96 Tasting Notes

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I seem to have come down with something that resembles the early stages of flu. This evening I cracked open my box of Lemon Zinger to up my fluid intake – something unfussy that I was pretty sure I’d find palatable.

I had mine sweetened (although with less than the 2 tsp of sugar I’d used as a kid) and it was like a nice, warm, soothing liquid throat drop. I’m not sure I’d want to drink this unsweetened, but sue me, I like it my way :P

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
morebloodytea

Sounds interesting

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Backlog.
Based on the description I had really high hopes for this tea, but something must have gone awry. I was expecting sweet creaminess but instead I got something that tasted like harsh tap water from a house with old pipes. I gave up after two steeps.

I fully acknowledge that I probably screwed this up myself – I noticed the other day that the water from our taps has taken on a strange odor, and in the last month I’ve begun using a Brita pitcher for my kettle. Is there anything else I could have done wrong? I really hate that I’m giving one of Stacy’s teas such a bad review!

Butiki Teas

I would guess just water quality. Maybe try making it with bottled water?

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85

Sipdown! Took me a while to finish the box, and while I’m not exactly glad to see it gone, it’s nice to have a bit more cupboard space.

This is pretty good, especially considering it’s a supermarket tea. It has a well-rounded flavor that works nicely with sugar and a moderate amount of milk (I went a bit heavy on the milk a few times and the taste suffered). I have a tendency to let my black tea bags stew, but this one definitely benefits from a 4-minute maximum steep.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
96 tasting notes

Dear god this smells incredible. Both dry leaf and liquor have a wonderful sweet creamy mango aroma wafting from them. The taste is very similar, but with a not-entirely-pleasant lemony tang at the finish. There were some tiny gritty pieces that I got in some sips, which put me off until I realized there’s ACTUAL VANILLA BEAN in this blend.

An excellent nighttime tea. David better not discontinue this one anytime soon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

Wow, it’s been a long time since my last tasting note! For a while tea making seemed like more of an effort than it actually is, so I pretty much only drank my usual morning bagged black. Now I’m getting back into it again – the cooler weather is certainly helping to motivate me!

Picked up half an ounce of this on my last visit to the US to help with my indigestion that I occasionally get for no obvious reason. The taste & smell are a bit unusual but nice, but then again I kind of like weird herbal/medicinal concoctions. I’m generally not a fan of stevia in blends, but it meshes really well with all the other components and provides a pleasant sweetness. One thing I don’t like is that it’s making the tip of my tongue feel kind of numb-tingly, but that could be due to the long steep (7 minutes is probably too much for this one).

I haven’t yet finished the mug and I’ve already stopped burping, so I guess it’s working? I might get this again!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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83

Whee, first rating for this one! I used about 1.5 heaped tsp leaf for ~8 oz water that was left to cool 3 minutes after boiling.

Liquor brewed up very clear & almost colorless, with a strong aroma of cooked vegetables, more green & less buttery than that of comparable teas I’ve had. It was very drinkable, with little astringency and a rather juicy mouthfeel. Didn’t really wow me, but maybe further infusions will reveal something more interesting.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Backlog. Used 1 heaping tsp leaf to ~250 ml water.

Followed the steeping instructions on the Whittard website (which is fortunate, because I poured freshly boiled water over the leaves without even thinking). Taste was pretty unremarkable, but the finish was long and lovely. I just got my first gaiwan, so maybe I’ll use this stuff to practice before moving on to the finer oolongs.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Heaping 1/2 tablespoon for ~8 oz water.

Dry leaf smells strongly of plums & fuzzy peaches (yes, the smell was fuzzy), maybe a little bit bubblegum-y. While steeping, white tea & cherry fragrances come forth. This is one of those teas that seems more aromatic than flavored to me, so I added a little glug of agave, which gave it a gentle sort of honeyed fruity taste. Withholding rating until I figure out the best way to steep this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Cold-brewed (about 2 tsp for 450ml) way too long. Like more than 24 hours. It got bitter, which I remedied by adding more water and a little simple syrup to take the edge off. It wasn’t as good as it probably would have been after 8-12 hours brewing, but it still made a fine iced tea. I should get myself a proper iced tea pitcher so I can easily remove the leaves if I don’t want to drink it right away.

Preparation
Iced

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Cold-brewed this overnight in the fridge using 2 heaping teaspoons for 500 ml water.

I’ve been foregoing tea lately in favor of cold-brewed iced coffee (I know, I’m a filthy turncoat) but I’m still trying to chip away at my stash little by little. This was pretty nice; flowery with the bergamot and jasmine, and tasted quite fancy. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling particularly fancy when I drank this and would have preferred something more refreshing. Would probably be good served hot at a tea party with doilies and silly hats – which, mark my words, I will get around to one day.

Preparation
Iced
Aimee Popovacki

lol I’ve been hitting the iced coffee lately too… its just so cooling.. I mean it is more dehydrating so its really not a great idea.. but I just can’t say no.

adagio breeze

I don’t know what makes cold coffee so nice when it’s warm out, but when I was in California last month I was drinking at least one iced coffee a day.

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I grew up in New Jersey drinking Celestial Seasonings, and now I live in England, where I developed a taste for a good builder’s brew. Sometime in 2012 I bought my first loose teas, and my collection has since spiraled out of control. Still quite a novice, due to not drinking enough tea to keep pace with the amount I keep buying.

Some things I’m pretty sure I do like:
- most florals (jasmine, orange blossom, osmanthus, etc)
- buttery, vegetal greens
- malty blacks (usually with milk & sugar)
- oolongs that aren’t too heavily roasted

Not really feeling the flavored teas lately, for whatever reason.

All tasting notes use unfiltered hard tap water, unless otherwise specified.

No real method to my numerical ratings yet, but we’ll see what develops. So far I’ve only given ratings of 90 or higher if I actually get excited while drinking the tea.

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Bristol, UK

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