3170 Tasting Notes


I’ve never had blackcurrents before, so I’m not sure what they are supposed to taste like. But I have had black TEA before, and this tea doesn’t seem like a very flavorful black tea.

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I just have to comment some more on this one. The color is like a black cup of coffee. This is probably my favorite Celestial Seasonings from what I’ve tried. Really good. I guess I like the black teas with a vanilla flavor.

8 min or more

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drank Summer Sunrise by Joy's Teaspoon
3170 tasting notes

Summer sunrise – sure, it isn’t summer yet. But hey, the three feet of snow on the ground is melting! It’s the first time it has been over 40 degrees in a while. But maybe it is more important to drink this tea when you WISH it was summer (or anything other than winter). Basil is my FAVORITE. Especially the purple basil. I can put that on anything, when I have it. (Whole leaves on a pizza? Why not?) I’m not a tea expert, but this is different from any tea I’ve tried. The color isn’t quite black, it’s more of an amber. The flavor isn’t a strong black either. The lemon isn’t too much lemon at all. Maybe I’m used to overdoing basil, but I don’t smell or taste much of it here. It is a nice sweet and light flavor though… just like summer.

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Tart. Tangy. A bit sour. And yeah, I suppose a bit zingery. Not very berry which I think is why they call it “zinger”. I’m not sure how they make it taste that way. It’s not a bad tea but I definitely couldn’t steep this more than once. The second cup was more like plain water.

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This is spicy, but not a chai spicy. I’m not a fan of ginger though, so I don’t love this tea but it isn’t bad.

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This one wasn’t minty enough. Or spearminty. (I love spearmint more than mint.) And there was an odd grassy flavor which I’m guessing was the lemon balm. There wasn’t anything too lemony about it either.

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Very spicy! I can’t even tell it is a red tea it is so spicy. Full of cloves. If you want a spicy chai tea, grab this one!

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What an odd mixture of things in this tea! But it ends up working really well. The first thing is it almost smells more than it tastes (the dry leaves and also after steeping). I really like the scent, but it is a bit difficult to taste the individual things in it (not that that is the point). I’m not accustomed to some of things here, I guess, but they are very delicious together. Very nutty with a white chocolate scent. Toasty! And yes, it is perfect for winter! (It’s currently snowing and very windy out there.) The green tea really makes the flavors stand out. I really should drink more green teas with all of these awesome flavors in it. Another SpecialTeas I will never be able to buy since they disappeared. It’s almost worst having tried them at all if I know how yummy SpecialTeas are and I won’t ever be able to buy them.

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Fruit fruit fruit. Delicious. Maybe it is my lack of fruit intake in the winter, but I don’t think this could get any fruitier! Really good! Very tart. The best fruity tea I’ve tried. It’s like drinking juice without all that added sugar (which I hate). I’m another person just now trying specialteas when they don’t exist anymore. Now I’ll know what I’ll be missing.

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Lots of lemon. I usually don’t have a lot of lemon (except maybe lemonade) but rather than lemonade, this tea reminds me of a donut I once ate with frosting and lemon something or other on the top of it. I don’t know why. The first sip had a LOT of lemon. The green tea kind of disappears behind the lemon. It almost seems like a white tea rather than a green to me. It’s pretty good.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing

Favorite tea shops (RIP):

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!



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