526 Tasting Notes

82
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
526 tasting notes

I read the adorable letter from Uniquity to Lady Grey & knew I must try this tea!

But after waiting for it to steep and smelling the aroma, I thought I might have made a mistake. This isn’t like Earl Grey at all.

I took a tentative sip. Yuck! The citrus overwhelmed everything else and almost made me gag!

I re-read Uniquity’s letter and thought I might have to write its antithesis. But I decided to add a little bit of milk and sugar before completely giving up hope.

What a difference!! Suddenly, this tea was more than stomachable; it was wonderful!

The lemon complements the bergamot nicely, and now I’m truly enjoying my cup of Lady Grey (who I always mistakenly call Lady Earl Grey). She definitely is much sweeter than her husband and quite forgiving.

Thank you, Uniquity, for writing such a persuasive letter that I couldn’t help but try and love Lady Grey. I followed your steeping instructions and with the addition of a little skim milk & Truvia, I’m a convert.

Sincerely,
CHAroma

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

Huzzah! I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so blessed or appreciated in my tea experience as when I read this note. For a while I toyed with the idea of writing letters to all my teas, but it seemed a little insane. : ) I’m glad you could find a way to enjoy this one as well. I certainly had trouble with my path…

CHAroma

Aww, you’re the sweetest! Go tea blogging, haha!

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74
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
526 tasting notes

Delicious! Dee-lish!

Not at good as Lupicia’s Earl Grey (which surprised me because this is Twinings!), but still a good substitute when I’m craving that bergamot flavor.

It’s not overly strong bergamot, which I guess a lot of users dislike this blend for. But nevertheless, I still like it!

I don’t want my bergamot eating a hole through my stomach. This tea contains just enough to let me know what I’m drinking without making me woozy.

With just a little bit of sugar, this tea has me ready to tackle anything!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
526 tasting notes

I can’t help but compare this to English Breakfast. It’s a little darker, a little malty-er, but still a robust black breakfast tea.

I actually might like it more! It’s missing the bite that English Breakfast sometimes has. It’s smoother and milder and just a great addition to an otherwise dull, rainy morning.

Also, the cheesy aftertaste is gone that I experienced yesterday. I definitely blame the tap water. It can no longer be trusted. No more funk here!

It’s equally as good as English Breakfast. But I still think the English has a little more get-up-and-go pep! But the Irish is definitely just as good. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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93
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
526 tasting notes

Ah, I just love my English Breakfast. It never disappoints. Thank you, Twinings!

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Strange tea, this.

It has a spicy note to it that reminds me of an herb I cook with, but I can’t put my finger on it. Oregano, maybe? But not quite as powerful as oregano.

Overall, it tastes like a light black tea. But it has an interesting vegetal quality that’s probably coming from what I think is the green tea or it could be
lemongrass.

There’s no added fruit flavorings that I can tell. No astringency. Only a slight bitterness from oversteeping since I left the leaves in my cup as I drank it.

I haven’t tasted anything quite like it before. Maybe it’s a custom blend?

If anyone knows what this tea is or where to find it, please message me! It’s driving me crazy that I can’t find any information on it! Also, if you’d like a sample to try for yourself, please message me! I have a limited supply, but I’d appreciate the help identifying it.

It’s not the best tea I’ve ever had, but it’s far from the worst. So, it’s getting a middle of the road rating from me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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OMG, this is horrible! Okay, it’s really not that bad. But it tastes EXACTLY like apple cider minus the apple.

All I’m getting is hot cinnamon/ginger water. If I poured this into some hot apple juice, it would probably be a lot more enjoyable. I drank it straight without any milk or sweetener in a bagged version (and I’m confident loose leaf would not have improved this any).

I was intrigued by the name. How can this tea be black AND green??!
The answer is: it can’t.

I didn’t even get any “tea” flavor. Nope. All I get is a blend of spices in my cup, no black tea, and definitely no green tea.

This just has too much going on: black, green, chai, organic, premium. Yuck. This company tried too hard. They should have picked one type of tea and concentrated on making it perfection. Instead, they created an apple cider minus the apple, which I’d rather have added back in.

