456 Tasting Notes

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Sample from Tea in Spoon’s stash sale. Thank you!

This definitely tastes like Birthday (pan)cake. It’s pretty much a maple vanilla rooibos. It’s definitely a solid tea, using good quality rooibos for the base, but it’s not the best maple tea I’ve ever had, and vanilla isn’t usually a flavor I seek out for it’s own sake. I’ll finish off this sample but probably won’t buy more.

Flavors: Maple, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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Sample from Tea in Spoons stash sale. Thank you!
I definitely see where the name for this tea comes from. The combination of cool mint and hot cocoa does make me think about playing in the snow and coming in for a cup of cocoa. But the peppermint is definitely more like the herbal tea than the candy so the two flavors seem like they’re fighting each other a bit and this is definitely too sweet for my tastes. Fun to try though.

Flavors: Cocoa, Peppermint, Sweet

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Sample from Tea in Spoon’s stash sale. Thank you!

This tastes like strawberries, hibiscus, and artificial butter flavoring. It’s a really strange combination. I don’t think I particularly like it, but it’s not terrible either.

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Hibiscus, Strawberry

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Sample from Tea in Spoon’s stash sale. Thank you!

This is quite good. Sweet raspberry, white chocolate, and the green wood flavor of green rooibos. It’s like a white chocolate raspberry truffle, with the added flavor of rooibos. I quite like green rooibos so even though it strikes me as a slightly unusual flavor combination, I did enjoy it.

Flavors: Green Wood, Raspberry, Sweet, White Chocolate

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Sample from Tea in Spoon’s stash sale.

So I’m not actually certain what turmeric tastes like, but I’m liking this blend. It’s savory-sweet with a nice kick of spice from the ginger. The mango is mild, but it seems to bring the other flavors together. I’m getting an unfamiliar flavor that I’m assuming is the turmeric. I’m not sure how to describe it. It makes me think of Indian food, and looking it up on wikipedia, that is one of the places its used. This is definitely something enjoyable and different. I’ll have to try some other turmeric teas. I’ve seen a few others out there that I’ve been curious about.

mtchyg

Try Rishi’s Turmeric Ginger tea. I find that one to be nice. A little spicy but I like that sort of thing.

rosebudmelissa

Thanks for the suggestion! How strong of a licorice flavor does that one have? I don’t really enjoy licorice root.

mtchyg

I don’t remember it being overly licorice. It is there. It is blended fairly well in that it is not an overt flavor but it is something you can tell on your throat. It is the 3rd ingredient listed but again I don’t remember it feeling overbearing. If you want to set up a swap, I can send you a sample of it just to see how you like it.

rosebudmelissa

Sure, send me a message and I’ll see what I have that you might like. We’ll probably need to wait til mid-August since I’m going on vacation soon.

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I love allspice in chai, so I decided to try it on it’s own. It has a pretty good flavor. It’s sweet with a mild and complex spiciness. It reminds me somewhat of clove, but sweeter and much milder. It did have a bit of an odd mouthfeel. It almost felt a bit slimy. It wasn’t bad, but I definitely prefer it in a blend. I’m working out my own chai recipe, which is rather fun. I think mine is going to end up being something halfway between masala chai and mulling spices: allspice, cassia cinnamon, clove, and ginger.

Flavors: Clove, Spices, Sweet

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This isn’t for me. It has a mild, lemon-pepper flavor that reminds me a bit of cardamom. It tastes a bit medicinal and unpleasant to me.

Flavors: Cardamon, Lemon, Pepper, Spicy

Arby Robilliard

I really want to try a sample of this! Elderflower tea is actually on my list for my next tea purchase. Would you be willing to trade samples with me? I’ve got DAVID’s Coconut Ice and Three6Tea’s Oh Canada (spicy ginger, maple, and rooibos).

KiwiDelight

Hmmm. That makes me wonder about the Elder Flowers sold by Mountain Rose Herbs, if they taste similarly or not. I’ve ever had Elder Flowers before.

rosebudmelissa

@ Arby Robilliard: I’d be happy to send you some! I’d be interested in trying both of those. I also picked up some allspice, ginger, and rose petals if you’d like. Or I can just include a little more of the Elderflower. I bought an ounce and I only took a teaspoon to sample, so there’s quite a bit left.

@KiwiDelight: I don’t know. I’ve only had them once before in a blend, myself.

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
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Sample from Tea in Spoons’ stash sale. Thank you!

This tastes decidedly like cantaloupe. I really enjoy cantaloupe, but I had a hunch that it was likely be a bit too sweet for me in tea. And this definitely is. It might work for blending, but I find it a bit too sweet on its own.

Evol Ving Ness

I wonder whether it would work with a bit of orange juice to cut down the sweetness. Or a bit of hibiscus?

rosebudmelissa

I’ll probably do a bit of experimenting. Ginger might also be interesting.

Evol Ving Ness

hmm, ginger. Yes, I am looking forward to hearing how it goes with your experiments.

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I’m bumping up the rating on this because it really makes an excellent latte. I think the milk actually helped bring out the pear flavor. I’m not really sure how that works, but it does.

52Teas

I never even thought of going latte with this – I’ll have to try it when I come across my little bit I have in my stash someplace. :)

rosebudmelissa

I had a maple honeybush a while back that made a good latte, so I decided to give it a whirl. I recommend it.

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Sample from Liquid Proust. Thank you!

This has a pleasant Jasmine flavor, but the Oolong tastes like a bitter green tea to me even with a couple splashes of cold water, and I can’t taste the coconut at all. If I were more careful of the time and temperature, it might taste better, but I’ve tried enough Jasmine tea that I like to not be interested in bothering.

Flavors: Bitter, Green, Jasmine

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I enjoy experimenting with my own blends.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/dessert blacks, dark, floral or flavored oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (caramel, cheesecake, chocolate, cream, honey, maple, molasses, vanilla)
Spices (allspice, anise, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger)
Fruit(apple, blueberry, fig, grape, grapefruit, honeydew, lemon, lime, mango, orange, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, watermelon)
Flowers (chamomile, chrysanthemum, hibiscus, jasmine, rose)
Nuts and seeds (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew, sesame)
Grains(barley, rice)
Herbs (dandelion leaf, green rooibos, honeybush, mint, rosemary, thyme)
Vegetables (carrot)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, elderflower, licorice root, stevia, tulsi; artificial cherry, and almond flavors; bitter smokey, leathery, medicinal, or overly sweet teas

Allergies and Sensitivities: lavender and stevia upset my stomach

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, the Butiki Educational TTB, and the Puerh Beginners Box. I ran the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club, and am currently running the Herbal and Decaf TTB.

Ratings: I rate teas based not on their objective quality, but on how much I personally liked them. I mostly do this because it’s an easy way to tell at a glance if I’ve tried a tea before and if I’d be interested in buying it. It sometimes takes a while to sort through and find out whether or not I’ve reviewed a tea without rating it.
90-100: Truly excellent tea, will buy again, could drink it every day but might save it for special occasions because it’s just that good, will miss it if it’s not in my cupboard.
75-89: Really good tea, would buy. Might be a solid everyday tea, or something that has a strong appeal but doesn’t quite amaze.
66-74: Good tea, would buy, but will also look for better
50-66: Probably wouldn’t buy this tea, but would drink it if offered
33-49: I will never buy this tea, and would probably even turn it down if it was offered to me.
1-32: I hope to never drink this tea again

I currently have a young baby, so while I’m drinking lots of tea, my activity may be sporadic.

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