305 Tasting Notes

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This is the second straight green rooibos I’ve tried. This tastes less sweet than the one from Mountain Rose Herbs, but it’s also less astringent. It tastes mostly like hay and green growing things, with a mild sweetness and not even a hint of bitterness. It’s a very light, summery flavor. I bought this on Amazon, and it’s super cheap, but you have to buy a pound at a time. I think I like green rooibos well enough that I’ll drink it before it goes bad, but I guess now I’ll know for sure!

Flavors: Green, Hay, Sweet

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

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75

Sipdown!

I mixed the last of this with some rose petals, since I’ve found that I really like Rooibos with floral flavors. It’s a good combination. This is a good rooibos to start with, too. It’s smooth with a pleasant woody flavor. The vanilla is present, but rather mild. It’s nice to drink on it’s own, but I like it even better for blending.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

That’s what I find with EVERY vanilla rooibos I’ve ever had- never enough vanilla for my taste.

rosebudmelissa

Rooibos and Honeybush blends often tend to be very lightly flavored, I don’t know why.

Kristal

I agree on the whole. Although, One of my favorite rooibos blends (especially for lattes) is Birthday Cake by DAVIDs. It actually has a good deal of vanilla/maple flavor. In terms of having enough vanilla flavoring, nothing else comes close. But that’s just my opinion ;)

rosebudmelissa

I’ve heard good things about that one, but haven’t gotten around to trying it. It’s on my wishlist, so I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually!

Evol Ving Ness

Agree with Kristal. Sometimes BC is even too robust. Makes a mean latte though.

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reviewed Brewing Basket by Finum
305 tasting notes

This works well with chamomile, too! It took a quick scrub with my bottle brush to get it clean, but there’s nothing floating in my tea, and it was much easier to clean than my teaballs. I’m definitely picking up a few more of these!

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reviewed Brewing Basket by Finum
305 tasting notes

I just bought this on Amazon and used it for the first time. I’ve been looking for a finer filter since I drink mostly herbal teas, and the stainless steel teaballs I have leave grit in the bottom of my cup if I’m drinking rooibos or honeybush and are really hard to clean if I make chamomile. I made a cup of Adagio’s Honeybush Hazelnut and there was a bit of very fine dust in the bottom of my cup, but no grittiness. It rinsed out easily with water, and I gave it a quick scrub with a bottle brush to make sure it was clean. I am a bit concerned about flavor contamination with the plastic, I have a couple of similar filters that I use for iced tea and they have taken on a bit of the scent and flavor of the teas I brew in them. With the iced tea I’ve taken to using one to brew black tea and one to brew hibiscus tea. I think I’ll do something similar with these filters since they come in four different colors. I’ll probably use the black one for rooibos/honeybush/roasted barley/brewing cocoa, the blue one for floral teas, the red one for fruity teas, and the green one for minty and herbaceous teas. It means I’ll need to buy three more filters, but I think it will be worth it. I’ll probably try this one with chamomile just to make sure it works before I buy another, though.

KiwiDelight

It’s interesting you’re using them like yixing pots. It does make sense. I have a ball infuser I’ve been using for a few years and it’s stained quite a bit from all sort of teas and herbs ad flowers.

rosebudmelissa

If it were all metal I wouldn’t be as concerned, but I know plastic picks up flavors and smells a lot more easily.

TeaExplorer

I use these for Western style brewing and have several … One for black teas, one for chai, etc. As you noted, they do work better than a teaball at keeping grittiness out of the cup.

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Grr. Steepster ate my note.

This is a tea from the Numi Sampler collection I picked up a while ago. I drank it while playing World War IV with my husband and two of his brothers. It was only the second time we’ve played, and the first time we’ve finished. After playing for several hours over the course of two days the game ended in a draw. None of us were playing nearly aggressively enough. Now we know for next time, which will probably not be until we go on vacation this summer. It’s hard to find time to play such a long game with young kids.

This tea was a solid jasmine green, but pretty unremarkable. I added a couple splashes of cold water to the boiling water, and then added the teabag. The green tea was present and smooth, but doesn’t add anything special. The jasmine flavor is present, but not quite as strong as I prefer. I would definitely drink this if it was offered to me, but won’t go out of my way to buy it.

Flavors: Green, Jasmine

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

300th Tasting Note!
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I really enjoyed this tea and am a bit sad to see it go. I think this and rooibos chai are what I’ve been reaching for most often with this pregnancy. At the same time, since this is the only straight green rooibos I’ve tried, I’m looking forward to trying green rooibos from other companies. This tea is herbaceous, with a sweet fruitiness that I find really appealing. I’m not sure what fruit it reminds me of exactly. Maybe white grape juice, but not quite so sweet, and a hint of something tropical. I’m surprised that green rooibos isn’t used as a base for more fruity herbal teas, but it does seem to be steadily growing in popularity which pleases me. I would definitely be willing to buy more of this, but first I want to see how it compares to green rooibos from other companies.

Flavors: Fruity, Herbaceous, Sweet, Tropical, White Grapes

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

Happy 300th! :)

__Morgana__

Yay for 300!

