115 Tasting Notes

81

I don’t like cherries or floral teas, but this is one of my favorite teas. Something about the blend of flavors and the nice aroma when brewed makes this a delight to drink. It can get a bit bitter if overbrewed, so watch out. I believe this is only available seasonally during the Spring.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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34

Blah. Sadly, I had to return this to Trader Joe’s. Far too sweet to be used for anything. I made some iced tea with it using a quarter of the mix called for and it still wasn’t worth drinking.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Suziqzer

There is rumor that we may get a Traders Joes in a city not too far from me… we have nothing like it. One health food store that is ok. I’m excited about the possibility of some good new finds.. I hope if they come I have better luck than you did with this one. At least it is easy to return when the store is local :)

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66

I was a bit apprehensive about this tea since chocolate teas are usually artificial tasting or taste like weird watery chocolate. This was a pleasant surprise. I don’t know if I would be able to pick out that it was a chocolate pu-erh from tasting it by itself, but I enjoyed it. It’s not too sweet so that it is reserved for a dessert tea (though I tend to drink my pu-erhs as a digestif) and it did not have any funky taste to it.

This is a great, grocery-store available introduction to pu-erhs for those that are a little intimidated.

Bonus: NUMI uses no pesticides in their tea or plastics in their tea bags.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
115 tasting notes

This tea is very light flavored and does not seem to become stronger with more steeping. The scent dry is very nice, but when brewed it too sweet for me. It reminds me of watered down lemonade.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
115 tasting notes

I’m sorry, but this tea just tastes horrible. I took a few sips and then had to dump the rest out. The maple is very artificial tasting.

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67
drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
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I had low expectations for this tea, but I actually like it. I’ve gotten 3 steeps out of 1.5 teaspoons of leaves. The smell of it once brewed is weaker than the dry leaves. It tastes spicy (like a chai) and not too sweet.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Invigorating Tea by Chopra
115 tasting notes

This tea is delightfully spicy and well balanced. It isn’t too bitter and it smells great. It definitely gives me an energy boost.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
115 tasting notes

The smell of this tea is divine. It reminds me of a salted caramel sauce used to drizzle over ice cream. It smells very sweet, but the taste is not overwhelming. Definitely a dessert tea.

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65

This tea smells like a warm, toasty banana muffin, but I was afraid it would be too artificial tasting. The aroma mellows out a lot upon steeping and actually tastes quite nice. The aroma is not reflected in the flavor, but it helps to take an inhale of the steam before sipping to get the full experience. Tastes good, but not extra-ordinary.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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81
drank Masala Chai by Argo Tea
115 tasting notes

This has great flavor without being too sweet or bitter. It definitely wakes me up and holds up to long brewing well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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