572 Tasting Notes

77

Hmm… a very interesting tea! It takes a little while for the flavor to develop on your tongue. I first taste an earthy tea flavor. This is closely followed by a tart fruit flavor that slowly finishes in a mellow, slightly astringent blueberry note. Very cool! I wish that there was more of a sweet blueberry flavor as I taste mostly an earthy tea. I will say that the tea base complements the subtle blueberry flavor. I also find the dry leaf to look awfully pretty as well. Love the cornflowers against the dark tea!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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71

This is a reasonably nice white tea. Smooth and just a little bit astringent. As it cools, I’m definitely tasting more hay and a slight fruitiness in the background. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase, but it was fun to try this cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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90

Ah, my first cup of tea in about three weeks. WHAT?! Three weeks?! I know, it has to be some kind of record. Recovery from surgery has been long and miserable. It’s been difficult to taste certain foods and flavors. I didn’t want to waste good tea if I couldn’t taste anything! I decided that I was at a good point to try tea again. This coconut milky oolong was a great choice. It’s fruity, flavorful and comforting. I’m not getting much of a creamy or buttery note, but it’s still yummy. Welcome back, tea. I’m so happy to be drinking you again!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

I thought that I would love this tea as I adore flavored/scented/dessert oolongs. The combination sounded just lovely so I poured myself a cup this evening. The oolong was relatively uneventful, though slightly smooth. What bothered me about this tea is the almost sickly burnt sugar flavor. It bothered me so much that I couldn’t finish the cup. I’m quite glad I didn’t order a large amount of this tea. A cup (or about 3/4 of a cup) was enough for me!

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77

This will forever be a part of my earliest tea memories. I remember having this tea with my childhood friends. The allure of Celestial Seasonings’ artwork on the tea boxes gets me every time! I believe I liked the old artwork for this Sugar Plum Spice blend instead of the newer image.. but then again, isn’t it the TEA that matters? Its scent is sweet and spicy — very much a holiday blend. The taste is a combination of spices, plus a heavy layer of something sweet. I don’t think that it’s exclusively plum flavor, but just a general fruitiness. I’m also tasting a bit of a licorice note in the sweetness (& I don’t like licorice in tea). I suppose I’ll keep drinking this because it’s a nice caffeine free, festive tea and it’s too deeply embedded in my tea memories for me to let it go.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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78

I was honestly worried about trying this tea because of the negative reviews. I personally think that The Republic of Tea does rooibos well, and I love rooibos.. so I thought, why not? The cinnamon is a bit like cinnamon candy or gum. I don’t normally like cinnamon, but when I do, I prefer the darker, richer flavors. I must say that the cinnamon blends well with the wood flavor of the rooibos. I don’t detect much vanilla in this cup, but I’m content with the mild cinnamon and rooibos combination. It’s a warming cup and its name fits it perfectly! I DO want to dream by the fire while sipping this tea. I don’t think I’d purchase any more of this, but it definitely has me looking forward to the holiday season.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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78

I really do like RoT’s cuppa chocolate tea collection. I enjoyed the red velvet cake tea and so I was eager to try this one. I very much am interested by the combination of banana and chocolate. Plus, rooibos? Yes! This tea had a similar taste to the red velvet cake tea, but with the addition of banana flavor (slightly artificial). I drank the whole cup, but will I go back and purchase more tins of this? Probably not. If it were more creamy or flavorful and not as artificial, I think I would like this one much more.

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80

I happened to be in the mood for this tea as I had made a carrot cake for a birthday celebration. This tea is best when it’s hot – the flavors seem a lot brighter then. I taste mostly orange (a little like Motrin) with a bit of carrot. I don’t think I’d be able to identify that flavor as carrot if I were given a cup of this without knowing its name. It’s a very creative, flavorful and almost juicy cup of tea. I don’t think I’d buy a ton of this tea because I enjoy the plantain coconut green bush blend from Republic of Tea a bit more.

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79

This is a good standard cup of green tea. I love its muted, cloudy lime green color. Slightly astringent, a little bit smooth, somewhat grassy. It’s not spectacular and it’s a bit basic, but I would pick this one over a generic tea bag. I am looking forward to having another cup!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

I’m lowering the rating on this one, unfortunately. I brewed this tea exactly as directed and I was surprised to taste just an ordinary oolong. The texture was smooth, but nothing to go crazy about. I didn’t taste any milk, cream, vanilla… Nothing special! I wonder what happened? As of right now, this tea is not living up to its price tag or reputation. Any suggestions of how to make this cup awesome would be appreciated!

Infusin_Susan

I always brew this one at about 180, for four minutes. I forgot what the directions say. But if I brew it less than four minutes, the flavor seems weak. Also, I add a pinch of Stevia, and that seems to bring out the creamy, milky flavors more. And, I don’t drink it immediately. I let it sit for at least 15 minutes after brewing. It just seems to taste better if it has time to sit. Those are the only suggestions I can offer — hope it works better for you next time!

QueenOfTarts

I’ll try that! Thanks for your suggestion! Does 2 tsps for 12 oz sound about right? That’s what I’ve been using.

Infusin_Susan

I generally use a little more than that. Maybe 3 tsp.

American Tea Room

We suggest a rounded teaspoon for 6 oz so for 12 oz two teaspoons should work. If you like a heartier stronger flavor by all means steep this a little longer. You should be able to get several steepings non-the-less. This is our most popular oolong, but everyone’s taste preference is slightly different – so sometimes adjusting the steeping time or the amount of tea will create the profile you like.

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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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