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Recent Tasting Notes

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mixing with Jade Rabbit’s “Sleep Tea”

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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60

This worked really well last night. It usually makes my eyelids feel a bit heavy, but I don’t notice much else. Last night I swear I slept through the night… and didn’t hear my husband leave for work this am. I always wake up when he leaves! I did feel a bit groggy this am (but not real bad “medicine head” like with a sleep aid pill). Probably because I had the tea so late – after 10pm.

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60

I agree with Squee – this won’t put me to sleep if I’m wide awake, but it definitely seems to help turn drowsiness into actual sleep instead of tossing and turning. Yes, the mint is dominant, but the other herbs blend in to keep it from tasting like toothpaste or candy. It tastes “herbal” and clean & healthy, which I think is appropriate for a vaguely medicinal tea.

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60

Helped me sleep one night last week. Tastes much better than CS Sleepytime! No licorice flavor in this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Yay for no licorice!

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67

Amount: 2 teabags for 12 ounces of water
Time: 4-5 minutes

Served: Hot
Smell: Strongly of the coconut shell and meat
Flavor: light cocoa with coconut milk taste. MilitiaJim was unable to pick up the cocoa, it was “stomped on” by the coconut
Aftertaste: coconut, sweet

Added german rock sugar, 1 scoop per cup and it really helped smooth the flavor and bring out the cocoa.

Added Almond Milk, didn’t help the tea at all (we love plain black almond milk tea and wanted to experiment). Militiajim notes this makes it smell like an Almond Joy bar.

I want to try in the future with honey, and maybe a 5-6 minute brew time.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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64

Thanks to people in the neighborhood who decided to present a rock concert akin to Oompa Loompas playing AC/DC late, late, late last night (oops, early, early, early, early this morning)—and because I wrestled myself into a sleepless puddle attempting to call down blessings and not curses upon mine enemies—-I need a shot of coffee-kick energy this morning. Hoping that the mate induces a steady morning-long supply.

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64

Needed something with a little meat on its bones this morning (0 degrees on the thermometer, -16 wind chill). This doesn’t seem strong or stout to me, but it is thick and rich, especially with a little condensed milk.

Lisbet

Ooooh I bet condensed milk is delicious with this.

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35

I had the Loose Leaf sample size, it was supposed to make 7-10 cups, apparently my teaspoon is too large as it made more like 6

Amount: 4.5 scoops tea to 3 cups of tea (6 ounce cups)

Time: a little over 8:30 minutes (oopse!)

Served: Hot
AmazonV Smell: cinnamon, clove, ginger
AmazonV Flavor: spicy, peppery, medium body

MilitiaJim Smell: spiced cider without the apple
MilitiaJim Flavor: cloves with a hint of ginger

Aftertaste: cinnamon, cardamon

I tried adding honey and lactose-free milk, that calms the spicy after burn

too spicy for me, it was OK with the honey and milk but it’s not going to be a stock tea for me as i’d have to cut it with a less spicy tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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37

Just a quick note to say…received this sample with my catalog this month. Felt like trying it out tonite. It is not bad, but not one of my favorites. I will drink it all b/c i wont waste a mug of tea. It has more of a chocolate smell to it that strawberry, and the smell is a lot stronger than the taste. At least i think so. I did not add sweetner to it b/c i was afraid with it being “chocolate” that it would be too sweet. Not the case. But i might just add some agave syrup here soon. Could be just a bit sweeter. Looking forward to seeing what others have to say!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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40

Smell: fake chocolate
Taste: at first, a hint of fake strawberry. Other than that, fake chocolate (aka carob.. I never cared for it).

It’s drinkable, but I wouldn’t buy it.

Danielle

my thoughts :)

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

oooh, so that is carob! thanks :)

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72

I am not typically a fan of Assam teas but a friend brought me a few bags to try and I don’t think it is too bad. Got some body to it but it isn’t knock me over strong. Only steeped it for 3 minutes, like I do with most black teas, and I am sure it would be a lot stronger if I let it steep longer. I don’t think I would drink this all the time, but I just might add this to my work tea collection since it is not bad for a bagged tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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65

After seeing Auggy’s post about this tea, I knew a RoT catalog was on the way. When I got home from work, it was there waiting for me. Yay! I usually do not order anything from RoT, but I do look forward to the tea sample they include with the catalog.

