865 Tasting Notes

drank Summer Isle by teakruthi
865 tasting notes

TeaTiff TTB #21

So. Much. Hibiscus. This sounded like the kind of fruity, tropical blend I would really enjoy but it just tastes like black tea blended with hibiscus.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart

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

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drank Serendipity by teakruthi
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TeaTiff TTB #20

It’s not on the ingredients list, but I would swear this blend has stevia in it. It had a pleasant enough fruity flavor, but the sickly sweet aftertaste totally killed it for me.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

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

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drank Hojicha by Japanese Green Tea Co.
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TeaTiff TTB #19

This was a pleasant, if slightly boring, bagged hojicha. Plenty of the toasty, roasty flavor I was expecting, but it came across a bit thin and lacking in depth.

Flavors: Roasty, Toasted

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TeaTiff TTB #18

This is the last tea I’m sampling from the Japanese Tea Marathon: Sannen Bancha by Miyazaki Sabou. Apparently it’s a roasted tea that includes branches from the tea plant along with the leaves. It definitely doesn’t look like any tea I’ve tried before, consisting of mostly little pieces that look like cut-up twigs. The flavor was unexpectedly sweet and delicate with a smoky flavor that is weirdly reminding me of maple bacon. Fun to get to try such a unique tea!

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Meat, Smoke, Sweet

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TeaTiff TTB #17

I’ve really been enjoying tasting many of the teas Martin added to the box from companies I’ve never experienced or even heard of on my own! However, I would have skipped this one if I’d looked it up on Steepster ahead of time. Stevia is one of those tea additives I hate with a passion and there is a LOT of it in this blend. A hint of freshness from the mint, a bit of depth from the base, but all overwhelmed by the sickly sweet, tongue-curling taste of stevia. Not sure I can even finish this cup. Such a disappointment!

Flavors: Mint, Stevia, Sweet

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

How sad that I have to agree with you completely. Sorry that it was such a miss! I chose it purely because I liked the leaf quality and name, no idea that stevia will be in. I was expecting just mint and tea… that sounded “Pesian” enough.


No need to apologize! If I’d checked Steepster first, I would have known this one wasn’t for me. Hopefully it will end up in the hands of someone else who doesn’t mind stevia. :)

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TeaTiff TTB #16

Bird & Blend does chai well and this one’s no exception! I added milk to my cup and it’s exactly the sweet, spicy, caffeine-free treat I was hoping for. The rooibos base is totally submerged under layers of sweet toffee, cinnamon, cardamom, and just a hint of warming ginger. It’s not quite as amazing as their gingerbread chai (an all-time favorite) but still delicious!

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Sweet, Toffee

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

A couple days ago, I was just thinking so fondly of B&B’s chai collection.

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TeaTiff TTB #15

I had hastily assumed this was a straight black tea like most of the others Martin added to the box, but was stopped short by seeing a whole clove in my infuser. Was this actually a chai? Turns out, it’s neither. Apparently it’s meant to be a gingerbread-flavored tea, but to me it came across as just a very lightly spiced black tea. I mostly tasted the base (nice and malty with notes of stone fruit) and then just a hint of cinnamon and clove in the aftertaste. Unexpected, but enjoyable!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Malt, Spices, Stonefruit

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

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TeaTiff TTB #14

Drank this one at work and honestly wasn’t paying the closest attention, but I remember it being a perfectly pleasant but slightly boring oolong. Not good, not bad, just…there.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TeaTiff TTB #13

Why do tea companies insist on using hibiscus whenever they’re making a strawberry-flavored tea blend??? I know it gives the blend the right color, but that tart floral flavor is not at all what I want from a strawberry-inspired tea. This one did have some nice fruity notes, but the hibiscus totally took over in the aftertaste and ruined the experience for me. Disappointing.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Tart

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

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TeaTiff TTB #12

This reminds me of a Darjeeling, which I know is supposed to be the “fine wine” of black tea, but which I personally don’t love. The flavor is light and floral with a lingering woody note. I find it slightly drying on the tongue. This one’s definitely not for me, but hopefully someone else will enjoy it!

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Wood

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

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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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