50 Tasting Notes

I tried the bagged version of this. It is quite good. It has a nice blend of spices, and just a hint of pumpkin to give it a unique twist. The underlying tea flavor was smooth and not at all bitter. I wish the pumpkin flavor was a little stronger, but I think I’ll be buying more regardless.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

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

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I tried the bagged version of this. It’s a pleasant chocolate tea, but I couldn’t taste the hazelnut at all, which disappointed me. It is decaf, which is a big plus for me, since I’m extremely sensitive to caffeine, but it didn’t taste as good as Stash’s Black Forest Cake – it was a bit bitter, and didn’t have as complex a flavor. I’ll probably buy this again though, unless I find a decaf chocolate tea I like better.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was a rather interesting tea. The smell was somewhat medicinal, so I was a bit concerned, but it tasted good. It was a very mild tea that reminded me of granola – cinnamon, nuts and oats. I think Celestial Seasonings’ Bengal Spice is still my favorite cinnamon tea, but I might end up picking up more of this as it’s a VERY different experience.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nuts, Oats

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

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I wasn’t a very big fan of this tea. I was grassier than I like my lemon teas, and the lemon flavor wasn’t very strong. It was just kind of unremarkable to me.

Flavors: Grass, Lemon

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

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I’ve been a fan of Bigelow’s vanilla chai since college. The cafeteria stocked it, so I drank it with some regularity. The problem was that I am very sensitive to caffeine, so I couldn’t drink it as often as I wanted to. So I am very pleased to find a decaf vanilla chai that I enjoy. I might even like this better than Bigelow’s. The vanilla comes through very will, and it’s very smooth, not bitter at all. I will definitely be getting more of this.

Flavors: Smooth, Spices, Vanilla

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

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I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or what, but this tasted like honeybush with a chemical or alcoholic aftertaste. It didn’t taste like peanuts, or chocolate at all. I did not enjoy it. I’m very disappointed, since there are some reviews that make it sound really good.

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I enjoyed this. The vanilla flavor doesn’t come through very strongly, but it is lighter and sweeter than other honeybush I’ve had. I’ll probably buy it again.

Flavors: Honey, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I tried the bagged version of this, and it is just as good as it sounds. I really like the blend of flavors here. The nutmeg and clove are most predominate, which is wonderful for me because I love those flavors, and like them to dominate my chai spice blends. I tried it without milk or sugar and it was quite good, but I bet it would be even better with some milk and sweetener.

Flavors: Cloves, Nutmeg

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

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This tea really reminded me of shampoo or soap or something. It must be something about the lotus taste, which is more floral than chamomile, that caused the association for me. People who like light, floral teas might want to give it a try, but I think I prefer straight chamomile.

Flavors: Flowers, Soap

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

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I found this tea to be OK. It’s somewhat weak, and the chocolate flavor (which tastes more like cocoa powder than chocolate) dominates over the orange. A little bit of Xylitol helped bring out the flavor somewhat, but I still don’t love it. It might be better double-bagged or steeped longer, but I don’t know that I feel it’s worth buying more to try that.

Flavors: Cocoa, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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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