290 Tasting Notes


I received this in a swap

I originally started brewing this to make it iced, so I used 4 bags, then I discovered I had no ice…. boo

So I ended up with 4 bags steeped in about 8 oz of water, with an additional 8oz of water added to my travel mug.
You can tell it’s over leafed, but it’s still really tasty.
It’s light, creamy, citrusy & a touch of spice (very minimal).
Next time I’m sure 2 bags will suffice in my 16oz mug.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

hmmmm… I have a couple of these left over. I should cold-steep them! Thanks for the idea!

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drank Rooibos Tropica by Teavana
290 tasting notes

This is really kinda gross.

It’s so strongly rooibos & not really much of anything else. You do get a touch of fruits, but it’s more of an artificial, chemicaly fruit flavour.
Oh well I used what was in my tin to fill my pitcher with it. So I guess I’ll just toss it, unless my youngest drinks it, which at the time she said she liked.

Iced 8 min or more

It amazes me how Teavana are even in business.


I like a fair bit of their stuff, but then there is stuff like this which is pure garbage.


This is good when you add it to something else. That’s how I used mine up! I added mine to my Vampire Lemonade blend, but solely to use it up. I didn’t want to waste the tea after I paid so much for it!

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
290 tasting notes

Thank tea fairy Sil! :)

I tried to savour this, this morning seeing as it was a sample, but it was so good it went down a little quicker than I expected.

You know how some teas are perfect, & not a thing about them should be changed? Yes? well this is that tea for me…. mmmm the cherry flavour, but it’s not regular cherry it’s choke cherry, which I used to pick with my dad, grandma, uncles & cousins when we would go ATVing in the bush.
And the added hint of the pine takes this over the edge & reminds me of my childhood. So perfect!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it. If i try the loose leaf version (this) and don’t like it, i’ll send you the rest :)


Here’s to hoping you don’t like it lol…. sorry

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I received this in a swap.
I seem to be the only who isn’t loving this tea. To me I find it tastes like a genmaicha. Until I have something creamy, then when I take a sip of this it becomes, pure creamy, nutty goodness. Mmmm I wish it tasted like this all the way through, because it would be near perfection.

I definitely want to try this again.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

Stacy sent me a sample of this one with one of my orders, and I wasn’t too crazy about it either. I do want to try it out again, though! I usually don’t add milk to my tea, but I remember thinking that this tea would benefit from it.


Yeah, I found this one rather bland after all the hype. But some people love it!

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
290 tasting notes

I don’t know if I over leaved & over steeped, but this is awful!
It basically taste like burnt pieces of food. No chocolate, no marshmallow, no graham…. just burnt!


Oh no, I’ve read many others saying the same thing!


Try airing it out for a bit maybe? I think Frank said something about the new blends needing to sit a bit before the flavours meshed right. I think he posted in the discussion area, but I’m afraid I don’t remember the post!


Yeah, I remember seeing his post about this too and I think it was exclusive to the genmaicha blends (though I may be wrong about that). Airing it out should fix it.


I haven’t had the chance to air this one out yet. I have with a few other blends, but haven’t tried them again yet.

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My order in which I split the 2 VITs with Charoma arrived today, the delivery guy nearly gave me a heart attack today.

It smells very banana in the dry leaves with a hint of coconut that leads to a creamy scent. This definitely smells like pudding & not just banana.
This is so delicious. I used a touch less leaves than normal & did a 3 min-ish steep.
So much banana pudding. YUMMY!
This would make a fabulous iced latte, just need a recipe!
Just the deliciousness I needed today!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec



ooooh Iced Latte!!! that sounds amazing! I just made it iced the other day and was great. I hope it gets restocked soon :)

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I killed it, it’s dead!

:( WAY over steeped this, I’m getting nothing but tobacco flavours. I was really hoping for a delicious Pom flavoured oolong. But I went & ruined it.

I’m having a super stressful & anxiety filled day. So I needed delicious. But this is most likely my fault.


Aww, hope your day will get better.


Harney & Sons has a delicious Pomegranate Oolong. So tasty.


Definitely try it again. Sometimes I can’t brew tea well when I’m having an off day emotionally. I hope things have calmed down for you.


Thanks CHAroma, the last 4 weeks have been a kick in life’s proverbial balls. It can end any time now.


:( Well stay strong! Life can’t stay that way forever.

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I love spicy things & I seem to be drawn to spicy & fruity teas.
this one may possibly be even better than Mango Diablo.
the scent of the tea is very familiar, however I still cannot place what it is.
you kind of get smacked in the mouth with the spice & followed directly with sweet citrus, fruitiness.
mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm so delish

ETA: had this iced over the weekend, while still really good it looses almost all the spicy kick.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I received this in a swap.
this cup was so clear it was quite spectacular.
this is so delicious. I don’t know what potato pancakes are suppose to taste like, but this is so good. you get the buttery vegetal notes & the hint of cinnamon & apples. mmmmmm I could drink this all the time.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

Mmm, good to know. I ordered some of this. :)


Great tasting note! I really enjoyed this one too.

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I received this in a swap from Courtney

There is definitely not as much coconut in my leaves as I expect, or as what other people got in theirs.
The dry leaves smell delicious, sweet, chocolate & nutty.
It’s chocolaty & a bit nutty, reminds me some what of S&V Almond sugar cookie, but without that stale taste.
I was definitely hoping for coconut, but it’s still mighty tasty. Bakey, chocolate cookie goodness!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

Yay! I’m glad you received the teas :)

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