696 Tasting Notes

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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78

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

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Well, this needed refreshing. I have been drinking loose leaf for many years, and have fairly well nailed down my tastes. I love Chinese blacks and some other unflavoured teas. I occasionally drink flavoured teas, or herbals, but the bulk of my tea is unflavoured with no additives. I stock regularly from Teavivre with the occasional Verdant purchase and the odd re-stock at Davids. I love mint, am learning about the wide world of puerh, and prefer ripe to raw, so far. I don’t like green or green oolongs very much, white is okay and roasted oolongs are pretty good. Coconut and chamomile are awful, and I wish they weren’t in so many blends!

At home, I live with my husband and cat in a house built by my grandfather, which we love. We share many interests – books, tea, video games, board games, tv/movies. On top of that, I love crosswords and recently took up knitting again, so I’m having a hard time balancing all my passions at the moment. I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, as is my entire immediate family. I love spreading the Who love!

We also spend a lot of time with family, when we can. I’ve got a gaggle of younger brothers, and we like to spend time with them. The wonders of the internet allow us to spend time together even though some of them live a few hours away.

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: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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