Don’t be fooled by the name. This is not premium tea, and I for one could not care less if it was Certified USDA Organic or not. Okay, enough ranting.
Moving on!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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31
drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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I’m not sure why this tea appears twice on Steepster, so I’m just going to post the same review under both of them.

I first tried a bagged Darjeeling tea from Lupicia. It was a Second Flush and pretty light. I probably watered it down too much, which I tend to do sometimes with Lupicia teas.

But this Twinings bagged version was a completely different experience, and not for the better! This wasn’t watered down at all. It created a nice brown liquor and seemed to be a normal cup of tea. I drank it straight without milk or sweetener.

It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but I did not like its taste at all. It’s hard for me to pinpoint what it is I don’t like. I think it’s just the taste of the tea itself. It’s not that it’s bitter or astringent. It just tastes…not good.

The first sip is unassuming, average, black tea. But then it’s just yucky. I couldn’t finish my cup. But my boyfriend drank his and the rest of mine down and said, “It just tastes like tea. I don’t know what you don’t like about it.” And neither do I.

But this is not one I’d buy again. Now I want to try the Lupicia version again for further taste comparison.

Anyone know why this is called the “champagne of teas”? It does elicit the same reaction from me as champagne: Blech. I’ll give it that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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31
drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
526 tasting notes

I’m not sure why this tea appears twice on Steepster, so I’m just going to post the same review under both of them.

I first tried a bagged Darjeeling tea from Lupicia. It was a Second Flush and pretty light. I probably watered it down too much, which I tend to do sometimes with Lupicia teas.

But this Twinings bagged version was a completely different experience, and not for the better! This wasn’t watered down at all. It created a nice brown liquor and seemed to be a normal cup of tea. I drank it straight without milk or sweetener.

It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but I did not like its taste at all. It’s hard for me to pinpoint what it is I don’t like. I think it’s just the taste of the tea itself. It’s not that it’s bitter or astringent. It just tastes…not good.

The first sip is unassuming, average, black tea. But then it’s just yucky. I couldn’t finish my cup. But my boyfriend drank his and the rest of mine down and said, “It just tastes like tea. I don’t know what you don’t like about it.” And neither do I.

But this is not one I’d buy again. Now I want to try the Lupicia version again for further taste comparison.

Anyone know why this is called the “champagne of teas”? It does elicit the same reaction from me as champagne: Blech. I’ll give it that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Don’t give up on Darjeeling completely… I’ve noticed that there are so many unique nuances with different Darjeeling teas. When you find a good Darjeeling, you might understand why it’s called the Champagne of teas. It has a light, almost crystal-like taste that is crisp and fruity. The finish is dry and wine-like. Sweet.

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93
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
526 tasting notes

Hmm, I taste something funky going on.

Lacking a good night’s sleep, I reached for this upon arriving at work with my eyelids still crusted shut. I don’t know if it’s just because I bought my first Brita water filter after returning from a vacation to find the kitchen flooded with dirty water and knowing I can’t possibly make myself drink water straight from that faucet again.

Or maybe it’s because my mind is considering the possibility that perhaps milk marked for expiration today shouldn’t go into my tea, especially since it’s the same milk that was in my fridge when the power went out for 24 hours. Thank you, Hurricane Irene.

Regardless, there’s definitely something funky going on here. I’m not at home, so the Brita water filter would have no effect on this straight-from-the-boiling-hot-water-tap water. And I haven’t even poured the milk of questionable integrity into it yet either. Yet still, funk. What could it be?

I added a little Truvia and it just made the funk more pronounced! Perhaps I need to re-roll this morning. I’m blaming the water quality at my work. What could be in this water to make my Irish Breakfast Tea have an aftertaste like cheese??? I’ll be back…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Today is just a day of weirdness. After a failed cup of Twining’s English Breakfast too, I’m switching to coffee. I bought a cup of Organic Serena Blend from the coffee cart lady. It claims to be a Starbucks blend, so I went to look it up online (because it’s delicious & I must have more of it!). I come to find it’s been discontinued. And yet, here it is in my cup with its beautiful, floral and citrus notes of awesomeness. Hmm…I’m stumped. I guess I’ll just bring some bottled water in tomorrow to make my tea. What a weird day. First cheesy aftertaste water and now coffee that no longer exists. O_oo_O

sierra

Do you think it might have been the Truvia? I feel like that always makes my tea taste funky, no matter the type of tea.

