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73
drank Exuma Lemon by Island Rose
6477 tasting notes

sooo verdict on thes tea bags from this company is that they have some great flavours…but need to lose the stevia. this one is like a tastier neo citran haha but because i can taste the stevia, it’s not a repeat, go find these tea bags, sort of tea. ignoring that, the lemon is super tasty and delicious!

Final Count: 128

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79
drank Orange Fountain by Island Rose
6477 tasting notes

holy mother of something…THIS is orange! It kinda reminds me of orange syrup…the stuff that is the concentrate of the orange pop you get in restaurants. a little more sour, but over all generally that was the taste. I’d probably love this much more if i could’t taste the stevia coming through, but even at that it was still a really tasty cup :)

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70
drank Rum Vanilla by Island Rose
6477 tasting notes

HOLY RUM…oh and a little vanilla. haha this smells like an insanely creamy rum cocktail. Kinda makes me long for my caramel rum milkshake heh. all that being said, there’s an after taste to this that i’m not a fan of it’s a bit artificial like..and reminds me a little bit of medicine from when i was a kid. greats to try though and i appreciate the sharing of tea bags with me from tea friends!

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drank Exuma Lemon by Island Rose
261 tasting notes

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I really, really dislike presweetened teas. Not only are they usually sweeter than I like, they also often use sweeteners that don’t taste good to me. I think I would like this if it wasn’t sweetened with stevia. The stevia just ruins this for me.

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I’m not sure what it was, but I really disliked this one. It reminds me of Stash’s Hibiscus teas, which I also really dislike. I wonder if it has licorice root in it.

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I liked this one, but it tasted more like Hibiscus-apple than Strawberry Vanilla.

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drank Long Island Cola by Island Rose
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This is so weird because it actually smells just like cola. Tastewise, I am getting hot, flat, hibby-flavored cola. Flat and soda just isn’t right but I could see this having potential as a tea soda.

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drank Rum Vanilla by Island Rose
38 tasting notes

This is how I always imagined butterbeer tasting! It’s caramelly, rummy, creamy and completely decadent.

The flavoring is intense without being heavy handed, so the fannings base is inoffensive if not slightly dominated by the flavorings.

This isn’t so much like drinking a cup of tea as it is a cocktail or a dessert.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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60
drank Long Island Cola by Island Rose
34 tasting notes

This fruit tea is a little odd. Not bad, but weird. For one, it’s strange tasting “cola” in a warm tea, and that’s a little off-putting. I steeped a little too long, so the hibiscus is pretty powerful. I don’t think I would ever have this again by choice, but I wouldn’t refuse to drink it if offered.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1
drank Green Lime by Island Rose
591 tasting notes

Sipdown (104)! I’ve been very hesitant about trying this one because of all the negative reviews and a warning from Skysamurai. First off, the smell was just so repugnant that I was almost scared to try this tea. It smelled like someone used a citrus cleaning product in a retirement home. And of course it tasted just like cleaning product as well. The smell was so strong it actually made me a little lightheaded. Needless to say, I had to dump the rest of the mug. Yikes.

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72
drank Green Lime by Island Rose
85 tasting notes

I drank this tea iced and it had a strong lime smell. The taste was more mild than the smell. It was not bad as an iced tea and I didn’t even add sugar.

Flavors: Lime

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3
drank Green Lime by Island Rose
114 tasting notes

Small Big Traveling Tea Box

Blech. Bleck. Nope. I have liked all the Island Rose teas that I have tried thus far..but this one is different. I’m not sure whether I just took a sip of tea or just bathed my tongue in a vat of cleaning products. Is this even safe to pour down my sink? I don’t even know:O

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML
carol who

Well….. maybe you could use it for some cleaning?

Cheri

Blah!

KiwiDelight

Holy moly.

Skysamurai

hahaa I really hope the company reads the comments on this tea. I don’t think they have any idea of how… weird it is

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76
drank Exuma Lemon by Island Rose
114 tasting notes

Small Big Traveling Tea Box

This tea is quite delicious!^.^ On a cloudy day like today, this tea is perfect. Smooth and lemony. The more the tea cools, the stronger the flavor. I’m really quite impressed with Island Rose, they did a nice job with this cup :] No wonder the sun isn’t in the sky, it’s in my cup! :]

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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10
drank Green Lime by Island Rose
74 tasting notes

This tea smells like Pine-Sol.

Does it taste like Pine-Sol? That, I don’t know but what it does taste like is a hot cup of lime peel. If you love the taste of citrus peel and the clean scent of disinfectant cleaner… you’ll love this tea.

Flavors: Lime

mj

LOL

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Had this one in my cupboard for awhile. Not really a fan of plain black tea and it comes with a bunch of other tea that I love. Pulled it out to mix with lemonade for an arnie palmer. Seems like your typical english breakfast to me, just a bit lighter. Honestly I thought it tasted better steeped at 2-3 mins.

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3
drank Green Lime by Island Rose
1111 tasting notes

Swap Sample!

When the packet said “Green Lime” I assumed green tea with lime…but no. My tastebuds say, “WTF IS this crap?” Apparently it is Lapacho. I googled Lapacho…and to be honest it sounds dangerous! “The active ingredients such as lapachol have been found to possess significant abortifacient and reproductive toxicity effects for rats.234HOLY CRAP! How can they sell this as tea then? Good thing it tasted terrible and I dumped it out…bleh!

mrmopar

Good catch!

caile

that sounds terrible – good you dumped it out!

