531 Tasting Notes

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I’m having a hot cup of this tea tonight. It’s a simple green tea with the slightest hint of sweet blueberry. This tea is very sensitive to being over-steeped and can be bitter even under a watchful eye.

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78

I like Sleepytime tea, mainly for the memories of when I had it has a child. The idea of the mint flavor being calmed by an addition of vanilla sounded VERY appealing! The first few sips were quite good! Sweet vanilla with the traditional Sleepytime scent in the background. As I got through the cup, I started to get a strange almost rubber flavor? I’ll assume that it was the vanilla flavor mixing with the mint or chamomile. I might give this one another try to see if maybe it was just a bad cup. Thank you Brandy for a few of these bags to sample!

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65

The description of this tea makes it sound beyond yummy. I made a cup today after classes and I didn’t taste cherry, cheesecake, caramel or any creamy aspect. Maybe my taste buds are broken since I seem unable to taste many of the notes others have tasted in teas. The black tea was quite robust and had a good, strong taste. There was also a sweetness (which I’ll assume is the cherries, cheesecake and caramel) that makes this quite drinkable without any additions. This is an okay cup of tea. I wish that the dessert flavors were stronger and more defined!

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drank Red Velvet by SerendipiTea
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I. love. this. tea.
This is the ultimate dessert tea, in my opinion. The raspberry is perfectly sweet and tart. The first sip tonight tasted like vanilla ice cream with a hint of berry. So delicious!

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80
drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
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I had seen The Tea Spot company in person at a farmer’s market in Boulder… never sampled or purchased on my own. My friend gave me a tin of their Earl Grey tea for my birthday.. and it was delicious. The name “Red Rocks” has a special place in my heart because I have been there many times, once to see the gorgeous sunrise! I love rooibos tea and rooibos + vanilla + nuts sounded too good to pass up! The cup was surprisingly mild. I didn’t taste necessarily a creamy dessert tea, but it was a nice woodsy, slightly sweet cup. Thank you Brandy!

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66
drank Tiramisu Treviso by Teavana
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I’m starting to think that maybe tiramisu teas and I will never fit. I adore the real thing, but so far the teas I’ve had have been misses. This tea was somewhat uneventful. I didn’t taste anything I could put my finger on. It was more of, “there’s sweetness there, a little bitterness here”. It was a decent cup as I drank 3/4 of it, but I suppose nothing jumped out at me and made this one truly tiramisu in a cup. I’m very glad that I was able to sip this one, though! It had been one of my top Teavana teas to try! Thank you Brandy for this sample.

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83

I am increasing the rating on this one. I can’t seem to make up my
mind about this blend! Tonight it just tastes delicious! Coconut with a hint of cheesecake. A delightful pre-bed cup to have.

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65

This tea has a fantastic banana flavor. I would like for my other banana teas to taste like this! The thing that bothers me, though, is the black tea doesn’t taste very “fresh” or of good quality. The base really brings down the cup of tea.. making it just okay. Thank you to JoeCool for sharing!

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83

This is very yummy! The scent, when steeping, is almost like a cake. I LOVE teas that smell and taste like cake.. and this is the first one that gives off that scent. Sipping: I really am liking the almond and coconut flavor combination. I can’t say that I can separate and identify which is which, but they’re delicious together. I’m tempted to see what milk would do to this.. if any addition would make it more rich. At this moment, though, I don’t think I can spoil a good cup of tea like this. Thank you Brandy3392 for sharing!

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67

I had a cup of tea because it was quite cold out and I needed something warm to carry with me to class. I’d wanted to try this flavor from Republic of Tea and was happy that it was available at a local cafe. It had a great blueberry scent and a sweet blueberry taste. I also like that the black tea wasn’t too strong. It’s interesting, but as I’m tasting more and more of Republic of Tea’s fruity blends, they all seem to have the same flavor element. No matter if it’s a green or black.. and I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Anyway, this cup was smooth and pleasant to have in class.

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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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