595 Tasting Notes


Catalogue sample of unknown age. Tastes like it could be half decent if not for the artificial sweetener. I HATE stevia. That’s where the sweet comes from in the title. It sort of overshadows the vague green tea and vaguely tropical flavour. NOT recommended.

Flavors: Artificial

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Yuck. Why can’t they let people sweeten the tea themselves? Stevia is nasty. It’s a sugar alcohol that passes through your system, which is why it has “zero” calories. Things like that kinda give me the heebie jeebies. All-natural or bust, especially in my tea! D:

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Compared to the regular Throat Coat tea from this company, this tastes like it has significantly less liquorice in it. Therefore, I like it better. Throat is still scratchy so time for some soup.


feel better!


I haven’t tried any of the throat coat teas….and less licorice is definitely an improvement on anything.

Feel better!!!!

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I really need to drink this down because it’s so very old but I have a thing against throwing out tea so here we go. I think I put in a bit more matcha this time than usual. Hard to say since I never wrote down how much in previous notes. I know that I did forget to sweeten it before the first steep because it was not at all sweet when I took my first sip. Luckily and surprisingly, it was not bitter and face-making but instead just bland. I should have then put a bit of granulated sugar in my cup instead of rock sugar because getting sugar to dissolve in matcha lattes is really difficult, I’ve found. Alas, I did not and so I wait and stir.

And now it tastes much better, though the distinct cookies and cream flavour is all but gone by now, which is about what I expected. I need to drink down all of my opened matcha, actually. The only one that still tastes like it should is the matchaccino.

For future self reference, used almost 1 tsp of matcha to a few ounces of water and most of a half-pint of milk.

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This came in one of the free catalogues, quite a while ago. I don’t remember which month it was but seeing as the most recent other review is 10 months ago, I thought I should drink it before the coconut goes bad like that tea I had yesterday.

I don’t remember much of this tea because I was in the middle of troubleshooting connectivity issues on this computer for an hour and a half while drinking it but it was toasty and sweet and just nice. Good tea. Can’t comment on the caffeine thing since I’m caffeine insensitive.


coconut is good…hiCAF is kinda scary!


it said it was 140 mg (and I think the extra caffeine came from the powdered green tea ingredient) so it was like maybe a cup and a half of coffee? I think? I really don’t feel caffeine at all so I generally don’t pay much attention to what it is in.

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Apparently I wrote a review on this tea before, but it’s from more than 2 years ago. I did manage to look at it and use the knowledge gained to make the tea today since my throat is still tickley. Thus, I did not use honey in it, but rather just plain sugar. I can put honey in something else later if it’s still bothering me, or drink some more of the yucky tea.

This tea is good but relatively bland. I don’t know if there is anything actually in this tea that is supposed to help the throat or if it was just a snazzy name. (By the by, the name on my package is actually Soothing Chamomile Rosehip Throat Tea but it’s the same tea according to the ingredients I just think NTL likes to rename their teas sometimes).

It doesn’t taste bad per se, it’s just chamomile tea with a few other herbal ingredients thrown in. Chamomile is the dominant flavour.

But at least it’s good for hydration, right? I made a pot of it and put some in my giant cat mug and left some for one of my coworkers if she chooses to drink it. If not, herbal tea is usually fine in the microwave.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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This is why I should read my own reviews before making and drinking tea. Apparently I disliked this tea the first time and I don’t like it any better the second time. Blech.

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I reaaaaallly don’t like the flavour of this tea. It’s gross. However, that is NOT the point of drinking it. I’m currently drinking it steeped as directed for 15 minutes with 2 spoonfuls of honey and 2 tea bags in my large special order cat mug (I had it done with a black cat with yellow eyes on it. Currently all 3 of my pure black cats look like that so I can’t choose which one it is.)(I have another one with a white cat with blue eyes that is Sinatra. My other white cat Groucho (RIP) had one blue eye and one yellow one.)

SO yes. Disgusting. Have to say though, it does feel good on the throat. It’s stil a bit tickly but I’m not done with the mug yet and I can feel the ‘good slimy’ covering my throat in the back. Just needs to be a bit of a thicker layer and a bit more soothing. I have a stupid tickle in my throat that I think I picked up either from the cold air while walking or from gas fumes. Or possibly from the smokers outside that I had to walk past this morning. Cigarette smoke always makes me cough but usually I’m not still coughing 5 hours later.

I’m not even sick, so I can taste all of this and it is like being punched in the face by a giant animated liquorice stick. But like I said, that’s not the point.

Flavors: Licorice

Boiling 8 min or more

Oof, you’re strong, managing to drink something that licoricey on purpose!


I will not lie, it was extremely unpleasant, but the throat tickle was worse. I was really tired of coughing.


I’ve been sucking on “warm apple pie” cough drops with pectin. They are… well, they mostly work. (I don’t do mint, so my options are limited!)

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I believe this one was sent to me by Roswell Strange quite a while ago, back when I was in the tea chat all the time. I can’t do that anymore because of work restrictions unfortunately.

Smelling the dry blend, it smells sort of like sugary maple syrup. That’s not quite right, but I can’t think of anything closer. I’m currently waiting for my water to get to an appropriate temperature (aka, not boiling) in my water heater. It’s being a bit stodgy today.

Waiting for the tea to cool off a bit, it smells lovely. Moreso than the coconut tea I just drank that had gone off.

I accidentally put some milk in this tea, forgetting it was white tea, but thankfully it doesn’t completely ruin it. The tea now tastes quite sweet and very creamy and smooth. There’s the tiniest tingle on the tip of my tongue that tells me that I’m glad I drank this now rather than waiting and having it go off on me, which would be a shame for a tea that was gifted to me.

Flavors: Coconut, Maple Syrup, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML


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Ah, I was gone from you for too long, delicious coconut white tea. I made a pot this morning and it’s got the faintest ’I’ve gone off’ taste to the coconut. I’ll finish the cup I have, but the rest of the pot, and the rest of the dry bag, are getting disposed of soon. Sad, because I love this tea and if I remember correctly, the maker of it is no longer in business.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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There was a lot more spice than I was expecting since they weren’t in the ingredients as anything other than ‘natural flavours’. So I won’t be rating this because it will be biased due to the fact that I don’t like the spices traditionally used in pumpkin pie. Because this is pumpkin pie cheesecake, not just pumpkin cheesecake.

Tastes almost exactly what I would expect an iced tea flavoured as pumpkin cheesecake would taste. If that is to your liking, this is a tea for you.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.


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