308 Tasting Notes


Teaquilibrium was kind enough to send me a sample of this. I really appreciate it! This is a nice tea. It’s a mix of oolong, yerba mate, strawberry and vanilla. I can definitely taste the oolong and I am getting a little strawberry in the aftertaste. The yerba mate is (thankfully) not noticeable. I’m not getting much vanilla. So, to me this tastes like a lightly flavored oolong. It also almost has a chocolately flavor to it.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

Glad you liked it and happy they sent you some!!!


They were super nice about it!

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drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
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I think I finally found a Harney’s tea that I do not like. :( This one didn’t have a sample I could try, it only comes in a tin of tea sachets, so I have a whole 4 oz tin of it.

Before steeping this tea smells like cherry cough syrup. After steeping it still smells like cough syrup and sadly it tastes that way too. It’s a weird mix of a fruity herbal tea and a black tea. I feel like someone dropped a cherry cough drop into my black tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

The tin of this looks so pretty!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Ah dear Florence, I’ve missed you so. I’ve been thinking about you ever since my sample ran out. I think I ❤ you.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Riesling by Joy's Teaspoon
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So far, I think this is my favorite of the three free samples from Joy’s Teaspoon. I’ve been intrigued by these ‘wine’ teas so I had to try this one.

I’m actually not sure I brewed it long enough, so any advice would be welcome on that. I brewed ~3 tsp in 12 oz of 185 degree water for 2 min. I read on some sites to brew white tea for up to 15 min, but previous teas I’ve had said 1-2 min on the package. confused

Even being unsure about whether I brewed it long enough, it still tastes great. I’m thinking that it has more flavor to be extracted though. It’s a beautiful golden color, just like a riesling. It’s fruity and floral. The fruity flavor is a bit like grapes and a bit like strawberries. The floral flavor leans towards a jasmine flavor. The smell is somewhat candy-like. I added a tiny tiny smidge of agave nectar to bring out the riesling-like sweetness.

This is definitely an interesting one that you should try.

Update – as it cools the floral flavors are becoming stronger, so maybe I did steep it long enough.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
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This is my second free sample from Joy’s teaspoon. This tea is very tasty. It is exactly what’d you expect based on its description.

I brewed it with 1.5 tsp per 12 oz for 3.5 min to ensure that the black base didn’t get bitter. It had no bitterness or astringency after 3.5 min.

I’d love to see this same tea on a white tea base.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I really like this one! I ordered a tin of it!


I think I would order a tin if it was a white tea. :) But yeah, it’s pretty darn good.

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drank Sweet Melissa by Joy's Teaspoon
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This is my first of 3 samples from Joy’s Teaspoon. I can’t believe how fast the samples arrived. I emailed Joy on Saturday and they were waiting in my mailbox on Monday.

This tea is nice. Brewed, it smells lemony. Like a lemon sucker or maybe even lemon pledge (not in a completely bad way). The taste of the tea is lemony and orangy, but not as lemony as the smell. It also tastes of herbs that I cannot identify and something almost savory, which I am guessing is the carrot.

Yep, this tea is very interesting. I like it and I’m looking forward to the other samples. I’ll leave you ins suspense about what my other two samples are (or you can try and guess).

1.5 tsp per 12 oz cup

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Have you ever had a Thai Iced tea? This tea really threw me for a loop. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting a hot Thai Iced tea, but I wasn’t. That is exactly what this is. It’s Thai Iced tea… except hot. So, I supposed if you brewed this, chilled it, served it over ice with some cream or soy creamer you’d have a pretty good Thai Iced tea. It’s even the right shade of red-orange and has the right ‘thickness’. It kinda freaked me out a little. And btw, it tastes and smells a lot better than it smells in the box.

I have to give it a decent rating because I assume that is what they were going for and if so, it’s spot on. It’s not really for me though.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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This tea has become an evening favorite. When I first got tried it, I was “meh, it’s pretty good” but had no plans to order it again. Now I drink it almost every night and I am down to 2 teabags. And, I just placed an order for another tin. They must put crack in this.

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Jim sent me a sample of this a long long time ago after I told him that I liked my oolong teas to taste like chinese restaurant tea. I thought I had logged it but I guess not. I know I’ve had some of it before now, so I don’t know why I didn’t log it! I found some of this remaining hidden in the back of my tea drawer. It seemed like the perfect choice for reading a book with a cat in my lap.

This brewed up pretty light, so I might not have used enough tea leaves (2 tsp). Despite how light it was, I could still taste a beautiful oolong with a touch of maltiness and nuttiness. It has no astringency. The color of the tea is exactly as pictured. I like it!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Something to cleanse the palate after the Maple Bacon tea. This is perfect. I’ll be sorry when I run out of this one since SpecialTeas is gone.

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.


Salt Lake City, UT



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