902 Tasting Notes

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Sample that Mom got with her Republic of Tea catalog (she ordered tea for me a while back).

I really enjoy this one!! The vanilla is strong and creamy, and the pomegranate is fruity and tart. Very creamy and dessert-like. The red rooibos isn’t a strong flavor in this one, but it is still detectable. Definitely a tea I’d purchase!!

Preparation
8 min or more

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65
drank Beauty Blend by Chai Baby
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Actually looked at the bag this time…looked like much more chamomile than rooibos. Again, the strongest taste is the hibiscus. It’s okay, but I’m not sad to see it go. There are rooibos blends that are much better.

Preparation
8 min or more

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85

I absolutely adore this tea. Surprisingly sweet, strongly flavored, and dark for a white tea (I suspect the carrot colors it a bit). It’ll probably be my last caffeinated cup of the day…even though my eyelids have been drooping ever since they popped open this morning.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

CUCUMBER! Ok… I’m done now:) Pssst… Frank broke down and is reblending the Cucumber Melon… Adagio’s Cucumber white is also very good, but only if (in my opinion), you use a low temp (140-160) and a short steeping time (1-3 min).

Jaime

Have you tried this one? It’s bagged, but I think you’d probably like it. I think the carrot really adds to it. I’m looking forward to trying Frank’s Cucumber Melon…I never got any of it before it was gone.

Cofftea

Nope, haven’t tried any of their teas but the sound awesome.

Geoffrey Norman

Cucumber?! What an unusual ingredient.

Jaime

I’ll send you both a bag to try!

Cofftea

Thanks Jaimie! My scale is broken, do you know how much each bag weighs?

Jaime

The wrapper says 1.5g.

Cofftea

K thanks, sure is a light weight- LOL literally.

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85

My last bag of this! While I’m very sad to see it go, I feel more justified in my recent tea orders since my cupboard is getting smaller. Please check out my prior note for my thoughts on this delicious tea!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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This is a backlog from yesterday’s lunch at the conference. I’d been asking for a carafe at hot water for each of the meals the hotel’s catering staff has served us. At dinner on Wednesday, I drank Raspberry & Vanilla tea that I had brought, and had left the wrappers/bags on the table.

When I started to ask for hot water for lunch yesterday, the server (turns out the same one from the night before) said that she’d be right out with a pot and some tea bags before I could even get the question out. She brought me hot water in a real teapot, not just a coffee carafe, some bags of the hotel’s generic black and decaf teas, and one bag of this. “I saw you had some raspberry tea yesterday. This one’s not decaf, but I thought you might like it.”

Well, even if I hadn’t liked it, this tea will now always have a special meaning to me. Turns out that I did quite enjoy it, and will definitely be investing in some so I can brew it under better conditions (I know it brewed for over 3 minutes, but how much longer than that I’m not sure). Loved the taste of the black tea, and it was just lightly raspberry. Add to that the fact that she went out of her way to take care of the oddball in the room (out of 100+ people, I was the only hot tea drinker), and it was one of the best cups/experiences I’ve had in a while.

Bigelow Tea

Jaime,

Great story…thanks so much for sharing!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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65

Who knows where this bag came from? It’s in my work stash…so quite possibly, one of my coworkers tucked it in there, but when it happened, I’ll probably never know.

It’s actually pretty darn good! Usually I like my bagged black teas flavored, but this is one that I could readily drink. In fact, this cup has went rather quickly. Don’t know if I’ll pick a box up if I see it, but definitely would drink it at hotels/restaurants if it were available.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

The last of my sample from Meghann. Very sad to see this tea go. Having it neat this morning, and it’s just perfect. Will probably have a second steep of these leaves later today or tomorrow, just to make it last a bit longer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rockin Chai Organic by Angel Teas
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Finishing off this sample…seems much spicier than the last time I had it…perhaps some of the spices had settled to the bottom of the bag? It’s not my favorite chai (that would currently be Alberta Street Chai), but it holds its own.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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My love of tea started in 2001, whilst in an internship in London, England. I shared an office with a lovely man who would make me a cup of tea every morning without asking me if I even wanted it. I drink my tea neat now, because I’ve yet to find the sugar/milk combination that lives up to Pablo’s.

I drink any and all kinds of tea, and love trying new brands/varieties/flavors.

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