299 Tasting Notes


So I’ve now tried all of them and only really liked the Blueberry Merlot, all others were “okay” except the Kiwi Lime Ginger which is like drinking Vicks Vapor Rub.

As to the sampler set itself, I liked the easiness of the single-cup pouches. Though, I would ordinarily like two of such size as, unless I get a strong first impression, it takes me a couple cups to tell if I like a tisane. So, since they are single-serve only, my reviews of each are first impression and not fully rounded reviews.

All in all, I’m glad to have had the sampler and to have tried the variety; but only one drink stood out as one I’d buy more of.

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The dry and steeped tisane smells more like something you’d rub on you than drink.

The taste isn’t far off, either. Not horrible though, but quite strange. I can’t taste any of the fruit in this, just moderated Vicks.

The ginger makes my stomach warm/burn as though I’d swallowed Vicks, too. Not in a good way.

It’s not so bad as to want to spit out, but I probably won’t finish the cup and definitely won’t be buying it.

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drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
299 tasting notes

The name “Cherry Cosmo” described the scent of this right… it smelled of red cherries, alcohol and something else I couldn’t place.

The steeped tea is lighter in scent and you can get a hint of the raspberry and what I assume is the hibiscus others have mentioned since I don’t know/recognize that flavor/scent on its own.

The flavor isn’t very mouth-filling… it’s rather watery. It brings to mind cherry Sucrets. It’s also lightly tart. The taste that I’m learning is Hibiscus is rather strong as it cools.

It’s not bad by any means, but not delivering on its name nor that great in general. I’d not bother buying it.

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Now that I got the safety go-ahead from 52teas, I’m trying this drink.

The scent is very much the name. Dry and steeped it smells like a sweet cinnamon roll.

I’m not sure about the taste. It’s nice tasting, but I’m unsure about the flavor itself; not sure how to describe it.. hmmmm…

It doesn’t have the sweetness the scent does. There’s no real sweetness to the flavor at all.

It has a bready taste mostly around the back of the tongue, but without the yeasty side of bread, if you can imagine that… it’s medium-dark and does have a hint of cinnamon to it.

I’d say it fits its name as is very pleasant, but not a buyer for me. I can see how others would really like this, so will rate it well based on quality because it delivers what it advertises!

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The steeped scent is mostly spearmint. I can’t really pick up anything else. But it’s pleasant so far.

On first sipping, I’m getting much more mojito than marmalade. There’s no noticeable citrus or sweetness, just a pleasant spearmint flavor.

I was thinking that as it cooled more of the other flavors would come out to balance it, but so far no. I would just rate this as a decent spearmint tea.

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So far I’ve had the Apricot Amaretto and the Blueberry Merlot.

I wasn’t huge on the Apricot, but am quite impressed with the Blueberry; it makes me look forward to the other samples.

I’ll be adjusting my rating of this as I try more of them.

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The steeped scent is very yummy. Blueberry berriness with a strong kick of the sage. It mixes strangely but well.

It’s so far been my experience with most flavored teas and tisanes that, at best, the scent is wonderful but the taste is quite lacking. Not with this.

The flavor is strong and not watery. The blueberry is strong on the tip of the tongue and up around the top of the back of the mouth. The sage is strong but not overwhelming, giving the tea a very tasty zippiness. Each sip fills the mouth pleasantly, leaving nothing of the lacking feeling I get from all but two tisanes I’ve had.

I’d buy more of it.

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Am glad I came to this page before I drank any. This doesn’t appear vegan safe and there was less info about ingredients on the package than there is here.

Southern Boy Teas

Hi. I’m not sure what you’re referring to as far as there being more information here than on the label. I assure you, this tea is 100% vegan. All of the ingredients are properly listed on the label as required by law.

Southern Boy Teas

I think I see what you might be referring to. The same information is actually on our website, but when I say, “the essences of butter, brown sugar and cream cheese frosting” I am refering to natural flavors with are actually 100% vegan. I know it sounds strange to have a natural butter flavor that is vegan, but I assure you, it is.

Rumpus Parable

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it!

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Cold-brewed this.

NOT a good idea. It’s, frankly, nasty. The vanilla takes on a huge, overwhelming, and sickening flavor.

Iced 8 min or more

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The scent of this steeped brings to mind camp or woodstove fires and a faint sweetness.

The taste is almost shocking, it is so full. This is a much bigger flavor than I’ve gotten from other whites… they seem to usually be delicate, subtle and light. Not this. It’s flavor is almost the of a flavored tea or the strength (but not flavor) of a black tea. It’s very intense for a white.

It’s earthy, very earthy, and as for the “jam” reference it’s not a flavor in this tea… it’s more the description of its mouthfeel; it’s thick and almost chewy. The earthy taste surrounds the tongue and settles on the back of it, before slipping lightly under the front of it. This also has a lot of vegetal flavor around the middle of the tongue. The finish is fairly long and puts the burnt/woodfire touch to the middle of the tongue after a moment.

A very robust tea. Again, it’s surprising for a white. Very, very good.

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Doug F

Thanks for this review. I have been unable to connect to white teas because of that subtlety you mention, but I know they are highly prized by many tea drinkers. this selection seems like one that I should try!

Rumpus Parable

I’d definitely suggest it!

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Note to those who read my reviews:

I only about a year ago learned I have synesthesia and that is why I’ve always wrote my reviews primarily in colors. Clearly, if you’ve read any recently, that’s still how I write most of the time as that’s still how I best describe flavors. Today I realized that may be worth putting out there for folks who come across my reviews.
Moving on:

Unless otherwise noted, I use 2.25g of tea to 6oz of water for my tastings.

Geeky, vegan, dominant, serious, non-gendered, childfree, eclectic, alternatively-styled, friendly and open-minded are good descriptors of me, I think. Also: extremely introverted, but not at all shy.

I grew up on bag teas, mainly Lipton, at my father’s and great-grandmother’s homes. I loved getting up before everyone else and sitting with a hot cup and reading or watching some quiet tv in the morning.

I didn’t bother much with tea for the years of my teenhood because of no longer seeing either of these people and my mother’s house wasn’t one for tea… more coffee drinkers, instead.

During my adulthood I started drinking it again, but still mostly bag teas like Lipton, Tetley, and some herbal mixes. I enjoyed these but went no further…

…until I was at a restaurant one night and ordered a Darjeeling tea to give it a try.

I fell back in love with tea and have since been trying all sorts of loose leaf and some bag teas.

I’m currently delving mainly into white teas, but my tastes wander.

Not sure what else to say here… if you like my notes or are interested in chatting about something, do feel free to send a note. I love meeting new folks, especially since we share at least one interest, being on this site and all.





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