214 Tasting Notes


From KeenTeaThyme:)
I was hoping that this was the tea that I had started getting at my favorite tea shop. I had the thought that if they went out of business (I hope not!) that I would still be able to get this tea.
Hmm. The flavors are very similar. Has I think the same ones. But it doesn’t quite match up to my memory of the other tea. I think I would have to do a side by side comparison, with same amount of water, tea, sweetener, salt.
Yeah that’s right I said salt. :) I know it may sound weird but the salt helps bring out the flavors more.
Hmm. I just salted this cup, didn’t seem to do much.
You know, even with a side by side, I think I’m going to think that it’s a no with these two being the same tea. Pity. The shop owner also told me that she was considering not getting this tea again because it didn’t seem to be selling well, but a few people had asked for it, so she did. Well maybe if she does stop selling it she would be more willing to tell me what company it’s from.

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I actually had this tea last week, on Friday, but I didn’t feel up to writing a note about it.

I adore orange tasting things, but have yet to find an orange tea that I really like. (Except for Constant Comment.) I think I have a mild like for this tea, but whether I would get another bag of it….only time will tell.
I am feeling kind of annoyed and impatient with summer. I mean I love that it’s warm, but lately it’s been to warm to enjoy my tea hot. I make do with pouring it over ice, and that does somewhat satisfy the craving…but not much emotional satisfaction.
So even though I don’t want to deal with Winter (LOL) I can’t wait til Fall. One of the suggestions for this tea is Maharaja Chai Oolong, which makes sense considering the Spiced Mandarin smells like a chai.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Funny how some things change. When I 1st reviewed this tea, I was less then impressed. And even though I was flip flopping back and forth about whether I liked it, I thought I was strongly leaning towards not getting it again, and so it went into the give away box. But I discovered something weird.
I discovered that it had a certain….pluckiness to it. Even dare I say…funkiness. Now if I were to pair up mint with a fruit I would have picked Peach, Grape or Strawberry, not just because those are my favorite fruits, oh and Raspberry too, but because they have a more…Dominant taste that I think would be better balanced.
But anyways, when I finished off this bag, I found myself thinking “Maybe I should give this another shot…I mean this particular cup is the dregs of the bag…more loose bits then anything.” And so I convinced myself to go ahead and get another bag. I am thinking of making a pitcher of this blended with a silver needle tea, considering there is not much actual tea in the bag. Though maybe wait til tomorrow considering Mondays is my caffeine free day. (Due to having to wake up early on Tuesday mornings.)

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Another from Queen of Tarts:)

Argh. My 1st tea from Della Terra and can’t say I care for it. It’s not terrible, and I’ll most definitely drink it again, (Though might hold off til Fall.)
I do love S’mores, though it’s been years since I’ve had them. In the cup, the only tastes I’ve gotten is marshmellow. and the black tea base.
You know, with the exception of the Orange Creamsicle rooibos tea, I don’t think there has been a dessert type tea that I’ve liked.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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From Queen of Tarts:)
Gah. Got up later than I intended. Decided that I wanted to try this 1st thing. In reading the reviews about this tea, I am a bit jealous of the things people got from it. I got a bare hint of buttery crust, and more cinnamon than apple, which I am not crazy about. Though I do like Apple pie, (In the Fall, preferably at Thanksgiving. Pumpkin I wouldn’t mind having year around! Both with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.) For some reason the taste of apples and cinnamon combined can be kind of weird for me. I like both individually…in fact LOVE both, lol anyways…while I’d be ok finishing this bag, even if it hadn’t been discontinued I highly doubt I would buy this tea.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
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Got this from Queen of Tarts:)

I woke up in the mood for a lemon tea, but the 2 that interested me didn’t have caffeine, so I thought I should save those till later. So picked this instead. I like it well enough, though this is only my 1st cup of it, I think I might be inclined to order more when it’s done. But we’ll see.
It’s light, and sweet. A little bit grassy. Last taste on my tongue is some astringency, but not a bad thing. Something tells me that this tea would not make a good iced tea. Probably wouldn’t be terrible….just uninspiring.
It is raining outside, was going to go grocery shopping, because not much food in the house, but with the weather, I’d rather stay in, drink a few cups of tea and do some writing that I keep putting off.

