56 Tasting Notes

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drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
56 tasting notes

A strong hibiscus fruit drink that’s nice and tart. It’s not my favorite fruit blend due to the particular berry mixture, but it’s a solid one. I liked it better hot than I expected. I wonder if I might have rated it better were it not for last night’s cup of a similar, preferable hibiscus blend.

teapigs advent, day 3

Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Tart

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drank Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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Real apple cider is my favorite part of fall. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get the flavor wrong – and this one was very wrong.

It didn’t have a strong flavor overall while drinking. Both the spices and apple were detectable but weak. The artificial sweetness lingered, and the aftertaste was a manufactured apple candy made with sugar substitutes. I wanted to give it an honest try, but I poured it out before I could get through half the cup.

DAVIDsTEA advent, day 3

Flavors: Artificial

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This was exactly what I needed to end the day yesterday. I love a tart, bold hibiscus/fruit blend. I often prefer these iced, but I wanted a hot tea last night; it worked well and still felt refreshing. I didn’t notice the stevia either, which is ideal for me (well, not including it is ideal, but here we are).

DAVIDsTEA caffeine free advent, day 2

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Tart

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I was excited for this tea because I’ve loved a different earl grey with vanilla and was ready for that kind of warmth this afternoon. I’ve been struggling through this tea for hours at this point, and I think it’s time to call it. I find the scent harsh. It’s okay while sipping; not quite creamy or vanilla. The aftertaste is reminiscent of licorice – that’s the killer for me. I could give it another round with milk and see if it’s any better, but I still have another advent tea here at 9:30pm, so it’s over.

DAVIDsTEA advent, day 2

Flavors: Licorice

ashmanra

Earl Grey has to be juuuuuust right for me, and my next advent tea is an Earl. I am hoping it goes well. Whose do you like, and why? I prefer a Keemun or white base, and not too much bergamot.

whosbradpitt

I hope it winds up working for you! The one I liked was from Tea Kitten, and my notes only say that I was surprised it wasn’t bitter, it felt balanced and the cream felt rich instead of artificially sweet. I haven’t tried many, however, and I can’t speak to the difference in base!

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89

I like a strong spice flavor, and this immediately reminded me more of a mulled cider with the level of spice blend in the cup. While it’s certainly fruity and spiced, it wasn’t as tart as I would have expected for hibiscus & cranberry. That emerges more as the cup cools. If I could get that tart flavor along with the spice while it’s hot, this would be a must-buy; for now, it’s very good.

sipsby advent, day 2*
(sipsby packages this in no particular order, so your order may be different than mine)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg

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drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
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This is a perfectly good tea that just doesn’t work for my personal tastes. If you like a lemon ginger, I do think you should try this!

The scent reminds me of my early tea days, when I assumed that boxes in the grocery store aisle were the only options and I just took anything that said it had lemon.
It’s a simple tea, well-balanced with both lemon and ginger, though both the lemongrass and ginger are strong. I see a lot of positives in this tea, but I just don’t care to have a cup of lemon/ginger in general, so my rating is low.

teapigs advent, day 2

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass

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75

This delivers dessert! I’m not sure if it’s exactly butterscotch; it makes me think of eating a warm, spiced and lightly sweet dessert. I can’t put a finger on exactly what it reminds me of but it’s positive – as long as it’s hot. As it cools it gets fruity, which is something I remember experiencing with several of the DAVIDsTEA flavors from last year’s advent. I like fruit! It feels odd here. It’s tolerable, but since I don’t drink fast enough for a fully warm cup most of the time, it changes how I rate the tea.

DAVIDsTEA caffeine free advent, day 1

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drank Spiced Pear by Teapigs
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I wanted to love this tea. The warm spice is evident as soon as you open the packet to find the tea temple. It smells lovely; a festive holiday treat.

Drinking it was mostly ginger and chili, and the chili lingered as an aftertaste. I like a strong spice, so I appreciated that it was bold, it was just missing something. I got no hints of fruit until, near the end of the cup, it cooled significantly. Perhaps it would have been better iced, but as it was, I wasn’t a fan.

teapigs advent, Day 1

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

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drank Apple Streusel by Umami
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Another promise of a warm dessert tea that ultimately didn’t deliver. This time, a strong black tea that overwhelmed any hint of cinnamon, despite their use of three types. I wouldn’t have guessed apple as an ingredient if not for the name. I’m not sophisticated enough to speak to different types of black tea or the quality; I was looking for a tea that lived up to the dessert in the name and didn’t find it.

Added to note: a little honey made the cup much better; milk was less pleasant.

sipsby advent, day 1*
(sipsby packages this in no particular order, so your order may be different than mine)

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A pleasant surprise to find a hit from the subscription box back again already to start the month. I still enjoyed the hibiscus/spice blend, though the spices were more mellow (or is it mellower?) in this particular tin than the pouch.

[I learned nothing from last year and so I have too many advent calendars again, including ones I swore I wouldn’t do this year.]

DAVIDsTEA advent, day 1

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Hibiscus

Cameron B.

I also have too many! Again! XD

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Lecturer and mom of 2 in California. Great at buying tea, good at drinking tea, bad at timely reviews. Drawn to fruit, floral, spice, and flavored teas in general; prefer those that stand well without milk or sweetener.

Still figuring this out, but slowly adding to cupboard. I rate when a package is finished as I’m deciding whether to reorder.

I think of my ratings as letter grades.
90-100 A: loved it; want to rebuy immediately so I have it on hand
80-89 B: tasty; would pick it up again but okay to wait until I get through other teas
70-79 C: good; would grab with a good deal
60-69 D: okay; might repurchase in the right circumstances
0-59 F: various shades of bad; would not purchase; closer to 0 means may not even drink again if offered

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