146 Tasting Notes

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I got this in the Overboard TTB. I’m really going to miss it. It’s not something I craved often, but it was a nice treat when I had it. Very smooth and rich tasting. I may need to put in an order with Rishi eventually just to get more of this.

In other news, I put in an order with Herbal Infusions two weeks ago and haven’t gotten the package yet. I know it needs to cross the border, but that still seems like a long wait. I looked at some of the recent reviews for the company and it sounds like other people have ended up waiting quite a while for their shipments. I really hope it gets here soon so I can add a few things to the TTB I’ll be sending out in February.

Veronica

My grocery store had this tea on sell last week, so I picked up a box. I’m looking forward to trying it.

rosebudmelissa

I haven’t seen anything like it, and I really enjoyed it, too. It’s definitely worth a try.

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This is the last of my Walter Bishop Strawberry Milkshake Honeybush (that’s a mouthful) that I picked up from the Overboard TTB. I’m sad to see it go, and it gives me a little more interest in 52teas. My first order from them was a disappointment, but this tea was quite good, so maybe I’ll try again eventually. I drank it while watching the beginning of “The Legend of Korra” which I’ve been meaning to get around to watching for quite some time. It has a very different flavor from Avatar, but is intriguing so far. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ThainofBuckland

Did you watch Fringe? Walter Bishop was my favorite character. His son was cool too, I guess.

rosebudmelissa

No, I haven’t. Just tried his tea :).

ThainofBuckland

So, if you run out, do you request a special order for more?

rosebudmelissa

I think that’s how it works. When he has enough people who are interested, he makes another batch.

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So, today I decided to mix together Adagio’s Vanilla and Cream Black teas. I assumed I would probably like it since I like both separately, but wow, I was not expecting them to taste as good together as they did. The Cream tea on it’s own is one of my favorite black teas out there, but the base has a tendency towards bitterness. The Vanilla doesn’t have as much of a problem with bitterness, but it’s a little boring in my opinion. Together they are greater than the sum of their parts. Creamy vanilla goodness that was naturally sweet with notes of dark chocolate. It kind of reminds me of the smell of a vanilla latte- smooth and sweet and rich. It makes me wonder what this would taste like with cream and sugar, but I didn’t want to risk ruining this cup to find out this time. Maybe next time. I have a feeling I’ll be drinking most of the rest of these teas this way.

Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Tea, Vanilla

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

Sounds like a winner!

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I was given a sample of this with my last order from Celestial Seasonings. I really didn’t expect to like it. It sounded like a lot of competing flavors, especially since I like very few green teas, and really dislike sleepytime tea. I wasn’t sure what to think of the first sip, because it wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but it really grew on me as I continued the cup. It starts with a mild flavor of lemon that flows seamlessly into mint, and finishes with a faint floral note. I may have to pick up more of this next time I put in an order

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

I did not know Celestial Seasonings sold direct.

rosebudmelissa

They do. It’s especially nice for ordering the holiday teas outside the holiday season and the ones that are harder to find in stores.

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Cinnamon Bun Tea

4-6 oz boiling water, 1 bag Pau D’Arco, several dashes of cinnamon, French Vanilla creamer and Milk to taste. It tastes delicious, and remarkably like a cinnamon bun!

Anlina

Sounds delicious!

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Not bad. I’m not sure if I’m figuring out green teas, or if this one is just naturally less bitter, but it didn’t seem very bitter at all. The melon flavor was not quite as strong as I would like, but was definitely noticeable. I’m still more of a fan of black teas than green, but this was pretty decent. Give it a try if you’re interested in melon-flavored green.s

Flavors: Grass, Melon, Tea

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I had this tea on Christmas, and haven’t been on my computer since. It was rather disappointing after trying Stash’s Merry Mint and Christmas Eve. Both of those had very unique flavors. This tastes like peppermint. There may be a hint of white tea in there, but I didn’t taste the ginger at all. Now, I love peppermint tea – I drink it pretty much every day, but I wish this tasted just a bit more special.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another tea appropriate to the season. I was rather skeptical of this, as I don’t tend to like things mixed with my mint and am somewhat leery of spearmint, but it’s actually rather interesting. The spearmint and cinnamon definitely dominate, with the orange and cloves vanilla in the background, and maybe just a hint of vanilla. The combination is much more pleasant than I would have anticipated. I’ll probably decide to get more of this to see how I like it over the long term. It’s definitely very unique and festive, so it’s worth trying just for that reason.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Spearmint

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

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tea with wintergreen in it before, so I was excited to try this. I tried the bagged version, as it came in one of the Sampler packs I ordered from Stash a few months ago. It seemed appropriate for the lead-up to Christmas. The wintergreen flavor definitely dominates here, which is fun because as I said that’s very unique among flavored teas. I’m not a huge fan of wintergreen myself, and I try to limit my caffeine intake, so I’m not sure whether I’ll get more of this. It was definitely fun to try, though. I may get some just to have around for those days when I really want something different. Maybe I’ll try the loose version since several people say they prefer it.

Flavors: Mint

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

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This is my first time trying a Guayusa tea, and maybe I shouldn’t have picked one that was so flavored. I’m really tasting the lemon, with only a faint herbal undertone. It’s quite a good lemon flavor, a good mix of sweet and tart and relatively natural tasting. I would recommend this to someone looking for a lemon tea if they don’t mind caffeine. I try to limit my caffeine so I probably won’t buy more of this since I can drink non-caffeinated lemon tea instead, but I did enjoy it.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 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 variety of teas on hand and I love trying new teas.

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

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, bitter or astringent teas, red rooibos, licorice, many (but not all) artificial flavors

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, and am currently running the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club

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