493 Tasting Notes

75

What a strange earl grey! I was expecting floral, maybe with some cream flavors, but this is more like an orange-and-cream flavored black. The orange peel and vanilla/cream flavors completely take over and I can’t taste the lavender at all. It’s not bad but doesn’t live up to its name at all.

Tabby

I had no idea this was going to be an Earl Grey creme when I bought it, either.

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82

This is actually much better than I was expecting—thanks to NayLynn for the bags! The coconut in this is creamy and on-point, and the spices are mostly cardamom and a hint of clove. That’s okay with me, because I think too much ginger would overpower everything else. It’s not a traditional chai, but because of that it’s unique enough that I can see myself reaching for it reasonably often until it’s gone.

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70

I’m not sure I like this base for this tea. The flavors are quite heavy, and while they are pretty accurate (right down to the icing!), it overpowers the green and I can’t taste it all that well. This has a strong molasses flavor that’s almost burnt, with some icing and spice. It definitely does taste like a pastry. This is personal preference at work, but with flavored teas I usually prefer them if I can taste the base, so this one is not my favorite.

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72

This is a fine chamomile/mint blend, but sadly I don’t taste any lavender. I would have liked to! There is a hint of…something in the aftertaste, so maybe that’s the valerian? I’ve never tasted it before so I couldn’t say. It’s a little sweet and almost woody. This is nice but the truth is if I’m going to have chamomile and mint I prefer to blend them myself.

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65

This was my sample for the month, and since I’m reaching for rooibos this morning I decided to try it. Dry it smells exactly like peppermint bark, but brewed it mostly smells like mint. I didn’t realize it had stevia in it until I looked at this page, but it’s very obvious from the taste. It’s not bad, exactly, but the stevia taste is strong and overpowers the chocolate. The mint is still present, but I wish this one would have been left unsweetened.

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70

Sipdown! It seems to be a rooibos kind of morning for me, and when I told my mom the name she said it seemed like a “dream by the fire” kind of morning, too (so I made her a cup). I’m still not wowed by this but it’s a nice vanilla/cinnamon mix, better at a lower temperature because the rooibos is very assertive.

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today!

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72

This one is okay, but I’m not in love with it. The blueberry flavor tastes slightly off to me, but I think I’m just not used to them freeze-dried—it ends up tasting artificial. There is some creaminess but not as much as I would like, and mostly I get a green base with some odd, sort-of-fruity sweetness. Maybe I’d like the black version better?

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95

This is really, really delicious. It starts out with a lot of lemon and then there’s a little bit of ginger. I almost missed the reference to cookies, because hot this isn’t much like them, but the aftertaste is delayed and sweet like iced sugar cookies. Yum! As it cools there’s more ginger and more sweetness, and I might even like it better iced.

Flavors: Cookie, Ginger, Lemon, Sweet

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75

Sipdown. Splitting a pot of this with mom for tonight because we both wanted an herbal and this sounded good. Sadly I don’t get a lot of ginger from this—there is a touch, but I would love more. The pumpkin and spices are in good balance, though, and there’s a creaminess like cheesecake. Honeybush is a great base for this combination, but I’m missing something to push it over the top. Extra ginger would do it, or a touch of vanilla, but as it is this is just good and not great.

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78
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
493 tasting notes

I was kind of doubting this would make a good cup, because the leaves had gotten a little crushed. Amazingly it holds up just fine despite being nearly dust. The vanilla is slightly artificial but sweet and candylike, and the strawberry is more subtle. There’s a hint of vegetal green before a sweet aftertaste and more of that vanilla rounding out the cup—this isn’t my favorite, but I’d definitely drink it again.

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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! My favorites are earl greys, yunnans, medium-bodied oolongs, Japanese greens, and fruit flavors. My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.

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