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drank Cucumber White by Tazo
953 tasting notes

Looking back on what I wrote about this tea, I’m constrained to dock it some points. I’d originally given it a 63. Lately I’ve been drinking it a lot more, as I’m now down to just a few of my original “starter tea” tea bag boxes.

One of the problems I’m having is that I really did not like Om, which was another Tazo mixed tea blend with cucumber flavor. I drank a lot of Om trying to get through my stash at both work and home, and it never got any better tasting, in fact it got worse and worse.

Om may have ruined cucumber flavor in tea for me, or perhaps just cucumber flavor in Tazo tea. Though this one doesn’t have the same ingredients as Om, its cucumber flavor is close enough to the same that my sense memory is superimposing a spiciness on the cucumber that gives me that same pickle feel as I had with Om. Pickles being, well, pickled, that flavor undercuts the feeling of freshness I had the first few times I had this. In a big way.

Also, I had forgotten that Cucumber White, as this is actually named, also has black darjeeling in it, which makes it one of those “what temp do I use, and for how long” conundrums that I’d rather skip and just get to the drinking.

As I’m sitting with these white Tazos for longer, the Vanilla Apricot is emerging as a frontrunner, and the Berryblossom is growing on me. The cucumber, sadly, has fallen from favor.

sophistre

Taste associations can be so frustrating. I had to get over a mental hump similar to that in order to try to get comfortable with pu’erh…it took a while, and still isn’t effortless!

As far as the no-thinking-involved temp goes, I’d go with 175 and then play with the time. Some darjeelings I’ve had have seen some benefit from the lower temp in terms of cutting back the sharpness of the muscat, and the white wants to be brewed at that temp, anyway.

Cofftea

UGH! Why must they ruin it w/ black tea? I have yet to find this one. Based on both Adagio’s white cucumber and 52teas (now sold out) cucumber melon) I suggest trying it iced. I prefer both of them that way.

__Morgana__

Yeah, I go with 175 when I’m at home. At work, I just wing it. 175 doesn’t really bring out the darjeeling with this one as far as I can tell. I had totally forgotten it was even in there until I found myself gazing at the ingredients label this morning!

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sophistre

Taste associations can be so frustrating. I had to get over a mental hump similar to that in order to try to get comfortable with pu’erh…it took a while, and still isn’t effortless!

As far as the no-thinking-involved temp goes, I’d go with 175 and then play with the time. Some darjeelings I’ve had have seen some benefit from the lower temp in terms of cutting back the sharpness of the muscat, and the white wants to be brewed at that temp, anyway.

Cofftea

UGH! Why must they ruin it w/ black tea? I have yet to find this one. Based on both Adagio’s white cucumber and 52teas (now sold out) cucumber melon) I suggest trying it iced. I prefer both of them that way.

__Morgana__

Yeah, I go with 175 when I’m at home. At work, I just wing it. 175 doesn’t really bring out the darjeeling with this one as far as I can tell. I had totally forgotten it was even in there until I found myself gazing at the ingredients label this morning!

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and 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’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to 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. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

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

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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