665 Tasting Notes

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I tell myself I really need to finish a tea before opening a new one. PHHHHTTT!

I had this one last night as my before-bed cup. It was yummy. Smooth, mildly sweet on its own, with a warm finish. I think it’s the maple that I like so well. It really is a cozy cuppa!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

(Yeah, don’t we all? ;)

ashmanra

You inspired me today, Maddy. I was so ashamed of my recent “new tea binges” when I read this, I decided to finish a sample I have had for three years or more. And who knows when it was bought. I feel quite noble right now.

Evol Ving Ness

It’s a balancing act though. On one hand, we try to finish up old(er) teas. On the other, we want to drink our teas when they are fresh and full of optimum flavour. And then, we try to not go too overboard when restocking—as if.

Maddy Barone

@gmathis Someday I will have whittled my tea stash down to about 10 permanent teas and a few alternates. Someday.

@ashmanra glad to assist in nobility! LOL

@Evol And I have a few faves that are not on the market anymore that I hate to drink down, yet if I hang on too long they will be tasteless water. W\hat’s a tea drinker to do? And yeah, as if.

gmathis

That is a noble goal and I desperately need to adopt it myself!

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83

After seeing Evol Ving Ness’s tasting note I remembered I had this one unopened in the tea drawer and decided to brew it up. For some reason I was expecting something smoky. This is not smoky. It is black licorice (I love black licorice, but only a couple of pieces, because it quickly becomes too much) I saw some reviews that said it was bitter and astringent, but I am not finding it that way.

For someone without a sense of smell, this has a definitely anise flavor. The sip ends with a slightly sweet note. The flavor, for me, was enhanced as it cooled. I enjoyed it very much. It might become a little much if I have more than one cup at a time. As with black licorice, a little bit goes a long way. But this one will go into the regular rotation.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I am so pleased that you are enjoying this tea. I feel somehow personally responsible that you opened the packet and began the journey with it just now. So yay!

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82

This was perfectly lovely! I can usually taste lemon because ‘sour’ is one of the flavors my dead tastebuds can discern. But i didn’t get any sour here, just a hint of tartness, but was buried under an almost creamy flavor. I bet if I could taste, I would ADORE this one. As it is, I do love it. It was a perfect after supper cup for a chilly evening.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
gmathis

It does sound lovely!

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75

My order from 52Teas came! (Hush. I know I wasn’t going to order anymore tea. So sue me) I ordered only four taster packs, but this was added as a sample. It seems like lately I am drinking more herbal and caffeine free teas than black teas, so I was glad to get to try this one.

It was lovely. Mind you, without a sense of smell, I don’t taste much. But this had a nice mouthfeel, and a smooth, almost sweet, flavor without any additives. And it re-steeped nicely too. Now I have ot decide which other Teas tea to brew tonight.

gmathis

(I won’t tell.)

52Teas

I won’t sue you. Ordering tea is a good thing. :)

CrowKettle

Enjoy your teas! :)

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70

It’s cold up here in North Dakota now, so I decided to have hot tea after my coffee. I decided on this one because it seemed like a Christmas tea would go well with my Christmas music and the sound of snow plows beeping and scraping over the parking lot. The first snow fall of the season makes me want tea!

I seem to remember liking this one, if not loving it. This morning it was just bitter. The can of bags is a little old, about 3 years old, actually. Maybe that has faded the cinnamon and other flavors, because I get nothing from this. Too bad.

Well, lots more tea drinking weather ahead now. I need to re-organize my tea drawer and re-discover some favorites.

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drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
665 tasting notes

I went to Walmart yesterday and picked up a box of this tea. It’s ridiculous how fixated I was on this tea. But I was very happy to have a cup last night. I love this tea!

I was talking to a gal at work and she said she’s had it but doesn’t like it. The cinnamon is too strong for her and it gives her mouth a dry feeling. I get that. It is really heavy on the cinnamon. But it is also naturally sweet, and I love that.

OMGsrsly

Oh I love this one, especially hiking in the winter. I should see if I can find a box. :)

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73

I got a nice big tin of tea bags as a gift from friends. It’s not bad. There is definitely a zing of hibiscus in it. I do not like hibiscus. To me it is too sour. I could taste the spices in it though, and that helped.

Boy, I am in a mood to not be satisfied by anything these days!

Flavors: Hibiscus

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70

I was craving a spicy evening cup, and I was out of the Good Earth tea a like. This was mild. I actually tasted nothing at all. Since I don’t have a sense of smell I don’t taste much. But I usually get some spice. I sure do with the Good Earth brand. Which is not to say this was awful. It was a cup of warm of water, which is better than a bitter or sour cup of warm water.

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drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
665 tasting notes

I’ve had this as my evening cup for he past two nights. Now it’s gone! cue wild sobs I really like this tea, especially now that it is cold out. I’ve been to two stores looking for it but they do not have it. Grr. It’s not like I don’t have any other teas to drink. But this one is a fave. It is rainy and cold here (and I doubt it will get much warmer for the next 4.5 months) so a nice spicy herbal tea is what I want. I do have some chai teas, but they are black based, so possibly not as good for evening. I will see.

ashmanra

I have seen it at Sprouts. Do you have a Sprouts nearby?

gmathis

I’m not sure I knew they had a caffeine free version. Based on the black tea variety, I agree that it’s perfect for raw weather.

Maddy Barone

Ashmanra We do not, but I know Walmart carries it. I just hate to go to Walmart. But I will. Maybe over the weekend.
gmathis They do! They also have a half herbal/half black version which is nice.

gmathis

We’ll be near a really good Dillon’s (Kroger stepchild) in a few days. I’ll have to look there.

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73

I last had this one cold brewed, and it was nice but not spectacular. This morning I had it on my morning break. I very rarely work Sundays but this weekend is cut over for the new computer system at work. I know NOTHING about computers but somehow I earned the ‘honor’ of being on the test team. Ugh. Started yesterday at 9:00 am and went to 6:15 pm. Nothing worked well, so back today at 10:00 and it ain’t done yet.

Sigh.

As a hot cup this is nice. Again, not spectacular. A little bitter at the end of the sip. If I were ordering teas, this would not be included in an order. I won’t have any problem finishing it., Maybe I will add a touch of honey to the next cup and see if I like it better that way. I very rarely add anything to my tea. A little sweetener now and then, but never milk. Funny, because I cannot stand coffee without creamer. :)

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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