555 Tasting Notes


Good heavens! Why did I ever mix honeybush and rooibos together? Whioe they are somewhat similar honeybush is much smoother and sweeter. If a pina colada became a tea thus is what it would taste like!

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

8 min or more

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A fruity dry smell. It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten a kiwi but this taste is very reminiscent of it. Hints of cheesecake here and there. It also smells quite good when steeped.

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This needs a new name. It reminds me more of a chai or the mulling spices you put in apple cider. Mulling spices shou mei or Spicy Christmas. Regardless of name I like the flavors I’m tasting. The spices are the dominate flavor is definitely all of the spices while the white tea is somewhat light. Think I might have to bake this into something..

Flavors: Spices

1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

When I think Christmas cookies, I always think of shortbread or decorated sugar cookies, so chai spices seem like totally the wrong association to me. A Christmas cookie tea would taste buttery, sweet and pastry-like, but not loaded with spices.


The Christmas Cookie tea from Capital Teas is much the same! More of a spice overload than a pastry…


Oh no! I’ve got this one on the way. Now I’m afraid. I hope I don’t dislike it due to the overload of spices. I was hoping for something that would put me in the mindset of an actual Christmas cookie, like a ginger snap or something along those lines.

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Have you ever had a steep where you try to put the baby to sleep but she doesn’t want to so she hangs out with daddy while your in the shower and when you get out you notice the toilet needs cleaning and then you end up cleaning all the bathrooms; then you come back to your tea an hour after all that? Sorry to ramble.

Anyway. An interesting tea. For a honeybush its very light on flavor. Hints of chocolate pop up here and there. Orange is definitely dominate though. Maybe the long steep really brought out more orange.

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It’s hard for me to pass up something that says passion fruit. Passion fruit ice cream? Amazing. It’s not listed as an ingredient in this tea, which is kinda a bummer, but then again I don’t know many teas that actually have passionate fruit as an ingredient. Its a tart flavor and not something I’m tasting much of. I’m getting grassy notes, hints of banana, and some mild woodsy tones. I think this tea needs a new name. Grassy banana shou mei. Or maybe grass skirt banana shou mei. Anyway, despite the fact that passion fruit is lacking it still has a nice white base.


This summer I discovered Jamacian passion fruit! It was amazing! You actually eat the seeds in this one and I wish I could get my hands on it again. I ordered some Harney’s passion fruit tea to mix with an EG to hopefully get something similar to Lupicia’s Loki Lani that they discontinued. /passion fruit freakout

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
555 tasting notes

This tea is not good bitter. But then again what tea is good bitter? Pay attention to your steep times. On my second steep I timed about 2 mins and 30 seconds. The dry leaves smell of goodness. Sweet and delectable. Just like the taste of the steeped tea. Hints of cream. Good base, though I can’t quite pin point what type of black tea. Lastly the coconut. Love the huge pieces. I took out a few and added them to the liquid once the tea was done steeping. It’s a smooth flavor.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream

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This is one of those teas that I have sitting around that I know I need to try and write a review for but I kept putting it off. I’m not a big fan of Chamomile and rose is so intense (good ) that you really need to be in the right mind set for it. Actually, both of those flavors blend very well in this tea. Though rose is still the dominating flavor the chamomile leaves a gentle cooling after taste. Not something I would drink everyday but better then I expected. That being said I don’t taste much white tea. It’s there a little bit but not enough.

Flavors: Rose

2 min, 45 sec

This one makes me feel so relaxed. Mmmmmmmmm…..

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drank Opus Rouge Rooibos by Teavana
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Red wine? At first I was like that’s ridiculous but then as I let it sit on my tongue a little longer I experienced that strange tartness you get from red wine… so maybe it’s not so ridiculous. However, the incredibly sweet undertones are too much for me. I also find the smell to be rather odd.

Flavors: Blueberry, Red Wine

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drank Karigane #22 by Kettl
555 tasting notes

Yay grassy!! I love grassy teas and this one is very grassy. Also taste the nori as described but I feel it smells more like nori then it tastes. I’m not getting a hazelnut finish. More like a marine flavor. Overall a good tea.

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Where to being… well, I’ve been drinking jasmine tea for a long time. It still remains a favorite of mine but I’ve now added any more.

Green teas are my favorite. I like black tea but generally prefer it flavored. I’m finding a new love for oolong. Especially the type that leans more toward green. Whites are nice. Rooibos can be a hit or miss, but honeybush is better. (Golden Honeydew by Lupicia is the best). I don’t mind herbals but it really depends on the ingredients.





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