682 Tasting Notes

80
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
682 tasting notes

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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59

It’s not bad. I just don’t love it. I don’t taste a whole lot in the mug, no flavours stand out. Not sweet. Not bitter. Pretty colour, but blah tea. Will drink if it’s around, but no re-buy here.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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78

Smells divine. You would have to like fruity teas, but thankfully I do. The black currant aroma reminds me of hard candies my grandparents always had in the house. Letting it sit and steep while the smell wafts over to me is making me impatient – Usually a sign of a good tea.

Finally having taken a sip, I still love it. Tastes as it smells, though a little milder. I find the black currant taste lasts far longer than anticipated and is quite authentic, at least to me. Two thumbs up! I’m not much for re-steeping, but I think I’ll give it a go with this one, hopefully extending my 20 count box.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Re-steep was also delicious…Not as strong, but still lovely!

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83
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Mmmm, having a mug of this with my breakfast. I’ve always found Earl Grey to remind me of Fruit Loops and this Lady Grey does the same – just the yellow and orange ones! This isn’t a complaint, just a comment on my un-educated palate. I’m quite enjoying it on it’s own with no cream or sugar, and will definitely be redrinking. My 50 count box was a good choice!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78

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80
drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
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I only drink this tea at work – and only then because it’s what work provides. However, it’s a decent enough tea, I have no complaints. Sweeter than many others, has taught me to kick my inherited sugar habit, though I still use cream in it occasionally. I like it far more than Tetley (our previously stocked generic tea)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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5
Uniquity

Second try didn’t make it taste better. The beau gets to give it a shot, and then we pawn it off on others. Or the trash.

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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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