1107 Tasting Notes

drank Mulled Wine by Joy's Teaspoon
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My third sample! I should probably start this out by saying that I don’t really drink alcohol and thus have no idea what mulled wine is supposed to taste like. But I like the IDEA of mulled wine and the combination of flavors here sounded good, so I figured it was worth a try.

And… wow! I’ve always said that I’d drink more if booze didn’t taste so much like alcohol (and I’m sure some doesn’t, but I’m in college and here, booze means cheap beer). This blend doesn’t really smell or taste like tea at all, and not just in the obvious sense of it being a tisane — I would assume it was hot juice if I didn’t know any better.

As for how I’d describe the taste: super fruity, tart, and just a tad spicy. It makes me pucker my lips a bit, but I like that. This is a drink with presence. I was a little bit doubtful about how much I’d enjoy this one, but I’m in love and I wish I had more than two or so more cups’ worth so I could spend my entire winter with this. (And yes, this is very much a fall/winter tisane. I can’t imagine drinking it iced or during warm months.)

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drank Formosa Oolong by Joy's Teaspoon
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Another lovely sample from the lovely Naomi at Joy’s Teaspoon! I wish I could say something beyond the store’s description, but it’s pretty spot-on. This is a nice, pleasant oolong with a surprising lightness and a slight flavor of sweetness, flowers, and spices. I can’t see myself going out of my way to get more, but it’s yummy.

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drank Mintastic by Adagio Teas
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Feeling yucky today, but this makes things a little bit better. Warm and yummy without feeling heavy in my stomach.

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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This time, I brewed up equal parts of this and lavender and got a rather lovely result. I wonder if I’m simply not a fan of bergamot and need something — anything — to disguise that particular flavor?


Earl Grey is one of the few teas that I just can’t stomach. I’ve tried everything (and anything) to mask the flavor, or complement it. Bergamot is a tough one. But I’d try a vanilla tea with it. I do enjoy earl grey creme. Or maybe a honeyed almond flavor?


Would you believe I don’t own any vanilla tea whatsoever? But that does sound like a tasty combo, I’ll definitely try it out when I do! On the almond note, I do enjoy this EG combined with SpecialTea’s almond cookie (although really, I enjoy ANYTHING combined with SpecialTea’s almond cookie).

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drank Almond Cookie by SpecialTeas
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I honestly can’t imagine anybody from Celestial Seasonings drinking this and saying “Yep, that’s tasty! Let’s make people pay for it!”

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drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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• green teas
• floral notes of all kinds
• dessert teas

• licorice
• heavy spice

Quick summary of ratings:

90s: Outstanding, definite rebuy
80s: Very good, doesn’t blow me away
70s: Good, but some type of flaw
60s: All right, worth a taste
50s: Not so great, but drinkable
40s and below: Various levels of dislike to hate. It just depends on how gross I think it is.



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