Kristal

Happy 300th! I just recently passed my 300th as well :)

KiwiDelight

Woohoo! (I’m getting close.)

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50

I have liked several of the rose teas I’ve tried, but this was a bit disappointing. It was a little on the bland side, and I didn’t feel like the white tea they chose complemented the rose very well. Maybe it would work better cold brewed, but I don’t think it’s worth buying again to find out.

Flavors: Grass, Rose

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Sample from one of the tea boxes this year. I really need to keep my samples better organized.

I’m not really a green tea person, but I I like to try new varieties on occasion just for variety and in case I find something that strikes my fancy. Also black tea triggers my heartburn, but green and white don’t seem to. So I pulled this out. It tastes mostly like spinach to me, with a very slight touch of bitterness. Not bad, but not something I would buy. I’ll probably mix it with dried carrot pieces next time.

Flavors: Spinach

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

What is the point of the dried carrot pieces? Curious.

rosebudmelissa

I’ve mixed them with dandelion leaf before, and really liked the taste. They have a sweet, carroty flavor that is an interesting combination with a really vegetal tea.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. And where are you getting them?

rosebudmelissa

I got the ones I currently have from the Butiki blending box, but you can find them on amazon.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I had no idea.

rosebudmelissa

You’re welcome! I’m trying to encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of herbal teas here on steepster. It’s what I drink most often, and I enjoy the wide variety of flavors. I’m still exploring myself, but I like to share what I’ve learned so far.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, very much interested in herbal teas. What are your favourites or favourite tea blenders?

I am on tea moratorium for now. Far too many teas, but I am saving ideas for future.

I would be interested in blending boxes if such things exist not that Butiki is gone, so if you hear of good quality ones, I’d like to know.

rosebudmelissa

I especially like chamomile, peppermint, hibiscus, honeybush, green rooibos, roasted barley, toasted rice, and brewing cocoa. I like floral teas a lot, but am still trying to find good herbal varieties. I enjoy Celestial Seasoning’s line of Zinger (Hibiscus) teas, and a few of their other herbal blends. Adagio has some nice honeybush and fruity blends, and I really like their Green Rooibos Blueberry and Rooibos Earl Grey (although I don’t particularly care for the variety of Red Rooibos they use, so this blend is the only one I like). David’s Tea’s Forever Nuts is quite good, although I haven’t tried many of their other herbals yet. Lupicia has a good Barley tea. I haven’t tasted many of their other teas yet. I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far from Numi, but that’s only a few things so far. Rebublic of Tea’s Coconut Cocoa is good, but I haven’t enjoyed too many of their other herbal teas. Stash’s Hibiscus blends taste awful, but I did like their Meyer Lemon, and Cinnamon Apple Chamomile. Twining’s has a nice Peppermint and Chamomile, but I haven’t liked any of their other herbals. 52teas sometimes has nice honeybush blends. Upton Tea Imports has a good straight Hibiscus. Crio Bru is really good, but I’ve found that I like it best if I mix in a little Roasted Barley. I’ve had good luck toasting my own rice for tea. I just used the long grain white rice we bought at our local supermarket. I’ve been working my way through the brands that have less expensive samples first as well as random things I’ve picked up from tea boxes, and the occasional tea that looked especially appealing. I don’t think I’ve seen any blending boxes other than the one that Butiki sent around when they closed, but sometimes nice things for blending show up in the Herbal and Decaf TTB I run. There’s a box out right now and there will probably be a new round of that starting sometime this summer that you could sign up for if you’re interested.

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
305 tasting notes

Happy New Year!

I think this came from the monthly TTB earlier this year. I thought I’d reviewed this when I first got it, but apparently not. I just finished what I had of it. I enjoyed it. It was a mild green that was buttery and sweet. It was hard to tell what flavors came from the tea itself and what came from the added flavoring. I would definitely drink this again.

Last night I finished it off by mixing it with some White Peony. It made it lighter and softer with a hint of flowers. It was an enjoyable way to finish this tea.

Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I made this in a 4 oz teacup with a splash of cold water, and the rest boiling. I brewed it for about three minutes. I ended up with a mild green tea with a barely discernible blueberry flavor. Certainly drinkable, but nothing special.

Flavors: Blueberry, Green

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I enjoy experimenting with my own blends.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/dessert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, lime, apple, blueberry, plum, fig, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint, barley, rosemary, dandelion leaf, rice)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, red rooibos, licorice root, stevia; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, unflavored greens

Allergies and Sensitivities: lavender and stevia upset my stomach

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, and the Butiki Educational TTB. I ran the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club, and am currently running the Herbal and Decaf TTB.

Ratings:
90-100: Truly excellent tea, will buy, could drink it every day but might save it for special occasions because it’s that good, will miss it if it’s not in my cupboard.
75-89: Really good tea, would buy, but not quite perfect, or not anything particularly special.
66-74: Good tea, would buy, but will also look for better
50-66: Probably wouldn’t buy this tea, but would drink it if offered
33-49: I will never buy this tea, and would probably even turn it down if it was offered to me.
1-32: I hope to never drink this tea again

I’m currently pregnant, so I’m drinking less tea (especially new teas) than normal, and my activity may be rather sporadic.

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