296 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
296 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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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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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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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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drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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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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I’m trying this across many steeps, to get the full experience. My friend, who gave me a sample of this, told me to use a smaller amount than usual, which I am half listening to and using two teaspoons (albeit one of them was heaping) where I’d usually use a slightly heaping tablespoon.

First steep, I let the water sit for a couple minutes before adding, and steeped for three minutes. The tea brewed to a beautiful amber colour. It’s a little vegetal, and sweet. A little dry. Relaxing, and from what I remember, this tea will continue to make me feel studious and meditative throughout the day, if not in the same way as, say, pumpkin chai would. More adult and refined, more zen.
Second steep was more vegetal, more astringent. I may have used too-hot water, though. Still not bad, just not as good as I’d hope.
Hoping that third, and maybe fourth and fifth steep tomorrow are nice as well.

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I’ve been drinking chamomile during my shifts for a few days in a row, bagged, and decided to switch it up today and go for loose leaf instead.
The flavour seems gentler than the chamomile I’d been drinking lately, which I actually prefer. It’s still floral, but mild, relaxing.

Also, It’s been fascinating watching the chamomile drop from the top, where it’s been floating, down to a pile at the bottom in my clear travel mug. This is definitely a tea to watch!

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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I often make a travel mug of tea before a shift. Sometimes I get to it wright away, and sometimes it’s busy enough that I can’t take a sip for a few hours. I was over two hours into the shift today before I was able to get to this.

It stood up well to the steep abuse, though, as I’d expect of a fruit tea. If anything, I was expecting it to be a little stronger than it turned out being, but it was good regardless. I seem to be getting apple and pineapple the most, though the coconut also does come through. It’s a little tropic, a little fruity… it could be moreso, but it’s not bad at all, even when left for a while and cooling off!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp
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Love this during the summer – wish they would add it to the permanent collection!

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drank Orange Pekoe by Tetley
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Straight or doctored with milk and honey, like I’m having it tonight, I definitely prefer this to the bold Tetley. The taste is much more basic, much more classic. Perhaps it’s not the fanciest or the highest quality black tea out there, but this is what I grew up with, and it’s a comfort to have a nice big mug of it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I tried a few sips of this clear, and it seemed quite spiced — I think I might have to have a proper steep of it this way sometime and see what I think. However, my main objective was chai with milk and sugar today, and so that’s what I’ve made.
The spice is pleasant and comforting, though I wish there was a stronger flavour overall. I’m not sure what exactly, but it feels like it could do with one thing more to just make the flavour pop and really be delectable. But as is, it’s good, spiced, relaxing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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