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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

Today was hiking Sunday! :D Today we went on a long, gorgeous hike that had nine separate waterfalls… man, do I love Washington. Hiking through the extravagantly green old growth forest and listening to the rivers rush is most certainly serene. I picked this tea to start out my last bit of the Herbal Traveling Tea Box marathon because I knew that it would continue that serene feeling… and it does!^.^

This tea is really quite light with a taste of fennel and cardamon. It is odd for me to have the flavor of fennel in a tea instead of a soup, but this tea does it nicely. The aftertaste has a little bit of a cooling effect for me. I don’t know why it does this but it is sure fun! :D A delicious light tea for those serene days—or maybe those days where you need serenity. :]

Flavors: Cardamon, Fennel

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
TheTeaFairy

Glad you had a peaceful day, sounds wonderful!
Totally my kind of Sunday :-)

albertocanfly

Thank you! I had a very social Friday and Saturday—more than normal—so it was really nice!
I hope your Sunday is lovely as well :]

TheTeaFairy

Lol, yes I remember reading your post about the party! Hiking in nature is a good cure:-)
My Sunday was wonderful, chores in the morning, books and tea in the afternoon…

albertocanfly

Most definitely! Nature, exercise, and tea cures most ailments for me:]
That does sound wonderful:]! Books and tea pair so nicely :]

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Herbal Traveling Tea Box

My first sip in on this tea, I was not a fan. But the more that I drink it, the more amazing that it becomes. It tastes very heavily of lavender which is an odd flavor for me to encounter in a tea.. but just like when it is in sachets, it is very calming. This is perfect. Tons of people are coming over to my house today as my cousins from Texas are here… so we are throwing a party. I don’t like parties >.< There are too many people in a room at one time. No me gusta. Makes me just want to hide upstairs and lock my doors and never come out:P tehehe…oh, well.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Marzipan

Hello fellow introvert!

TheTeaFairy

I’m with you, not too comfortable with big parties either…

albertocanfly

I’m glad that I’m not alone in this!:] Go, introverts! :]

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This tasted very lemony, orange and zesty to me. Was worth a try and some others may really enjoy it. The bag smelled very nice and the leaves looked like confetti potpourri.

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Backlog. Another sample from Carol!

This is the first green tea that I have tried. I am not sure if I made it right. How do you know what temperature your water is? To me this one tasted like grass mixed with a little bitterness does that mean I brewed it too hot? It did have a little side flavor that smelled good, so I would be willing to try it agin, if it was just brewed to hot.

Marzipan

Digital variable temp kettle :)

RandomlyFascinated

Is there any way to tell the temp with a regular kettle? I am not planning to buy a new kettle right now.

Marzipan

Some people have written up how many minutes to let it cool to get to certain temps, I’m sure it’s on the board somewhere.

RandomlyFascinated

I’ll have to look for it thanks!

Angrboda

That would only really work if you boiled the same amount of water every time as they did. A small amount cools faster than a large amount. (And to a smaller degree to do with the surface area of your water, but that’s probably fairly comparable). It’s probably okay as a guideline, though. If you have a cooking thermometer you can measure your water with that.

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
121 tasting notes

Thanks carol who for the sample!

This tea wasn’t bad, but the two different times I drank it, it tastes completely different. The first was nice, but not memorable. The second I had to toss. It was overwhelmingly bitter. I think since I have such a small sample size of it, different amounts of the ingredients are in each cup, which makes a huge difference.

Bummer this is my 100th tasting note!

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
2356 tasting notes

Thanks to carol who for this one! I meant to try it before but it somehow got lost in my pile of samples. I do like the cherry flavor in this blend but I’m not really sure about the combination of black tea and rooibos. I’m kind of wishing for one or the other. The vanilla flavor is peeking out as well and was helped along by a dash of vanilla soymilk. Overall this is pretty good and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Flavors: Cherry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
519 tasting notes

T&C TTB#19: I kind of like this one. Not sure I’d keep it around and I don’t notice any rose, lavender or jasmine but it was a pleasant cup. The spices are somewhat mild. I wonder if I’d like it with a touch more sugar. I used about 2 teaspoons for a 16 ounce cup and I steeped with about 4 ounces of half and half as well as water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
519 tasting notes

