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13 Tasting Notes

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Was so excited to try this, as I was feeling a bit under the weather and ginger helps everything.

And… well… I don’t know. Smells delicious dry, and a little less when steeping. The cup itself smelled… just ok. Brewed just as suggested by Teavana, I got all of the coconut, but no ginger. To be fair, maybe my taste buds were a little wonky from the sickness, but I don’t think so much that the ginger should have been entirely missed. I’ll give it another shot soon, maybe with a little silk. But for now a middle of the road kind of rating, with a bit of a boost because I happen to be very partial to coconut.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank TeaSource Spice by TeaSource
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I don’t like oranges… but I love this tea. So comforting.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Yay for yummy flavors! Not sure I picked up a lot of pomegranate, but I definitely got the apple and the lemon, which is good enough for me. Brewed my 24 oz with only a tsp of rock sugar so as not to kill them lemon. Not sure if this is a good thing, but the lemony aftertaste rather reminded me of eating a bowl of Trix, without the tongue-coated-in-lard feeling. I don’t know if that means that Trix totally nailed their lemon flavor, or the lemon in this tea tastes artificial, but either way I liked it. I’m so glad to find some fruity teas that stand out, I was starting to think that cinnamon was the only flavor I enjoyed!

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drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
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Umm. Ick. No idea how old that teabag was, but even after almost 10 minutes of steeping, this tasted like… absolutely nothing. Hot water. The moral of this sad brew? Beware the steepings of those who keep ancient tea in their cupboard just so they can offer it at gatherings.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

Invented this one tonight out of a need for a something fruity with a little kick. Brewed 2 parts pear-adise to 1 part chai with about 1/2 tsp rock sugar. Vaguely reminiscent of a nice pear crumble. Will definitely do this again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Berried Treasure by TeaSource
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A nice berry tea, but I’m very disappointed that the description of the tea talks about a spicy kick from the peppercorns, which seem to have brought nothing at all to the party. Maybe if I picked them out and cracked them while my water was heating.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

When it comes to me and tea, the spicier the better. One of my favorite parts of my workday is opening my desk drawer to be greeting with the smell of cinnamon. I could conceivably just sit and sniff the bag all morning. This is my all day, every day staple. I am finding, however, that since I discovered loose tea all bagged teas taste a little artificial to me. Oh well, no matter. Not as delicious as some of the loose cinnamon teas I’ve tried, but definitely still my go-to at work where loose is not currently an option.

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79

Yum! A nice light fruity breakfasty beverage! If you know me, you know I put a little rock sugar in everything, though I put less in this one because I figured the pear would deliver its own sweetness, and it did in fact deliver. I’m tempted to throw in some cinnamon to make it taste like a pear crumble. Delicious!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank TeaSource Spice by TeaSource
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Yay! Ok, so I think I’ve figured out that unless a tea tastes strongly of cinnamon it’s not really worth my time… I seem disappointed with all the others. But this, I really enjoyed. The cinnamon is definitely the dominant flavor, but you really get the orange coming through at the end. Mmmm, spicy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple Cider Spice by TeaSource
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Umm. Wow. Starting to think I am brewing all of my teas incorrectly tonight. This tasted like I had steeped a plastic bag in hot water. Maybe the plastic bag had once contained apples. Yuck. Maybe I’ll try again another time, just in case.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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