550 Tasting Notes

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My boyfriend made me a cup of tea today and he knew I wanted to try this tea. The tea bag leaked some peppermint powder when it was steeping, so it made the cup look a little unpleasant, but it didn’t effect the tea at all.

I thought this was a little weak. It had a little bit more of a peppermint taste to it, but not much. It tasted smoother than the Stash Peppermint tea and that was nice. I think the next time I have a bag I will have to steep it really strong. It could be that I like steeping herbal teas stronger than my normal cup of tea and that is why I’m not getting the full flavor I would like. I want to try this at least two more times before I stop drinking it. One with a stronger steep and one iced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Twist by Lipton
550 tasting notes

This has been sitting in our tea cabinet for some time now and I finally got curious and tried it. The only herbal tea I have been drinking is peppermint and I found out I like it with honey, so I put some honey in this cup. I also steeped it for a good 10 minutes or so. I put the teabag in before I took a quick shower.

First sip: Wow! Ginger spice cookies! Obviously this isn’t just ginger root. It has some spices in it. Because I put some honey in it, the cup does taste like the ginger spice cookies I make for my boyfriend each Christmas that his grandmother used to make for him. Slightly less intense though. I think if nobody else in this house drinks it, then I will have to steal it and drink the rest of the box.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I think I may be converted into making myself pots of tea and having them in teacups. There is something so soothing about heating up the water, tempering the tea pot, and then steeping the tea. I have a perfect two person pot, so sharing is easy as long as I only have one other person. I also like that my teapot is ceramic, so it keeps the water hot for longer than I would expect.

I also like making tea in a teapot when I have to do something very boring. Like dishes. I heated the water and put it in the pot to steep my tea bag. I have no idea how long I left it in. I emptied the dishwasher, made my dad a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and made myself some tuna salad, so it was probably more than eight minutes.

I think I finally got the tea to steep long enough. It was probably a little oversteeped, but it didn’t effect the tastiness of the tea. You can taste the peppermint, but it is more of an after-the-fact taste. I can drink this straight, but I really prefer this tea to be sweetened with honey. I’m not sure how it would taste with milk yet. I should try it one time just to see how it goes.

I would prefer it to be more minty, but this tea just isn’t going to go there. It is good and I would recommend it to somebody that isn’t familiar with mint tea as a starting place.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Backlogging: August 17, 2011

Shared a pot of this tea with my boyfriend when he came over. I had mine with a little bit of milk and he had his plain. I really like making and sharing a pot of tea with him. It makes me feel good that we are sharing something that we both love. And it feels very social.

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Backlogging: August 17, 2011

I finally finished my bottle of cold brewed peppermint tea with honey. I discovered that the next time I do this, I really need to put in at least 2-3 tea bags in my bottle. It came out very weak with one tea bag even though I steeped it overnight. It was a really interesting way to make iced tea and I can see myself doing this a lot when school comes. It will be easier than making it boiled and then waiting for it to cool down.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I forgot how good tea tasted when you took the time to boil the water in a kettle instead of using a microwave. I actually made this tea in my little red teapot that I got at a fair this summer. I have no idea how long I steeped it, but I only used one bag for a two-cup pot.

My first cup I had with a little bit of milk. The second cup I had half plain and then half with a little bit of honey. Drinking out of actual teacups makes me feel fancy. I might have to pick a little teacup or two up for school. It would be nice for study breaks. Especially since most of my schoolwork will be sit down, read this, and comment on it.

I’m boosting the rating up a little bit because it does taste so much better with boiled water, but it is still unexciting.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
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Nothing hits the spot like curling up with a fluffy fleece Tinkerbell blanket, a Hello Kitty pillow, your Kindle with the recent time-traveling romance on it, and a good cup of hot tea with a dollop of honey for your sweet tooth.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I wanted a new box of tea and my boyfriend wanted me to have a box of mint tea for school, so I got a box of mint tea. I’m not sure if I steeped it long enough or not. It tasted a little weak and not minty enough for my liking. I’m going to try it again later and see if I can get it stronger.

I drank half of the cup and then forgot about it while I was eating. When I came back I dumped a good amount of honey in it. That tasted fantastic! I might have to try cold brewing a bottle overnight and then dump some honey in it for some iced tea tomorrow.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MaddHatter

For Stash I prefer their “Moroccan Mint” – it’s a punch in the face of mint flavour. It might be worth a try later?

MegWesley

Yep, that sounds like it would be worth a try later. I’m slowly getting into mint teas. I still have to steal a teabag of Numi Moroccan Mint from my boyfriend to try as well.

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Backlogging from Friday Aug 12

16 oz, soy, and whipped cream

I have been wanting to try this, so I dragged my boyfriend with me to get one. At first, I thought that the green tea was really bitter. As I kept drinking it, the better the taste got and the more I liked it. It is really nice to have on a warm day and it was my very first taste of matcha. I wanted to try it in something before I decided to get a tin for myself. I am glad to say that it did not put me off of matcha and it makes me want to try it for myself even more now.

Even though I don’t really care for coffee, I would go to Starbucks again to get this. It was really tasty.

MaddHatter

I am happy you liked it, I have tried it twice and found it to have a really powdery taste to it.

MaddHatter

but, it makes me want to go out and try it again.

MegWesley

I thought it had a powdery taste to it when I first sipped it. But it grew on me quite quickly.

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Hot with milk. Perfect to curl up to with a book on a rainy day.

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I like Steepster, but I find that I come and go as I please. I might spend months on here and then disappear for no apparent reason. It depends on how busy my life is.

I have been moving solidly into the loose leaf tea territory lately and loving it. I have a french press I like brewing my teas in and I have all of my teas straight with no additions the first time I try it.

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