576 Tasting Notes

drank Rest by Tazo
576 tasting notes

This is a weird one for me. I love how it smells when it’s dry and as it’s brewing. It really does smell like a spa – soothing, sensual, relaxing. (Or I’m assuming that’s what a spa smells like, this tomboy hasn’t ever been in a real one.)

But the second I sip it, all I can taste is…rose. I hate roses – most flowers, really, although I’m not anti-floral with my tea. But I really have a deep dislike of roses – the smell mainly.

I’m going to keep working with this one. I’ve tried it on two different steeping temps and I’ll keep working my way down to “delicate” at 150 degrees. Here’s hoping…

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I love this tea! I can’t get enough. So creamy, rich, yummy, cake-y, marshmallow-y.

OK no more typing, just enjoying!

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Brewed this up since I didn’t really know what I wanted. It’s spicy and fragrant, often each sip seems different. I’m liking this more so I upped the rating slightly.

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HAPPY! I love this tea. :) :)

Sweet Canadian

My order yesterday came with this one too! So delightful, I had it this morning. Definitely makes me want to try more Della Terra blends :)


They rock! Love this one and Cinnamon Crackle. They are so flavorful! :)

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I purchased this in my recent Della Terra Teas order. Well, technically, I didn’t – I forgot it, but I called them and they added it to my order. Yay! Love great customer service!

This tea is tied with Eight Candles as my fave Della Terra Tea. I love anything cinnamon and the Pop Rocks just makes the flavor that much more rockin’.

I actually wrote a short story in college that included a tea cafe in which the owners added cinnamon to every dish. Yeah, I love it that much. :) The tea cafe was just a setting, not integral to the story, but I’ve always wanted to add it to a future story. What was it called? Cinnamon’s! Of course!

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It’s going to be an insane morning and since I didn’t sleep at all last night (thanks, Migraine named Evil) I need loads of caffeine. This will be my best buddy today.

No rating as it’s my own blend. Please see other notes; this is a fave. Also goes great with gaming! :)

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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For my 500th tasting note, I opted for this one from my most recent Della Terra Teas order.

I’m upping the rating. This cuppa is fresher and much more delish than the already awesome one I had before. It does taste like s’mores! Chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker with half the calories…and no allergic reaction for me!

This is really a comforting cuppa. I had a bit of a headache as I started enjoying it and it went away. Maybe it was the childhood memories associated with this aroma, or maybe it’s just pure bliss. Either way, thanks Della Terra Teas! :)


Happy 500th! Gotta love a tea that makes pain go away :-)


woot! happy 500th!


Happy 500th review! Congrats :)

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This is interesting. Very flavorful and tastes as good or as unique as it smells dry, and as it brews. There is a weird raisin-y taste to it as it cools. I’m not too “keen” (sorry) on that flavor, but the spiciness almost overtakes it.

But do I like it? I’m not sure. I’ll have to keep trying this one. It’s almost too many different spices competing for best taste to enjoy.

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Picked this up last night while introducing a friend to the awesomeness that is Voila. This is a mighty spice cuppa, which I love! It’s wintery and comforting, warming and Christmas-y. I taste cloves and nutmeg plus cinnamon and cardamom. It’s like a chai without being in-your-face chai. Not sure if I would drink this all the time, but it’s definitely a must have for winter.

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This is just a friendly tea! Just makes me smile! It’s packed with flavors, yet still tastes happy. A hint of cherry and almond, with a hint of something sweet – maybe honeyed almond? It’s aptly named and appetizingly delish!

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

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And check out some of my blends from Adagio:
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If you have a signature blend you’d like me to try, we can swap teas! PM me for details! :)

Happy Brewing! :)


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