199 Tasting Notes

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This is kinda perfect for me at night. I don’t get much banana, but I get it in the aftertaste and it is balancing out the raspberry. It smells sweeter than it tastes. I reallllllly like honeybush :)

Flavors: banana, Raspberry

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Light cocoa and bread. Yum. I think this is one I could easily drink every morning :) Thanks for the sample, Ost!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa

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Ummm…..I am most certainly not ready for pu-erhs I guess. Dry—this smelled exactly like goldfish food to me. Not exactly wonderful. Brewed, it smelled exactly like mud and ash. It tasted pretty ashy and smokey, as well. This was not for me. I’ll definitely try more pu-erhs over time…but probably not for a while and maybe I’ll start with the flavored ones I’ve seen.

Flavors: Fishy, Mud, Smoke

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This is lovely :) Just had it hot before bedtime and I can’t wait to try it brewed with a little vanilla coconut milk. I bet that will make it quite decadent. Honeybush has quickly become a favorite of mine since it makes everything pleasantly sweet without actually being sweet. I could do with more pineapple, but that part might be more noticeable cold or if I brew it stronger. This is one I see myself drinking often and maybe even keeping around!

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This looked really pretty in the bag and is strong-smelling. I was hoping to fall in love with this one for a night-time tea but…alas…it was not meant to be. While I think it’s good, it’s ONLY good. I taste sweet chocolate. That’s about it. I couldn’t really identify the sweet as being caramel, either. And definitely no salt. I think I also expected it to feel a little thicker. I won’t repurchase this and will keep looking for something that tastes the way I had hoped this would, but I’ll enjoy what I have of it. Thanks for letting me buy this off of you, Ost!

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

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I mostly tasted spice and a hint of cocoa. I would love to be able to find the graham cracker that is supposed to be in here. I’ll work on finding that next time and wait to rate it because I also think I oversteeped this just a tad. I prefer Golden Orchid so far from my tastings of Whispering Pines. This was another sample from Ost from when I ordered from her :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Spices

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77

I had this cold yesterday and found that the banana really comes through in a quite refreshing way. I do get just a touch of the smooth coconut flavor. Now I know I like it both ways. I’d probably prefer it for cold tea, though.

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Oh boy …. I was not expecting to like this at all. This is something I never would have bought for myself but was generously given a sample by the lovely Ost.

I love this! This is surprisingly something I might like to purchase, especially during a holiday sale. I had it hot and thought it tasted like a berry rice krispies treat. It was so nice as an afternoon tea when I was feeling snacky and would of course make a wonderful nighttime dessert tea.

Just FYI, I didn’t taste the hibiscus right off the bat but could taste it on the second steeping (although, I never took the bag out on the second cup so….yeah).

Flavors: Berry, Marshmallow

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85

Holy chocolate, Batman!

I was teaching some 4th and 5th graders today when I took the first sip of this. Apparently…I made a face. I know this to be true because my normally rambunctious students stopped dead in their tracks and stared at me.

“Miss O….what’s wrong?!?!?!”
“Chocolate….there’s…it’s….there’s chocolate in my tea!”
“Chocolate tea????” (At this point, they commenced their usual frolicking around the classroom, only now they were chanting “chocolate tea” in a really creepy but funny way.)

So, yeah. I actually couldn’t remember what this one was supposed to taste like when I grabbed it. I just knew I had really been excited to try it when I got samples from both Ost and Beorhthraefn almost back to back. Thanks you guys!

I think I’m in love. Oh dear.

Flavors: Chocolate

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70

I’m guessing this is a fairly standard bagged gunpowder? I haven’t had any others to compare this to, and I’m still extremely new at unflavored teas, but I think this was good. I had it as iced tea using the cold brew method.

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I am a teacher for an after school tutoring program serving grades 1-12 and the Assistant Director of an English language program. Dealing with people who are just learning how to communicate can be stressful. Since I’ve never been (and never want to be) a coffee drinker, I was happy to have found a tea I liked when I started college. Bigelow French Vanilla was my first ever favorite tea. I am just learning to love loose leaf. I drink tea both hot and cold every single day.

I’m not too much of a fancy-pants when it comes to tea drinking. As long as it tastes good and doesn’t take up my whole paycheck, I’m happy. I find I am mostly enjoying flavored blacks and oolongs, as well as whites and the occasional green tea. I’m struggling with plain greens. I take to fruit-flavored greens much more readily. The only reason I ever sweeten a tea is if I hear it brings out a particular flavor in that tea. Otherwise, I don’t usually add sweeteners. When it comes to milk, I again don’t usually add any. But, when I do, I only use almond milk or coconut milk (the thin kind that comes in a carton from Trader Joe’s…not the thick canned kind).

Love: Floral (especially jasmine and rose), caramel, maple, nuts, cream, cake/cookie flavors, chocolate, and fruit (especially peach, pineapple, berries, raisins, and coconut)

Loathe: Peppermint, licorice, really strong vegetable flavors, mint/chocolate combo, heavily spiced teas

Aside from tea, I also really REALLY enjoy reading.

NOTE: I haven’t been putting my one to two cup samples in my cupboard because that’s really only enough for tasting and experimenting. If it’s in my cupboard, it means I have enough to go back to it if I’m craving it (or if somebody wants to swap).

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