82 Tasting Notes

I really like Honeybush Tea, and this is no exception. It’s a nice autumn tea, with it’s lovely dark amber color, and smooth, slightly sweet, woody taste. I have a fondness for flavored honeybush, but I think Mountain Rose may be my primary supplier for unflavored Honeybush in the future. It’s less expensive here than on many sites, the flavor is good, and it’s organic. Win-win.

Flavors: Sweet, Wood

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

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I just got a new order in from Mountain Rose Herbs. I’ve been curious about Marshmallow Root ever since I heard that it can help with heartburn, so I ordered some this time. The liquor is nearly colorless, and it doesn’t seem to have a strong flavor. It’s faintly sweet, and has a tongue-tingling quality that I associate with mint or spicy foods. The texture is also a little thicker than water, which is interesting. Overall, this is probably best used for blending or if you want it specifically as a heartburn remedy. I’m not sure if it’s helping my heartburn yet or not.

Flavors: Spicy, Sweet

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

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I’ve decided to brew Rooibos teas for 3 rather than 5 minutes to avoid the smokey/medicinal flavor they are prone to. It was definitely a success with this tea. The coconut flavor was prominent and relatively natural tasting, with a secondary sweet flavor that seemed to be a blend of pineapple and honey. I was drinking this while making dinner, and I did notice that as it cooled, the coconut flavor began tasting more buttery, and the pineapple/honey flavor began tasting rather artificial, so this is definitely one to drink hot. Overall, a very pleasant tea, though.

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

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This is the last of my samples from Good Life Tea. I brewed 1/2 t in 4 oz. of water. I haven’t been drinking much Hibiscus tea lately, since it tends to trigger my pregnancy heartburn, but I decided to indulge a little today. This made for a very nice change of pace. It was a light fruity tea tasting of crisp, sweet apples, and hibiscus. The two flavors really complemented each other well. I really enjoyed it. I liked it plain, and I imagine it would also be tasty with some spices during the winter.

Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is the second of my free samples from Good Life Tea. I used the whole sample – a little over a teaspoon – only steeped it for 3 minutes ( I usually steep Rooibos for 5), and I might try that for the rest of my Design a Tea samples because it didn’t have the smokey/medicinal flavor that Rooibos often has. It was sweet and lightly chocolatey with caramel notes and a sweet woody undertone that I tend to associate with Honeybush. I’ve been craving chocolate all day, so this really hits the spot.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Sweet, Wood

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

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The first of my free samples from Good Life Tea. I steeped half a teaspoon of this in 4 oz of water for three minutes since several people complained about bitterness. The first sip was lovely. Light, creamy, floral, and citrusy. But as I took a few more sips, the bitterness of the tea overpowered those flavors. If they switched out the base I would try it again, but as it is I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s a shame, because if the whole cup tasted like that first sip, I would be a big fan.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Cream, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This tasted quite good. It was spicy and almost creamy, with a hint of pumpkin. The flavors offset the Rooibos quite well. It would probably be even better if I used Honeybush as a base.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Pumpkin, Rooibos, Spices

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

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This is the last of my Stash samples until after the baby is born. This tea has a really unique taste. It’s a light herbal licorice flavor. I’m not sure if that comes from the lavender or the tulsi, or the combination of the two, but I like it. I’ll have to order more of this to see if it’s something I want to keep on hand.

Flavors: Herbs, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 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 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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