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100 Tasting Notes

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drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
100 tasting notes

This tea is verra verra minty, yet smooooth. You have to reach to taste that vanilla, but it’s there. It flirts with being almost too minty but it never gets there. My partner is reminded of the Moroccan Mint we had at Dobra Tea in Madison, WI. That was some yummy stuff, sweetened with honey. I would keep this Shamrock Tea in my cupboard all the time if it were possible!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

I had high expectations for this tea. I love blueberry teas. And blueberry crumble? YUM! However, for me, this tea failed to deliver. It had a pleasant scent when brewed. I sweetened it and drank it at my normal temperature but for the whole cup, all I got was a pleasant, slightly cinnamony tea. Not a note of blueberry at all, ever. No cake or crumble. Nothing to write home about.

I even left it in my closed Breville overnight by accident, and when I opened it up the next day, I didn’t get any blueberry OR cake smell at all. The only time I got a scent out of it is when I smelled the wet leaf, then I got the cake scent. Normally if I leave a tea sitting in the Breville I have to rinse and rinse to get the smell out. I didn’t have to do that in this case.

I don’t know what to say, except those who like this specific tea should keep an eye on my swap list. ;-)

Kittenna

Strange that you didn’t get any blueberry. It’s certainly not a major player here, but I’m definitely picking it up, like a hot blueberry-in-a-crisp sort of flavour. Less artificial than some I’ve tasted, even.

Rachel Sincere

Kittena, what’s even weirder is that one of the people I swapped it to told me that it had a weird artificial flavor and she could only take two sips before dumping out the cup! She thought it might be rancid. It was a brand new bag. I’m wondering if I got a bad batch somehow.

Kittenna

Weird. Did you message Della Terra about it?

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95

Ohhh, yeah. This is amazing. It tastes exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie. I have no suggestions for improvement. I told one of my friends that I had Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tea this morning and she said, “You are spoiled!” Indeed!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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83

I thought this tea was delicious. It smelled amazing and was really fun to scoop into my teamaker, because of all the moist chunks of pineapple and cherry in the blend.

However, when I drank the tea, while it was wonderful, I didn’t get the pineapple flavor or the cherry flavor. Neither did my partner. We both agreed that we got a hint of maple and a strong taste of brown sugar. So while I definitely got the “crumble” part of the upside-down cake flavor, I didn’t get the actual fruity part. Either way, I enjoyed this tea and will perhaps experiment with time and temp to see if I can’t get that fruitiness to come out.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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Thanks to Teajo Teas for the generous sample! When I first took a whiff of the Black Manas, I thought it smelled sweet, and it reminded me of the types of English Breakfast teas that I like.

I brewed it in the Breville and added my usual two Splenda that go into every tea I drink…it was delicious, but you know, it was pretty sweet to me. Strange for an unflavored black. I thought that I could drink a second cup and only put in ONE Splenda! And I did! That is HUGE for me.

This tea was so nice and smooth I think I could probably even like it without any sweetener at all. I enjoy it best nice and hot, but it was just fine after it cooled in the cup as well. This would be a good first black tea for someone to try and it would be a good everyday tea for an old-timer like me. ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

This is a second tasting note. My first was for the hot preparation. Now I’m taking another step in my iced tea exploration. This time, I didn’t use a SBT but brewed a loose-leaf tea I picked out of my cupboard!

So arctic raspberry is a real winner iced. I didn’t even have to sweeten it as much as I did for the SBTs. I was so proud of myself for making it all on my own and having it work out. I recommend this fresh tasting raspberry tea for any iced tea enthusiast.

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

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91
drank SBT: Bubblegum by 52teas
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This is my second try at an iced tea, and I’ve already had almost two pitchers of it. It is wonderful! I am still so amazed that I can like iced tea after so many years of hating it. And this one tastes more like tea than it does like bubblegum. The bubblegum flavor does come through at the end, but it’s faint, in my opinion. Nothing like the Neopolitan which I found to be much more aggressive. I drink from a 16-oz. cup and I add 2 Splenda to the cup before I add the tea. That helps bring out the sweet candy flavor but really, this tastes good without a huge WHAM of bubblegum anyway.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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93

I’ve tried so many times to like iced tea. I’ve bought and given away at least 3 different versions of the Mrs. Tea iced tea maker. I gave up trying for a really long time. Then I realized that I am so slow in drinking my high quality hot tea that by the time I finish it, it’s pretty cold and I still like it. Hmmmmm, maybe it’s the quality and flavor of the tea that makes the difference!

So I bit the bullet and bought some Southern Boy Tea, the Neopolitan flavor. I wanted to try many other flavors but they were out of most of them. Boo. I brewed the bag in 16 oz. boiling water for exactly 3 minutes, poured it into a pitcher, and added water to make 2 quarts. Then I filled my 16-oz. cup with ice cubes and three Splenda and poured the tea in. Wow! It’s so good! I don’t even mind that it’s not carbonated! Usually that’s the first thing that bugs me. This is delicious. It really tastes like Neopolitan ice cream. I taste all three flavors equally.

How do I save the wet bag, if I want to re-steep it after I am done drinking this pitcher? It could take a couple of days. Is that even feasible?

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
momo

I made the concentrate again with the bag, and froze it. Then I put it right into a pitcher of water and let it melt. I wasn’t sure how to save it and get it to dry out all the way.

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83

I am pretty sure I got this generous sample from Azzrian. Thank you so much, this Laoshan tea has intrigued me since I first heard of it!

I think I oversweetened it. I always throw two Splenda into the infuser basket before I even measure out the tea. I don’t think this tea needs that much sweetener. Basically, what I got was smooth, overly sweet, and an aftertaste of mini wheats. I calls ’em like I sees ’em. LOL

I will try this again with one sweetener, and might re-rate it then.

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

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Bleeeaarrrgghhhhh. I got this as a sample, I am not sure but I think it was in Traveling Tea Box A? I had so many envelopes full of samples I dumped them all into a plastic container and now I don’t know what I got from whom. :-(

Anyway, the scent of the teabag was promising enough, I have nothing against orange. I didn’t realize it had jasmine in it too, about which I will quote Heidi Klum on Project Runway, “I don’t hate much, but dat I hate.” What it doesn’t have is anise or licorice, yet to me that is ALL I can taste! It seems overwhelming! And I usually like anise. The only thing I can figure is that since I didn’t know I was drinking a jasmine tea, my mind went to anise instead and was grossed out by too much anise instead of the true gross ingredient which was the jasmine? I don’t know. I’m confused.

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

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40-year-old mother of one 17-year-old boy living in central Wisconsin with my partner. I love to read, crochet, play my ukulele, and drink tea, of course!

About my cupboard—I have listed every tea that I have 1 oz. or more. Most teas I have about 2 oz. Feel free to ask for a trade. I love to trade for samples. I will warn you now that I’m a slow mailer so you shouldn’t send me your part of the trade until you’ve gotten your package from me!

TEA LIKES: Blacks, Greens, Whites, and only these herbals: Mate, and Guayusa. Berry, nut, coconut, spice, sweet, crème, pineapple, chocolate, citrus, cranberry, mint, vanilla…

TEA DISLIKES: Herbals besides Mate and Guayusa, strong bergamot, sour, tangy, tart, earthy, pu erh, strong oolongs (they smell like manure to me), Jasmine, floral, smoky…

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