219 Tasting Notes

Sample from whatshesaid. Thank you!

While I can definitely smell the banana and chocolate here, I can’t really taste it. This tastes like slightly sweet black tea and cardboard, with a bit of sourness to it. That makes it sound worse than it is, it doesn’t taste too bad, but I’ll be passing along the rest of it rather than drinking more.

gmathis

Usually I apply the term “poetic” to reviews that are highly complimentary of the tea, but sour tea and cardboard is a wonderful bit of negative wordsmithing, too :)

rosebudmelissa

I’m glad you enjoyed my description :) The variety of flavors that can be found in tea really fascinates me. I try to describe them to the best of my ability.

whatshesaid

I found I liked this more the more I tried it… but it’s not a sickeningly sweet dessert tea which is why I had trouble adjusting at first because that’s what I expected

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Sample from whatshesaid. Thank you!

I brewed 3/4 of a teaspoon in 4 oz of water (a splash of cold water, the rest boiling) for 3 min. This tastes really odd to me. It smells quite a bit like coconut, but it tastes more like hay with a metallic almost coconut flavor. I don’t think I’m much of a fan, although the aftertaste is better than the flavor itself. I love coconut, but unfortunately I have yet to find a coconut tea I really like. It may be like peach for me, I love the real thing so much that I’m really picky about artificial versions.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 4 OZ / 118 ML
Anlina

Coconut teas are really hit or miss for me, though I’ve found a few that I really enjoy that combine coconut with other flavours.

I’ve yet to find a peach flavoured tea that I really enjoy, much as I adore fresh peaches. Natural peach notes in tea are as good as I’ve come across so far.

rosebudmelissa

Do you have any recommendations for me?

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Sample from VarieTEA.

I’m really getting to be a fan of nut flavored teas. This one is pretty decent – nutty and creamy, but a bit on the artificial side of things, and it could stand to be a bit stronger. I wouldn’t say no to another cup, but I probably won’t be buying this.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

I just drank the second half of this sample, and liked it better this time around. Maybe I will pick up some of this after all…

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Butiki Herbal Blending Box.

I’ve tried the Honeysuckle, Star Anise, and Hibiscus so far today. I didn’t care for the Honeysuckle, but I’m taking some of the Star Anise and Hibiscus. The Star Anise is sweet and tastes like black licorice as expected. This is the second time I’ve tried straight Hibiscus. I used half a teaspoon of flowers with about a third of a teaspoon of sweetener. It was better than the kind I had before – not quite as sour, and with a more complex flavor. I do wish these herbs came with an indication of where they were purchased from, so we would have an idea of where to look for them in the future.

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Sample from VarieTEA. Thank you!

I wasn’t a big fan of this. The flavors are really mild, and it tastes like it has some kind of artificial sweetener in it. Still, it was nice to try.

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

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Butiki Herbal Blending Box.

Dandelion leaf. Anyone who likes green tea might want to give this a try. It’s nutty and buttery and reminds me of spinach. There’s no bitterness at all. I may keep some of this.

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1.5 tsp. Adagio’s Summer Rose + 2 tsp. Herbal Infusions Milk Chocolate Cacao Tea + 1/4 tsp Hibiscus flowers + a bit of sweetener = Deliciousness.

I thought this flavor combination would be a good one, and I was right. I think the only thing that would make it better is if I replaced the hibiscus flowers with a berry-flavored hibiscus tea. Raspberry would probably be my choice, but strawberry would be good, too.

rosebudmelissa

This goes surprisingly well with the leftover enchiladas I’m having for lunch.

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Butiki Herbal Blending Box.

I’m kind of picky about what I put Rosemary in, since it’s such a strong flavor and it doesn’t always play nice with other tastes, but it makes a surprisingly tasty cup of tea. It’s like drinking a pine tree, except silky smooth rather than prickly. I wonder how this would taste with cinnamon and vanilla, or with the carrot tea I grabbed. I’m definitely going to be doing some experimenting with this.

Flavors: Pine

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

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Sample from Zach S.

There was some of this in the Monthly TTB club box, so I decided to try the sample and see what I thought of it. It’s good. It tastes like creamy peppermint candy. It’s a bit on the artificial end, but I don’t mind that since it’s a candy flavor. It’s tasty, but I don’t know if it’s a tea I would drink often, so I will pass it along to the next person. I wonder if there’s an herbal version of this?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chamomile Tea by Nuts.com
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I buy several different snack foods from Nuts.com. Last time I put in an order, I decided to try their chamomile tea since I was starting to run low. I’ve had a few cups of it now in order to consider the nuances of it, and decide what I think. I think it’s pretty decent chamomile. It’s certainly much better than Adagio’s (theirs always tastes musty to me), but I think it’s slightly more grassy than I like which somewhat drowns out the floral-apple flavor that I love. I will definitely drink this, but next time I run low, I’ll be ordering from someone else.

Flavors: Apple, Flowers, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 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:
Tea (unflavored/desert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, apple, blueberry, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint)

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

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

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Maryland

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