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80
drank afternoon delight by SereneTeaz
126 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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75
drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
16 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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75

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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85
drank almond cookie by SereneTeaz
126 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 15/?

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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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
78 tasting notes

T&C TTB 8/?

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
78 tasting notes

T&C TTB 7/?

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
89 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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78
drank orange silk by SereneTeaz
126 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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75
drank Licorice Tea by SereneTeaz
16 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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80
drank Earl Grey by SereneTeaz
126 tasting notes

I love bergamot so for me this great. It’s almost the Double Bergamot I got from Naylynn.(Thanks!) I wan’t expecting so much bergamot since there wasn’t any indication in the name. I can see where people might be overwhelmed by the flavor but this is destined to become when of my “wake-up” teas in the morning. The only problem I have is that with my Breville I have to make a minimum of 2 cups at a time. Then a resteep and then another resteep…. OK 6 cups in a row of this is getting a bit much. As always I use a bit of sweetener. I steep mine for 4 min. the first batch and then 5 on the resteeps. I still hated to throw out the tea leaves because they smelled so good. I might have been able to get another steep :) Bergamot, bergamot, goooo bergamot!

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

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80
drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
126 tasting notes

I was a little worried about it being too cherry candy flavored. So I got a sample at the store that led to buying a whole cup and, of course, buying 2 oz. It has a very nice cherry flavor which is well balanced by the vanilla. It is a comfy cup on a cold day!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
sherapop

Cherry flavoring is tricky, isn’t it? Too often it ends up smacking of cough syrup…

carol who

You are absolutely right! Some cherry teas remind me of the cough drops I had as a child. Apparently I must have eaten way too many of them so now they totally make me sick.

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80
drank Cherry Vanilla by SereneTeaz
126 tasting notes

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drank Earl Grey by SereneTeaz
16 tasting notes

I’m a newbie to brewing and tasting, so take my review with a grain of salt.

I found this Earl Grey to have a much stronger bergamot taste than other Earl Greys I’ve had from Twinings and Republic of Tea. And the Republic of Tea one I had was Earl Greyer, which I assume meant it was supposed to have MORE bergamot. Compared to this, it doesn’t though!

Despite the strong bergamot taste, it wasn’t bad. I usually understeep teas because I hate the bitterness of over-steeping, but this one I steeped a bit longer than usual since I was distracted. I did 3 minutes when I typically try for 2. And it didn’t come out bitter at all which was a huge relief.

But the bergamot is pretty overpowering. I will finish the 2 oz I bought, and then search for an Earl Grey that has less.

Edit: As time goes on, and I try to finish what I have, the bergamot becomes really off-putting due to how overpowering it is. Bleh.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 27 OZ / 798 ML
carol who

Hey, everyone has different tastes. Don’t keep apologizing for being new. You seem to be doing great. Don’t forget to add your profile. I also shop at Sereneteaz. Not too many Steepsters seem to but it isn’t too far from my house. OK, actually its about 20 miles but there isn’t much else besides a Teavana (which is also good!) in my area. OK again about 20 miles. Through rain, snow, sleet or hail the Steepsters will do anything for some tea! Welcome!

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88
drank Slim Mint by SereneTeaz
6 tasting notes

Not quite a Peppermint Patty, but a good cup of tea. I don’t usually like mint teas but it’s not super strong in this one. The first two times I made it, I used water that was too hot but I kept trying. And then I added some of the new sugar/chocolate/coffee sprinkle from Trader Joe’s to the cup before pouring in the tea. Now it’s a very nice cup of tea.

I want to try this when I have a headache because mint is supposedly one of the herbs that will help with headaches.

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68

I wanted to get some pu-erh for my mom because she’s been having stomach issues but I was afraid the smell would turn her off so I got Caramel Harmony. She doesn’t think the smell is bad and likes the tea. Now if I could just get her to brew it instead of coffee….

For my part, I love the scent of pu-erh. It reminds me of the Children’s Zoo at Brookfield Zoo and all my good memories of it. How can that be bad? I like the tea but I haven’t found the sweet spot in the amount/temp/time equation yet.

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100
drank Genmaicha by SereneTeaz
6 tasting notes

I crave this stuff. Nice nutty flavor and the only tea I have that I would drink with anything. It’s great iced. If I didn’t want this stuff so often I wouldn’t have tried bringing it cold to work but I’m glad I did. Most of my teas are sweet and not something I’d want with a meal.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

This is my go-to tea. Surprising since I never thought I liked white tea and thought it’d be too fussy. Very nice flavor and it’s good hot or cold. I usually steep it two or three times.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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83

At first, I though this tea was just fine. It didn’t amaze me with it’s flavor. When I tried it with agave it became much better. It wasn’t until I used honey that I fell in love. There was the sweetness and flavor I expected. It didn’t take much—just a bit to bring out the flavor of the tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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