249 Tasting Notes

75

This reminded me so much of chai. It was yummy, but to me did not really embody the “cake” aspect of things. I imagine a little sweetener might solve that. I didn’t expect the green tea to play nearly as well with the flavors as it did, this is normally a flavor I would expect in a black tea, or maybe a nutty oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I normally don’t like chocolate teas because they have this sort of “wisp” of chocolate that makes me just wish it were the real thing. But the base tea is very rich and nutty and gives the chocolate a little thickness that makes it not taste watery at all. The jasmine is very present as well, and it all works together. I really really enjoyed this.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

This is super duper floral, and very pretty to look at. I enjoy it, but I am not sure I like florals paired with a puerh base. To me it sort of muddied up the floral, which possibly cuts down on it being too perfumey…but I would have preferred a bit less muddle. But I love lavender.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

This smells just like pumpkin pie spice when it is dry – which to me is good. I dislike pumpkin pie immensely, but enjoy spicy chai and such. The flavor isn’t super pumpkin-y, which is good, but I find I don’t enjoy the spice in this as much as I would a chai. Good if you enjoy pumpkin pie, but not the best I’ve ever had. Beware oversteeping as this will get bitter.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
249 tasting notes

This to me tasted very much like a before-bed kind of tea, probably because of the lavender. I can taste it and the rose, but not so much the orange. I really enjoyed this, but for whatever reason it didn’t call out to me as something I have to have around at all times.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Rooibos Kalahari by Tea Affair
249 tasting notes

I was actually kind of surprised by how lime-y this was when I took my first sip. In the bag it was citrussy, but not overwhelming. I definitely think I prefer this cold, but I typically do not prefer red rooibos iced. For some reason, the woodiness and natural sweetness lend better to warm temperatures. That said, artificial fruit flavors tend to taste better to me cold. So really, this one was a bit of a dud. I bet I would have adored it as an iced tea if it were a green rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

I made this iced, as I find I can usually taste fruit flavors more than when tea is hot. Still, no pomegranate flavor to be found. Tasty tea, but not for what it is.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Fig Rose by Teavana
249 tasting notes

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, but I must say I prefer it a lot more cold steeped. The tartness goes away, the rose gets to come through a hair more (though I still wish it were stronger), and it tastes like less sweet juice. Which sometimes is exactly what I like. The almond flavor is present and keeps things interesting, but doesn’t stop it from being weird to drink cold.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

This is super awesome, but I pretty much always feel that way about peach oriented things. I think this tea is particularly juicy-tasting though, and to me is less artificial tasting than most.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

I drank this last night – I love having a caffeine free chai option. I am drinking this in the summer, but it is a winter staple. This version is really good – I like it best with a bit of sweetened almond milk for a desserty treat.

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

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I am a 29 year old return-to-college student working on my certification in Early Childhood Ed, who discovered the (incredibly vast) world of tea about 3 years ago. In that time, I have learned so much, and am hoping to learn even more by joining the steepster community.

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