147 Tasting Notes

Overboard TTB.

I came home today to find my first traveling tea box on my doorstep. It’s been very rainy here lately, so the box was a bit wet, but I don’t think it made it through to the inside of the box and everything is in plastic anyway, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Since I’ll be heading to bed soon, I decided to give one of the herbal teas a try, and this sounded very appealing.

The brewed tea smells like butterscotch, and it mostly tastes like it too. I almost feel like it’s too sweet for this time of day. I’m not getting any nutty or chocolatey flavors, which is a shame. It seems like they would balance the sweetness a bit. The tea has a bit of a licorice aftertaste, which doesn’t blend very well with the butterscotch. Overall, it’s a bit disappointing. It doesn’t live up to it’s name.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Licorice

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

I was also disappointed that it doesn’t live up to the smell when you open the bag. It wasn’t bad…but it wasn’t what it was supposed to be, right?

rosebudmelissa

That’s pretty much how I felt about it.

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Saw this at my in-laws’ and decided to give it a whirl since I’d never tried it before. Unsurprisingly, I was unimpressed. The base tea was uninspiring, and I could barely taste the berry flavor. I won’t go out of my way to drink this again.

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

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This is the first white tea I’ve had. It was rather bland and just a bit bitter. I couldn’t taste much of the raspberry flavor at all. Maybe I should have steeped it longer at a lower temperature?

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

The lower water temp will make a huge difference. Steeping a white tea in boiling water will usually cause bitterness.

rosebudmelissa

Thanks. What temperature is good for a tea like this? The bag didn’t say, which is why I just used boiling water.

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I had this at my in-laws house yesterday. It was pretty good. Relatively mild for a ginger tea, and the lemon complemented the ginger well. I do wish the lemon flavor had been a bit stronger. This is probably not my favorite lemon and ginger tea, but it’s definitely one I would be willing to drink again.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

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

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This is not bad for a rooibos tea. It has a bit of that smokey/medicinal flavor, but for the most part it tastes very much like strawberry jam. It’s sweet with a bit of tartness, and has a very pleasant strawberry flavor. The strawberry and rooibos flavors actually blend surprisingly well, too. I don’t know that I’ll buy more of this, but I’ll enjoy drinking this cup.

Flavors: Jam, Rooibos, Smoke, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

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

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This is just not my day for sampling teas. This is minty and somewhat fruity, but I don’t like the way the flavors interact. It’s just kind of weird. It seems I don’t like many of Stash’s fruit flavored herbals.

Flavors: Fruity, Mint

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

sad day. dragonfruit is yummy…

rosebudmelissa

I’ve never had it. I’d like to try it someday. I mean how often do you run across a fruit that cool looking, and with such an awesome name.

Skysamurai

I know right! Have you ever had a rambutan?? Now that’s a weird looking fruit but the inside is sooooooo good!

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This is… kind of gross actually. It really clashes with itself, it might be the rooibos. I’m having really bad luck with my Stash teas today.

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

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I’m not impressed with this one at all. It smells like blueberry, but it tastes more like licorice than than anything else, and is really rather bland. I really don’t think I’ll be buying this again.

Flavors: Licorice

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

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I really didn’t like this one. It tasted strongly of artificial cream cheese flavoring, which was really off-putting to me for some reason.

Preparation
Boiling 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: 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

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, and am currently running the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club

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