48 Tasting Notes

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drank Honey Nut Fig by Capital Teas
48 tasting notes

There is something vaguely exotic about this tea. I would imagine this is the kind of tea Indiana Jones is drinking when he’s in a marketplace in Egypt or maybe Turkey. I mean when he’s not shooting bad guys or chasing after treasure, of course.

The figs and the nuts combine to give this tea a naturally sweet taste that does not need any sort of sweetener. The pistachios give the tea a depth of flavor and a little more complexity than I would expect and I love it.

The base green tea is just that. There’s nothing particularly special about it, but there’s nothing bad about it either. The one nice thing I will say about it is that I have steeped this tea using water too hot, too cold and for too long and the green tea never gets burnt in a way that is offensive to the tea. It is very durable that way.

The other thing I like about this tea is it works almost all the time. I like to drink a cup of flavored tea on the way to work in the morning, and my tastes change with the season. I wouldn’t want a pumpkin spice tea in the middle of the summer, for example. I have found this tea to be perfect for any kind of weather.

I have not tried this tea iced, but maybe it’s not such a bad idea.

Flavors: Almond, Fig

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First of all, let me say I do enjoy this tea, both hot and iced. The interplay of the sweet fruit and tart and sour lemon flavors is very entertaining, just as it is with real fruit spiked lemonade. When enjoying it as an iced tea, the primary flavors are lemonade and apples. (More like an apple lemonade than a strawberry one.) When hot, the strawberry flavor is the dominate sweet flavor and the lemon flavor is still just as present.

That being said, I do have two negative comments about this tea. First, I needed about twice as much tea to make a very weak looking and somewhat weak tasting cup of tea. Secondly, this tea seems way too expensive for how weak it brews. I get the feeling I could find a similar tea with a much lower price tag, but haven’t tried just yet.

Either way, if you’re looking for the feeling of a summer barbeque on my back deck or a spring picnic at the park in a cup, this is your tea.

Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Just a wonderful bit of tanginess from the key limes, which is offset by a creamy vanilla flavor. It reminds me of key lime pie topped with meringue in every way. Any rooibos or other flavors are dominated by the lime and cream.

The only issue I have with this tea is it makes me want to eat an actual key lime pie, but that may just be operator error.

Flavors: Cream, Lime

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Honey Almond by Pleasures of Tea
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Received this tea as a sample right after the holidays. It tasted like a heavily spiced, boldy flavored Chai tea spiked with honey. While I’m sure this is a good tea many people would enjoy, it’s just not my thing.

Flavors: Cardamon, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Important note: This is the only Pu erh I have ever had.

The tea looks pretty and smells strongly of oranges. It makes me want to drink it so bad. Almost in a naughty way.

The taste does not live up to the scent, which I find to be the case for every blood orange tea I’ve ever had. For some reason, I don’t ever learn my lesson.

Thing is, it’s not a bad tea in any way. There is a very pleasant tangy orange flavor that makes me want more. There’s a rather strong earthy note that is probably present in every Pu erh tea and I just don’t know it. The earthy note reminds me quite a bit of spring and fall. Things growing, dying, going to sleep, waking up, transitions and all that.

I enjoy it more way hot than iced, but I’m happy to drink it either way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I received this tea as a sample with an order and I will be buying it again.

The tea is a joy to look at. There’s nuts, fruit, things that kind of look like berries, the rooibos of course, and some other little shapes and sizes.

It tastes wonderful. There is a slight spicy taste that’s ginger-like, but it doesn’t really remind me of ginger bread. The nuts combined with the rooibos provide the anchor for the flavor, which is accented by the citrus. It’s a bold and yummy tea.

This tea does remind me of the holidays. It’s almost like a house full of holiday decorations in a cup. Tasteful ones, like pretty wreathes and big red and silver ornaments, not some inflatable Grinch out on the lawn.

This will be one of my go to winter teas next year.

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65
drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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I received a tin of sachets of this tea for Christmas. I’m pretty happy I did.

The two dominant flavors are citrus and cinnamon. There is a stronger cinnamon aftertaste that feels like it doesn’t belong, but it’s not particular unwelcome either. The tea reminds me of Constant Comment overall, if that’s helpful.

In short, not the best spiced tea I’ve ever had and I’m not sure I’d buy it for myself, but I wouldn’t be sad to see it under the tree again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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The best part of this tea is it tastes just like a liquid caramel apple. The worst part is, well, do we need a tea that tastes like that?

I don’t taste any cinnamon or hibiscus.

There are other apple teas I enjoy much more. I think it’s just too much with the caramel.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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