T&C TTB#1: So, I couldn’t resist. I found myself with a couple of hours where I could drink tea! I started with this one. I thought I’d try these teas without looking to see what was expected of them first. :)

When I opened the package I thought I smelled red rooibos, despite the package saying black. And yes, I was right. It smells cherry, despite having that medicinal smell from the rooibos. But in the end, to me, it tastes like cherry medicine. Nope, red rooibos blends are not for me! But it was nice to have the opportunity to try some again to see if my tastes have changed! :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Carol Who was so kind to send some of this in a swap. I don’t think I’ve had a cherry tea before, so I was really interested in how this would taste.
The smell of the leaf had a bit of the tangy medicinal thing going on, but in an interesting way.
Tasting it, I felt that the flavour was a bit on the artificial syrup side, with the rooibos only enforcing it…. as I sipped, though, that all mellowed out, and I began to really like this cup of tea. It was comforting and so different from anything in my tea drawer.
I resteeped it, and while the cup wasn’t as strong, which was completely expected, it was still a really pleasant cup.
Thanks so much for such a different cup of tea, Carol Who :)

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drank ANGEL'S KISS TEA by SereneTeaz
72 tasting notes

T&C TTB

Elegant. This tea has light floral and fruity flavors plus a nice rose oil aroma. The green tea base is like a whisper in the background.

My daughter took a sip and said that the name and flavor of the tea made her think of a Doctor Who episode – “Angels Take Manhattan.”

Thank you for sharing this in the TTB CarolWho !

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers

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T&C TTB
A Rooibos tea with a strong flowery, almost perfume-like, flavor at first sip. Adding a sweetener makes the delicate perfume taste linger longer and it makes me feel like I’m drinking Eau de toilette.

Flavors: Flowers

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drank afternoon delight by SereneTeaz
280 tasting notes

This is a lovely looking tea. I have it in a clear jar (Kept in a nice dark cabinet) and it just plain looks lovely. Aroma is flowery and nice gunpowder tea. Touch of lemon, as well as, the floral scent. Taste is well balanced. I always worry about anything that has rose in it because some times they sneak those tart rose hips in there. Luckily, there is no tartness from the rose. It’s a very comforting tea. No bitterness, no odd notes of flavor you can’t identify. I am enjoying it on another cold (Snowy!) Spring day. I mean really… It’s the middle of April! The temp was 21 degrees this morning. It was 75 degrees two days ago!!!! (Hey, can anybody tell me how to make the degree signs I don’t have to write degree all the time?)
I like this tea but I like fruity teas rather than floral, so this is not one of my favorites. I resteeped and it was still very good. One problem I have with the Breville is that I have to make any tea with a two cup minimum. If resteeped, I suddenly have 4 cups of the same tea. I took a quick sip of the resteep and then put the rest in the refrigerator and I’ll see how it tastes. Not a cold brew, just a chilled tea. I’ll try a cold brew another time. They recommended 1-2 tsp. and I went with 2 tsp/cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
20 tasting notes

This tea wasn’t bad; tasted like the Tazo and Teavana chais I’ve had before. It wasn’t overly weak or strong.

I’m starting to think I don’t like chai, however, since I’m just not enthused by it.

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The flavors are licorice and fennel. It doesn’t list cardamon but I can see it and taste it. Reminds me of other licorice herbals I’ve had. Not much to set it apart from others. Nothing wrong with it. Will be good as an evening herbal but nothing exciting. And I definitely need more herbals. I was up half the night after my awesome experience with the Chocolate Yerba Mate. After being in Supercleaner mode yestesterday, I am soooooo sore today. Yikes. This is a good relaxing cuppa while I sit and watch some classic Doctor Who. Ahhhh.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank almond cookie by SereneTeaz
280 tasting notes

The aroma is fantastic. The taste is a little bland on my first try. Luckily I have a full 2 oz. so I can play around with it a little. First steeping was only 2 min. I made a new pot and steeped for 3 min. I also put just a little more leaf. I wish the amount section below let us put in half teaspoons. I would say I did 1.5 for 8 oz. Just a bit of stevia and I have all I wanted in an almond cookie tea! I’m really glad I re-made this tea before rating it. The almond really comes up to the front with a burst of taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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T&C TTB 19/23

