200 Tasting Notes

drank Buddy's Eggnog by Yawn
200 tasting notes

This blend comprises black tea, cinnamon, ginger, and clove. These are not what occur to me when I think of ’nog. The cinnamon, maybe. But ginger and clove? Nah.

Flavors: Clove

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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Nutmeg is the only other spice that comes to mind when I think about eggnog. With ginger and cloves, you’ve got pumpkin pie without the pumpkin!

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drank Ruby Amaretto by Yawn
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I love amaretto, so I was very happy to see it in a blend, but I’m not entirely sold on the rooibos base. It’s nice, but I think I’d like a black-tea base better.

Flavors: Amaretto, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cookie by Yawn
200 tasting notes

Once again, Yawn take a bunch of flowers and turn them into cookies. I support this sorcery 100%.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by Yawn
200 tasting notes

I enjoy chocolate + orange, but I prefer keeping things simple. Tea, chocolate, orange. I didn’t find the basic formula improved by the addition of more ingredients. It could be that my palate isn’t sophisticated enough to appreciate it. =)

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Movie Night Popcorn by Yawn
200 tasting notes

This blend didn’t say “popcorn” to me at all. And also they added tartness to my beloved rooibos. Definitely not my cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pumpkin Whoopie by Yawn
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With apple and orange present, poor pumpkin didn’t stand a chance. And then cinnamon? Fuhgeddaboudit. I like the black tea base more than just a straight fruit blend, cos that usually just tastes too much like hot apple juice, but this still isn’t for me.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Toffee Apple by Yawn
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I appreciate that this blend keeps it simple. It’s apple, and it has apple, and it’s apple-y. The addition of hibiscus adds juuuuust that touch of tart I don’t love. But you might! =)

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Candy Cane Popcorn by Yawn
200 tasting notes

Of note is that this is the first “candy cane” blend I’ve tried that isn’t minty; in my book, that’s a wonderful thing. Interesting blend—what with the popped rice with the black tea ‘n’ all—and interesting flavour. Kinda toasty, a little sweet. Always happy to try any tea at least once, but not sure there’s anything here that would compel me to try it again.

Flavors: Toasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Apple Crumble by Yawn
200 tasting notes

There are a whole lot of ingredients in this blend that tastes only like apple and clove and cinnamon. Hard for anything else to shine through when clove and cinnamon are around. Bit tart for my tastes.

This was the second tea in Yawn’s 2021 advent thingy. I can’t find it on their site, though, so not sure it was worth the effort of adding and logging it.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Scuttlebutt by Casting Whimsy
200 tasting notes

All I can taste is clove. =( I’m going to start skipping blends that include mint or clove and save them up to pass along to someone who will enjoy them.

Flavors: Clove

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.

Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.

This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

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