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drank Peppermint by Bigelow
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I need something calming after encountering all these bugs since the latest Steepster update. It was annoying enough that the site went down for most of Sunday (one of my most active days on this site), but now the site is not fully recognizing that I’m logged in, I’m having a lot of trouble posting and rating new tasting notes, I can’t like notes when viewing a tea company’s page, notes are sorting oddly on tea pages, it’s not sorting my cupboard correctly or displaying all the teas I have, AND I have to try several times to add or remove a tea from my cupboard before it finally takes! When will the madness end?!

I have so many teas that I really rely on the virtual cupboard. This cupboard bug makes prioritizing and tracking my sipdowns that much more exasperating. Ugh. Luckily, I knew this was my last Bigelow sample, so now I can pick up right where I left off yesterday! Inhaling the brewed tea aroma is calming me down already. It’s soothing and comforting in the way only tea can be. I need more of this stuff! And PRONTO!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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47
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
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Hmm, this is pretty mediocre at best. I’m not a fan of spearmint in anything other than gum. So, this basically just tastes like liquid gum to me. The good news? I can’t detect any hibiscus!

It isn’t horrible for a bagged tea, but it’s not something that I really want to drink either. Oh well. I didn’t have high expectations for this one anyway.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank I Love Lemon by Bigelow
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Why is there peppermint in a tea that’s called “I Love Lemon”? Shouldn’t it just be a bunch of lemon flavors? Well, despite my confusion for the ingredients included, it tastes all right I guess. The lemon is more potent than the mint, for which I’m grateful. This is pretty good for a “tea” that doesn’t actually have any tea in it. Color me impressed!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
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I agree with Erin Hurley on this one. It tastes more like apple than pomegranate. It’s sweet and tart from the hibiscus but at a tolerable level. Overall, it’s nothing exceedingly special. But it’s not bad either. It’s just
so-so.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
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This isn’t as good as my Tazo concentrated chai tea latte mix, but it’s pretty darn tasty for a teabag. Mmm mmm! This is a very satisfying cup with a little skim milk and Truvia added. Yummy!!

I’ve made this at work a couple times, and it was nowhere near as tasty as this cup. I think it’s because the hot water tap at work isn’t quite hot enough. I enjoy this significantly more at home, and I suspect that’s why. My advice is to be sure to use boiling water to get the most flavor out of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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It’s time for Orange & Spice ‘cause I need something nice! I’m not sure why I’m rhyming so much tonight. All this caffeine free tea is just putting me in that kind of mood.

The dry leaf aroma smells sooo good! There’s a lot more spice in this than I anticipated. The brewed tea aroma is equally as enticing. Ohhhhh yeaaaahh!!! The taste isn’t quite as great as the flavor, but that’s a common characteristic with many teas. It’s still very delicious and really hitting the spot. Yum!

Thanks to my mother-in-law for buying this for me! I’ll have to tell her how much I like it next time we visit. :)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Calm by Tazo
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I’m finally making headway with all these teabag samples I’ve had since forever. So since I’m kind of on a chamomile roll…here’s my last chamomile tea!

Oh, P.U.! This is not going to be a good one. It is stinky! Yuck. Well, it surprisingly doesn’t taste NEARLY as bad as it smells. I still don’t really want to drink it though. Who wants to hold their nose when they drink a cup of tea? Not me.

Ah, at long last! My cupboard is finally chamomile free! :P

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
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Big thanks to Stacy from Butiki Teas for providing this sample with my last order! I accidently let this one sit in my cupboard for a while. Shame on me. But it’s night time and I’m sleepy. This sounds like the perfect tea for right now!

The dry leaf aroma is really surprising to me. I expected it to smell like chamomile, but instead it smells like fruit. The brewed tea aroma has more of a chamomile fragrance to it. Wow. So this is what chamomile tastes like. Hmm, it’s tasty but I’m not sure it’s the flavor for me. I enjoyed the chance to try it though!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
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I’m not sure if I like chamomile. So before I try the Citrus Dream sample from Butiki Teas, I’ll try this bagged tea first. This mostly smells like mint when dry. Once brewed, it has a slight chamomile aroma underneath the more obvious mint.

The flavor is a similar sensory experience. I can taste a lot of mint with a hint of chamomile underneath. Mmm, I don’t know if I’m sleep deprived or what. But this isn’t bad. This is a relaxing blend indeed. *content sigh

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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You know you haven’t drunk enough tea when you have goosebumps and it’s 72 degrees in your apartment. What’s wrong with me? Well, it’s time to make more tea! After trying the Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha sample from JustJames, I wanted to compare it to plain Laoshan black. And lucky for me, JustJames provided a sample of that too!! I feel so lucky. :)

Mmmm!! I like this much better than the aforementioned blend. This is malty and grainy and delicious! It’s also a tad woodsy, which explains why I was tasting so much of that flavor in the oolong/black blend. I am thoroughly enjoying this cup (and its second infusion). Thanks JustJames!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!


My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.


I love swapping!!! If you see something in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message. If you’d like to trade, anything on my shopping list will do or feel free to send something else entirely. I’m willing to try almost anything (although I’m not really a fan of honeybush, red rooibos, pu’erh, Lapsang Souchong, & banana-flavored teas).

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Maryland, USA

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