1442 Tasting Notes

drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
1442 tasting notes

This was nice and warming for my throat today. It’s been neglected by me, too, so I figured it was about time it took a turn. The cinnamon is a little milder than I remember, but I think that’s at least partly because I can’t taste much at the moment. I must remember to pull this one out more — it’s sad that it languishes at the back of my work shelf.

Flavors: Cinnamon

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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I’ve had a couple of cups of this one today, so it seems strange that I can’t quite define what I’ve tasted. Today was a fustrating day at work, so I guess I wasn’t really concentrating on what I was drinking that well. I’ll go with what I remember, though.

Mostly, this tasted like a gentle, vegetal green to me. Very light notes of asparagus, maybe? A little grassiness? I did find it very slightly astringent as it cooled, although I did check the water with a thermometer, so I’m not sure why that’s happening. A tad too much leaf, maybe? I’ll try and do better next time.

I enjoyed this as a refreshing green, but I can’t say it’s one that particularly stood out for me. Possibly I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to do it justice. One to reconsider, I think!

Flavors: Asparagus, Grass

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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This one has settled down since last time I drank it, which is a good thing. There was something chemically and odd about it before, but now I can actually taste cheesecake in the brewed tea. And chocolate. I’m not getting much in the way of peanut butter, though, or even nuttiness. The rooibos isn’t too prominent, so it scores points for that.

Ultimately, this isn’t quite the tea I’d hoped it was going to be. It would pass as a chocolate cheesecake tea now, and I have to say that the cream cheese note I’m picking up is really delicious and dead-on accurate. I just wish there was any kind of nuttiness here — that would really bring it home.

I’ve one cup’s worth left, so I’ll probably finish that off tonight. I’m glad I had the opportunity to try this, but it’s not one I’d pick up again based on this experience.

Flavors: Chocolate

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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I haven’t actually drank any of this in a long time, so I brought it out last night. Upon revisiting, I definitely prefer the black version. The rooibos is a little too prominent here, and I don’t get much in the way of strawberry. I’ve still got a lingering cold and sore throat, so I’m probably not tasting flavours as well as I usually do, but this seems fairly bland. On the other hand, the strawberry that is there tastes a lot more natural than the strawberry in the black version, which sometimes comes across quite strong and chemical in flavour. Still…I do prefer it on the whole, I think, though I’ve enjoyed being able to try both.

Today hasn’t been such a good day. I found mould in my room again, on the wooden slats under my bed. It was a problem I thought I’d solved when I moved from an old, damp house into this new one, so it made me sad to find the problem again. All of my tea is okay, which is good, but I lost a few bags and pairs of shoes I had stored under there. It made me clear stuff out, but I’d still rather not have the problem to start with sigh

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

Ugh. Sorry about the mold!


That really sucks to hear about the mold. I hope you are able to deal with it soon. It is definitely not a fun situation to be in.

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I know what it is about this one now. Hibiscus. I think my brain refused to believe it for a while. I mean, apple and cinnamon do not need hibiscus. So, yes, that’s why I spent ages puzzling at the taste. I only realised today when I left the bag in my cup at work and it eventually turned red. Then it clicked. At least that’s one mystery solved!

Boiling 8 min or more

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I wanted a strong, warming flavour last night, so I went for a cup of this. I like the balance of chili heat, spice, chocolate and tea here — it’s pretty perfect in my estimation. I’ve tried spicy chais that are far too hot, and some that are a bit on the tasteless side, but this one strikes a pleasant balance. I like the dark chocolate, too. It’s not actually a tea I turn to a lot when I’m feeling well, so that’s something I’ll have to rectify. I can taste this even with a cold, though, and the chili and spices are pleasantly warming for my throat. Just what I needed!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I have a cold. Again. Boo.

Anyway, finished off the last of this when I returned from hosting my nursing interviews this afternoon. It made me smile, which is more than anything else has done today. I’m going for strong flavours today, because I can’t taste anything else. Colds suck.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

Yes they do! Hope you feel better soon :-)


ugh bummer


Feel better soon!


boooo i hope this helped with your day and you’re feeling oodles better!

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I still love this one. I took it to work last week to try and finish it off, because it gets a bit neglected in my stash at home. The smell of this one dry never fails to cheer me up — it’s spot on gingerbread biscuit, fresh from the oven. It’s also one of the few rooibos teas where I think the base actually helps and enhances the flavour, rather than just being a carrier. This one tastes pretty much as it smells, and it’s a really great winter tea. I’ve been drinking it more than I’ve logged it here, and it’s one I’d definitely look to buy again next autumn/winter. It’s too delicious to pass up! Good with soy milk, too.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This has been neglected on my shelf at work for a long time, so I pulled the bag out on friday and gave it another try. I like this one with soy milk — it adds a nice creaminess, and tones down the cardamom enough so that I can actually taste the apple. Without any additions, I find it much too overpowering. Milk and sugar are the way to go here. I do like a nice apple tea, so this is one I’ll have to try not to forget about so much in future.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Glad to hear that tip about adding milk, since I ordered this one a few days ago. :)

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Sipdown! Enjoyed two cups of this on friday, and then packaged the last up to send out in a swap. This is definitely my favourite of the teas I tried in my first Simpson and Vail order. It’s the only one that’s kept its flavour, at any rate. The rest just taste of paper now. I should have re-packaged them when they arrived, but I didn’t realise they’d deteriorate so rapidly. Still, lesson learned!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 27, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s ny latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

In addition to Steepster, I also write for the SororiTea Sisters. My reviews there will typically be posted here also, although typically in a shorter format. Any teas I’m sent specifically for review will only appear in full on the SororiTea Sisters website, with only a short introduction and link to my review here.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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