358 Tasting Notes

75

Ost’s stash sale.

I’m a fan of camomile tea, and I’ve been trying different varieties to find one I really like. For whatever reason, so far I prefer bagged camomile to loose. The loose tends to taste slightly more herbaceous and less floral than the bagged. Also the tiny petals are a pain to clean out of a strainer. This one is no exception, but it had a better than some of the others I’ve had. Not my favorite, but definitely enjoyable.

Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

to be honest; chamomile tastes like freaky flowers :(

you want to try a nice tea that’s herbal? try kunlun mountain snow chrysanthemum flower tea from yunnan sourcing’s com site

Kristal

Totally hear you on bagged vs loose chamomile. I really enjoy Celestial Seasonings’ Honey Vanilla Chamomile personally :)

rosebudmelissa

I really like floral teas, so that’s not a problem for me. I do want to try snow chrysanthemum, it’s definitely on my list.

For some reason I don’t tend to like chamomile flavored or many chamomile-based blends. Honey Vanilla Chamomile was too sweet for me. One of the few I have enjoyed is Stash’s Cinnamon Apple Chamomile.

Kirkoneill1988

hmm the tea i listed here tastes like red/green peppers , dill, and maybe earthy

Kristal

@rosebudmelissa, ah, fair enough! Different Strokes for Different Folks ;)

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90

OST’s Stash Sale

I’ve tried Harney and Son’s Paris before at a friend’s house, and enjoyed it so when I saw this on the list of teas OST was selling, I had to give it a try. I’m glad I did! I think I oversteeped it since it was just a bit bitter, but it had a lovely floral taste from the bergamot and a slight sweetness. I will definitely enjoy the rest of this tin.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dr Jim

One of my favorite decaf teas.

rosebudmelissa

I can see why!

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25

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I’ve never had a Tulsi tea before, and after tasting this I really don’t think it’s for me. I found the smell off-putting, but I tried a couple of sips before dumping the rest. This is not an herb I particularly like. Nice to get a chance to try it without investing a lot of money into it, though. That’s what I really like about these boxes.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

what does the box say about this herb?

rosebudmelissa

I think the box was mostly promoting it’s health benefits.

Kirkoneill1988

do you still have the box? does it say anything about anxiety and depression?

rosebudmelissa

Sorry, I didn’t keep the box. I’ve found that a google search is helpful for finding out what herbs help with various health conditions, and WebMD is good for finding out any potential side effects once you have the names of particular herbs.

Kirkoneill1988

thankyou :D

rosebudmelissa

You’re welcome! I hope you find something that helps.

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70

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

This is pretty good. It’s a light and fruity black tea. There’s only the faintest hint of bitterness as it cools – just enough to add some depth to the flavor, not at all unpleasant. This isn’t an exciting tea, but it’s not boring either. It seems like the sort of basic decaf black tea that I might reach for with some regularity.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

This is sweet-tart and fruity. I’m not really tasting almonds or plums, and it doesn’t taste anything like what I would have imagined from that name, but it’s not bad.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Tart

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

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45

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I don’t know why someone put this tea in here, it is neither herbal nor decaf, but I decided to give it a try. My first thought was that it doesn’t smell or taste of cherries to me, which seems a little odd considering the name. It does smell and taste quite strongly of rose, which is nice, but I don’t really care for the green tea here. I did probably oversteep it, but it’s quite bitter and that combined with the rose makes me think of soap. If I were a bigger fan of green tea, I might play with the steep times here, but I think I’ll just pass this on to someone who might enjoy it more.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Green, Rose

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I really didn’t like this mix of flavors. It tasted sour, fruity, and grassy to me.

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50

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

I’m not sure why someone added this to the box, since it’s not herbal or decaf, but I decided to give it a try anyway. It tastes pretty much like I would have expected a roasted green tea to taste. Vegetal, a slight hint of bitterness, and a bit of roastiness. It’s not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Roasted, Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

This tastes almost exactly like Bengal Spice from Celestial Seasonings, but with the addition of rooibos, which makes it not as good. I’m a little surprised by how many of Celestial Seasoning’s teas I prefer to similar teas by other companies. I don’t like their whole lineup, but the ones I like, I really like.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sweet

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

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45

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

This is pretty mediocre. Low quality decaf green tea, a hint of lemon, and slightly chemical honey flavoring. It tastes okay, but not something I would buy. Definitely not as good as Celestial Seasonings’ Decaf Sleepytime Lemon Jasmine Green.

Flavors: Artificial, Green, Honey, Lemon

Preparation
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 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, 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 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 an absolute favorite.
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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