558 Tasting Notes

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
558 tasting notes

I tried this tea at lunch today.

Used hot (nearly boiling) water from the water spigot at work.
Steeped 1.5 minutes
Liquor was a pretty cinnamon bark brown, darker than I thought white tea would get, maybe from the berries?

I think the temperature of the water really hurt this brew of tea. At first sniff I didn’t smell anything but a very faint berry. First sips while still very hot tasted like infused cardboard. After cooling down for a few minutes I noticed a bit more of the berry, but not really any tea flavor. Quite a bit of cardboard like aftertaste.

I’ll give it another shot with a much cooler controlled temp, but first taste this was awful!

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drank Organic Apple Red by Tazo
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Had this tea with hot water from the water spigot at work. Let it steep in a paper cup the whole drive home while sipping throughout.

This tea smells great: ripe red apples with a bit of floral undertone (not sure where the floral is coming from, maybe part of the apple?). I didn’t taste much apple, but I did taste a very creamy (the roobios?) with spice (cinnamon) that got stronger the longer I kept the teabag in.

I really thought I’d love this tea after sniffing it, but it tasted different then it smelled. I don’t know what it was about this I didn’t like, but it kept turning up a floral note in my taste buds that just didn’t sit right.

I’ll try again soon with a smaller cup and steep time I can control.

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Made a pitcher of this iced using my electric iced tea maker. Used six bags and got some rather potent green tea. I need to add more ice or less tea next time as it is quite strong, but I love the lemongrass taste with a hint of mint. Very refreshing.

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Having this Iced again. Used 3 teaspoons to 12 oz water (boiling) and steeped for 9 minutes. Then poured immediately over ice.

I love how potent the raspberry and lemon are in this mate. I usually add splenda to my iced teas, but this one is so sweet on its own that there is no need for it. Delicious citrus berry flavor with a hint of mate, this was a great way to start my morning.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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57
drank Dragonwell by Caribou Coffee
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I think I steeped this tea too long as it was much darker and almost bitter. I remember it being a light, pale green and not the olive I drank. It didn’t have the soothing qualities I remembered, more of a harsh bitter blend. Must shorten steep time next time.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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9oz 180* steeped 3 minutes (they recommend 5, but seemed a bit long).

Mild tea, definitely can taste the pomegranate. Smooth finish and heavenly aroma. I really enjoyed sipping this tea after dinner. Still curious as to how it would hold up iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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76

I love the tart Raspberry flavor of this tea when iced. It definitely gave me the boost I needed to jump start my morning. I love that the caffeine in this doesn’t hurt my stomach, as coffee does.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
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I like this tea blended with Sour Cherry Serenade. Alone I didn’t taste much strawberry, but blended the cherry really pops and you get a chocolate covered cherry with a chile burn. This blend had noticeable flavor but wasn’t remarkable enough for me. Make sure the water is hot enough so the chocolate peices melt!

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Live in the cornfields of IL, but not too far from the city. Expecting a baby any day now (due Oct 24 2011). Sticking to mainly herbal and low caffeine teas for now. Trying to encourage my husbands tea drinking, but he adds so much sweetner he may as well just drink diet pop. I love trying new teas, and will try any tea once.

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