735 Tasting Notes


Bumping up the rating on this one. It satisfies like a mug of hot cocoa, without all the sugar and calories. The longer it steeps, the better. My only critique is that I wish the chicory and carob base were a little stronger, to boost the roasty, umami aspect of it a bit more.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Roasty

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Pink Lady Apple by Health-Ade
735 tasting notes

Tastes like crisp, sweet, cinnamon-y apple cider, with a bite of that delightfully piquant fermentation that’s characteristic of kombucha. It’s expensive to buy, but way too high maintenance to get a piece of a SCOBY and make it myself… so it’s definitely a treat, but I do love a nice midafternoon ’bucha to pick me up and carry me through the rest of the work day!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tart

Lexie Aleah

I just got a bottle of their holiday cheer kombucha and haven’t tried it yet but am curious since they usually do fruity flavors.

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drank Ginger Peach Turmeric by Bigelow
735 tasting notes

Drinking this one hot. Have been working through a harder-hitting bout of seasonal affect disorder than usual this month, and so low-maintenance bagged hot herbal teas are the order of the day.
Unsurprisingly, this tastes mostly of peach and ginger, with a warming, brothlike mouthfeel. Perfect for cold & flu season, as it’s slightly medicinal, loaded with all kinds of healthy herbs and spices.

Flavors: Fruity, Medicinal, Spicy

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drank Chaga Ashwagandha by Teeccino
735 tasting notes

Well, hello again, Steepster! It’s been a while. Have not been drinking any new teas lately; mostly been sticking with my good ol’ PG Tips and milk.

However, I have really been digging this mushroom herbal blend by Teeccino. Notes of earth, umami, chocolate, toast, nuttiness, and a hint of sweet creamy butterscotch. It takes milk really well, just like PG Tips, or even coffee. Creamy mouthfeel.

It’s a nice, warm, healthful, non-pumpkin spice, autumn-esque drink, and it satisfies the 2:00 “need another cuppa” craving without the extra dosage of caffeine.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Dark Chocolate, Mushrooms, Nutty, Toasty, Umami, Wet Earth


a) Always glad to see a fellow member of the PG Tips Fan Club. Sweater weather arrived bang on time this morning, and I had a bag of Extra Strong with milk. Perfect.
b) I’m a recent discoverer of Teeccino and have loved both of the varieties I’ve tried. Will have to see if I can find this one locally!


Welcome back!

Lexie Aleah

Ooh I haven’t seen this one before! I’ll have to look online because it sounds amazing!

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Cocoa, Toasted bread, Peanut, Cardamom

Warm, comforting, bracing

Flavors: Cardamom, Cocoa, Peanut, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Spices, Toast

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Yum yum, dark roasty yaupon from Texas. Lightly floral, earthy, gently buzzing with caffeine, no pesticides, wild-grown. 100% grown, processed, packaged, and sold in the USA.
Still thinking of and praying for the people of Texas and the other surrounding states enduring the freak inclement weather.

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drank Lion's Mane Rhodiola by Teeccino
735 tasting notes

Lovely, perfume-y, full of umami and earthy. Warm. Satisfies my desire for a second cup of coffee without actually being coffee. No acidity and no caffeine. I rely on coffee for survival, but tea is truly the magical side of things.

Today is Ash Wednesday, so for us Catholics, that means it’s a day of fasting and abstention. Drinking this to warm myself up and boost my mood so that I can more fully embrace and embody the spirit of Lent.

I choose to live in the American Northeast, so I have zero right to complain about the winter weather, especially with the amount of cold weather-related suffering that’s occurring in the American Deep South, where they didn’t choose to deal with snow and ice (and indeed are not equipped for it), but… it’s just the truth that it’s bloody freezing out today and everything is coated with glare ice. The wind doesn’t help.

I donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in the hopes that the money will go toward helping my fellow Americans in Texas and other impacted states. If any of my Steepster friends live in those areas, know that I am sending warm wishes, prayers, and happy thoughts your way!

Flavors: Earth, Fig, Floral, Perfume, Roasted, Rose, Umami, Wet Wood


Your acts of kindness are making me smile this morning! One of our local stores has started to carry a Teeccino flavor or two. I am going to have to take a closer look.


Can’t recommend this brand enough!

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Normally not a plain peppermint person, but every once in a great while, it hits the spot. It helps chase away the tickly throat and seasonal snuffles, and it can be quite soothing. I like it when it’s on the old side, like this box of sachets is, so that the flavor isn’t as intense.

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Perfect cold-day tea! Rooibos for joint pain, nuts for a thicker, brothier mouthfeel, sweet cinnamon for flavor. This is a very woodsy-tasting blend, evoking flannel blankets in front of a roaring fireplace in a log cabin in the mountains somewhere.

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Favorite tea types: Black, pu’erh, oolong, kombucha, genmaicha, floral greens, matcha, yaupon, mate, rooibos, and honeybush.

Favorite flavor notes: Roasted, fermented, earthy, floral, nutty, bread-y, umami; dessert-inspired flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and maple.

Picky about, but not opposed to: chai, spice/ spicy, fruit flavors, and herbal tisanes.

Flat-out dislike: White tea, most unflavored green teas, hibiscus, plain peppermint.

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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