296 Tasting Notes

80

This was very tasty and fragrant, but I think I won’t be making straight tea out of lavender anymore. It is so intensely floral that it ends up tasting kind of soapy…but I am very excited to use this for baking, and cold steeping in lemonade and other things.

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

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90

This was super super good. I am into chai, particularly on chilly days and mornings. This morning was pretty cold (in fact, a ton of mornings this summer have been downright cold – here’s hoping it isn’t a predictor for another hellish winter), so I brewed this up. I made it pretty strong, and added a drop of honey and some unsweetened almond milk and I was SO impressed at the strength of the spice. It is definitely very spicy – it even made my tongue feel a little burn-y. Just a teensy bit, enough to make me impressed. It would be perfect if it had more vanilla flavor to compete with the spice a bit more, though I can taste vanilla when I drink it as is. If you don’t like very spicy chai, stay away. If you are like me, give it a taste.

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

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70

This was pretty good, but I have to say, I don’t get a strong pecan flavor out of it. It is nice and sweet and dessert-y, and I definitely taste the “baked pastry” type flavor…but the nut for me was totally missing. I liked it best with some almond milk to make it taste creamier.

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

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90

This is really really tasty. It is buttery without tasting oily (which I hate in tea, usually found with coconut for me), sweet, and creamy, but balances with the veggie notes really well. I also like that it is so full flavored after just one two minute steep, leaving it available for more. The leaves are long and flat and cool looking too, as a bonus. I love pretty tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
296 tasting notes

This was perfect to drink on a rainy day like today. It is tasty hot, but also tasty as it cools. I am usually multi tasking, and I rarely drink my whole cup before it cools, so this is important to me. It is a little astringent, but not enough to put me off, and tastes like a deep fruit. Like dates (which I am also eating for breakfast). Very nice.

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

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95

I love peach. This is one of the most delicious peach teas – great hot and cold. I got two solid steeps out of it, very peachy both times. The oolong was flavorful too, it was green but not too grassy. The oolong and peach were balanced to me on the first steep, and pretty well balanced the second with the oolong flavor becoming a hair more prominent than the peach. Still delicious.

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

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73
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
296 tasting notes

This is very very chocolatey with a roasted note that must be the hazelnut coming through. It is tasty, but I have to admit, chocolate teas aren’t quite my thing most of the time. I always find myself then seeking out the real thing…which could be seen as awesome or awful, depending on how you look at it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This is tasty, but I found that one sample pack didn’t make a full pitcher cold steeped, like most of the other herbal blends I cold steep. However, it did have a juiciness that very much resembles fresh watermelon. I would consider repurchasing even if just to give it a go with the right amount of tea.

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

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65
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
296 tasting notes

This is an odd one, and I am not sure it is really for me. It is a bit salty, which makes sense, and has a bit of a sweet aftertaste. I love artichoke…but perhaps not in tea.

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

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75
drank Hojicha by Adagio Teas
296 tasting notes

I enjoyed this a lot – it definitely smells roasted, and almost has a hint of smoke. I am not a huge fan of smokey tasting teas, but this was just enough. It was bready and delicious, and makes me want to try out others of its type.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 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.

In my non-tea times, I am usually watching netflix while writing lesson plans, cuddling my two kitties, or trying to find new things to do in a town that is sometimes a bit limited!

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