199 Tasting Notes

drank Florence by Harney & Sons
199 tasting notes

Holy nuts! This did not scream Nutella to me as I’ve heard others suggest ( and as I might have expected from cocoa and hazelnut), but it most certainly screamed NUTS!!! This is probably the nuttiest tea I’ve tried so far. And don’t get me wrong…I did get cocoa flavor in there. It even stuck around through a second steeping. It was lovely. I’m so glad Beorhthraefn set me such a generous sample of this! Thanks! I will enjoy every bit of it!

Flavors: Cocoa, Nutty

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This might sound strange but….while this is a tea I would definitely consider reordering if it ever shows up on their site again, this didn’t pack the peanut butter punch I had hoped for. This is my first Della Terra Tea. I purchased it from somebody’s sale here on Steepster…but I must confess that I went kind of nuts buying from a bunch of people’s stash sales all at once and now can’t exactly remember who I got what from. Sorry, friends :(

Flavors: Chocolate


Don’t judge Della Terra only on this tea! I think it’s the biggest let down from what is promised by the name, and I have tried MANY DT teas.

The Cookie Lady

Good to know! I definitely intend to try other teas from them. Do you have a favorite from them that you think most closely lived up to your expectations based on the name?

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I’m beginning to wonder if buying and then consuming a huge Costco-sized pumpkin pie might just alleviate all of the pumpkin tea problems I’ve been having. Do I just not know what pumpkin tastes like? Seriously…I don’t taste it here. There’s some sweet and some spicy and some fall….because fall is, in fact, a flavor…right? Maybe I’m mistaking pumpkin for fall. I don’t know. All I know for sure is that I have yet to find pie in any cup of pumpkin tea I’ve drunk so far….

Having said that, the mix of spices in this tastes pretty good. But it’s not pie.


I think most pumpkin teas are just made with pumpkin pie spices.

The Cookie Lady

I agree, but then I read other people’s tasting notes that say something like “definite pumpkin flavor here” or “just like pie” and I think no….no! Where is MY pie??? Do I not deserve to taste these things, too? Why is my pumpkin sensor broken? Even if they are only imagining it, why can’t I imagine it too? I feel like simply because my name is Autumn and I was born in October I should get an extra sensitive pumpkin detector or something. Sad face.


They are delusional. :)

The Cookie Lady

Thank you for the confirmation!! haha :)


I get pumpkin flavour in some teas, but it’s more often a pumpkinish note that stands out because it’s not present in similar-but-not-pumpkin teas, rather than being extremely pie like.

I heartily approve of eating an entire Costco pie. They are huge and last time I was there, super cheap.

And yes, fall is a flavour. Or maybe a smell. It’s some kind of sensory thing for sure :)

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Thanks to Ost for sending another sample that’s been added to my wishlist! I oversteeped this a bit (and probably should have used cooler water), being too used to the blacks I’ve been having lately. But, it smelled wonderful and tasted good. This confirms yet again that I am in love with floral teas, which I didn’t necessarily expect this to be based on the name alone (I didn’t look up what was in this until after I’d already started drinking it). I could taste some sort of sweet fruit in this as well, but I was honestly so surprised by the flavor overall that I didn’t pay too much attention to specifics. I actually ended up not really noticing the little bit of bitterness either.

Flavors: Floral

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
199 tasting notes

I bought a sample of this with the intent to try blending it with other things to give a milky quality so that I don’t actually have to remember milk. After tasting, I’d say it surely has a creamy mouthfeel that would be lovely mixed with other black teas. I’ll save this for either flavored black teas or lower quality black teas so I don’t end up missing any of the nuances of plain, good quality blacks. I might not drink this just by itself, but I wouldn’t be unhappy to drink it alone if it was what I had available.

Flavors: Cream

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I drink this one quite often but don’t usually log it. I’m having it again tonight. I think what I like most is the light spearmint. I’m really finding that peppermint is not my thing, but I really like spearmint as long as there are other things to balance it so it isn’t too strong.

Flavors: Spearmint

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Had this again tonight and I have to say that I think I prefer this iced slightly more than hot. I miss the rose flavor when it’s hot, but I get a lot more of it in the aftertaste when the tea is cold.

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I’m not sure I love this. I can definitely taste the vanilla, but I wish there was more or something. I wouldn’t buy this one but I’m glad to have tried it. I had been wanting to try an earl grey with cream flavor. I’ll keep looking.

Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla

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Here we go with another one I didn’t expect to like and then totally did. I thought this was going to taste like a 50/50 bar….which would have made me sad since I’ve never liked those. But, it is my mission now to try anything and everything I can at this point because I am continually surprised by really liking things I would never have chosen on my own. With that being said, I think this really ended up tasting more like a brighter vanilla. Not something I necessarily would have said “OH! OH! THAT’S ORANGEY!!!” So, for me, that’s good. I could definitely see myself ordering this. As it is, I am so grateful for the sample I received from Ost. Hey, Ost…it appears you know the tea-me better than I do!

Flavors: Vanilla


Don’t you love it when teas surprise you? :P

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It is a tad bit concerning when I open a bag of tea at work and the next 5 people to pass my room ask me what air freshener I am using because they can smell it down the freaking hall. Yeah. That’s this tea. Blueberries everywhere. I only open my cabinet door when I absolutely must because when I do, I know that I will unless the blueberry fury.

Now, the taste? You’d never guess by the smell but this tastes exactly like…..oh yeah, blueberries. Like so many of them. Stuffed in your mouth. And quite possible up your nose.

I promise this tastes better than I’m making it sound. I’ve had it hot and iced and I’m not sure which I prefer. There is just a slight hint of something I’m not completely fond of…maybe something that tastes too close to artificial? Or maybe it’s just the rooibos sneaking into what might otherwise taste like juice.

I don’t know….I don’t even know what to do with this air freshener tea except keep saying thank you when people comment on my new perfume….

Flavors: Blueberry

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I am a teacher for an after school tutoring program serving grades 1-12 and the Assistant Director of an English language program. Dealing with people who are just learning how to communicate can be stressful. Since I’ve never been (and never want to be) a coffee drinker, I was happy to have found a tea I liked when I started college. Bigelow French Vanilla was my first ever favorite tea. I am just learning to love loose leaf. I drink tea both hot and cold every single day.

I’m not too much of a fancy-pants when it comes to tea drinking. As long as it tastes good and doesn’t take up my whole paycheck, I’m happy. I find I am mostly enjoying flavored blacks and oolongs, as well as whites and the occasional green tea. I’m struggling with plain greens. I take to fruit-flavored greens much more readily. The only reason I ever sweeten a tea is if I hear it brings out a particular flavor in that tea. Otherwise, I don’t usually add sweeteners. When it comes to milk, I again don’t usually add any. But, when I do, I only use almond milk or coconut milk (the thin kind that comes in a carton from Trader Joe’s…not the thick canned kind).

Love: Floral (especially jasmine and rose), caramel, maple, nuts, cream, cake/cookie flavors, chocolate, and fruit (especially peach, pineapple, berries, raisins, and coconut)

Loathe: Peppermint, licorice, really strong vegetable flavors, mint/chocolate combo, heavily spiced teas

Aside from tea, I also really REALLY enjoy reading.

NOTE: I haven’t been putting my one to two cup samples in my cupboard because that’s really only enough for tasting and experimenting. If it’s in my cupboard, it means I have enough to go back to it if I’m craving it (or if somebody wants to swap).


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