18 Tasting Notes

70
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
18 tasting notes

All and all, this is a very consistent tasting Earl Grey. It’s not the best, but I know what I’m getting from it, and it always delivers. It’s fairly tolerant to me screwing up the brewing too by walking away and letting it steep too long.

This isn’t my favorite Earl Grey, but it’s a bit cheaper than the others I drink, I can find it at a Mariano’s close to home, and I can re-use the tins of the loose leaf version for my other teas that don’t come in tins.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Got a wee bit of this in a trade with CarolWho. I really like it! You can smell it right away, and I was afraid the taste would not match the smell (or would be bitter like an actual grapefruit—grapefruit is my least favorite citrus), but it didn’t, and it tasted very good. I think I may eventually be buying a bunch of this for myself.

Flavors: Grapefruit

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Organic Iced Green Tea by Tazo
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I love this bottled tea. If I’m in a place that has it, there’s no other drink I will grab before this. Second runner up to this is MAYBE one of the less sweetened Honest Teas. But this is definitely king.

It is fairly sweetened, though. Not as tooth-curling as some of the Snapples, but not as mild as the Honest Teas.

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80
drank Apricot by Cameron's
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I got a sample of this from Carol Who. Made a pot. Drank it quickly without regrets. The flavoring is stronger than much of the flavored teas I’ve been getting from a different tea company. That’s ok, but very noticeable if you’re going from a less flavorful tea to this one.

I wouldn’t make this my daily tea, but as a now-and-again treat. I suspect it might be better as an iced tea though!

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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80
drank French Plum by Cameron's
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I swear I had a pot of this somewhere. Where did it go? Oh. I drank it.

I like this. I don’t think I’d drink it on a regular basis as it’s quite fruity, but for a dessert or a change from the norm, I enjoy it.

I got this sample from Carol Who! :)

Flavors: Plums

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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75
drank Chai of the Tiger by SereneTeaz
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This tea wasn’t bad; tasted like the Tazo and Teavana chais I’ve had before. It wasn’t overly weak or strong.

I’m starting to think I don’t like chai, however, since I’m just not enthused by it.

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85

I got a sample of this from CarolWho, and I liked it a lot. I’d tried recently some orange-type teas from other places, and none of them had the orange taste I wanted. This one did. I do agree that it might taste a bit artificial, but I’m ok with that, if my other choices are bland.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Earl Grey (No. 69) by TeaGschwendner
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I drank up my first 100 grams, and now I’m on my second. I think that’s a sign that I’m really enjoying this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

It smells really good—bright and fruity like pineapple! When I drink it, I can taste slightly more lemon than pineapple, but it’s not really a tart lemon, it is softer. Since I sweeten my teas, I’m getting a candied lemon taste (maybe I should cut back on the sugar, haha!) instead of a tart lemon.

This does “taste” very spring-like. Reminds me of easter. Spring and fruity. No “grassy” taste or herbal taste. I would drink it when I wanted something dessert-like.

Compared to some other citrus-flavored teas from this company that I’ve had, this one is more “memorable”. I don’t think I’d buy this all year around, but that’s ok since it’s one of their seasonal blends so after spring they’ll stop selling it until next year.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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50
drank Ginger Orange by TeaGschwendner
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This tasted similar to some chai blends I’ve had from Tazo and Teavana. I’m finding I’m not a fan of those, which is one minus, and this didn’t really have it’s own character or uniqueness compared to those, which is another minus. I was sort of hoping for something similar to argo tea’s green tea ginger twist iced tea, and it wasn’t even close (even accounting for iced vs. non-iced, and green vs. black tea) On the up side, Tea Gschwender allows you to sample a tea for free when you buy something, and that is how I got this, so I’m not stuck with a tea I won’t drink.

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