1579 Tasting Notes

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I cut the water and bumped up the amount of tea this time around to see if I could really concentrate the flavor. Boy, it worked! This legitimately tastes like a hot chocolate with marshmallows. I can even taste a hint of peppermint. It’s just enough. Best cup yet.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Marshmallow, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
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I missed eggnog season. I thought maybe I would mix up some eggnog creamer for this, but almost all the recipes I found required rum extract (which I don’t have but will most certainly purchase for future me). Even so, this chai was very tasty. I didn’t pick up any eggnog flavor, but the spices were present and the base was very flavorful. I’ve seen a few others drinking this one lately, so I thought I’d pull out my tin for a cup as well. Still quite delicious.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mango Black by Teavana
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I’m getting to the bottom of the bag and it’s starting to taste dusty. There’s a nondescript fruit flavor; I definitely wouldn’t call it mango. It tastes exponentially better with cream added, but I’m glad I’ve only got one cup of this one left. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to get it just right.

Flavors: Dust, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate by Teavana
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Working my way through some older teas and came across a stash of Teavana blends. I believe this one has hibiscus but it’s tartness is more like lemonade. I enjoy it both hot and cold, believe it or not. It has a very refreshing flavor.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Lemon, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I find hibiscus refreshing.

Ducks :)

Shae

I don’t typically like hot hibiscus at all, but I do enjoy it cold from time to time.

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drank Youthberry White Tea by Teavana
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I won’t lie, I’ve been putting this one off for a few days. I just have this memory of it being super tart with the hibiscus. I steeped according to the package directions today, only two minutes at 175°, and it’s turned out maybe just a touch light but also juicy with pineapple flavor. There’s a bit of a zest-like flavor as well.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Juicy, Pineapple

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I was craving this last night, so I made a cup this morning. It’s not bad or anything, but I guess my craving just passed? It’s not really doing anything for me today.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh gosh, this is gross. I made two cups – one for me and one for my husband. He finished his and loved it (said it tasted like french toast), so I gave him the rest of mine. No thank you.

I’ll leave my previous rating in case this tea is just old and yuck. James did like it though…

Flavors: Butter

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Chamomile isn’t my favorite, and that’s pretty much the bulk of this blend. I picked up a hit of mint before steeping, but it’s mostly chamomile in the dry leaf and all chamomile in the cup. I steeped a stronger cup and added some frothed milk which, to me, makes the chamomile more palatable. I don’t remember ever liking this one or being able to taste much else. Certainly not the rose. I think if all three main elements were there – chamomile, mint, and rose – it would be an interesting blend.

Flavors: Chamomile, Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 6 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor (for me). I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated January 2022.

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