3355 Tasting Notes


This one wasn’t minty enough. Or spearminty. (I love spearmint more than mint.) And there was an odd grassy flavor which I’m guessing was the lemon balm. There wasn’t anything too lemony about it either.

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Very spicy! I can’t even tell it is a red tea it is so spicy. Full of cloves. If you want a spicy chai tea, grab this one!

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What an odd mixture of things in this tea! But it ends up working really well. The first thing is it almost smells more than it tastes (the dry leaves and also after steeping). I really like the scent, but it is a bit difficult to taste the individual things in it (not that that is the point). I’m not accustomed to some of things here, I guess, but they are very delicious together. Very nutty with a white chocolate scent. Toasty! And yes, it is perfect for winter! (It’s currently snowing and very windy out there.) The green tea really makes the flavors stand out. I really should drink more green teas with all of these awesome flavors in it. Another SpecialTeas I will never be able to buy since they disappeared. It’s almost worst having tried them at all if I know how yummy SpecialTeas are and I won’t ever be able to buy them.

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Fruit fruit fruit. Delicious. Maybe it is my lack of fruit intake in the winter, but I don’t think this could get any fruitier! Really good! Very tart. The best fruity tea I’ve tried. It’s like drinking juice without all that added sugar (which I hate). I’m another person just now trying specialteas when they don’t exist anymore. Now I’ll know what I’ll be missing.

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Lots of lemon. I usually don’t have a lot of lemon (except maybe lemonade) but rather than lemonade, this tea reminds me of a donut I once ate with frosting and lemon something or other on the top of it. I don’t know why. The first sip had a LOT of lemon. The green tea kind of disappears behind the lemon. It almost seems like a white tea rather than a green to me. It’s pretty good.

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drank Sweet Sin by Joy's Teaspoon
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Yes, I did wait until Valentine’s Day to try this tea. I thought it sounded like a Valentine’s Day tea and it is, but really I’d drink it any time! Raspberries are my favorite, so I had to try this sample from Joy’s Teaspoon. I think it could have used more raspberry flavor, but the vanilla rooibos didn’t hurt! I love rooibos as well. A lovely scent and a delicious tea!

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drank Almond Cookie by Joy's Teaspoon
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mmm… is this a liquid almond cookie or what? I swear I’m drinking a cookie… Delicious scent and taste with a fun pink color from the beetroot. The scent and flavor reminds me of a almondy snickerdoodle. One of my new favorite teas!! Thanks so much Joy’s Teaspoon for my free sample!

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I’ve only tried a couple Republic of Tea teas before (samples), and I haven’t been too impressed. They seem to lack flavor. This one is interesting – it pairs a black tea with blueberry. I usually only see blueberry in a herbal tea. Maybe like other Republics, the blueberry flavor is lacking or maybe it is overpowered by the black tea. But I’ve hardly met a black tea I haven’t liked, so I like this one. If it had been a herbal tea, I suppose the flavor would have been weaker, but as it is a black tea with blueberry, it is better.

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I usually associate white teas with being dry and fuzzy for some reason. This white tea wasn’t at all, and really let the roses shine. The white tea was plain enough to really let me enjoy the scent and flavor of the roses. Really nice. I usually avoid white teas above others (black, red, green), but I would probably try other Numi white teas in the future.

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I love rooibos. This one is delicious. A smooth silky flavor.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing

Favorite tea shops (RIP):

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!



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