302 Tasting Notes

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Kristen sent me a sample of this! And, I was so excited to get to try it. Red Velvet Cake might be my favorite thing on the planet (damn… now I might have to make cupcakes just from thinking about it). I tried this last night so I am backlogging.

It does taste like red velvet cake which really surprised me. I even feel like I get a taste of cream cheese frosting.

BUT… as much as I want to love this tea, there is something weird about it. I had to drink almost the whole cup before I figured out what the strange flavor was. It’s almost like the chocolate is artificial, but then it occurred to me that it’s actually akin to the flavor that low-calorie sweeteners give off. It’s more of an aftertaste that you can’t get out of your mouth, kind of like saccharin (for those of you old enough to remember what sweet and low tastes like).

So, it’s definitely worth a try, but I don’t think I’d want to buy a whole tin.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Mmm, cupcakes.

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I had a pot of this today at our new local tea shop (Yay, we finally got a tea shop here). All of the teas at the shop looked to be from SpecialTeas so I checked when I got home and sure enough, they are (but the prices are almost double at the tea shop, so I’ll still order from SpecialTeas).

This tea is new at SpecialTeas and I remember reading about it a few days ago when I was ordering tea. I was thinking that I wasn’t in the mood for chocolate and the rose petals in the ingredients really scared me off. But, in the tea shop today, they had a smelling station to smell all of the teas and this one smelled great. It also tasted pretty yummy. The chocolate is not very strong, the mint is there just enough to provide cooling on the finish, and it has an excellent nuttiness to it. I think I’ll be ordering some of this at some point in the near future.

*Update – lowered rating after I got some of this at home and the rose petals took over *

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
302 tasting notes

This tea smells great. Lisbet sent me a sample of this one and I could smell chocolate when I opened my mailbox. I’m not a fan of Yerba Mate, so I was a little scared to try it. I brewed it for a long time… I was working and lost track of how long it brewed. It wasn’t as dark as I expected, but still smelled really good. I got chocolate flavor, but didn’t taste much of the malt. I liked it ok, but the Yerba Mate flavor was still there in the background (for those of you who like Yerba Mate, I suppose this is a good thing). Yerba Mate to me tastes like hay and cow fields and I did get a smidge of this flavor in this tea. It’s better than I expected, but probably not something I’ll order.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Lisbet

Yeah, I only kinda like this stuff… I think. I like it better with steamed vanilla soy milk. But I definitely won’t order it. I got the pouch as a freebie on here!

Kristin

How do you like this one in comparison to the “You put the lime in the…” Yerba Mate? I still need to try that one but now I am a little worried.

Lisbet

I like it better when I drink it as an iced tea, but there is an undertone to it that may be what bothers you about the ChocoMate (which also tastes nothing like malt to me)

Kristin

I loved the Vanilla Cheesecake Chai, btw.

Lisbet

Oh I totally do too. Good reminder to drink that one today.

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drank Cinnamon Fig Rooibos by 52teas
302 tasting notes

This one was not my cup of tea. It was drinkable but had a strange flavor to it; maybe it was Smarties candy flavor (or Necco wafers) and fig. The odd flavor was definitely something in a hard candy variety. I didn’t taste much of the cinnamon.

Thanks to Lisbet for a sample of this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Lisbet

Psssst I didn’t like it much either. I made myself use up the rest of it this summer since I didn’t have much tea with me in VT.

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drank Blue Mountain by Shanti Tea
302 tasting notes

Backlogging – I won this tea in a weekly trivia contest from Shanti Tea. I really like it. It’s quite mellow for a black tea. It’s not bitter or astringent. The liquor is a light greenish-brown. It’s a good black tea. I am sad that I don’t get any of the strawberry flavor that they mention in the description. Overall though, it’s tasty. I would have given it a higher rating if I could have tasted strawberry in it, or if the description hadn’t mentioned strawberry at all.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Cola by 52teas
302 tasting notes

I’m drinking this iced today. I just got back from a run and it’s 83 out and we don’t have A/C… so the last thing I want is hot tea. I thought I would love this iced. It’s ok iced, but not nearly as good as it is hot. As I feared, when iced, it starts to taste like flat cherry coke. I don’t get the feeling of flat when I am drinking it hot. It still tastes good, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll drink the rest of this bag of tea hot.

Cofftea

Maybe cuz it tastes like flat cola cold? You could steep it in just a bit of hot water and then top it off w/ soda water. And maybe sweeten it too? Just some suggestions.

Kristin

Soda water is a good idea!

Kristin

Oh and I did sweeten it with agave nectar.

Cofftea

Fava Tea Co.‘s Rootbeer black is really good w/ soda water as well. I don’t sweeten it, but sometimes I do add their Maple Sugar Black to it.

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drank Cherry Cola by 52teas
302 tasting notes

I think I might love this one. How do they get that fizziness feel into it?

TeaEqualsBliss

You are going to make me want to buy this one – aren’t you!? :)
teehee

Meghann M

Oooh, really? Feels fizzy? Amazing.

Kristin

@TEB – Yep. Do it.
@Meghann – It doesn’t have any fizz, but the feeling of fizz. It has a bite to it that makes you swear it has fizz.

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drank Root Beer Float by 52teas
302 tasting notes

This tea is very very interesting. I was a bit afraid of it. I mean, you know, hot root beer? I got up the nerve to try it today and was not at all disappointed. It’s really good.

The tea in the bag smells lightly of rootbeer and sweetness. Once brewed it smells like root beer. The dry tea leaves have big whole dried lilacs and jasmine flowers. It’s very pretty.

The tea tastes a little flowery and spicy at the same time. It’s actually a nice combination. The finish is where you really get the root beer float flavor. So, this tea went from being the scary bag in the tea drawer to a welcome addition. I actually glad that the root beer flavor in this is mild.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Kristin, Fava Tea Co. Has root beer (not float though) black and rooibos based teas. You might want to get them and compare:)

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
302 tasting notes

This tea is pretty amazing. It taste just like a pina colada. Since I usually only drink a pina colada when I am sitting by a pool, I wasn’t sure how I’d like it. I do like it though. It’s coconutty and then there is a sweetness from the pineapple. Not sure I am getting any rum flavoring.

The dry leaves are beautiful too. There are pretty shreds of coconut and giant pieces of dried pineapple.

The funny thing about this tea is that while I didn’t like the pineapple upside down cake tea, I really like this one and wish the cake tea had had this much pineapple flavor.

I’m definitely going to have to try this one iced. I wonder if it will be too much or if I will really feel like I am drinking a pina colada.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

On a “rum flavoring” note, I had a killer rum (N/A) latte in Seattle last month. Sometimes recreating the flavor of an alcohol as well as the bite from the alcohol itself can be really hard, but they nailed it. So maybe hunt down a rum syrup? I think this would be amazing in slushie/granita form.

Kristin

Maybe I’ll just add rum :) I’ve got a nice bottle of Black Seal for making Dark and Stormys.

Cofftea

Well yeah of course! I was just saying there can be amazing N/A rum flavored things out there:)

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drank Cherry Cola by 52teas
302 tasting notes

Backlogging – had this tea last night.

Seriously, how do they get his to taste like Cherry Coke. Unbelievable. Tastes exactly like cherry coke. I occasionally get some other flavors like Smarties candy but the flavors all go well with the tea. I love this tea.

2 tsp to 11 oz; sweetened with a dash of agave nectar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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