268 Tasting Notes

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Wow this was sour. I was not expecting that, especially after I added a spoonful of sugar. Maybe it’s the tea; maybe it’s the strawberries in the blend and my odd biological quirk that makes all strawberries taste awful and sour. (Seriously, I hate fresh strawberries and can only have strawberries when they have been cooked in some form with a ton of sugar.)

Guess I’m sticking with berry blends that are sans strawberries.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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73

My first Traveling Tea Box tea. The description was so weird I had to try it!

Initial impression: Weird. But I think I like it. I feel like I shouldn’t like it but I do.

Heavy on the tomato flavor, the sage is subtler underneath it. It’s like drinking tomato soup, but in tea form. Very very strange. But a good strange. I think. My brain and tongue can’t make up their minds on what I’m tasting.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Caleb Brown

:) love this review! I admit the tomatoes are a weird ingredient, but as you’ve found, the flavor plays pretty nicely with this blend. My goal was to introduce a lovely ingredient that isn’t exactly traditional, I’m glad you enjoyed! :)

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89

Sample from chrimabro (Thanks, Christina!)

This smelled amazing. I was utterly in love at first sniff. Per Christina’s suggestion, I brewed my mug with a teaspoon of sugar. This is DEE-licious. The flavors all mingle together nicely. The almond and cinnamon are definitely the strongest. I can’t even taste caramel, which isn’t a big deal since I love almond and cinnamon.

Reading some of the other notes, I may have to try the Forever Nuts blend from David’s Tea to compare.

A nice dessert tea to unwind at the end of the day.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Matcha Iri Genmaicha by Takaokaya
268 tasting notes

I really like genmaicha tea, so I was intrigued with this one which is genmaicha with matcha added. Honestly, I can’t taste what – if anything – the matcha adds. It’s still a good genmaicha tea (not the best I’ve had, but decent) but I feel a bit let down because I was expecting something more given the matcha.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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76

This was lovely. I had a cup of this hot while I was waiting for my jug of iced tea to brew.

Hot: Brewed three minutes, no sweetner. The flavor was light but pleasant. The “mojito” came out more as an aftertaste.

Iced: I preferred this as a cold tea. I brewed this with a 2:1 ratio of tea to sugar. I drank this all day and it was quite refreshing. It wasn’t overly sweet, and again the flavor wasn’t overpowering but a pleasant subtle sidenote to the tea.

A nice blend but I’m not sure if I will buy again. It seems it could have used more sugar than I’m comfortable putting in my tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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97

This is AMAZING. I am in utter love with this tea and will definitely have to make this a staple of my tea cupboard. WOW.

This is a dark oolong, and the flavor is nice and heavy, tasting faintly like coffee, but not overly so – which is good because I HATE the taste of coffee. The flavor starts off subtle, and then gets darker and reminds me of roasted coffee beans. And then turns slightly bitter just before I swallow. SO GOOD.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

So glad you’re enjoying this! :)

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88

Sample from chrimabro – Thanks, Christina!

This is a delicious oolong. It is very green and fresh, with a really deep flavor. It tastes almost woody, but not a dry woody but the fresh smell of a live branch you snap that’s still green on the inside.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Sample from chrimabro. Thanks, Christina!

I’m normally a bit meh on fruit teas and this was no exception. The tea steeped for 1.5 minutes, and it was a lovely red-purple color from the berries. It smelled delicious.

Flavor wise, rather bland. The berries were very very subtle and I could barely taste them if I really concentrated. This may have been better with some sugar but I’m loathe to add sugar to tea that is actually made from Camellia sinensis because I want to taste the tea – unfortunately, this fruit masked the tea, and the tea watered down the fruit so neither was strong enough to taste.

It was still drinkable, and I did finish my mug, but I did not resteep it. I probably won’t buy this myself after the sample’s gone.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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59

Supposedly there is apple flavoring in here. I can’t really taste it though. Brewed for 6 minutes but I could not drink it without some sugar added. It was pretty bland without it. (One day I will find a rooibos that I can drink without doctoring it…)

With the sugar, however, the apple came out a bit, especially at the bottom of the mug where I guess the sugar accumulated. And the last few sips were absolutely delicious, and reminded me of a baked cinnamon apple. Yummy. Just a bit unhappy about how much sugar is needed to bring out that flavor. (I’m drinking this stuff for its health properties, and adding sugar seems to defeat the purpose for me.)

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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41
drank Plum Green Tea by Ten Ren
268 tasting notes

This is a sweet tea – a very sweet tea. The first few sips are almost overly sweet but once my taste buds got used to it, the flavor mellowed out and turns slightly salty (did you know plums are salted in Chinese culture?) so it tastes almost like the salted plums I had as a child – salty sweet.

Unfortunately, as a tea, it tastes weird. I’m not sure if I’ll buy this again.

Preparation
4 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, 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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