825 Tasting Notes

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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Goodness, this is a strong tea. I’m attempting to branch out from by beloved flavored teas, and try some good basics. I got this as a sample with a Harneys order.
Besides being strong, though, I have nothing to say against it. It seems like a strong but a nice cup of tea. I’ve got a second sample as well, and I’ll be able to refine my thoughts a little more about it then.
I think I like it, but wont go out of my way for it.

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I do seem to pick up a lot of tea on a whim. This was a post holiday clearance find, and I figured “hey, why not?”
Oooooh. It smells like an almond croissant, which is something that is absolutely scrumptious to me. I don’t get a lot of the coconut at all, just a lungful of pastry like almond, and a hint of vanilla. So far so good.
It tastes, I don’t know, redder then it smells, but its very nice. I like this tea. Only one more baggie, until my tin is all gone. Then I guess I will wait for December to roll around again!

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This sounds like something I would like. I love ginger, and I love honey (that I love tea goes without saying).
But this just tastes flat. I don’t get any complex flavors or layered notes of ginger or honey in this. I do get a hint of the ginger, but not any of the honey. Unfortunately this tastes a bit like….. hot water.

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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This, I confess it freely, was my introduction to Darjeelings, and I’ve still got some of it in bags in my kitchen. I have moments of affection for it, as it introduced me to Darjeelings, which I love, and when I came across it the other day, I thought I’d make a cup.
Goodness its bitter. Until I had drunk some better tea, and I hadn’t realized just how intense this way.
Still, I’ll try to finish up my few packets of it, out of nostalgia, and then I shall move on to better Darjeelings.

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Green tea! I confess that I have never really liked green tea. Admitting that makes me feel a bit like a bad tea drinker. But I’m adventurous enough to try some new ones, as its very likely that I just don’t like grocery store bagged green tea.
I picked this up at a little fair that happens in my local area, and thought that it smelled so lovely that I brought some home with me.
I really like fruit and rose flavors, so if any cup of tea would convince me to go green, this is it.
I like it! Its not a fav, or an everyday cup, but now and then I’m happy to sip some Love Tea # 3.

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
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Sample that came with my first ever Lupicia tea newsletter (yay!), and I was happy to try.
Is it weird that the first thing I think of is pineapple upsidedown cake? When, as far as I know, there isn’t any pineapple in it? That’s what I get, something fruity and hot, and the mango really does come through (mango upside down cake?)
I’m not a huge fan of tropical flavors, I must admit, but this is nice. Still, I think this sample will satisfy me.

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
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Free sample with my last Harney order. It, along with various other samples that I have, have been sitting in a pretty little dish of mine, waiting for me to feel adventurous and drink something that I hadn’t ordered. Well, the time is now!
I admit that when I first started to drink tea, Mint tea was my choice. Its still a favorite, and I’m always happy to try a new version.
This is perfectly nice, but I wont order any of it for myself. The flavors should be a delightful combo for me, but it just leaves me with an “ah, that was nice” feeling, with no desire for more, really.

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drank Chamomile by Trader Joe's
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This is a good Chamomile for this price point. It wont knock your socks off, but it will be a good cup of amber colored relaxation at the end of a long day. This strikes me as an excellent cup for the end of a long, chilly day.

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drank Hoku by Lupicia
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Holy Fruit Salad, Batman! Thats what this smells like, a fruit salad on a summers day. This is a sample of some Hawaii only tea that was brought back from a recent trip. Generally I like it. Its very interesting in the sachet, with little silver balls and whatnots. It tastes a bit like a fruit salad as well, which makes a good tea for a morning like today, where the temp is going to be way up high. A refreshing oolong.

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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With this tea I understand why people don’t like rose teas. This smells and tastes like perfume. Too intense, and drowns out its tea base. And you know its too much when I, who do like rose teas, think its too much. Proceed with caution with this one.

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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