Zoomdweebie's Tea Bar

Recent Tasting Notes

Thanks for this one, TeaEqualsBliss!

I just ate a soft pretzel, whatever that brand is you can buy at the grocery store. I hadn’t had them in AGES so I was quite surprised when I took one out of the bag. I know I’ve clearly gotten bigger but they seem to have gotten much smaller at the same time! I made this iced and it was done at about the same time, which was amusing.

It’s the perfect accompaniment to a salty snack. It’s sweet, but not in a candy-like way. The peach flavoring actually tastes like peach! The cranberry I don’t get as much but it’s definitely got a tart presence in here.

This makes a very good iced tea, I’ll have to try it hot too though. It’s refreshing and I’m glad it has aged well because it is tasty!

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Thank you to LiberTeas for this one!

I really like this one. I found that the cranberry was more prominent than the apple, which I caught more on the finish. I did expect the flavours overall to be a little more noticeable (based on the scent of the leaves, which was quite strong) but this is a very good tea the way it is. I will rate this tea next time I review it – the slider bar for ratings won’t work on this computer.

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Had 24oz. w/ my favorite home-made panini:
chicken patty
a slice of breaded eggplant
goat cheese w/ crushed red pepper
a slice of roasted red pepper
a slice of tomato
Miracle Whip on one side of the French bread, Fat Free Italian dressing on the other.

In spite of their being no “cream”… and virtually no peach… it’s a pretty good iced tea that pairs very well.

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Made a gallon of this cold and drank 32oz of it… raw leaf is slightly peach scented, but also has floral/perfumey notes… tastes a bit like peaches… spicifically peach COBBLER. Way more bakey than I expected it to be (since I didn’t expect it to be bakey at all). Still floral and perfumey… not creamy… hmmm… not gonna rate it til I can figure it out.

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Hot it is pretty good.
I think the honey evens out all of the possible tangyness that could have come from the combination of black tea and strawberries. Smart flavor combination.

Cold… don’t drink it cold or cooling down or anything like that. It gets a medicinal, bitter and just weird weird quality to it.

I actually don’t think i can rate this numerically since the difference between hot and cold is soooo drastic.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Got some of this from The Tea Sipper in trade, so trying it out.

I agree with most of the posters that I really don’t get much flavour out of this, mostly faintly in the aftertaste but it doesn’t linger. What I do taste doesn’t really do anything for me. I’m not sure if it’s that I don’t really like the black base or what, but something just seems a bit off in this tea for me. Can’t say I like it much at all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I got this tea in a swap from Tea Sipper, thanks!

I can taste the cherry in this tea very strongly, much more than the cranberry. The addition of sugar seems to have brought out a sort of cough-syrup-esque flavour that isn’t too terrible, but isn’t that great either. Less sugar next cup and I might change my rating.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Thanks for including this in our swap, TeaEqualsBliss! I had to steep this one a while to get any steep color at all in the tea. The flavor isn’t bad, and obviously cran and cherry would work well together. The cherry seems more like a mild sour cherry. It just seems like many of the Zoomdweebie’s I’ve had have cranberry in them! Also, the black tea flavor barely exists which I guess will showcase the other flavors better.

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84

This starts with a nice black tea base. It shouldn’t have too much flavor, or it takes away from the flavors that are added to it. I steeped this the other day and there wasn’t much flavor at ALL. Today, I must have steeped it perfectly because every sip has a peach and cream flavor. YUM But I still wish there was more flavor to it. I never have actual cream, probably because I don’t drink coffee. I literally drank more coffee when I was three years old. But I’m starting to think I love all creamy teas! I keep wanting to steep my new favorite every day – Earl Grey Creme!

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82

Hey hey hey I got a sample of this from TeaEqualsBliss and its pretty darn good!
I was not anticipating much mostly because the smell was bland but this brewed into a nice tea!
I would not even mention the smokiness because honestly I don’t think anyone who didn’t know what smoky tea tasted like would identify it as smokey. I know that word tends to put some people off so I would leave it out.
Now with that said – it has a slightly smoky flavor in the background LOL.
Its mostly rich, fruity, creamy, thicker and heavier than most tea in mouthful and sweet.
I have to say the sweetness and fruitiness hit me first and foremost. I could not add any sweetener to this as I feel it would be too sweet for me if I did.
This is a lovely tea and I am so happy I had a chance to try something that I guess is not around anymore!
Thank you SO MUCH TeaEqualsBliss for passing this on my way!

