181 Tasting Notes

drank Peach Cardamom by 52teas
181 tasting notes

From the LiberTEAS sampler I bought a while back

Dry, this tea is delightful – it smells gently peachy with a grassy undertone that I really found appealing.

I steeped it at 1.5tsp for my 12oz mug (since I think the form is still rounding tea amounts down) at about 180 (I had to guess since my kettle has a 175 and an 185 setting); post-steep the tea itself had opened up nicely and gave off a mouthwatering peach aroma.

I can be hit-or-miss with peach – if it’s artificial and badly done it’s a total turn off – but this smells like the ripe peaches we used to make cobbler out of. Even unsweetened I couldn’t wait to taste this one. :D

One drink in and, oddly enough, the peach flavour doesn’t rush to the forefront on this one – it primarily tastes like a quality green tea with some VERY subtle peach/fruity notes. I’m actually a little disappointed since I was hoping for a very peachy tea…and I’m actually not getting much of the cardamom, either.

So had I not known what I was drinking I would’ve been quite pleased, but as a peach/cardamom tea I feel like this one is slightly off-mark. It smells amazing and tastes quite good, but I’m not sure I’d buy this one for myself.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Burdock Tea by Matcha Outlet
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Got this tea in a sampler I ordered from RLT…it’s definitely interesting. :)

Dry it smells vaguely nutty – almost like a bag of salted sunflower seeds – though I know how strange that sounds. It didn’t come with brewing guidelines, but my google-fu led me to believe that 200F for somewhere between 5 and 15 mins was appropriate.

5 minutes into the steep it’s a lovely golden colour – still smells like sunflower seeds – and is lacking in flavour. I’ll give it a few more minutes and report back.

10 minutes in it’s still lovely and golden – and still smells (quite strongly) of salted sunflower seeds…which seems to carry over into the flavour. It tastes like a bag of sunflower seeds smells…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but not what I was expecting from a cup of tea. I’m going to give it another 3 and see how it goes.

13 minutes in the colour deepened to an amber hue and it lost just a bit of the salty tones from earlier. The flavour is still very reminiscent of sunflower seeds – and yes, it’s still weird – but it’s just starting to pick up hints of bitterness, so I’ll end the steep here.

It’s not unpalatable, but I’d consider it more of an interesting novelty than something I’d reorder and drink again. A definite meh.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Yet another RLT sample…this one is so, so much better than the eggnog matcha I tried last time.

There’s a sweetness and subtle caramel flavour that really enhances the green matcha base. I can’t believe how amazingly comforting it is when blended up with ice, whole milk and a little bit of raw sugar – it’s become my go-to drink after the gym when I’m craving something healthy that’ll still satisfy my sweet tooth.

I’m still planning to try a bunch more samples before committing, but this one is on my short list of “likely to restock.” I’d definitely say it’s worth a try.

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Dry, this tea smells much like the Apples & Molasses mix (also from Della Terra)…pleasant enough, but nothing that particularly impressed me. I think I might just not enjoy apple-featuring teas as much as some folk, so take my review with a grain of salt.

It steeps up to a rich-looking tea and has a mouthwatering scent of spices and just a hint of fruity apple. You don’t get much caramel from the smell, although I rather expected that.

On first taste I was admittedly a little disappointed – there’s no caramel flavour in this tea that I could find (and I even made a point of sweetening it to try and draw it out). As a few others have said, this is a very palatable cider-esque drink. I enjoy the notes of apple and the very mild spicy tones, but it’s not one I’ll be restocking.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop by Teavana
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Dry this smells a lot like most Teavana blends – a little too sweet, a little fake fruity, but not too bad (especially compared to Youthberry) – and I’ll admit I was a little worried about how it would taste once steeped.

I tossed a few tsp of sugar in on top before steeping and it seems to have helped somewhat. Once brewed it yields a richly fragrant golden-yellow tea…it’s nice (in a dessert-tea sort of way) but nothing to write home about.

