649 Tasting Notes

78
drank Orange Dulce by Mighty Leaf Tea
649 tasting notes

Today has not been the best of days – sick kid, behind on laundry, a not-so-happy phone call. I wanted a tea that would be comforting and give me a lift. I chose Orange Dulce, and I chose well.

See previous tasting note for my thoughts on the actual tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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20

I did not enjoy this tea. It smelled very medicinal even before I opened the wrapper. I expected some vanilla and cinnamon to come through, but there wasn’t any. After steeping for 3 minutes I tasted it, but the only thing I could make out was the rooibos. I steeped it for an additional 4 minutes, but there was still no hint of any flavor other than rooibos. Very disappointing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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55

This tea is a bit strange. The smell is definitely chocolate. The initial taste is undeniably hazelnut. Unfortunately, the black tea gets lost somewhere in the mix. As the tea cools there is more of a chocolate flavor, but I wish the tea was more robust.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

I don’t know why, but I’m still surprised that I like ginger. I really like it in this tea. It is strong, but not overpowering. The black tea is good. Strong enough to hold it’s own with the ginger. I did put a little sweetener in my cup, but I think it would be just as good without it. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94

Still yummy. See previous tasting note.

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68

This was good but not great. I loved the smell of it, but the taste was just meh. It’s been awhile since I’ve had an Earl Grey tea, so maybe I’m just not a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Orange Dulce by Mighty Leaf Tea
649 tasting notes

I had this tea before, and I seem to remember not liking it that much. Most likely it was due to drinking it at a restaurant that served the tea with water that was not at the correct temperature. When I made this at home it had a wonderful scent of orange and vanilla, and the taste was smooth – almost creamy. I did not begin to taste the jasmine until the tea cooled, and I found the taste a bit distracting. This is definitely a tea best drunk while hot/warm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94

Still wonderful. This tea has replaced my morning coffee. Never in a million years did I expect to give up coffee, but I wake up wanting this tea more than a cup of joe. And now I am going to enjoy one last cup before my work day gets too hectic.

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77
drank Cranberry Orange by Unknown
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This was a gift from a friend. She bought me several loose teas at a shop in Ocean City, NJ as a thank you for babysitting her cat and garden. I wish I had more information about the teas, but the lack of information has not kept me from enjoying them.

This tisane is good. The cranberry is strong with the orange taking the edge off the tartness. It’s a lovely evening drink when I want to relax with a warm cup of tea and a good book.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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94

This is why I love Steepster – I never would have tried this tea if I had not read the comments about it. I’ve passed it up year after year because the name did not appeal to me, but after reading the reviews I knew I had to try it. It is wonderful. Wonderful! Perfect for cooler nights. The fact that it’s decaf is a bonus (since actually sleeping instead of running around with a caffeine buzz is necessary at some point).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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