769 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
769 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

After reading some of the reviews on this one I was a little afraid to try it, but I like cinnamon, and I like fig. I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a shot.

Not bad! Cinnamon is the main flavor, but it’s not a super intense cinnamon. It’s a softer, warmer spice, and it pairs well with the fig which is sweet and gives the tea some depth. The base tea didn’t have a lot to offer, but it didn’t detract from the flavors either.

Given that a couple of the people who participated in this tea box thought this tea tasted like a stinky shoe, I feel like I dodged a bullet. This isn’t a tea I would purchase for myself (although I’d love to find a good fig tea!), but I’d drink a cup if it were offered to me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Have you ever tried Fig Rose from Teavana? It’s one of my favorites!

Veronica

I haven’t. Thanks for the recommendation! I have to go to the mall this weekend, so I’ll see if my local store carries it.

Tea Sipper

Oh, I’d love to find a good fig tea too.

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87
drank Black Currant Tea by Cameron's
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Tea of the morning. Black currant is one of those flavors that I think I won’t enjoy, but then I try it and really like it. Then, after a few months, I think I don’t like it again. What’s up with that?

Anyway, I like this tea. It has a wonderful sweet/tart flavor, and I find it very comforting. We’re having a cold and rainy day here today, and being curled up with a mug of this tea and a good book sounds like heaven.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Jealous of the home with book aspect of your day!

Veronica

It was just wishful thinking. I spent my morning at the doctor’s office with my son. Poor kid has a sinus infection. :(

gmathis

:( indeed. Hope you can find some cozy time soon.

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82
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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From the Here’s hoping Traveling Tea Box

I like the mix of mango, vanilla, and chamomile in this tea. It’s juicy and really relaxing. I can see this being excellent as a cold brew, but it’s also nice as a warm before bed tea.

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drank Chocolate A-Peel by SerendipiTea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Nope. This tea is not for me. It has a strange sour note that I don’t enjoy at all. I’m not sure if it’s from the orange peel or the yogurt, but blah. I ended up dumping the last few sips because I just couldn’t drink anymore.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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66
drank Blueberry Limón by Handmade Tea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I was expecting blueberry lemon. I got smokey lemon. At first I thought the tea had been contaminated from sitting in the tea box, but after reading other reviews it looks like the Keemun base of this tea is over ridding most of the fruit flavors. After I accepted that there wasn’t going to be a lot of blueberry action going on in my cup I was able to enjoy this tea for what it was. I do wish I had a lemon to squeeze into my cup, but I settled for a bit of sugar instead.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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First, thank you to the kind folks at Just Organic Tea for the amazingly generous set of samples they sent. I’m looking forward to trying them all!

Just Outstanding Orange Spice was the sample I originally requested, so it is the one I chose to try first. The dry leaf smells amazing. It made my entire kitchen smell like Christmas, all cinnamon and clove.

I steeped the tea according to the directions on the label (195 degrees for 3- 5 minutes). The liquid was pale amber, and the smell was still full of spice, but it wasn’t as strong as the dry leaf. The taste, not surprisingly, was also spice. The dominate spice was cinnamon, but there was a fair amount of clove as well. I could not pick up any orange flavor which was kind of disappointing. I will say that the base tea is really, really good and has a presence even with the strong spices. It is smooth with no bitterness or astringency. There is also a forest floor note that I really liked.

If I were in the mood for an orange tea I’d have to look elsewhere, but if I were in the mood for a cinnamon or spice tea I would happily take a cup of this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Tea of the morning. I woke up an hour before my alarm was set to go off, and my mind began whirling with all of the things I need/want to get accomplished this week. Oy. Since it was obvious I wasn’t going back to sleep, and because my cat noticed I was awake and began meowing incessantly, I decided to get out of bed and enjoy some Tiger Assam.

Love the depth of this tea. It’s so full of malt and rich raisin-y sweetness. If I have to be awake before my alarm orders me out of bed then this is the tea I want in my cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Hesper June

My cat sits on my chest and licks my nose, and then when I finally open my eyes, she starts running in between the food cupboard and the bed with a look that says “Oh well, since you are awake, you might as well feed me”
Cats… :)

Tea Sipper

Your noisy cat must have inspired you to have some Tiger Assam. :D

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Oh goodness! I adore this tea. The dry leaves look like soft little pillows. Adorable. The infused tea is delicious. The taste is very slightly like steamed veggies. There is also a salty buttery note and a fruity finish. I feel like I am explaining this tea so poorly because the description sounds weird, but the taste is amazing. I’ve never tasted anything like it before, but I am loving it. It also resteeps incredibly well. With the second steep there was more fruit. With the third and fourth steeps there was a nice mix of salted butter and fruit. Good stuff!

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for the chance to sample this tea. Between this tea and the Dragonwell you have made a green tea lover out of me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Stephanie

Sounds good! :D

Cheri

This does sound yummy.

Hesper June

Soft little pillows? Cute!

ifjuly

i love bi luo chun, yum!

Veronica

It is a great tea. My next order with Teavivre is going to be huge!

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86
drank Green Passion Tea by Cameron's
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Another yummy passion fruit tea! I enjoyed the green tea base of this one. The clean grassy notes complimented the passion fruit flavor nicely. I’d love to try this one iced, but making iced tea takes a lot of leaf, and I want other people to have the chance to enjoy this little gem. It’s a good one!

This one will be added to my shopping list.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tea Sipper

Oh just take it out of the teabox. :D Sorry about all these comments.. I like reading tasting notes as the teabox moves along!

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90
drank Spring Tea by RiverTea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I have read such wonderful things about River Tea that I was excited to try one of their offerings. If their other teas meet the high quality of this one then I’m not surprised that so many people on Steepster enjoy them!

This is a beautiful oolong. There is so much fresh, juicy raspberry flavor. There is also the buttery flavor of the oolong. The combination is outstanding. I resteeped my leaves twice, and the balance of flavor remained the same for each cup. It’s well named, too. This really does taste like spring in a cup.

Edit: My 500th tasting note! Yay!

Cavocorax

Congrats! :D

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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