242 Tasting Notes

40

Quick and easy…makes plastic water taste good. A bit sweet for me, but at least its not real sugar.

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80
drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
242 tasting notes

Last teabag :-( I get a can of this every Christmas and ration it out.
Spicey goodness. A touch of sugar brings out the flavors. The citrus is a bit underwhelming, but this last teabag is 5+ months old…

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75

got some of this from a friend. Steeped 5 minutes to get some color…Very light, not astringent, mild mild mild, even after 5 minutes of steeping. Knowing that tea IS flavored water, this is just flavored water….
I’ll try this one again in the future just to make sure it wasn’t a bad day.

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67

Ok, yes, I’m running through my library of tea. This is something completely different from my usual fare. 1 1/2 teaspoons in a 2 cup pot. Steeped 3-4 minutes. Light straw color. Fresh mowed grass smell. Light, tannic, cleansing in the mouth. Best drank hot…as it cools the tannins seem to become overwhelming. A little reheat and its good to go.

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88

An excellent Ceylon. Dark rust red, just a hint of tannins. Good hot, gets better as it cools. I actually like this one when its down to room temp…seems to bring out the tannins a bit more.

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76

VERY expansive when brewed. One teaspoon will expand to fill a 1/3 cup strainer.
An excellent Earl Grey. Decaffination hasn’t seemed to take any of the flavor, and of course double bergamot is never a bad thing, is it?
This is a good late night treat.

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77

2nd infusion – decidely weaker. Woodsy flavor. Definitely overbrewed the the first cup, leaving nothing notable for a second. (Edit: I take that back, once it cooled down enough to get a full mouthful, the flavor was there. Much lighter than the first cup. Definitely overbrewed the first cup!)

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74
drank Orange & Spice by Lipton
242 tasting notes

This more for completeness….
I drink this, with a dollop of honey and a slice of real lemon, whenever I start to get a sore throat. Call it psychology or whatever, but it makes me feel better and I swear it makes the sore throat go away faster!

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77

1 teaspoon (as opposed to tsp) about 4 minutes in moderately hot water. Brews dark and flavorful. Slightly tannic…probably should have taken it out a little past 3 minutes. A bit heavy in the mouth (not bad, just different than say…a Ceylon), but the flavor last a good 30+ seconds after swallowing. Think Irish/Scottish breakfast teas. (Edit: don’t let this one go cold…not as good)

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85

Very light taste, not acidic or tannic. Lightly rust colored brew

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