530 Tasting Notes

87

This is a tea that I’ve been eyeing for a while. I love oolongs and one called “heritage honey” sounded so alluring! The scent of this tea is very strongly floral. Super floral oolongs make me nervous, but I’m interested to see if this floral note carries over into the taste. Sipping… oh, good! It’s not a mouthful of flowers. It actually starts out as a very smooth cup and fades quickly into a light honey flavor. So tasty! Some floral notes do come out at the end of the sip and blend very well with the honey. The honey is not terribly dark and sweet like that in a Mi Lan Dan Cong tea, but it is so nice mixed with the floral and lightly fruity notes. This is a nice alternative to the darker, roasted, fruity and strongly floral oolongs. It’s definitely a unique tea that would be a nice addition to any collection. I’ll keep this one in mind for future orders! Thank you, Nicole for sharing!

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65

I haven’t had this tea for a few years, according to my last tasting note of this tea. Even though I wasn’t terribly impressed with it then… I thought a nice apple cider herbal blend would be great for fall. Plus, it’s a limited edition and any fall/holiday limited edition is special to me. Sometimes I depend on herbal teas just as much as rooibos when I don’t want caffeine. Herbals are a bit more tricky with my tastebuds, though. There’s more room for certain additions that I don’t really like.

This blend smells very tasty and comforting. I definitely smell apples, cinnamon, maybe a hint of sugar — it’s quite similar to an apple pie filling without the crust. Sipping… I’m tasting a really strange sweet note that quickly turns bitter. The sweetness reminds me of that gross character that licorice has, but it isn’t as bad. What’s really strange is the bitter note.. I don’t remember this from before. It’s reminiscent of the bad, tough core of an apple — the part that you don’t really want to eat. I do taste a little bit of apple towards the end of the sip, but it’s so light that I wouldn’t really call this a cider tea. I like that it’s not overwhelmed with spices..but I’m greedy and still want more apple.

I will finish the tin of this tea and will likely rotate it with some of my other fall teas, but won’t go crazy buying more tins to last me another year.

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85

The scent of this tea is delicious: Chocolate and sweet potato. Sipping… a little more astringent than I expected. The astringency is consistent throughout the sip and reminds me a bit of cocoa powder. There are definitely tones of dark chocolate in this cup. Slurping brings out more of the sweet potato. It also becomes a little bit more malty, too. I also taste some kind of a soapy and toasty floral note. It’s strange because it reminds me of perfume, but the toasty element is what keeps it from becoming too strong.

This is a tasty cup and I will certainly finish the rest of the pouch that I have, but it’s not my favorite black tea from Verdant.

Bonnie

Try this in a gaiwan if you didn’t at first. I like this tea with evaporated milk to bring out the cocoa potato flavor. Sometimes the right addition changes everything.

QueenOfTarts

Bonnie, will definitely give it a go! I usually have better luck with Verdant brewing western style.. but I’m excited to try this tea in a gaiwan! :)

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76

The dry leaf of this tea smells like bananas and alcohol. The bananas smell very ripe and ready to be made into banana bread. I’m very happy that it smells more natural than banana candies.

Sipping… hm, this is a nice blend of banana, coconut and black tea. I’m not getting very much pudding. This tea tastes more like the individual ingredients instead of a nice blend. Actually, the more I sip, the more I realize that the flavors are not all that strong. I have a feeling that if I add milk, that the banana and coconut will be even more soft. I might try to experiment with a few more cups, but otherwise, not thrilled with this one.

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79

This tea’s scent reminds me a little bit of DavidsTeas pumpkin chai. They both smell like a pumpkin candle: pumpkin and spices.

Sipping… hm.. this tastes a little watered down, but I do like the pumpkin and spices. The pumpkin is cozy and soft. It’s not very much like pumpkin PIE, but more of cooked plain pumpkin. The tea base isn’t all that impressive, but I don’t mind since I’m just here for the pumpkin! To me, this is quite similar to DavidsTea, but lacks the spicy cinnamon bite.
I would say that this tea is decent, but not enough to make me scramble for more.

