3132 Tasting Notes

drank Strawberry by Gloria Jean's
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HGTTB

The strawberry in this is really quite faint so it mostly feels as though I am drinking a straight black with maybe some berry flavor. The base itself is okay, though nothing special. However, I did think the tiny capsules this single size serving came in were adorable and super handy. I think that’s what inspired me to pull it from the box.

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drank Tangy Lime Sherbet by Teaja
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HGTTB

This tea left me wanting more. Tangy Lime Sherbet sounds amazing but there is no tang, little lime, and nothing that would come off as sherbet. It’s like drinking plain rooibos tea with a slice of lime tossed in because there really isn’t much in terms of flavor. Oh well. At least now I know this isn’t for me because it certainly sounded promising.

Sil

this one made me mad. i was hoping someone else would get more from it :(

kieblera5

The name sounds delicious.. Good to know not to pursue getting this one

VariaTEA

Sil, perhaps someone else who gets it in the box will find the key to unlocking it’s hidden deliciousness. Unfortunately that person wasn’t me.

Sil

hahahaha

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drank Pear Toscano by Tea Time
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HGTTB

This is a very sweet pear tea. Maybe even too sweet? Something in it is just coming off a bit cloying though I am wondering if that is just the result of drinking multiple different teas at a time. Also, I am picking up some of the woody rooibos though it isn’t particularly offensive. I think I go through phases where I am more sensitive to the rooibos base and as of late I have been noticing it. It’s not ruining the cup but it’s not improving it either. All in all, this is okay but not something I’ll seek out again.

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HGTTB

I was a little hesitant due to the heavy scent of spices in the dry leaf but this is amazing. This is the most true-to-pumpkin tea I have ever had and the ginger just adds an extra layer of warmth. It is like a nice hug in a cup or perhaps a cozy fall sweater. Either way it is delicious!

VariaTEA

I can definitely see why this is one of your favourites!

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drank Strawberry Oolong by TeaSource
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HGTTB

I am not an oolong lover but I love strawberry so I was left conflicted over whether or not to try this. Clearly strawberry love won out as I am trying it now. I must say, hot, it was 100% oolong flavor which may be appealing to some but not to me. Consequently I let this cool and now it is a nice creamy cup of strawberry goodness. I read the description too late to see that they recommend this iced which I can certainly see why as the cool cup is a great balance between to two flavors.

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This is one of the first teas I tried from the box and it certainly makes for an interesting blend. It’s like a well balanced chai while simultaneously a floral white. I certainly get orange and jasmine but ginger and cardamom are also present. It’s pleasant enough and really quite unique but not necessarily something I would reach for often. Still it was fun to try and a great start to the box.

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drank Windy City Blend by TeaGschwendner
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Thank you Sil for letting me try some of this tea! However, seeing as it was a blend of green tea, black tea, and oolong, I had no clue how to steep this. I tried 3 minutes at 175F and the result is an oolongy caramel tea. As in the oolong is the main component I am tasting while the caramel just creeps up near the end of the sip. Plus, as I bring the tea to my mouth, I get just a hint of vegetal flavoring from the green. It’s not bad but not something I will be seeking out again. Still it was fun to try. 197.

Sil

yeah blends like that are always “interesting” haha

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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I topped off the last of this with some cashew milk hoping that it would bring out the nutty cookie flavors. It worked perfectly. However, the apricot flavors also popped too which is weird as I’d never had that before. Still it was a lovely way to finish off the sample. 198.

sren

Hmmm that makes me want to mix White Christmas with a small bit of marzipan tea and see what happens. I found it a little disappointing on its own.

VariaTEA

You should go for it! If you didn’t enjoy it at first, it’s always worthwhile to play around with it :)

sren

I just did, and I really like it! I do taste more of a cookie flavor with just a little bit of Marzipan Rooibos added to the mix. Thanks for a great tasting note!

VariaTEA

Awesome! I’m glad it worked out well for you.

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drank Framboise by Lupicia
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Another fruity tea that falls victim to Lupicia’s black base. I didn’t even really taste raspberry. Just base. On the plus side, finishing this up means I’m officially under 200. Yay!

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84

Prepped this as a latte and though the rooibos is slightly more pronounced prepped this way, the aftertaste is all pear. It’s a nice little after dinner treat.

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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!

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, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

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.

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