616 Tasting Notes

63

I really don’t do much in the way of brewing Teavana tea normally anymore. They either seem really light on flavor, or get bitter way too quickly. So if/when I buy Teavana, I usually entertain the thought of ‘would this be good iced?’.

So, here we are with my last bits of this tea, drinking a cold steep. I probably threw in 3.5-4 tsp for 20oz to get the flavor where I wanted. But all said and done, it has a nice, natural blueberry flavor. I complete miss the acai, and blissfully don’t get the tartness from the hibiscus either. But all’s said and done, it’s a solid iced blueberry white tea. Nothing more, nothing less.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

93
drank Love Potion by Bluebird Tea Co.
616 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this tea all week and haven’t written a note yet! Shame on me.

This is no generic fruity chocolate tea. This is a decadent spoil-me chocolate tea that I’m really glad I chanced on. The chocolate flavor is cocoa-y and natural, like a really smooth dark chocolate. It’s got that little bit of a chocolate liqueur note (which some good dark chocolate itself seems to have, so it’s completely welcome here), that I’d imagine with milk would probably remind me of something like Godiva Chocolate Liqueur.

Then there’s a layer of floral flavor from the rose that really satisfies the sweet element I found myself wanting here, followed by a fruit lift that hits me as strawberry.

Like the the other two reviews, I also did not have any hearts in my package. I really don’t think it needs them, for taste or appearance as this tea already excels in both.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Mike Turner

There are hearts in there… Must not make it in to the sample packs!

moraiwe

Hmm. I have the full size baggie, and thought I rustled it up enough each time to get some out if they were in there! I’ll have to do a more thorough check when I get home!

whatshesaid

Sounds tasty!

moraiwe

Most definitely!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75
drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealux
616 tasting notes

Weirdly enough, this tea doesn’t make me think spring or summer. It’s certainly fruity, but it’s more a fall drink, when the cherry bounce and cherry cordial comes out and you sip it to keep yourself drunk and distracted while your argue politics and ask when you’re finally getting married.

It’s a really nice cherry cordial flavored tea, with a smooth vanilla accent. The black tea base is really light and stands up to abuse. (I oversteeped a cup yesterday and it didn’t faze it). Because of the whole taking a beating thing, it makes a really great bring to work tea. Maybe I could use it for coworkers exactly how I use cherry cordial for family!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81
drank The Sweet Life by PureAromaTea
616 tasting notes

There’s so many chunky fruity yummy bits, I could totally eat this as trail mix! (Fiance and I both had to nibble the fruits before we made a cup. Too tempting!)

Tastewise, and I’m not sure how with all the fruit and trail mix feel, it’s tastes like vanilla marzipan. It’s a little uncanny. The end note of each sip has a little but of fruity lift, but otherwise? Dead on.

I’m gonna be really sad when this is gone. This is like a perfect comforting before bed caffeine free cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

So, I got my 52 Teas order today. (YAY!)

But when I opened the post office bag, I found there was a tiny tear in this package (less yay), so it became the first one I decided to try. There is also a bit of tea in the bottom of my purse now from transporting the bag to work. So my purse pretty much smells amazing now. And I get awesome tea at work. So it’s kind of a double win.

What does my purse smell like now, you might be wondering. Banana Runts and Instant Vanilla Pudding. Like I said. Pretty amazing.

And the taste! It tastes like Jello banana pudding. I’m floored. It tastes just like creamy banana with hints of vanilla and coconut. This tea would be so good cold too (like banana pudding is served) or as a latte (extra creaminess). Even so, I’m just really enjoying my hot cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

13
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

Curiosity lead me to making a cup as a latte, despite my fears that it might taste like spiced lotion.

The good news is it doesn’t taste like spiced lotion.

The bad news is that it tasted like melted lotion without spice. Couldn’t even finish my cup. Ew.

CHAroma

Lotion tea, blech!

moraiwe

At least it tasted like a carrot lotion, I guess?

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

13
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

Firstly, thank you QueenofTarts for letting me sample this!

Secondly, has anyone else ever used the Burt’s Bees Carrot Nutritive Daycream? Because that is EXACTLY what this tea smells like (with maybe a little extra sweetness). Did a blind smell test on Fiance too, and he said he thought he was smelling two blobs of my facecream.

This smell probably kind of dampened my goodwill towards this tea right from the go. But, onwards!

The tea itself brewed a really nice copper color and smells a little spicier than it’s dry counterpart. I taste allspice with a touch of carrot initially. It has a nice mouthfeel and little astringency. I definitely get the impression that this could be like drinking a carrot cake. Just not a carrot cake I think I’d like to eat.

I’d really like to try adding milk and sugar on my next cup to make it more desserty and creamy, but I fear it will be like ingesting my lotion sprinkled with spices.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I got this as a sample with my last Bluebird order and let me just say it smells AMAZING. It’s the most raspberry smelling of raspberry teas I’ve ever raspberried. It had that really fresh and fruity and natural smell that just screams amazing iced tea. So. I cold steeped about a 6oz cup for about 7ish hours and really impatiently waited.

And then it tasted like a big ole cup of rooibos with raspberry.

I’m not sure why I didn’t think it would. You’d think I’d seriously know better by now. (But it smelled sooo good and my hopes were so high). No review as fiance had to drink my disappointment. Sigh.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

19
drank Sweet Cranberry Black by Teavana
616 tasting notes

I had to dump out my cup at work. It just smelled like a big, artificial hot mess. I oversteeped by a minute or so, but it didn’t really matter while my sense of smell was screaming BAIL SHIP anyway. :/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

68

This tea makes a really tasty latte. Really tasty. The milk and sugar do wonders for the mediocre chocolate flavor. I’m glad Fiance kept forgetting to bring this to work!

Thanks again Shelley_Lorraine for this sample!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Intro:

Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

Location

Wisconsin, US

Website

http://atinyteapot.tumblr.com/

Following These People