1272 Tasting Notes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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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Updated October 2020.


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