414 Tasting Notes

drank Secret Garden by SerendipiTea
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Ooh, I love this. If not for the fact that I can see rooibos (both in the dry tea and the fact that the brew is red), I would barely know this is a rooibos at all. It really is a garden, with chamomile, lavender, mint, and rose blended perfectly so that I can taste each one. This is a super-relaxing herbal and I might have to get some for when my headaches are bothering me or I can’t get to sleep. Delicious!

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drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
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I got a sample of this from NayLynn the other day, and since I’m feeling under the weather I thought it would be a good time to have a tea called “I love you”! This is a deep, rich caramel, almost like the burnt sugar on top of a creme brulee. It’s not actually as sweet as I was expecting from the smell, but it’s delicious. Definitely a great pick-me-up for today!

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drank Clipper Organic Chai by Clipper
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This is a very clove-y chai, which gives it a kind of dry mouthfeel. I didn’t put any milk in it this time (let alone make it the good stovetop way—too hot), but I think this could definitely stand up to it next time. It’s not bad but the clove does take over a bit.

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This is a beauty of a green—I actually thought it was white tea until I checked because it brews up so light! It’s lightly buttery and very sweet, almost making me think I had put honey in it (I hadn’t). I made a pot of it to share with my mom and a friend, and before I knew it I had plowed through two cups! I rarely do that without noticing. Obviously it’s really drinkable. Luckily I have just a little left for when I want more, and this may go onto the “buy” list.

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This one is a little odd: it’s not as fruity as I expected and it leaves a dry feeling in my mouth. The smell is absolutely wonderful but the “peach” part of the daiquiri doesn’t quite live up to it. This was an impulse buy on my part and I’m kind of disappointed, although it’s not awful.

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I wasn’t sure what to drink today, so a sipdown of this it is. It’s delightfully citrusy, with a touch of cinnamon and some hay flavors. I can see the comparison to chardonnay, and it’s very nice to drink slowly on a lazy afternoon. Not sure I’ll rebuy, but it was fun to drink!

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drank Premium Sencha by Aiya
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Sipdown! This is a wonderful sencha. It’s smooth with almost no bitterness and lots of sweet vegetal flavors. I shared this with a friend who was so impressed she said it was the best green tea she’d ever had, and I think I may surprise her with some for her birthday. It definitely seems fitting as a gift!

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This is a really nice fruit tea. The strawberry is sweeter than I expected, almost like cotton candy, which might be the influence of the mango. The mango flavor itself is more subtle and comes through more in the aftertaste, but it’s definitely present. That must be because—surprise—there are actual chunks of mango in this tea! That’s a rarity in the mango teas I’ve tried and I’m impressed. The base is nice and smooth and allows the fruit to be the star, but as the cup cools down it takes over a little more and balances out the strong strawberry note. This is a great summer tea that I would consider restocking when it’s gone.

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What a strange tea. Unfortunately I was expecting coconut—mom read some names out to me and I heard “coco cream”—so this is pretty much the last thing I expected. This is like a watery mocha in tea form, which I’m not sure I understand. It’s very strongly coffee with a little bit of chocolate. I don’t notice the creme brulee flavor at all, which is sad, and the yogurt is also missing for me. Not sure I like this, but then my stomach has been off today and this is not at all what I was hoping it would be so I’ll hold off on rating it until I can appreciate it for what it is.

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drank Crazy Earl by Indie Tea
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This is an interesting EG. Normally grapefruit isn’t my favorite because it gets bitter, and there is some bitterness to this cup, but the orange and bergamot balance it out and make it sweeter. It’s a nice mix of citrus and goes well with the traditional EG flavor.

I think I would accept a cup of this again, but I’m not sure I would buy it. The bitterness in the middle of the sip really isn’t my thing, although the orange is really done well—I tend not to like orange in my teas because it’s either overwhelming or too weak, but this is just the perfect touch of citrus. A very nice way to wake up this morning!

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Elizabeth, college student, history/anthropology major. I love to read, travel, and try new foods.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it about a year ago. I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything! Currently:

-comfortable and experimenting with black teas
-enthusiastically embracing oolongs
-cautiously trying chai, greens, and whites
-adoring herbals (without hibiscus)
-neutral to rooibos
-afraid of pu-erhs (but willing to try!)

My rating system:

95-100: I would cross oceans for this tea. Drinking it is an amazing experience. If I don’t currently have it in my cabinet I’m probably very sad about that.

80-94: A very good tea. I would probably buy it again if I had the money/room in my cabinet.

65-79: Decent. I might buy it on sale or pass it by depending on my mood.

40-64: I’d accept a cup of this if it was served to me, but not buy it.

below 40: Ugh! Never again!

Keep in mind that bitterness is the worst thing that can happen to a tea for me, followed closely by hibiscus; I also have food allergies that rarely influence my tea habit, but please check with me before sending anything!

About Swaps: I am always willing to swap with anyone within continental North America! Just drop me a note. For anyone in the eastern half of the U.S. I’ll gladly swap small samples of things, but further away than that I would prefer if we dealt with larger amounts.


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