fruity flavors included. Along with a heaping teaspoon of sugar, there were also significant artificial overtones brought out; I got the sensation of eating a fruity kid’s cereal. There was barely any bitterness despite this second brewing, however. It was still enjoyable, and I will not change my rating, but that rating is more for my note from the fresh brew awhile back.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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