172 Tasting Notes

84
drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
172 tasting notes

I gave this one a go this morning.. Thanks MissB for sharing this with me!

I do think I am still coming around to greens, so long as they are flavored and balanced well.. and this one certainly works.

I have found that I really enjoy coconut in tea and this one is mostly that.. ! Dry leaf smells great. Steeped and while very hot it comes through as mostly a green tea, but as it cools to warm and drinkable, the coconut shows itself.

I added a touch of my normal raw sugar to help bring out the coconut sweetness. I found that they do make an oolong version which might be nice to try sometime, but I’m not real familiar with those yet.

Flavors: Coconut

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84
drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
172 tasting notes

Thanks Eva for sneaking this in as an extra when you sent me another sample!

I wanted something with a black base this morning, and don’t often reach for fruit teas, but this one looked good this morning.. and the smell of the dry leaf put it in my cup.

Dry it smells sweet and faintly of cinnamon and apple. Steeped the flavors come out.. sweet cinnamon and apple (I did add my normal touch of raw sugar after tasting it-could’ve managed w/o, but so much more dessert-like with). Reminds me of apple crisp or an apple dumpling without the crust or crumbles. I would have thought I would have preferred to have the pastry flavor, but in this blend I enjoy that they left that out and let the other flavors come through.. it feels like a cleaner blend without one more flavor competing. I don’t really taste the black base, but I’m ok with that here. I’m more familiar with blacks than other bases, so maybe it just blends well and I don’t recognize it as standing out.

This is the first I’ve heard of Silk Road, and I might have to take a look at their website soon and see what all they offer … maybe I’ll grab a bit of this for my birthday in enjoy March. It will still be cool enough here to enjoy this hot then.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

Yikes.. just looked at their website. Shipping will cost me on this one.. might have to find another one similar :)

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Thanks Eva for offering to send me a sample of this …
I have put off tasting it for a bit because most of my orders have been Della Terra so far and I’ve been afraid this would mean another one, I’d like to branch out a little, but their sales suck me right in. Eeks!

This one smells great dry. Sweet & cinnamon… Yum! I was skeptical at other reviews that this could actually taste much like an oatmeal cookie. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I get sweet cinnamon on each sip with a buttery cookie aftertaste.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

Re-steeped well, but a little weaker. To be expected for a flavored tea.

EvaGrimm

You added sugar and cream right?? ;)

Suziqzer

I added sugar for this cup… after a preliminary sip of course ;)
I did a small cup so I have enough for one more… which will be with cream and sugar for sure.

I found there were some extra bits in the bottom of my cup when I finished that were different than I’ve experienced with any other tea. After looking at the ingredients it must have been oatmeal that made it through my infuser basket.. reminded me of the bits in the bottom of a glass of milk when you’ve dunked a few too many oatmeal cookies.

EvaGrimm

Haha, it’s so much better with it! Hmm… now that you mention it, I want to make a cup to see if mine does the same. Plus now I’m craving cookies.

Suziqzer

Lol.. cookies with cookie flavored tea!
If you made it with milk/cream you might not have noticed the extra stuff in the bottom of your cup… although I found I had to dump it out, and often I’m able to drink it. It tasted good enough that it didn’t bother me though.

Lol.. cookies with cookie flavored tea!
If you made it with milk/cream you might not have noticed the extra stuff in the bottom of your cup… although I found I had to dump it out, and often I’m able to drink it. It tasted good enough that it didn’t bother me though.I have made a few bath teas, one with ground oats, and it reminded me of the wet oats in my tea bag when it’s been used.

EvaGrimm

Ahh, that’s why (I made it with cream). It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised!

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87
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
172 tasting notes

I’ve been curious about this tea for awhile since I’ve seen several tasting notes on it. Thanks TeaTiff for sending a generous sample my way.

This is a nice black tea base with some fruity flavors (no distinct flavor stands out to me)and vanilla. I don’t know if it is the name of this blend that inspires me, but I can imagine drinking this tea in a fancy tea shop with little sandwiches & pastries.

I don’t think I would drink this every day. Maybe on memorable occasions or when I feel the need for something special. I may change my mind though .. :)

Flavors: Vanilla

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I gave this one a try yesterday evening before we had to leave for dinner plans. I often don’t try something new when I know I won’t have a lot of time to linger and enjoy something new and to really take the time to evaluate it. This one came from the generous MissB and was calling my name to try it.

This is a nice cup of creamy cinnamon. Not too strong, but not to subtle… I love me some cinnamon and I was tempted to stir a little sugar in with a cinnamon stick to just add a little more to the cinnamon, but I didn’t have time to dig one out of the cabinet… I did add just a touch of raw sugar to help bring out the creamy icing flavor that I think was there, but could be brought out a bit more. Maybe I’ll add a splash of milk next time to try and bring out the icing flavor a bit more.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream

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80
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
172 tasting notes

Gave this one a try this afternoon… Thanks MissB! Going to try a resteep & see if it holds up to it for another cup.

Dry leaf smells nutty, buttery.

Steeped I get white tea with toffee & maybe a hint of cream. I think the white base here is nice because it doesn’t overpower the toffee flavor.