Let me start out by saying that this is the best sample I’ve received from them thus far. OF COURSE it contains Rooibos…I would be shocked if it didn’t. This is what I taste – in order:
-a little zing of strawberry (very nice)
-the oncoming taste of mild chocolate (good)
-ROOIBOS!!! (loud and proud – Ehh…)

I understand that Rooibos is a good filler and that sometimes tea blends need that little extra something (the cowbell – see Steepster Dictionary thread). But this would be so good with a nice black tea base. Why can’t they push the freakin’ Rooibos aside just once and see if their sales don’t improve. The Rooibos takes over the aftertaste with that sawdust/woody/straw-like taste. I like Rooibos…and for some reason I do not taste the negative aspects when I drink it plain. But in blends, it’s there…and obvious.

Rant over. This is a big victory for RoT, but in the tea world, it’s just slightly above average.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Is the catalog the same as the last one or is it a new one? A few days ago I received a second Comfort and Joy. Ohhhh nooo. I do like rooibos, I have a feeling I might enjoy this one.

LENA

it’s a new one. the cover is all about this strawberry chocolate tea. i guess they are going for a valentine’s motif.

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70

Didn’t know what I wanted on this grump-tastic day. This came in the mail so I figured, sure, why the heck not.

1.8g in this tea bag. ROT’s bag size doesn’t thrilled me. But whatever. It smells good though. Exactly like chocolate covered strawberries. But once it starts brewing, the sour wood smell of rooibos is apparent. Meh. Whatever, we’ll give it a go. Maybe the sourness will blend well with the tart, fresh strawberry smell which I hope translates to taste.

Okay, my 18-year old arthritic and not-so-steady-on-her-feet kitty just traversed a table, two chairs, and a chasm between a chair and the couch to get to me for love so at this point, this could be the worst tea ever and my day has gotten pretty awesome. That was quite a feat for her! (She had to go via such a route because she physically can’t jump up to the couch directly and her stairs up are up to the chair on the other side of the living room).

Well, the good news is, this tea is not horrible. Nowhere near as cool as my kitty, but then what really is? (Nothing. Just in case you were curious. Nothing is.) It tastes pretty sweet but there is a little tart, too. Sort of like fresh strawberries with a dash of strawberry jam. The chocolate comes in mostly on the aftertaste for me but it is distinctively chocolate.. I can taste some ick from the rooibos hiding underneath everything, but eh. It’s not that bad. A little like moldy wood but not as obvious as I feared based on the smell. Easy enough to acknowledge and then attempt to ignore.

I could almost see myself buying this. Of course when I imagine it, most of the scenarios I come up with end with me giving it to my mom and just having a cup every so often when I visit. But still, that’s a lot better than I was expecting. A lot. Hordes. I don’t totally trust it though. I almost feel that I like it so much because it wasn’t disgusting and I was expecting to be disgusted. This tea and GM’s White Licorice tie for the ‘Weird Tea I Thought I’d Hate But Ended Up Liking But Maybe I Just Like It Because I Didn’t Hate It’ tea award. I kind of want to own about 5 servings of this so I can give it a proper taste run.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’m not thrilled w/ their weight, but I am surprised at the strength of them (I’ve only tried two though) considering the weight.

Fred

The moldy wood part is what turns me off!

takgoti

I’d like to see you get the trophies get engraved for that award. Maybe ones with a little bowling figure on top or something equally appropriate.

Ricky

At least it sounds better than Comfort and Joy. A few weeks ago I thought cats only lived to ten. Ahhh, silly kitty (4.5yrs) is pawing me at the moment because she wants to play (except for the fact she doesn’t realize the claws on her paw actually hurt). I thought they only lived till ten cause she’s been in surgery twice already =(

Auggy

@Fred, I’m generally not a rooibos fan but this was actually pretty good. The moldy wood was there but it was pretty easy for me to ignore so I consider it a win.
@takgoti, I’m so incredibly tempted to try to find trophies that would be tea-appropriate. Do they make hot dog eating champion trophies? Because it’s kinda the same genre of competition, right?
@Ricky, Most things are better than Comfort and Joy. :) Also, I’ve read somewhere that the average age of a free-roaming cat is 3yo and the average for an inside cat is about 15. My 18 year old has had a few health scares (she now lives in the master bathroom most of the time because of her last one) but for her age she’s doing really great.

