296 Tasting Notes


The steeped tea smells a bit like wine, but a bit more like raisins.

The taste is black tea and a overlay of a wine-y taste. The tip of the tongue has a slight sweetness but most of the wine taste is in the back of the mouth. It’s not a strong wine taste, but not too weak.

Not a buy-again, but not bad.

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Tried this at twice as much tea and a minute longer steeping time. Still just a weak top-of-mouth sweetness and a little darkness in the back of the mouth. No “buttered rum” flavor, mostly just watery-tea taste.

This isn’t for me.

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have you tried it with a bit of milk and brown sugar? I’m a straight up tea girl myself, and I felt it was watery and blah when I first had it as well, until I put some cream/sugar in it. Wow. It really transformed this tea into something else, I think it must be meant as a creamy dessert tea. if you have any left or feel the need to try to again, i would give that a try! Even a bit of soy milk and agave would take it over the top I bet!

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The unbrewed tea smells sweet and of RUM. Strongly rum.

The steeped tea is pleasantly sweet in a vanilla way and a rum-sweet way.

The flavor shows no rum, it is somewhat watery with a buttery secondary taste… maybe a hint of rum in the nose but not really any flavor of it.

I’ll try this with more tea and longer steeping times.

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The dry tea smelled very fruity and yummy.

The steeped tea is more sedate, smelling mostly of blackberries with a hint of tartness.

The flavor is likewise and balances well with the green tea. Not overly sweet at all, just a taste of fresh berries and green tea. The cranberry isn’t so much tasted as sensed… you don’t get cranberry flavor, you just get a hint of its tartness or redness to hold together the rest of the tea.

Not a must-have for me, but a good solid fruity green. I might get more depending on the store price, as I think it would be good as a cold or sweet tea, but the sample is a one-serving amount and not enough for experimentation.

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This is one of the personal-designed teas from Design A Tea that I got a sample of.

The pre-steeped tea is cloyingly sweet smelling, so is the brewed.

The flavor only has the barest hints of amaretto and is otherwise ALL chestnut.

Which does taste great in quality. The black tea base fits nicely with it.

I’m rating this mid-to-high based on the chestnut flavoring, but not higher due to the lightness of amaretto and the scent, and because I personally didn’t think it was awesome, for my own taste preferences. For me, the chestnut is too strong.

But if you love earthy, rich, nutty teas, this is for you. As said, the chestnut is Strong in this one.

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I can never get over how lovely this tea smells when brewed. It’s a strong dark and smokey scent… just lovely and pleasing.

The taste, as I’ve said before, is quite smokey, too. Nothing about this tea overwhelms, it’s a delicious flavor that balances just right in your mouth.

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The tea is very festive looking, in the bag. Colorful and very candy-like in scent.

Steeped, it is a pinkish, orangish yellow and smells of apple and mostly the lemongrass, giving it a bit of a Pez scent… again, candy-like. As he just passed by, my husband commented that it “smells like strawberry shortcake -the doll, not the food”, so each his own lol.

The flavor is much less sweet than the smell. The apple and lemongrass flavors balance out pretty well. The apple is very mild and like dried apples without the sweetness, just plain apple without the sugar. The lemongrass taste comes from the back of the mouth and tongue. I can’t pick up any of the raspberry that is listen in the ingredients.

It’s a pleasant fruit tea, but nothing outstanding or gotta-have about it, to me. One I’ll use for trade and a rare cup… might try it cold-brewed and/or as iced tea and see how that goes… perhaps I’ll find more to it with some experimentation.

But anyways, a good tea that I’d recommend to fans of apple and lemongrass.

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This is my first (and last, most likely) chocolaty tea, so bear that in mind.

The smell of the unbrewed tea is of bitter chocolate and something artificial-scenty. It’s strong and, IMO, nasty.

The brewing scent is the same, I had to stand several feet from it while it steeped. I couldn’t stand to be close to it.

I’d read the ingredients and noted the chocolate contents before buying it, but since it was named Peach Truffle I thought, well, maybe all the ingredients together made that flavor somehow -because sometimes teas DO surprise you.


Once it cooled enough I sipped it. The flavor itself isn’t bad at all, but I can’t report on what it tastes like because I had to sip it while trying not to breathe so that I wouldn’t smell the horrid scent of it. I truly couldn’t stand to be near it and breathe in. I’ve struggled to take 3 sips and have now just wrote it off as “I don’t like it”, officially.

This would likely be a great tea for those who do like chocolaty scents and teas, so I’ll use it for tea swaps. But I won’t be tasting anymore myself.

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Am now trying this as iced tea, the last little bit of the sample I had.

I was right, it’s very good as an iced tea. On its own and would probably make great sweet-tea, but I’ve only this last bit to experiment with. I think I’ll be buying more for ice tea usage.

Added agave nectar to the last half of cup. Awesome.

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Second try.

This time I can already smell much more, so I’m sure this tasting will be more accurate than last.

The smell is very vegetal with a hint of sweetness. Not bold like black teas, subtle and sniffy lol. Maybe a little honey-toned.

Since the leaves are so long in this, I use about 1/8-1/4 cup of them to 12oz of tea. Sounds like a lot, but it’s not… it turns out to be about the same as 2 tsps of more broken teas, judging by how much space in my infuser they take up before and after brewing.

The flavor is very vegetal, it’s true. I think leeks may be accurate; with it’s subtle honey taste it reminds me a bit more of fresh cut grass or possibly wheat. Yes, that’s it: wheat. That’s what the sweet + green equals out to, for me.

I’m definitely liking this better this time around. But still not an all-time favorite… just makes me want to explore more white teas.

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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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