1113 Tasting Notes

drank French Vanilla Decaf by Bigelow
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This is nothing special. The scent is decent enough — simple, but not overwheming. The taste, though, is merely that of a black bagged tea with the tiniest hint of vanilla. Drinkable if it’s your only choice, but not worth making any effort to get.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Fujian Tea
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Not the best jasmine I’ve had, but decent enough. It’s too bitter for my taste and I have to add something sweet — but then again, I almost always feel the need to sweeten floral teas. As others have said, this is definitely worth the low price point and I personally expect to keep some around as long as I’m on a budget.

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drank Yummy Chai by Nourish Tea
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drank Enchanted Forest by Joy's Teaspoon
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I really want to love this, but I don’t think I can. This would be a perfect medley of flavors, but whatever method was used to add the almond just ruined it completely — it tastes completely unnatural and weird.

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drank Guns N' Roses by Custom
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(Pardon the name, I couldn’t resist.)

I decided to try this after spotting a similar blend on Etsy; gunpowder green tea and roses are two of my favorite things to brew up, so it seemed like a good idea. I need to work on the ratios for this (did 50/50 this time) and I’m not sure I like it as much as either one individually, but I nonetheless am enjoying this blend.


I think that’s a great name :)

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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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• 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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