267 Tasting Notes

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Okay shifty look I like this one, but I don’t love it like some of the other reviewers. That’s not because I don’t enjoy coconut- because I really and truly do. I just don’t get the cheesecake thing. I am liking the sweet coconut (second cuppa I tried vanilla soymilk and it’s yummy). I do feel like there’s maybe, if I use my imagination, a hint of cheesecake crust in there, but I’m trying a bit too hard, methinks. Don’t get me wrong, I am still enjoying this one though!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VegTea

I know what you mean – I got the sweetness of cheesecake, but not the tart, cream-cheesy flavor I was expecting. Did you add any milk or sugar? I’m wondering if this makes a difference.

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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I don’t want to overdo it with this one, but I already want another cup. I thought I disliked strawberry teas. Or, maybe I just dislike strawberry tisanes… but anyway, this is a perfect honeybush blend. It’s so very much like shortcake- definitely a sugary strawberry, or a strawberries n’ cream. I hope this really is calorie free and it’s not made out of ground pie, because I may be addicted to it. My complements to the chef! (This is SO going to get latte’d with vanilla soy milk.)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

I’m making that one right now too!

Lisbet

I made the coconut honeybush before that, but I didn’t review it while I was drinking it so am gonna wait.

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I got this as a free sample, and my first thought was ‘this is going to be horrible’. I’ve liked Tulsi tea in the past though, and used it to help fight outbreaks of the stress. Tulsi is a great Adaptogenic herb. In the pouch I thought: Am I really going to drink something that smells like a Caswell-Massey soap? Apparently I AM that curious.

So, I’m never going to buy a box of this because I don’t really want to drink roses, but it’s not at all unpleasant, per se. I definitely am getting the perfumey rose petal taste while drinking this, but they’re gentler than I was expecting.

In high school I worked for a shop that sold rose petal flavored ice cream. Customers were often curious. I tried it a few times and didn’t think it was terrible. It just wasn’t my thing.
If you think you won’t mind the rosiness, tulsi tea is great for you and this is a great company.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

Rose is one of those ingredients that seems to get added to tea all the time and I cannot figure out why anyone wants the rose flavor in tea. Bleah.

Jillian

Personally I think rose can be great in moderation, but it needs something else blended with it to balance it.

Lisbet

I really dislike rose as the dominant taste in teas, but I guess this sample proved that I will truly drink any tea once.

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Oh, yum. I am loving the combination of what tastes like orange zest with a subtle presence of chrysanthemum, and of course the pu-ehr. This isn’t one of those ‘cave moss’ pu-ehrs, but a light tea with a dark (lookin’) brew. Really delicious. I love that the orange isn’t overpowering, and that despite not really digging plain chrysanthemum tea, I can enjoy this. Chi of Tea gave me this as a bonus sample and I am thanking them in my mind right now. Of course, this is on the re-order list now too. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

Oooh this is absolutely delicious. I love it. I can’t believe it’s oolong, but at the same time, it definitely has the smoother mouth-feel of oolong and none of the astringency of black tea. It’s also lightly sweet and creamy, perhaps perfect for a tea latte (but delicious by itself). I am seriously into this one. MmmmMmmm…. I love that it manages to not be artificial. I tried a "vanilla"+earl grey blend recently that tasted so plasticky. This doesn’t.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
267 tasting notes

I am obsessed with recreating the Starbucks Earl Grey latte, which I think is all about their vanilla syrup, and not really about the tea. But here I am with my vanilla-soy milk and earl grey tea, trying my best. I oversteeped the tea on purpose, and I am still suffering from the weak-flavor problem. I know this isn’t the more expensive Starbucks’ Tazo Earl Grey in nicer bags. but I am not going to bother to pay extra just to drown the thing in vanilla soy milk. These are very strongly flavored, but hmmmmm…. might have to just try leaving the tea bag in. I mean, I chose Tazo because Sbucks uses it, but also because if these things don’t deliver the strength I need in the drink, nothing will. Seriously, like bergamot before buying a box of this stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Maybe try two bags? I know when I make stovetop chai, simmering the tea in milk and water, I use twice the tea as usual.

Lisbet

Yeah, I might have to. I mean, Sbucks doesn’t use 2 teabags, so I have no idea how they get theirs to taste so much stronger!

JacquelineM

Starbucks has Magic Powers :)

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These cute little hearts are perfect for Valentines Day, but really I’d enjoy them at any point in the year. They make it extra- fun to make a cup of tea. And the cup that results is great- not too smokey, or too dark, just a good rich cup of what’s almost like an oolong to my palette. I had an acupuncturist who recommended pu-ehr as a beauty treatment (drinking it), and also for stress-relief. While I don’t know about these claims, I’m enchanted by the little hearts, and even took a photo of them before I brewed one.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Kristin

Any fishy flavor in this one?

Lisbet

Not that I could taste, and I am hypersensitive to fishy smells and tastes. Yick.

Kristin

Yeah, fish flavored tea is not good. But those hearts are just so damn cute. Did you get any of the Vanilla Nilgiri? Nom!

Lisbet

I didn’t! But after reading your review I now need to try that one. Although right now I seem to have too many caffeinated teas and not enough for the evening.

Kristin

I’m also swimming in black teas w/ caffeine or at least I will be soon. I just placed a $50 order with DavidsTea (a present from Mike for my birthday in April). At least 1/2 of that order is black tea.

Lisbet

Oooh what did you get?
Yeah, I need to find more decaf black teas. I mean, I drink at least half of my daily tea after 5pm.

Kristin

Bear Trap (herbal), baked apple (herbal), creme brulee (green rooibos), read my lips (mint chocolate black), Glitter & Gold (black, you’ll just have to look that one up), Buttered Rum (black), Fantasy Island (black with raspberry and coconut), Mint Chocolate Rooibos.

I begged to order now in case it takes a month to get here from Canada through customs. :)

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How did I miss this? Oh how? How? :)

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
267 tasting notes

Ooooh I also want to try this one.

Kristin

Did you get this in the mail today?

Kristin

Oh, nevermind. I thought this was the Coconut Cheesecake which is this weeks tea.

Lisbet

Yeah, I just want to try this one :) I still have coconut pouchong at home right now, but I tend to like coconut teas.

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drank Birthday Cake by 52teas
267 tasting notes

I admit it. I totally want to try this one :)

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Grad student in sociocultural anthropology. I drink tea while reading for my courses, and it makes the books go down easier. I genuinely like most kinds of tea – although fruit tisanes kind of scare me.

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