291 Tasting Notes

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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
291 tasting notes

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
Lilysmom

Love this during the summer – wish they would add it to the permanent collection!

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drank Orange Pekoe by Tetley
291 tasting notes

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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This is one of those teas that just smells like OH MY GOODNESS. If this tea was available as a scent I would probably buy it and let it aerate throughout my room when I was in an apple-y, harvest-y mood.
Unfortunately, while the scent promises an apple caramel maple delight, the taste doesn’t quite deliver. The maple comes through a lot more than the apple, but it is mainly scent over flavour. (I actually said, when I smelled it, that I hoped this wouldn’t be the taste, but oh well.)
Still, it doesn’t taste bad, just not anywhere near as delicious to the scent. I bet that, if paired with a slice of pie or something harvest-y, it would be a really nice complement. On its own, however, it could do to be stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
291 tasting notes

I… wish this were fruitier. And I hate saying this about a fruit tea, but…. there’s just a hint of fruit, a little apple-y as others have pointed out, and a hint of tart, but not enough to leave a real lasting impression. And, I mean, it’s not bad? And would probably be the right kind of meek thing to have with something and be a nice on the side thing? But not really strong enough to stand out and be a decadent treat on its own, like my favourite fruit teas are.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
291 tasting notes

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drank Bold orange pekoe by Tetley
291 tasting notes

My father likes it bold. Given the choice, he’d prefer to go with these teabags than the regular ones.
I, on the other hand, find it a little too… I don’t know what exactly. The flavour, perhaps, is more musky than the original, a little darker along with stronger, and while I might sometimes like dark or strong in certain teas… it just doesn’t serve for this cuppa.

So, unfortunately, not my favourite. Still quite drinkable, but not one I’d go out of the way for.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1tbsp in my large large libre tea tumbler.

Put the lid on at five minutes, but let it steep longer because it was HOT. One thing that I love about mate, however, is that it is both high caffeine, and ridiculously hard to oversteep; at least with the blends that I have, I’ve only found one (chocolate rocket) that doesn’t take well to the abuse of long periods of steep time as I go about my day.

This tea is supposed to be like the tea version of hot chocolate, and I can taste it. Actually, I think I’ve had hot chocolate that tasted more watered down than this before. The cinnamon actually helps a lot. For a tea, and drinking it clear, it tastes very rich. Though again there is melted chocolate in here, so it’s not too surprising. Really, though, yum.

To be honest, I may end up preferring this to hot chocolate, depending on when and how I want it. It’s better for mornings than the real thing, and delivers well on the chocolate.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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