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Recent Tasting Notes

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dexter sent this one my way…this one was a straight up miss for me. It didn’t remind me of black forest cake or taste even remotely like it. It was just sort of there…hanging out. oh well! can’t win them all and i love trying ALL THE TEAS! except for that blergamot one that james is threatening to make and send me… ick.

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Thanks Scheherazade for sending me this one.

I love nutty teas, especially when it’s the only flavour and it’s not masked by other flavours. Unfortunately, I didn’t find this terribly nutty. I could detect a hint of almond now and then, but for the most part it was just a sweet black tea.

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Thank you Kat_Maria for sharing this with me. Unfortunately, I am finding this one a bit bland. It is mostly black base, though a bit of the cherry flavor does come out as it cools.

Kat_Maria

Yeah, I wasn’t so sure about this one myself. I don’t think I ever left a tasting note. It had a nice forest berry flavor going on but it was on the whole somewhat lacking.

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This is a pretty yummy tea. The cherry is pretty strong, kind of grenadine like and at times almost syrupy. I like the dry smell and the lingering rose and cherry taste. I don’t get so much chocolate but sometimes I got it more than others.

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Backlog:

I was excited to try this tea from my Amoda January box because of the name. I was thinking the chocolate and cherry cake … and then I started reading the ingredients: carob? eww. Why carob? Why not cacao nibs or cacao shells? Carob is the cheap alternative to chocolate. I don’t like carob. I like chocolate.

So, after reading that this had carob in it, I was less excited. But I still tried it.

It’s not as bad as I thought it would be given that there’s carob in it. It’s actually alright. The chocolate notes are a little weak … that’s kind of a standard complaint of mine when it comes to chocolate teas though isn’t it … and even though it is kind of a standard complaint of mine, I can’t help but think it would be better if it had cacao shells or cacao nibs. The cherry notes come through nicely.

I like the rose and the juniper in this … they added a nice dimension of flavor to the cup.

This wasn’t what I expected, but it wasn’t all that bad. It could have been better, though.

Lynxiebrat

I love carob cookies from a local health food store, and carob chips in other cookies, Carob shake with almond milk is awesome! but havn’t had any more luck with liking it in tea so far, like chocolate.

MsWhatsit

Carob is naturally a little on the sweet side, so it probably works better in some applications and rosewater does seem to make it more chocolate-y. This actually sounds pretty good to me.

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I added some honey and drank it. It’s tea. Not particularly enamoured of the flavour, I really tasted the juniper berries. Hmm.

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My Hubby is into fruit teas and has been looking for a good blueberry. We had one a few years ago when we bought him a bag of loose leaf on a whim, it was a blueberry rooibos blend. The company now only makes their blueberry version w/a black base.

This one smells nice as a dry leaf… sweet and fruity, not sure I can pick out blueberry.

I wasn’t with him when he steeped it, so don’t know if he followed directions well. He drank about 3/4 of the cup and even tried a bit of sugar, which isn’t his normal, and he was ready to discard the last bit.

I offered to try it and see what he was tasting. To me, there was a berry flavor, but mostly hidden beneath the green tea flavor, and it seemed to have a thick mouth feel. I think this may be one of the first fruit flavored green teas that he has had. He has had plain greens at restaurants before, so he’s familiar with the flavor.

I’m going to hold off on rating this one until I have a chance to try it & be sure it is steeped correctly and see where we are after that.

He did try a blueberry blend from American Tea Room after trying this one and it was received much better (can’t get Steepster to let me review it, so I’ll try it later). Still not quite what he had before.. but closer.

Thanks MissB for sending these one our way for him to try!

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Second tea from Amoda’s January 2014 box. I didn’t take great notes on it, but what I do remember is a definite cherry flavour, different from cherry blacks I’ve had previously. I’m not a big fan of maraschino/candied cherries (which are the types of cherries I associate with black forest cake), but I’m not quite sure it tasted like that… anyhow, I’ll have to give it another shot and pay a bit more attention! At the very least, I remember it being ok? Haha.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog:

I’m typically not all that excited to try “detox” teas or other functional type teas because, well, their functional. Functional usually = not tasty. But as far as functional teas go, this one wasn’t too bad. It actually turned out to be tastier than I expected it to be.

It didn’t really taste medicinal or overly herbaceous to me (which is usually what I expect from a functional tea like this.) The spices gave it more of an appealing spicy taste rather than a medicinal one.

A warm, zesty tisane with notes of herb. Not bad.

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This was good, a little subtle in terms of not being overly sweet, and I loved the true flavor of the cherry, how it really was the specific cherry in a black forest cake smell. That said, something felt missing. I don’t know what though. I had it last night (I’ve developed a habit of trying new teas at night but not reviewing them until the next day which makes for shoddier notes I reckon but is worth it to be able to focus on reading and Buffy) and I can’t remember if I had any guesses then…perhaps body? Not quite thick or silky enough? Hm. Not sure.

