291 Tasting Notes

84
drank Yerba Mate by Zen Tea
291 tasting notes

Straight mate has a lighter flavour, like green tea. (Not that the two are in any way interchangeable, they just have a similar refined lightness.) Thankfully, it doesn’t oversteep as easily, meaning it survives travel mug abuse quite well.
Usually I prefer blends with mate in them, but I was in the mood for it straight today. It’s dry, light, refined. Pairs well both with savoury and sweet foods. I’m happy with this.

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75
drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
291 tasting notes

I’m… not sure how much of a difference that I can taste between various teas that are all 100% the same flower.
Still, I think I slightly prefer the loose leaf versions that I’ve had to this. Huh. Still, not bad, slightly sweet.
It’s chamomile, and approximately what you would expect as such.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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The word gingerbread comes with some real connotations. Some, like the snap of a cookie and the crunchy texture of it and thick frosting are not going to be replicable with tea. The taste however… one can try.
This tea smells and tastes far closer than I expect. While I will admit that I ate a candy cane not long before, and still have the taste of mint in my mouth, the scent of gingerbread is still coming through, and the taste pleasantly hints at the original.
Could it be stronger? Yes. But can I see how it lives up to its name, and be pleased by it? Also yes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Chai Tea by Tetley
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Chai is my general go to “I’m working” or “I just came home from work” or “It’s been a long day” type of tea. It does wonders for me, almost no matter what type of chai it is. As such, this can fill the spot. However, among the world of chai, and while serviceable, it’s definitely not high on my list of must-stock chais. It was worth getting, and I’ll certainly finish the canister, but I don’t think this will be a rebuy. It’s serviceable, but even among bagged chai, I know I can do better. (Tim Hortons chai, for example….)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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71
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
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Mint has always been my mom’s favourite flavour of tea, for as long as I can remember. It’s never quite hit me the same way, unless in some sort if blend (chocolate mint is GOOD).
This tea… is okay to me? I feel the tingling of the mint but it’s not overwhelming. The tea doesn’t really whelm me at all to be honest. It’s okay, I can tell that it’s probably not pure mint, but that it’s minty… it doesn’t quite hit me like a minty candy or gum or toothpaste would, and part of me would almost prefer that?
But yeah. Not bad, just not great either. An okay cup, that would probably be enjoyed better by my mint-loving mother.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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80
drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
291 tasting notes

I was given a new travel mug, and it’s pretty much a thermos. Hours later, and my tea is still piping hot to the point that I’d actually like it marginally cooler to drink. (Mind, if I were to leave the top open, it would probably cool down more. I’m just REALLY IMPRESSED, okay?)
The tea has a nice vanilla taste to it. Adding milk added a creaminess that matched the taste well; I think having the tea with something sweet and creamy (a milk custard bun comes to mind?) might have had the same effect.
I like this better than a lot of other vanilla teas that I’ve had, but it’s still not necessarily a favourite. Still, pretty good.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank I Love Lemon by Bigelow
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You know that feeling when you just might be getting a cold and want to ward it off? Yeah, that’s where I am today. That time of year and all. So, vitamin C is a good thing, and this tea professes to be a good source of such.
It’s tart and lemony. Not bite-into-lemon-curd lemony, but pleasantly tart-sour nonetheless. I definitely think I’d have this again, though I will say that I’m a fan of lemon tea in general, so it’s not too surprising. But, especially if this delivers the vitamin C boost it promises, I really can’t say no.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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I was really excited when I heard of this tea. Pumpkin? Cheesecake? YES PLEASE!
But… I don’t really get anything special from this tea at all. There’s an aftertaste that reminds me of the name? And it smells like pumpkin and lemon and sweet…. but I really can’t find myself loving it. There’s just not enough to it, and what there is just isn’t spectacular. Not… bad? Just… not anything really great either.

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90
drank Rhubarb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I decided to try a cup of this today after my aunt graciously offered to buy me a cup. It’s very fruity, rounded out by the taste and feel of the spices.
It tastes very comfortable and makes me think of coziness and home, but it doesn’t really make me think of rhubarb. The main fruit that I really get is apple; it’s not tart or, well, rhubarby enough to live up to the name.
Still, it is delicious and I definitely think that I will have to get more of this for my home collection soon.

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79
drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
291 tasting notes

I felt like something flavoured, so I took a break from the pu-erh to have some of this instead. I chose this after a heavy lunch, due to the ginger, and am not disappointed.

The sweetness of the ginger and peach really meld here, though I imagine it would taste even better enhanced with some sugar. But it’s interesting because I can’t quite tell where the fruitiness begins and the ginger ends or vice-versa; the two flavours just go together into a whole so well.

I can’t say it’s my favourite tea ever, but I can imagine this being really good for a bit of indigestion; sweet and enjoyable but still soothing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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