1718 Tasting Notes


At first, I just thought this tasted and smelled like a very mild coconut. Now that it’s cooled down and I’ve looked up the food it’s based on, I can sort of see what it’s going for. I taste a very mild dessertiness. It’s mostly coconut, but I could see it also being a cookie of some kind. This one would likely do better overleafed. The flavors are very light when brewed as recommended. I had this a second time a few months later, and I’m still not wowed, but it’s also not a preferred flavor profile for me.

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This was a free sample from a Necessiteas order, and it’s sort of strangely tangy? The ingredients sound like they’d be great together, but they’re really sort of at war when you drink it. I taste a lot of weirdly artificial apple, some nuttiness, and some spices that are a little tangy too. I don’t know why nothing gets along in this blend, but it somehow doesn’t work at all.

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I discovered this single serving packet from the TTB on the floor covered in chew marks from my cats, so I guess this one has been cat approved. My partner knows a little Chinese, and he says the packet says “dew pearls chestnut matcha”. I actually really like it! It has a nice desserty flavor. I wouldn’t have guessed chestnut specifically, but it’s really pleasant sweetened with milk. This is a nice quality matcha.

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I almost skipped this tea from the TTB because I didn’t feel like looking up the translation for what kind of tea it is, but I’m glad I bothered! The mint is quite fresh and tasty, and it goes surprisingly well with the mellow black tea. I enjoy stevia, so I didn’t mind seeing it in this blend. I drank a cup of this cold with only a bit of sugar, and it was pretty refreshing and lovely. It’s a simple blend, but I would totally drink it again.

Martin Bednář

I am glad that you liked it. If you want, I have lots of rest in my office and I am willing to send it to you, as I am not a fan :)


I’m afraid I don’t drink caffeinated tea often enough to keep much in stock, but I appreciate the offer!

Martin Bednář

Well, you would drink it more often than I, I guess. I prepared it just once since I brought it there. Maybe twice?!

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I found this in the TTB, and the bag says it’s an herbal, so I was a little intrigued. To be honest, the flavor is a little bland for me. It’s sort of like very weak black tea, but with a bit more of a plantlike flavor. I mixed most of my cup of this with another tea I was drinking that I had accidentally oversweetened, so this was handy, but not great. I prefer really hearty black teas though.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1718 tasting notes

Another TTB tea! This has a nice, light fruity flavor. It’s always fun to find pear teas. I don’t taste much black tea, but I think I would have preferred it without any so the pear could shine more. It’s not tart, just mild and fruity. I enjoyed it more cold, but I don’t really need it again. The second time I had this, I found the flavor to be a bit too light for my preference.

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This tea from the TTB was quite herbal and savory. It was okay cold, but it really wasn’t my preferred flavor profile.

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drank Cherry Cordial by The NecessiTeas
1718 tasting notes

I overleafed this, but it still tastes very thin. I taste maybe a hint of fruitiness or general dessertiness, but this tea doesn’t have a ton of flavor. It was a little more interesting cold. Definitely one of my less preferred Necessiteas blends, but I was still glad to try it in the TTB!

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drank Festival Fever by Call Me Sweetea
1718 tasting notes

Lovely to see some green rooibos in the TTB! Unfortunately, this doesn’t turn out as light and lovely as many green rooibos teas. This one has hibiscus, which adds a lot more tartness than I’d prefer. It doesn’t allow the sweet, smooth green rooibos to shine. This just ended up sort of tart and plain.

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I taste a tart, fake candy orange, but I don’t love the tea base, so it isn’t that delicious to me. It’s sort of light, and it’s pleasant with milk, but it doesn’t remind me of a scone. It’s not my favorite Necessiteas tea from the TTB. It turns out slightly strange.

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike



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