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188 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Currant Tea by Cameron's
188 tasting notes

Comforting on a dreary day – this is definitely still a favorite. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mainland China Oolong by McNulty's
188 tasting notes

A nice tea for breakfast as it has some body, but is not overwhelming. Especially tasting some sweetness and roasted notes this morning.

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drank Jasmine mint green by Custom
188 tasting notes

1 tsp jasmine green tea, 1/2 tsp spearmint, 750 ml water, to make about 3 16-oz glasses of iced tea.

This tea is nice and refreshing. I’m looking forward to having more in warmer weather!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
188 tasting notes

I’ve had my Breville tea maker for about a month, and I absolutely adore it. I have made black, green, and herbal teas, as well as chai, and it does a great job with everything. For iced tea, just make it a little more concentrated, and pour over ice when it’s done.

This certainly isn’t an appliance I would have bought for myself, but since I got it as a gift, it has been indispensable. Before I got this tea maker, I would struggle to drink any tea on work days because I wouldn’t have time to make tea and drink it before I left the house, and once I got in to work I would hardly have time to drink from my travel mug. Now I set the auto timer the night before, and my tea is ready when I get up, plus it keeps warm so I can put some in a travel mug just before I leave.

One thing that surprised me about this tea maker it its small size. It is really quite slim. The maximum amount of tea you can make in it is 1250ml, which is about 5 8-oz cups, and the minimum is 500ml, which is about 2 8-oz cups or approximately one large mug. This is a good range for me, but if you were making tea for a crowd or used to drinking tea in daintier amounts, you might take these limitations into account.

As far as maintaining the tea maker, it’s pretty easy. After I’m finished with my tea, I just rinse out the pot and shake and rinse the tea out of the basket. For easier cleanup, or to keep fine particles like rooibos contained, you can put the tea in a tea sac and tie off the end. You can also easily place tea bags in the basket — I just tear off the tag so it doesn’t get soggy and weird.

The tea maker does retain the flavor of the previous tea you steeped — the same as if you used a teapot. I’m use to drinking tea by the cup, so I do clean the pot by just soaking for a minute or two with a splash of vinegar and warm water after making flavored teas. There are instructions for cleaning in the manual, but the pot doesn’t need a thorough cleaning every day — just a rinse and wiping dry with a cloth is fine.

All in all, this is a great appliance. It only does one thing, but it does it very well. It is easy to use and maintain, and doesn’t take up much counter space. I would highly recommend this for busy tea lovers.

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I’m not a huge green tea fan, but this is interesting. It’s the first time I’ve had genmaicha – it tastes kind of like rice krispies! It has a subtle sweetness, roastiness, and not too much astringency. I got this in bags from World Market, but it looks like it might be available as bags or loose leaf under the name “Tea of Inquiry” from RoT.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
188 tasting notes

Loose leaf, steeped in my new Breville tea maker. Just as delicious as ever, and I love how the blue cornflowers and citrus peels look in the loose leaf tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
188 tasting notes

Had this with heated Silk Nog — delicious! It had a little bit of roasted flavor that I don’t remember noticing before.

gmathis

I miss Bigelow holiday teas! Hoping to do a St. Louis metropolitan grocery run next month to bring back all I can get my hands on.

Bigelow Tea

Now this sounds very yummy indeed, glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
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This is a lovely fall tea. The major flavors for me are spice and pumpkin. Not too much cheesecake when sugar is added, strangely, but without sugar the sweet cheesecake flavor is appreciable. I like this best with just a splash of soymilk.

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drank French Vanilla Chai by Twinings
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I thought this was too sweet (even though I like my chai sweet) and not very vanilla tasting. There is something artificial about it, but it doesn’t even taste like artificial vanilla flavor. I managed to finish the whole box, but I prefer the regular chai flavor instead.

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drank Chai by Twinings
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Brewed extra strong, and heated soymilk and sugar added, this is quite tasty. I am always looking for more spice, and this doesn’t quite knock my socks off. It’s a pretty good value and very convenient for when I don’t have time to make chai from scratch.

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