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42 Tasting Notes

75

I’m enjoying my first cup of this tea with some bittersweet chocolate sables I made at work yesterday. The perfect accompaniment! Very yummy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90

This time, I’m drinking this with 1/2 milk 1/2 water and lots of sugar… Sooo luscious!

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70

This is definitely a pumpkin pie flavored tea, not just an “autumn spiced” or “pumpkin spice” tea. It has a nice creaminess to it. Just a hint of pumpkin, but it certainly is present. The spices are mild and compliment the pumpkiny, creamy goodness very nicely. I am totally satisfied with this one!

UPDATE: This did not resteep very well for me. Second cup smells good, but tastes like hot water.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

This is my first “dessert tea,” and I love it. The sweet, confectionary flavor is perfect after dinner or when craving a late night snack. A cup of this tea feels so indulgent. The smell is heavenly! I wish there was a hint of pineapple or a bit more fruitiness. In the sample I bought, I taste more caramel than anything. But the flavor is spot on to what the gooey, brown sugar “sauce” on a real pineapple upside-down cake tastes like! And I know a lot about them because I own a bakery. ;P

I feel like I should point out that this tea is heavily artificially flavored. If you’re a tea “purist,” you probably already know to stay away from most dessert teas. If you’re not a fan of artificial flavorings in your cup, this tea is not for you. Personally I don’t mind it, and I would drink this as a dessert any night of the week. :)

VariaTEA

I have been back and forth about whether I would like this or not but reviews like yours are definitely making it that much more appealing

Bonnie

I hear you about the artificial flavors, but there are companies that do use natural flavoring or blend with fruit, herbs, spices and various types of tea to create awesome dessert flavors (including pineapple).

keychange

I just wanted to let you know how awesome I think you are for having a bakery. What a neat life you must have.

gmathis

Della Terra does a great job with desserty stuff.

Bonnie

It’s getting to be about time for even non-bakers to put on the aprons and go to it! My daughter is gearing up for the Winter Market which begins this Saturday. With 8 children, Saturday is all she can manage as a business! Her 100 or so loaves of bread and toffee sell out fast! Because of the cold weather (and sometimes snow), the market is in an enclosed space in Old Town that is festive during the coming months. I love vintage towns anyway!

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70

I give this tea a 70 on it’s own. It has a VERY strong flavor of red cough syrup. I prefer to blend this with black tea leaves in a 1:3 ratio (1 part wildberry hibiscus to 3 parts black tea) to mellow out the artificial cherry taste. Blended with black tea, I would give it a 90. It’s fruity and tart. It’s delicious hot or iced. I prefer it iced and sweetened. And it’s a good deal at World Market. $10 for 2oz in a glass jar with a wooden spoon.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

I bought this as a mini tin of loose tea (just over 1 oz) at TJ Maxx. I steeped 1 Tbsp of loose tea in 12 oz of water, and added a bit of turbinado sugar. In lieu of paraphrasing other reviewers (they really hit the nail on the head), I’ll skip the flavor description and enjoy my cup while watching reruns of Malcolm in the Middle.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I was thrilled to find this at TJ Maxx today! An 8 oz. bag for only $6.99. I figured I’d give it a try because the base is Assam (which I love), and it smelled good through the bag. The black tea is strong, and the spices are very well-balanced (which is basically the gist of what every reviewer has mentioned before me). The cardamom flavor is definitely there, with cinnamon and the rest of the gang trailing behind. The smell is creamy with lots of spice. I’m drinking it without milk, and I added a bit of turbinado sugar. So good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

Tj maxx! Love that place! Nice find!

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85

Got this sample in the mail today with the RoT catalog. It’s my first taste of any kind of “pumpkin/pumpkin spice” tea. It’s different than I expected. I thought it would be overly spicy. But it’s very mild, pumpkiny, and creamy. The spices are soft. Actually, the whole flavor of the tea is very soft. Soft and creamy. Like a pumpkin pie! I like it!

And it arrived just in time to warm me up! The heat in our house isn’t working, and it’s 55 degrees (F) inside!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Quick note because I just got home from work after sitting in traffic for 55 minutes, and all I wanna do sink into the couch with my cup of tea. Got this in my $3 green tea “starter kit.” I can’t stand the way it smells… Like toasted seaweed. On its own, the tea is just okay (my opinion), but I’ll happily drink it with honey!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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75

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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My name is Cassie. I’m 27 years old, married to my best friend, and we have 2 cats! I am a professional baker, and I own a bakery with my mom.

I sipped my first cup of “real” loose leaf tea on October 5th, 2013, and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying new flavors, anything and everything to find out what I like. I’m always looking for suggestions… Where to buy, which to try, steeping methods, tea accessories and gadgets, etc. :)

MY TASTE
*I grew up drinking iced tea in the South, so black tea will always have a place in my cupboard.
*I am obsessed with cinnamon! Anything loaded with cinnamon will become a favorite of mine.
*I like fruity teas, especially if they are tart. I love hibiscus and rose hips.
*I also like dark, strong, toasty teas, but preferably nothing smokey.
*I don’t do chamomile. Never. Ever. EW.

I’m open to try anything. Suggestions are welcome. :)

MY RATINGS
[#’s are solely based on personal preference.]
Less than 50 : Pour it down the drain
50-64 : Finish the cup // Never drink it again
65-74 : Not a bad cup // Would not repurchase
75-94 : Quite tasty // Would consider repurchasing
95+ : Delicious // Will never run out <3

Location

Virginia, U.S.

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