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drank Cucumber White by Tazo
1184 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 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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