219 Tasting Notes

I got Butiki’s Herbal blending box in the mail today, and have tried a few things already. I tried the marshmallow leaf, the cilantro leaf, the lavender, and the carrot. I’m getting the impression that lavender tends to upset my stomach. The marshmallow and cilantro were pretty uninteresting to me – both lightly herbaceous/vegetal. I actually really liked the carrot, I’m not sure that should have surprised me so much since I know I like carrots, but it did. It was surprisingly sweet. I’m definitely going to be keeping some of this.

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drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
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I like floral teas, including rose, but I’m not sure how I feel about rose black teas. The worst of them taste like soap to me, and I haven’t found one I love, but I’m still interested in trying different brands. This one was on the better end of the spectrum. The base was light and smooth, and the rose flavor was distinct but not overwhelming. I didn’t notice the lemon flavor that other tasters have mentioned. If anything though, I think this was a little too light. I’ll probably try overleafing this and maybe see how it blends, before I make up my mind on it, though.

Flavors: Rose, Tea

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

Have you tried Ceylon rose by Island rose?

rosebudmelissa

No, I haven’t tried that one.

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I haven’t liked lemongrass in the past, but this is surprisingly good. I think maybe the chamomile takes the edge off of the herbaceousness, and makes it a little sweeter. It’s really good, though. I think I’ll be keeping this.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemon, Menthol, Sweet

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

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drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
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The apple pie flavor here is a pretty decent approximation. It tastes like sweet cinnamon apple, at least. I don’t really like how it works with the Keemun black tea, though. This is a tea I would drink if it were offered to me, but probably wouldn’t buy.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice. Well, also artificial coconut, which doesn’t help. I tried 52teas’ Coconut Creme Pie earlier and decided to compare these two. This definitely loses that contest. Less flavor, more artificial, and the base is just a touch bitter (although, to be fair I did oversteep it, so I’m surprised it’s not more bitter). And yes, that first sentence is from Avatar: the Last Airbender. We introduced it to CarLord recently, and he liked it enough that all cartoons are now called “A’atar”. So adorable. And Iroh is definitely one of my favorite characters. It’s nice to have a character that appreciates a fine cup of tea. After the watch through, I finally decided to look and see if I could dig up some good fanfiction. I’ve found a few that are true gems. Including one that’s a crazy-awesome crossover with Stargate SG-1, and one by an author who must be a major history buff and can really get inside the heads of people from cultures with fundamentally different values. That’s always a fascinating, if unsettling experience. It really forces you to think through your assumptions of the world and how our personal beliefs can be bolstered or skewed by the beliefs of people we come into contact with. It’s a fascinating read, although some of the deviations from canon do trouble me a bit. As well as some of the possible implications of canon events. End of long, rambly tangent.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is pretty good. It’s creamy with a definite coconut flavor. I do think the coconut could stand to be a bit stronger, and it’s just a touch artificial, but overall a very pleasant tea. The base is pretty unobtrusive, and not at all bitter, but doesn’t seem to add much to the blend.

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

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I decided to try this because I have been super stressed out today. The baby has been teething lately, so he has been clingy and grumpy, and I am exhausted. I don’t really like it all that much. It has a lemony flavor, but also something unpleasantly medicinal that I don’t know by name, but have tasted in other medicinal herbal teas. I think a cup of chamomile or peppermint would be more relaxing for me.

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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This is pretty good. It’s a nice cinnamon-hibiscus with a hint of nuttiness. I can see why it reminds people a bit of Forever Nuts, but I definitely prefer that one. This one doesn’t remind me quite as much of a dessert, and tastes a bit less special, although it does seem like a good wintertime tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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After a rocky start, I’ve actually started developing a fondness for earl grey’s, so I decided to give this a shot even though I tend not to like rooibos. It has a really unusual taste. The bergamot does seem to temper the medicinal flavor of rooibos, but it almost clashes with it at the same time. It ends up with a sharpness I tend to associate with menthol and a floral aftertaste. This tea tastes dissonant to me, but I sort of like it anyway? I don’t know exactly what to think. I’ll definitely finish this cup, which is better than I expected with the rooibos, and I may even have a second at some point to try and make up my mind about it. If you’re an adventurous taster, or a fan of rooibos or earl gray, you might want to give this a try. It’ so different.

Flavors: Floral, Menthol

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

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

Most of Herbal Infusions teas seem to be pretty weak. I tried this one with one teaspoon/8 oz, and could barely taste it. I tried it again with two teaspoons/8 oz. and it was much better. It’s still a very light tea, but I could taste caramel and black tea. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I wish I could have tasted the spices, but I really enjoyed this regardless.

Flavors: Caramel, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 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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