If you’re not a total fan of pineapple you should probably take a pass on this one…it smells and tastes strongly of dried pineapple layered in with some indistinguishably fruity elements.

I enjoy it hot, but I think it’d be better served iced…not sure how I would feel about restocking it once it runs out, but drinking it down certainly isn’t a chore. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Honey & Spice by Della Terra Teas
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Dry, this tea is almost overly sweet…but it steeps up to a rich reddish tea that has a gentle vanilla and clove scent to it. I did sweeten it with honey since I read on another note that it was a little lacking in that aspect, so I was hoping that addition would help out some.

Sadly, the resultant tea was just weak and woody tasting. I didn’t pick up all that much spice, very little honey…it just came across as bland and rooibos-y. I’m thinking there might be something wrong with either my tastebuds or how I steeped it, so I’m going to try and re-steep in the morning…maybe it’ll do better next time.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Dry this tea isn’t much to speak of – the rooibos is very finely shredded (to the point where it came through my strainer) and the only fruit I saw off-hand were the dried blueberries. Once steeped the liquid is deep purple/red and (thought this is going to sound odd) has a scent oddly reminiscent of black olives…not exactly pleasant.

A few sips in and this really does taste like black olives, also. I can maybe pick up hints of blueberry, but it’s certainly not palatable. I may try to resteep this at some later time, but for now it’s not one I’d be willing to try again.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Hm. I love black olives but not to drink.

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drank Hawaiian Island by Tea District
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(First review post-redesign, so my apologies if anything goes wrong)

I received this from justnord a while back and I’ve been looking forward to trying it out. I steeped according to my usual “herbal” guidelines – 2tsp into the cup, 2tsp of sugar and add water at boiling for ~5min.

It smelled a little unpleasant – kinda sickly, fruity sweet in the same way that the Youthberry did…but this actually steeped up rather nicely. It was a surprising deep red/burgundy colour in the cup and had a delightfully fruity taste (a bit reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch, in a good way). There’s a slight bitterness that I think comes from the hibiscus, but it doesn’t really detract from the other flavours.

This tasted much better once it cooled off, so I’d be much more likely to make it as an iced tea in the future. It’s quite tasty, though, and I’m glad I got to try it out.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Okay, so this tea fascinated me as soon as I opened the packet – it smells a little like a blueberry crumble candle (but without the artificial, chemical notes) and I was terribly curious to see how it’d brew up.

The notes say boiling water for 3-5 minutes and I stayed mostly within those guidelines. My first steep of the day was 4 min, this second steep was closer to 5:30 since I got distracted doing the dishes.

As it steeps the aroma really opens up – you can pick up the cinnamon yeasty notes of the crumble layered in with the subtler fruity notes of well-baked blueberries…I would happily wear this as a perfume if that were an option.

The only minor gripe I had with the steeping is that they put something in the mix that adds a shimmer to the tea…and call me weird, but I find that a little unpalatable. It didn’t affect the taste, though, so I’m sure the aversion was all in my head.

As to the taste…well, it’s softly fruity (in a way that really picks up notes of ripe blueberry) and still holds the bread-like crumble notes that make it feel so very warming and comforting.

It held up well to two steeps and I’m contemplating trying another after my run tonight…I’m absolutely enchanted with this tea. Two thumbs right up. :D

(and whenever it warms up I may give this a try iced as well…I think it’ll have a delightful flavour while cold, also)

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Overstressed aspiring model…tea is what gets me moving in the mornings, calms me down at night and fills all the moments in-between.

I’m still in the everything is delicious and I want to drink it all phase of my exploration, so I’m open to swaps, TTBs and trying new things. (with the exception of jasmine…that icky stuff tastes like soap)

My cupboard is things I have and am willing to swap (either I didn’t like them that much or I have a lot of them) and my wishlist is mostly things I’ve tasted and want to buy or swap for in the future.


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