274 Tasting Notes

92

A free sample from Design a Tea. I love blueberry. I love pineapple and coconut. Why not combine them? I love the concept of this company! And the sample is so so good! I’ll definitely have to remember them when I have some more tea money to blow, and more space in my tea cupboard.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
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I think this is the same as the “Vanilla Rooibos” full leaf tea sachets I bought at Starbucks.

Steeped 5 minutes with a bit of sugar. Took a sip.
BLECH EW PATOOEY.

So, um, not for me.

The taste of this is completely muddled. It just tastes wrong. And it coats the inside of my throat like cough syrup, and is not pleasant.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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77

I got a sample tin of this from EnjoyingTea as part of their Rooibos Sampler. This is a much lighter flavor than I’m used to in rooibos – usually, the flavor is so strong! I think I like this. I can’t really taste the lavender, and the fruit is subtle.

I added a bit of sugar but it wasn’t very sweet even with that.

Short Sorceress

It took me a few cups to decide, but I really like this one because the rooibos isn’t nearly as strong as what I’m used to. It gave me hope for finding other rooibos blends that I like.

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89

Brewed with a spoonful of sugar, per chrimabro ’s suggestion. (Thanks for the sample, Christina!)

I’m not sure what if anything the oolong brings to this. I would be perfect without it since I can’t taste it at all. I absolutely loved this. It was yummy, and rich, and sweet.

I’ll have to rebrew without sugar, or less, to see how it compares.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec
Christina

I agree that the oolong flavor isn’t distinctive at all (it brings caffeine, I suppose? :)), but the spices are delicious.

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64
drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
274 tasting notes

Froot Loops. It smells like Froot Loops. It tastes like Froot Loops. It’s Froot Loops in tea form. If I liked Froot Loops better, I may have liked this one better.

It’s drinkable but not one I’ll be ordering more of.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
274 tasting notes

I was surprised at how light the flavor of this tea is, considering how many spices are in the tea itself. The smell of the dry tea is heavenly. The taste of the actual tea is more subtle and bland. I added a spoonful of sugar, and that helped a bit. Some half and half helped a bit more.

Overall, I would have liked this better if the flavor was stronger. It has so much promise. Everything mixed well together.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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94

Thanks, Nicole, for the sample of this amazingly delicious oolong. I’ve had two infusions of this so far and both were so good. The flavor is nice and rich, and vaguely fruity. The flavor is also very thick – I feel like this should be syrup, it’s so thick and rich, but it’s lovely lovely tea instead.

And I see this is currently on clearance at Mountain Tea. BUYING NOW.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

It’s been on clearance for awhile now. Not sure if they just have a lot of it or what. I can’t imagine why they’d drop it unless they can’t get it anymore – almost everyone I’ve shared it with loves it.

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85

This tea was so odd I had to buy it. Vegetable tea… isn’t that basically soup? But this is delicious. Without sugar, it tastes pretty bland. With a little bit of sugar, the peach comes to the forefront. There is an extra something behind the peach that is probably the vegetable mixture but overall I don’t think it adds too much to the flavor – there’s a slight aftertaste of veggies that is a nice blend of the carrot/pea/corn and it works rather well with the peach.

This would be awesome iced.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Cobbler by Tazo
274 tasting notes

I’m not getting any hint of peach at all in the flavor of this tea, though it certainly smelled peachy while dry. Also, steeping for 5 minutes per the instructions on the bag was too long. It’s slightly bitter.

I think this would be better steeped a shorter amount of time and with some sugar. I’ll have to experiment more.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
274 tasting notes

TTB tea. This was an okay tea. I can see how it would appeal more to some but the flavors were all too subtle for me, and interacted strangely with the white tea IMO.

It also didn’t help I oversteeped this a little so it was a bit dry.

It smelled amazing though when I opened the bag..

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens, and then blacks. For the most part I do not like flavored or blended teas, and I never add sugar or cream to tea from the actual tea plant.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I drink for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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