67 Tasting Notes

This is the last of my samples from Good Life Tea. I brewed 1/2 t in 4 oz. of water. I haven’t been drinking much Hibiscus tea lately, since it tends to trigger my pregnancy heartburn, but I decided to indulge a little today. This made for a very nice change of pace. It was a light fruity tea tasting of crisp, sweet apples, and hibiscus. The two flavors really complemented each other well. I really enjoyed it. I liked it plain, and I imagine it would also be tasty with some spices during the winter.

Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is the second of my free samples from Good Life Tea. I used the whole sample – a little over a teaspoon – only steeped it for 3 minutes ( I usually steep Rooibos for 5), and I might try that for the rest of my Design a Tea samples because it didn’t have the smokey/medicinal flavor that Rooibos often has. It was sweet and lightly chocolatey with caramel notes and a sweet woody undertone that I tend to associate with Honeybush. I’ve been craving chocolate all day, so this really hits the spot.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The first of my free samples from Good Life Tea. I steeped half a teaspoon of this in 4 oz of water for three minutes since several people complained about bitterness. The first sip was lovely. Light, creamy, floral, and citrusy. But as I took a few more sips, the bitterness of the tea overpowered those flavors. If they switched out the base I would try it again, but as it is I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s a shame, because if the whole cup tasted like that first sip, I would be a big fan.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Cream, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This tasted quite good. It was spicy and almost creamy, with a hint of pumpkin. The flavors offset the Rooibos quite well. It would probably be even better if I used Honeybush as a base.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Pumpkin, Rooibos, Spices

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

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This is the last of my Stash samples until after the baby is born. This tea has a really unique taste. It’s a light herbal licorice flavor. I’m not sure if that comes from the lavender or the tulsi, or the combination of the two, but I like it. I’ll have to order more of this to see if it’s something I want to keep on hand.

Flavors: Herbs, Licorice

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

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When I started seeing all the positive reviews for Design a Tea, I decided I had to check it out. The variety of flavors really appealed to me since I can drink so few teas right now due to pregnancy heartburn. I’m not actually a huge fan of Red Rooibos, but it was the only tea without caffeine available as a sample, so I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. This one was alright. The rooibos is smokey, but not too bad. The flavor doesn’t really stand out, but it adds a pleasant faintly apple-flavored sweetness that helps balance the smokiness of the rooibos. I want to try a few more of my samples before I decide for sure, but I’ll probably try some of their Green Rooibos or Honeybush at some point.

Flavors: Apple, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

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

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My husband loves sweet tea. Lately I’ve finally gotten around to start making it for him, mostly because I got an awesome tea brewing pitcher at a sale at Teavana. I’m alternating making it with dirt cheap black tea, and more interesting (and expensive) stuff. This time I used 6 teaspoons Vanilla Oolong (Adagio), 5 teaspoons Cream flavored Black tea (Adagio), 1 teaspoon ground Vanilla Beans (Mountain Rose Herbs), 1 teaspoon Xylitol, 7 Tablespoons sugar, and 8 cups water. I cold brewed it, and it turned out quite nice. It was too sweet for my personal preference, but aside from that the flavor was very interesting. My husband said it tasted like a sweet vanilla coffee drink where you can’t really taste the coffee. I think I would really like the combination with less sugar. The cream and vanilla flavors complemented the black tea very well.

Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 12 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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I picked up a box of this while on vacation a couple of weeks ago, and am just now getting around to trying it. I think it’s gross. It’s bland, and has a weird medicinal aftertaste from the Rooibos. Celestial Seasoning’s Mandarin Orange Spice has a much better flavor. I’ll stick with that in the future.

Flavors: Medicinal, Orange, Orange Zest, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Yesterday my husband and I went to a family reunion. It’s a long drive, but it’s tons of fun and we see relatives we don’t see any time of year. As an added bonus, a close friend of ours who we don’t often get to see lives along the route, so we stopped in and visited her on the way home. My friend offered me some tea for the road, which I gladly accepted. I had a cup of this with plenty of milk and quite enjoyed it. It was a smooth, sweet chai with subtle, but pleasant flavors. I was surprised to see that it has such low reviews on Steepster. Maybe the milk made the difference? I’ll have to try it without milk someday to see if that changes my opinion.

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I really enjoy experimenting with my own blends. I like to keep a wide variety of teas on hand and I love trying new teas.

Flavors I like: mint, chamomile, fruit, nuts, flowers, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, chai/spice, honeybush, green rooibos, flavored blacks, dark oolongs

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, bitter or astringent teas, red rooibos, licorice(but I do think I like either fennel or anise, I’m not sure which), many (but not all) artificial flavors

I have yet to try any white or puerh teas

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