23 Tasting Notes

75

This is a really interesting tea, a very unique flavour. It does have a very subtle flavour, and the lime is also very subtle, not sour. It’s delicately floral, with a bit of a woody taste. Probably not a tea I would go out of my way to buy, but it was nice to try once.

Flavors: Floral, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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40

This tea is clearly a controversial one given its less than nice reviews. I’m going to start by saying that I’m really not a fan of this tea, especially not hot, although I feel like some kind of iced tea would be cool. This tea steeps obnoxiously quickly. I literally had it in my cup for less than a minute and it was already too sour. Going by the ingredient list, this tea has a lot of stuff I like in it, like licorice root, lemongrass and rose petals, but the combined sour and bitter tastes from the hibiscus and orange essence make the citrusy bitterness so overpowering that the subtly of the other ingredients get completely washed out. In other words, it’s not a subtle-tea (haha I’m funny). But yeah, I think I’ve mentioned I’m not a huge citrus person, and this is a prime example of a tea I would not go for. I think the idea of this tea is nice, but they super overdid it on the orangey flavours and it didn’t give the other flavours a chance to work together. Literally it would taste the same if you just steeped a really unripe orange, peel and all, in hot water. eeugh. So yeah. this tea was a disappointment, not because I don’t like it, but because with a little tweaking I probably could like it.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Ginger, Hibiscus, Orange, Orange Zest, Sour, Spices, Tangy, Tannin, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Using up my one teabag of this tea that I was kindly given by Arby (who is a good friend of mine in person)! She scored me a multitude of single teabag Twinings tea from a hotel, so that was pretty awesome. It’s my first time trying this tea.

I really love mint teas, especially peppermint, so I was very happy to find that even though this is a peppermint and spearmint blend, the spearmint is more subtle than the peppermint and adds just a bit of sweetness, which is quite nice. It’s not a particularly special tea, but good if you like high menthol teas. I find it’s best when piping hot!

Flavors: Menthol, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Arby

I find I can barely taste the spearmint. If I didn’t now better, I would think this was plain peppermint. At least it is strong enough to take milk, brew iced, or brew hot. Really, though, most peppermint teas taste the same.

Matcha Manic O.o

The spearmint is really subtle but I can still taste it in there, since it’s got more of that sweet menthol taste than Peppermint does. Peppermint is really strong but not the same kind of sweet as spearmint. I can definitely tell the difference between this and my Murchie’s peppermint.

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89

I was a little skeptical when first opening up this tea, as it contained copious amounts of orange peel, and I am not one for very pronounced citrus flavours. The aroma however, was enchanting. Right away I was completely captivated with the unexpectedly subtle tang of the orange and the wonderful smell of cinnamon.

As for the actual taste of the tea, I am incredibly happy with it! The taste of the orange is more sweet than sour, and the cinnamon taste is very pronounced, although not overly spicy. There seems to be a small note of allspice in their as well which is very nice. Now, the tea is called “Herbal Spice”, but Earth’s Herbal being odd (and moderately stingy) as it is, it doesn’t actually have a list of ingredients. The tea base itself tastes and appears to be a black tea (possibly Assam because of the look and taste), but I can’t be completely sure about it. Since it says Herbal I am assuming it is decaffeinated but I may be wrong as the flavour is still quite strong. In any case, it is a deliciously simple tea that definitely puts me into the Christmas season. I will also try it as a tea latte and review again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Arby

oooh I really want to try this now. I’d love a sample.

Matcha Manic O.o

I’ll bring some on monday and we can brew a pot of it! :)

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81
drank Matcha by Touch Organic
23 tasting notes

For matcha teas I find this one leans toward the more savoury flavour, a little astringent. It can be used in a lot of different ways I find. I usually drink it made in the traditional style of the Japanese tea ceremony, or as a tea latte. Sometimes I add a little flavouring. I have also tried it once or twice in a smoothie and that was quite good. It’s a nice grassy matcha that tastes very bright and fresh.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Plant Stems

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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100

This is a very delicious and aromatic herbal tea, composed of plain, simple peppermint. It’s always been a very nostalgic tea for me that embodies winter and Christmas time! I just stocked up on it, buying 2oz at Murchie’s! It’s a simple tea, but a classic, and remains one of my favourites.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

A good, subtle tea. I like tasting this one through gongfu to get a hint of its more subtle side as well as its stronger, more astringent side, both of which are very unique and a little earthy tasting with a pleasantly mild floral aftertaste. Definitely would make a good base tea, and tastes best once it’s cooled down a little and not piping hot.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Floral, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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74

A nice bright tea, with a really apparent ginger taste. The green tea base is a little plain, but not bad. It also makes a tasty iced tea. Overall nothing too special about.

Flavors: Absinthe, Cardamon, Ginger, Peppermint, Seaweed

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

A really delicious dessert tie! Probably my favourite rooibus with a really smooth sweetness and that lovely woody rooibus flavour. I personally like this tea quite strong, and sometimes I just leave the teabag in haha.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Arby

Same! I usually just leave the teabag in and keep adding hot water as I run out.

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90

I really love this tea, whether on its own or as a tea latté it’s so flavourful! It has a very prominent cinnamon spice taste, backed by the creamy subtly of coconut. As a tea latté the creamm taste is definitely a lot more defined, which is also super good! A very nice exotic fruit flavour that is very refreshing. :)

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m currently a university student in English (where it’s apparently increasingly difficult to find a profession these days, but I will think about that as it becomes relevant), and aspiring novelist! I’ve been writing for about 6 years, in a variety of genres (fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, crime drama, and a variety of short-stories). My “baby” at the moment though is a high-fantasy tale, heavily inspired by Skyrim and Tolkien. I am also an artist and aspire to write a graphic novel one day; however, I seem far too unfocused and erratic to sit down long enough to do any of that. My preferred tea types are Oolong, matcha, black, white, mint herbals and sweet herbal tisanes/blends. I particularly like very floral and fresh tasting teas, but I’ll try anything at least once! I am interested in doing Tea Reviews, samples and exchanges! So message me! :)

FAVOURITE FLAVOURS: Mint, floral, anise, clove, spice, syrupy, desserty, smokey, anstringent, lavender, Rum/alcohol, cardamom, lychee, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, cocoa/chocolate, earthy

LEAST FAVOURITE FLAVOURS: Bitter, overly citrus (I don’t mind mild citrus taste), grapefruit, tangy, acidic.

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