190 Tasting Notes

82

I really like this tea, especially in the fall/winter. The chocolate, caramel, and spice flavors come out nicely with a bit of milk and sugar or honey. I brew this with 2 bags in a large mug, leaving room for a bit of milk (probably 10 oz water), and maybe brew a little longer than 5 minutes. I haven’t ever noticed it to get bitter.

I prefer this to Celestial Seasonings’ regular chai – this one just has more flavor, and the spices seem to come through better. The black tea flavor probably does get lost, but I don’t care because the end result is delicious. :)

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50

Pretty good. I would steep it a little more concentrated than usual, and not for too long – it seems to get a little weird with oversteeping. The tangerine flavor is nice, but I think I’m a little tired of the “zinger” flavor, whatever it is, because I’m kind of dragging to get to the end of the box.

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80

Great combination of lemon and ginger flavor. This is a great tea for when you have a cold – the ginger makes you feel a bit less stuffy. It’s been a while since I had it, but I think longer steeping times increased the ginger flavor without anything getting weird. I have wished that stash had a plain ginger herbal tea, though, as I get tired of lemon flavor sometimes.

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15

I tried this tea as part of a sampler. Definitely not my favorite. The flavor is strong, but too biting, almost sour, and somewhat artificial tasting. Bigelow’s red raspberry tea is preferable.

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82
drank Sweet and Spicy by Good Earth Teas
190 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea. It is definitely spicy – perhaps the spiciest I’ve ever had. It’s not something I crave every day, but it doesn’t disappoint when I’m in the mood for something spicy and sweet. No sweetener required. I would recommend steeping for 4 minutes at most – some of the spices overpower the more delicate flavors if you steep for too long.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank China Jasmine by Cameron's
190 tasting notes

This is great on its own, or blended with Cameron’s Moroccan Mint green tea and iced – that is my favorite iced tea.

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80
drank Cinnamon Plum by Rishi Tea
190 tasting notes

Delicious! I could detect both cinnamon and plum very well, and it makes a well-flavored cup. One neat thing about this tea – when you steep it, it forms a red and a blue layer. Take a look before you stir it up! (of course, this might happen with other teas too, I haven’t paid that much attention) One warning, though – don’t add soy milk! It completely separated out. Gross! I’m not sure if that happens with dairy milk too.

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85

This is my go-to black tea when I’m overwhelmed by all the choices in the grocery store. I go through periods of drinking it every morning when I’m in a no-frills mood. The price is right, and the flavor is really good. It is strong and smooth with a little bit of a dry taste, but not bitter. I’m sure I’ve steeped it for way too long many times, too, and it never seems to taste off. It is nice with a little bit of milk/soy milk and sweetener, if you like.

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92
drank Chai Spiced Apple by Twinings
190 tasting notes

This is pretty good. The spice is maybe not as strong as I would like, but I often have that problem with chai teas. It helps to brew it a bit more concentrated. The apple flavor is a nice addition. Milk and sweetener make for a nice cup.

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83
drank Lapsang Souchong by Twinings
190 tasting notes

I picked out this tea because of the smoky flavor, but I’ll admit I was a bit alarmed when it seemed to make my whole kitchen smell like campfire the first time I brewed it. Don’t be alarmed; while the smell is quite smoky, the flavor is smooth and strong, not overly smoky. The scent did seem to linger in the kitchen, though, and I definitely smell this tea when I open the tea cabinet even though the bags are individually wrapped. If strong scents bother you, you should probably skip this one. Definitely a distinctive tea – not one I go for every day.

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