516 Tasting Notes


All of this rain has been making me crave hot drinks and warm blankets! I’ve found myself drinking so many cups of coffee and caffeinated teas that I think I need to tone it down and drink something decaf! I have a very, very early morning on Tuesday and will need to stop drinking caffeine earlier tomorrow. It’s funny, but I like days when I don’t have to get up very early in the morning because I can drink whatever I like the day/night before.

Anyway, onto the tea! My father brought this tea back for me and I’m so happy that it’s a rooibos! The dry leaf smells very sweet and rich. Once water has been added, the tea smells a bit like a spicy vanilla. Sipping… It could be because this tea is a little old, but the flavors are so muted! I can still taste the rooibos, a bit of vanilla and something nutty. It is tasty and would be more appropriate for drinking with something very sweet, like cake or a pastry. I had just finished having a few bites of a very sweet brownie, so I welcome this cup — mellow, smooth and not at all overwhelming.


I find this one a little muted, too – try MF’s Rouge Provence, if you get a chance and don’t despise lavender; in my opinion, it packs a bit more punch.

Krista Ramala

Does this really taste like candied chestnut?

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I’m really impressed with the scent of this tea. I am smelling blueberries, green tea, cinnamon and the sugary crumble that is often sprinkled with a heavy hand on top of baked goods. If this tea tastes exactly the way it smells… well, I’ll be in blueberry crumble bliss!

Sipping… wow, I’m tasting cinnamon and that burnt sugar crumble flavor. Tasty! The blueberries aren’t terribly strong, but I’m really concentrating on that sugary pastry flavor. The more I sip, the more I enjoy this tea. The green/black tea base is well hidden – I don’t know if I can even taste it at all. I’m glad that there isn’t a bitter note that could potentially ruin the cup.

Even though I do get a sense of something artificial, I’m still thrilled to be getting such great crumble flavor in a tea. So far this is the only tea from Della Terra that hasn’t left me somewhat disappointed. Will definitely repurchase this one!

Short Sorceress

I’m a bit addicted to this one, it goes really good with blueberry pancakes :)


I’m saying mine for blueberry scones.


I will have to try this with blueberry foods! (love both blueberry scones and blueberry pancakes)~

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I love fruity oolongs, but I am quite particular about how they should taste. I want the fruit to be present, but to blend nicely with the oolong base. The dry leaf smells like a tasty oolong and strawberry jam. Yum! I think that this tea has great potential just based on the scent! Once water has been added, the strawberry scent is toned down a bit and the oolong becomes a little stronger.

Sipping… the first part of the sip is plainly strawberry. It’s a bit like taking a bite into a fresh strawberry! It does lack the tartness that strawberries often have, but it still manages to perfectly capture a strawberry! Lovely! The flavor changes into something more floral and almost buttery. I am so pleased with the combination of strawberry and oolong. The flavors of this tea are delicate and strong all at once. It’s so well done that I know I must add this to my next order.

Many thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this delicious tea!

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This tea smells almost identical to the marshmallow treat genmaicha blend. I’m a big fan of that one, so I’m even more excited to see the addition of cheesecake and cherry! I do get a little whiff of the cherry in the background. A plus, the cherry doesn’t smell like medicine!

Sipping… the first thing I taste is the genmaicha. It’s not really toasty, but more burnt. It’s almost a little bit jarring because I was expecting more creamy cheesecake and sweet cherry. The flavor does mellow out into a tiny bit of fruitiness. It sort of morphs in and out of being cherry and a generalized fruit flavor. As far as the cheesecake note is concerned, it’s just a whisper. If I didn’t know that cheesecake was in this blend, I wouldn’t have even detected it. A bit bummed as I typically love 52Teas cheesecake teas. I’ll make a few more cups of this to see if I can bring out more cherry and cheesecake, but for now I’m not all that impressed.

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I love vanilla rooibos teas and I enjoy trying out new ones from different brands. There’s something about the woody rooibos and the soft, creamy vanilla that I adore. I realized that I am not the biggest fan of honeybush and so I was pleased to see that this was just a rooibos tea and not a rooibos & honeybush blend. This is a nice and smooth cup. I’m not sure if this particular rooibos is like this on its own or if it’s the addition of the vanilla flavoring that helps make it soft on the tongue.

This is sweet and has a nice vanilla flavor. I wish that there was something more creamy and silky about this cup. It’d be nice to see more complexity in the flavors, but it’s vanilla and rooibos, so I suppose that I can’t expect all that much. It’s a solid cup of vanilla rooibos, but I wish that it had something more.


