308 Tasting Notes

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drank Throat Comfort by Yogi Tea
308 tasting notes

I’ve been giving this little teabag package the evil eye for about an hour. I don’t feel good and the thought of anything in my regular collection made my stomach turn a little. Well, the sore throat finally won and I made this tea. It’s not bad at all. I was so worried because there are a couple of kinds of tea in that cold sampler box that are horrid (but work). This one is actually ok, so don’t be afraid. It’s licorice-y (which I don’t like so much but not overpowering) and gingery. And weirdly makes my throat feel better.

Update – dropping my rating as I don’t like it as much as it cools and there is a weird pile of cruft at the bottom of the mug. I don’t dig cruft,

gmathis

I wish there was a throat thing that didn’t have nasty licorice in it.

Kristin

maybe it’s the secret ingredient?

Angrboda

In herbal medicine licorice has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system, so I think most herbal teas that claim to be ‘throat tea’ will have licorice in it. It seems a logical choice for a throat soother.

gmathis

I always joke that my tongue feels like I’ve licked a glue stick after I have licorice—-which would explain its throat-coat properties.

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71

Mmm, this one is good too. I’m having good tea luck today. I was worried that I wouldn’t like this one. I get cinnamon, then strawberry, then cinnamon, and then the aftertaste leaves me with a feeling of a brown sugar oatmeal crumble topping. I don’t get ‘crust’, but I think the crumble topping is even better. I sweetened it with a little agave nectar. This is my first ValenTea sample. I might have to buy more of this.

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

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96

Oh man, this is good. If you like coconut, I hope you ordered it. I don’t know how it tastes like cheesecake too but it does. The level of coconut is perfect in this tea and then it has something in the background which mellows it a bit (the cheesecake flavoring). Man, I’m really digging it.

Update – both my cats keep trying to drink this tea!

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

Mine just arrived today too… but I had already brewed a cup of the 100 Monkeys so this will just have to wait until later – it will probably be my dessert after lunch!

Kristin

It was a tough call. I also got my Valenteas sampler too. I had to choose between this and the Strawberry Pie Honeybush. I’ll be trying that one later this evening.

mpierce87

Man, I’m still waiting on this one to arrive. Hopefully tomorrow!

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64

Kristen sent me a sample of this in a swap. This tea is much better than I expected. It smells a little like banana laffy taffy, but it tastes like banana bread. I’m getting the walnut flavor in the finish. It’s pretty good. I sweetened with agave nectar and gave it a tiny bit of silk soy creamer.

Update – lowering my rating as I could not drink a whole cup of this. It’s not totally the tea’s fault. I just think banana in tea is not my thing.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

Wow, I missed that one. It sounds scary, but interesting. I’m conflicted.

Kristin

I don’t think I’ve had a banana tea work for me yet.

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86
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
308 tasting notes

This is another sample that Kristen sent me in a swap (thanks!). I like it; not as much as the buttered rum, but it’s good. It’s very minty and the chocolate is more of a background flavor. The unsteeped tea is beautiful with the red lips candy and tons of dark chocolate chips. I wish it had more chocolate flavor but I still like it enough that I might order this one too. DavidsTea flavored black teas seem to have a nice quality base. I don’t detect any astringency or bitterness in this tea after a 5 minute steep.

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

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98

Dude! This is great. I like this better than real Hot Buttered Rum, which I recently had over Christmas. With real buttered rum, the rum is very sharp and I don’t like that part of it. This tea has a rum like flavor but without the sharp bite of the rum. It’s tasty and mellow. The coconut gives it a fuller flavor but is mostly a background flavor. It even has a buttery-ness to it (and somehow a thickness that I associate with having butter in it). I steeped this 5 min, based on how long everyone else who’d reviewed this steeped it, and there was no bitterness or astringency in the black tea base. Lovely, lovely snowy afternoon treat.

I was a little worried about whether I would like this one, but I do and I will definitely be ordering some of this (I’ve asked to make a large DavidsTea order as my birthday present in April). I wish DavidsTea would open a distribution center in the US or get some cheaper shipping method!

Thanks to Kristen for sending some of this in a swap. This is one of many DavidsTeas that I have been dying to try.

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

So glad you enjoyed it!

Kristin

Are all of Davids Teas this good? :)

Uniquity

I love them. Most of them, at least!

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82

Kristen sent me a sample of this one (thanks!). I think this tea is identical to Special Teas Lemon Chiffon. I haven’t been able to detect any difference yet. So, for anyone who was upset about the loss of the Lemon Chiffon, this might be an alternate source (unless Special Teas was the supplier). I’ll be interested to see if Kristen thinks the Lemon Chiffon I sent to her is the same.

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

I haven’t tried it yet but will post as soon as I do!

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76

Last cup of this sample. It’s nice but not going to particularly miss it.

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90

I bought a sample of this tea for my husband who likes plain black teas. I stole it and took it to work so I could try it (no worries I’ll give the rest back to him). When I first tasted it, I liked it and thought, ‘this is an ok black tea’ and then the more I drank it, the more I liked it. It’s nicely malty (not overly so) and has no astringency. It has an earthiness to the scent, but not too much so. It reminds me a lot of the dragon balls from Teavana. I’m betting that my husband will like this one and will beg for tin of it (esp since he is almost out of the Mountain Malt).

This is one of the better black teas that I’ve had in a long while.

Lightly sweetened with agave nectar.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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It’s -8F right now and the low tonight is expected to be -19. Seems like a perfect night for Vanilla Comoro.

Nichole/CuppaGeek

After all of your reviews of Harney & Sons, I seriously have to pick some up. Since I’m snowed in again today. . .I guess its a good tea online shopping day!

Kristin

Yeah, I’ve liked everything except the Birthday Tea. Florence and Vanilla Comoro are my favs.

Uniquity

I’ve got some Vanilla comoro coming from Meaghann and I am SO excited to try it. I’ve already got a plan in the back of my head to order either the 50 ct teabags (convenience) or a pound of loose (always awesome). Haven’t even tried it yet!!

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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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