251 Tasting Notes

60
drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
251 tasting notes

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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40
drank Spiced Pear by Teapigs
251 tasting notes

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
251 tasting notes

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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88
drank Merry Mistletoe by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

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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68

I have mixed feelings toward this blend. I’ve had it a few times, several months apart each time. It’s definitely best for a morning where you feel like having dessert for breakfast because it is all caps SWEET. The smell is overwhelming and the flavor can quickly get there; I’ve had more balanced and less balanced cups. I won’t shy away from it if it comes in a pack (as it did in this case) but I don’t think I’d purchase it on its own.

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet

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73

This was a sipsby choice for me, and not a bad one – a mild peppermint, less than a candy cane, smooth with a hint of sweet. I love the idea of a tea that is truly “impossible to over-steep”, since I frequently forget to pull the tea out when recommended. I left the tea bags in the travel mug the second time and didn’t notice any difference in flavor while drinking, which is a definite selling point!

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88
drank Merry Mistletoe by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

A fruity, hibiscus-forward tea with warm spices like clove and cinnamon. I discovered a couple years ago that I love the combination of hibiscus and clove; this was no exception. Pleasantly tart and spicy at the same time, and with enough other flavor that I don’t notice the stevia. I’m curious about this iced, but will have to wait to get through some of my other hibiscus/spice blends first.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Hibiscus, Tart

Shae

I’m not sure I’ve ever had hibiscus and clove together, but that does sound like a good combination. Brings to mind a tart, spiced elderberry syrup.

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72

A pleasant, light blend that contrasts well with some of the heavier seasonal flavors I usually enjoy this time of year. The jasmine stands out, with a creamy element that was surprising for a tea I was drinking on its own. I enjoyed this, but wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it again.

Flavors: Cream, Jasmine

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We should start by noting rooibos isn’t my thing, but if I have a sample I’m going to try it, since some have surprised me. I wasn’t optimistic about this one though because the scent put me off immediately.

Usually, I’m good with longer and stronger brews, but the first cup I made of this I couldn’t drink. Second round I kept it at the 5 minute low end of their estimated range, and it was tolerable. The clove is strong and helps offset the rooibos flavor, and I finally got a hint of the fruit. Not a tea for me, but if you like rooibos and clove, you should enjoy this.

Flavors: Clove, Rooibos

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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College instructor, mom of 2, and general homebody in California.

Great at buying tea, good at drinking tea, bad at timely reviews. Drawn to fruit, floral, spice, smoke, and flavored teas in general; prefer those that stand well without milk or sweetener. Black is fine, green is better, and red rooibos is trash.

I aim to rate when I finish a package or a complete sipdown, except in advent season.

My ratings are for me, so I don’t accidentally buy something that sounds amazing but I’ve already tried and disliked. I struggle a bit with wanting to be “fair” to a tea that other people would probably like, but then my system won’t work!

90-100 A: loved it; would make this a permanent member of my stash
80-89 B: tasty; would pick it up again
70-79 C: good; could grab with a good deal or to try in a different style
60-69 D: okay; would keep in a set but probably would not repurchase on its own
1-59 F: various shades of bad; would not purchase; closer to 1 means may not even drink again if offered.

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