139 Tasting Notes

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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Hmm. I don’t know what to think of this. It’s sweeter than plain chamomile, and I can taste the honey and vanilla a bit, but it has an odd aftertaste. I think I prefer plain chamomile to this.

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

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I tend not to like Celestial Seasoning’s apple flavoring, so I was hesitant to try this. But, it had enough positive reviews here that I decided it was worth a shot. THe final verdict…I still don’t like Celestial Seasoning’s apple flavoring. It doesn’t taste too bad at first, but as the tea cools it gets sweeter and more artificial tasting to the point where I find the tea undrinkable. I am very much not a fan.

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

Um, is there anything you’d want to trade this for? I can’t find it anymore and would love some more.

rosebudmelissa

I just put half of it in the Herbal Traveling Tea box I put together. If you’re interested in that, I could throw in the rest and send if off to you first. You’re in Maryland like me, so that wouldn’t be an issue. If not, I can pull it out to trade. You look like you have quite a few things I’d be interested in trying.

jeweledthumb

Either way works for me. =)

rosebudmelissa

It would probably be easier for me if you join the box. One less thing to mail out. The discussion is here if you want to subscribe to it: http://steepster.com/discuss/9917-herbal-ttb-sign-ups-open

jeweledthumb

You have an additional comment. =)

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I don’t drink much Earl Grey, but this looked interesting so I decided to give it a try. It tastes pretty decent, with a strong floral presence that works well with the bergamont. I wish the vanilla were a little stronger, I couldn’t really taste it at all. I am of the opinion that Earl Grey is better with milk and sweetener, so I added some but I don’t think I like how the lavender tastes with the milk. I can see why some people like this so much, but I probably won’t buy it a

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Tea

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

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I haven’t had this tea since I was a kid, so I decided it was time to revisit it. I remember it being a little more tart than I prefer, so I added sweetener to it. That definitely seems to have moderated the citrusy sourness of the Hibiscus. It tastes very fruity and rather like artificial blueberry and grape. The grape flavor is rather surprising and I’m still trying to decide if I like it or not. I’ll probably make up my mind before I finish this box.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Fruity, Grapes

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

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
139 tasting notes

Overboard TTB.

This is my last sample from the Overboard TTB. I found it underwhelming. I could taste a decent tropical fruit flavor, but it did taste somewhat artificial to me. I also didn’t like the flavor of the blended black and green tea. I’m not sure exactly what it was I didn’t like about it, but I wasn’t really a fan.

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

Felt the same about this one.

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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, 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

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