56 Tasting Notes

70

The Celestial Seasonings brand is one I either tend to like or hate. I rarely love any of their flavor offerings.

For this tea flavoring, I am only interested in trying it as a hot tea. I used one tea bag for approximately 8 ounces of water and allowed it to steep for about 5 minutes with boiling water.

I was pleasantly surprised by the tea bag’s aroma before steeping and that appreciation continued even once I removed the bag from the water. The aroma of the tea leaves are subtle with the typical, almost chemical, smell of honey / sweet flavoring. I’d add that I picked up on a hint of a nutty scent.

Without any cream or sugar (substitute) added this is an acceptable tasting tea. Nothing fantastic, yet, not displeasing. I like to keep a few varieties of tea bags on hand for nights where I don’t feel up to brewing a proper cup of tea. This one hits the mark and is very budget friendly.

Adding a small amount of cream seems to draw out a bit of flavor from that nutty scent I was picking up on and it is a welcomed enhancement to the tea giving it a bit more complexity, again something I find generally lacking with the Celestial Seasonings brand.

Finally, I added a bit of sugar (substitute) and for whatever reason it almost watered down the flavor. I would probably skip sugar altogether or only use a very small amount (1/4 teaspoon or less).

While I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this flavor again as there are evening blends I prefer more, it’s not one I would avoid, either. An acceptable cup of bagged tea.

Flavors: Honey, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon Meringue by Tea 72
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I’ve tried several flavors from Tea 72 in the past and happened across a couple boxes I never got to. The company are (or were) supposed to create flavors that were to be ‘dessert teas’. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find one that really tastes like a dessert and the majority are an extremely weak tea, at best. I’m a fan of green teas and their subtlety, but Tea 72 puts out a tea so subtle it’s almost non-existent.

The Lemon Meringue offering does has a nice aroma and even brewed that aroma carries, it just stops once you taste it. There is a bit of the hints of lemon and grassy flavoring I expected and when sugar (substitute) and milk are added it does draw some of these flavors out a bit more. Still, it falls flat and doesn’t live up to that dessert tea I was dreaming of.

As with other offerings from Tea 72, I needed to double up the tea (2 tea bags) per cup of water and brew it beyond the recommended time. Sadly, this is another tea in my cupboard I won’t be sorry to see go. I really wanted to like it.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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15
drank Banana Rum by Tea 72
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Banana rum tea sounds fantastic doesn’t it? If you buy this tea you will still be wondering just how wonderful it could taste.

I started as per the instructions and I could not detect any flavor. I added a second bag and steeped far longer than recommended. The end result was a warm, slightly bitter cup of warm water. I added a scoop of sugar (substitute) and now I have warmly sugared, still bitter water.

I cannot give any thumbs up to this tea and, if anything, would give it a slight thumbs down due to only flavor I could pull from the tea, was a bitter green tea due to over-steeping. I won’t bother to waste my time seeing if this will taste better cold as there is no flavor to begin with. If I want cold water, I’ll stick to my water cooler.

Save your money and time and avoid this one.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

Sad. I feel like this could be quite tasty.

Tranquilitea

Kittenna, I intend to keep an eye out if another brand makes a similar offering as I agree this sounds like it could be a tasty tea.

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20

I picked a box of this tea up from Dollar Tree. Why I insist on still giving TEViVe a try, especially from Dollar Tree is beyond me, but the flavors sounded so tempting and I figured for a dollar I couldn’t go wrong. Well, I was wrong. Again.

They come in 20 packets and out of the packet the aroma is intoxicating. I was excited to give it a go. One bag gave the water a nice color but produced zero flavor, so I upped the amount. I am using an 8oz. mug so I opted to use 3 bags and even still the amount of flavor is so minuscule that I need to add two scoops of sugar (substitute) to make it drinkable.

This one isn’t horrible. It just fails to inspire even a review that would negate or favor the flavor as there is none in my opinion.

Flavors: Apple, Cranberry, Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Like many other Trader Joe tea offerings I find this tea to be “meh”.

The leaves smell almost burnt (I’m thinking it really is cloves that I’m picking up on) and I pick up a very small scent of apple and cinnamon while it steeped.

