115 Tasting Notes

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
115 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Nattie!

This tea is really growing on me. At first I didn’t think that hibiscus and chocolate would work, but the sip opens up with the tartness of the orange and hibiscus and finishes with the nice, roasted sweetness of the cocoa.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cocoa, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
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This tea smells quite juicy when dry. Brewed, the scent dissipated a bit, as well as the flavor. Enjoying it as a second steep now because my office is so cold.

Thanks for the sample Nattie!

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank SBT: Black-N-Blue by 52teas
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I received this gratis as part of a recent order from 52Teas. I cold brewed it overnight and it is very flavorful. My thoughts seem to yo-yo between liking it and disliking it, depending on the sip. It is very blueberry forward, but it almost reminds me of a blueberry muffin candle in the taste that I get at the end of the sip, lingering.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berries, Fruit Tree Flowers, Jam

Preparation
Iced

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drank Chilli Garlic Rooibos by Custom
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I received this in my tea swap with Nattie. I won’t feel too bad about being harsh on this tea since she admitted she didn’t like it and she custom-blended it!

The garlic in this is very strong and in the front of the sip. It stays all through and continues into the next sip. I get a little bit of chili at the beginning, but it’s overpowered by the garlic in the end. Honestly, it tastes like eating garlic bread, which, if you’re in the mood for, might be good. I could see this as being sipped as a savory tea if you had a stomach ache, similar to broth but lighter.

Flavors: Chicken Soup, Leeks

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Oh my goodness, this tea smells absolutely divine when brewing! I didn’t notice I was sniffing my tea tumbler until the person I was meeting with gave me a quizzical look, wondering what I was doing. The smell is spot on for roasted apple.

The taste is like a grown up, unsweetened apple juice or cider. I actually prefer this over cider or juice since those can get so sweet. I’m bummed that I used up my whole sample from Suziqzer in this brewing, but I’ll be sure to savor it.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Mineral, Vanilla

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

This one is nice cold steeped as well… Hubby loves it that way.

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Wow, I actually really like this tea! I was a but apprehensive when looking at the dried leaves, but the taste is quite refreshing. It is minty and soothing without bring too aggressive or chewing gum-like.

Thanks for the sample Suzie!

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Based on the smell, I didn’t think I would like this tea at all. While brewing it has a very strong medicinal smell. It calms down a bit and while sipping reminds me or herbal sodas like traditional birch beer, root beer, and dandelion/burdock soda. Some sips taste a bit too floral and soapy, but other sips are clean and herbal.

Thanks for the sample Suziqzer! I have another serving left & will re-evaluate when I taste again.

Flavors: Anise, Autumn Leaf Pile, Corn Husk, Wood

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I received this as a sample from a recent Hapa-tite! Tea Swap — thanks Suziqzer!

I really did not get much of any flavor from this, not even mint.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
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This is a lovely sample from my Hapa-tite! Tea Swap, thanks Suziqzer.

This is a rooibos base, so surprisingly I was not much of a fan. It does have a slight creamy taste, but I think that comes with the rooibos inherently. I would have liked to get some cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, maybe even some rum.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Suziqzer

Too bad this was a miss for you. My son enjoys it .. I think he just likes the little snowflakes. It took a couple of cups for me to start to want to look for it in the evenings. Now I’ll do a second steep for myself if my son has a cup in the evening.

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