1060 Tasting Notes


This is a nice nighttime treat. The cinnamon and ginger combine with the rooibos to create more of a pumpkin spice tea than a pumpkin pie tea, but it’s tasty nonetheless. I like adding a little honey to my cup to bring the flavors out even more.

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I really enjoy the earthiness of this tea paired with the ginger. It’s nice on a super cold night. The warmth from the tea along with the heat from the spice is making me warm and tingly from head to toe.

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drank Christmas Wreath by Lupicia
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This tea is full of flavor, but none of the flavors are super bold. There is warm, sweet cinnamon along with a darker clove note, and then there is a bright apple flavor that is really lovely. Lupica does apple flavors very well. I don’t taste the cranberry except for a slight hint of tartness as the tea cools.

I didn’t drink this at Christmas time, but today we had our first snowfall, so it’s been nice to sit and drink this while watching the snow fall outside.

Thank you, Naylynn for sharing this with me!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Moroccan Mint by Tealated
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I’m a big Moroccan Mint fan, so when I read that Roseanne, the owner of Telated, had spent time in Morocco as a child, and grew up drinking Moroccan Mint tea, I was curious to see what her blend would taste like. Would stand out against all the other MMs I had tried? I was excited to find out.

It turns out that she offers a beautifully simple tea that is tasty to boot. The gunpowder green tea, spearmint, and peppermint are all organic, and they are blended extremely well. I usually don’t like peppermint in my MM teas because it tends to dominate the cup and I often end up thinking, “if I wanted peppermint tea I would have bought a peppermint tea”. Thankfully, the peppermint works well in this blend and does not drown out the base tea or the spearmint. In fact, all three ingredients can easily be detected in the blend. The gunpowder green tea has a slightly smoky note as well as a bit of earthiness and a dry grass flavor. The mints are naturally sweet but have an herbal flavor rather than being overly sweet and candy-like. I was so pleased with the tea that I couldn’t stop sipping it. It’s very good and very refreshing which is exactly what I’m looking for in a Moroccan Mint tea.

Thank you Roseanne and Tealated for letting me sample this tea. I look forward to purchasing it in the future!

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I also prefer just spearmint in my MM. My favorite is from Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh, NC and it is their own special blend.


Ooh, I’ll have to check them out!


I received a sample of this one too. I’m excited to try it now that I’ve read your review!


@Shae – I’m looking forward to your review! I was thinking about you when I posted this because we had just talked about mint teas! :)


Thanks for the review & for trying our tea!

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drank Earl Blue Darjeeling by 52teas
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I love blueberries, Earl Grey, and Darjeeling teas, so I was really excited to try this blend. Unfortunately, the bergamot flavor taste very soapy to me, and it overrides all of the other flavors in the tea. Once the tea cools I can kind of taste the blueberry, but I just can’t get past the soapy note.

I’ll probably use the rest of my leaf in a cold brew to see if the tames the bergamot flavor some. I’d love to taste more of the blueberry and base tea!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
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Tea of the morning. My oldest chose this as the breakfast tea today. She’s on a vanilla kick at the moment, so any and all teas in my cupboard that contain vanilla are on her drink-it-now list. While she was sipping this one at the table I was making a different vanilla tea to go in her travel mug so she could drink it at the bus stop.

This is a really pleasant tea. The sencha is a nice base for the mango and vanilla flavors, and although fruit and vanilla are the front notes I can still taste the sweet grassy note from the tea. It works very well in the blend and I do get a tropical feel as I drink. The mango flavor is fruity and juicy, and the vanilla flavor is spot on. No candy like flavor or funky aftertaste. The tea is sweet enough on its own that I added no sugar, and I noticed that my daughter added less than she normally does. She even mentioned that she would like to try plain sencha some time which made me smile.

I find it’s good for one additional resteep with the sencha being much more noticeable. The mango is still there but much lighter, and there’s just a hint of vanilla. Again, it’s very nice.

I can’t say I’d choose this as an everyday breakfast tea, but it is a tea I like to keep on had because it is pleasing to so many different pallets. Even my youngest, who is not a hot tea drinker, took a couple of sips from my mug.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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I shared a pot of this with my daughter when she came home from school today. It was nice with a good, basic vanilla flavor. I honestly can’t say that I paid a lot of attention to it while we were talking. However, my daughter asked for me to make it for her tomorrow morning, so it must have made a good impression on her.

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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It is both a curse and a blessing that the Target close to me has started carrying loose leaf teas. I’m thrilled to see Tiesta Teas on the shelf, but boy, oh, boy does it make it even more difficult to behave myself while shopping! The last time I was in there I just couldn’t resist, so into my shopping cart this went.

There is a nice balance between the fruit and the base tea. I get a nice tangy zip of raspberry and a juicy passion fruit note followed by a malty note from the tea. It works well together. I appreciate that the passion fruit doesn’t taste perfume-y or overly floral. I find that too many passion fruit teas taste like something straight from the cosmetics case, so I’m thankful that’s not the case here.

As nice as it is hot, I think it’d be even better iced. If I’m right this could be the iced passion fruit tea I’ve been looking for.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

I completely understand… grocery stores have become an evil place for me, too.


Oh, I haven’t noticed any Tiesta teas at my Target. They do have a couple of Harney ones in teabags.


They just started carrying them here right before Christmas. They sell the Harney and Sibs ones as well, so I’m hoping they’ll continue to stock the Tiesta teas.


Also, I hate my autocorrect. :/

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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While I almost always choose loose leaf over tea bags there are times when ease of use trumps everything else. If that tea bag also happens to hold a tasty Earl -or in this case Lady – Grey, then that’s even better. I love the orange and lemon flavors along with the bergamot. It is light, delicate, and delicious. I do have to keep a close eye on the time while it’s steeping because over steeping can quickly cause the tea to turn bitter, but once the tea bag has been removed all that’s left to do is sit, sip, and enjoy.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Ugh. I’m home, and I’m grumpy, and I just want something that will be right. I grabbed this tea and am currently enjoying a cup of creamy strawberry yumminess. Why can’t all things be this easy? Oy.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I hope your day gets better.


Thank you!

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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