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84

Additional notes: ..two years later. Yikes. This has to be one of my oldest teas. BUT I steeped this for about 66 seconds after waiting a few minutes after boiling and it was a teaspoon and a half. WAY more maple flavor. I was oversteeping this one. Even way back then, 52Teas taste better with shorter steep times. I definitely didn’t have this much maple flavor the last time I had it (maple was what I wanted)… but still no blueberry flavor. But it’s nice to know that my old teas still hold some flavor!

ETA: I just checked the date and it was 9/7/11 last time… one day from being exactly two years ago!

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There is a mild scent of maple to this tea. But anything blueberry is non-existant. I may have ‘burned’ any of the blueberry flavor out though, since I usually wait a bit before steeping after boiling. This time I didn’t. I do love a decent black tea though.. so if you’re just going for that, it’s pretty good. Disappointed there isn’t more maple or blueberry flavor here though…

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67

Keeping the peach theme going…yet another fix from QuiltGuppy, generous she is. The peach is there, but understated. The cream is faint. I am picking up a trace of smoke in the black tea base. I like smoke, but was caught off guard to find it here. I tasted three distinct times and it is there. Odd but good. Reading the peaches & cream label, I expected bold flavors. This is ok, nothing wrong with it, just not what I expected.

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79

I am enjoying a cup of this at the moment… a nice way to unwind. It is a fairly average Lung Ching – delicious, buttery, and vegetative.

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92

I think I’ve tried this one before, but I hadn’t logged it. Having some more this morning (yes, I know it’s not morning, but it is for me).

I am a little surprised by the other tasting notes for this tea, because I can taste the peaches and cream. They meld together quite nicely. I don’t taste the black tea quite as much as I do the peaches and cream… it’s a very nice tea though… perhaps one of my favorites from the mystery boxes I purchased.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Backlogging – I’m surprised I like this as much as I do…

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85

Thanks to LiberTEAs for this one! I have had this one for a little while and forgot that I never tried it…Oops! This one exceeded my expectations! This is great hot or cold! There are equal parts Orange, Spice, and Black Tea! Nicely done, Frank!

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I thought I already logged this but apparently I didn’t and I am backlogging it but…I did enjoy it last week…I remember it being Apricoty but a little toned down. I’m thinking because of the brandied aspect. Whereas I don’t think it really tasted like brandy, persay, it did taste like a mixed drink of sorts…not bad at all!

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82

I just tried the Ultimate Citrus Spice tea from 52Teas the other day, and I have to say that I actually like this one better!

The flavor is sweeter and smoother. Nice with a dollop of honey… It would be very good without the sweetener too, but, I like the way orange and honey taste together. Maybe I’ll have to locate the honey flavored black and combine it with this!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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43

LiberTEAS sent me a sample of this, thanks to her I get to try a whole smorgasbord of teas! I’m not too crazy about this one. It’s ok, but I think that something should be stronger, either the lemon or the ginger, wouldn’t matter to me which one. I would drink this again if offered (and I will finish the sample) but I wouldn’t purchase.

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89

This is a very good Keemun. Very bold. Malty! Undertones of spice and fruit. And a distant smoky note that adds a sort of caramel sweet note to cut through a little bit of the edge of it.

Since I’m up rather early this morning and not going to go back to bed… I need THIS!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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76

I’ve eager to try this iced but my first encounter was a hot cup tonight. It’s was alright! It was more cran than cherry but the cran wasn’t bitter and the cherry wasn’t really that of a BING Cherry but you could still tell it was some sort of cherry. Neither flavor over powered the black tea taste – which is good. HOT I think this is ‘ok’ but I have higher hopes for the ICED version.

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82

Finishing off the last that I have of this – because it was a Russian Caravan, I sent most of this one to TeaEqualsBliss.

Although I must say that this is one of the better Russian Caravan teas that I’ve tried… the smokiness is mild. I don’t know if it’s because of the fruity flavors or what… but, other Russian Caravan teas that I’ve encountered (and I’ve only encountered a few) have been entirely too smoky for my liking. But this one is alright.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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