137 Tasting Notes


This is a very sweet tea. I have been drinking only minimally processed high-grade black, oolong, pu’erh, or green teas, and decided to do a sip down on this one (and get the can out of my tea supplies). It tastes processed; yet it is a childhood type of flavor, of candy canes and the winter holidays. It is also green rooibos, which I have grown to loathe. But in this tea, it tatses and smells of candy canes, which is simultaneously pleasant and annoying as I have given up added sugar for health reasons. Bye bye Peppermint Bark, won’t be buying again.

Flavors: Alcohol, Peppermint, Sugar

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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Much too sweet for me; threw it away. It would be worse with stevia, though. I would drink this tea if it didn’t have sweeteners (sugar, stevia, etc) at all.

Flavors: Artificial, Sugar

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drank Mellow Yellow by Woodland Herbal
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I received a packet of this tea as a sample with an order from Woodlandherbal.com. It lives up to its name: a pleasantly flavored relaxation tea that can be drunk whenever you need it. Or the mood strikes. This family of herbalists uses top ingredients; you can tell my the appearance, flavor, and aroma of the products. I have been a customer for about 2 years and have NEVER been disappointed.

Flavors: Chamomile, Floral, Herbaceous

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
137 tasting notes

Waaayyy too sweet for me! The “Caramel flavor” clubs you over the head. The ingredients as listed are: Green tea, toasted sesame seeds, caramel flavor. I don’t know what is in that caramel flavor but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is an artificial sweetener. It tastes like it. We are drinking it just because it is a green and we rocket through tea when fasting. Fasting sharpens your sense of taste and smell; I am at the end of a 72 hour fast and the sweetener taste in this tea is too much. Not buying again.

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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I received a sample with an order. It’s an average green tea, and I could not detect any citrus notes. I also couldn’t detect any benefit of the gingko on this very short run of use (takes longer, I’m certain). I guess it wasn’t the worst green tea I’ve had, but I wouldn’t choose it either.

Flavors: Dry Grass

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drank Reishi Detox by Choice Organic Teas
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Strongly unpleasant chicory flavor. I’m going to toss my remaining tea bags of this tea. Lingering nasty aftertaste. And, just what is “Natural Vanilla Flavor?” Is it just vanilla? What does “natural” mean? Nothing?

Flavors: Chicory, Dirt, Sour

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drank Bancha by Rishi Tea
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I got a sampler envelope of this with my Rishi order. I like it, it’s a great everyday green tea. Grassy, vegetal, fairly mild in flavor. I would buy this on a future order.

Flavors: Grassy, Vegetal

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I bought this tea awhile back and just finished it. It had very faint flavoring from the beginning, more of a plain green than a flavored green. It needs more ginger and some more mint.

Flavors: Green Wood

3 min, 0 sec

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drank China Oolong by Twinings
137 tasting notes

Twinings! How could you do this to an oolong? This is absolutely THE WORST oolong I have ever tasted. Overwhelming flavors of dirt.

Flavors: Bark, Dirt

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
137 tasting notes

Nice, light jasmine green. Not a lot of fragrance but decent.

Flavors: Green, Jasmine

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