Next time, I think I’ll add more leaf for a stronger cup and possibly add some sugar or milk to see if I can draw out some pie flavor.

Nightshifter

I had this one today for the first time and I feel the same way. Not really pumpkin pie, kinda watered down pumpkin spice. I was going to try it again overleafed with milk and agave tomorrow and hope for better results!

QueenOfTarts

If you do end up trying it tomorrow, let me know if you like it better with milk and agave!

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37

[Backlog] – I didn’t find this blend to be all that different from other rooibos blends from Della Terra. It had a bit of that maple flavor, but not a whole lot of cotton candy. The sprinkles were a nice touch, but that’s really all I enjoyed about this tea.

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73

You know, I’d say that I’m a fan of The Republic of Tea. I probably wouldn’t choose one of their teas over some of my favorites, but there are a few teas from The Republic of Tea that I like to keep in rotation. These teas also have nice memories attached to them… so I figure I’ll keep a few tins around. The scent of this tea is of lemon and herbs — a bit like lemon myrtle, but with a touch of sweetness.

Sipping… I taste a grassy sort of lemon. It’s not a tart kind of lemon, but more of a flat and generic lemon flavor with green rooibos in the background. The vanilla and coconut combine with the lemon at the end of the sip. Even though I cannot distinguish each individual flavor, they strangely come together to create something like a plain lemon loaf. It does lack a creamy element and reminds me a little bit of a chlorinated swimming pool. It’s not a bad cup of tea, but there are better lemony dessert teas out there.

TeaBrat

interesting, I haven’t seen this one hit the stores yet

Kaylee

I dunno, anything that reminds you in the least bit of a chlorinated swimming pool doesn’t sound like it can be all that good…

QueenOfTarts

Amy oh- I found this one online! :)
Kaylee- it isn’t as bad as it sounds.. For some reason, I just get that association with this tea.. I still wouldn’t want to drink pool water, though!

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77

We had our first snow of the season this morning! It was just a light dusting that quickly melted & the rain has taken over a little bit now, but still.. SNOW! I suppose I’m ready for the cold weather — more time to stay inside and drink tea.
The scent of this tea is sweet and mild. There is a slight earthy tone, but it doesn’t overwhelm the cup. There is also something savory in the background, but I can’t seem to put my finger on what it reminds me of.

Sipping… the first thing I notice are the woody, mineral notes. I definitely taste a bit of apricot — more like a dried apricot than apricot jam. There is a hint of sweet astringency at the tail end, but it’s rather nice. I almost wish that there could be more sweetness because I think it would take the cup to another level.

This is a nice tea, but a little too mild for my tastebuds.

Kaylee

Whoa. That is early snow!

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59

This tea smells a little bit like chocolate, but you have to really search for it. I mostly smell the rooibos and something that smells like the upside down cake flavoring.

Sipping… I’m not getting much flavor from this blend. Yes, I taste the rooibos, but there isn’t a ton of chocolate flavor here. The finish tastes just like the upside down rooibos only weaker. It also leaves a very bad artificial taste in my mouth.

I really didn’t like this one as much as I wanted to. I’m all about the sprinkles and chocolates in tea, but this one was gross.

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50

Thanks to kimquat for a sample of this tea! It’s been on my shopping list for ages and I’m lucky to have a chance to try it. This tea smells quite strongly of sweet rooibos and apples.

Sipping… ahh.. there is the pear! It’s sweet and juicy — very much like pear jellybeans. It’s bordering on the artificial side, but still enjoyable. The rooibos base is unfortunately the worst part of this blend. It abruptly ends the pear flavor and leaves you with a dry, woody aftertaste. I am a huge rooibos fan, but can’t really deal with the artificial pear & harsh rooibos pairing. The more I sip, the more cloying the flavors become… just can’t finish the cup. I usually like Art of Tea blends, but this one isn’t for me.

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Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

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80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

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