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drank Ginger by Yogi Tea
78 tasting notes

It is officially my birthday! This is the least excited I have ever been about it, I have been 20 for 20 minutes, and I am already missing being a teenager ): life seems so much bigger and scarier at 20. Oh well, in reality I’m only a day older. At least I get to have birthday tea!

I got this tea as a single serving from my first ever swap with Hapatite, and it’s probably its time. I drank this to get a sipdown, and because I wanted a relaxing herbal as it’s pretty late. I was a little wary about it, as the main focus is ginger and it is one of my most hated flavours. Reading through the ingredients, though, I was a bit more hopeful as there are a lot of other ingredients in it too, which I was hoping would dampen the ginger down a little. The bag smelled mainly of peppermint, which made me even more hopeful. The sachet it came in actually smells of that vapor rub stuff you use to clear your nose when you have a cold, which is not really something I want to be drinking…

Brewing, the ginger takes over, followed by the licorice root and a bit of mint coming through after that. I expected the taste to be pretty similar, but it’s actually not, which is kinda confusing as you’re drinking it. The ginger is definitely less prominent than expected, which is great for me but would probably disappoint a ginger fan who chose it for this reason. I found the predominant flavour was the pepper, which surprised me as it was the last on the ingredients list and I assumed it would be more of a ‘hint’. The ginger adds a nice heat to it, without being so strong a flavour that I can’t enjoy the cup. There is a little liquorice aftertaste and sweetness, and the peppermint rounds the whole thing out pretty nicely. On a whole, I’m glad to have tried it, but it’s not one of my favourites.

Sipdown! (1/144)

Preparation
Boiling
mj

Happy Birthday!

carol who

Happy b-day :-)

gmathis

Happy Birthday! Milestone birthdays can be hard…hope you found some serendipity moments in yours.

whatshesaid

Happy birthday! I miss my twenties, enjoy yours!

MissLena

Happy birthday! Don’t worry, so far 20s aren’t bad and I’m 23 haha, only thing that’s changed is I drink more tea as I age lol.

boychik

Happy Birthday!

Cheri

Happy birthday! I hope it’s a great one!

madametj

Happy Birthdaya!

Hannah F.

Happy birthday!

KittyLovesTea

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day :)

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!

Veronica

Happy birthday! Enjoy your 20s. Explore, travel, work, have fun. Some of my most amazing friendships were formed in my twenties. I say this as someone in her 30s. :)

yyz

Hope you had a nice day!

Memily

Birthday wishes! <3

TeaBrat

Happy birthday!

TheTeaFairy

Happy birthday :-)

hapatite

Happy birthday! I like drinking this tea when I have an upset stomach, not as much for the taste. Hope you like being 20, I’m almost done with the 20s!

Nattie

Thank you thank you for all the birthday wishes everyone, they were so lovely to read, especially as I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this birthday. Thanks for the advice, too, MissLena and Veronica! Made me feel so much better.

Nattie

Hapatite, I can imagine it would definitely help an upset stomach, fortunately I don’t get sick too often (:

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mj

Happy Birthday!

carol who

Happy b-day :-)

gmathis

Happy Birthday! Milestone birthdays can be hard…hope you found some serendipity moments in yours.

whatshesaid

Happy birthday! I miss my twenties, enjoy yours!

MissLena

Happy birthday! Don’t worry, so far 20s aren’t bad and I’m 23 haha, only thing that’s changed is I drink more tea as I age lol.

boychik

Happy Birthday!

Cheri

Happy birthday! I hope it’s a great one!

madametj

Happy Birthdaya!

Hannah F.

Happy birthday!

KittyLovesTea

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day :)

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!

Veronica

Happy birthday! Enjoy your 20s. Explore, travel, work, have fun. Some of my most amazing friendships were formed in my twenties. I say this as someone in her 30s. :)

yyz

Hope you had a nice day!

Memily

Birthday wishes! <3

TeaBrat

Happy birthday!

TheTeaFairy

Happy birthday :-)

hapatite

Happy birthday! I like drinking this tea when I have an upset stomach, not as much for the taste. Hope you like being 20, I’m almost done with the 20s!

Nattie

Thank you thank you for all the birthday wishes everyone, they were so lovely to read, especially as I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this birthday. Thanks for the advice, too, MissLena and Veronica! Made me feel so much better.

Nattie

Hapatite, I can imagine it would definitely help an upset stomach, fortunately I don’t get sick too often (:

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a couple of years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost two years.

Black teas make up the majority of my collection, but I am expanding my horizons and trying to include a variety of other teas, too. Flavoured blacks are my favourites, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: a lot of different things, but my absolute favourites are caramel, chestnut, raspberry, coconut, blueberry and pumpkin

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, and liquorice

I am a 20 year old student, studying English Literature and hoping to go into publishing one day. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV quiz shows (about the only things I watch regularly, unless Sherlock or Doctor Who is on), basketball (NBA, both the video game and actual sport – Chicago Bulls fan, and playing with my university girls’ team. I also watch my flatmate play, as he’s on the men’s team) and football/soccer (just watching – a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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