249 Tasting Notes

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drank Mile High Chai by The Tea Spot
249 tasting notes

This is definitely nice and spicy, but I’d like a bit more actual tea in it. However, I’m so over weakly spiced chais that this was a relative delight! It does come across as a bit thin-bodied and astringent, which is why I think more tea would help. Adding milk helped with the astringency but then dulled the flavor too much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper

tea-sipper

No weakly spiced chais!!!

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This has an aroma of hot pineapple juice, which is a little odd, but has a lovely light, fruity tropical taste. The green tea is not strong, it just helps cut a little sweetness – so this comes across more as herbal than a green tea. The website describes this as a one-off when a tea was mixed incorrectly, but it is a delicious oops!

Flavors: Citrus, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Peach Mai Tai by DAVIDsTEA
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This is rather odd, but I like it. The scent and the taste do not agree with each other – the scent is very savory and smells like something I’d use to make a glaze for pork loin, lol. But the flavor is all sweet candy peach with a hint of ginger and the smallest hint of whatever that savory thing is. It is unique, and rather likeable. The blackberry leaf is not overwhelming to me in this, as it’s a tea you want to drink sweet. I accidentally ordered 4 oz when meaning to order just 2 oz, and I’m not upset about that. I always overleaf Davids stuff, and I did on this as well, but at least there was a good flavor payoff.

Flavors: Candy, Ginger, Herbs, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank #SPB22 Christmas Cake by Tea Revv
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This was sweet and woody and had a somewhat alcohol-like taste. Almond was overwhelming and very sweet. It was actually OK to drink, but I wouldn’t have it again.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Marzipan, Wood

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drank #55 And Relax by Tea Revv
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I am happy to see others got bergamot out of this, too. I got that, the lemongrass, and the sage mostly. I wouldn’t buy this, but it was surprisingly OK.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemongrass, Sage

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This has a nice finish to it, sweet and nutmeggy and a little creamy. Because of that nice finish, I like this better than most other Tea Revv teas I’ve tried, but it still doesn’t thrill me. I don’t get any real bitterness but it is astringent. As usual with this brand, I brewed it about double strength and it’s still not too strong.

Flavors: Astringent, Custard, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Gingerbread Man by Tea Revv
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Underwhelming. I used a “two cup packet” to make 6 oz and it still tastes weak but slightly bitter. The anise is evident but not overwhelming to this anise hater – but it just has no business in a gingerbread tea to me. It’s drinkable but I’m just as happy I don’t have more of it.

Flavors: Anise, Astringent, Bitter, Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Gingerbread Brulee by 52teas
249 tasting notes

I know I’ve been pretty rough on 52teas, but this one and the Banana Pancakes one have sold me! This was fantastic! Gingerbread teas often disappoint me in not having quite enough bite, or else (less commonly) going so far overboard they hurt to drink. This was perfect! Spicy fragrance with the taste to match – truly delicious and truly gingerbread. It somehow had that cake taste, it wasn’t just a spicy chai. Well done! (Now if only I had discovered that in time to order more, lol!)

Flavors: Cake, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg

52Teas

I’m glad you liked this one – it will be on the website on Monday (I hope) – after I ship out December’s subscription boxes.

TreeGal

Oh, yay, I just figured I missed it! Thanks for letting me know!

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Oh, I love this one!!! I love anything chocolate and orange, and this one actually has enough of both flavors to balance out well. As always, I love the black tea and honeybush mixture that gives me the black tea flavor and backbone without as much caffeine. I brewed this at a lower temp for longer and that seemed to really bring out the flavors. Definitely will order more!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 5 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
lizwykys

This sounds nom! I have a chocolate&orange shaped hole in my stash, but unfortunately can’t order from Plum Deluxe. This makes me want to find a good one, though!

TreeGal

The one from DavidsTea is actually decent, if that’s possible for you – I’m not a huge Davids fan, but I like this one and a few others enough to occasionally order them.

Mastress Alita

I’ve been looking for a good choco-orange tea as well. I’ll put them in my bookmarks and add this to my wishlist so my derp-memory doesn’t forget about it!

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drank Banana Pancakes by 52teas
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This is the second banana tea I’ve ever tried. I’m not a particular fan of bananas in general, and the idea of banana tea sounds disgusting. However, I’ve loved both of the teas I’ve tried, so I don’t know what the deal is here! This has a bright banana flavor and distinct maple and nut flavors – I also don’t tend to like maple or nut, so I’m really confused. The important thing here is that this tea is delicious, and I am craving more of it!

Flavors: banana, Maple Syrup, Nutty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

I think you are in the minority on here thinking that a banana tea sounds disgusting lol. I’m glad that this one surprised you though and ended up being enjoyable.

Mastress Alita

Oh, banana is my Demon Food, I won’t touch anything banana, tea or otherwise. Everything thinks I’m crazy because I can drink hibiscus and licorice root no problem, but banana? Noooooooooooooooooooooo… I wouldn’t even be able to smell it without it setting off my gag reflex. A banana peel in a breakroom trash is enough to do it for me. :-(

Kittenna

I have a coworker exactly like that. I felt horribly guilty ever bringing a banana to work, and when I sat near her, I made very sure to eat it far away.

TreeGal

I only ever worried about burning popcorn in the break room or microwaving fish, lol!

Mastress Alita

Hahaha, someone burnt popcorn here last week and we were smelling it all day. The break room is very close to where I catalog books, too…

I do have a “mushy foods” texture issue, but my aversion to banana is even stronger than that (even though it does have that texture I can’t handle). The aversion is so strong I can’t even watch someone else eat one or I get queasy. A wiff of the scent sets me off. If one slice is if a fruit smoothie with 18 other fruits, I’d pick out the taste and gag. I won’t eat any loaf of bread in the breakroom without sending someone else in to poison test for me: “Is it banana, zuccini, or pumpkin?” And if they can’t tell me 100% for certain, I won’t touch it (even though I love zuccini and pumpkin bread). I have just as big of a problem with artificial/candy banana flavor as the real thing. I have no idea why I have this problem or where/when it started… but I tend to think everyone simply has that one food for them. It’s just “that food” for me.

tea-sipper

Oh yes, tomato is exactly that food for me. I can’t smell it, look at it, nope. It was always like that. Though I can tolerate unchunky sauce (which probably barely has tomato in it anyway.)

tea-sipper

Oh and ketchup, I love ketchup but again, it’s more like the smell/texture thing.

VariaTEA

@Mastress Alita, there is a radio host I used to listen to that has the same aversion to banana. He is also the producer of the show he hosts and makes others eat bananas in the hall if they had one.

Mastress Alita

@VariaTEA and @Kittenna: I’m surprised to hear I’m not the only one out there, I’ve always felt rather unusual!

@tea-sipper: That makes me think of Link from the popular YouTube series Good Mythical Morning! He eats some of the worst foodstuffs across the globe for that show, yet his real nemesis his tomato! (Like, he’ll be more bothered that there is tomato on his testical-meat burger and pick those off than the fact this his burger is quite literally made out of animal genitals, bwahahaha)

TreeGal

I wish we could just “like” posts here!

Kittenna

@TreeGal – I know what you mean!

@Mastress Alita – I’m equally surprised to hear of another person with this sort of strong banana aversion!

Roswell Strange

My former step dad was pretty close to the same with bananas – I think it originally stemmed from a texture thing for him, and over time just became an extreme aversion to nearly anything banana. Except, he’s usually fine with stuff that’s more like a “banana candy” flavour instead of natural banana.

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