335 Tasting Notes

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Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I’m finally getting around to going through this box, so I can see about starting the next round. This was the last of the bag, and it was almost all rooibos, so that may have affected the flavor. It pretty much tasted like maple with a hint of spice to me – not bad, but plain maple isn’t really my favorite flavor, and tends to taste a little too sweet to me. It was definitely an autumnal sort of tea, but I wish I had been able to taste the pumpkin. I’m not sure how long I steeped this for, since I forgot to set a timer and just came back to it after a few minutes. Too much going on today with the boys, and settling back into life with a new baby.

Flavors: Maple, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, this one didn’t have much pumpkin going on, even at its freshest. Pretty much as you describe it, maple and spice. I quite liked it. Thank you for reminding me to haul it out of hiding.

rosebudmelissa

You’re welcome. I might have rated it higher if the name reflected the flavor a little better, but I’m always really disappointed when pumpkin teas don’t taste like pumpkin, and like I said, maple tends to taste too sweet to me if it’s alone.

Kristal

Aw, sucks that you didn’t like it :( I loved this one brewed as a latte and went through 250g+ of it last autumn.

rosebudmelissa

I can see why, it seems like a good quality tea, just not to my tastes.

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Third was born on Thursday and we are both back home and doing well. He was a big baby – 10 lbs 5 oz – but the delivery went quickly and with no complications. I’m feeling sore still, but I’m healing well and my Mom will be here for the next week to help out. I tend to be exhausted and emotional during pregnancy, but immediately start feeling better once the baby is born, so I am very glad to no longer be pregnant. And, as an added bonus, tea and food are appealing again. Life is pretty good.

I drank this tea with meals a couple of times at the hospital. I thought it would be an ordinary Chamomile, and might not have picked it if I’d known it was a blend. Chamomile is very easy to overwhelm in a blend, and far too many of them contain mint, which I like on its own, but not blended with Chamomile. This was pretty good, though. The chamomile came through nice and strong, with a subtle orange spice flavor as well. I recommend a shorter steep time, though. The second time I drank this I let it steep a while and could taste the licorice root, which I don’t particularly care for. I probably won’t go out and buy this, but I appreciated the chance to try it and wouldn’t turn down another cup if it was an option offered by a friend or a restaurant.
Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Precious news! Welcome home!

yyz

Congrats! I’m glad he arrived safe and well.

Kaylee

Congratulations!!!

ashmanra

That is awesome! Congratulations!

Kristal

Congrats!!

TeaNTees

Congratulations on #3 :)

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Herbal and Decaf TTB.

This is pretty good. It tastes mostly of cinnamon, nuts, and brown sugar. It reminds me quite a bit of Davidtea’s Forever Nuts, but with a rooibos base rather than a fruity one, and not quite as sweet. The rooibos is mild and is mostly a mild note in the background, but it does leave a bit of a drying sensation in the mouth. This tastes like it would make a really good latte. As the cup cools the flavors taste more artificial, and the rooibos lends a slight sour aftertaste. I think Forever Nuts wins this one, but this is still a pretty decent tea

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

This is one of the few Teavana blends I really like.

rosebudmelissa

It was pretty good. I think for me, it’s one I would have to drink hot (not always practical with toddlers), or make into a latte.

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Herbal and Decaf TTB

I haven’t had enough chrysanthemum tea to judge the quality of this, but I liked it. It has a pleasant, lightly floral flavor. Chrysanthemum always reminds me a bit of chamomile, although it’s different enough that eventually I would like to keep both on hand. I find this to be a very relaxing tea, which is nice today since it’s been a stressful week and the boys are a bit cranky.

Flavors: Floral

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

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92

Had a rough night. The boys have been sick, Second had a fever of 102 last night. The fevers have gone down, but they’re still cranky today, and I’m tired. I wanted something indulgent so I decided to finish off my sample of this today.

I tried the last of this with milk, and it’s even better this way – sweet, nutty, and creamy! Unfortunately I spilled half of it on the floor. Grrrr. I’ll definitely have to buy some of this eventually.