This one grew on me. I cold brewed this twice and sweetened it a little both times and it tasted like lavender candy with the added taste of rooibos. Not something I would be in the mood for very often.
Thanks carol who for sharing :)

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drank SWEET SIN (ROOIBOS) by SereneTeaz
187 tasting notes
T&C TTB 15/23

Maybe I cold brewed this a too long, 12+ hours. All I get is medicinal rooibos. I added some simple syrup and gave it to my son. He liked it. I asked him what it tasted like he said “sweet”. I asked to be more specific “a little bit like cantaloupe and cherries”. I thought that was weird and decided to try it again and in strange way I do kind of get ripe cantaloupe with it sweetened with simple syrup.

Thanks carol_who!

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This was my TEAlephone tea. I admit that it once again took me a bit to get into, but once I did, I really liked it. It’s much better for me as it cools. I have to try this as a cold brew.

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Another tea from carol who

This tea is an earl grey lavender tea. It’s very strong on bergamot and lavender. I will admit it took me a few sips to get into this one. I think I wasn’t expecting those flavors to be quite so strong. Once I got into it, I was into it. I definitely enjoyed this one. I probably could have used another caffeinated tea at this point, though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank ANGEL'S KISS TEA by SereneTeaz
187 tasting notes

T&C TTB 8/23

I cold brewed this tea, it’s good. I mostly notice the pineapple and strawberry, both of which I love. The fruit flavors don’t over power the green tea either. I added simple syrup to see what my husband thought, he didn’t care for it. So I finished drinking it, with it sweetened I got more papaya.

Thank you carol who I enjoyed it :)

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drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
187 tasting notes

T&C TTB 7/23

It has a nice cherry flavor, I was ready to put sugar expecting it to be sour enough that I would need it because of the sour cherry in it but I didn’t. It was lightest sour that only complemented the flavor. I don’t understand why they needed to put rooibos in it. Well I guess I do, in the description it says for health benefits. I think if I added sugar the taste of rooibos would not be as strong.

Thanks so much carol who:) I was happy to see you put this in the box since it was on my wishlist. I’m even more excited to try Angel’s Kiss tomorrow!

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drank SWEET SIN (ROOIBOS) by SereneTeaz
385 tasting notes

I got this one from carol who (THANKS!) and it smelled delicious. It was a beautiful color. I’m just not sure about it. I like all of the things in this tea, and yet…. it just doesn’t quite taste right. I’m not sure what’s off about it. It has a weird aftertaste. (Even my husband agreed on the aftertaste.) I’m really not sure if I did something wrong with it, or it’s just not a tea for me. I’ve got enough left for another cup, so I’ll try it again. I’m not giving it a rating until then.

carol who

That’s sort of what I thought. Great aroma, not much in the way of flavor. I’ve tried different brewing temps and times. I haven’t found the right combo yet. Let me know if you solve the mystery.

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drank orange silk by SereneTeaz
280 tasting notes

Nice red color, with mild orange aroma. Rooibos is gentle, not overpowering. I should have checked the package: there isn’t any actual orange. Orange flowers and flavoring isn’t the same. It’s an okay blend but nothing special. i will drink the whole pack (2 oz) but I wouldn’t order again.
I tried it again with just a little sweetener and a drop of soy milk. Tastes good but still nothing exciting for me. The soy milk brings out the"silky" flavor a bit more.

Back to my broken finger.. its very hard to type left hand only. My right hand needs to be elevated or it starts throbbing. BTW, have you ever tried to hook a bra with out my index finger and middle finger? If someone had seen me they would have died laughing. :-D

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Licorice Tea by SereneTeaz
20 tasting notes

So, first off, this is a licorice tea. And it does taste like black licorice. I know I’m stating the obvious, but I also know licorice tends to be a “love it!” or “hate it!” thing.

Anyway. I like it! I was a bit worried before trying it that the licorice would be overpowering, and I don’t find it to be, although it is the dominant taste. Granted, I expect it to taste like licorice (as opposed to the Earl Grey I tried from here, which would have been better labeled as “Bergamot Tea”!) so maybe to someone else it might be strong. I don’t know.

I do sweeten my tea.

I don’t think that I will regularly drink this day in and day out, since I don’t like licorice QUITE that much, but I think as a change of pace I will happily consume it.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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