10 Tasting Notes

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In the cup: Warm, woody, almost sandalwood like smell.
Tasting: The aniseed, licorice root, and what I think may be chicory (I’ve never had it alone, only read descriptions of the taste!) are the most prominent. After, some of the rooibos comes through, and the finish almost tastes like a minty, almondy flavor which is not nearly as unpleasant as it may sound!

I avoid Pu erh teas like the plague, normally, but given my great many gastro problems, I wanted to give this a shot. I’m very glad I did! It may taste a little strange, but it does manage to calm down my stomach and angry insides on terrible days, and while the flavor is a little more savory and woody than I’m used to, it isn’t unpleasant. Just takes some getting used to.

TL;DR: Warm, woody, reminds me of tea infused with irish whiskey.

Flavors: Anise, Orange Zest, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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In the bag: Wine and strawberry jam? Odd.

In the cup: Cinnamon raisin bread with a hint of apple.

Taste: A nice, sweet red apple taste with just a hint of raisin and cinnamon. The almond is just barely perceptible in the background. I don’t taste the chicory, but I’m also not all that familiar with chicory flavor.

The tea isn’t bad by any means, there’s just not a lot of flavor pay off— I put way more tea in than I normally would and the taste is still weak. Not great, not terrible, just a little meh.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Mm. This stuff is fantastic— when I saw it wasn’t already on the site, I was amazed!

I picked this tea up on a whim on clearance, mostly because I’ve never been impressed with earl grey cream teas in the past and would never have paid full price for it. This has, of course, a classic earl grey flavor, smooth black tea and bergamot, nothing particularly special but not sharp or overly citrusy as some can be. Where this tea shines above other teas, especially Earl Grey creams I’ve had from other companies is the fact that it tastes like earl grey tea crossed with crème brûlée. It doesn’t have a chemical vanilla flavor like other earl grey creams do, instead it’s simple, sweet cream over a darker base and it marries wonderfully.

Do be warned, however, that this tea will turn bitter and lose all that wonderful stuff I described above and fast if over steeped.

I’ll definitely be purchasing this little gem again!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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34

This tea was all right. I hate saying that, it’s non committal and boring. However, so was this tea.

It was… sort of chocolatey. I don’t expect it to taste like fine milk chocolate, but it tasted like the dregs of dark chocolate mixed with harsh, black tea. Just brewed, it was bitter, and simply tasted ugly.

Upon the addition of milk, it was all right. With honey, it was drinkable and more pleasant, almost like some of the other chocolate teas I’ve had in the past.

I’m not about to throw out this tea because I hate to waste perfectly good tea when it can be made drinkable, but I really hate that it requires the addition of milk and honey. This is not a tea I would drink on its own or buy again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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96

This tea has a beautiful, milky aroma to it— not akin to cow’s milk, but maybe some sweet soy or almond milk. It also smells just a touch buttery and like golden caramel.

The taste is wonderful. I detest milk in tea, so I thought I wouldn’t particularly like this tea— was I ever wrong. It’s warm, and has wonderful milky light caramel and toasted rice notes over a satiny green tea flavor. It has just a touch of bitterness on the back of the tongue that balances everything out perfectly.

I love this tea, and would recommend it for anyone seeking out a light yet satisfying tea for a cold night. Just make sure you taste it before you add sweetener or milk— you may find you don’t need it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Happy Tummy by Allegro
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Being a lifetime sufferer of stomach problems, I’m always on the lookout for anything that will calm my insides.

Out of the package, this is pleasantly minty, but not unlike anything else I’ve previously had. Most stomach soothing teas load up on the peppermint, and as I result despite my love of peppermint flavor, I cannot drink straight peppermint tea anymore. I wasn’t expecting much from this one that I hadn’t had before.

Thankfully, this one surprised me.

It has peppermint, yes, but not the wet grass, low grade peppermint that I’m used to in bagged teas. The cinnamon and ginger lend the whole thing a pleasant warming feeling, and the peppermint lends a pleasant tingle to it all. It does taste a little plant-y, yes, but not in an unpleasant way.

Over all, it did calm this morning’s upset stomach, so it does what it says on the label without being overly sweet or tasting exactly like every other peppermint or ginger stomach calming tea on the market, instead finding a pleasant middle ground between the two that actually is soothing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea is, admittedly, growing on me. Mostly because I refuse to throw anything out, and will drink it unless it actually kills me.

This tea is sweet. Very sweet. Painfully sweet. Granted, I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate, but I wanted to give it a chance because I love peppermint and rooibos. It has a chemical peppermint flavor to it— just slightly off and coupled with artificial sweetener. The rooibos is lost underneath the peppermint, which is faint compared to the overwhelming oil sweet of the white chocolate.

Over all, it’s just not for me, but if you’re a white chocolate fan it could very well be your thing.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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One of my absolute favorite teas — As someone that often goes wandering about in graveyards, this tea is the next best thing when I need to clear my head.

Mint in the bag, with a touch of sugar. After brewing, though…

Damp stone, a touch of embalming fluid, wet grass and cool, cold mist off of a lake with a whiff of spearmint on the breeze. My only caution about this tea is sometimes, it will sweeten up too much on me if I get too much of the marshmallow root and let it steep too long, past five minutes.

Wonderful tea. I’m almost out, and I’ll be distraught when they stop making it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

The effectiveness of this tea against colds, I can’t confirm, but it certainly tastes better than any cold medicine I’ve ever had! In the bag, I smell peppermint, some cinnamon. I was wary of the long steeping time (medicinal teas and their tendency to turn bitter) but oh, it is so worth it in this case. Steep it a long time, you’ll get a beautiful dark amber tea with a reminiscent of peppermint sarsaparilla, sweet but not cloying. A wonderful way to shake off a cold evening by the fire.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank Truth Serum by Indie Tea
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In the can, I smell spearmint and chamomile.

Upon steeping, chamomile is still the strongest thing I taste, with darker notes of the spearmint and tiny bits of the apple with a sour, granny smith peel type taste. The longer it steeps, the more I can taste the apple,and the sweeter it becomes. However, once it passes the five minute mark (as I have steeped it in the past) it starts to turn bitter and have the “old sock” taste some people say Valerian has.

This is an excellent tea for calming the nerves, even if the taste isn’t exactly the most pleasant. It certainly is not unpleasant but it does taste slightly medicinal, mostly due to the slightly bitter aftertaste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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