Lynxiebrat

Huh?! Major WTF. shudders

Fjellrev

Ouch! I have some lapacho coming my way from another company. Never thought to read too much into it.

Skysamurai

Yea… Which is sad because all of their other teas are so good.I was the same way. Dumped my cup out.

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100
drank Rum Vanilla by Island Rose
10 tasting notes

I need to find somewhere to buy this in Canada. This tea was absolutely AMAZING. LOVE IT. It tastes so creamy and the rum flavour is really good. LOOOOOVE.

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81
drank Rum Vanilla by Island Rose
1111 tasting notes

Swap sample from SkySamurai! Thanks!

Wow this IS extremely rummy! LOL! The hint of vanilla makes me think of rum cake! Generic black fannings base is mediocre but not offensive in this instance…this is actually kind of fun because it tastes like I’m having a tea cocktail at work! TGIF? :)

Anyway not something I’m likely to purchase but certainly is fun to try! So far I find Island Rose to be pretty good for bagged tea.

Fjellrev

Haha that’s awesome.

Skysamurai

They have alot of good stuff but dont ever try the green lime unless you really like lime.

Stephanie

Ha! I think you sent me one! I do like lime ;)

Skysamurai

I probably send it in every trade now because I really can’t drink it. I tried to like it but I couldn’t get a good feel for it. I am sure someone will like it though! If you end up liking it let me know and I’ll send you the rest!

Stephanie

Cool thanks!

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drank Long Island Cola by Island Rose
1111 tasting notes

Thank you Skysamurai for letting me try this unique tea!

I’m generally a fan of hibiscusy herbals, so I was excited to try this one and intrigued by the cola aspect. It steeps up a BRIGHT purplish red immediately and smells distinctly of cola. I took a couple of sips hot and knew I wanted to pour the rest over ice. I think I really like this tea conceptually. I think the hibiscus, cinnamon and cola pair well together, but the stevia is throwing me off. If this had no sweetener so I could add my own I would be much happier, I think. Really unique though and I’m glad I got to try it! :)

Starfevre

I hate stevia so I hate it when they add that in.

Stephanie

Yeah, this blend would be nice otherwise! :/

Skysamurai

I agree. Stevia can be odd but this one definitely is better cold.

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84
drank Orange Fountain by Island Rose
464 tasting notes

Love this tea. Had it many times but it’s been a year or so since I’ve had some in my collection. As soon as I tore open the package I thought tear jerkers! Do you remember sour tear jerkers? The gum that is round and has a sweet gum, hollow inside, and sour outside. The orange ones taste very similar to this tea; without the sourness of course. Good warm and cold. Hot is fine but I think it’s best when it’s chilled slightly.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 8 min or more

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80

Skysamurai was kind enough to share this with me after I mentioned that I love love love rose tea. It was a nice treat to have after spending nearly 2 hours outside with my toddler trick-or-treating. I have to say that I was impressed by his endurance and his ability to double-fist candy and plop it into his treat sack. Our neighbors thought he was adorable and let him get away with it, so we’ve got a boatload of candy. Yum!

But back to the tea…

On the first sip of this tea I thought it tasted familiar, I’ve not had the opportunity to try this specific tea before, but it reminds me of something I’ve had in the past which of course is comforting yet it still bugs me a bit that I can’t remember.

This had a really nice balance between the rose and the ceylon base. Many rose teas tend to remind me somewhat of potpourri, but this one, while strong didn’t go overboard with the rose flavor. I was distracted while steeping my second bag, we had some adorable trick-or-treaters come to the door, so I oversteeped by about 2 minutes. This was enough to make the tea turn bitter, but not entirely undrinkable. I also discovered that I this tea isn’t nearly as tasty at room temperature, so in the future I’ll definitely remember to finish it quickly.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Skysamurai

I agree! It’s much better when it’s warmer.

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11
drank Green Lime by Island Rose
464 tasting notes

I love Island Rose. Every tea I’ve tasted has been a wonderful adventure. Save for this one. I didn’t even occur to me that I might not like it until I opened the tea pouch. Don’t get me wrong I like the flavor of lime and I love green tea; but mixed together…. it just isn’t working for me. Kinda reminds me of the green skittles or sour patch kids that I leave at the bottom of the bag and give to someone else.

Here’s my other problem with this tea: If it has green tea how can it be non-caffeinated? Maybe decaf… but anyay… this one will be going in my give away pile.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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81

There is a rose garden in my mouth. I am both baffled and delighted at the same time. Baffled because one doesn’t usually drink roses. Delighted because I feel like I am sipping tea in a royal garden even though I’ve got sweatpants on. The smell is also quite amazing. Usually I throw away a tea bag once I am through with it but I still have this one sitting in front of me. The essence of the rose infused with the Ceylon is quite gorgeous.

As I have let it cool down over the past ten minutes I realize it is quite a bit better when it is warm. Still fine cold but my palette seems to prefer it warmer.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68

This tea is like eating a delicious low calorie dessert and without the worry of gluten or dairy! I will say though that it is not as sweet as it sounds. I’m sure you could sweeten it more if desired but its plenty good as it is. There is an Amaretto honey in my kitchen I am tempted to try though…

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 8 min or more

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