319 Tasting Notes

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drank Maraschino by American Tea Room
319 tasting notes

This smells like cherry liqueur, which I found a bit unpleasant. I added some sugar because the initial taste was a but underwhelming.

The first sip with sugar… OH WOW. I literally just said, “Oh wow” in an awed voice. Please feel free to laugh at me. The sugar brought out all the flavors to play and this is absolutely delicious. It’s like the filling of a cherry cordial, but toned down so it’s not so nauseatingly sweet.

So much love for this tea.

I may have to try mixing this with some almond rooibos I have that was a bit bland. I’m thinking the two will go very well together.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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I had looked forward to sitting down with a cup of this tea on Friday. I got the email notification that my package from American Tea Room had been delivered by FedEx. Only, when I got home, the package that was propped up at my door was not mine.

I deduced that the FedEx driver got a smidge confused. I live in building 11510. The package I received was for 11512, the same condo unit number as mine. Obviously, the driver carried them out of the truck at the same time and delivered 11512 to my door. So, Saturday morning I walked the package over to 11512 and gave it to my neighbor – who had refused the package the FedEx driver attempted to deliver because it wasn’t for her.

I gotta say, when I called FedEx customer support, they bent over backwards to fix everything. I got a case number and an agent assigned to my case, who called me today to make sure I had actually gotten the package. The package upon which which someone had hilariously taped a print out of the Google street view of my address, to help the driver ID the correct building.

Anyway, I finally got my tea and I immediately tore into the Brioche. It was the sole reason I placed the order in the first place. I’ll work my way through the other teas but this was the one I wanted. I’m a giant almond nut (ha ha).

The dried tea smelled amazing. I visited Paris once and my hostel was next door to a little bakery. This tea smelled almost like that bakery (almost because there really is something about fresh-baked bread you cannot replicate).

This tea is amazing. No cream or sugar needed. I can picture the flaky French pastry I’m drinking in tea form. Absolutely divine. I can taste the bread. I don’t know how they did it!

This may become my new favorite tea. It was well worth the wait.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Sample teabag sipdown. This came with the catalog RoT kindly sent to my house. Hooray free tea. It’s not bad. I wish the flavor was a bit stronger – I’m mainly getting faintly spiced black tea. No pumpkin to speak of. Hmm… Oh, there is a tiny smidge of pumpkin there at the very very end and I have to pay attention.

I think what I really want is the tea version of a pumpkin spiced latte and I don’t think it exists, having tried several pumpkin spice teas. I may just break down and have some coffee and try not to taste it under the pumpkin.

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec

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My coworker brought in this tea for me to try. She bought it from a woman at the farmers market whose husband brings back this brand of tea from Sri Lanka. It is a pretty decent black tea. According to the website, the black tea is Ceylon.

This is a nice low-cost tea that’s pretty delicious on a chilly fall day. I’m going to ask my coworker what other teas this woman sells because I may be giving her some money to be my tea mule.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec

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Sample from chrimabro – thanks!

The chamomile in this is strong – very very strong. I can’t really taste any other flavors because of it. I can maybe taste a smidge of banana or coconut sometimes but the chamomile is what comes out the strongest. I’m a bit disappointed since I’m not a large chamomile fan. It definitely tastes better with sugar – but I just put in the sugar and didn’t mix it (I didn’t have a spoon. I am feeling lazy.) so all the sugar is at the bottom and the tea is now sickeningly sweet.

I’ll have to resteep this tea with sugar from the very beginning. Hopefully it will improve. But so far, I’m not inclined to buy this.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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drank Minty Cow by Della Terra Teas
319 tasting notes

This definitely smells like minty chocolate. The taste of the tea is reminiscent of mint hot chocolate, but with a tea base. I like this. I will probably add some sugar the next time I brew this because despite the cow sprinkles, I think it could have used it.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Fall Harvest by Steep City Teas
319 tasting notes

This isn’t anything special. It smells lovely but the taste is pretty bland. Even a bit of sugar didn’t bring out the flavors in this rooibos tea. I will finish the batch but won’t be reordering this one.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec
david

I am sorry to hear that. Did you steep it for less than 5 minutes? We usually think is a very flavorful rooibos tea. It is actually one of our best sellers here in Miami. What do you think is missing? Thank you for your feedback

Debbie

I steeped it for a little over 5 minutes. I just couldn’t taste anything much other than “sweet”. I’ve drunk it several more times since and I have had the same experience. Blame my taste buds.

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I really liked this. A sweet blend of white and green tea. It’s light and hearty at the same time, if that is possible. Quite lovely.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tulsi Dosha Chai by Teavana
319 tasting notes

I’m enjoying this one. Thanks for the sample, chrimabro!

Brewed this with a bit of sugar. This is a really mellow chai, and I like it that way. I am not normally a fan of chais because I find the mixture of spices too overpowering and I don’t like ginger. This chai, however, is muted and pleasant. I’m not sure I’d buy this myself but I am pleasantly surprised.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Christina

Glad you like it! I’m crazy about this one. I find the flavor to be pleasantly strong (but only sweet, not spicy). I might make it with more tea (maybe 2.5-3 teaspoons for ~14 oz?), which makes the flavor strong and tasty for me.

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drank Chesapeake Sunrise by Capital Teas
319 tasting notes

A nice tea blend. I didn’t taste any fruit but I also drank this without sugar. A nice, mellow black and green tea.

Preparation
2 min, 0 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. For the most part, I don’t like straight black tea, but appreciate it as part of a blend or flavored. I’ve learned to love the world of flavored teas out there.

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

Love: Oolong, almond, coconut, peach
Hate: Ginger

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