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drank Clean Matcha Green by Pukka
39 tasting notes

Method: 8 oz boiling water steeped for at least 30 minutes.(I recommend 15+)

I was unsure about this tea as I abhor lemongrass. I really enjoyed it though. I believe it is because of the licorice root and the fact that the lemon grass isn’t overpowering.
Flavors: Sweetness from the licorice, fresh lemon towards the end of the sip.
Green tea and Matcha are nowhere to be found. Tastes like a herbal tea, is very similar to Traditional Medicinal’s Throat Coat tea taste wise.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Licorice, Sweet

Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea was a gift from a family member’s trip to Europe. All of the other teas were herbal blends that were brought back. I have a pretty big bag of this along with the big bags of the herbals. The package is called “Lakrits” and says it’s made in Stockholm,Sweden. My family wasn’t sure if this was tea or potpourri when they bought it but it’s tea.

Flavor wise this tea reminds me more of anise than licorice although I’m only basing this off of herbal licorice teas consisting of licorice root. I’ve never had a black tea with licorice before. My guess is that the black tea base is an assam because of the taste and slightly malty flavor. It’s far from a favorite tea but is not a bad tea. It’s just not a flavor of black tea that I’d choose.

Flavors: Anise, Licorice

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I love licorice root, I think you are right, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it blended with black tea before (I have it in some pu-erh blends, but that’s the closest I’ve seen). Is the licorice root able to sweeten up the astringencies of the Assam base, or because black tea is so strong are they naturally conflicting flavors?

Lexie Aleah

It seems to sweeten up the assam just in the slightest/keeping away bitterness. I would have preferred an anise herbal myself because the flavors are so distinct. I do see some people out there who would really enjoy this though. Probably someone who loves all types of anise candy/ licorice. I’m specifically thinking of those old fashioned anise candies.

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So I accidentally ordered the large bag of this instead of the sample size. This is also the first tea from this company that I have tried.
Last time it Turned out a bit watery and the flavors were weak but pleasant.
This time I brewed it for 5 minutes at 210 F as recommended and used somewhere between 3.25-3.5 teaspoons of leaf.
It didn’t taste right, due to my error of brewing. This also is the first white tea I’ve ever had before so brewing it and tasting is still very new. The flavor notes of this were very different after over leafing it this time around.

Flavors: Citrus, Clove, Spices

5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Tonight was a sip down of this tea which I’d been putting off for quite awhile now. The latte didn’t turn out well basically everything went wrong. I used a bit too much water, then added a bit too much almond milk. The milk wasn’t frothing up great. The spoon to drizzle the honey wasn’t warmed up. Overall I was really disappointed. The tea is great normally I was just a mess today apparently. I think the fact that I had an argument not too long ago with the person who was in the kitchen with me definitely didn’t help.

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m either just not a fan of plain red Rooibos teas, or I’ve just yet to try one that is high enough quality to like. I only find this one drinkable sweetened with a dash of almond milk. Best when sweetened with agave. Not much to say about this tea although it does brew up a lovely color.

Boiling 8 min or more 0 OZ / 0 ML

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After having had this tea many times before and being disappointed by the black tea base. I always wished for more orange flavor. I finally decided to try it with almond milk and honey instead of just almond milk. The black tea base is absent, the orange flavor came out strong. As far as tasting the base it comes across as a chamomile orange tea. Which is extremely pleasant but not what I expected. I would guess that if I added almond milk and sugar instead it would taste like more like a weak chai. The tea does not do it’s name justice. I only rated it so low because it requires milk and sweetener to bring out the orange component and even then the base disappears.
When prepared unsweetened it usually tastes like a bagged black tea with a hint of spice.

Flavors: Smooth

Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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Haven’t had this tea in ages so I thought I’d brew some up this morning as a lazy latte.
Meaning that I added some milk and sweetener but didn’t froth it. This tea was quite literally inhaled by me.

Prep: I used one perfect spoon of it,(using the Teavana perfect spoon) I actually am not sure how long I steeped it, but I sure wish I did since it turned out Amazing! I know that it was much shorter than I usually steep it. Since it’s usually cold by then I’m guessing maybe 7 minutes is how long I steeped it this time.

Taste notes: Since I added a dash of good quality maple syrup it was slightly sweet but the maple flavor blended with the smokiness so well that you wouldn’t be able to guess what type of sweetener it was. The balance of smokiness is perfect, you can taste the robustness of the black tea, and the smoke. The smokiness doesn’t remind you of anything except for a warm campfire. I would easily rename this tea as a Smokey/Campfire breakfast tea. The black tea base really holds it’s own against the smoke flavor.
This is definitely a favorite morning tea from now on and or lazy latte. Note to self* Even though you generally like oversteeped teas, Do NOT oversteep this one.

Flavors: Campfire, Malt, Smoke

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So My rating system is way off and I really need to fix it but haven’t had the time to. I’ve been rating just “ok” teas way too low. Another thing that throws me off is comparing different types of tea when rating. I get very OCD about numbers so when I do get around to fixing things I’ll have a formula or something to follow when rating.

Actual tasting Note: So I really like bergamot, even though I do enjoy a creamy subtle tasting bergamot flavored earl grey. I generally like my bergamot strong. So instead of using the recommended 1 TSP of tea I ended up using 2 TSPs. I’m actually not sure how long I steeped this for, It was at least 5 minutes but the tea was still pretty warm so I didn’t steep it as long as I usually do. I just usually enjoy it over steeped. Flavor wise this is probably my least favorite earl grey I’ve ever had. The bergamot is there but it’s unpleasant for some reason. I’m wondering if it just isn’t pairing well with the black tea or if the currant has something to do with this. I don’t particularly care for the base either in this blend.

Flavors: Bergamot

Boiling 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Each cup of this seems to become less and less tolerable to drink.
The black tea base combined with the clove just doesn’t work for me.
This is at least my 5th cup of this tea since It was given to me.
This time I tried it as a latte, and lowered the water temperature a bit.
The best result I’ve had with this tea was drinking it with cream which is something I rarely do.

Flavors: Clove, Pepper

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Love: All Green teas, Oolongs,smokiness,sweet,chamomile,
medicinal teas,floral,bergamot,creaminess, roasted, stevia, grassy, vegetal, matcha,seaweed notes, Green Rooibos.

Picky about:hibiscus,peppermint,apple,heavy citrus in herbal teas.

Can’t Stand:Lemongrass, Very peppery teas.


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