638 Tasting Notes

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drank Mermaid by 52teas
638 tasting notes

My sampler was packed with coconut flakes, so I’m surprised I’m not getting more coconut flavor from this blend. The primary flavors are lime and blueberry, with just a hint of tropical pineapple and coconut. The base tea has a seaweed taste that (to me) doesn’t go especially well with the fruit flavorings, but it does match the name!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank The Queen of Hearts Tea by 52teas
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I’m not generally a fan of rose-flavored tea, so I was happy to find that the raspberry and vanilla flavors dominate this blend. The base tea is also present, bringing a maltiness and depth to the flavor that keeps it from being too thin. Overall, quite a pleasant dessert tea!

Flavors: Malt, Raspberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The name is lovely…but that’s the only thing this blend has going for it, in my opinion. I’ve never really understood coffee-flavored tea blends. I drink tea because it tastes better than coffee, so why would I want it to taste like coffee? And blending it with rooibos seems like an especially strange choice. I don’t like the flavor of rooibos to begin with and the addition of actual coffee beans to this blend means it’s an “herbal” tea that’s probably more caffeinated than black tea! I’ve never had Irish coffee, so I’m not really sure if the flavor is correct or not. To me, it smells like coffee and tastes like coffee and I am just not a fan. Hopefully I can find a coffee-loving friend to pass this on to!

Flavors: Bitter, Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

This is one of my favorite holiday teas from Bird & Blend! As the name implies, the blend smells just like a Ferrero Rocher truffle…and this time the flavor lives up to the aroma. It’s smooth and just sweet enough with distinctive notes of dark chocolate and hazelnut. I enjoy it plain, but adding milk really takes it over the top.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Snowball by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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This tea was the one in the Christmas gift set I was most excited about, as I love anything coconut! And this one delivers flavor-wise with strong notes of chocolate and coconut with a hint of creamy sweetness from the marshmallows. I do wish the base tea were a bit more present, as the flavor seems a bit on the thin side. It definitely needs a touch of milk to bring out its full potential. Not the best blend of this type I’ve ever had, but still quite good!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Creamy, Marshmallow, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

This was the other herbal blend in the Bird & Blend Christmas gift set. While the Gingerbread Chai was a knockout, this one was just so-so. The good news is, the hibiscus didn’t overwhelm the blend as it does in so many fruity herbal teas! The bad news is, this doesn’t really taste like cider. The mulling spices are clearly present: I taste cinnamon, clover, and a hint of ginger, but just a vague fruity background without anything that distinctly says “apple”.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

This was the best-smelling tea in the Christmas gift set…mouthwatering caramel and gingerbread that instantly makes me hungry! In comparison to the heady aroma, the flavor is a bit thin. I do get notes of caramel and gingerbread, but it’s a pale imitation of that delicious aroma. A splash of milk adds a little more depth, but I’m still left wanting more.

Flavors: Cake, Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

I felt the same. It just smelled soooo good and then it just wasn’t quite there.

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95

A sweet friend sent me Bird & Blend’s Christmas gift set and by exercising remarkable self-control, I managed to save it for a special treat on my vacation last week. This one was worth the wait! I’ll have to do a side-by-side comparison at some point, but this blend may have topped Market Spice’s Gingerbread Rooibos as my very favorite gingerbread tea. The balance of spices is just the right combination of sweet and spicy and with a splash of milk, a mug of this feels just as indulgent as eating a gingerbread cookie. I’m already almost through my 1oz sample and will definitely be re-purchasing!

Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

It’s a good tea. I hope you had a lovely vacation!

Inkling

I did, thanks! Escaped the snow in Wisconsin for a sunny weekend in Dallas. :)

tea-sipper

That sounds fantastic. :D

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80

Ever since TeaSource discontinued their Black Mao Feng, I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement. This one isn’t quite what I’m looking for (I’m not getting those baked bread notes promised on the label) but is quite a lovely tea in its own right! The leaves are unbroken, long, dark, and twisted. The primary aroma is molasses and I get strong notes of molasses, honey and raisins in the sip with a lingering fruity sweetness in the aftertaste. It’s very robust and full-bodied and holds onto its flavor through multiple re-steeps with no bitterness or astringency. At the price, I probably won’t be re-purchasing but I’m glad I gave it a try.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Molasses, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

I was in Dallas this weekend and got to visit The Cultured Cup’s storefront for the first time. While their prices are on the high side, the quality is outstanding! This one is a beautiful mellow, nutty oolong that’s been flavored with real lemon oil (not that awful furniture polish-tasting artificial lemon flavor) and just a hint of basil. The resulting flavor is sweet and creamy but not too cloying and it holds up beautifully to multiple re-steeps. I would definitely re-purchase this one!

Flavors: Creamy, Herbs, Lemon, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Yum! Can’t wait till I can get my little back porch container garden going—basil is near the top of the planting list. Will have to experiment with some kitchen alchemy later in the season.

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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