659 Tasting Notes

drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
659 tasting notes

So happy to have this in the cupboard again! It smells sooooo buttery. Gotta be honest, I never can taste anything at the recommended 15-20 second steeps, but 2 minute steeps are working out great.

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Trying this for the first time. It has a nice malt to it, and a hint of that leather flavor that seems to show up a lot in this type of tea. I am not crazy about the leather, but at least it’s not too strong.

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I drank this whole bag before I realized I never stopped to write a tasting note. This tea grew on me pretty quickly. It’s a bit light compared to most Irish breakfasts, but still hefty enough to be a breakfast tea. I liked the flavor, and since it wasn’t as acidic as the average breakfast tea, it sat a lot better on my stomach.

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Enjoying this one. The ginger, orange, and peach are about evenly balanced. The base isn’t noteworthy, but it sits well with the other flavors.

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These leaves are so incredibly long. They are gorgeous but I had no idea how to measure them, so I was never sure if I was making the tea right. It always turned out super light, but the flavor was pleasant, both a bit fruity and a bit vegetal.

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Nothing to rave about, but the lemon and lavender make a pleasantly soothing combination, and at least there’s no hibiscus. Also it’s a good excuse to break in my new pot and cups :)

Evol Ving Ness

Ooooh, pretty and fun!

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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To my surprise, I really enjoyed the sample I tried of this, so I bought a box. I am not a fan of spice teas, but this light blend of spices melds so well with the base that to me this comes across more as a particularly rich black tea than a spice tea.

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Sad to be polishing this off :( I was so dense that I didn’t realize American Tea Room’s warehouse clearance sale was a going out of business sale until it was too late, so this really is the last of it! R.I.P, Brioche. You will be missed.

Evol Ving Ness

No one realized it.


Please let me know if you find a worthy substitute.

Evol Ving Ness

Will do. I imagine many of us will want to hear about it.

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After a Celestial Seasonings hiatus of YEARS, I grabbed a box of this at the store because I need to bump up my tisane stock a bit and I remembered this had been weirdly popular on Steepster. It is pretty good, though the barley is a bit of an odd flavor in the mix. It does kind of taste like sugar cookies? I wish the orange peel came through more because I always used to put orange peel in my cookies and I miss it.

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drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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Got this as a recent sample. It is pleasantly bright and fruity, but doesn’t taste all that tropical. More flavor is coming through from the apples and cranberries than the pineapple and papaya.

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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
lots and lots of oolong!
vanilla things

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.


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