2661 Tasting Notes


Delicious cold-brewed. And very similar/the same as Mahamosa’s Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit.

Also, it’s funny how the ingredients listed don’t match up to what’s in the tea, because there are definitely cranberry pieces and apple in here… in fact, they’re obvious in the tea that’s pictured here! So why only cherries, kiwi, and coconut are listed, I have no idea.

Anyways, it’s good :D

One thing I’ve been noticing about Caraway’s teas though, is that I swear there’s extra sediment at the bottom of my cup when I’m drinking them. It could be fruit pieces or something, but it looks like sand, and I’m really worried that that’s what it is. I don’t remember seeing it in teas prior, but have experienced in more than once in the teas from Caraway (particularly the fruity ones). Anyone else?

Iced 8 min or more

There is a sand-like sediment on the bottom of my cup from the sample that you gave me. Quite odd…


Huh. I thought I was maybe dreaming that (and had totally forgotten to be honest, my apologies) – perhaps I should chuck the rest of the bag…


No worries! I’m really glad that I got to try this! It’s interesting that you found this in other fruits blends of theirs as well. I wouldn’t even have noticed there was anything unless I had read your tasting note.


I think when I wrote this, I wasn’t sure if I had just been imagining things or not, and had meant to check. I had at least a couple Caraway blends since (not fruit ones though), and they were totally fine, like the White Ginger Peach, and… Strawberry Orchid? Bleh :(

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Cold-brewed overnight. Ahhh-mazing! Thanks so much Amanda for picking me up more of this!

Also…. a side-by-side cold-brew of this and Caraway’s Two Fruits & a Nut reveals that they are extremely similar, if not the exact same tea. So an alternate source has been found!!

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Prosperous Peach Oolong by Teavana
2661 tasting notes

Another sample from Amanda (thanks!), chosen mostly because it was near the top of my giant swap box when I was brewing things up this evening.

I can’t recall what temperature I brewed it at… maybe 188F?

Anyways, the aroma of this one is pretty weak, although I felt like I used a lot of tea. It is also rather difficult to distinguish – it smells a bit like a nondescript fruit-flavoured green, a bit genmaicha-y. The flavour is not at all what I would have expected – it’s rather cardboardy and maybe a slight bit fruity, although I am getting hints of oolong in the aftertaste. Very faint hints. I’d be hard-pressed to guess what this tea was by tasting it. I think I’m also getting a bit more peach in the aftertaste… but it’s showing up so late it’s nearly the after-aftertaste. I can understand why this one is so poorly rated, although I’m not finding it to be bad, just really, really lacking in flavour. And this is with ample leaf (at least 2 tsp if not more, in about 10 oz.) and a 4-minute infusion.

I think this was my first Teavana experience… didn’t leave a good impression! However, thanks for satisfying my curiousity, Amanda!

4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Deluxe by ESP Emporium
2661 tasting notes

I think this is what I brewed up tonight, courtesy of Amanda (but the box is downstairs…).

This is pretty good! The tea is creamy and a bit sweet, and tastes melony and a touch limey. Nothing like 52teas’ Lime Jello, but still lime. I’d probably give it a longer infusion next time for more flavour (it’s kind of watery), and because there isn’t any astringency or bitterness at this point. Promising flavour, though!

Thanks Amanda!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Lime Jello by 52teas
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Since my huge package of tea from Amanda arrived today, I decided to try a bunch of things from this latest box (to kind of get a head start on it before taking it upstairs…!)

Picked this to try iced today. Brewed up in 2 cups of water and chilled it in the fridge. I’m drinking about a 1:1 mixture of it right now. I don’t think the teabags brew up quite as strong as I would like them to. Anyhow, it’s definitely limey, and I can taste a bit of the black base, but I’m almost getting a strange chloriney flavour with it. It’s a bit disconcerting. Kind of like smelling pool water. So this one’s definitely not my favourite, although for a lime lover who doesn’t smell chlorine, this is probably pretty tasty! Glad I only had Amanda pick up one of these for me though :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I don’t get chlorine from this at all. It’s just yummy lime goodness!

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drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
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205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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Today, I learned that it is possible to screw up this tea (although even screwed up, it would still get a 90s rating). I really need to get my water thermometer working again, as I suspect that and a bit of overleafing were my problems. Ah well. Still tasty, just not magical :)

3 min, 30 sec

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Unsurprisingly, this is much like Strawberry White. Definitely sweeter and more jam-like though, and along with the tasty white tea flavour I’m almost getting an odd smokiness. Not unpleasant, but quite unexpected! Not really sure where it’s coming from. This is good, though. I’m not sure whether I like the old or new version better; may have to give it a try later today, after I’ve slept…

1 min, 0 sec

I think depending on my mood, I could go for either. For a strawberry white, I think the original really does it best, but for a desserty sort of treat, this one’s better. I think I’d prefer to avoid the stevia if I can, though (and since I have a whole tin of the old one…!)

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drank Kitchen Sink Green Tea by 52teas
2661 tasting notes

Sooooo my trusty meat thermometer that I use for measuring water temperature requires a new battery. Sigh. It was only a matter of time. Of course, as I type this, it occurs to me that I have a second thermometer somewhere, that was also working recently… Either way, this one was steeped at some temperature below boiling, but I haven’t the faintest idea what it might have been. Kept the infusion time low to hopefully counteract a possible temperature misjudgment.

I was kind of excited to get this tea in my grab bag, as it’s something I was interested in trying, but wouldn’t have purchased myself. The smell of the dry tea is vaguely fruity, and I think I saw a piece of marshmallow root??

I’m happy to say that I’m experiencing zero bitterness, and zero astringency, so I didn’t mess up the infusion! Initially, I’m not tasting too much beyond the green tea (a bit seaweedy, yum) and a vague fruitiness, but I swear there’s an aftertaste of what seems to initially be peach, then more strongly apricot. Yup, this is confirmed with sip #2. Definitely apricot. In fact, the most strong apricot I have ever tasted in a tea blend! Frank – make another apricot blend, because this flavouring is seriously yummy! I will admit that it’s only in the aftertaste, and not particularly strong, but it tastes like yummy dried apricot (I don’t remember seeing a chunk in my infuser, but there could be one). I will cherish my one delicious apricotty cup, since I know the rest are unlikely to be the same. SIGH.

Also, I used a generous 1.5tsp of tea for an 8oz. cup, as I usually find 1 tsp not to be enough.

Anyways, this kitchen sink thing is a super cool idea. I’d be down for trying a kitchen sink black or white too… Giving this a high rating because a) it’s good (one of the better flavoured greens I’ve tried!), and b) it’s a novel idea!

2 min, 0 sec

I got this is my grab bag too and am looking forward to trying it. It will be really neat to see how every Cup of this tea will be different.


Ooh, a kitchen sink black with all the dessert-y flavors would be amazing~

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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