467 Tasting Notes

I have been sooooooo good for about the last year and have actually drunk allllllll of my tea! I haven’t been posting since I was drinking the same teas over and over and over. (Which I have enjoyed a lot.) I haven’t bought any new teas in like a million years. I really had a lot of my favorites as well as a lot of sample sizes. I wanted to use them before they went stale. I have set aside time tomorrow to go tea shopping. Whoopie!

The pu erh hazelberry which I fixed as a cold brew is the last thing I have. I used some vanilla stevia drops as a sweetener. I re-steeped this tea and it kept the flavor. It was a lovely drink with lots of " hazelberry" (what is hazelberry? I figure just a combo of hazel and berry).

Flavors: Cocoa, Hazelnut, Strawberry

rosebudmelissa

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drank Chocolatea by Serene Teaz
467 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea in an awfully long time! I’ve been a good girl and not buying any teas till I’m down to 40. Well, I finally made it… just in time for Christmas. I bought 9 teas today to share with my daughters. I just couldn’t wait.

This tea is a little less amaretto flavored than I remember. It is still very tasty and it is
always nice to have a nice relaxing chocolate tea with no caffeine. Very enjoyable. Resteeps well.

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75

This tea is from the gift shop at Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC. I didn’t really expect much from a ‘gift shop’ tea. I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. It has a nice orange pekoe base with blackberry leaves and fruit. The scent is blueberry but not over the top. I like flavored teas but have gotten tired of some of the really artificial tasting flavorings. This one works for me.

The tin has 3 oz. and I think I’ll share some with my daughters and then I’ll be able to drink it up over the next few months. It seems like a nice everyday kind of tea. Not terribly exciting but seems like it’ll be a nice consistent.

I’ve had a tough time on vacations buying too much tea, so I’m really proud of buying only 1 tin of tea. 2 years ago I brought 27 kinds of tea… some were individual tea bags but still 27! Last year I spent $95 at one tea shop. So yeah for restraint! :)

Flavors: Blackberry

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ubacat

Excellent retraint!

Ubacat

restraint that is. I am always spelling words wrong.

ashmanra

I had a couple of Pluff teas from Williamsburg and they were pretty good. Blueberry sounds especially enticing.

Posy

Would you be interested in exchanging teas? I’m from Chile!

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84

From the Here’s Hoping TTB

Sounds good and it is good. I’m not saying it tastes natural but who would think Strawberry Sundae would have a ‘natural’ flavor. The flavor is reminiscent of the sundaes I had as a child. I wish I had more but I am enjoying what I have of it. The fall weather has changed again and it feels like end of summer instead of mid-Oct. Lovely! Perfect for sitting out on the deck and drinking tea. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry

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76

This tea is about what i expected… pretty good. I have given up on some of the expectations I have when it says words like ‘Crisp" or “cobbler”. The flavor is good solid black tea with the fruitiness of peach and apple. I didn’t sense hibiscus which is good since I don’t enjoy hibiscus very much. The fruit flavors could have been a bit stronger but it remains a pleasant tea.

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80

I wasn’t really in the mood for caramel but this has been sitting and calling to me. The dry leaf had a candy scent to it and did not appeal to me. But I moved ahead and made the tea any ways. Now the aroma changed to a lovely smooth caramel. The taste is lovely black tea with a smooth caramel. This was a total surprise as I didn’t really expect to like it but I am totally won over. I wish I had more. I tried a resteep and it was ok. Not really as good as the first steep.

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80

I wa on vacation so I brought a bunch of teabags/sachets with me. Lemon myrtle is one of my absolute favorite scents so i knew I had to try it. This was a lovely surprise. The ginger is well balanced with the lemon myrtle. The tea was refreshing and I could see it working well when feeling under the weather. I got 3 steeps out of it. Yeah!

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drank Sunset in Seattle by Unknown
467 tasting notes

I can’t find any info on this tea. The label says herbal and I agree but I don’t know what is in it. I taste mostly mint and maybe some chamomile. Not bad but I wasn’t thinking mint when I grabbed the package from the Here’s Hoping TTB.

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95
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
467 tasting notes

I found some of this in the Here’s Hoping TTB! Yippie!! This is one of my favorites! David’s Teas seems to have discontinued it so I am thrilled to find some more. I’m standing by my previous 95 rating. Still delicious, especially if you love Brazil nuts like I do. Also, a lot fewer calories than actually eating brazil nuts.

Blodeuyn

So glad I put it in the box now, but sad to learn they no longer carry it!

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75
drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
467 tasting notes

I’m drinking a ton of tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB today. Unfortunately, my computer was out of commission for most of the day. I wrote really cryptic notes to myself… heaven only knows what I meant. I really have to stop telling myself that I’l remember what I was thinking. For this tea I wrote 75. ???? I remember appreciating the lift of energy from the guarana. The chai mix of spices must have been OK with out anything really outstandingly good or bad.

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats; flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking ;-p
My husband of 43 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say. :-D
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading. I volunteer at my “old” school teaching reading and I volunteer for the blind. I am trying hard to lose weight ( I have now lost 40 lbs and I’m looking good in my skinny jeans, IMHO) I am now walking about 4.5 miles a day and I am trying to do some core work for about 30 min. 3x a week.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 33years. In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send some to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.

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Elgin IL

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