2159 Tasting Notes

83

My decaf choices are quite limited right now and after the not-so-awesome Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, I wanted something with a lot of flavor but not particularly fancy or novel (like the unique Cacao teas or Pistachio Cream). That left me with this and Jessie’s Tea and something about mint was just particularly appealing. I actually really like this since it is a no muss, no fuss peppermint tea. It has a lot of flavor and it is a tea that can be pleasant no matter my mood.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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35

So I am having this tea hot, plus I added some Monkfruit in the raw and I am still getting a soggy cracker tea. I know that is a weird thing to say but to me this tea tastes like an unsalted premium plus cracker that got a bit wet. I have no idea why and I tried it different ways and with different additives but that is all I am getting. I had such high hopes for this one too. In my mind, if I were to like any of the Celestial Seasoning holiday teas, it would definitely have been this one. Turns out I was wrong but you never know unless you try.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I am having this tea yet again. I don’t know what it is about this blend but I have fallen in love. It is a delicious cookie with a delicious cinnamon sugar glaze on top. However, I think the sweet spot is at a 4 minute steep as opposed to the shorter steep time recommended on the box. Nevertheless, this is still a great cup of tea and oh so easy to make!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
2159 tasting notes

I have come to realize that this tea was delicious the first time I had it but it is a tea I really need to crave in order to enjoy. I find each time I reach for it, or any of the other cacao teas, I am not super excited for it and so I really don’t enjoy the cup. Today I am actually debating about dumping this cup. However that could be due to underleafing which is making this taste like very weak and not very pleasant chocolate water. I know this is a good cup of tea because I LOVED it the first time I had it.

Now I am worried if this is another Forever Nuts situation where I loved the cup and then completely lost interest. I hope not but I am sure someone will take it off my hands if it is. I am not quite ready to let it go just yet though as I suppose it is good to keep around for the odd times I do get those chocolate cravings.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

The Indigo Book store in my city has this one, the mint version, and the vanilla version listed as teas stocked in store (as well as a few Harney teas), but I haven’t had a chance to go in person to check it out. I’d heard of book stores stocking Harney’s but never herbal infusions so I thought that was kind of neat.

VariaTEA

I saw it on their website and if I remember correctly, the price is ridiculous compared to the prices on herbal infusions website.

Roswell Strange

Quite possible :P Does is balance out with what shipping would be, though?

VariaTEA

Indigo charges $16 for a 1.5 oz tin (just over 40 g. Herbal Infusions sells 50 g for $7.50 + $5 flat shipping so even with shipping, they are still cheaper. I tried to see how much herbal infusions charges for the tin but they are sold out in all the flavors so I can’t find the price.

Cavocorax

I wonder if it would be best as a latte? It smells delicous, but tastes a little thin.

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82

This tea is growing on me. It is a sweet blueberry tea and it is delicious. Sometimes I hope for more thickness since jam is typically thick. Nevertheless, this is always a tasty cup that is never bitter and never lacks the blueberry goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

I am still not finding any coconut in this tea and I think it could use it as the combination of lime peel and black tea can get bitter. Luckily Herbal Infusions samples are large enough that I have a couple more cups to try and get it right before I officially write this off.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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35

This has cooled quite a bit and it tastes almost like a plain cracker. It smelled sweeter when it was hotter so I am holding off on numbers until I try it hot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I polished off my first annual (maybe) box of this last night. Definitely better while it’s hot :)

Stephanie

cracker tea…weird :)

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83

This is a delicious peppermint tea. Nothing particularly fancy, just minty goodness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

The first cup was so tasty, I decided to have another. Mmmmm….cookie tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Josie Jade

This is one of my favorites for when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to make a real cup of tea. :)

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16

This one is not nearly as delicious as the last. This, to me, tastes like a subpar chai tea :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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