112 Tasting Notes


The citrus twist on this chamomile tea sounded interesting. In addition to the chamomile and citrus ingredients it also includes several other floral ingredients as well as spearmint. The Chamomile taste was more prominent than all the other ingredients together.

This tastes great and is quite calming as the name suggests. I would recommend this tea to anyone who likes chamomile.

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tasted like fresh green tea with a beautiful citrus accent. It was excellent.

Flavors: Blood Orange

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got this tea in a pyramid shaped tea bag with whole leaf tea inside. Just looking at the tea bag it looked like a premium tea. There were so many leaves in the bag that when I steeped the tea expanded so much that the pyramid was bulging .

The tea tasted very good but they could have used a bigger pyramid for the tea.

Flavors: Fruity

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Fennel by 3-Crown
112 tasting notes

The dry tea has prominent and distinctive smell. The only thing I can think of to compare the smell to is licorice allsorts candy. It has been many years since I have eaten licorice allsorts but if I remember correctly it smells like the soft licorice allsorts with the tiny blue or pink colored balls stuck to it.

When I made the tea the smell was not as prominent as when it was dry but I found the taste to be quite pleasant.

Flavors: Fennel

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I enjoy some fruit teas but a lot of fruit teas are too tart and I have been suspicious that it was rosehips and or hibiscus that are making the fruit teas so tart. This tea only has 2 ingredients (rosehips & hibiscus) so I actually bought this tea as an experiment and if this was way too tart then I would try and avoid the fruit teas with these ingredients too close to the top of the ingredient list.

First of all when I opened the box they teas are not individually wrapped so I smelled the whole box of tea bags and I could not smell much of anything. That was a bit disappointing because every other tea I have ever had has quite a bit of smell (usually a good smell).

I made the tea with only 70 C water for only 2 minutes because I thought it might get too tart if I used boiling water or steeped it for too long. This tea is intensely red! by the 2 minute mark it was so red it looked almost like a cup of blood. I was not even able to see the spoon when it was more than 1 inch into the tea.

It tasted quite fruity and a little bit tart but not bad at all. I quite enjoyed this tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Tart

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I bought a big 1 pound bag of this loose leaf tea. When I smell the dry tea from the big bag there is a sharp orange peel smell that is almost overwhelming. After transferring some of the tea to a smaller container the smell is much better.

So far I made this tea three times. The first time it tasted quite bitter. Not the bitter black tea taste but more of a bitter orange peel taste. I finished the cup but I really didn’t enjoy it at all.

The second and third time tasted much better. I don`t really know why it tasted so much better but maybe the first scoop of tea got some orange peel (or more orange peel) than the others. My rating is based on the two cups of tea that I enjoyed (not the first try).

Flavors: Orange Zest

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The smell of the dry leaves is excellent. This tea has a mild and slightly sweet mint taste. I think I like peppermint tea better than Moroccan Mint but this is good too.

The first try I used 2 tsp for 12 oz of boiling water for about 10 minutes and it was quite weak.

The second time I used 2 tsp for 8 oz of boiling water for about 12 minutes and it was a bit better but still a bit weak.

The third time was a charm. I used 2 heaping tsp (about 2.5 tsp) for 8oz of boiling water for about 18 minutes and it was a good strength.

Flavors: Mint

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Southern Sweet Tea by Adamo Tea
112 tasting notes

Adamo doesn’t put preparation instructions on the bag. There is no ingredient list on this bag either. I don’t know much about southern sweet tea so I wasn’t even sure what type of tea it was. It looked like there was some black tea dust and fannings mixed with medium sized leaves that were green. I wasn’t sure if the green leaves were even tea or something else. Before steeping the tea I went on line to see if I could get information on southern sweet tea and it sounds like this is popular in the southern United States and they mix lots of sugar to the tea then serve it with ice. However, I wanted to make the tea hot with no sugar and I still wasn’t sure what was in the tea so I prepared it with 90 C water for 3 minutes.

There were so much dust in and fannings in the tea that I ended up having a lot of particles at the bottom that escaped through my very fine infuser.

The tea didn’t taste bad but it was a bit wierd. Maybe it would have tasted better if I prepared it with sugar.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I would describe this as having a gentle sweet woody flavor. It tasted quite good.

I steeped 1 tsp of the red rooibos in 12 oz. of boiling water for about 15 minutes and it made a fairly strong cup of rooibos.

After I was finished I decided to try and steep another (8 oz.) cup with the same used rooibos. This time I started with the water at only 85 C (182 F) this second cup was not quite as strong but was still strong enough and it tasted even better.

Maybe next time I will try and start with only 1/2 a tsp and see how that works.

I did enjoy this but I liked the green rooibos even better.

Flavors: Sweet, Wood

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Organic Yerba Mate by Adamo Tea
112 tasting notes

This is plain organic yerba mate. It tastes great if you like pure yerba mate like I do.

I understand that yerba mate requires more leaves than tea for the same amount so I put 2 tsp of yerba mate for a 12 oz cup and it was about perfect strength for me.

185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I just recently got into tea (fall of 2015).

I love trying many types of tea. So far I have tried many Black, Oolong, Green and White teas as well as Yerba Mate, Rooibos, Honey Bush, Chamomile, Mint and fruit teas. I have liked good teas in almost every category. I don’t go for overly bitter/astringent, tart, or sweet teas and I never add milk/cream, sugar or other sweeteners to my tea.

Even though I have many excellent teas I always want to try a new one just to see what it tastes like and if I like it even better than my current favorites. Eventually I will focus more on drinking my favorites rather than always trying a different type of tea.


85+ Excellent and I will definitely repurchase soon so I don’t run out.

75-84 Really good and I will probably buy it again.

65-74 Good and I might buy it again but on the other hand maybe I won’t repurchase.

50-64 OK and I might finish the box.

1-49 Really did not like it at all. I probably dumped out the rest of the cup for the teas on the lower end of this range.

I am only doing one review per tea. If I drink it multiple times and my opinion changes then I will go back and update my rating and tasting notes.



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