11 Tasting Notes

95

This is one of my favorite teas of all time. It definitely has the pumpkin pie flavor going on. Adding some heavy cream or whipped cream or even coconut milk makes it positively yummy. I’ve never tried any other pumpkin spice teas to compare it to (mostly because others aren’t decaf), but I dare to say that you won’t find a much better one than this. Good luck locating it, though. Amazon does have 6 boxes for $17, but LuckyVitamin when they have it in stock has single boxes. Other than that, I haven’t really been able to find it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
mrmopar

really super as a loose variety.

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67

Ahhhh finally a good rooibos. This little guy had the pleasure of being the first tea I made in the Breville One Tea Maker. My other rooibos’ before the Breville were turning out bitter in my coffeemaker. Yep, bitter. Hard to believe I know. But in the Breville he turned out just right. But this is not an ad for how awesome and cool the Breville One Touch is. Nope, it’s for how nice the Zingiber is. I wouldn’t call it my favorite rooibos, but it’s got a unique taste I think everyone should have once. It definitely doesn’t have enough coconut for my liking, but I can still pick up on it at the end of a sip. The rest is a melange of gentle spicyness like a good chai would have and some other flavors that are hard to describe. Perhaps amaretto like the others have said. I haven’t had much amaretto in my day, so that would be why I wouldn’t know quite what it tastes like. Overall a decent cuppa…purchase the 2 ounce…I can see lots of people liking it at first but growing tired of it quickly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79

Almost ended up with burnt white tea thanks to the Teavana bag. Be sure to go by the booklet at the store not the bag. They told me on the bag to steep it for 5 minutes! 2 was just enough to give a delicate taste and subtle pineapple flavor, which is key in my opinion to a good white tea. Although I must add that if you want the pineapple flavor more pronounced let the finished tea sit after brewing for about 10 minutes before drinking. The pineapple seems to develop with time. I may need to try this iced soon for that very reason. Very good. I would repurchase.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Comforting by Aveda
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I love this tea. There I said it. It is quite possibly the naturalist sweetest tasting tea I’ve ever had so far. No sweetener needed. Plus, it doesn’t taste like licorice, which I can’t stand. It also doesn’t taste strictly peppermint, which would be a turn off for me as well. It’s just a nice blend of flavors…very complex. Definitely a dessert tea. If you’re trying to abstain this is a nice substitution and will quell your cravings. Aveda gives out free samples, so go by and try a cuppa.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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77

A friend of mine was very sweet to serve me this at our last dinner together, and it was quite unlike any other tea I’ve ever tasted. It has a great flavor to it. Definitely sweet and flavorful enough to drink on its on. We enjoyed it iced, but it would definitely be decent hot. Although I think I would prefer it always iced. I’m so glad she sent me home with two bags, so I can enjoy it again before purchasing it for my growing tea collection.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
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I really don’t know how I feel about this tea. It’s not bad, but it’s not good you know? I haven’t given up on it yet. I’m going to try a milder brew of it next time. I brewed it 2 bags in 2 cups of water the first time. What also perplexes me is that my local asian bistro serves oolong, and it comes out looking light green. This tea is a caramel color. So who is pulling the oolong switch? I really don’t know. Maybe it’s because this is “Chinese” oolong and the other is a Japanese oolong? I need to do more tea research and get back to you on this one. Suffice it to say I don’t think the taste is worth the price of the box.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

It could be differences in the degree of fermentation. The definition of oolong is pretty much just ‘partially fermented’ as opposed to the full fermentation of black tea. Some oolongs are closer to green tea in nature and some are closer to black tea in nature, so that might be the difference you’re noticing.

DylanAngel2001

Thank you so much! :) Very interesting.

Bigelow Tea

Angrboda...you're absolutely correct in saying oolong tea is "partially fermented" or semi-fermented, which falls inbetween a black tea and a green tea.....DylanAngel2001, sorry this flavor wasn’t your cuppa tea. If you’d ever like to try a sample prior to purchasing an entire box, please call us directly @ 1-888-244-3569 to request, okay?

Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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57

This is a unique tea. I have yet to run across another like it. You can definitely taste the plum spice, so if you’re not a fan of spice teas, you probably won’t like this one very much. It’s not something I reach for every day, but when you just need something different, it fits the bill. I can definitely enjoy it without sweetener so that helps in my book.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Although I usually drink teas without sweeteners, I make an exception for this one. Not because it needs it…no no….simply because a little bit of rock sugar just enhances the sugar cookie flavor that much more. Add a splash of coconut milk, and you have a lovely dessert tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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68

This is definitely a good tea to have in your arsenal. It has a mild flavor that doesn’t need any sweetener unless you’re used to that sort of thing (I’m a Paleoist, so my taste buds have adjusted to need less sweet than most peoples). Without sweetener, you can definitely pick up the creamy vanilla at the end of your sip. Delicious. Definite repurchase.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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34

I’m beginning to notice a trend with CS mandarin flavored teas. They all have an underlying bitter note that you have to cover up with sweetener/milk/etc. This one wasn’t as bad as the decaf mandarin green by the same company, but it wasn’t stupendous. I wouldn’t repurchase. I have to add coconut milk and stevia to make it more palatable. I really like drinking my tea plain when I can. This tea doesn’t allow for that.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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