Yes! A fellow rooibos fan! We’re so scarce around here, I did a double take when I saw ‘rooibos’ on my dash…


Anna, I love rooibos, too! Glad that you’re a fan as well – there really aren’t too many like us here. It makes such a nice cup, though!

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I need a nice afternoon filled with good tea after last night. I stayed up until 4 worrying about a very important quiz. Thankfully, things were sorted out this morning and now it’s all about tea. I’ve had this one for a while and thought that it would be a smooth, interesting choice. The dry leaves aren’t terribly attractive – they look a bit like the leaves you’d crunch on the sidewalk. I’m still excited to give them a try, though.

First Infusion: Very earthy with just a hint of sweetness. It reminds me of wet wood, mild berries and bread. There is a little bit of a tingling finish that lingers on the tongue. It’s not spicy, just a little bubbly and cooling. It is smooth, quite smooth actually.

Second Infusion: I’m still not getting a whole lot of scent from this tea. It’s a little strange because I’m used to tea having a relatively present scent, but this one really makes you search for it. Sipping… hmm.. this one seems to have fallen a little flat. It still has some of the same elements of the first cup, but doesn’t elaborate on any of them. In fact, some of them are a little bit softer and not as interesting.

I think I might move on to a different tea instead of continuing with this one. It’s not terrible, just not that interesting or tasty for me.

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I thought that it was about time I wrote a note about this tea. Even though it has quite a bit of spice in it, the appeal of it tasting like cake convinced me to drink it. I made it with a splash of milk and it’s quite tasty. The first thing I taste is carrot – not real carrot flavor, but something like a sweet vegetable. Actually, the more I sip, the more carrot I get. It fades into the spices next, turning the cup into something a little bit like spice cake. The milk is strong enough to cloud up the heavy spices, but they’re still present and warming. The finish is creamy (due to the milk, I think). It leaves your mouth feeling like you’ve eaten a piece of carrot cake, even though the flavor isn’t explicitly carrot cake. I don’t think that I would like this tea as much if I hadn’t added any milk. It’s strange because I prefer rooibos without any additions, but it seems so appropriate here. This is a very nice dessert tea and really hits the spot tonight!


Can’t wait to try this one!

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I have enjoyed the cantaloupe and cream blend from Butiki so I thought that I might like the watermelon one as well. Watermelon is a real favorite of mine during the summer and I tend to have good luck with things that are watermelon flavored (well, most of the time). I’ve had a few cups of this tea now with and without sugar and I have to admit that I like the cantaloupe and cream blend more. I can hardly taste the watermelon and I don’t like the idea of needing to add sugar as I typically take all of my teas plain. The tea base is buttery, clean and enjoyable — but I wish that I’d be able to taste more watermelon… it is a watermelon blend, after all. I’ll continue to play around with this tea, but cantaloupe and cream still holds the top place for best melon tea.

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[Backlog] – I picked up a box of this tea because I had heard good things. It smells like Christmas right out of the box and seemed so promising! I noticed that it gave up its flavor and color quite fast. The cup was incredibly overwhelming with spice and sweetness. It’s the kind of syrupy sweetness that coats the tongue. I simply couldn’t get past a few sips. My brothers really enjoy this tea, though, so I happily gave them the rest of the box. I can see why this tea is a hit with some, but it’s just too strong for me!

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
516 tasting notes

The past few days, I have been embracing autumn’s slow approach. Even though the weather is still a bit warm, I am thinking of the changing seasons more than ever. My lovely mother even brought home a pumpkin loaf from the store and exclaimed, “the first of the season!” She knows how much I adore pumpkin.. so I’m looking forward to having a slice tomorrow morning.

This blend sounded like the perfect thing to have tonight. The hot cup smells strongly of squash, vegetables and rooibos. I can’t smell any sweetness so it almost makes me think of a savory soup. I’m a little nervous to see what this will taste like now.

Sipping… Hmmm.. this rooibos is a bit darker than others I’ve tried. It’s not light and sweet, but is dark and almost tastes burnt. I’m getting a little bit of a starchy flavor in the background and I believe that to be the sweet potato and chestnut. There is a little bit of squash mixed in the aftertaste. This blend tastes like burnt mixed vegetables. I think the combination of rooibos with sweet potato has so much potential, but it’s all lost here. I’m happy to have had a cup and it does bring to mind roasted squash and bonfires, but it’s really too strange for me to finish.

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Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

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

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
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.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

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