1478 Tasting Notes

drank The Unicorn! by 52teas
1478 tasting notes

This is an older tea so I probably should have doubled up on the leaf to coax out more of the flavor. With one teaspoon, it just didn’t taste like much of anything. Again, my fault for letting it age a bit too long in my cabinet. Love the little heart sprinkles though!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Restore #6 by Verdant Tea (Special)
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This is very, very light in color and flavor. I should have used two teaspoons, even for a 6-ounce cup. It’s smoky with a lingering licorice aftertaste. I can taste clove as well, though it’s overwhelmed by the cloying licorice. Ultimately, I’ll be drinking this one down quickly so that I can start on another cup of (hopefully) better tea.

Flavors: Clove, Licorice, Smoke

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

I literally winced when I read smoke AND licorice! Thank you for trying this one so I don’t have to ;)


I love the smoke, but licorice is a big NO for me!

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drank Lemon Kandy by teakruthi
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This is my favorite tea from teakruthi (so far), so I recently ordered a larger bag. I also added several samples to my order, so I have lots of new teas to try. As if I don’t already have plenty! But tea mail is always fun and I really enjoy having the variety, so I’m certainly not complaining.

Today’s cup is just so delicious – slight lemon flavor, bold black tea base. The steeping parameters on the bag work perfectly for me. I have one cup’s worth left in my first bag and then I can start working through the new batch.

Last week was a doozy, incredibly busy and full of the unexpected, so I’m behind on all my tasting notes. Hoping to get those added to Steepster today. So grateful I planned to take vacation this week. It turned out to be perfect timing. Finally sitting down to rest today, even though there’s still so much I need to do. It never really ends, does it? :)

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank PanTEAlaimon by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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I’ve been saving this one because I love it so much, but it’s time to let it go. I hope one day they’ll bring it back! It’s really a deliciously fruity rooibos. Good for a bedtime cuppa.


Every time I see someone log this tea, I am so confused. What is the name in reference to?!


I think it’s a reference to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, but I’ve never read the books so I can’t say for sure what the connection is.

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I’ve had this one before and loved it, but I’m not really feeling it today for some reason.

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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I got distracted doing stuff around the house and left this on the counter after drinking only half. It’s a good strawberry tea though, so I wish I had remembered to enjoy it!

Flavors: Strawberry

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Backlog from September 20th:

My dad called this morning and wasn’t feeling great, so he asked me to meet him at the freestanding ER near his house. I turned the kettle on as I went to get dressed so that I could have a travel mug of this on the way. I usually only drink this one on happy occasions or when I need a “hug in a mug” – this was definitely going to be the latter. Unfortunately, my travel mug must have still had soap in it or something because there was this residual flavor that made the whole thing taste off. I didn’t even end up drinking it, so that was a real bummer.

Update: My dad ended up staying in the hospital for a couple of nights, but he’s feeling much better now. :)

195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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James made a cup of this for me tonight. It’s his favorite and now that it’s discontinued we try to ration it, so this was quite a gift. Unfortunately, it was too sweet for me (I love honey but he added A LOT, hehe). I tried it iced after it cooled and it was still just too sweet. I can’t remember if I’ve ever had this before now and, if so, if I liked it. Hibiscus was the prominent flavor when hot, so it may be one I just don’t enjoy in general. That means more for him!

Flavors: Hibiscus

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I don’t like this one nearly as much this time around as I did when I had it before. I’m not getting the cherry/almond/amaretto flavor. It’s more like a muted chocolate. I’m not even sure there’s chocolate in this, to be honest. Dropping my rating substantially, as much for its unreliability as for its flavor.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank Milky Tea by GreenMax
1478 tasting notes

This is a powder mix and only makes about five ounces worth, so I drank it pretty quickly. It has a nice little hit of caffeine and pretty good tea flavor. I didn’t think I would enjoy a tea mix, but this one proved me wrong. I’ll up my rating just a bit, I think.

Boiling 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.


Alabaster, Alabama



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