113 Tasting Notes

79

I’ve had two cups of this in as many days. The pollen is wreaking havoc on my throat/sinuses this year. The fiance brought this over with five other teas from this company and recommended it for a sore throat, so I gave it a shot.

I definitely wasn’t crazy about the smell of the sachets dry… very licorice smelling to me, but they smell mostly like spearmint once they start to steep.

I added a heaping teaspoon of local honey to both cups, which is recommends, and found the taste to be mostly mint, a bit licoricey and of course I could taste the honey too. The taste was pleasant, though not my favorite, but again I don’t like mint teas very much.

I did find this very soothing on my sore throat though. Both times it seemed to sooth the pain in my throat pretty well, though not entirely. I would definitely buy this again to have on hand for future whiny sick times like yesterday and today.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

We brought two teas to Easter brunch this morning, both iced: This one and Apricot from Harney & Sons. We sweetened the Apricot one and did not sweeten this one.

When I originally bought this tea blend it was be drink it iced. I’ve had it a few times hot since then and I definitely think it shines best as an unsweetened iced tea. It was popular at the brunch, though not as popular are the Apricot.

The flavor is a great blend of sweet and tart flavors that blend nicely and don’t feel sour or overwhelming. This remains a favorite in the iced tea category.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55
drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
113 tasting notes

Ok ok… I have to do a little back tracking from my last log. Once we iced this and sweetened it… it tasted like an entirely different tea. What tasted chemically to me isn’t there anymore, I think the sweetener fixed that.

Definitely will NEVER drink this hot again… even the fiance agreed it was “gross” hot, but both of us (and the entire party of people we brought this to on Easter) agree it was a keeper once it was iced and sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I’m still disappointed in myself for not actually drinking this on April 15th. I had it with me at work and everything.

Anyways, that disappointment aside, this is one of my favorite black teas. I don’t add sweetener or milk to my teas at all, and this one really doesn’t need anything anyways. It’s full bodied and malty with a great warm scent. The blended black teas play off each other well and the result is something very smooth. I can definitely see fancily dressed millionaires sipping this in the breakfast room, haha.

I think this would make a great iced tea latte… a little milk or almond milk, a bit of sweetener. I’ll have to give it a try.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Sea Breeze by Eden Grove
113 tasting notes

I had this from a box of tea sachets that I got at Home Goods awhile back when I was in a pinch for new tea…. (definitely don’t have that problem now!)

I didn’t get any of the cinnamon or clove spiciness at all from this tea. It was just fruity to me. Definitely on the more tart end of the fruity spectrum too, which I think is due to the hibiscus. It reminded me a bit of the Adagio Blood Orange tea that I have in my cupboard.

It was alright, but I’m not sorry it was the last sachet of it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I couldn’t resist, I picked this up with my Starbucks reward again. I feel like after a week of black teas, this was a welcome reminder of the fact that I do really prefer lighter softer teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64
drank Marshmallow Macaron by Teavana
113 tasting notes

This tea tastes like cake. Angel food cake to be exact. It does smell horrendously sweet though, which I had to get past at first. I actually had to leave the room while it was steeping because the smell was just too much for me!

But once I got past the smell, which mellows considerably once the tea is steeped, I did really enjoy this taste. It’s definitely a sometimes tea though, rather than one I would drink often. I can see how this could cure a sweet tooth in the evening, because seriously… cake.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I brought the whole box of Harry Potter themed teas from Adagio to work today to let everyone try out whichever one they wanted… it was quite a hit. I think I caused an early morning commotion!

I decided I’d try this one since for some reason I was convinced that the Elixir of Life tea from this collection has chocolate in it… it doesn’t. But because of that I was craving a chocolate tea. This one definitely hit the spot.

It is by no means overwhelmingly chocolate, which I love about it, and I actually think I over steeped it because it got slightly bitter on me. Turns out that’s not really a bad thing, especially for someone who likes dark chocolate anyways. It ended up tasting like a liquid form of a dark chocolate raspberry bar. Yes please!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55
drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
113 tasting notes

I don’t really know what to think of this tea. I am a big fan of Harney & Sons and until now have not found a tea I didn’t like from them. I guess there always has to be one.

The smell of this absolutely socked me in the face the first time I opened it and I was not a fan of the smell. I didn’t even try it for a good month after we got it (my fiancé is the one who actually picked this one out). I finally got around to trying it this morning and I was pleasantly surprised by the scent once it steeped. It was much more pleasant and smelled like something I actually wanted to drink.

I grappled with how to even describe what it tasted like to me. The initial flavor I got was decidedly black tea and then it sort of moved on to what (and I really hesitate to call it this, but) tasted chemically. The finish was pure apricot to me and was a nice flavor to be left with, but in the end I actually poured out the last third of this cup.

I will let the fiancé finish this one, or pass it on to someone who will appreciate it more than me, as it does seem to get pretty high reviews from most people. Just not a tea for me.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I feel obligated to start by saying that I am not a big fan of mint flavored teas. That being said I was not put off my the mintiness of this tea. I’ve had this in my collection for awhile and have not given it a try until now.

The scent is all mint, which worried me a bit at first.

The taste is predominately mint, but I definitely think the hint of chamomile mellows the mint out enough that it is not overpowering. I do wish the stevia wasn’t I there though, as I do not sweeten my teas as a general rule and find the stevia has a very noticeable aftertaste, which I detected in this tea.

I definitely slept well after drinking this, but I wouldn’t say solidly as I did get up a few times during the night… probably because of all that tea I drank right before bed! o.O But it definitely relaxed me and made it easier to fall asleep. I would definitely drink this the next time I feel like I need a little push getting to sleep at night.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The first time I tried loose leaf tea at home, I was hooked. I’ve been drinking tea for years now, though I still feel like such a newbie in the world of teas. There are so many things I’ve never tried from so many new to me companies!

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