18 Tasting Notes

92
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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Brash and malty and best with a splash of milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Earl Grey (K-Cup) by Twinings
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I’m not sure what it says about the quality of Twining’s teas, but I can’t detect much, if any, difference between the K-cup and bagged versions of their Earl Grey. Lovely mild citrusy aroma and a smooth taste, Twining’s EG is one of my favourite morning and afternoon teas. Given that the K-Cup version is even easier than the bagged version, I might stick with this form, at least until I burn my way through my two boxes of it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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85

“Brew Over Ice” K-cups can be hit-or-miss, and this one’s actually a “hit.” Without added sugar it’s fairly bitter, but with a dash of sugar, it’s quite good, with a nice black-tea-to-lemon-flavour ratio. I still prefer self-brewed iced tea from loose leaves, but I’ll this is great for when I’m out of leaves or in a hurry.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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80
drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
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Bland and uninteresting on its own, this is quite lovely with a bit of sugar. I’ve tried it with a splash of (soy) milk — definitely not something I’ll do again. Not my all-time favourite, but I’ll certainly make my way through the box.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
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Aromatic and spicy, this is my favourite bagged chai. I’m a sucker for the smell of spicy vanilla (I have a perfume that smells almost exactly like this tea), so I’m having a hard time dragging my nose away from the mug long enough to write this. It’s fantastic on its own, but even better with a bit of milk (soy, in my case) small pinch of sugar. Far too rich to a daytime tea for me, it’s my default tea on cold nights.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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18
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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I’m pretty picky about Gunpowders, and this is definitely not one of my favourites. I have nothing against “grassy” teas — some I’m really quite fond of — but this tasted as if I’d stuffed a fistful of grass in my mouth, dirt and all.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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98
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Rich and slightly nutty, this is probably my favourite straight-up vanilla rooibos, likely because the vanilla is so strong and creamy, which makes for a wonderful contrast against the rooibos. It’s one of the few “teas” I absolutely have to keep on hand.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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87

A thoroughly lovely and relaxing tea. I find the vanilla a bit strong (and, being the vanilla junkie I am, that’s saying something), but overall, it’s a keeper.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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A solid, if slightly boring, Earl Grey. Best with a bit of cream or soy milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94

I love me some rooibos, and being the vanilla junkie I am, this is a big winner. The vanilla is quite strong and almost crowds out the darker taste of the rooibos, but with a splash of soy milk and a little sugar, it’s fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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