18 Tasting Notes

82

A little fruitier than I was expecting; it doesn’t REALLY taste like Red Velvet cake, but it works fine as a dessert tea on its own. I added a little sweetener, sea salt, and hot chocolate mix to (hopefully) bring out the chocolatey taste elements; they do make it sweeter, at least.

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72

I wasn’t expecting to like this tea – I’ve tried the CS Coconut Thai Chai and thought it was way too spicy. This one, however, wasn’t; the clove does stand out, but it’s also got a nice herbal sweetness – almost like a Yankee Candle, but I can’t place that scent. It tastes really Autumnal, but not especially like pumpkin pie or pecan pie or anything like that…just fallish spice flavors. The honey and vanilla don’t jump out to me, for some reason.

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73

Very calming tea. Nice mellow, flowery taste.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
18 tasting notes

Not bad – maybe it’s just my love for all things Autumn, but this was an impulse buy and I’m glad I got it. Just the smell was enough, like all the awesome things about fall in one cup. The taste was very, very clovey; the pumpkin may have been subtle, but I didn’t really pick up on it anywhere. It was more like a Fall-themed potpurri with a strong clove overtone. Still would buy again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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91

L-O-V-E this tea. Absolutely delicious. Definitely taste the vanilla, and a slight fruitiness (maybe the rooibos coming through?). Anyway, something that definitely made it sweet and really tasty. Added sweetener, and a little bit of sea salt(!) on the second try…the sweetener alone was a little bitter, but the sea salt brought out the sweetness and very slight creaminess. The flavor got better as it went along; I usually just leave my teabag in the cup, so it just got better.

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18

Ugh. The taste was…okay at first, but the longer I left it in, the stronger it got. But not in that pleasant steep-for-a-long-time-to-let-the-flavor-intensify way. Just got really bitter and spicy toward the end to the point of my tongue and throat tingling. Definitely smelled like cinnamon and cider…The smell was actually overwhelming and made everything else smell like cinnamon apples once the box was opened. Didn’t really remind me of apple cider, actually (or even apple juice). Maybe I just left the bag in too long, so maybe I’ll give it another chance in the future with a shorter steeping time.

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