389 Tasting Notes

drank Pumpkin Pizzazz by SerenteTeaz
389 tasting notes

Well, I am much chagrined! I feel I was very unfair in my previous tasting note on this tea. This time I went a little lighter on the amount of leaf I used and it is much better. It still doesn’t have a particularly strong pumpkin flavor but it is very enjoyable. Luckily have have enough for several more pots. The rooibos is a bit lighter without the woodsiness getting overwhelming.
Note to self: Even though it said 1-2 tsp on the directions, stick to 1 tsp. :)

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Did not taste the cherry except for a vaguely fruity flavor. The rooibos overwhelmed the almond so this wasn’t an exceptional cup. Rather mediocre.

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drank Birthday Cake by David's Tea
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This tea saved my day. Thanks NayLynn and Brandon! I swear I tried 5 different tea samples today and nothing hit the spot at all. I think some of the samples have gotten old and they just were off. I then decided I had to have a “happy” tea, something to make me smile. And this was perfect. :)

Today at Weight Watchers the scale showed me up a pound :( so I have to really push myself to have my lovely dessert teas instead of all the seasonal treats. It’s so hard….. I know a pound isn’t much but I don’t want to let it start going up after finally reaching my goal. I lost more than forty pounds and cookies are not going to tell me what to do!!!


You can do it!! :D


You know know, it could be water retention. Just keep going! I know, I can get really discouraged when I put so much into weight loss and you plateau or even gain when you’re trying so hard, but it’s all about the willpower.

carol who

Willpower? What’s that? ;-p


Haha yeah, sometimes the willpower tank is running on low, especially when you’re at it for so long. :)

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From the Santa Claus TTB. Thanks Veronica for the generous portion of this tea!

I’m not sure how much pumpkin I taste but the lack of that doesn’t interfere with a lovely touch pumpkin spice and the creaminess. Yummy! The rooibos doesn’t have too much of the often woodsy flavor that can sneak in and interfere with the tea.

This is a very nice tea and just what I needed this afternoon (another gloomy Dec. day… I think it is about 14 days in a row).


I’m glad you like it! I add honey and cream to make it extra yummy. :)

carol who

I decided to try some whipped cream on top and that is pretty good, too. Okay, I have to admit that I feel adding whipped cream to about anything would make it good. :)

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drank Harvest Apple by Teasy Tea
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Gentle apple flavor and aroma. I can’t really taste the caramel. Cinnamon is very mild which I appreciate since I seem to be having trouble with cinnamon coming on too strong. Not one I’d buy but not one to toss out. I have enough for several more cups which is nice.

There were no brewing instructions on the Teasy site.
Thanks Christeana1!


I am glad you enjoyed your cup:)

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drank Hugs and Kisses by Adagio Teas
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Thanks FlyAwayBirdie for a chance to try this. This is a very nice dessert tea with a lovely floral vanilla flavor. Very relaxing especially when you’re needing de-caf. Don’t let it cool off too much because the rooibos starts getting a bit medicinal/woodsy tasting overwhelming the vanilla and floral flavoring.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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I got this lovely tea from Megan in the Santea Claus TTB. This is such a nice relaxing tea. Banana, caramel and coconut. Mmmmm…! Good! The only bad thing is that Stacy/Butiki is closing and I will miss her teas a lot!


I majorly stocked up on this one during Butiki’s Black Friday sale! It’s a bit of a splurge, but SO good!


The first sip that I had of Hello Sweetie was like WTF? For some reason, I totally missed that it had banana flavor. Since then, it has really grown on me, and I like it a lot.

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
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The first couple sips were very good but after that it lost its flavor. I was a little leery when I saw lavender in the ingredients. However, the lavender is more subtle. It’s there but doesn’t overwhelm or seem perfume-y. It’s gentle and soothing. I can’t rate it too high because, as I said, it seemed to loose a lot of flavor very quickly.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Tragic about the flavor loss, this tea sounded neat!

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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Mmmmm…. Yummmmy! Now you may wonder am I referring to Mal (from Firefly) or the tea. Ok, sort of both. The tea is smooth and lovely with a gentle touch of chocolate. I have really begun to enjoy genmaichas lately. The rice is really an interesting addition to the tea. It is interesting that adding the rice was a cheap way to extend the tea leaves for the less well off. Now it’s valued for its unique flavor. Anyway it’s a good tea and I wish I had it in my cupboard.

Miss Starfish

Haha, oh captain tightpants <3

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Really loving the caffeine-free option tonight. I really wanted to have the feel of candy and this is working. The mint is good, it could have used a bit more chocolate flavor IMHO. A nice tea, relaxing and smooth.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint


I have some of this…. should really bring it out for the season. THanks for the reminder!

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats; flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking ;-p
My husband of 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say. :-D
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading. I volunteer at my “old” school teaching reading and I volunteer for the blind. I am trying hard to lose weight and am really trying to increase my exercise. I am now walking about 4 miles a day and I am trying to do some core work for about 30 min. 3x a week.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 32 years. In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send some to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.


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