456 Tasting Notes

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From JK7ray’s stash sale. I really like roasted barley, so I was excited to try this. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is for me. It has a roasted flavor and a slight sweetness, but it’s quite a bit lighter in flavor than roasted barley. There’s also something weird about the flavor that I don’t know how to describe, but I don’t particularly like. I’ll stick to roasted barley in the future, then.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is OK. The black tea is a touch bitter. The spices are mild and there is no noticeable pumpkin flavor.

Flavors: Bitter, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
456 tasting notes

Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

There was just enough here for a slightly overleafed cup. Unfortunately, this tastes like it has probably lost its flavor due to age. I’m mostly getting slightly sweet honeybush with a tiny bit of sourness in the aftertaste. Pleasant, but doesn’t live up to the name.

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drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
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drank Jasmine Green by Bigelow
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Nice and flowery, with no bitterness. I steeped this with a splash of cold water for less than a minute. I’ll probably resteep it. Jasmine tea is one of the few that I resteep because I prefer it to have a lighter flavor.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Tealux
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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

This is not very good. It’s woody from the rooibos and earthy and a bit sweet from the vanilla, but there’s an unpleasant chemical aftertaste.

Flavors: Artificial, Earth, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

This isn’t bad, but it’s not really what I’m looking for from a chocolate tea. It tastes pretty much like a liquid tootsie roll. There’s a little bit of earthy woodiness from the Puerh, but it’s not real strong. I can see how some people might really enjoy this, but it’s not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

It is very rare that I actually like a peach flavored tea. I love peaches and peach schnapps, but I tend to think peach teas just don’t do the flavor justice. Many of them are way too sweet, I tend not to like how the flavor combines with black or green tea, many of the herbal varieties are too sweet or have a strange aftertaste, or both. But I really like this. The peach flavor is light, but definitely present and the oolong is less prominent, but really rounds out the peach flavor well and adds a bit of a floral note. This is a keeper!

Flavors: Floral, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

totally hear you!

rosebudmelissa

Have you found any really good peach herbals? Since I liked the floral note here, I wonder how it would taste with rose petals…

Kristal

Just Peachy from DAVIDs TEA was the best peach tea I’ve had, but it is sweet. Mind you, so are peaches ;). There was also that peaches and cream tea they had a while back that was decent too.

rosebudmelissa

I haven’t tried that one yet, I’ll have to sometime.

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

This was a surprise favorite for me. I don’t usually care for lemongrass, I don’t often like mint in blends, and I’m picky about rose hips. But this is actually really good! It’s bright, fruity, and pleasantly tart, with an aftertaste of herbs and mint. I think I like it in part because the main flavor and the aftertaste are so distinct -you taste the fruit first and as that flavor is fading, then you get the mint.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Herbs, Mint, Pleasantly Sour

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

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Old sample from tea sipper. This is really nothing special. The hibiscus definitely dominates. I wish it had a stronger citrus flavor. I also wish they had skipped the rooibos and lemongrass because they give this a slightly odd aftertaste that tastes almost minty.

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Mint

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, 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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