190 Tasting Notes

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drank Lavender Rooibos by Custom
190 tasting notes

Oh, silly me. Here I thought I had made a new combination, but I see I had logged the same thing almost a year ago! Anyway, it’s delicious. I added a bit of soymilk.

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drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
190 tasting notes

This is a nice, smooth tea with a sweet minty flavor. I usually like to mix my own black teas with spearmint or peppermint, but sometimes a bag is just easier. This is comparable to what I would blend myself – the mint is strong, but not overpowering.

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
190 tasting notes

I never thought I’d say this, but the bergamot was too strong! Maybe I oversteeped, though. I’ll be trying this again sometime soon. I think I prefer Twinings, though.

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drank Duchess Grey Tea by Trader Joe's
190 tasting notes

Lovely with Belgian waffles (vegan) and homemade faux nutella.

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This is a lovely tea. I’ve had the sweet & spicy herbal tea, but I don’t recall ever trying the “original” with black tea. The major spice is cinnamon, but it is a nice balance of spicy flavors and sweetness without sugar added.

My only complaint is that it tastes almost identical to the herbal tea – the black tea flavor doesn’t really seem to come through very much if at all. That’s not such a bad thing, but it would be nice to have a little more tea flavor in there. My purpose for this tea is to have another option for a bagged morning tea (with caffeine), and this will fill that role nicely.

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drank Darjeeling Chai by Custom
190 tasting notes

Just made up some chai concentrate. It is delicious! I’ll summarize my method below.

I used a generous tablespoon or so each of black peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, a few cinnamon sticks, and a couple good hunks of dehydrated ginger. I crushed the spices with a mortar and pestle, and simmered in 4 cups water for 10-20 minutes, then added about 3 tablespoons darjeeling tea, removed from the heat, and steeped for about 7 minutes.

To serve one mug, I mixed about 50:50 tea concentrate and hot soymilk, and a generous spoonful of sugar.

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drank Pomegranate Delight by Twinings
190 tasting notes

Not quite as good as I expected. It has a nice smooth black tea base, and a good fruity flavor, but I wouldn’t say it is distinctly “pomegranate.” It’s a little bit fake tasting. It’s definitely not bad, but I was expecting something a little more sophisticated. This is on par with Bigelow’s Raspberry Royale (which I like).

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
190 tasting notes

Must get some fresh bagged black teas! I’ve been super busy and low energy lately, so it’s easier to use tea bags in the morning. All I could find was this old, crumpled packet! It’s still good though. :)

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
190 tasting notes

In honor of St. Patrick’s day! I think I’m going to get some loose leaf Irish breakfast – I’m a fan. :)

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Backlogging from a day or two ago. This is a delicious and unusual tea. It does have the expected “piney” or evergreen flavor, but it has a subtle sweetness that was unexpected. I would recommend shorter steeps or lower temps, since it got sort of sludgy on me.

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