255 Tasting Notes

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

75
drank Lemon Mango Rooibos by Naked Teas
255 tasting notes

I can taste the lemongrass only very slightly here, and I’m not as familiar with mango to know the flavor well. It may be there but I’m not sure if I’m tasting it. There is something juicy at the end of each sip so perhaps that’s the mango. Mostly I’m just tasting the rooibos, but I’m okay with that since it has good flavor on its own. I don’t think I’ve had red rooibos in a while so I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.

Flavors: Fruity, Lemongrass, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
teatortoise

Have you tried steeping for at least ten minutes?

Shae

I haven’t but could definitely try that next time. Would you steep that long for any rooibos?

teatortoise

Yes, but usually when I make rooibos, I bring it to a boil before simmering it for a couple hours. The longer it steeps the sweeter it becomes.

teatortoise

The rooibos has to be descent quality, of course.

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

42

This smells mostly of ginger with just a hint of lemon. I can taste the lemongrass in the aftertaste. I’m not sure I love it. The ginger is bitter and more than a little overwhelming. It’s definitely got a bite to it. I’m sure it would be great if you were feeling under the weather, but it’s not for me otherwise.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

I didn’t like this much either. like Stash’s Meyer Lemon tea a lot better. Celestial Seasonings has my favorite Lemon Ginger tea, but Twining’s has a pretty decent one, too.

Kristal

Oh darn :( what about a shorter steeping time?

Shae

rosebudmelissa, I’ve tried the Twinings one but it wasn’t a favorite either. I’m wondering now if these two flavors together just don’t do it for me. I will have to look for the Celestial Seasonings and see if that might be something I like better. Thanks for the tip!

Kristal, I think that may have been part of the problem. As usual, I got distracted at work and let it steep a little too long. I think it was right at 8 minutes. Next time I try it, I’ll definitely be paying closer attention.

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

72
drank Pomegranate & Raspberry by Twinings
255 tasting notes

This cup is tart but that’s exactly what I think of when I see pomegranate and raspberry. It does taste juicy but I’m not really picking up on any fresh raspberry flavor. Maybe this one is meant to be more pomegranate, but it’s really more of a general berry flavor. I can also smell and taste the hibiscus. It’s sweet though so I’m enjoying it.

Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

60

Thank you to Nichole for sending me a few bags of this to try! It had been on my wishlist for some time so I’m pretty excited to be able to try it now.

This smells incredible, very fresh but also woodsy. I’m definitely picking up on some citrus and pine. I was expecting long, green needles but it looks like everything has been ground to a powder inside the bags. I steeped this for a full 10 minutes and when I pulled the bag from the water I was left with a golden liquid, almost honey-colored, but also a pretty thick film on the surface. My husband tried this and said it tasted like pickles (???) but I think it’s pretty nice. I can still smell the citrus and pine and the taste is very light, almost a little watered. While it isn’t as amazing as I thought it might be, I am still enjoying it. I’m sure would be a hit ice-cold so I think I’ll try that next.

Flavors: Citrus, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

Flavors: Pickle

Shae

Yes! We need that one added to the list for sure! I’ve actually had a tea once before that tasted like pickles so I get where he’s coming from. :)

teatortoise

Pine needle is supposed to be very good for you and the immune system. I read that the water should be under boiling to avoid destroying the beneficial ingredients, while longer steep time brings them out more.

I’ve never had Douglas fir, but the local pine tree needles are tasty. I imagine that the vinegar taste is probably the pine acidity, perhaps when coupled with a dill-like fir flavor, reminisces of pickle…

Shae

teatortoise, I will try this next time at a lower temperature. How long of a steep time would you suggest? I’ll have to tell my husband about your explanation for the pickle flavor. He’ll appreciate the reasoning. :)

teatortoise

Just a guess, though!
For pine needles I steep for about ten to fifteen minutes, for more taste and nutrients/vitamins/substances etc. Just lightly simmering it. Depends how broken it is, and a little longer if it is fresh—which it isn’t here.

Shae

Do you simmer over a steady heat for the full 15 minutes or do you only start with barely simmering water and let it rest off the heat? I started with boiling water and let it steep for ten minutes off the heat so maybe that’s where I went wrong here.

teatortoise

I let it get pretty hot first, but below boiling, because it only takes a second of boiling to do away with the good stuff. Then I simmer it low for about ten minutes.

