108 Tasting Notes

25

While this tea has a beautiful deep red color (thanks to the beetroot pieces, I’m guessing), it doesn’t have much of a flavor. A bit of blueberry, and general fruitiness, and a bit of a tang, but it doesn’t taste like much of anything. Even adding honey just made it taste like sweet hot water with slight fruity elements.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I was a bit unsure about this tea when I bought it; I know I’ve had matés before but I had ambivalent experiences previously. This particular maté smelled lovely – slightly grassy, with cinnamon and floral overtones. Once brewed, this particular maté has a lovely cinnamony, spiced flavor, with very faint anise (licorice) and floral aromas. I had mine with honey, with added a nice depth to the predominant cinnamon and spiced flavors. I would order this again.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Floral, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

A nice evening tea; brewed for about 7 minutes. Has a nice nutty flavor, and nutty aroma (with some slight tropical fruity flavors – pineapple, mango, papaya, but mostly nuttiness and some caramel and cinnamon). Much nicer than I had thought, and something I’d have again, especially since it’s a rooibos (which means I can drink it even in the evenings).

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Nutty, Tropical, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I absolutely love strawberry and strawberry teas. The addition of this tea was a nice surprise; I’m not sure I’d tried a pu-erh tea before this one. Lots of good strawberry aroma, light lingering strawberry flavor. I added sweet cream creamer, so my tea tasted like strawberries and cream. Good strength.

Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry, Vanilla

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

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90

Nice chocolatey, pepperminty aroma, very well-balanced in terms of aroma (neither was overpowering, nor was one stronger than the other). Had a slightly more chocolatey flavor than pepperminty, although the peppermint lingered a bit more. I brewed mine perhaps a bit more strong (5 minutes) than recommended, but there wasn’t a bitter aftertaste (as can sometimes happen when oversteeping). A nice dessert tea that wasn’t too sweet.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

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

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75

A very bright, fruity tea. No sugar needed; very fruity, an interesting (and good!) combination in which I tasted mostly apple, blueberry, and currant. I was quite pleasantly surprised, since this isn’t a tea I’d have normally tried, but a free sample sometimes leads to pleasant surprises.

Flavors: Apple, Black Currant, Blueberry, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

What a beautiful tea, both in terms of aroma and taste. It had a wonderful strong vanilla aroma, and an equally strong vanilla taste (augmented by creamer). I let mine steep for 7+ minutes; there was no bitter aftertaste; very good round flavor. (And I was glad to have a good evening tea option – no caffeine, but I didn’t miss it with this tea.)

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69

Good black tea – seemingly appropriate for the 4th of July celebrations.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

This tea has a FANTASTIC aroma right out of the can: very pepperminty and chocolatey. Much of that aroma disappears (or is at least muted) once brewed; once brewed, the minty and chocolatey taste is not as strong as one might thing. (I suspect I over brewed mine, which might explain this.) Good with vanilla or sweet cream creamer, good strong cup.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet, White Chocolate

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

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100

As much as I like the cinnamon chai from Upton Tea, this Fennel Chai is the most interesting smelling and tasting chai I think I’ve ever had. Really interesting aroma that features a deep almost earthy aroma, nice rounded flavor; I steeped mine with boiling water for five minutes and there was no bitter aftertaste. (Added vanilla creamer – delicious.)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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