68 Tasting Notes

2021 Advent Calendar

I LOVED this one. So much that I have am stifling a strong urge to purchase more but need to make some space in the tea cubby.

Flavors: Coconut, Lime

Jen vB

Not lime! That was a missed click. Ooops!

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drank Cherrie by Brutaliteas
68 tasting notes

2021 Advent Calendar

I’m about 5 days behind due to an insane work schedule and over commitments. So my memory is foggy and the next few Tealogs are going to be Memorable Good and Not So Memorable.

My sense of taste was complete back by this point and everyone is well again in our home. I liked this one. Chocolate teas are generally not my thing but I enjoyed the Cherry and Chocolate Combination.

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate

Shae

I missed that your family was sick, but I’m glad you’re all feeling better now!

Jen vB

Thanks! Caught a nasty cold that circulated through the family. But we’re all back to “normal” now.

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drank Sanctuberry by Brutaliteas
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2021 Advent Calendar

Shaking off this cold and the taste buds seem to be back in play. There is a strong berry flavor to this one, which should have been obvious to me based on the ingredient listing. I don’t dislike it but for me most berry teas are better iced. I’ve noticed that berry teas seem to leave me with a dry feeling in my mouth. Is that normal?

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Raspberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

You might check some of Cameron’s tea notes with berry — if I recall, she gets a chalky taste with berry teas.

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drank The Tart of Ruin by Brutaliteas
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When I did my leaf sniff test I was concerned about the excessively sweet raspberry scent I detected. But after steeping, I only detected the almond flavoring. Pretty sure my head cold is messing with me still. But I think this is one I would do again.

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Blood Jasmine Shed by Brutaliteas
68 tasting notes

2021 Advent Calendar

The best part of these calendars is you get to try so many different teas. So far, I’ve not wanted to “dump the mug” yet. Some I’ve found meh and others I’ve really liked and some are in between.

I liked this one quite a bit. The ingredient listing made me think it was going to be too sweet for my taste. I found it just sweet enough. The strawberry flavors really do compliment the jasmine.

Flavors: Jasmine, Strawberry

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drank Cinnamin Flames by Brutaliteas
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Meh? I’m begininng to wonder if my taste buds are broken. Slight hint of cinnamon and cloves. If I think really hard I might detect some anise, but I can say, I’m not impressed with this one.

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drank Talk DirTea To Me by Brutaliteas
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2021 Advent Calendar

I sipped this one on my way to a very busy day at work. So I ended up sipping it scalding and then later on when it was tepid from sitting on my desk and then microwaved to warm up. The tea had a lovely caramel and chai flavoring. I don’t detect coffee notes and I’m okay with that.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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I love the name and now I want to watch Ghostbusters again. I liked this tea well enough. True to indication, it reminds me of a French toast casserole. I’ve got a bit of a cold so I think my sense of taste is off. I might purchase this one in the future to give it another go.

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Lime Bomb by Brutaliteas
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2021 Advent Calendar Day 8

Kind of knew that I might not like this one. Cucumber is not meant to be in teas. It wasn’t a tea I dumped out but it’s definitely not on my buy again list. But if you like Cucumber infusions, it probably is one you might like

Flavors: Cucumber

Preparation
1 tsp

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drank Psychocostick by Brutaliteas
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2021 Advent Calendar

I wasn’t sure what to make of the ingredient list this morning and my first sip was a dubious one. A few sips in, I definitely decided it was a favorite. I don’t care for hot spices much and I worried that the chili pepper would be too much for me. However, they were very understated and I felt it worked well with chocolate and strawberries. I will say, this is the first chocolate flavored tea I’ve enjoyed.

Flavors: Chocolate, Clove, Ginger, Strawberry

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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In the early 2000’s, my brother worked for a grocery company that removed items from the shelves and I ended up with a cabinet filled with random tea.

After I finished that cabinet, I started trying new things and exploring the world of tea. Still exploring, still learning, and loving this community.

I tend to take my tea with no additions and quite hot. Though often I find myself having to reheat my mug due to distractions. I’m partial to herbals, white tea, green, and blacks. But I really will try anything once.

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