Meh. It’s stopped raining. I guess grocery shopping is in the cards afterall. Probably just as well…need food.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Seems like forever since I’ve done a tea tasting. Heh.
brewed this hot then dropped a few ice cubes in a glass and poured this over it. Wish I had let this cool more before doing that…I splashed some of the liquid onto my hand. Glad it wasn’t a liquid that was close to 212!
Anyways: This sort of reminds me of Teavana’s Chateau Blanc, though like a weaker version. Though at the beginning of testing the Chateau Blanc I liked it, by the time I gotten to having 3rd and 4th cups at a later time, I had trouble even finishing the cup! This tea though it has a similar flavor it seems to be more pleasant, but at this moment I cannot see myself getting another bag once this is done. Now if this was a tea at the shop I like in Plymouth, (For over $10 less in the average tea they have!) I would be more inclined to at least keep this around for iced tea.

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This is the last of the Winter Collection Sampler I got for my birthday. Truthfully I had forgotten about it and then when I remembered I was going thru an anti banana mood. For me bananas are really touch and go, I have to be in the right mood to enjoy bananas or banana flavors. (Interestingly enough I alot of times enjoy artificial banana taste even when not in the mood for actual bananas. Yeah I know, I am weird;))
Only by adding more Apriva and a big dollop of honey was I able to make this tea drinkable and since I havn’t finished the cup yet, I still may end up throwing this out. As for the chocolate in the tea: As of yet I have not had good luck in finding a chocolate tea that I like. Most of the time it just tastes like heavily watered down hot chocolate. What doesn’t help is that my desire for chocolate has really gone downhill in the past 5 years or so. It is possible that I’ll be inclined to finish this bag, or see if my Dad likes it. If he does, then he might be inclined to order more, and maybe I can add to his order! LOL. Though I need to try more samples of theirs 1st, because without being able to sniff a tea before buying, it’s hard to convince myself to buy 50 grams or 1-2 ounces of tea. And not a lot of the tea that I want to try is in a sampler set. (Like so many that I took well over an hour going over each section and writing down the ones I thought looked good and the list in a ‘Tea File’ on my harddrive, got similar for the other companies I am interested in.

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Last night, I had badly wanted another cup of the Mango Mate, but given the caffeine amount I knew it would be a bad idea. I decided to combine it with the Calypso because I thought it would be a tasty combination. Generally speaking: I enjoy it, gives more mate which strangely seems to be somewhat absent from the Mango Mate, (Or buried, as Teavana seems to prefer doing to most of their teas.) It blunts the curry, which while it didn’t kill my stomach, I think this mixture will work on days where I am more sensitive to spice. Which of course is the downside. If you love spiciness in tea, either don’t get this, or put more Mango Mate then Caribbean Calypso. I’ve yet to try either cold, though with my class starting early in the morning next week for 2 weeks, I think I will be trying both cold, together and separately.

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Interesting….Not a bad interesting, but not terribly inspiring either. I do plan on making this with Caribbean Calypso next time, I think they would do well together. I tried it hot because that is my standard. But in agreement with others, this probably would taste better iced. The only question is, to try it iced by itself, or paired up?? I suspect that even if I do like it iced, I won’t be getting this again. Why? Because I have similar flavors with my MIO and Crystal Light juice mixes that are much cheaper and beyond that of finishing the bag, I have no interest in tying up space in my cupboard.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Queer, genderfluid, bookworm,various ‘alternative lifestyles and communities’ (You’ll have to ask in a message by what I mean, I don’t want to weird anyone out, though most people here seem to be fairly accepting or at least tolerant.)

Currently in my late 30’s.

Rating Guide that I use:
90-99 Good
80-89 Interesting
70-79 Not cupboard worthy (Means that while I kind of like it, not enough to keep.)
60-69 Uninspiring
50-59 Terrible

I tend to prefer flavored black, white sometimes green and oolong teas. Though I am willing to try pretty much any tea. Can’t stand most Yerba mate teas(Except for Teavana’s.)Have a mild like for Guayusa flavored teas.


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