272 Tasting Notes

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
272 tasting notes

I’ve been pretty harsh on Adagio brand Earl Greys before, and this one was no different. However, I tried it again today after avoiding it for a while, and I enjoyed it much more. I’m not sure if it has mellowed out with age, or if my tastes have changed. I still wouldn’t drink this without milk, but with milk its a nice strong tea that I can see myself enjoying in the morning for waking up. I’m always happy when I get to raise my previous score for a tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Samovar by Kobuk
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This tea is something I received from my boyfriend’s mom when we visited Alaska. I had a thermos of tea on the trip, but for various reasons I was unable to drink it. Right before we left Alaska, she bought me a 3oz bag of Samovar tea.

I understand why this tea is popular in Alaska. It is EVERYWHERE, right alongside the coffee. This tea feels strong, hearty, and warm, just what you want when, say, you’re visiting Alaska with your boyfriend in spring and a sudden -30 degree cold wave hits. Even though the ingredients might make you think this is fruity, I wouldn’t call it that. The two flavors that come to mind with this are sweet and spicy. It has a very delicate sweetness that is not at all overpowering, and is kept in check by the spicy, zesty flavors of the orange peel and cinnamon. Drinking this tea just makes me want to cuddle up in a blanket next to a fire place with snow falling outside.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I was excited for this tea, but as soon as I took a sip, all I could taste was overwhelmingly sugary sweetness. I tried, but I just couldn’t drink this one. I had to dump it out

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Wegmans
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I absolutely love smoky teas. I had this one with lunch today. It was a nice smoked wood flavor, without tasting burnt or like dirt, like some can.

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86
drank Coconut Assam by Zhi Tea
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This my go to tea when I want a black tea but I don’t know which one. The coconut and the assam go together well with no bitterness. I think this one would be interesting in cooking.

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This is my first time in quite a while using a gaiwan so we’ll see how this goes!

First steep, 15 seconds: Everyone else seems to get sweet caramel flavors, but I’m getting light vegetal flavors with a bit of a sour note at the end. The steeped leaves smell like rice to me

Second steep, 20 seconds: This one was about the same as the 15 second steep, I didn’t notice a huge difference.

Third steep, 30 seconds: This one is less vegetal and more creamy

Fourth steep, 45 seconds: I didn’t get much flavor out of this one so I’m going to really up the time on the next one, and it will probably be my last of this for today. The steeped leaves smell almost like paper towels, weird.

Fifth steep, 90 seconds: Still not much going on here. Oh well

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67
drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
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I really don’t like licorice that much, so I was hesitant with this tea. Brewed up, it had a very strong licorice scent coming from it. However, when I sipped it, I got sweet, almost bread-like notes instead and didn’t get much of the licorice at all. I’m pleasantly surprised with this one!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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I just never know what to expect when it comes to green teas. It seems that I really dislike most that I try, and love just a small few. I need to figure out which green tea base it is that doesn’t agree with me.
Unfortunately, this is one of those that I seem to not like. I think I get a bit of creamy vanilla right at the beginning of the sip, and then it’s overpowered by something vegetabley and almost fishy. It’s all I can taste, and I don’t get any peach flavor at all! :( This tea has great reviews, so I doubt it’s anything with the tea itself, just my own weirdness with green teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Turkish Apple by Art of Tea
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This was my morning tea, and I really liked it! It has a kind of baked apple flavor, and the cinnamon isn’t too overwhelming. I also am really happy that this seems to not have any nutmeg in it. A lot of apple teas tend to have it, and I just really don’t like that as a tea flavor. Overall, this is a good mellow apple tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong Shalimar by Tin Roof Teas
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I definitely underbrewed this somehow, because I am not getting any flavors at all out of this. That, or this stuff is just really old. I got no tea, and no fruit flavor, and all the other reviews rave (or rant) about the fruity flavors. I will definitely retry this one soon.

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

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