68 Tasting Notes

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drank Grand Canyon by Simpson & Vail
68 tasting notes

I think this is my favorite from the National Park Sampler I purchased. The prickly pear has shown up in two teas that I’ve enjoyed. I wonder if I can find one of those locally to try. I don’t find this overly sweet and, as others have said, vaguely of rhubarb.

Now, I really do want to get planning on my National Parks trips this summer!

Flavors: Rhubarb, Sweet, Warm Grass

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Another Christmas Giftie to try.

I have to say I really like this one; which is good because I was given a large box of it! I taste rose, grapefruit, and chamomile. I think I might add this to the list to purchase when they release the 2022 batch.

Flavors: Chamomile, Grapefruit, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Rocky Mountains by Simpson & Vail
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I think this is my favorite so far from this National Park Sampler. And honestly, I loooove the Rocky Mountains so that’s a bonus. One day I’ll have to get back out there.

Raspberry teas tend to turn me off but I like that the raspberry wasn’t too strong for me. I think it’s the sage that really makes this for me. This will be on my re-order list.

Flavors: Raspberry, Sage

Shae

What an interesting combination!

Mastress Alita

I’m a Rocky Mountain native! I have never tried this tea, but greatly enjoy the Tazo Rocky Mountain blend, “Juniper Mint Honey”.

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One of my Daisy GS gifted me a sampler box for Christmas. It was very unexpected and so sweet of her family to think of me (I need to write that Thank you!). After a long day of post Christmas meltdowns with the littles, some wine and now some Chamomile are in order.

Apparently, this is the #1 Best Seller for Tea Samplers on Amazon (evil empire). The price point is decent. I’ve never heard of this company (I seem to say that quite a bit) and glad for the chance to try something new!

So this is the first tea bag I’ve used out of the sampler, the tea bag was ripped when I took it out of the foil. Did I do it? Maybe. But I was just checking out reviews online and others have reported this. Hmmm

The tea it self makes me feel like a comfy blanket is being wrapped around me. Perhaps the wine is helping that or maybe it is the actual comfy blanket on my lap. But I’m going to say all three (wine, blanket, and tea) have helped to relax me.

I would/will drink this chamomile again (likely without a prior wine course) and have a better sense of the tea. It seems to be an okay chamomile tea with nothing exciting to it.

Flavors: Chamomile

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
gmathis

Kid gifts are pretty special!

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After a hectic Christmas celebration, I thought this would be a “good morning” tea. A friend had dropped off a tea gift bag in the middle of the night including this one. She loves this brand of tea and introduced them to me.

The tea bag is huge and I’ll remember that for my next cup and brew a pot instead. Enjoyed while watching children decide which Xmas gift to break open for the day.

A good, smooth, and strong black tea. Might be a new favorite black tea for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I remember liking this one. We don’t have many Steven Smith retail options around here, so I haven’t seen it on shelves in ages.

Mastress Alita

I’m a fan of SST. This one is one of my favorite “breakfast” style teas. I also love their Earl Grey, which has currant notes to me.

Jen vB

The same friend gifted me some Earl Grey! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

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76
drank Holiday Chai by Stash Tea
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I picked this up to create Tea Trees for holiday gifties and had a handful left over. Definitely have enjoyed this tea in the last week in the morning. Stash is often in our grocery store, so I’m going to keep this in mind for next year’s holiday season

Flavors: Allspice, Clove

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

This is a good one! It doesn’t spice you to death.

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2021 Advent Calendar

Does it remind me of Carrot Cake? No, not even when I try to activate my imagination. Maybe a hint of cream cheese frosting. There is a sense of spices- like cinnamon. It’s a light tea with some sweetness. I may try for a second steeping to see how that goes.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Enlightenmint by Brutaliteas
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2021 Advent Calendar

Almost caught up, but at least I just finished my mug of this. At first I was put off by the spearmint smell of the leaves. But I did find the tea to be well balanced mint with lemongrass and lemon verbena. I think it would be a good iced tea as well.

Flavors: Lemon, Spearmint

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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2021 Advent Calendar

I honestly can’t remember if I liked this one or just thought it was okay.

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drank Malloween by Brutaliteas
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2021 Advent Calendar

This one was a nope for me BUT I have a suspicion that it’s because my travel mug is not the best receptacle to use.

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In the early 2000’s, my brother worked for a grocery company that removed items from the shelves and I ended up with a cabinet filled with random tea.

After I finished that cabinet, I started trying new things and exploring the world of tea. Still exploring, still learning, and loving this community.

I tend to take my tea with no additions and quite hot. Though often I find myself having to reheat my mug due to distractions. I’m partial to herbals, white tea, green, and blacks. But I really will try anything once.

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