26 Tasting Notes

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drank Pure Happiness by TeaGschwendner
26 tasting notes

I was drawn to this tea on the shelf of a TG shop in Germany – the name was so catchy (“Zum Glücklichsein”) that I picked up a bag to try. It is a delightful, light, minty tea. It’s a nice change from regular peppermint tea, and has a light floral finish to it. This is a lovely tea on a cold winter evening.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec

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Lovely light white tea, with a mild hint of rose. It’s quite subtle but very beautiful. I usually can’t stand rose flavoured anything, but this tea is quite enjoyable because it is so mild. If you wanted to, you could toss in a few rose buds to make the rose flavour more intense.

This tea is perfect naked, without sugar or sweetener. It’s good for a second steeping if you are in the mood for a standard white tea, since most of the rose aroma will have faded.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

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I’ve had this sitting in my tea pantry for over 8 months and finally decided to try it today.

As a loose tea this smells like a creamy, orange-y black tea with a tiny bit of ginger spiciness but it brews up very mellow and you don’t taste the pu’erh too much (which is a good thing since I’m not particularly fond of pu’erh). I can’t really describe the flavour since it’s not too distinct but I don’t find it as citrusy as other reviewers have commented. I let this steep for a good 7 minutes to get the full flavour and beautiful colour out and it can easily been steeped a second time. I like this after a heavy, greasy meal – I feel like it helps rinse some of the grease out of my system.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Tealish by Mango Ambrosia
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I love mangoes so I knew that I would enjoy this tea from the get-go. After a couple of minutes of steeping it brews up into a golden-straw colored tea. This is a lovely floral white tea with hits of mango, peach and a hint of citrus and it is to die for! I add a touch of agave syrup or white sugar (depending on what’s available at home or the office) and it really brings out the fruit flavors. The aroma is mesmerizing and this makes an amazing iced tea! This tea can be steeped a second time – it’s not quite as mango-y but you taste more of the subtle peach and muscatel notes of the white tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This tea takes a bit of getting used to since it’s not very fruity or sweet but is not to be underestimated. It’s a bit tart and sour, with an edge of lemongrass and a slightly floral-minty finish – so to put it simply, it’s weird! I keep a 150g tin of this in my tea pantry at all times and start to worry when I’m running low – why? Because when I need a caffeine-free cold remedy this is my go to tea! It’s soothing for sore throats and is packed with vitamins and other good things and gets me on the road to recovery ASAP! For that alone I would rate this 100%, but I realize that not everyone will be fond of the taste so I’ve given it a more “honest” rating.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I keep this in my travel bag because when I’m on a trip and my body is telling me it’s 2pm but the local time is 2am I want a natural way to help me sleep. This tea really does the trick – but I hate the taste of it! It has a bitterness to it (from the Valerian root), combined with the chamomile and the lemongrass it makes a very weird combination. But I drink up it because Mother knows best!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Green & Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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I adore this tea. Everyone I let try this one adores this tea! It’s a naturally sweet green rooibos with big chunks of apple and papaya fruit in it. The fruit flavour comes through nicely when this tea is steeped and it is very aromatic. It only gets better the longer it steeps and I like that it’s caffeine free so I can have this any time of day. This is my go-to teas when I want something fruity (but not berry-based).

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m in the minority here – but I can’t stand this tea! I thought it was something I was doing wrong so I ordered a Coco Chai Rooibos Tea Latté at a David’s Tea store hoping they’d do something differently to make it suddenly amazing – alas, it is not to be.

There is a spicy-chai-ness to this tea but the undertone tastes really unpleasant to me. To me, this tastes like when I’ve blown my nose and gotten mucus in my mouth… I usually love rooibos teas but this one is a disappointment to me.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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