105 Tasting Notes

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drank Carrot Cake by Tea Guys
105 tasting notes

What a great tea! Brewed mine for about six minutes, added milk and sugar, and was a warm, well-rounded, cup of tea without any bitter aftertaste. Light cinnamon aroma, slightly nutty; didn’t smell the carrots but definitely had a flavor of carrot cake. Not a heavy flavor, though, and not overtly sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Cacao by Tisano
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Has a wonderfully deep, rich, classic cacao aroma, unsweetened pure chocolate that smells like cocoa nibs (not surprising). Without milk or sugar it had a clean, chocolate flavor, but unsweetened, and with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. With half-and-half and sugar, the residual bitterness disappeared, yet the tea retained its pure chocolate aroma and flavor.

I steeped mine for 5 minutes using boiling water (their 0.5 ounce sample was for two servings), but I think in the future I would use a little bit more tea for two cups (granted, I use larger mugs for my day-to-day tea) and steep for another minute or two, but no longer.

One of my new favorites!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67

I love Earl Grey; it’s my favorite blend. I also enjoy it when blended with lavender or vanilla / creme notes. I enjoyed this blend as well; I steeped mine for 5 minutes, and in the future would add 2 teaspoons per 8-ounce serving. Really nice Earl Grey and cream aroma; held up well with milk and sugar.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68

I could see how the flavor combination might not appeal to everyone, and I was a bit hesitant myself at first, but it’s an interesting combination, one I hadn’t thought would work well – especially with the addition of milk and sugar. The lime is subtle, and builds: The more you drink, the more lime you can taste. The coconut and chocolate are in fairly equal parts, both complemented and made a bit stronger by the addition of milk and sugar. (The lime remains the most subtle of the flavors.) The aroma is equal parts lime and coconut, with the chocolate being the most subtle of the three. An interesting tea!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
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For something extra decadent try adding a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk!!!

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91

A lovely aroma of milk chocolate and subtle notes of mint, this tea reminds me of The NecessiTeas’ Peppermint Pattie tea. Adding milk and sugar brings out the chocolate and slight hints of mint, but in the future I would use more than 1 tsp. per 8 oz. serving, and perhaps steep for a bit longer as well; it needed to be a bit stronger and had tasted a bit weak when I tried it.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97

One of my new favorites: Smells delicious, like a peppermint pattie. Liked it even better when I added half and half and sugar to it; brought out really creamy milky chocolate notes and a lovely subtle minty aroma.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60

Smelled really nice – lovely blueberry aroma. Not much of a blueberry flavor that I could determine, but there was a mild sweetness that countered the green tea. Loved the aroma!

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

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88

This might be the first green tea I’ve tried that I like. A really, really nice, sweet strawberry aroma, and a mellow strawberry flavor that overrides the bitterness of the green tea. (Also tried with honey powder, but didn’t affect the sweetness.)

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

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67
drank Mystic Mint by Rishi Tea
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Subtle spearmint and peppermint notes lent clean, minty notes, while the licorice was the stronger flavor and aroma. Sugar/honey not needed.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60

I wasn’t expecting to like this tea too much; the loose leaf blend smelled spicy in a way that made me cautious – it smelled almost sharp. However, the anise comes out well once brewed, and there is little initial sharpness, just a pleasant, smooth licorice flavor (and a slight anise aroma as well).

The more I drank the more I could ascertain the pepper, which was subtle and a nice contrast. Not my favorite tea, and I’m not sure I’d order it again (not a big fan of spicy tea), but a pleasant surprise.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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