355 Tasting Notes

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drank Glacier by Simpson & Vail
355 tasting notes

I like this one from S&V NP collection. I am tasting mostly huckleberry flavor, but maybe a hint of juniper underneath. Its a nice cup that goes down smooth. I’d add this to an order, just because it is rather unique in its flavoring and I do like a berry tea done well.

Flavors: Huckleberry Flavor

Courtney

Ooh, onto the wishlist!

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drank Joshua Tree by Simpson & Vail
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This is sweet like agave, and pleasant like an herbal, but I don’t know if I need to drink this again. Fair enough as a NP blend, glad I got to try it.

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drank Yosemite by Simpson & Vail
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Only the slightest hint of pineapple for sweetness here. Otherwise it is minty and forgettable.

Flavors: Mint

Cameron B.

I found this one very disappointing as well. My faves are Rocky Mountains, Acadia, and Grand Canyon.

Jen vB

I wanted so much more from this one.

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drank Ratatam by Lupicia
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From Lexie in her advent package, thanks! This one is subtle but vanilla at the end and maybe a bit of hazelnut (even more subtle than the vanilla). There is some malty assam goodness as a base here, with no astringency. Its quite a nice cup and I’d be tempted to add it to an order if I ever get around to ordering from Lupicia (tea-sipper published a sale code from 3 leaf tea so that sucked me in already this year).

Flavors: Malty, Nutty, Vanilla

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drank Yellowstone by Simpson & Vail
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I put off tasting this one because I’m not fond of prickly pear flavoring (tried to use the fruit to make juice once and all I did was get lots of little pricklies all over the place and not a whole lot of juice) and there just seemed to be too much going on here. Strawberry and prickly pear and bergamont? How uninspired. The opportiunites to capture Yellowstone are endless: bright colors as many of Yellowstone’s geologic features are vividly colored; candy like for the flowstone by Mammoth; or wooly like a bison covered in snow. It’s a good thing S&V have lots of other yummy teas or I might give up on them!

Flavors: Astringent, Prickly Pear, Strawberry

AJRimmer

Ha yeah I grabbed a few prickly pears during a hike once, intending to make jam with them, but I got tired of dealing with the prickles and left them behind!

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drank Chocolate Kiss by Savoy Tea Co
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I’ve never been a fan of nutella as I think its too sweet, but this is pretty close. Chocolate up front and nutty goodness on the back. All made from puerh, so a different base than other chocolate teas. I think this could find its way into my shopping cart sometime soon (along with the salted caramel puerh)!

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

Shae

I always feel like I’m the only one on this planet who doesn’t really like Nutella. I’m glad there are two of us at least!

Martin Bednář

Make it three!

Courtney

Four :)

gmathis

That’s funny … I pulled up my tasting note for the same name (it’s 6 years old) and I was raving about strawberry. I think Savoy must switch out their labels every so often.

Michelle

Gmathis – I mean chocolate goes with everything, right?

gmathis

I haven’t experimented with fish or broccoli yet, so the results are still out…

Michelle

If you covered broccoli with dark chocolate, I’d probably try it. I have a friend who said she would pulverize broccoli and put it in brownies to get her kids to eat some veggies, never got a chance to taste them, but her kids didn’t seem to mind (or know!)

gmathis

Couldn’t be any worse than the V8 juices that taste fruity.

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drank Sweater Weather by Savoy Tea Co
355 tasting notes

A unique take on a chai, with cardamom and a methol finish. I’m not sure this is spearmint or peppermint flavored, but there is both a spicy and cooling aftertaste to this tea. Its different, but it reminds me of a blend I would concoct on my own, not purchase from a fancy tea store.

Flavors: Cardamom, Menthol

gmathis

I saw this one, but haven’t tried it. (And you’ve just reminded me I found a little jar of cardamom pods on my shelf that I’ve done absolutely nothing with.)

Michelle

I can send you a sample if you want to try.

gmathis

(No hurry, but it would be fun to compare notes!)

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I had a small cup left of this swap from Shae, and it brewed up sweet and light, like vanilla cotton candy. What an enjoyable cup, I wish it was available on the Whispering Pines web site. Thanks for sharing Shae!

Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla

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This was an advent tea from Lexie that fell through the cracks and didn’t get brewed on schedule. But bonus for me, I get to enjoy new to me tea in January! This is a nice earthy shou, quite drinkable with a bit of dirt and a bit of barnyard thrown in. There is some astringency here, could be I brewed this too fast for the tiny pressed leaf. Its a quite pleasant cup, though I have plenty of other shou to sip down so I don’t think I need this in my cupboard. Thanks Lexie!

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Twinings
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This was included in Lexie’s advent box, thanks Lexie!
I wasn’t expecting much here as I’m not a big fan of their regular chai, but this has a nice mellow pumpkin and a ginger note too. Steeped up nicely in my go cup when I probably steeped it too long. I’d grab a box of this if I saw it in the store. A nice change of pace from regular chai.

Flavors: Clove, Ginger, Pumpkin

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!

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