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267 Tasting Notes

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I was a little freaked out by the smell of this one- I thought “Oh no, it’s just like my dentist’s fluoride!” BUT I was pleasantly surprised when I made a mug of this. I let it basically steep all morning in my tea travel mug, and it stayed mild and pleasant. I am not sure I get watermelon from it, but I’m not sure I don’t either. I really am having trouble pinning down the flavor other than to say it’s “lightly sweet” and will make a splendid iced tea (which is what I wanted anyway).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
267 tasting notes

Upping my rating of this because I have decided that I really like it. It’s delicious. Bright and pineapply and coladay and great iced AND hot. As I mentioned in my review of the pina colada green, I am so impressed that I like this without liking either pineapple or pina coladas, but as a tea it just works for me. I think it’s the perfect balance of sweet, but not sugary-sweet, and coconutty without being oily. While I don’t get rum, per se, I don’t know that I miss it. Such a yummy treat. I have a huge mug full right now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
267 tasting notes

Bleghhhhhhh! Why do I ever try red fruit teas? I hate them so much. This one in particular is mostly hibiscus though, with a strong undercurrent of cherry. It tastes medicinal and like hot jell-o mix at the same time. I made myself drink most of my travel mug’s worth, and then dumped the last 1oz or so into a bush as I was walking, where hopefully it will grow something other than Cherry Cosmo tisane plants.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ottawa Tea

Agreed…the package was so pretty. And the tea, not my thing. At least you got your vitamin c for the day!

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drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
267 tasting notes

The delicious apricot zingy scent of this in the bag made me bump it to the top of my list of teas to try. It’s so good, with its almondy and fruity flavor mingling together harmoniously, and giving me the wherewithall to actually get my work done this evening (are not you jealous of my grad student life? admit it!) This is YET ANOTHER Tea Forte blend that is not only more than the sum of its parts, but going on my ‘buy a whole bunch of’ list. Love you, Tea Forte!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Kiwi Lime Ginger by Tea Forte
267 tasting notes

This would make an outstanding cocktail. It’s simply delicious- a bright, vivid lime with a backdrop of the ginger. I might have to acquire more of this one just to make the best iced tea ever- if not this summer, than really any season in Houston. This is so limey that I’m almost tempted to think about lime lollypops, but I hate lollypops and am enjoying this, so…. maybe I shouldn’t have brought up lollypops. Again, I say, why do I not order more often from Tea Forte? They’re excellent tea mixologists. They’re going on my Steepster shopping list.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Mojito Marmalade by Tea Forte
267 tasting notes

I really need to order a lot more from Tea Forte. I adore everything I have ever tried from them, and this is no different. They have such a way with flavor combinations. This is minty and citrusy at the same time- two tastes that I’d have been a bit wary of pairing, but am loving nonetheless. Both are very well balanced- the mint hitting first, and the citrus hanging on a bit longer. This would be so nice as an iced tea. p.s. thank you to OttawaTea for letting me try this one!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68

Yep, it’s earl grey. I’m not quite sure I can taste anything that the blue flower might be adding to this. It’s a good earl grey though, quite possibly a candidate to keep around when I just want a cup of EG. Oh, and my tummy hurts. I think I OD’ed a bit on the spicy kimchi-bean curd stew at the Korean restaurant last night. And the kimchi pancake. I’m trying to drink soothing tea with almond milk to make it better, but it’s not working so far. Anyway, good thing I like earl grey by itself…. I have had blue flower in delicious chai blends, and I thought it added sweetness? Eh? Well, I’ll finish the sample. I bought too much earl grey at once, and I may hate it by the time I’m done the 3000 lbs of it in my house.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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65

This doesn’t taste at all like Earl Grey to me, and doesn’t taste at all of vanilla, or green tea either. It’s basically a plain ceylon tea. This turns out to be fine, because sometimes that’s what I’m in the mood for. When my allergies have been acting up due to pollen (oh god, so much pollen), this is pretty nice! I’m drinking it without any additions, just letting it soothe my throat. Too bad this is the last of my sample… but on the other hand, I have plenty of plain black tea in my cupboard. Also, this is heinous oversteeped, as you might expect.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple-Vanilla White Chai by 52teas
267 tasting notes

I actually feared this was going to taste a bit too much like Teavana’s white ayurvedic chai, which I liked when I began my enormous bag of it, but a year later was ready to bury out back in the compost pile when nobody was looking.

I didn’t follow the directions and add sweetner and milk, but next time I will. First impression is a mild, spicy blend. The apple does come through, but it’s not gross to me like it is in Tazo’s rooibos vanilla blend (ooh, I want to try a pot of the two together now- maybe it’d make the Tazo less severe.)

I’d say this is a good addition to anyone’s chai collection. It’s not sweet on its own despite having a vanilla component, so you may want to do better than me and follow the directions to sweeten it. (I also accidentally forgot to set the timer for this cup, but it still tastes good even after a 10 min steeping.)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more

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87

I have a head cold and can hardly taste a thing, and this is still awesome. I honestly don’t know how, because I don’t like pina coladas much, and I really don’t like pineapple. But as a tea, slightly softer than the cocktail version, I like it quite a bit. It’s helping to make me feel less like falling onto my couch and not getting up again for hours. If it tastes this good when my nose is stuffed up, I have high hopes for it in a few days! Delicious.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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