359 Tasting Notes

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I have liked several of the rose teas I’ve tried, but this was a bit disappointing. It was a little on the bland side, and I didn’t feel like the white tea they chose complemented the rose very well. Maybe it would work better cold brewed, but I don’t think it’s worth buying again to find out.

Flavors: Grass, Rose

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Sample from one of the tea boxes this year. I really need to keep my samples better organized.

I’m not really a green tea person, but I I like to try new varieties on occasion just for variety and in case I find something that strikes my fancy. Also black tea triggers my heartburn, but green and white don’t seem to. So I pulled this out. It tastes mostly like spinach to me, with a very slight touch of bitterness. Not bad, but not something I would buy. I’ll probably mix it with dried carrot pieces next time.

Flavors: Spinach

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

What is the point of the dried carrot pieces? Curious.

rosebudmelissa

I’ve mixed them with dandelion leaf before, and really liked the taste. They have a sweet, carroty flavor that is an interesting combination with a really vegetal tea.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. And where are you getting them?

rosebudmelissa

I got the ones I currently have from the Butiki blending box, but you can find them on amazon.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I had no idea.

rosebudmelissa

You’re welcome! I’m trying to encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of herbal teas here on steepster. It’s what I drink most often, and I enjoy the wide variety of flavors. I’m still exploring myself, but I like to share what I’ve learned so far.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, very much interested in herbal teas. What are your favourites or favourite tea blenders?

I am on tea moratorium for now. Far too many teas, but I am saving ideas for future.

I would be interested in blending boxes if such things exist not that Butiki is gone, so if you hear of good quality ones, I’d like to know.

rosebudmelissa

I especially like chamomile, peppermint, hibiscus, honeybush, green rooibos, roasted barley, toasted rice, and brewing cocoa. I like floral teas a lot, but am still trying to find good herbal varieties. I enjoy Celestial Seasoning’s line of Zinger (Hibiscus) teas, and a few of their other herbal blends. Adagio has some nice honeybush and fruity blends, and I really like their Green Rooibos Blueberry and Rooibos Earl Grey (although I don’t particularly care for the variety of Red Rooibos they use, so this blend is the only one I like). David’s Tea’s Forever Nuts is quite good, although I haven’t tried many of their other herbals yet. Lupicia has a good Barley tea. I haven’t tasted many of their other teas yet. I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far from Numi, but that’s only a few things so far. Rebublic of Tea’s Coconut Cocoa is good, but I haven’t enjoyed too many of their other herbal teas. Stash’s Hibiscus blends taste awful, but I did like their Meyer Lemon, and Cinnamon Apple Chamomile. Twining’s has a nice Peppermint and Chamomile, but I haven’t liked any of their other herbals. 52teas sometimes has nice honeybush blends. Upton Tea Imports has a good straight Hibiscus. Crio Bru is really good, but I’ve found that I like it best if I mix in a little Roasted Barley. I’ve had good luck toasting my own rice for tea. I just used the long grain white rice we bought at our local supermarket. I’ve been working my way through the brands that have less expensive samples first as well as random things I’ve picked up from tea boxes, and the occasional tea that looked especially appealing. I don’t think I’ve seen any blending boxes other than the one that Butiki sent around when they closed, but sometimes nice things for blending show up in the Herbal and Decaf TTB I run. There’s a box out right now and there will probably be a new round of that starting sometime this summer that you could sign up for if you’re interested.

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85
drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
359 tasting notes

Happy New Year!

I think this came from the monthly TTB earlier this year. I thought I’d reviewed this when I first got it, but apparently not. I just finished what I had of it. I enjoyed it. It was a mild green that was buttery and sweet. It was hard to tell what flavors came from the tea itself and what came from the added flavoring. I would definitely drink this again.

Last night I finished it off by mixing it with some White Peony. It made it lighter and softer with a hint of flowers. It was an enjoyable way to finish this tea.

Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I made this in a 4 oz teacup with a splash of cold water, and the rest boiling. I brewed it for about three minutes. I ended up with a mild green tea with a barely discernible blueberry flavor. Certainly drinkable, but nothing special.

Flavors: Blueberry, Green

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I just toasted rice for the first time! I used the long grain white rice that we had laying around. I threw a few tablespoons into a non-stick skillet, and toasted it just above medium (I started on low, but I have a ceramic stove-top that takes forever to heat up). I stirred it pretty often, and transferred the rice to a tin when it was golden brown. I let it cool a bit, then brewed a teaspoon of it in 8 oz of boiling water. It’s very lightly flavored, but tasty. The flavor reminds me of popcorn, actually. It brews up almost colorless, which is interesting. I don’t really like the Genmaicha I’ve had, but I think that’s because I’m not a big fan of green tea. I really liked Verdant’s Black Chocolate Genmaicha, which is sadly discontinued. I’ll try blending this with other herbals right now, and try it with black tea eventually, too. I’m pleased with the success of this experiment. I may need to try roasting other grains for tea. I already know I like roasted barley, so that would probably be worth roasting myself.

Flavors: Popcorn, Toasted Rice

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

I think I need to try that! Just drank a Kettle Corn tea that actually had popped popcorn shards in it—that could happen at home, too…

rosebudmelissa

I’ve heard some people roast dried corn as well. I wonder how different corn or popcorn would taste?

gmathis

I think, somewhere along the years, I have tried a corn tea from an Asian grocery. If memory serves, was a little odd on its own, but might be a good blending element.

rosebudmelissa

I’ll have to try some eventually, then. I like experimenting with blending.

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90

I really liked the old version of this, and unlike pretty much every other review I’ve seen for this, I don’t think I like this version quite as well. The strawberry flavor is stronger, but it’s not nearly as creamy. This tastes more like fresh strawberries than strawberry milkshake. It’s still quite tasty, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for.

Flavors: Strawberry, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I tried this today while over at my in-laws, before going out to finish up the last of the Christmas shopping. I added a couple tablespoons of cold water before throwing in the teabag, and only brewed it for about a minute. It turned out quite pleasant. It was light and fruity and tasted mostly of peach. I’m glad I liked it, because it’s extremely rare for me to run across a peach flavored tea I like.

Flavors: Peach

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

The pyramid-bag line of Lipton stuff isn’t bad. Hadn’t tried this one.

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This is a sample I got from someone. Thank you mysterious benefactor!

It’s pretty tasty. It has a light flavor of apple pie that really complements the rooibos/honeybush blend. It’s not overwhelmingly sweet even though it has licorice root. I didn’t even know it had licorice root until I looked at the website, which is great since I tend to really dislike licorice root. This is all around a pretty satisfying lightly sweet, lightly spiced apple flavored tea. I would drink this again, but it’s probably not something I should pick up right now since licorice root is one of those things pregnant women are supposed to avoid. Oops! At least there’s not much in this blend.

Flavors: Apple, Spices, Sweet, Wood

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

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Rooibos Chai + Vanilla Rooibos = Vanilla Chai Rooibos! Should be obvious, but sometimes combinations don’t work out like one would expect. I used a bag of Fireside Chai from Zhena’s Gypsy tea, and the Vanilla Rooibos is from Indigo Tea Company. I made this as a latte, and its a mild chai, so the spices got a bit drowned, but it’s still good.

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This might be the mildest chai I’ve ever had that still tastes good. The dominant flavor is clove which blends into a mild flavor of cinnamon, with a hint of smooth woodiness from the rooibos in the background. It’s good on its own if you’re in the mood for a mild chai, but there’s no way it would stand up to milk. I’ll have to think about whether or not I want more of this. It might make a decent everyday sort of tea, but it doesn’t wow me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Smooth, Spices, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 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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