556 Tasting Notes

74

Well, it seems I’m catching a cold, right on the tail end of my flu experience. Joy!

I added some (local, organic, unprocessed) honey like the box suggests and it’s REALLY sweet (and I didn’t even add that much honey either). Good thing I like sweet and this is almost even too sweet for me.

I don’t like this tea much for taste because of my feelings on licorice but I’ll brave it due to my scratchy throat. It’s better now than it was this morning, but it’s still very uncomfortable.

I really need to get more sleep, although I doubt I’ll get it because I need to clean the house before the catsitters arrive on Friday and leave for the airport at 4:30am on Friday morning. So much fun.

Preparation
Boiling

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95

I am having a terrible day and I just needed something nice and easy that I knew I would like. This just hit the spot.

Kittenna

:( I hope it improved for you!

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88
drank Copper Knot Hongcha by Teavana
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This is one of my favourite teas so I’m not sure what happened, but it’s exceptionally bitter today. Had to sugar the crap out of it to make it drinkable without making faces. Unfortunate.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Well, gotta hand it to Frank, this does indeed taste like rootbeer. I can’t differentiate the butter so much because it’s been forever and a day since I’ve had an actual rootbeer but this brings back memories.

I don’t dislike it exactly. I can see myself drinking more of it. If I were constrained by my choices of tea. I’m not sure I like this enough to drink my whole pack up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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Well, it’s a black tea base, so that’s something. Peppermint and black tea is a pretty common mixture and the marshmallow root adds some creaminess so it’s a good tea, but I’m not finding anything really special about it. Drinkable but not very memorable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
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So I won’t be rating this because it will artificially bring down the overall rating because I really shouldn’t be drinking this in the first place. But I did because I’m a bit OCD like that and I’ve got a 52teas montly subscription for a year and I’m going to drink at least one cup of all of them dammit. But I really shouldn’t be rating this because I KNEW I wouldn’t like it. I don’t like a single ingredient in it.

It’s actually not as horrible as I thought it would be. The cinnamon is an unpleasant tingle and the cayenne I hate so much. But I actually think I don’t mind the green tea so much, it doesn’t have the weirdness of flavour that puts me off all of the ones I’ve tried so far. Maybe I’ve just been drinking low quality ones? Mostly in restaurants.

So hey Alphakitty, you want this?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

Drinking this some more this morning. Not quite sure what I did to it this time, but it’s moderately astringent and I am just not in the mood for that today.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Finally got around to opening up my package from 52teas and I picked this tea to be my first try. I do love chocolate and I’m still trying to find my perfect chocolate tea. It feels so nice in my hands as I wait for it to cool down enough to drink.

This has finally cooled down to a drinkable temperature. Now I fully admit that I doctored this with some skim milk and sugar, but it tastes amazing. The chocolate is fully present in this and the black base is mildly in the background being a good supporting cast. This tea is really good. Not as thick as a real hot chocolate would be but the flavour is all there. Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

So I will say that the tea was reheated in the microwave after I made it due to the fact that I didn’t want to get up and make a cup of it from the pot after the timer went off (It didn’t oversteep, just cooled off) because of the cat in my lap. This particular kitty of mine has cancer so I try to indulge her whenever she lets me so I figured that my tea could wait a while.

On to the tea. It’s definitely a lemon tea, I can clearly taste the lemon in it, especially on the aftertaste. I’m not sure, but I don’t think I prefer it over using an actual lemon though, but if an actual lemon is not available this is an acceptable substitute. I think I might give it to my mother for the makings of iced tea. She likes her iced tea to be plain black, unsweetened, with lemon and it seems that this would be perfect for that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

:( Your poor kitty.

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90

Not sure why there isn’t an entry for this until now. Maybe no one else but me is sick?

This tea has a lot going on and I can clearly taste most of the ingredients, especially the fennel and thyme. It looks like a medicinal blend and tastes like one too, but it isn’t a bad tasting blend in the least. I can’t vouch for its efficacy, but I’d really like my runny nose to go away since I’m suffering from the tail end of my bout of the flu.

The rating of this reflects its comparison to other medicinal blends. Not the taste on a standard scale comparing all teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Della Terra Teas

The fennel does come through, as does the thyme. Did you add a bit of sweetener to it?

Starfevre

Hi, thanks for responding! Yes, I did add a bit of sweetener to it. I tend to for most teas since I find it brings out flavours better for me.

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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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