574 Tasting Notes

86

Ok, I know I complained about this being weak last time, when I used one bag for a standard size water glass.

So I used two tonight. Let me tell you, even after ice and milk to the rim of the glass, this was still super strong. Good lord. Too strong one might say. Definitely going to have to make it in a 24 oz container or something.

But it’s exactly what I hoped it would be. Orange, opaque, and spiced in a way I’ve never been able to figure out. Tastes like the bottled stuff. Hell yes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lexie Aleah

This is definitely my fsvorite Thai iced tea kit. Did you by chance buy yours at a World Market as well? I love how you can sweeten it to taste.

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90
drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
574 tasting notes

I call it Mango Shortcake.

One part Harney & Son’s Mango black tea, one part The Tea Table’s Bourbon Sunday Blend. It smells like sweet vanilla cake and preserves. So fruity and yet so creamy. I had it hot, but I can’t wait to try it iced. I wonder if I could blend something like this on Adagio.. hmm…

Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Fruity, Mango, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Butterscotch Blondie by Tazo®
574 tasting notes

Really surprised gmathis and I are the only ones who have reviewed this tea. I’m betting it’s in grocery stores across the country.

Anyway, found this on the clearance shelf for like $2. I really like dessert teas and Tazo is usually pretty good. Not spectacular, but good for bagged tea.

I actually really like this. Creamy vanilla and burnt sugar with a mild note of cinnamon. I swear I taste star anise faintly in this, too, but it’s not listed in the ingredients. Maybe nutmeg? Something like that. Cocoa peel is listed, however, and I don’t detect that. This is a lovely dessert tea, buttery and caramelly.

The more I sip it, the more I realize this tastes like oatmeal. Like brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal. But with caramel.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cinnamon, Creamy, Oats, Vanilla

Starfevre

Interesting. I may have to pick this up if I find it.

Lexie Aleah

Need to pick this one up.

Arby

I wish they sold these where I am. I want to taste them but I haven’t seen them in Canada.

gmathis

I fear that this is going to be a drink-it-NOW-because-it-won’t-be-back variety. I was very surprised to see Tazo heading toward the dessert line.

gmathis

(P.S. If it helps y’all shop, I picked mine up at Target.)

Evol Ving Ness

Sadly, we no longer have Target here.

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50
drank Rum Cream by The Tea Table
574 tasting notes

Oof. I wish I’d gotten this as a sample and not a whole ounce.

I agree completely with AlphaKitty saying this smells like barf. It does. Barf, vague fruitiness, and maybe feet.

The flavor reminds me of Kahlua or Bailey’s, with a strawberry and butter aftertaste. The feet/barf smell is still present, but you don’t really taste it. There’s also a note of vanilla-like creaminess that I like. Still, I find this tea pretty off-putting. I mean, I guess it’s nice that it doesn’t taste like alcohol. But… yeah. I’m gonna use it up. Blended with other teas. And then never again.

EDIT: Ok, I opened the pouch this morning and just… no. It went in the trash.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Fruity, Irish Cream, Rum, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Mastress Alita

Hahaha! The description of that tea aroma sounds exactly like a few of the returned library books I’ve run into at my library job… #librarianwoes

At least you managed to find a use for it? I tried to blend one I didn’t like this week and its nasty flavor was so strong that even with my strongest-flavored teas I could still taste it! I had to give it away on the Reddit CupOnMe.

Tabby

What?? Why would books smell like that? D:

Mastress Alita

We tend to just not want to know the answer to that question, for our own sanity… Glad to see you trashed the offending tea! Some tea just has to go!

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65
drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
574 tasting notes

The last time I had this tea was about five years ago. I gave it an 80 rating then.

I guess my standards are higher these days. The cinnamon in this is appallingly artificial-tasting to me now. Remember those Atomic Fireball candies that burned the crap out of your mouth? The tea tastes like that. (Only without the blistering.)

I also want to note that it’s very easy to oversweeten this. There must be stevia or something already in it. I see a few other people mentioning it, so I know it’s not just me.

And a lot of the cinnamon grit gets through my steel mesh infuser.

Bleh. Never again.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cinnamon, Sweet

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78
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
574 tasting notes

I love lychee flavor, but I feel like with teas it can go one of two ways. It could either be really fruity and sweet like canned lychee, or rosey and peppery like fresh lychee.

This one is a more rosey lychee. Sure, there is a nice amount of fruity goodness mixed in. But the peppery flavor lingers longest. All of these flavors pretty much mute the black tea base. It’s not bad, exactly. But it doesn’t really impress me, either.

The reason I bought this is because Tea Forte stopped making their lychee-coconut tea. I loved it and now it’s going for like $55 a box on eBay. So… I’m planning on finding a good lychee tea and trying to make my own. But I think I’ll try a few more before I settle.

Flavors: Fruity, Pepper, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

I’m the first to review this? Neat!

This one turned out to be a surprise winner. You can always tell it’s a good coconut tea when there’s a bit of coconut oil floating on top. Though the shavings they use are finely minced, you still get so much flavor. I’m impressed. The coconut is creamy and realistic, sort of like a Mounds bar but without the chocolate. Delicious.

I’m excited to try this again later over ice. Maybe with milk. I bet this would also make a great bubble tea base. Absolutely on the re-order list for summer.

Flavors: Candy, Coconut, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Faisal Ahmad Zahoor

i think it will be good taste.

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78

I bought this expecting it to be pretty generic. I was right.

There’s nothing wrong with it. Assam base with a bit of an astringent bite. It offers an inoffensive, natural-tasting vanilla. But the vanilla is more in the aroma than the taste. It’s not quite as creamy and lingering as I tend to like. I tend to prefer vanilla teas that are more cupcakey and decadent than this. So it’s a little boring, I guess.

I will be using this to blend with my other teas, I suppose. Vanilla goes with everything, so…

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Ayup, that’s the destination for the vanilla teas that I find to be lacklustre as well.

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75

I picked this as one of my three free samples in my last order. My thought was that it would be like Constant Comment, what with the orange and clove.

However, where Constant Comment goes heavy on the clove, this goes heavy on the orange. Not really what I was hoping for, but it’s still pretty good. Orange isn’t exactly my favorite fruit in tea, but this has that nice tangy citrus rind flavor. The cinnamon adds a comforting layer. Can’t say I really detect the vanilla. But this is lovely on such a wet February day.

Still, I can’t help but feel like I’m drinking the Christmas potpourri my mom makes on the stove every year. (In a good way.) But I think I’ll stick with my Constant Comment.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Citrusy, Clove, Orange

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96
drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
574 tasting notes

Yay, Steepster is fixed!

Just an update to note that this is back in my cupboard once again. My husband has gone from someone who thought tea tasted like creekwater to drinking earl grey every day. We’ve begun keeping a pitcher of it in the fridge. Perfect for when you wake up sluggish and thirsty.

Still the best earl grey I’ve ever had.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Hooray for hubby! Mine went from Tetley British Blend with milk and three sugars, to puerh, oolong, and green tea! Straight, no less!

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. Living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, electronic music geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, chai, and pretty much any black tea from Fujian, China. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, sage, apple, coconut, raspberry, lychee, bergamot, osmanthus, cucumber, lavender, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

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