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

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72

So this was in my Amoda box last month and I’ just finishing it up now. It’s sweet, has cherry flavouring and some other things, but I’m not enthused about this one guys.

Not really. It’s ok. It’s a happy face, but not a really happy face. There’s no tongue sticking out begging for another drop face here.

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100th Tasting Note!
I had a cup of this yesterday and was a little disappointed. I know I underleafed because I wanted to make sure I got a few cups out of the sample, but the flavour was very weak. I tried it again today and made sure I put in the correct amount of tea, and what a difference! I really enjoyed this. The cherry flavour is stronger than the chocolate but I think that is a good thing. I find cherry teas are fairly uncommon and it was nice to have a cherry black as opposed to a green. I don’t know if I would buy this again, but I might down the road if I’m craving a cherry black.

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Backlog-this one was strange. And I think a bit too floral. I’ll have to do a more through review when I try this again, which may not be right away.

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So there’s something in this that I just don’t care for. I can’t put my finger on it. It’s also the same flavour I noticed in Butiki’s Raspberry Truffle, and that I think was also in her Rhubarb Vanilla Ale or Ruby Pie. (one of them). It’s dark, a little bitter and … salty, for lack of a better word.

If I can ignore it, this tea is fine. If I can’t, it’s not so great. I’ll resort to a dash of milk then.

Still. I wish I could figure out what it is. Am I just sensitive to some random flavour? :P

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I steeped too long (how long? IDK. I was chopping onions). It’s a little sour.

Otherwise, not too shabby. It’s waking me up, at least.

Not sure I’d get more, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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85

I haven’t been very much into green teas recently. Partially because, as I recently discovered, I had been steeping them at too high temperatures. I have recently corrected that and I am ready to go on a green tea adventure again.

This one has exceeded my expectations. It is so extremely blueberry-ish that I am not sure how they achieved that without artificial flavoring. This very strong blueberry flavor composes wonderfully with the green tea base and doesn’t seem to overpower it (somehow!). I love it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

So this was in Amoda’s box for January 2013, and I already have a huge bag of it, unopened. Why? Because few of Naked Teas Galore’s offerings have wowed me, and so I had actually planned to sell the bag before cracking it open. This sample was an excellent opportunity to try it out… even though really, I should try everything I’ve purchased! :$

There are a lot of rose petals in this tea, which is what initially turned me off. Having said that, the ingredient listing is fantastic, so I thought I’d try it just to see. Out of the bag it smells strongly of cherry, and a chemical one at that. Aie…

It smells more like black forest cake brewed however, and I’m VERY pleasantly surprised with the taste. Hot, there’s a stronger floral quality to it, and cold it’s more of a cherry cake. With a tiny bit of pure Stevia, this is really quite delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dustin

You and your Stevia! Every time I read the name in your tasting notes my tongue shrivels up a little! :) I do wish I could enjoy that sweetener.

Amariel

I’m nervous about the floral notes on this one, and wondering if I pick out the rose petals, if that will help.

MissB

Are you allergic Dustin? If not, I strongly suggest trying pure stevia, which is super-concentrated; I use less than 1/16th of a teaspoon per cup. I also (and hate saying this) suggest non-organic stevia, because the extraction process for organic makes stevia, to me, really bitter. It’s the additives in stevia that make it taste ‘off’, or unlike a normal sweetener. Use it as-is and sparingly, and you’ll think it’s sugar.

Amariel, I hate roses in my tea, and I loved this. The 50g bag of this specific tea that I have has sat for about a month now because of my same fear. Sometimes, it just works.

OMGsrsly

You know, Amoda didn’t list rose petals in the ingredients. I’m getting to the point where I want to box these companies metaphorical ears.

Dustin

Most recently I tried the Trader Joe’s stevia. Maybe I have been adding too much, but I seem to remember trying it in canned drinks and not liking the taste then either. I’ll try it again and see if adding only a little changes anything.

MissB

Most stevia on the market, including items with stevia already in them, have extra additives to make them equal sugar 1:1. Trader Joe’s is cut with lactose of all things, and I found it ridiculously bitter and unpalatable. This is what I use (again, less than 1/16th of a teaspoon per cup of tea to match 1 tsp of most other sweeteners), and one bag will last me about a year: http://www.nuts.com/cookingbaking/powders/stevia.html The brand of stevia as well as what’s added makes all the difference, I’ve found.. I’ve tried at least eight different brands now.

OMG I know, right? It was listed on the 50g package I bought, and the only way I knew it was in it. Mind you, I could see the petals in the Amoda box, but still. If I had an allergy to them…

Amariel

I get headaches from rose…so it is an issue.

