136 Tasting Notes

Overboard TTB.

This smells and tastes very floral, not fruity at all. I’m puzzled about why someone would associate it with figs. I actually associate these scents with soap. It doesn’t taste soapy or anything, but my mind doesn’t really associate the flavor with food, which is kind of throwing me off. The mouthfeel is interesting, it makes my tongue a bit tingly, like mint or celery, or black pepper. I wonder where that comes from? Overall, an interesting tea, but probably not one I’ll keep.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard TTB.

I’ll admit I was somewhat skeptical of this one. I didn’t think a tea could replicate the flavor of a strawberry milkshake, and if it did, I didn’t think that flavor would blend well with Honeybush. I was wrong. Upon tasting this tea, my first though was “strawberry ice cream.” That is exactly what it tastes like. The Honeybush is there in the background, but it is mild and complements the flavor surprisingly well. This is definitely a keeper.

Flavors: Creamy, Strawberry, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard TTB.

This tastes like strawberries and smoke. Looking at the ingredients, it does have Rooibos in it. I don’t quite understand why rooibos is so popular, and I really don’t understand what it’s supposed to add to a strawberry white tea. Why add a smokey flavor to that? It’s a mystery to me. Anyway, this is not bad, just not quite my cup of tea I don’t think.

Flavors: Smoke, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard TTB.

This is really good. I’m definitely tasting a fruity flavor, and notes of waffle or pastry, as well as a hint of chocolate here or there. There’s also a floral note that reminds me of rose. The flavoring is subtle and blends so well with the base tea that it’s hard to decide where one begins and the other ends.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Pastries, Raspberry, Rose, Tea

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

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Overboard TTB.

I’m tasting black tea. I can smell a bit of pumpkin and cream, but I don’t taste it at all. I’m really not sure why, since there are so many reviews raving about the wonderful pumpkin flavor. It’s not a bad black tea, just doesn’t taste like pumpkin, so a bit of a dud for me.

Flavors: Tea

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

I thought the pumpkin milkshake was a LOT more pumpkiny

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Overboard TTB.

This is a pleasant enough blend. The woody taste of the Honeybush blends well with a very natural tasting caramel flavor. I’m not tasting any banana, but I was a bit dubious about how well that would blend with the Honeybush anyway, so I can’t say I’m missing it.

Flavors: Caramel, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Blegh. Another underwhelming fruit blend by Stash, ruined beyond hope of redemption by licorice. I only have one more fruit tea with this base blend to try. So far I’ve felt pretty much the same about all of them.

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

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I don’t really drink much Earl Grey, so I don’t really have much of a comparison for this, but I do like it. It’s light and citrusy, and very pleasant overall. I feel like it would go very well with some milk. In fact, I think I’ll add some before I finish the cup… Yeah, that’s exactly what it needed to round out the flavor. I may have to start drinking more Earl Grey in the future.

Flavors: Bergamot, Tea

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

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Overboard TTB.

I don’t know if this tea is just old, or if I made it wrong or what, but I’m not tasting any maple or pecan here. Just bitter black tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Tea

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

This one is actually almost brand new. I did notice that it can get seriously bitter if left to steep even a teensy bit too long. If you try it again, brew it for less time and see if you can get a bit more flavor out that way.

rosebudmelissa

I think I’ve had that problem with other flavored blacks by. Republic of Tea. Since bitterness is one of the things I really dislike in tea, I think I’ll just pass this on to someone else.

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This was not my favorite chai ever. It’s heavier on the cardamom and lighter on the cloves than I prefer, and it tasted a little bland. I added some sweetener after the first sip, which helped perk it up a bit, and brought out the cinnamon, but I still didn’t love it. If you’re a big fan of cardamom, you might want to try it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Spices, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 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, anise, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, chai/spice, honeybush, green rooibos, flavored blacks, dark oolongs, puerh

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, bitter or astringent teas, red rooibos, licorice, many (but not all) artificial flavors

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