Generally I prefer black, white, green teas in that order (not counting herbal/rooibos).. I think my taste buds may be coming around more to whites and greens as I’ve had more of them (flavored ones primarily so far though). Having grown up on mostly black teas, I guess I can understand the reason there. I’m glad they are becoming more welcome to my pallet so that I can enjoy more variety :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I tried this one last evening. Thanks MissB for sharing this one with me.

Smelled of really yummy chocolate in dry leaf form. Steeped it was rich and deep flavors, but I didn’t really get chocolate.

I drank most of the cup and will try this one again with different steeping perameters and see if that makes a difference for me… was so looking for the chocolate that I smelled.

I will hold off on rating this until I give it another go.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
172 tasting notes

MMmmmm… Love the smell of this tea dry. Sweet, nutty, dessert-like.

Steeped it smells a little more green tea-like at first, as it cools, some of that dissipates (which is good for me since green isn’t my fav but if the other flavors play nice and it’s not too vegetal/or green tasting, I can do it) and I get creamy, nutty goodness . The green tea is still there, mostly in the aftertaste, but letting the flavors shine in this one. After a few sips, I did treat myself to a touch of raw sugar in the cup to make it a bit sweet .. much better. :)

This doesn’t taste like eggnog to me, but is sweet and creamy in the eggnog style with a nice mouth feel and a touch of praline nuttiness (which comes out even more as it cools). I’m tempted to try a bit of cream in the next cup to see if it is even creamier.

I could certainly go for this one when I’m looking for a creamy lightly caffeinated cup.

If someone offered me a green tea.. I would love to find out that it was this one out of the selections I’ve tried so far! I’m finding that a flavored green done well, I can like :)

Thanks MissB for sharing this one with me!

Flavors: Cream, Nuts

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Dry leaf this smells amazing! Mint and chocolate for sure!

1 Tbs looks like a lot of leaf for my cup but going for the gusto with the recommended amount.

Steeped the smell of mint decreases and the black base comes through. While it was still very hot all I get in tasting is the rich black base.

As it begins to cool the mint comes through nicely at the end of a sip (a little pinch of sugar helped a bit), and while the black base is still present, it comes through as a deep richness in this blend, almost like espresso like suggested with none of the bitterness, … not overpowering, but very present throughout each sip. I can imagine a bit of chocolate, though not real prominent, & I feel like I’m getting it from the black tea base.

To me this is a hearty, rich black tea good for a morning when you need a “wake me up, get me going kind of tea”. The base is great and the mint is a pick me up. I love how the minty freshness lingers in my mouth for a bit after each sip.

The second steep is much like the first, maybe a little less mint. This time I used just a splash of milk to see if it added anything. .. no real change noted from the milk except maybe a little thicker texture.

I think this is a nice blend for when I would want something rich and black without too much added flavor, & a bit of mint refreshment.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
172 tasting notes

Tried this one awhile back and just now getting a note down.

I find myself comparing this with Della Terra’s White Chocolate Coconut Cream. Probably because both are coconut & chocolate predominately.

Dry, this tea smells lightly of sweet coconut. I find the chocolate a little less present in this than the Della version. It’s funny to me that the chocolate in the Della version is supposed to be white but I find it much like the chocolate present in this tea. The coconut comes through more and more as this blend cools and at the end of each sip. I find this tea a little richer in flavor, but not necessarily better than Della as I’m getting something I don’t recognize.. could be the chamomile since I’ve not had many teas with it yet.

I think I’m intrigued by Della’s version because it’s got black, white and green teas (which I imagined I could pick out)for a base, as this one is black and white. Although I do like the large pieces of coconut in this blend.

The jury is still out on which I prefer of these two blends. I might have to do a side by side comparison.

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37 yr old wife and mother who left her day job to take care of our son. Now running a property management business with my hubby.

I grew up on Lipton -hot w/milk & sugar, Lipton iced w/fresh spearmint and sugar, and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime … Don’t criticize.

I came across Good Earth Original Sweet and Spicy out of chance and it spurred my interested in trying new teas because it was a flavor I had never had before in a tea. I’m now new to the world of loose leaf teas and looking forward to learning what I like as I journey through some new flavors. Hubby has always enjoyed the occasional cup when we’ve been out and about at restaurants.. now we will find out what good teas are really all about! On with the adventures!

Still relatively new to loose leaf, but I’m learning… Coconut, cinnamon, chai, chocolate, mint, & pineapple are just a few of the flavors I enjoy. I have found that I can do green teas so long as there are other flavors as well and it isn’t the primary flavor. I have only found 1 rooibos blend that was too woodsy for me, most of the time the base is hidden or blends well enough w/flavored versions for my liking. I’m beginning to enjoy fruit teas more and more. I occasionally like a straight black tea.

Hubby likes milder flavors, any base, berry flavors, sweet aromas, sometimes tart, and or floral, and chocolate to my surprise! Almost the opposite of me.. go figure!

My 8 year old just took interest and loves root beer.. so far Butterbeer is a hit, but we haven’t tried any root beer or cola teas yet.. soon thanks to the Marvelous MissB for sending some samples. He enjoyed Winter Nog (Della Terra) recently, but turned away something else I gave him.. darn if I can’t remember now what it was!

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