278 Tasting Notes

68

Great dry smell. Really has a caramel smell but doesn’t have much caramel taste. I added a bit of honey after tasting it straight and found the caramel flavor comes out a bit more. I also added some almond milk to it (I don’t like regular milk anymore because it gives me a stomach ache). The ‘spiciness’ of this chai is very much on the mellow side but I think they do a good job of combining the Rooibos with the other chai flavors. Most of the time Rooibos over-powers other flavors but this one is a good balance.

BTW if your ever in New Zealand find yourself a chai stand. Handmade chai is amazing!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Rooibos Tropica by Teavana
278 tasting notes

This tea smells wonderful! Even when you brew it it smells good. It’s a sweet and floral scent. The flavor though I think is a little weird. I’m not a huge fan of green rooibos because I feel it tastes a bit like hay. Not that I would know what hay tastes like but it tastes like the smell. (Just had to put that out there. Didn’t want anyone thinking I was eating hay).

Minus the hay taste it is quite good. I love the tropical notes of mango. Also Love the rose buds in the dry tea! So pretty! Good hot or cold. I’m drinking mine lukewarm at the moment.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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97
drank Fig Green by Eggsperience
278 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite teas. It is a well balanced mix of sencha and fruity flavors. I add honey to mine because I feel it brings out more of the flavors, but it is fine on it’s own too. Good slightly cooler but not cold. I found this tea in a cafe called Eggsperience in Chicago. They say a man makes the tea for them but I wasn’t able to get his information for steepster. If any of you live in Chicago you should go there, pick up one of the teas, and ask if this guy has a webpage.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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75

South Africa meets Hawai’i! It’s a very unqiue blend. Like usual the Rooibos is the dominate flavor but you can definitly taste the hints of pineapple with the subtle hint of coconut. I think I prefer it cold but it’s good hot too.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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49

I’m having a bit of a hard time drinking this one right now. For some reason I was feeling fine and then I took the first sip and it felt like the back of my throat became very raw. T_T

Anyway, this is another tea that says natural flavoring in the ingredients and that drives me nuts because that doesn’t say much. Just go look up natural flavoring on Google and you’ll see what I mean. So to me this is mainly a Rooibos tea with a bit of added something. I’m assuming it’s coconut seeing as how that’s what this tea is called.

Regardless it’s a good Rooibos. There’s just not much to it.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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65

A soothing tea. Good hot or cold, though I prefer lukewarm. The aftertaste stays with you for quite awhile. Not much to the dry smell. Somewhat of a minty taste. Kinda has a minty tingle to it. if that makes any sense.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more

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70
My mom-in-law bought the tea pot for me and this tea came along with it. I must say that I’m rather impressed Disney. Or whoever it is that they go through to make their teas. This is befitting of the tea drank at the mad hatters party.

The tea pot it came in was really cool and the tea tastes good. The dry smell is my favorite part though. The peach/apricot smells overwhelm the rest of the scents but in a good way. Sometimes peach can over take in a way that’s obnoxious. Couldn’t imagine flying around in one (James and the Giant Peach anyone?) The taste is also somewhat over run by those flavors. But the black tea comes out enough to mellow it down.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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37

Well it’s not great but it’s not worth dumping. I have 18 more tea bags to finish. The first steep was a little bitter, so on the second steep I took it out earlier and added some honey. Made it better but for some reason it’s still not quite what I was expecting. I think it would have been better if they had added real blueberries instead.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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68

A full rosebud! I’ve seen rose petals but never a full rose bud. Whenever I open the container I feel like I find something new to look at. it smells pretty good too. Even for a Mate purist this is pretty good. I am not a purist by any means as I love to try as many teas as possible but for people who are I think this will still wet their palette.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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57

Good hot and cold, plain or with honey. It can get quite bitter though if you over steep it, so be careful. The color of the brewed tea is quite pretty. I also appreciate that they actually put real pomegranate pieces in with the green tea. It’s a very delicate tea so if you don’t like your first cup try again with the same leaves but steeping less or more and maybe adding some honey.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Tea. Like coffee and many other things, is basically just flavored water. But don’t you tell any tea or coffee drinkers that.

I’m willing to try out any type of tea, except of course the ones they suggest nursing mothers to not drink. (Like ginseng tea… and I love ginseng sadface)

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