938 Tasting Notes

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When this is overleafed, it’s absolutely perfect. There’s a nice, light orange flavor and some marshmallow root softness. It’s not too tart at all. There might be some berry in there too, but it’s hard to say. It does somehow give me a smoothie vibe! Like an ice-based summer smoothie. It’s a fun and unique blend I’d consider getting again.

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drank Toffee Apple by Pudtea
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The majority of the leaf here was apple with just a little bit of black tea. The main flavor is apple. There may be a hint of toffee, or something a tiny bit desserty at least. The flavor is similar to bagged grocery store brands. I’d believe it if it were called an herbal apple tea. It doesn’t taste bad, but it tastes really boring and not at all special.

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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I’m a huge rooibos fan, but I have to say that this one is a bit too rooibos-y for me. It’s a flavor that’s difficult to describe, but it’s super there. I’ve added a lot of milk to my cup to try to mute it, but this rooibos will not be tamed! Not completely, at least. There’s not too much vanilla either. On subsequent cups, I’ve shortened the steep time, and that’s definitely helped. There are just way better executions of this flavor elsewhere.

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drank Banoffee Pie by Pudtea
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Aw man, this blend must be pretty heavy because there’s only enough for one more serving in here – I’ll definitely savor it! It smells great, just like cooked banana. The flavor is totally like caramelized banana too! I’m nervous to add milk because I don’t want to drown out the great banana flavor – but what if it only enhances it?! Yeah, adding milk transforms it into banana pudding. Very tasty. The resteep was strong and full of banana as well. This is the only Pudtea blend I’d really recommend, and if they come back, I’m totally buying a large amount of it. It might be the best banana tea I’ve tried.

Courtney

Sounds amazing!

tea-sipper

oh man, I’m trying this TOMORROW.

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This is a tea I’ve been eyeing for a while, so I hope it’s as good as it sounds. Hmm it’s a little unexpectedly sour. Possibly the pecans are going off already. That would be a shame since this sample is from the advent calendar, so it’s pretty new. It definitely needed some sugar and milk to draw out the flavors. It tastes decent, but not as special as I had hoped. The black tea itself doesn’t have a lot of depth, but the nuttiness is pleasant. Not as good as other nutty teas, though. I also have a one ounce package of it I bought at the same time as the advent calendar. There’s no sourness in that batch, but yeah, it’s still not as special and fun as I wanted it to be, just average.

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Finally getting around to trying my last untasted tea from tea-sipper! Thanks for sharing so many tasty teas, as always! I considered not adding milk because I found the tea to be decently rich and flavorful without. As it sat, it did gain a little sourness (my fault for not drinking more quickly) but milk fixed that completely. I prefer other S&V plain black teas, but this one is perfectly pleasant.

tea-sipper

You are very welcome! :D

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drank Spring Romance by Plum Deluxe
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I’m not a floral tea fan, but I’ve been trying to push my boundaries a little, so I bought this tea. The black tea is too light for me, barely making an appearance. I think the flower was supposed to be lilac, but I guess I haven’t had that before, so all I can say is that it tastes generically floral. It’s too floral for me, but that’s just my personal preference. The cup ends up with very weak black tea overpowered by a huge floral flavor. It needs something else complementing that flavor. I added milk, which didn’t seem to do much.

Dustin

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lilac tea! It seems like a very elusive flavor in general. Too bad it wasn’t more distinct in this tea for you.

AJRimmer

Yeah, I’d definitely like to try one from another company at some point for the sake of comparison!

tea-sipper

Simpson and Vail has a lilac tea… not sure how accurate it is, but it’s plenty floral. It’s very cheap and you can buy just an ounce of it at a time (just looked at their site.)

Dustin

They sell in 1oz bags now?! That changes things!

AJRimmer

Wow that’s crazy cheap! S&V is the best!

Mastress Alita

It seems it is only that tea available in 1oz, not a global thing. Most of their herbals, the literary teas, park teas, etc. are still only available as 4 oz… sigh.

tea-sipper

Yeah, it depends on the tea with S&V for some reason. Some are available in all sizes. The great people at S&V are very accommodating, so if you wanted to ask about specific teas being sold with only an ounce or two, they might let you purchase them that way Mastress Alita. I have never tried it, though.

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This is the last tea from my mystery bags. The scent of the dry leaf is super mapley, so I’m pretty excited. The flavor is pretty complex. I get the maple, plus some nice woodiness, plus a flavor that must be the cheesecake. I won’t say it tastes exactly like cheesecake, but you know, it works! I’m having it with milk, and I’m really enjoying it. The maple could be stronger, but I also like the balance of flavors it’s going for. I made a second steep, which tastes like cheesecake! Mildly maple, delicious cheesecake. This is a great tea!

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drank Vanilla Sundae by Pudtea
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This is basically just vanilla rooibos with black tea mixed in. There are cubes of fudge, but they didn’t seem to do anything. I’ve had much better vanilla rooibos teas, so I’m not too pleased with this one. It was pretty thin and lacking in flavor. It certainly didn’t live up to its name. Milk made it a little more exciting, but not much. I ate the melty fudge bits after my tea was finished steeping, so that was fun.

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drank Strawberry Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
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Free sample from my last order. I enjoyed this much more than I expected. It really tasted like fresh strawberries. I didn’t taste any moringa, which was fine with me. It didn’t taste fake at all, just nice fresh strawberries. I had it cold, and I enjoyed it enough that I added a 2 oz package to my next order. I’m afraid the moringa will show up more in the bag, and I’ll like this one less, but as of now, I’m a fan.

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike

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