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drank Om by Tazo
1120 tasting notes

I have to say I’m thankful that I’ve come to the end of this box. I only wish I didn’t still have about half a box left at work to get through.

Over the course of a few months I’ve tried this sixteen ways to Sunday — lower temp, longer steeps, shorter steeps, shorter temp, cold, hot, warm. It’s just not something I look forward to no matter how I prepare it. Sometimes there’s more peach, other times there’s more cucumber, sometimes there’s more or less tea, but it doesn’t really matter. It just doesn’t send me.

I have to bump it down a few points for not even having the ability to grow on me over time.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Bummer but good for you for sticking with it till the end. Well, except for what’s left at work.

__Morgana__

Yeah, I don’t give up easily. :-)

AmazonV

pst, i’ve never tried this one, any chance i can have one? i’ll paypal you shipping! i’m kind of a starbucks / tazo junkie

__Morgana__

I only have bags and now only at work, but if you PM me your address I’ll try to remember to bring some home and stick them in an envelope to send you, though please don’t shoot me if I’m not prompt. That’s one of the reasons I don’t do swaps, I can barely remember the 3 thousand things I need to do to order my children’s and my lives on a daily basis and if I have to get to the post office and stand in line it’ll never happen. ;) Any idea how many teabags per ounce of postage?

JonTea

Way to give it a chance haha

AmazonV

Pm’d you – and i certainly could not have tried that hard on a tea, after 2 bags it ends up on take it away, at least you gave it every chance

__Morgana__

Okie dokie, I’ll get on it AmazonV!

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Bummer but good for you for sticking with it till the end. Well, except for what’s left at work.

__Morgana__

Yeah, I don’t give up easily. :-)

AmazonV

pst, i’ve never tried this one, any chance i can have one? i’ll paypal you shipping! i’m kind of a starbucks / tazo junkie

__Morgana__

I only have bags and now only at work, but if you PM me your address I’ll try to remember to bring some home and stick them in an envelope to send you, though please don’t shoot me if I’m not prompt. That’s one of the reasons I don’t do swaps, I can barely remember the 3 thousand things I need to do to order my children’s and my lives on a daily basis and if I have to get to the post office and stand in line it’ll never happen. ;) Any idea how many teabags per ounce of postage?

JonTea

Way to give it a chance haha

AmazonV

Pm’d you – and i certainly could not have tried that hard on a tea, after 2 bags it ends up on take it away, at least you gave it every chance

__Morgana__

Okie dokie, I’ll get on it AmazonV!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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