1354 Tasting Notes

drank Black Metallic by August Uncommon Tea
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I’m beyond excited to try this violet tea, a generous gift from amandastory516. I don’t remember ever having had violet before, so Amanda also sent some violet candies for me to try so that I can distinguish the flavor. The candies are delicious, immensely floral with an almost licorice sweetness in the aftertaste that I actually enjoyed. I’m generally not a fan of licorice, but it worked so well with the other flavors.

I waited for the weekend so I could take the time to enjoy this tea fully. I can taste the same flavors here that I noticed in the candies. Not quite as floral but I can tell that the primary flavor is the same. I don’t taste the blackberry or the smoke (would have liked more smoke maybe), but if I hadn’t known it was supposed to be there I wouldn’t have missed it. A unique and delicious tea, one I think I’ll keep around. Thanks, Amanda!

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Violet

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m glad you got to try it!


Me too! Thank you!

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One of the best cups of tea I’ve had lately.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Raspberry

195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank PanTEAlaimon by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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I don’t remember anything about this cup, except that I LOVED IT.

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Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cotton Candy White Tea by 52teas
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I love the pink petals in this one! It feels very appropriate for February and Valentine’s Day week. It smells sour like blackberries. The flavor is very light and doesn’t taste like cotton candy or much of anything really. But to be fair, this is an older tea and also a white tea which I don’t usually drink or love.

Flavors: Blackberry, Sour, Vegetal

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eggnog Pound Cake by A Quarter to Tea
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A beautiful tea! It’s very fluffy with huge leaves and long curls of cinnamon bark. It doesn’t really smell like eggnog or pound cake to me, but it does have a spice note. It tastes of cinnamon and, strangely enough, raisins. I have a hard time finding flavor in white teas but this one does have some flavor compared to others.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Drying, Raisins, Spices

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Briar Patch by 52teas
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drank Coquito by A Quarter to Tea
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Oh wow, this smells so good. So tropical! Hopefully this is still good with the coconut. It still smells amazing so I’m hopeful. Definitely smelling the tropical coconut in the dry blend. It even smells creamy, if that’s a thing. Under the coconut is the promised spice blend. The ginger is definitely there. The taste is good but not very flavorful. Could be the age on this one. It could also be the fact that it’s a white tea and I can never extract enough flavor from those. It’s disappointing given how incredible it smells.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Ginger, Spices, Tropical

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai Houjicha by 52teas
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Pretty excited to open this and see a huge green cardamom pod right on top. It went right into my strainer basket. This has a nice, strong spice aroma with clove being the most prominent for me. The roasted qualities of the tea are really coming out as it steeps. I can taste the cinnamon. Adding a touch of cream to see how it handles it. I like it, though it waters things down a bit. I do enjoy a creamy chai. Nicely spiced.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Roasted, Spices

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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Updated October 2020.


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