1272 Tasting Notes

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A sad sipdown. :(

This is my late (again) entry for National Unicorn Day. This blend not only has a magical name, it also tastes pretty magical (to me, at least). It may be my favorite herbal to date. A gift from amandastory516 for Advent 2019, I have hoarded the last little teaspoon and a half since then. There’s just something about it I can’t place. It’s definitely minty. Spearmint, I think? But there is something else that makes it a little extra. Maybe some of the fruit pieces? There were definitely some little cubes in the dry blend, but I don’t have a clue what they are. It’s just really unique but also familiar at the same time.

I’ll be repurchasing when this comes available again, though I don’t know when that might be. The Grimoire Tea website only has gift cards available at the moment, no teas, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for a restock.

Flavors: Mint, Spearmint

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

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drank Herbal Citrus by Sachai Tea Company
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H is for… Herbal Citrus.

My husband says this is cheating, using Herbal for my ‘H’ with this blend, but it’s the actual name of the tea so I say it goes! I’ve honestly been avoiding this one because it has several ingredients I don’t really like in tea – hibiscus, lemongrass, citrus/lemon. It’s one that he picked out from a local tea company at the market a few months ago, so I know he’ll love it at least. It’s one I haven’t tried yet though, so I feel like I should at least give it a shot. What better time to do that than with this month’s sipdown theme, even though it won’t be a sipdown.

I really was not looking forward to this, so I just kept avoiding eye contact with the cup until the brew got cold. Which is probably (almost certainly!) for the better. I finally took my first sip and (surprise!) I like it. I do like hibiscus when it’s cold, so it probably shouldn’t be all that surprising. I really expected to hate this one though. I’m on a mission to try all of our teas at least once, even the ones James has picked out for himself, so I can now mark this one from my list. I would even say I’d try it again, but most definitely cold. The cinnamon and lemon came through most when steeping, reminding me of a dish my dad makes with lemon, cinnamon, and rice. Now that I’m drinking it, there’s mostly the hibiscus with a hint of lemon. Of course, I added honey to tame the tartness from the hib so it’s very sweet. A good choice for a warm spring day, so I’d say it would be a really nice summery iced tea as well. It does have a bit of dryness that lingers after the sip, but I’m okay with it. Overall, I’d say this one was a success (based entirely on my anticipated loathing).

Flavors: Cinnamon, Drying, Lemon

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

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G is for… Gingernut Matcha.

I chose this as one of the matcha samples for my Mix ‘n’ Matcha tube. Had it as a latte with whole milk and really enjoyed it, though I expected more bite from the ginger. It did have that cookie flavor I wanted though, which makes me really happy!

Flavors: Cookie

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drank Full Moon by Gnat and Bee
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F is for… Full Moon.

Okay, okay, not bad. Honestly, this is pretty good. Certainly not what I was expecting with the huge pieces of hibiscus flower in the blend. I received this as a free sample with my most recent order from Gnat & Bee. It has a juicy, fruity flavor. I’d drink this again willingly, sure!

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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E is for… Edgar Allen Poe’s Black Tea Blend.

I really loved this one! It’s been on my wishlist for a while, and Michelle kindly sent some for me to try. It turned a fun pink color from the beet cubes, but I couldn’t taste any earthiness from them. It’s really a lightly smoked EG and I’m here for it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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D is for… Dragonwell & Spearmint.

A blend from Michelle that she included in the tea box. It says SF Herb on the package so I’m assuming both were from San Francisco Herb Co. I don’t turn to green tea often, but I enjoy it from time to time. I am enjoying this one now and taste mostly the mint. I like the combination of the two.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Super Matcha by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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My late entry for National Find a Rainbow Day. It probably seems like cheating to just pick matcha, but I really thought this one was going to be blue. Turns out it’s a beautiful and vibrant green, so basically the color of a typical matcha. It still works for today’s theme. Or rather Saturday’s theme. I really wanted a latte but all I had was coconut milk and I think it’s overtaking the other flavors. I’m pretty confident I tasted some blueberry though before I added the milk.

Flavors: Blueberry

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drank caribbean splash by Simpson & Vail
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C is for… Caribbean Splash.

This steeped up a deep, dark red wine color and I knew my husband would love it and I would not. It was very tart, even with the added honey, and had the flavor of bitter orange peel. With the name, I might have expected pineapple or something similarly juicy. It would have worked a little better for me if the flavor had been more orange juice and less orange zest/pith.

Flavors: Bitter, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Tart

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B is for… Bai Lin Congfu.

I rated this really highly last time I had it, but I can’t say I would give it the same rating today. I’m leaving my previous rating, because I’m sure it has something to do with the age of the sample, but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much today as I expected to. It tastes like dark chocolate but the flavor has faded over time. I’m guessing Joseph Wesley is no longer open, so I won’t be getting more of this one. I’ve enjoyed it though, so I’m glad I got to try it when I had the chance.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A is for… Apple Lemon Pomegranate Rooibos.

I haven’t had a cup of this in a while and I’m surprised I rated it so low before. Sure, it’s a little dusty like some herbals tend to be, but it has a great juicy flavor. It was really very refreshing and even though I don’t always love lemongrass, I have to say that it was delicious here. Bumping A LOT. 57 → 82.

An Ode to Tea sipdown theme created by Mastress Alita.
Adorable letter introductions inspired by VariaTEA and Kittenna.

Flavors: Dust, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 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!

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.

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