CHAroma

No, I absolutely love Truvia and think it tastes exactly like sugar. It was definitely the hot water tap in my office. Other people noticed it tastes funny too. I did end up bringing in bottled water, made the tea the same way, and it tasted perfectly normal. Just goes to show that the quality of the water does affect the taste of the tea. :)

sierra

Really? Every time I try to put Truvia in tea or coffee, I think it tastes…dirty? I don’t know how to describe it. And I know what you mean about water quality. Mine at work is awful, too.

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88
drank Pure Mint by Twinings
526 tasting notes

This tea = win.

I love reading fantasy. I’m currently eleven books into Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. The characters are often drinking mint tea. “Mint tea?” I thought. “I have to try that!”

I looked around for a while, but jeez! There’re just so many different mint teas out there. Moroccan mint, herbal mint, mint melange, citrus mint, white mint, so much mint!!!

Unfortunately, much of what I found had mixed reviews and was on the expensive side. I also mostly found a lot of herbal tea blends. Herbal tea is okay, but I can never get over the fact that it doesn’t have any actual tea leaves in it. How can it be tea then?

Trying to avoid drinking a cup of hot water with mint leaves floating around in it, I finally stumbled into this box of Twinings tea in the super market. Black tea leaves with peppermint and spearmint. Kaching!

I can smell the mint right through the box. Upon opening a packet, it smells exactly like spearmint gum. Uh oh. Not a good sign.

Two minutes later…I’m drinking my first mint tea!!! Mmm, this is good!

I drank it straight without any added sugar or milk (which I usually add to black teas). Twinings did not let me down! This is expertly blended and balanced. And it’s only 18 cents a cup!

There’s no bitterness or mint overload. It doesn’t taste oily or flaky or like mint bubble gum (thank God). It’s just a perfect cup of mint tea. Yum yum!

No longer wondering what I’m missing, I can plunge into my book and drink mint tea right along with the characters. Hooray! :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I tried Wheel of Time series, I’ve read the first two books. I wasn’t super convinced by them though, too many of the characters annoyed me. (Matt for example. Irresponsible little brat.) And then RJ passed away and I lost the interest to keep going, really. I’m considering once in a while getting the third book, but I keep finding other things I’d rather read so I don’t get around to it.

CHAroma

I actually despise Robert Jordan’s writing style and characterization. All the characters are exactly the same, especially the girls. But I’m trying to read all the major fantasy authors, so I have to include Jordan.

Angrboda

David Eddings is a favourite of mine. I forgive him for writing the same plot again and again and for all the cliches and what have yous, because I just love the story so much. Elenium and Tamuli most of all. Read the Elenium the first time when I was fifteen. Fifteen years later I can’t even make a guess as to how many times I’ve re-read. I think it kickstarted the entire genre for me.

I haven’t read too many of the major ones. Eddings, CS Lewis and Terry Pratchett. And that’s it really. And JK Rowling of course, does she count?

Currently enjoying Karen Miller and Frances Hardinge, both very recommendable ladies. The latter especially having a wonderful way with words. Unfortunately I don’t think either can really be called ‘major’ authors…

Uniquity

I read the whole Sword of Truth series (Terry Goodkind) but not really any others. I like sci-fi/fantasy, but I am a stand alone kind of girl more often than not.

Angrboda

Frances Hardinge writes stand-alones. Gullstruck Island is my favourite of hers.

I haven’t read Terry Goodkind, but I’ve thought about it now and then. But every time I think I’ll do so, I seem to hear bad things about it, so I don’t know. I want to finish the series that I’ve got started on now first anyway, or at least get caught up on the books already published. I just went and counted them on the bookshelf. I’ve got 9 that I’m actively following at the moment! O.o Some of them I’m caught up on, but still. That’s a lot more than I thought.

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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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