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188 Tasting Notes

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Oh, I totally forgot how good this is! I totally passed by all the Celestial Seasonings holiday flavors at the store since none of them really struck me, but I just had a cup of this at a work event, and it was delicious! It gets sweeter and spicier the longer you steep it – this is the only tea I can think of where I leave the bag in while I’m drinking. The flavor is quite similar to Good Earth’s sweet and spicy tea.

Jillian

Sugar Cookie Sleighride and Candycane Lane are both delish as well, IMO. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Candy Cane Lane!!! LOVE that one!!!

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
188 tasting notes

So very delicious with pumpkin spice soymilk! Double pumpkin spice bonus. :)

Bigelow Tea

Mmm, I can taste it now. Thanks for your comment!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea

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drank Chai Spiced Apple by Twinings
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Sadly, this isn’t tasting quite the same for me at work. I guess it might really need boiling water, rather than whatever comes out of the hot water spigot from the coffee machine.

Cofftea

Say yes to boiling water:) This one definitely needs it.

VegTea

Boiling is not convenient at work, sadly. But, this did taste better as it cooled a bit—I think my stainless steel mug kept it hotter and I taste the apple and spices better when the tea is a little cooler.

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Twinings
188 tasting notes

I gave this another try, and I guess I’m just not a fan. The pumpkin flavor is just too odd on the first steep. I’m not sure how to describe it except lemony. I only steeped 3 minutes this time. Oh well. I definitely prefer Bigelow’s pumpkin spice.

Cofftea

That’s funny (and massively sad and unfortunate)… I definitely don’t get lemon and can’t even fathom how one could lol. It sounds odd, but maybe a longer steeping time would do the trick.

Cory Ostermann

I’m going to have to check out Bigelow’s pumpkin spice, then. Thanks for the tip!

VegTea

Unfortunately I did try a longer steep last time. I think this one just doesn’t work for me— maybe the “lemony” flavor is the pumpkin combined with too much ginger or something? Oh well!

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Twinings
188 tasting notes

I forgot to add the other day that I did try a 2nd steep of this – plenty of pumpkin flavor left, and very tasty with soymilk and sugar. I didn’t get that “lemony” flavor from before. Maybe it was just my tastebuds being a bit out of sorts? I’ll reserve judgment for my next 1st steeping. :)

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86

I’m not really so excited about this one today. I’ve been tending toward spice teas lately, but I don’t have any in my work stash. But, Lady Grey will carry me though anyhow. :)

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Twinings
188 tasting notes

The aroma is awesome – perfectly pumpkin pie, and the first few sips were delicious! As the cup went on, though, the pumpkin flavor became a little too much. It almost tasted lemony, strangely. But, I only added a tiny bit of soy milk and no sugar, and I might have steeped it a bit too long – probably more than 5 minutes. I’ll give this another try, for sure. I think it would be best with a good splash of milk and a spoonful (or more) of sugar, but we shall see!

Cofftea

I actually LOVE that this is insanely pumpkiny… this is the 1st pumpkin tea I’ve had that hasn’t disappointed me. I even steep it for 8 min when I drink it clean, 9 when I add milk (half milk, half water)- never sugar. I haven’t gotten a lemony quality though… luckily!

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drank Winter Spice by Twinings
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Feel free to take this with a grain of salt, since my cold hasn’t quite cleared and this tea has been sitting in my cupboard for about a year, but this is just too weak. I remember this tea being this way when I first got it too. Apple? Spice? Very faint. Even the chamomile seems subdued. I remember trying to steep this with two bags and it didn’t really help. What flavor is there isn’t bad or anything, it’s just pretty weak. I won’t give a number rating given the various confounding factors and perhaps I just got a bad box, but I much prefer the chamomile and apple (non-seasonal) blend from Twinings.

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Still nursing a cold, so my sense of taste is not to be trusted. The apple is coming through nicely, though!

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drank Chamomile Rooibos by Custom
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Thanks goodness for tea! A nasty cold hit me hard this morning, so I have been drinking lots of tea today. I really like chamomile when I’m sick, but I wanted something a little different so I used about a teaspoon each of chamomile and rooibos in about 10 oz water. Very nice – good chamomile flavor, and the rooibos adds its smooth earthiness. I’m so stuffy, I’m kind of surprised I can even taste anything, but this really hit the spot.

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