254 Tasting Notes

50
drank Rooibos Kalahari by Tea Affair
254 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
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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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75

I made a cup of this after listening to the man upstairs beat up his gf for the thousandth time, after I called 911 for the thousandth time. I really needed something comforting, and this did the trick. It really just tasted like a milder version of the chai I am used to (black tea based), with less cinnamon and more natural sweetness. I liked it, particularly for a summer evening, but normally I prefer to essentially be swept away by cinnamon overload.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Witches' Brew Chai by 52teas
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I am a huge chai fan, and this one was pretty good. It is smokier than most of the others I lean toward, and has the added layer of anise. However, I am not a huge liquorice fan. If you are, this one will be right up your alley.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
254 tasting notes

Holy crap, that is super duper spicy – I am a fan of spicy food. That said, I am not sure I like my tea QUITE this spicy, although kudos for such a uniquely intense tea being available. I actually think I would be more likely to use this in cooking, to perhaps give some kick to anything that would normally require water. Other than that, I find it too spicy to really taste anything else. I think if it were a hair less spicy, other flavors could come through and I could really appreciate this.

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

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75

This was a very interesting, tasty cup. It was malty and sweet, and once I read other reviews that described a raisin-y flavor, that made total sense. I steeped it a few times and it was great each time.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This was pretty good – it was definitely lemony with a hint of ginger. I don’t like ginger much except as an accent, so I was glad for that. I liked it hot and iced, but I thought it was better iced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 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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