305 Tasting Notes

The second tea in my search for a good rooibos chai. This one also has cardamom listed as the second ingredient, so the cardamom flavor dominated. Not one I will buy again.

Flavors: Cardamon, Spices

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

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drank Chai Rooibos by Yogi Tea
305 tasting notes

I’ve been looking for a good bagged rooibos chai, so I ordered five different kinds from Amazon. This is probably my least favorite. I really don’t like cardamon, which is the second ingredient after rooibos, and it has stevia, which often bothers my stomach and tastes unpleasant to me. Even with milk, the cardamon flavor dominated. This may be just what someone else is looking for, but it’s really not for me.

Flavors: Cardamon, Spices, Sweet

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

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This is a sample Liquid Proust sent me. Thank you!

So, I don’t tend to be a huge fan of light oolongs, but this might be an exception. I really like the smooth, floral flavor of this one. I’ve been curious about floral oolongs for a while now since I tend to really like floral teas, and this makes me think it’s definitely a category I want to explore more.

In other news, I’ve been dealing with nasty migraines lately. In the past I’ve gotten them on very rare occasions, but something about this pregnancy is triggering them more often. Not fun.

Flavors: Floral, Green

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Uniquity

I was creeping your log looking for tea ideas after seeing you’re pregnant. I hope your migraines have lessened by now. I also had them more than usual in the first trimester and even got my eyes tested to be sure that wasn’t a cause. Headaches and migraines mostly went away after the first though. Now I know when they’re coming and pre-emptively treat them with tylenol (mostly ineffective), heat and/or ice, and lots of water drinking. Oh, and tiger balm on my temples. Couple all that with sleep, and I can usually win. Pregnancy is not my favourite, but as I tell people, it is a means to an end. :)

rosebudmelissa

I’ve always gotten the occasional migraine, and I didn’t really have them any more often with my last two pregnancies, but this one was awful for a while. I think I’m mostly over them now, thankfully. I don’t think I’ve heard of tiger balm, what is that?

Uniquity

It’s a rub for sore muscles/headaches/that sort of thing. I was skeptical but tried it on the advice of a coworker and it does seem to help. We actually have Tiger Balm Red which is really menthol/cinnamon smelling and is tingly on the skin. Seems to help.

rosebudmelissa

I’ll keep that in mind. I do sometimes use an arnica salve if I have muscle tension, and that really seems to help, but it’s not advised for the face since it’s mildly poisonous if ingested. It would be good to have something to rub on my temples.

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This is one of the teas Liquid Proust donated to the Herbal and Decaf TTB. Thank you!

I used half of this sample, since it said it made two cups. It tasted mostly like a light barley tea. I could tell there were other flavors in there giving it a bit more depth, but they were so light I could barely tell they were there, and couldn’t really place them. I really like barley tea, so I would definitely drink this again.

Flavors: Roasted Barley

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

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This is one of the teas donated by Liquid Proust for the Herbal and Decaf TTB. Thank you!

This is pretty good. It tastes mostly of sweet coconut, and seems to use a decent quality rooibos, since the flavor is fairly appealing. I wonder if I would have gotten more from the spices if I had used more leaf? But it might have ended up too sweet for me if I had. As I said, the coconut flavor is quite pleasant by itself.

Flavors: Coconut, Rooibos, Sweet

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

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Liquid Proust sent me a few samples of oolongs recently, and this is one of them. Thank you!

This tastes green and slightly nutty to me. There’s also a hint of a floral note. It tastes like spring to me. I think I prefer the darker oolongs I’ve had, but this is quite good. There’s no bitterness or astringency and the flavors are light and clear.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Nutty

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
305 tasting notes

This was a donation from Liquid Proust for the Herbal and Decaf TTB. Thank you!

I like this. It’s naturally quite sweet and fruity. It definitely tastes like Honeydew, and I think I’m getting a hint of the kiwi as well. This seems like it would make a terrific cold-brew tea.

Flavors: Honeydew, Sweet

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

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This was a donation from Liquid Proust for the Herbal and Decaf TTB. Thank you!

I couldn’t really give this one a fair treatment, since I’m having something of an aversion to sweet things with this pregnancy. Sometimes I’ll eat or drink something and the sweetness is just overwhelming and utterly unappealing. It’s really strange since I normally have something of a sweet tooth, and it wasn’t the case with my last two pregnancies. Since this tea was presweetened, I just could not take more than a couple of sips, and I couldn’t really focus on the flavor other than the overwhelming sweetness. I’d be willing to try it when my taste buds are back to normal, but it’s not for me right now.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was donated by Liquid Proust for the Herbal and Decaf TTB. Thank You!

This is an interesting tea. When brewed, it’s a bright red that I associate with Hibiscus. It has a sweet-tart fruity smell, with a hint of spice, flowers, and earthiness. The taste is a light honey and nuts flavor with just a hint of the fruity, spicy, floral, earthiness I picked up in the smell. It’s not nearly as bold as I would have expected, but it has a bit of complexity. After drinking more of this, I feel like it’s almost too sweet. It’ really good, but I might like it better mixed with just a bit of hibiscus. I’ll have to try that.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Nutty

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

Take out a few ounces of this, I think I gave 400g?
Now, when it gets cold… mix this with a strong black tea and you’ll get one nice cup :)

rosebudmelissa

Yeah, I’m definitely taking some of this. It’s pretty good on it’s own, but I’m excited to try blending it with things.

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drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
305 tasting notes

This was one of the teas Liquid Proust donated to the Herbal and Decaf TTB. Thank you!

The beginning of the sip mostly tasted like grassy Gyayusa, which I’m pretty ambivalent towards. I was almost disappointed, when suddenly the spiciness started to creep up in my mouth it built for a few seconds, then died down again. It was a nice mix of cinnamon and red pepper, not too hot (I’m sensitive to spicy things), but definitely a nice spicy kick. I would probably keep building as you drank the cup until your mouth was burning, but I just took a few sips and gave the rest to my husband, who loves spicy things. If it were still around, I would recommend this to someone who wanted a spicy tea, but I think I would actually prefer a different base for this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Grass, Pepper, Spicy

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 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 enjoy experimenting with my own blends.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/dessert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, lime, apple, blueberry, plum, fig, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint, barley, rosemary, dandelion leaf, rice)

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

Allergies and Sensitivities: lavender and stevia upset my stomach

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

Ratings:
90-100: Truly excellent tea, will buy, could drink it every day but might save it for special occasions because it’s that good, will miss it if it’s not in my cupboard.
75-89: Really good tea, would buy, but not quite perfect, or not anything particularly special.
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’m currently pregnant, so I’m drinking less tea (especially new teas) than normal, and my activity may be rather sporadic.

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