935 Tasting Notes

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This really is like eating a piece of vanilla cake! The caramel comes in in the aftertaste like caramel frosting. The flavor here is pretty accurate, which I’m really enjoying! I will say that it’s a little artificial and definitely tastes more like an herbal than a black tea. I don’t mind these things in a tea, but I can see where all the negative reviews are coming from.

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drank Earl Grey Strong by Teapigs
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I probably should have used less water, but this doesn’t taste strong like it says. The black tea is a bit weak, and it’s more floral than I expected. Really it was quite a mild EG, perfectly tasty, but I’ve had better EGs from Teapigs, and I prefer something bolder overall. And this is my last 2019 advent calendar tea! Finally!

Cameron B.

Yay congratulations! \o/

AJRimmer

Thanks! I’m pretty good at keeping up to date on uncaffeinated teas (drinking teas from November 2020 now) but the caffeinated ones get a little backed up, especially around advent season!

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I didn’t check the ingredients for this one when I picked it, so the floral scent was very surprising! I’m not a big rose fan, but luckily violet was the dominating flavor. (I also cheated and tried not to scoop up much rose) I added milk and sweetener, and it’s like having one of those violet candies. Again, I’m not a floral tea person, so I would reach for this one very infrequently (but I would reach for it!) I think it does a really good job at accomplishing its flavor goals. The second steep is quite strong as well. Thanks for sharing this one tea-sipper! I’m really glad I got to try it.

Cameron B.

I love that they offer these literary blends! I’ll have to pick up the sampler next time…

AJRimmer

I think I’ve only tried 2-3 of the literary blends so far, but I definitely enjoyed them!!

Cameron B.

It’s a bit dumb that they only offer them in 4-ounce sizes…

AJRimmer

Yeah, they only sell some of their herbal blends in the 4 oz size too, so I just buy one or two on each order so I’m not overwhelmed. It’s a lot of tea!

Mastress Alita

It kills me they only offer some of their teas in 4 oz. sizes. Unless it’s a bulky, heavy fruit blend, that much leaf for just little ol’ me is not feasible.

tea-sipper

This is the rare one I bought a tin of, because it’s a great floral tea.

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drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
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Last traveling tea box sample from 2020. Hmm this is much more mildly flavored than I expected. Hot, it tastes like rather plain black tea. I’m not really getting caramelized sweetness here. I imagined it being much richer than this. Once it had cooled, the base was a bit more metallic than I prefer, but I also got some burnt caramel hints, which were pleasant. I feel like I did get some nougat in the end, but I wish the flavors were stronger.

gmathis

Now I’ll have to go prowl through my TF sampler box to see if there is one more … I think I’ve tried this one but forgot to review it.

AJRimmer

I’ve never ordered from them before, but their flavors always sound tasty and are fun to try when I come across them!

gmathis

Revealing my OCD side here, but I can’t bear to get rid of the cute little triangular boxes the pyramid bags come in…I just turn them over to the unprinted side and put them right back in the box. I am bound and determined to figure out a kid-friendly game or art project to use them with!

gmathis

P.S. Have you ever seen Tea Forte for sale at a mainline grocery or chain store? Last time I remember seeing some at a store, it was a fancy-pants little touristy gift shop in the Ozarks.

AJRimmer

I totally agree about the packaging! Nope, I’ve never seen them anywhere!

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drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
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Today I say good bye to what turned out to be one of my favorite teas. I haven’t had the reblended version, so this is a review of the old one. I’m sad that they messed with a formula that really worked though. It definitely succeeds at tasting like pumpkin butter. The spices go together perfectly, and I don’t really taste the rooibos individually. I always had it with milk, and it makes a strong second steep as well. The flavors all mesh so well, some fruitiness from the apple, along with spices like clove. This is the only time that I’ve finished eight ounces of a tea and immediately wished I’d had more.

tea-sipper

I still have one serving you sent over! I will have to finish it soon.

AJRimmer

Enjoy it!

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drank Eton Mess by Pudtea
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The fake berry plus the rooibos here are just not working for me. The berry is a bit too fake, and it just doesn’t taste good. It’s like medicine. I’m a huge rooibos fan, but this is the sort of rooibos blend even I can’t enjoy. I mean, I could probably finish my 1 oz bag if I wanted to, but I wouldn’t have a great time doing it.

Courtney

We love Eton Mess by B&B. :)

AJRimmer

Me too!

Mastress Alita

I have that issue with berry flavors on a rooibos base bringing out a medicinal/cough syrupy taste sometimes.

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drank Chai Tea by Teapigs
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This is a pretty tasty blend. Nice combination of spices so nothing is super dominant. I get the cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom for sure. I’m enjoying it with some milk. I’d totally drink this one again!

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Grabbed a small sample of this from a tea box. Hmm this one is pretty plain. The flavor is sort of boring, not chocolatey at all. The black tea isn’t very tasty warm, a little sourish, not rich or full enough. I had the rest cool with milk, which helped and made it taste much better, though still no chocolate. There were very few cocoa shells in this sample, so that probably impacted my experience, but this just isn’t one I’d like to seek out again.

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I’ve had a bit of a rollercoaster experience with this tea. The first time I had it, the maple came off as a weird synthetic smoke. The blueberry flavor is pretty fake as well, like the blueberries in store-bought muffins. I had it with milk, and I sort of liked it, but it was also fake and weird. Then I started having it with almond milk, which really draws out the nuttiness of the honeybush (plus a bit of pepper, but not too much). I don’t really notice any maple now, but I’m still getting the fake blueberry. It’s not bad in its fakeness, just not fresh tasting. It’s hard to know how to rate this because I quite enjoy it now, but only with almond milk. I only have one serving left, and I’d actually consider purchasing this one again now that I know the best way to drink it.

Cameron B.

I thought this one was decent for an Adagio blend, but I really liked the Banana Nut version.

AJRimmer

Oh yeah, that one is delicious!

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drank Yule Log by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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This one smells like B&B’s other chocolate teas, which somehow smell a bit nostalgic to me even though they’re not my favorite. Hot, the flavor…doesn’t taste like much? Very mild chocolate, and I’m not getting much else. The ratio for this one was way heavier on the black tea than on the cocoa shells, so I guess that’s why. Once it cooled, more chocolate flavor came out, and it tasted very similar to other B&B teas. I had some of their hazelnut rocher tea the other day, and they basically taste the same. I guess I’ve had too many of them at this point, so I’m not too enthusiastic about this one. It’s just more of the same.

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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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