244 Tasting Notes

Sample from Nichole. Thank you!

I might have liked this if it wasn’t pre-sweetened. As it it, I find it too sweet, so I’ll be passing it along to someone else.

Nichole

I made mine a latte. . it was much better that way. I still have 3 boxes of it :)

gmathis

I doubled up with a bag of plain black breakfast tea and that cut the sweetness a bit.

rosebudmelissa

I sent some off to a friend, but I’ll have to try out these suggestions.

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drank Wake Up by Faerie's Finst
244 tasting notes

Sample from Nichole. Thank you!

I didn’t care for this one. It tasted like dirt to me.

Flavors: Dirt

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

Yeah I wasn’t a fan either. Thought it might have been just me. I liked it the first time I had it and then the second not so much. . .

rosebudmelissa

It seems like the sort of thing someone would like, so I’ll send it off on the next round of the Herbal TTB.

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Sample from Nichole.

This is really tasty! It’s smooth and light, and faintly sweet. It tastes a bit like the smell of a field of ripe wheat or a tree in autumn.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Sweet, Wheat

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

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Sample from Nichole. Thank you!

This is a tasty herbal chai. It’s heavy on the ginger, which I like, but may not be to everyone’s taste. I wouldn’t call it “peaceful” as the company does, I don’t think ginger is a particularly peaceful spice, but it is tasty.

Flavors: Ginger, Spices

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

I think I have more of this. . .if I come across it- I will send it your way.

rosebudmelissa

I’m picky about Chai, especially herbal chai, so this is a nice find, I would certainly be happy to take the rest off your hands!

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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Sample from Nichole. Thank you!

I’ve been wanting to try this ever since I had it in one of the custom blends, so when I saw it in Nichole’s box I grabbed it right away. I like it! It has a really light, creamy, ginger-molasses-honey flavor. The base is extremely mild, but just noticeable. All in all, it makes for a pleasant cup. I might try this double strength with milk at some point.

It’s been over a week since I was last on Steepster. It’s really good to be back! It was mostly a perfect storm of real life issues all cropping up at once. Things should be better this week, although the latter half of the week I’ll be busy getting ready for Easter.

Flavors: Cream, Ginger, Honey, Molasses, Sweet, Tea

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

Glad you enjoyed it!!

rosebudmelissa

Thanks for sending it my way!

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Sample from whatshesaid. Thank you!

While I can definitely smell the banana and chocolate here, I can’t really taste it. This tastes like slightly sweet black tea and cardboard, with a bit of sourness to it. That makes it sound worse than it is, it doesn’t taste too bad, but I’ll be passing along the rest of it rather than drinking more.

gmathis

Usually I apply the term “poetic” to reviews that are highly complimentary of the tea, but sour tea and cardboard is a wonderful bit of negative wordsmithing, too :)

rosebudmelissa

I’m glad you enjoyed my description :) The variety of flavors that can be found in tea really fascinates me. I try to describe them to the best of my ability.

whatshesaid

I found I liked this more the more I tried it… but it’s not a sickeningly sweet dessert tea which is why I had trouble adjusting at first because that’s what I expected

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Sample from whatshesaid. Thank you!

I brewed 3/4 of a teaspoon in 4 oz of water (a splash of cold water, the rest boiling) for 3 min. This tastes really odd to me. It smells quite a bit like coconut, but it tastes more like hay with a metallic almost coconut flavor. I don’t think I’m much of a fan, although the aftertaste is better than the flavor itself. I love coconut, but unfortunately I have yet to find a coconut tea I really like. It may be like peach for me, I love the real thing so much that I’m really picky about artificial versions.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 4 OZ / 118 ML
Anlina

Coconut teas are really hit or miss for me, though I’ve found a few that I really enjoy that combine coconut with other flavours.

I’ve yet to find a peach flavoured tea that I really enjoy, much as I adore fresh peaches. Natural peach notes in tea are as good as I’ve come across so far.

rosebudmelissa

Do you have any recommendations for me?

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Sample from VarieTEA.

I’m really getting to be a fan of nut flavored teas. This one is pretty decent – nutty and creamy, but a bit on the artificial side of things, and it could stand to be a bit stronger. I wouldn’t say no to another cup, but I probably won’t be buying this.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

I just drank the second half of this sample, and liked it better this time around. Maybe I will pick up some of this after all…

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Butiki Herbal Blending Box.

I’ve tried the Honeysuckle, Star Anise, and Hibiscus so far today. I didn’t care for the Honeysuckle, but I’m taking some of the Star Anise and Hibiscus. The Star Anise is sweet and tastes like black licorice as expected. This is the second time I’ve tried straight Hibiscus. I used half a teaspoon of flowers with about a third of a teaspoon of sweetener. It was better than the kind I had before – not quite as sour, and with a more complex flavor. I do wish these herbs came with an indication of where they were purchased from, so we would have an idea of where to look for them in the future.

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Sample from VarieTEA. Thank you!

I wasn’t a big fan of this. The flavors are really mild, and it tastes like it has some kind of artificial sweetener in it. Still, it was nice to try.

Preparation
3 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 variety of teas on hand and I love trying new teas.

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

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

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

Location

Maryland

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