MissB

Oh. Well if I have a reaction to a tea ingredient, picking it out makes zero difference – I still have a reaction. The oils, flavors and smells are already imbued in the tea. I’m avoiding the green in this month’s Amoda box completely and just passing it along for the same reasons, personally.

Amariel

For me it is the smell. If I can’t smell it, it is ok, but if I can…I need to keep some Tylenol Migraine nearby. I might make it in the morning and if I can’t deal with it, I’ll dump it and get a tea at Starbucks.

Dustin

Thanks for the link, I might give that a go. Eight different brands?! Wow, you really searched for the perfect Stevia!

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Another MissB tea sample. This was was definitely as others described, just flavored water. No real taste of anything. Not gross, but not good either. The good news is my tongue didn’t do anything weird like it did with Birthday Cake last night, so it looks like red rooibos is fine for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
MissB

Yay for being okay with red rooibos! I’ve yet to have anything from this company, however I still think it’s important to try. ;)

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Did I review this one already? I know I shared quite a bit with others, because this is a sipdown already. Ah well, it wasn’t that memorable.

I get zero red cake, zero cake, zero anything really. Oversteeped, overleafed, both in an attempt to really get the yum out of this – and actually saw a few chocolate bits in there. Yay? Well, I guess yay if I could taste them. This just tastes like flavored water.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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This smells horrible. Something bitter and tart and… yuck. Steeped I got little smell out of it, and drinking it is okay. Just okay. Almond, yes. That’s about it. I needed to sweeten this to drink it, and it’s better now. More almond cookie kinda sorta, and I’m okay with that. Won’t re-order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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The dry leaves of this smell really lovely- I could instantly detect the notes of peppermint, rooibos, and rose. As stated before, I’m not the biggest drinker of rooibos tea, but I will always try something once.

Steeped, the taste remains very similar to the dry nose scent. The peppermint was much milder than I had expected, so I kind of feel like the title of this tea is misleading. I definitely did not feel like I was drinking a candy cane. Nevertheless, I was impressed with how well the rooibos and peppermint and floral notes blended together. Overall, I wouldn’t buy this for myself personally, but it is a nice tea. Just not a personal “must have.” Thanks to MissB for sending a sample my way.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

Oh, I’m glad you tried it. It’s an odd tea, and I’ve had varied results with Naked Teas Galore. This one… well I found it better sweetened.

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I’m hesitant to try this tea, only because I’ve had little luck with anything so far from Naked Teas Galore. Yet in my super-obsession, I’ve decided making room is more important – and thus when this fell down, it was my choice for the evening. Oh yeah, and a green/rooibos blend, which should be interesting for sleep this evening.

In the bag this did smell like a creamy candy cane, with a hint of floral notes. Steeped, it tastes mildly minty for the first cup or so. Slowly it evolved into something a bit creamier and decadent, but it really wasn’t great until I added some Truvia. Then, it really did become a minty, creamy candy cane, and likely better if I was willing to add some cream/milk/soy to it.

Steeping parameters were interesting: 3-4 min on the bag (2-3 min on their website) and 176F (my kettle went to 175F), and 1 tsp/6oz, so I overleafed slightly at 1.5 tsp per 8 oz.

I doubt I’ll restock this, however I’m sure I’ll manage to drink it down.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you MissB for sharing this tea with me! I decided to try it out because I assumed it was caffeine free and thus a good tea to try at night. Although this tea is sweet and sort of cake-y, I am really not getting Red Velvet. This tea is sort of just a sweet rooibos – nothing special and kind of nondescript. It is a pleasant enough cup but once the sample is gone, I doubt I will miss it, or even really remember it all too much.

On a different, but sort of related note: Out of the three teas I tried today sent to me from MissB, I managed to somehow spill two of them on my crotch while sitting cross-legged on my bed. The first tea, Eight Candles, ended up spilling out when the cup turned sideways and I did not notice until it spread over a fair bit of my bed and got really warm on my legs. So I ended up washing all of my sheets and my mattress cover. I then put the clean sheets on my bed and sat down to enjoy some more tea and do some more readings (code for procrastinate by watching Supernatural on Netflix). When I went to pour this tea from my timolino to my mug, something weird happened, I still am not sure what, and I again got tea on my crotch and my freshly cleaned sheets :(. At least this time I was able to put a towel between the sheet and the mattress protector before it soaked through. Nonetheless, today has not been a good day for having my mug near my bed it seems.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

Holy moly, what a soggy day. I hope that at least some of the teas you tried today were better than this. :$

VariaTEA

Eight Candles was delicious! I am hoping to test out some of the Tea Desire teas tomorrow.

Roswell Strange

Ooh, I’ll keep an eye out for your Tea Desire reviews!

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