456 Tasting Notes

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Old Sample from Tea Sipper.

I don’t like many green teas, and this reminds me why. This is rather bitter even though I brewed it with a splash of cold water, and I don’t like that bitterness alongside the vegetal taste of this tea. It’s not undrinkable, and might be better if I steeped it at an even lower temperature or for a shorter time, but I don’t like it enough to bother tinkering.

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50

Sample from Kristal. Thank you!

This tastes herbaceous and ever so slightly citrusy. More like orange than lemon, unlike most citrusy herbs. It’s not bad, but not something I would seek out.

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

Good thing it’s a tea for cold and flu lol

rosebudmelissa

I would probably prefer it in a blend myself, but I know some people really like the citrusy herbs on their own.

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

I don’t know how old this is, but it pretty much just tastes like Rooibos. Probably not fair to give this a rating.

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60

The rooibos here is not so great. It’s a bit stronger and more smokey than I prefer. The apple flavor is light and sweet. It would probably be more authentic with a bit of tartness, but it’s a pleasant sweet apple candy sort of flavor and not too strong.

Flavors: Apple, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

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

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65

Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

I’m tired and easily distracted this afternoon, so I think I overbrewed this. The rose comes through clearly and is definitely pleasant, but the white tea is a little bitter and a little more vegetal than I prefer. I prefer white peony with floral teas.

Flavors: Bitter, Rose, Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

I probably oversteeped this, but it was very bitter even with a splash of milk. Would probably be better underleafed or with a shorter steep time since it was quite strong and had a bit of fruityness, but I prefer more forgiving teas.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity

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400th tasting note!

This is an old sample that I had tucked away. This tastes creamy, minty, and sweet with just a touch of chocolate. There’s just enough there for one more cup. I think I’ll add some crio bru to try and bump up the chocolate flavor.

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60

Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

I’m not tasting any green tea here at all. It pretty much tastes like a flavored hibiscus tea. I wish the raspberry were a little stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

Eh. I think the mate comes through strongest, and I don’t particularly care for mate.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Smooth and floral. Not quite as sweet as the Bai Mu Dan from Butiki that I just finished, but still very good.

Flavors: Floral

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, floral or flavored oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (caramel, cheesecake, chocolate, cream, honey, maple, molasses, vanilla)
Spices (allspice, anise, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger)
Fruit(apple, blueberry, fig, grape, grapefruit, honeydew, lemon, lime, mango, orange, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, watermelon)
Flowers (chamomile, chrysanthemum, hibiscus, jasmine, rose)
Nuts and seeds (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew, sesame)
Grains(barley, rice)
Herbs (dandelion leaf, green rooibos, honeybush, mint, rosemary, thyme)
Vegetables (carrot)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, elderflower, licorice root, stevia, tulsi; artificial cherry, and almond flavors; bitter smokey, leathery, medicinal, or overly sweet teas

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 it’s an easy way 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 again, could drink it every day but might save it for special occasions because it’s just that good, will miss it if it’s not in my cupboard.
75-89: Really good tea, would buy. Might be a solid everyday tea, or something that has a strong appeal but doesn’t quite amaze.
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.

Location

Maryland

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