26 Tasting Notes

drank Green Rooibos by The Tao of Tea
26 tasting notes

Compared to oxidized rooibos, this tisane is much more mellow and light in flavor. It’s got some similar herbaceous and sweet notes, but it’s slightly more straw/hay-like in flavor. I bet it would be great for blending.

The overall flavor is fine to me, but the aroma is extremely off-putting; it’s practically all “hay” (similar to yerba mate and guayusa) and I just can’t stand it. Therefore, I much prefer oxidized rooibos.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Black by Stash Tea Company
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I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge fan of fruity black blends. And because the Peach Black is made up of heartier black tea than I usually care for, I decided to steep it (the tea bag version) for only three minutes.

This tea has a lovely sweetness to it. I would agree with the descriptor “juicy”. The peach flavor is light and pleasant. However, I can’t get over the taste of this black tea; it’s far too astringent for me. I like my blacks smooth and unfortunately, the Assam in this blend sticks out like a sore thumb. To be honest, I don’t think its maltiness pairs well with the peach flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The first notes that hits me are chamomile and linden. I think the rooibos has dulled down the overall flavor just a bit. This tisane isn’t very exciting to me, as it has a very monotone character, but it might make a good sleepy-time tea.

I’ll try steeping it for longer and see if that brings out any of the other, more interesting, components (like lemon myrtle, hyssop, cyani and rose petals).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Maybe because it’s grown in the Himalayas, but this tea is very reminiscent of a Darjeeling! The aroma is similar and the notes I pick up the most are like a stronger first flush Darjeeling or light second flush Darjeeling. There’s a pleasant astringency to this tea and it makes a great afternoon cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Huh, the lotus in the Chamomile Nights leaves a weird aftertaste in my mouth. This herbal infusion isn’t very tasty to me; it’s rather bland. I pretty much get chamomile with that odd aftertaste. The lotus seems to tone down the chamomile, until it’s almost tasteless. Maybe I just need to brew this tisane hotter and/or longer, but either way, I’m not enjoying this cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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

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drank Sandman P.M. by Stash Tea Company
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Maybe because it’s grown in the Himalayas, but this tea is very reminiscent of a Darjeeling! The aroma is similar and the notes I pick up the most are like a stronger first flush Darjeeling or light second flush Darjeeling. There’s a pleasant astringency to this tea and it makes a great afternoon cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I feel like this might be an infusion that could grow on me. It’s got a light minty note which was a bit strange the first time I tried Mellow Moments. I definitely get an interesting guava/fruit flavor and I think the tulsi was a great addition to the blend. It gives the infusion a nice herbaceous, grounded taste that keeps it from being either too minty or fruity. I’m not completely blown away, but I’m willing to give this a few more attempts.

By the way, this tisane smells fantastic! Minty and fruity sweet, like gum but in a good way.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This is my second time trying the Cinnamon Vanilla. The first time, I steeped it for 5 minutes at 208° and though it had a fantastic aroma, it was way too weak.

This time, I’ve gone for 7 minutes. Again, it has a terrific fragrance—spicy, sweet vanilla. The taste is not really working for me, though. It’s stronger than before, but it’s a little thin, only medium-bodied at best. This would be a great tea for someone else, though, especially if they add a bit of honey to the cup. It’s just not my taste, unfortunately.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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This tea has a nice menthol sensation in the first few sips and I definitely get the lemongrass note. Compared to Stash’s Moroccan Mint, I think this is a better mint and green tea blend. However, I’m still not impressed. It’s not quite as minty as I had hoped and yeah, it’s rather bland.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I grew up drinking oolong. My parents would toss a pinch of leaves into our cups and we’d steep them again and again until the brew was tasteless. Sometimes my little sister and I would throw some toasted rice in there and munch through our sips while doing homework or watching TV.

I had never had any other tea until I was in college. My first non-oolong tea was Earl Grey and I dumped it down the drain. Milk, sugar, bergamot oil, black tea—what a shock!

Years later and I’ve now become a big fan of all other types of tea and tisanes as well. As cheesy as it might sound, I believe tea is a very personal experience. There will always be something new to surprise you, yet there is nothing so reliable as a good cup of tea.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee at Stash Tea, though I am not representing them on Steepster in any way. While I will log my honest reviews of both Stash’s and other companies’ teas, I won’t be posting any ratings so as not to come off as biased.

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