50 Tasting Notes

65

Nothing special. It doesn’t have any of the chocolatey hints you’d normally get in a Yunnan, just a generic “black tea” taste. Just something I’d drink when I don’t want to use any of my Black Snail or a flavored tea.

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90

The second of the two teas I purchased, and by far the better. It’s an incredibly pretty tea with all the pink rose petals and green cardamom pods, and it smells just as nice. A lot like a bagged plum tea I bought once, but much more so, which at least tells me that wasn’t using some kind of fake plum flavor.

It has a good, strong plum/floral flavor more than anything. Since fruit and florals are my favorite kinds of flavored teas, this suits me just fine.

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50

This is incredibly toothless. I’m not just saying that as someone who loves spicy food; for a tea that has cinnamon and crushed red pepper in it, it’s very mild. I’d add more pepper in if I wasn’t afraid it would overpower everything and I’d end up with red pepper water.

There’s a mild chocolate flavor which is almost overpowered by the bitter black tea, and that’s about it. Not necessarily a terrible tea, but not what I was expecting. I’ll probably finish it, but I won’t restock.

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70
drank Rose Chai by Wissotzky Tea
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I picked up a box of this at Netcost this morning, since they tend to have all sorts of interesting teas to try. My first thought when I opened the box? “Wooow is that rosy”.

Seriously, the scent of the dry mix is an almost overwhelming rose and cinnamon smell. I like rose teas and I was worried that this would taste like shampoo or perfume. I have to keep it quarantined from my other teas for fear of cross-contamination. I shouldn’t have worried since once you brew it it mellows out. Not too rosy, not too cinnamony. Supposedly there’s coconut in there too, but it’s completely lost under the cinnamon and rose.

I wouldn’t really call this “chai” though, as the only spice included is cinnamon. No cloves, no ginger, no cardamom, no anything else. Would I buy it again? Probably not. It’s nice for a bagged rose tea, but not so much that I would necessarily restock.

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70
drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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So I’ve been stocking up nutty and spicy teas for the fall and winter like some sort of caffeine-hungry squirrel. I haven’t ordered from Adagio in a dog’s age, having grown to prefer other companies more, but I do like their hazelnut tea. Figured I’d pick up a couple samples too, and this was one of them.

…it’s not as bad as I thought, from the reviews. It’s nowhere near as good as other gingerbread teas I’ve have, but it’s alright. The thing I learned early on about Adagio’s teas is that you shouldn’t ever steep them over four minutes, or they’re disgustingly bitter. A four minute steep and a teaspoon of sugar got me a mild, cookielike cup of tea. It tastes a little bit like a graham cracker; maybe I’ll add honey next time.

It’s an okay tea, but if I really want a gingerbread tea there’s better options. S&V’s comes to mind most immediately.

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60
drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Tazo
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Tazo might want to rename this one. “Licorice Spice Chai” seems far more appropriate, since that’s the main flavor here. I can smell pumpkin, but that’s about it; everything else is licorice. Even the other spices take a backseat to it. Cloves, ginger, cinnamon, all drowned out by licorice.

Don’t get me wrong; I love licorice. The black jellybeans always go first. However, it’s not really what I’m looking for in a pumpkin spice tea. Probably not going to get this one again.

…in the meantime I have two boxes to work through since it was on sale. /sigh

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85
drank Vanilla Wave by Greenfield
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For a tea called ‘Vanilla Wave’ it sure is cinnamony. That’s really the predominant flavor and scent here. I had my apprehensions since I don’t really like straight-up cinnamon teas, really preferring it in blends like chai. To be honest, I’m not always a big fan of vanilla teas either. Like caramel teas, there’s really only a few that I like.

This actually isn’t that bad. The creaminess of the vanilla keeps the cinnamon from being too overpowering. With some sugar, it’s almost cakey. There’s supposedly apricot in there as well, but it’s nonexistent, probably lost under the stronger flavors.

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drank Chocolate Cream by The Tea Table
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I’ve had better chocolate teas. Much, much better. There isn’t a chocolate flavor so much as there just is an odd one, and it seems a little fake, like a Tootsie Roll. Moreover, it doesn’t quite go with the tea itself, so this is nowhere as nice as it should be. It’s not terrible, but it doesn’t live up to expectations at all.

I’ll drink it, but I don’t think I’ll ever order it again. Sticking to S&V for my chocolate teas, since I like the taste of the flavoring they use.

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77

Giving this the same rating I gave S&V’s violet tea because, well…it tastes the same. The violet overpowers the rose completely, and if there weren’t big pink rose petals in the dry mix, I’d think I was just drinking violet tea. I like violet, but I was hoping for something a little different, you know?

That said, it is visually a very pretty tea with all those rose petals. They just can’t compete with the strong violet flavor.

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86
drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
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The more I drink this, the more I like it. It really is one of the nicer pear teas I’ve tried. While the pear flavor’s still strong on the second steep, the ginger actually manages to peek through a bit more. As in, I can actually taste it now, rather than just smelling it.

Bumping up my rating a bit, because it’s better than I initially thought it was.

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Even though my profile picture’s the worgen crest, rest assured my heart belongs to the Horde.

I’m a gamer girl who drinks a lot of tea. My tastes tend heavily towards black tea, though I won’t turn down a nice green or white either.

I stay away from most herbals because far too many of them have hibiscus. I find hibiscus disgusting. Nor am I a fan of rooibos; the taste has to be pretty heavily masked for me to drink it.

I’ll almost always put sugar in my tea, unless it’s something that really doesn’t work well with it (I will never ever add sugar to lapsang souchong again). Sorry. It’s my taste preference, and if it isn’t yours I don’t really care.

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