LENA

Ooh, I guess I can expect a new RoT catalog soon. I never order anything, but I always look forward to receiving their lone teabag, which usually sucks. Easily amused, I guess.
Since meeting my husband (who is a cat man) I’ve mostly converted to being a cat lover. Before that, I was all about dogs. I guess it takes a special cat to bring a person around.

Cofftea

@LENA, another one? I just got mine before Christmas!

Angrboda

Hey, I just realised that apparently I can have a catalogue sent all the way over here, so we’re trying that out. They can’t put VAT and customs fees on that, can they?

Fred

@Auggy The only rooibos I have tried was from the samples when you go into Teavana….which by the way is very overpriced for the quality. They tasted ok i guess sort of like cough syrupy flavor as far as i remember. Maybe it was just the particular blend that day. They like to mix two types together there.

takgoti

@Auggy http://bit.ly/7rhZ9a [Wow…that looks incredibly inappropriate. My inner adolescent is giggling uncontrollably.]

Auggy

@Fred, as a general rule in my world (no clue about yours), Teavana samples are evil. The cough syrupy flavor though would probably be some noxious fruit tea plus honey. Not that I feel one way or another about Teavana or anything.

@takgoti, OMG. Are you sure that’s for hot dog eating???

Fred

@Auggy Haha. In my world Teavana is evil. I go in there just to take a look at the teapots but then get bombarded by people trying to sell me tea who know less about tea than I do. Plus I realized that my main tea supplier tea trekker has way better quality tea which is a lot cheaper per oz.

Jillian

@Takgoti: Ahahahaha! I wonder if the winner is compensating for ‘something’ with the size of that trophy…. XDDD

LENA

I’m trying to think of something witty to say about that trophy….nothing coming to mind other than BahahHAHAHA!

S

Aww, good job kitty! On a tea-related note, I have still not tried rooibos tea yet…the descriptions of “sour wood” are scaring me!

takgoti

@Shanti If I told you that rooibos reads as sweet and woody to me would that help? I don’t know whose you have vendor wise, but I wouldn’t call rooibos a shocking, holy-shizz-spit-it-out kind of taste. I consider it a mild taste. Then again, I like it. Can anyone who doesn’t like rooibos confirm or deny?

Angrboda

I don’t care much for rooibos, but I’d go with sour rather than sweet. Bit like unripe berries. I agree about the woody, though.

Auggy

I would agree takgoti’s statement, too. Overall it is a mild woody taste which you may or may not like (and I think can probably vary, too, with how well it works with the other flavors in there… though straight I kinda think it tastes particle board).

teaplz

Rooibos to me is woodsy sweet. In a weird way, sort of like if pencil sharpener shavings actually tasted good.

Okay, that sounds unappetizing, but… I’ve only had rooibos mixed with stuff or flavored. Never alone. So I can’t speak for its unaltered taste. But it’s pretty mild.

Pamela Dean

I made a cup of plain rooibos right next to a cup of plain honeybush. (i like both, btw) To me, they are both woodsy, but the rooibos has a bit of a tanginess whereas the honeybush is sweeter (no tang). Next I will be comparing the green, unfermented versions of both of these. I reckon the rooibos acquires the tang (or sourness) during fermentation.

Pamela Dean

Aw gee, I miss my kitties :( The asthma and arthritis have made them absent from my apartment. But I sure enjoy giving a friendly kitty a rub when I go out, after which I come home and wash hands, sigh. Please keep ‘em inside for long hair-on-the-cushions life, and enjoy them while ya’ got ’em!

Auggy

I’d agree with the rooibos/honeybush comparison. I’m not in love with either of them but have had more success with honeybush. I haven’t seen a green version of it though. If you find/know one, let me know because I’d be interested to try it, too!

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This was my first Rooibos tea and still is my favorite. The vanilla flavor is not as pronounced as I would have hoped but it is enough to be noticed and compliment the earthy rooibos flavor. This one is a staple for me. I’ve read that rooibos soothes the central nervous system and I certainly believe it. After a couple cups of it at night, I’m relaxed and ready for bed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
spohkh

it was my first rooibos as well =)

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I’m not a huge black tea fan but I loved this tea regardless. The ginger and peach blend well together and give a subtle boost for those tough mornings. I find that the ginger tastes is more pronounced than the peach flavor but it still works well. The ginger helps settle an upset stomach.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Have you tried Adagio’s? Just wondering how it compares.

airic91

I will have to give it a try. I’ve only recently gotten into tea in the last few months when I started college. I’m still experimenting.

Cofftea

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