Unfortunately it is too subtle a tea for my preference. I taste the apple, which is enhanced with some sugar, the flavor is not enough for me.

Not horrible. Not great.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

The recommended time to steep this tea was boiling for 5 minutes but I decided to try 3 minutes and work my way up from there. At 3 mins it was spicy and, imo, not a nice blend of tea. The chocolate verges on bitter so I’m glad I stopped the steep at 3 minutes.

I’ve been mixing this tea with Happy Lucky’s Vanilla Black Tea and then adding a bit of cream. Doing that makes this tea bearable, but it is not a blend I would opt for again.

The only time I would recommend this tea is if someone was looking for a spicy chocolate tea to mix into another tea. The spicy part of this tea is on point but it’s the only part of the tea I enjoyed and that part left me needing a heartburn pill.

Another issue I had with the tea was that it was so fine I had to empty my tea cup after I spooned the tea into my strainer/infuser, before I added the water, otherwise I would have had a bunch of tea remnants floating in my cup. A little is fine, but this was much more than I expected (somewhere between 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon). I’m not sure if this is typical for the tea or if I had just got the bottom of a batch when I purchased it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

The smell of the tea is lovely and the flavor of vanilla and the tea came through in a nice and balanced way which I found surprising. I find black tea tends to steal the show against other flavors.

Though I didn’t find the tea displeasing to the palate, it wasn’t something I would pick for myself again. Black tea is a very yes/no tea for me and this one is barely checking the “yes” box even with a bit of sugar and milk.

The next cup I brew I will steep for 2 and 1/2 minutes as 3 minutes still had me picking up on a bit of bitter aftertaste.

EDIT: 2 and 1/2 minutes at boiling and a splash of milk added gave me the best cup of tea from this offering, but did not enhance my rating.

Flavors: Bitter, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Trader Joe’s tea selections are generally a miss in flavor for me. This tea sits somewhere between a hit and miss.

It’s not entirely bland, but it’s about one step up from it. I enjoy rooibos and pumpkin spice teas but there’s just not enough of any flavor coming through even though I steeped the tea for almost 10 minutes.

I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. I’ve found adding two sachets to each cup enhanced the flavor enough that I’ll be able to finish the tin, but I won’t be buying it again. There are much better choices for rooibos and pumpkin spice teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45

I had a bit of a backlog of Happy Lucky’s Teas so tonight I decided to give this one a try as I’ve never had it before. I followed the brewing instructions on the bag and didn’t find it to be strong enough so I steeped the tea for 4 minutes overall. At 4 minutes I hit right on the edge of the tea taking on a bitter aftertaste. I’d stop at 3 and 1/2 minutes on any future brews.

I’m not sure how I feel about this tea. It’s not undrinkable but it’s definitely not something I would buy again. Not, at least as a stand alone hot tea choice and if it would just serve as the base I’d rather another choice. All I can taste is the tea leaves and I get no hint of rose, not even as a subtle undertone.

In the tea’s description they mention it being good as an iced tea so I think I will that a try as I’m not a fan of it hot. I’ll come back to edit my review once I’ve done that. For now my review and rating is unfinished.

EDIT:

So I’ve made the tea as a cold brew and I remain unimpressed. There is almost zero flavor. It is so subtle that I wish I had mixed it with another stronger tea as a base but I wanted to experience the tea as it is. I added sweetener to draw any flavor out of it and am still uninspired thus my final rating remains unchanged at 45.

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

Wow! This blend may be my favorite licorice tea flavor I’ve tried thus far.

I steeped a blend of it along with a base tea for 5 minutes at 200 degrees along and it came out fantastic! The color is a nice deep brown and the licorice is outstanding. I even pick up on undertones of the dates.

I love licorice tea and I cannot believe I’ve left this tea sitting in my cupboard for so long! It won’t last now that I’ve gotten around to making some!

I’ll still keep my Stash Licorice tea as a back-up but this is now my go-to for licorice tea.

EDIT: On a sad note, during my last visit, I was informed this tea would no longer be offered so I bought up their remaining stock. (I believe the issue was due to sourcing dates in the tea.) Bummer. Was my favorite tea holding the highest rating I’ve given to the teas I’ve rated thus far.

Flavors: Dates, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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