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

65
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
255 tasting notes

This tea is fragrant with mint right out of the packaging but it steeps into a nice black tea with a gentle mint flavor. A friend at work recommended this to me as one of her favorite teas . I’m not a huge mint fan, but it’s certainly nice every once in a while so I was glad for the recommendation.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 22 minutes

This isn’t a bad cup really, though I’m not sure it’s worth the extra steep. I can still taste the mint, but mostly it’s just a watered down cup of black tea.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

57

This smells only of cherry to me. The color of the liquid is a very dark and opaque berry red. Maybe something like a black raspberry. The flavor is tart and all cherries.

Flavors: Cherry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

57

I’ve had this tea several times before but this will be my first note here. My husband makes this fairly regularly since it’s one of his favorites. When Teavana announced that they were discontinuing it we bought a couple of extra bags to keep on hand.

In the dry mix, I can see apple pieces, lemongrass, hibiscus, and whole green cardamom pods. It smells very sweet. The steeped liquid smells and tastes mostly of lemongrass. I can smell the cardamom in the steeped mix, but I don’t really taste it in the brew. It’s much better than I remember, though it is a little dusty.

Flavors: Cardamon, Dust, Lemongrass, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

80
drank Cinnamon Apple by Carrington Tea
255 tasting notes

Wow, I really missed being here. I didn’t realize how much I would. I had a cup of coffee yesterday morning instead of my usual tea and missed taking time first thing to sit and write my note. I think it really disrupted my whole day honestly. I am absolutely a creature of habit so missing that time alone with my thoughts left me feeling tired and unmotivated. I’m glad to be back into my normal routine again today.

I was surprised when my husband chose this spiced black tea over an apple cinnamon spiced herbal. He loves herbals best so I was worried he wouldn’t enjoy it. To my surprise, he tried this yesterday and loved it! He said it tasted just like apple cider and insisted that I bring some to work with me today. He normally puts a lot of honey in his teas so for him to drink this one unsweetened and still sing its praises I knew it must be a good one. I appreciate that this has very few ingredients (only black tea, apple flavor, and cinnamon) so I hope each of the flavors will really come through.

The dry tea smells of sweet cinnamon but now that it’s steeping the black tea is really coming out. I know we’re living in the summer months right now, but the smell of this tea reminds me of a cool, crisp October morning and I’m loving it. I can taste the cinnamon but it’s not overwhelmingly spicy.

I know this may not work since it’s a teabag, but I’m going to try steeping this one again since I’ve enjoyed it so much.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 15 minutes

I knew this probably wouldn’t go a second round, but I’m still kind of bummed that it didn’t work out. I let this one sit for a good 15 minutes and ended up with a very light colored liquid that smells and tastes like lightly spiced hot water. Oh well, no second steep for this one.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

Add a Comment

Please keep things friendly and .

Profile

Bio

Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring tea fanatic.

I should start by saying that I’m still quite new to this great, big world of tea. Until a couple of years ago, my experience was limited to Twinings Earl Grey and tea lattes at Starbucks. One weekend, my husband and I happened upon a Teavana at our local mall and there discovered loose leaf teas. He jumped in with both feet, but it admittedly took me a while longer before I fully embraced tea the way that he had. Now that I’ve found Steepster, I’m amazed at the vast variety of teas. It’s an exciting place to be and I cannot wait to learn from each of you the ins and outs of this limitless brew.

I enjoy all different types of tea though I admit I haven’t tried a great deal. I love flavored black teas most of all, often with cream and always with honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor, much the way salt enhances certain foods. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of mint or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy. I would like to branch out and try straight teas at some point as well.

Regarding tasting notes – I’m not always able to complete my reviews the moment I drink a tea (if I’m at work, for example) so I keep a written log in a little Moleskin notebook to be added to Steepster later. This way, I’m able to write a review while the tea is still fresh in my mind and still make note of the exact time I had my cup. If you notice that I’ve logged a tea without writing a note, I will likely add it later.

After seeing others on Steepster with a rating scale, I thought it would be best to create my own so that others can see how I feel about my personal ratings. It may change at some point, but this is how I’ve been rating my teas as of late.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Currently reading:
You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening
Gayla Trail

Updated April 2015.

Location

Birmingham, Alabama

Website

http://instagram.com/spharo00/

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer