688 Tasting Notes

59

Still don’t feel the need to re-buy this one. I will drink what I have, but playing with steep times hasn’t made the tea any more interesting (except for the colour, which starts out neon yellow and settles down to a lovely yellow orange. But colour shouldn’t matter, right? :D )

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82

I feel like a McDonalds commercial – I’m loving it! (Still…)

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82

Still loving it. Doesn’t taste as orangey as it smells, but smell is such a large factor in taste that it all balances out. Hits my sweet citrus needs, and would make an interesting combo with any number of my favourite lemon teas.

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15

The most authentically apple thing I’ve had in the last few weeks. I quite enjoyed it, though one bag to two cups wasn’t my best idea. Ah well, it conserves the tea.

Smells and tastes a bit like green apples – sort of on the candy side, but quite nice. After the terrible Celestial Seasonings Apple Cinnamon episode, I am pleased to find an apple I like.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82

Smells AMAZING. The taste is not nearly as strong as the smell, but I did pour two cups out of one bag, so a one bag to one cup ratio will likely increase the orange scent. The falvour alone makes me happy – was a treat of a tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76

Tastes very similar to David’s Tea’s Rooibps de Provence. Not very much cranberry to be found in here, but quite nice and a very good price. Yummy, sweet – a little more cranberry would do wonders to justify the name though. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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Pretty big favourite of mine – Something likely to be replaced in my cupboard for a long while yet. I have mixed feelings about rooibos, always depending on what flavours are mingled with it, but I find this a lovely tea.

Sweet, floral, a little druity. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71

First smell – Peaches! Almost smells like the peach juice I drank at Timmies as a kid, while waiting for my Dad to finish his tea.

First taste – Definitely still peachy, though there are other flavours that aren’t as sweet and fruity. A little more flowery than expected, though after looking at the ingredient list, that makes sense. Fun note – Paprika is the last listed ingredient. It does make a pretty teabag : )

All in all, it’s tasty enough and would satisfy a craving were I suddenly nuts for something peachy, but not a re-buy. Of the three Celestial Seasonings I’ve had so far, Blueberry is the clear winner.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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