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576 Tasting Notes

No rating as this is my own.

I’ve got a packed day today so I need an extra boost. This fits the bill! This is available for sale in my tea shop, but I’ve noticed lately that Tea Trade seems to be having trouble loading pages and processing orders. If you want anything, just email me or PM me and we’ll work together. :)

I have this available in cute snowflake ornaments for $5; and gift bags with my other holiday blend Let It Snow (freshly blended, but last year’s recipe), complete with filter bags for $8.

Happy Holidays! :)
http://keenteathyme.teatra.de/
http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com

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94

Oh thank goodness. This is helping me recover from the trauma of the rot tea previously logged. This smells so nice, and tastes so heavenly.

Of course my standards are pretty low right now! :(

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4

Another freebie, hard to complain. But reviewing is another story. This smells so nice as it’s brewing but after one sip, you’ll think, “where did you go so wrong?!” There is a definite dirt taste there – and not in a sexy way, like that Dirt perfume by Demeter. I’m talking old dirt in my tea cup. I am not a happy camper. I’m tempted to dump it out.

I gave into temptation and dumped it out. RoT – apropos. This does taste like rot.

BoxerMama

I had an experience like this with a tea I was very excited to try. I couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth or the smell out of my travel mug for hours!

KeenTeaThyme

Horrors! I immediately cleaned out my cup, but I could still smell the bag in the trashcan. shudder

Dustin

That dirt perfume is pretty awesome! Sorry to hear your tea was not!

Janefan

I’ve had this same experience before, at least twice. I didn’t fall for it this year though! I threw the dample straight into the trash when it arrived! (I can’t even give these away they ate so bad.)

Janefan

*sample (or maybe i coined a new word, “dample” = an unwanted d@mn sample ?)

KeenTeaThyme

I’ll know for next time! I love “dample.” :) It’s so true!

Terri HarpLady

That’s a good one, Janefan!

Babble

Ugh, I was excited to get my latest RoT sample, but now you’re making me think that maybe I should hold off ;)

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100

Backlog – had a cuppa to clear the palate after my Mango and Friends disaster date. Much better – and it gave me great dreams. ;) I’ve upped the rating – this one just gets better and better.

Or I may be still suffering from the mango trauma.

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I may need to drop the rating – and my love! – for this one. It’s been over a month since I’ve had this tea, and I opted for iced tea. WHOA. Mistake. I don’t know what happened, if the tea got old or maybe it’s not good iced (which is odd since it’s heavenly hot). The color was off – it looked like #1, if you know what I mean. (sorry) It smelled odd, and the taste was way off. It didn’t actually taste old or stale or anything, just not as fruity and flavorful. Now it was the bottom of the tin, and it was double the dosage for iced, but even so. I expected much more from this one. I still have a little bit left, but I’m not ready to go there yet.

Before I change the rating I want to try it again. Maybe it was a fluke. Maybe my husband put a spell on my tea so I stop consuming so much of it – and therefore, of course, needing to buy more. ;) I don’t know what happened but it was not good.

Has this ever happened to anyone else – not with this particular tea or flavor but just in general?

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94

I love when a black tea base doesn’t shine through flavor (like AHEM Adagio). This is a perfect example of a flavored black tea done right! Each sip is warm and comforting – coconut and almond happiness. I normally have to be careful with almonds (allergic), but I’m OK with this version, perhaps because they are sliced? Who knows. Who cares. I’m enjoying this tea, bottom line!
The almond flavoring is a nice touch too. :)

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100

Old stand-by, how I love you. Please see other notes; this is a fave!

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100

I’ve had this iced at home several times; can’t believe I haven’t logged it yet! This is one of the rare teas that tastes wonderful iced or hot. Very fruity, without that annoying hibiscus tart-ness that makes many of us go BLECH. The dry leaves and the brewed liquor smell and taste the same too – also rare. Love, love, love this one – it’s a cupboard essential. I actually have two tins, one at home and one for work. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

This is my go-to tea for iced tea in the evenings. Yes I realize it’s winter, but I’m still drinking iced tea…in place of diet sodas, especially in the afternoon.

I resteeped this twice – so I got three cuppas from one infusion. Nice! That’ll help since I’m running this one out…

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I’m hooked on this and am becoming a huge fan of guayusa. I thought the “caffeine-without-the-jitters” was some kind of marketing scam, but it totally works for me. And I’m someone who would have an espresso in the AM with my dad and then go back to sleep. ;)

I have this for sale at my shop, and starting on Friday there will be all kinds of gifts and gift sets if anyone is interested. :) I still have plenty left over, if anyone wants a free sample. Just email or PM me.

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

Just Launched: Keen Tea Thyme @ Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KeenTeaThyme

Check out my shop at Tea Trade:
http://keenteathyme.teatra.de/

Be “keen” on tea at Keen Tea Thyme, my blog:
http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com/
Reviews, blogs, tea leaf readings, puzzles, contests and more.

And check out some of my blends from Adagio:
Toasted Marshmallow
http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=15394&sid=0349b21a92100a51134eea7fc2b52f2d&scrollTop=0

Vampire Lemonade
http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=15766&SID=01971e73a2cbaa7c0b09962b355fdeb8

If you have a signature blend you’d like me to try, we can swap teas! PM me for details! :)

Happy Brewing! :)

Location

Frederick, MD

Website

http://keenteathyme.blogspot....

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