drank Lotus by Tazo
953 tasting notes

I haven’t had this in a while, and as I’m trying to pare down the last remaining starter teabags in the collection I decided to revisit this one tonight. And I’m bumping it up slightly.

It’s a very gentle tasting tea that definitely tastes like tea and doesn’t taste like a decaf. The “lotus” aspect is gentle as well, a very unimposing floral that doesn’t even really seem like floral so much as just an interesting taste to a mild tea base. The tea is interesting in that it isn’t readily identifiable as a green tea to me. Some white teas I’ve had have a note in them that seems almost like black tea flavor, and that’s what I get in this one as well.

It’s an unassuming tea, and its vagueness makes it quite soothing as there are no sharp edges or wrong steps to stick out and grab attention.

Its ability to blend into the scenery makes it a good thing to sip while I plow through The Pillars of the Earth. I can drink it without it making me stop and lose my suspension of disbelief. This isn’t the sort of thing I normally read, as I’m pretty snobbish about what I spend my scarce reading time on, but I got sucked into the miniseries and want to find out how the story unfolds without having to wait six more weeks to find out. It’s also a nice little candy break from War and Peace which I’ve discovered really isn’t the sort of thing that can be read on a stationary bike.

Peggie Bennett

One of my all time favorite bagged teas. Lotus, yum.

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Peggie Bennett

One of my all time favorite bagged teas. Lotus, yum.

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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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