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drank Orange Blossom Oolong by Chado
58 tasting notes

Tastes like I tossed an old orange rind I found somewhere in a cup of water.

I’m seriously fed up with my Chado order. I’m throwing most of these samples out after one cup. I was so excited when I ordered – I chose many teas I thought I would like. When they came, they were attractively packaged and the samples were all well over an ounce. Now I wonder if the generosity wasn’t to make up for the tea. (Full disclosure, I like the over-cinnamoned christmas tea and the banana tea so far, but by comparison to the rest of my Chado order, not by comparison to the rest of, well, tea.)

This tea is tasteless. So tasteless I actually chewed a few leaves to see if they had any taste. They did, but only barely. Also, it had very little tea aroma dry and no aroma (or flavor) once brewed. I’m guessing it is stale.

I don’t care for being so universally negative, but this tea is just not working out for me.

ifjuly

Yeah, I’ve noticed your low ratings for Chado over and over…yikes! Sorry to hear. When I’m disappointed by a tea but don’t actively find it disgusting, I throw it in a bin marked “for icing”. I have a much lower bar for iced tea flavor, partly ‘cause I can’t taste things as subtly when cold and also ’cause I often spike my iced tea. Just a thought.

Kaylee

Ha! What do you spike it with?

Anyanka

Yes, I do need to dedicate a spot for teas only suitable for icing. So far, I’ve only tossed the ones that have a flavor that’s just unbearable (or in this case absent).

Tealizzy

Ya, my order’s been a bummer too. Oh well. One less tea place to buy from!

ifjuly

Kaylee, usually homemade lemonade and vodka. I want to experiment more though ever since that recent thread on tea-infused cocktails yielded that recipe for Arnold Palmer where you steep gin with tea overnight first, and make it fizzy. That drink is awesome, and now I wonder if using some of my junkier/more boring teas that way will work.

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ifjuly

Yeah, I’ve noticed your low ratings for Chado over and over…yikes! Sorry to hear. When I’m disappointed by a tea but don’t actively find it disgusting, I throw it in a bin marked “for icing”. I have a much lower bar for iced tea flavor, partly ‘cause I can’t taste things as subtly when cold and also ’cause I often spike my iced tea. Just a thought.

Kaylee

Ha! What do you spike it with?

Anyanka

Yes, I do need to dedicate a spot for teas only suitable for icing. So far, I’ve only tossed the ones that have a flavor that’s just unbearable (or in this case absent).

Tealizzy

Ya, my order’s been a bummer too. Oh well. One less tea place to buy from!

ifjuly

Kaylee, usually homemade lemonade and vodka. I want to experiment more though ever since that recent thread on tea-infused cocktails yielded that recipe for Arnold Palmer where you steep gin with tea overnight first, and make it fizzy. That drink is awesome, and now I wonder if using some of my junkier/more boring teas that way will work.

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Here are the things I drink: Tea, water, coffee, beer, whiskey, wine.

I’ve been drinking tea since I was a little girl, but only recently began learning about tea and drinking loose leaf.

I prefer unflavored tea to flavored, tea leaves to tisanes, but I’m not inflexible and will try nearly anything.

I’m still learning, so thank you in advance for your patience and your help.

Also, I had to come up with a way to quantify my ratings because I was being really inconsistent:

100-90: Delicious, must keep in stock.

89-80: Excellent, a definite reorder.

79-70: Good, an occasional reorder.

69-50: Pleasant, but it was a one night stand.

49-30: Not good, but drinkable.

29-20: Bad, but I finished the cup.

19-10: Terrible. Couldn’t finish a cup.

10 and below: Undrinkable, requires mouthwash and counseling.

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