331 Tasting Notes

65

Wow, the dry leaf smells exactly like root beer – that’s so fun! The flavor is mostly just black tea with a bit of a tang that’s reminiscent of carbonation. This mix of black teas is a little harsh for me. I think I’d prefer a different base since it was getting in the way of being able to really taste what this tea is going for. Even though I put several berries in, I couldn’t taste them at all. Also, I think this one tasted a bit more accurate to its name before I added sugar, as I guess the sugar smoothed out the carbonation element. I don’t know. This one is okay, but all I needed were a few sips before passing it along to someone else to finish. I love the idea, but the execution isn’t perfect.

52Teas

I personally like this one best cold-brewed.

AJRimmer

I don’t usually cold brews black teas, so that hadn’t occurred to me. I’ll certainly try it!

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80
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
331 tasting notes

I really love their caramel corn flavor, so I had to try this one before it leaves forever. I brewed it at a low temperature even though the green tea in there is basically non-existent. The flavor is mostly popcorn. It’s tasty! I only got one bag of it, and I think that’s enough since the flavor profile is similar to any genmaicha, and that’s easy enough to find. It makes a tasty second brew as well. I definitely prefer the caramel corn flavor since it has more going on, but I’m enjoying this as well.

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100

We’ve never lived near a Trader Joe’s, so whenever we visited a town that had one, we’d always stock up on everything, including this tea. We’d absolutely demolish pitcher after pitcher of it iced. Unfortunately, they stopped carrying it a few years ago, and I saved my last bag to have on a special day. It’s just as good as I remembered. I’ll miss it so much! I’ve had a lot of honeybush and rooibos, but for some reason this one makes the best iced tea. It’s so smooth and sweet and truly different from other blends. I’ve been meaning to email them and see where this tea is sourced from, but I keep forgetting.

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100
drank Pancake Breakfast by 52teas
331 tasting notes

Okay this is the best 52teas flavor I have tried for sure. It’s the most accurate maple syrup I’ve tasted in a tea. It’s really like having a pancake breakfast. There’s no bitterness. It’s light and sweet and doesn’t need milk. The second steep was good too even though I steeped it too long. I love this tea!

Kawaii433

I really liked this one and only tried a sampler, I’ve been waiting for them to restock. It said end of May on the website but… none available for now.

52Teas

Sorry – I’ve been struggling to get caught up since my illness in November but I DO see the light at the end of the tunnel (the tunnel just happens to be a lot longer than I imagined it to be!) – anyway, this WILL be restocked by the end of July!

52Teas

PS: @AJRimmer – I’m so happy to know that you are enjoying it!

AJRimmer

I’m happy that my two favorites so far (this and graveyard mist) are both on the permanent list! I hope you’re able to get some more when it’s back up, Kawaii (:

Kawaii433

@52Teas – Great to hear :D and @AJRimmer I haven’t tried Graveyard mist yet. I’ll have to make a point of that next time.

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70
drank Awake English Breakfast by Tazo
331 tasting notes

I’m almost finished with all the teabags in my stash! The boxes take up a lot of space, so it feels good to get them out. Anyway, this tea is more pleasant than its rating would lead you to believe. It’s essentially what you’d think of when you think English breakfast tea. It’s malty and lighter than some (though I also brewed it at a low temperature for a short amount of time). I wouldn’t seek this out, but it’s not a bad time.

tea-sipper

Of course if they are wrapped teas, you can cram them into other boxes of wrapped teas…

AJRimmer

That’s what I do! I just prefer to have very few total boxes :P

tea-sipper

OH okay… doing that definitely conserves some space for me. I don’t have TOO many teabags left anyway.

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60
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
331 tasting notes

This is a tea I had at a hotel. I like it less than other sleep teas I’ve had. The flavor is pretty muddled. I much prefer the Celestial Seasonings version where it’s pretty clearly chamomile and mint. Need to be careful with the steep times on this one since it can get bitter and strange. It’s okay.

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drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
331 tasting notes

Now this is a well done pumpkin spice. I was worried because I’ve disliked pumpkin teas from DavidsTEA before, but this one is really nice, and it’s even better with milk. The main flavor is cardamom, but that’s balanced with rooibos and the slight spice of the ginger. It does cause some mouth dryness, and there’s a hint of a strange flavor in there, so this blend isn’t perfect, but I’m having a good time.

Kittenna

This is great to hear – I just picked up 50g of this to try :)

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88

I received this bag in a previous Sips By box. I accidentally steeped it for a long time, but it’s not sour. I’m drinking this cold with sugar, and it’s a really pleasant cup. I like this better than some loose leaf ones even.

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drank Strawberry Oolong by TeaSource
331 tasting notes

Thanks to Mastress Alita for sharing! I love strawberry flavored things, and I love how huge rolled oolong becomes when it steeps. The flavor is lighter than I would have liked, but it is tasty. My family loves this one. The base tea is good and lacks bitterness. The strawberry comes out a little bit more when it’s cool. It isn’t flavorful enough for me to buy for myself, but I’m definitely enjoying it! Quite the pleasant oolong.

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I received this as a gift from China. The jasmine is pretty strong. I prefer when there’s something else in there to balance it out. It does taste good, it’s just not really my thing. I definitely appreciate that people bring me tea from their vacations though!

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I have an office job, but when I’m not there, I like to spend most of my time with my family. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, taking walks, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my cats.

Favorite flavors: Almond, strawberry, nutty, dessert flavors, melon, mint, green rooibos blends.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free. I’ll try just about anything though!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike

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