Flavors: Nuts, Pancake Syrup, Sweet

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

You have definitely earned some excellent tea! Hope things are improving!

rosebudmelissa

Thanks. They seem to be feeling better today, but I am very much looking forward to the weekend!

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92

This is one of the old herbals Teasipper removed from the Here’s Hoping TTB and sent to me. Thank you!

My first though on trying this was that it was very tasty, but definitely didn’t taste like Banana Bread. It has a smooth rooibos base, with a very mild flavor. It mostly tastes sweet and nutty, with an occasional hint of sour in the aftertaste. It’s doesn’t taste artificial or cloyingly sweet like many sweet blends, so that’s definitely a plus. After puzzling over the flavor for a while, I’d say it reminds me of the hazelnut syrup I had last time I was at iHop. It’s quite yummy, definitely something I would consider buying, even if I’m not tasting banana at all. I know these samples are rather old, so that might be part of it.

Flavors: Hazelnut, Maple Syrup, Sweet

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

Well, there was one tea in the package you didn’t absolutely detest anyway. :D

rosebudmelissa

Yep, and even if I dislike all the others it will be a chance to knock some things off my wishlist.

tea-sipper

Oh I’m glad some of those were on your wishlist. Just take into consideration that they have traveled a bit and would probably taste better fresher. :D

rosebudmelissa

I’ll keep that in mind :)

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This is a sample from the Mosaic Tea & Coffee company who are considering adding this tea to their lineup.

It’s been a few months since I had a jasmine green in my cupboard. I realized a while ago that I mostly drink herbals and I go through caffeinated teas very slowly, so I’ve been trying to reduce the number I have in my cupboard. This really reminds me what I’ve been missing. It has a strong scent and flavor of jasmine, which blends nicely with the light, vegetal flavor of the green tea used as a base. It makes me thing of spring – flowers and green growing things. the flavor is strong, but not heavy or bitter. It just dances across your tongue. I will definitely savor the rest of this sample and look forward to buying some Jasmine tea once my cupboard is under control.

Flavors: Jasmine, Vegetal

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

I’m exactly like you. I drink about 2 cups of green tea a day (or 1 travel mug full (16oz)) and then MANY more cups of herbals. Probably like 2+ liters in a day. I’ve also been working hard to try and use up my caffeine teas as well, but it’s very slow going (especially since I try to get at least 2 steeps out of every serving of green tea meaning I’ll use 1 serving over 2 days).

Kristal

Oh, and I love Jasmine green tea too :)

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This is a sample from the Mosaic Tea & Coffee company who are considering adding this tea to their lineup.

I wasn’t a big fan of this one. It smelled nice in the pouch – an interesting blend of vanilla, almond and light fruitiness, but with a bit of unpleasant smokiness from the rooibos, but the scents didn’t carry over to the flavor. The rooibos has a slight bitterness to it, and the flavors didn’t come through very strongly. I could taste the vanilla, but other than that all I could taste was that chemical flavor you sometimes get from artificial flavors. Not something I would buy.

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Rooibos, Vanilla

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

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This is a sample from the Mosaic Tea & Coffee company who are considering adding this tea to their lineup.

This is a mild, well-balanced rooibos chai which surprised me a bit given how spicy-sweet it smelled and the fact that I used the whole sample which was probably 1.5-2 teaspoons. The rooibos is very smooth, with none of the unpleasant flavors it can sometimes have. There is a mild spiciness, and a nice sweetness here. No one flavor stands out to me, but at the same time this tastes very well-rounded. It is quite pleasant on it’s own, but doesn’t really stand up to adding milk. That’s a strike against it for me, since I almost always drink my chai with milk. It’s very smooth and creamy with milk, but the spiciness pretty much disappears. Definitely a tea to drink straight.

Flavors: Smooth, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 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: I rate teas based not on their objective quality, but on how much I personally liked them. I mostly do this because that way it’s easy 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, 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 currently have a young baby, so while I’m drinking lots of tea, my activity may be sporadic.

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