1395 Tasting Notes

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drank Gummy Bear by Satori Tea Company
1395 tasting notes

This is such a fun tea. It actually has miniature gummy bears in it! The fragrance is menthol and fruit. I can see lemongrass, hibiscus, and bits of fruit and flower petals. And gummy bears, of course! The color of the liquid is deep – a purplish red. It does smell like fruity gummy bears, but it has more of a berry flavor. It’s also a bit tart. Overall, this tea is fun but not terribly exciting taste-wise. I let it cool a bit on my desk and it’s not bad so this may be one to try later on ice.

Flavors: Berry, Candy, Fruity, Menthol, Tart

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cola Blend by Verdant Tea (Special)
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I want so badly to like this tea, but every time I drink it I only taste the rooibos. I’m steeping this at a lower temperature today with more tea to see if I can coax out a different flavor. It certainly smells different this time around – more like cinnamon or cinnamon candies.

So I’m thinking this wasn’t my best idea. It’s very, very weak and has quite an unappetizing smell. I put the tea ball back in while sipping and, though it’s helping a bit, it now tastes a little bitter. Definitely not good. Plus, the cooler this gets the worse it tastes. I can’t even finish it. It’s completely my fault though since I tried to make adjustments on my own.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This blend is fragrant and sweet. I can see bits of pineapple mixed in with rose buds and other flowers. These flowers are large and fuzzy, but I’m not sure what they are without looking at the bag. Maybe chamomile?

Nope, the description says rose blossom leaves and rose buds. The green tea itself is long and thin and flat. I noticed also that this has papaya listed as an ingredient. I’m not a fan of the fresh fruit but maybe I’ll like it here. This cup is fruity, sweet, and a bit tropical.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 8 minutes

I was hoping this would be as flavorful as my first cup and it is. The color didn’t quite get as dark this time around, even after eight minutes, but it’s still fruity and very similar in taste to the first cup. This is also a good one cold.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pineapple Kona Pop by Teavana
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We’ve been drinking mostly herbals this weekend so I thought I would start the morning off with one of my husband’s favorites. I’m still not sold on this one, at least not by itself, but it’s not bad. It tastes more like pineapple candy than true pineapple, unfortunately. I would love to find a tea that tastes like an actual piece of juicy pineapple. It’s warm though and serves its purpose this bright Sunday morning.

Flavors: Candy, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
EmilyGee

I thought this one tasted a lot like pineapple crush (the soda)- but I love pineapple crush so that’s probably why I loved it haha, definitely a sweet one.

Shae

I hadn’t thought about that but it does taste like pineapple soda! I don’t like it so much unsweetened so I always add extra honey which I guess brings out that candy-sweet taste. I do love the store sample of this when they have it iced and mixed with Blueberry Bliss. I’ve been meaning to try it at home but haven’t done it yet.

EmilyGee

Ooh that sounds really good, might have to try that!

rosebudmelissa

It tastes quite a bit like dried pineapple

Lucy

You should try Pineapple oolong by DAVIDs TEA. It’s one of my favourites and definitely tastes like a juicy, sweet pineapple! It also has a really lovely oolong base that’s quite delicious.

Shae

Thank you, Lynne-tea! I was hoping someone would know of a good pineapple tea. I will put that one straight on my wishlist for my next order.

Debi

Did I hear a convo about Pineapple?! I’ll have to definitely put these on my wishlist. ;)

Shae

I’m with you on that one, Debi! I can’t wait to try that Pineapple Oolong.

EmilyGee

DT’s pineapple oolong is very good! Definitely recommend it!

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
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Backlog from January 24th:

What a rough day. I was out most of the afternoon and came home hungry, grumpy, and really wanting some comforting tea. My husband made me a cup of this since it has calming chamomile, and I sipped on it throughout most of the afternoon. It was a bit weak for my taste, but it was something warm – it felt good to wrap my hands around the fragrant, steaming mug.

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Backlog from January 24th:

I started my morning with a cup of this tea before heading out to a children’s birthday party. I had written a detailed note as I was drinking my first cup but forgot to save it before I left so when I returned home it was gone. This was not my favorite of the Saint Simons Tea Company teas, I do remember that. It was cloudy with what looked like citrus pulp and tasted both sweet and tart. It was fruity, yes, but not really any better than your average fruit tisane. I’ll write a proper note once I’ve had a chance to try this blend again.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Backlog from January 23rd:

My husband and I decided to drink only herbals over the weekend so I needed to get one last cup of black tea in before bed. I chose this one since it’s become somewhat of a favorite these last couple of weeks. I sipped on this while cooking dinner, and it turned out to be just what I needed. I saved the sachet for a re-steep but never got around to it. I woke up the next morning to find it forgotten on the edge of last night’s saucer, teasing and taunting me with its sweet vanilla fragrance. Such a shame!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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I’m having this favorite again today. It never gets old. It’s the perfect milky color, like a coffee heavy on the cream. It’s a forgiving tea, one that’s hard to mess up really.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 10 minutes

I’m attempting a re-steep of this one today just to see if it can be done. I’m guessing with a teabag it may not be successful since the pieces are just so small. After steeping for close to ten minutes, the color is very light. It’s nearly as dark and deep as the first cup. It barely even smells like tea really, more like a mug of hot water. I’m kind of tasting the tea the more I drink, but it’s still not worth the re-steep in my opinion.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cola Blend by Verdant Tea (Special)
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This is my second time to try this blend. I see cloves and peppercorns in this cup so I’m hoping it’s a little spicy. I can smell the spices, but it’s also smelling a little sweet. I’m always worried about teas with sarsaparilla because I’m afraid it’s going to taste like hot root beer, but that hasn’t been my experience with this tea so far.

The aroma as it’s steeping is almost entirely rooibos. Sweetened with honey, it tastes very slightly spiced – not enough to determine which spice I’m actually tasting. It’s mostly rooibos which is what I experienced the first time around. I used too much water I think so next time I’ll try less and see if that strengthens the flavors. I’m thinking this might be better cold, maybe made like a southern iced tea with sugar.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 4 minutes

I’m attempting to re-steep this though I’m nut sure if you are actually supposed to re-steep rooibos. I noticed that the liquid started to color very quickly within the first few seconds, but it didn’t get much darker after that. The liquid does smell spicier this time, like cinnamon. I can taste the cinnamon now too. It still tastes watered down (since I forgot to use less water), but the spices are more prominent this time.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Having a cup of this with cream and honey this morning for breakfast. This is one of my all-time favorites, really the first tea I started buying and drinking on my own. The bergamot is there, both in the taste and in the aroma, but it isn’t overpowering at all. It flavors the tea nicely. I kind of wish I had brought another bag of this to work with me.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 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!

Favorites
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.

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