100 Tasting Notes

70

Thank you, Sare, for this sample!

This one smelled really good right off the bat. Maybe I didn’t steep it enough, but all I got out of it was chocolate flavored water with a carob aftertaste. I have more, and I’ll try steeping it longer because of all the great reviews, but I don’t have high hopes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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98

My girlfriend had a cup of this tonight so I asked her to make a tasting note! She says good flavor, and it didn’t need any sugar, which she usually uses. So it must have been pretty good. :-D

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70

I took this one out of Traveling Tea Box A. It smelled so much like fresh blueberries, and I like green tea, so I thought it would be perfect for me! I’m not edumacated enough to know what makes it a gunpowder, but it is. Anyway, it’s blueberry-y enough, I guess. There’s a slightly bitter/astringent thing going on, though. It’s not as good as the organic blueberry jam tea from DavidsTea. Nothing I would go crazy over, but decent.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

I love English Breakfast. It’s the first unflavored tea I tried so long ago, and I remember being surprised that I liked it! But some English Breakfasts just don’t do the trick. This one is perfect. Not too strong, not too weak, a perfectly equal blend of everything that makes English Breakfast so good. I feel kind of like Goldilocks but seriously, this cuppa tea is “just right”!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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95

This is a second tasting note. This tea is delicious. I only bought an ounce because I was short on cash that day, but this is going to be a permanent part of my stash for sure!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88

I was afraid to open this and smell it because I thought it might be weird. Brandy spice tea? Am I ever glad I opened it! To me, it smells like eggnog. I love eggnog. When I prepared and drank it, I thought that it was a nice, smooth, spicy tea, but I didn’t taste any brandy. I loved it, though. I wanted another cup right away, which is unusual for me—I usually like to mix it up. Warning, if you have an aversion to licorice/anise, you will likely not enjoy this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Janefan

I’m sad to hear the anise is so strong. Now I’m afraid to open & try mine…

LiberTEAS

I am so excited to hear that the anise is strong! (Sorry Janefan!) I love licorice and anise, and I sometimes get frustrated with teas that go wimpy with it, glad to hear that this one has some licorice-y taste.

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91

I’ve been disappointed in some of the mate’s I’ve been trying lately. I have been sticking with roasted mate’s that include chocolate in some form or another. So this particular version was a new experience for me.

I really liked it! It was a creamy, smooth, pure chai taste. I didn’t make it with soymilk but I think it would have to be brewed on the strong side to be made with all milk. Brewed regular with water, it would have taken a little bit of soymilk quite well. I was going to try it that way but I was unsure how long my soymilk had been open in the fridge. :-/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Babble

I’m the opposite. I don’t like roasted mate because it tastes too much like bitter coffee :(

Rachel Sincere

That’s so strange! I hate coffee, I find it incredibly bitter. But I love mate’, roasted or not! Didn’t you think Graveyard Mist was bitter too? Maybe we are taste opposites!

Babble

I probably didn’t brew it correctly. I might also be making my mate wrong. Or I just might be sensitive.

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97

So I’ve been in a Tea Funk. I pretty much had to force myself to make this but I did. And it was delicious as always. And my girlfriend got me a cute little Danish blue infuser mug with a saucer for my birthday so now I have a new go-to mug, and I’d say my tea funk is on the way to being over now.

Butiki Teas

Good to hear that you are getting out of your tea funk.

Sare

Yay!!!

momo

Once you make the first tea, it gets SO much easier. I was in one when my short lived job was irritating me..once you get that first one, you can start getting back into it!

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95

Thanks to Rachel for this sample! This is my first matcha ever and it is so awesome! I know I mention in most of my tasting notes that I am not an iced tea drinker. But I wish I liked it, because when I want to really get some caffeine in, iced tea is a quicker vehicle for it and much more refreshing.

Well, this isn’t an iced tea exactly, but it’s a refreshing cold tea. Rachel sent the matcha powder to me in a nicely folded aluminum square. I couldn’t help but feel like a drug user unfolding my little aluminum packet of powder. LOL I took a swig from my water bottle to make room, added my typical two packets of Splenda, and dumped all the matcha into the water bottle. I shook it up and said a prayer.

It’s so good! It’s better than any iced tea I’ve ever had! The taste is light, and refreshing, and berry-ish. It makes me happy. I was afraid it would taste like Snapple or Crystal Lite or something but I should never have doubted. Someday I’ll buy my own matcha and I’ll have my own cold caffeine vehicle.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec
Babble

Glad you liked it. I stole the aluminum foil idea from another swapper because the bags I had were too big. Plus, it prevents the matcha from going all over the place.

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100
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
100 tasting notes

Just wanted to throw in another tasting note, since I had this yesterday and today. It’s a real staple for us. My girlfriend is always asking me to make her some “graveyard.” She’s so spoiled to the point that when I made her some dessert tea that wasn’t as good as Graveyard Mist she dumped it out rather than finish it!

Mercuryhime

You’re created a monster. haha :) Does she know this tea is limited edition?

Rachel Sincere

I’ve tried to explain the concept of 52Teas to her but she doesn’t seem to get it. LOL I bought 4 bags the last time he revived it. I might have to check the website and see if there’s any more. I’m hoping that with enough people clamoring for it he will put it in his permanent collection.

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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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