402 Tasting Notes

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I am not a fan of chamomile so imagine my delight in finding one that I love! :D The most remembered chamomile for me was Sleepytime from Celestial Seasonings. :( Blah! This tea is lovely to look at and the dry scent is very fruity not the rather bland chamomile of my misspent youth.
This tea is awesome. There is a lovely apple/orange/grapefruit and rose aroma. The white tea is gentle and yet flavorful. I mostly taste the apple and some grapefruit. If you had told me that they would be good together I would have thought you were nuts. But… these blend so well together. Nom nom! The very pretty tin says it has hibiscus but I don’t sense it.

This is part of the Chicago tea set: Magnificent ChamoMile, Chai Town and Chicago Jazzmint. The tins are large and very attractive. It’s a great set. There is a total of 9.2 oz in the set. I think it was $27. Not a bad price.

Flavors: Apple, Grapefruit, Orange Zest

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
402 tasting notes

I made my Chocolate Rocket on the stove today. I simmered 3 tsp of tea in 12 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk for about 20 minutes. I sweetened it with some stevia. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk only has 30 calories per cup…so about 45 cal for 12 oz. This is the best substitute for hot chocolate ever. The raspberry of the CR is just lovely when combined with the creamy chocolate.

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85
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
402 tasting notes

Mmmm… Just what I needed this afternoon. I have been a bit heavy handed in my leaf measurement lately but luckily was a bit more careful and it really payed off. (I’m not sure why I was overleafing ) Lovely chocolate flavor with a nice nuttiness. I added a bit of stevia but no milk and it is lovely!

Have a wonderful New Year!

Thank you NayLynn for the sample!

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I am a habitual overleafer.

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82
drank Pumpkin Pizzazz by SerenteTeaz
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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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65

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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90
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!!!

Kittenna

You can do it!! :D

Fjellrev

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
Thanks!

Fjellrev

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

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80

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).

Veronica

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
402 tasting notes

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!

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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85
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!

Inkling

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

Vwinsloe

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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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 43 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 ( I have now lost 40 lbs and I’m looking good in my skinny jeans, IMHO) I am now walking about 4.5 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 33years. 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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Elgin IL

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