223 Tasting Notes



This is still my favorite Lemon Ginger tea. I’m sure it wouldn’t be to everyone’s tastes as the lemon flavor is quite candy-like and the ginger isn’t especially prominent , but I love it. It’s one of my go to teas when I’m not feeling well.


Will have to try it out when I run out of Ginger Snappish between seasons.


That’s one I actually haven’t tried. I’ll have to pick some up sometime.

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This is kind of interesting. The Guayusa is vegetal and a bit nutty. I’m not really tasting the Cider, but it might be adding a hint of sweetness. It’s an interesting change of pace, but probably someone who is more a fan of green tea would enjoy it more.

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This was grassy, but not at all bitter. I don’t really have much else to say about it. I’m really not a green tea person. I’ll be trading this away.

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I’ve been really curious about this tea, so I finally decided to try it. The dry leaf is green clumps, and smells like vanilla and tropical fruit. Brewed, this produces a pale gold cup that smells very floral. It tastes like melon, and flowers, with a touch of grass. Quite tasty, and very unique. I definitely enjoyed trying this one.

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This was so very delicious. I am totally in love with this tea. It is so light and sweet. I don’t even know what to compare it to, but it’s awesome. I oversteeped it because the boys were being very demanding, so I expected it to be a bitter mess, but it was so good! going to go see if I can get a second steep out of the leaves, cause I will be sad to see this go.

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This was really tasty. It was a cup full of vanilla and berries, with a touch of the woodiness of the honeybush and just a hint of black tea. I do think the flavor could be a little stronger, so I’ll probably try this again with more leaf. I usually brew honeybush teas with two teaspoons of leaves per cup, but I always try the recommended parameters first. I didn’t expect to love the blend of black tea and honeybush as much as I do in both this tea and “The Ponds”. I’ll have to keep that in mind for the future.

Flavors: Berries, Tea, Vanilla, Wood

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This was good. I steeped it three times, and while the first steep was only alright, the second and third steeps were lovely. Light and sweet with a hint of flowers. I think next time I may rinse it for a little longer and see if that makes a difference in the flavor of the first cup.

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This smelled like blueberries and bergamot. It tasted floral and a bit bitter with an aftertaste of soap. Not really my cup of tea

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Blueberry, Flowers, Soap, Tea


Did the soap taste come from the blueberry or the bergamot, if you don’t mind me asking?


Probably the bergamot. I didn’t taste the blueberry at all. I think the combination of floral and bitter is what made it taste soapy to me. I tend to be very picky about fruity and floral black teas because I tend not to like how the flavors interact.


Alright. That’s good to know. I’ll look at the ratios of blueberry and bergamot and adjust them.

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I almost didn’t try this tea since I really dislike both the taste of coffee (love the smell), and the scent of cigarette smoke. But I was curious after seeing so many reviews of people who loved it, so I decided to give it a chance. This was definitely not for me. I couldn’t even stand more than a couple of sips. I will definitely be trading this away.

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So I was always under the impression that I didn’t really like earl grey tea, but while I still don’t think it will ever be my favorite, I am starting to enjoy it with milk and sugar (one of the few teas I will only drink that way). I had this today with french vanilla creamer and milk, and it was SO good. Granted, french vanilla creamer can make almost anything taste heavenly, but I really liked the combination with the bergamot. I’ve tried a couple of mediocre cream earl grey’s but I don’t think I’ve tried a vanilla earl grey. I’ll have to look for one. A vanilla-cream version would be even better. Any recommendations?

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

DAVID’s has an earl grey as you’ve described. I find the more floral EGs are hideous to me, but the more mellow or rounded ones are quite lovely, and I almost always have them with milk/cream and sweetener – a lesson learned from my British tea adventures.


Cream of earl grey from Davidstea I think, would be good if you haven’t tried it – it’s earl grey with a touch of vanilla! One of my favourites!

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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:
Tea (unflavored/desert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, apple, blueberry, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, red rooibos, lavender, licorice root; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, unflavored greens

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



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