1451 Tasting Notes

drank Darjeeling by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
1451 tasting notes

Oh goodness, this was awful! I’m not sure what I did, maybe (probably) overleafed, but the liquid came out cloudy and had this strange bitter taste. It wasn’t even the bitterness that threw me off, it wasn’t that bad honestly, but it was something about the flavor. Maybe this one’s gone bad, but my other Joseph Wesley teas seem to be holding up well. I’m not really a huge fan of Darjeeling anyway, but this was a different kind of yuck.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I really should have used two teaspoons for this instead of just one. :(

195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This has a really unique flavor, but it isn’t coconut. It’s butterscotch! I’m guessing it must be from the rum. Very tasty.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Candy

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I really love the way rooibos steeps up so beautifully dark. Adding milk or cream just makes it so luscious. This is a nice chocolate peppermint tea, both flavors equally present. I wouldn’t say it’s special, but I’m enjoying it. Strangely enough, as it cools there is a fruity note to the blend that’s adding some depth. It’s strawberry, I think? It seems like it would be out of place, but I really like it! Bumping the rating up a bit for the strawberry surprise. :D

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Peppermint, Strawberry

Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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For this month’s summer vacation sipdown theme, I’m having this Irish coffee tea from AQ2T. I did a quick search and it seems that Irish coffee did originate in Ireland. I’m working so no whiskey, but I added some brown sugar and a layer of whipped cream on top after looking through some recipes online. I overwhipped my cream so it was stiff and not pourable but still as tasty. The coffee flavor is light but noticeable. It may be the addition of brown sugar and cream but I am also tasting caramel. The caffeine is too much for me and I don’t like the flavor enough for it to be worth it. In the end, I gulped this one quickly just to get it over with. Not a fan.

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Coffee, Drying

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Surprise! This tastes like peppermint!

I’m always saying I’m not a fan of herbals, but I usually enjoy them when I have one. Unless James pulls some Yogi bag out of the medicinal tea drawer. Those rarely go over well for me. I don’t normally drink tea after dinner, though sometimes I do have a sleep blend if I feel I need one. Tonight, my stomach is crampy so I’m sitting in a comfy chair with a soft blanket, a heating pad, and this simple peppermint tea. Hopefully one of these items helps and I can go to bed soon.

Flavors: Peppermint

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I didn’t love this one last time I had it, but James made a cup for me tonight that was delicious! He said he added honey, cream, and cinnamon to it, so it probably tasted nothing like the tea itself in the end. However he prepared it, it was quite tasty!

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I was grumpy this morning and annoyed, not for any reason in particular really. My husband casually suggested I have a cup of Positive Energy, lol. I can’t say it worked, though I did get less grumpy as the day went on. Maybe it did it’s thing after all.


Heavy duty on the licorice like most Yogi’s?


Looking at the ingredient list now and there isn’t any licorice root (surprise!), but it does have stevia leaf if that taste bothers you. I’m not a fan of stevia sometimes, but I didn’t notice any weird aftertaste in this one. This is one of the few Yogi teas I really like and (usually) drink by choice.

gmathis I’d consider stevia the lesser of the two swee-vils ;)

I actually don’t mind licorice root in the right places, but stevia and especially monk fruit are a huge no for me.


I’m not sure if there is really a difference or if my mind is playing tricks on me, but I feel like I can tell the difference when the ingredients list stevia as opposed to stevia leaf. They may be using the same stuff, but for some reason I don’t tend to get as much of an aftertaste with the stevia leaf. Again, might be my brain assuming the leaf is more natural or something. I don’t think I’ve tried monk fruit, but I normally don’t like artificial sweeteners of any kind and licorice root reminds me of that flavor.

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drank Raspberry Cocoa Truffle by Plum Deluxe
1451 tasting notes

I realized while searching for this one that it was a limited edition for February 2020! Does it come back every February? I really hope so! It’s so good. Also, this is my contribution for National Raspberry Cake Day.

1 tsp 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!

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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