261 Tasting Notes

Sample from Zach S.

There was some of this in the Monthly TTB club box, so I decided to try the sample and see what I thought of it. It’s good. It tastes like creamy peppermint candy. It’s a bit on the artificial end, but I don’t mind that since it’s a candy flavor. It’s tasty, but I don’t know if it’s a tea I would drink often, so I will pass it along to the next person. I wonder if there’s an herbal version of this?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chamomile Tea by Nuts.com
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I buy several different snack foods from Nuts.com. Last time I put in an order, I decided to try their chamomile tea since I was starting to run low. I’ve had a few cups of it now in order to consider the nuances of it, and decide what I think. I think it’s pretty decent chamomile. It’s certainly much better than Adagio’s (theirs always tastes musty to me), but I think it’s slightly more grassy than I like which somewhat drowns out the floral-apple flavor that I love. I will definitely drink this, but next time I run low, I’ll be ordering from someone else.

Flavors: Apple, Flowers, Grass, Sweet

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

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I got Butiki’s Herbal blending box in the mail today, and have tried a few things already. I tried the marshmallow leaf, the cilantro leaf, the lavender, and the carrot. I’m getting the impression that lavender tends to upset my stomach. The marshmallow and cilantro were pretty uninteresting to me – both lightly herbaceous/vegetal. I actually really liked the carrot, I’m not sure that should have surprised me so much since I know I like carrots, but it did. It was surprisingly sweet. I’m definitely going to be keeping some of this.

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drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
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Monthly TTB club.

I like floral teas, including rose, but I’m not sure how I feel about rose black teas. The worst of them taste like soap to me, and I haven’t found one I love, but I’m still interested in trying different brands. This one was on the better end of the spectrum. The base was light and smooth, and the rose flavor was distinct but not overwhelming. I didn’t notice the lemon flavor that other tasters have mentioned. If anything though, I think this was a little too light. I’ll probably try overleafing this and maybe see how it blends, before I make up my mind on it, though.

Flavors: Rose, Tea

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

Have you tried Ceylon rose by Island rose?

rosebudmelissa

No, I haven’t tried that one.

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I haven’t liked lemongrass in the past, but this is surprisingly good. I think maybe the chamomile takes the edge off of the herbaceousness, and makes it a little sweeter. It’s really good, though. I think I’ll be keeping this.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemon, Menthol, Sweet

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

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drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
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Monthly TTB Club.

The apple pie flavor here is a pretty decent approximation. It tastes like sweet cinnamon apple, at least. I don’t really like how it works with the Keemun black tea, though. This is a tea I would drink if it were offered to me, but probably wouldn’t buy.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice. Well, also artificial coconut, which doesn’t help. I tried 52teas’ Coconut Creme Pie earlier and decided to compare these two. This definitely loses that contest. Less flavor, more artificial, and the base is just a touch bitter (although, to be fair I did oversteep it, so I’m surprised it’s not more bitter). And yes, that first sentence is from Avatar: the Last Airbender. We introduced it to CarLord recently, and he liked it enough that all cartoons are now called “A’atar”. So adorable. And Iroh is definitely one of my favorite characters. It’s nice to have a character that appreciates a fine cup of tea. After the watch through, I finally decided to look and see if I could dig up some good fanfiction. I’ve found a few that are true gems. Including one that’s a crazy-awesome crossover with Stargate SG-1, and one by an author who must be a major history buff and can really get inside the heads of people from cultures with fundamentally different values. That’s always a fascinating, if unsettling experience. It really forces you to think through your assumptions of the world and how our personal beliefs can be bolstered or skewed by the beliefs of people we come into contact with. It’s a fascinating read, although some of the deviations from canon do trouble me a bit. As well as some of the possible implications of canon events. End of long, rambly tangent.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Skysamurai

I love that show too!

rosebudmelissa

Yay! Who’s your favorite character? Have you seen Legend of Korra? I’m part way through that series now.

Skysamurai

Hmmm that’s a hard question… there are many good characters. Zuko is probably my favorite. Katara is awesome…. ag yea hard question lol. And yes I’ve seen all of the legend of korra. I promise not to spoil!

rosebudmelissa

Zuko is one of my favorites, too. Sokka as wellthis time around, since I wasn’t as much of a fan of him the first time through.

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This is pretty good. It’s creamy with a definite coconut flavor. I do think the coconut could stand to be a bit stronger, and it’s just a touch artificial, but overall a very pleasant tea. The base is pretty unobtrusive, and not at all bitter, but doesn’t seem to add much to the blend.

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

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I decided to try this because I have been super stressed out today. The baby has been teething lately, so he has been clingy and grumpy, and I am exhausted. I don’t really like it all that much. It has a lemony flavor, but also something unpleasantly medicinal that I don’t know by name, but have tasted in other medicinal herbal teas. I think a cup of chamomile or peppermint would be more relaxing for me.

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
261 tasting notes

Monthly TTB Club.

This is pretty good. It’s a nice cinnamon-hibiscus with a hint of nuttiness. I can see why it reminds people a bit of Forever Nuts, but I definitely prefer that one. This one doesn’t remind me quite as much of a dessert, and tastes a bit less special, although it does seem like a good wintertime tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 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 tend to reach for floral and savory teas in the spring, fruity teas in the summer, spice, nut, and barley teas in the fall, and dessert and honeybush teas in the winter.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/desert 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, lavender, licorice root, stevia; 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

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Maryland

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