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21 Tasting Notes

A marginal mint tea that’s rescued by the odd tarragon partnering. This is probably the best of the Tazo teas I’ve tried. I keep imagining this is due to the fact this is a tea made of herbs and actually has no tea in it (because the tea dust passed off generally as ‘tea of high caliber’ by Tazo is pretty awful). A decent tea when you need to come off a Starbucks buzz.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Organic Green by Tazo
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Tastes like old grass clippings mixed with cardboard. Seriously— this is not a good green tea. This is a box of something that is capitalizing on the fact that green tea reportedly has ‘health benefits’— or in other words… we’ll sell you any crappy green tea we can.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Awake- Filterbag by Tazo
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Caffeine, that pretty much sums it up. This is a strong tea, among the strongest black teas I have ever tasted. As for the taste— meh… blander than any Twinings black tea, and most other major brands. But you didn’t really walk into Starbucks and expect them to serve you a really wonderful cup of TEA??? Right, you didn’t.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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A decent Earl Grey, but the bergamot flavoring seems a bit artificial, and a little bit heavy handed, and that’s what stops me from giving it higher marks. Its a good tea when faced with a tea box at a restaurant that stocks a Twinings sampler (which is often where I’ve had it).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Blackcurrant Breeze by Twinings
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Better iced, I think. Or at least, that’s how I like it. Its not a great flavored tea, but compared the most of the stuff at the supermarket it doesn’t taste too fake, and that’s already pretty remarkable. I think, this is one of the better Twinings teas on the market.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea by Bigelow
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Fairly dreadful. If you want to have green tea that tastes like a cardboard box, start here.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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In the bag, the tea smells like predominantly like buttered nuts, tumbled in a light date-fruit sweetness, tumbled with fresh cut grass. The dry tea has a metallic and iodine top note, that is strong, but not obnoxious. In the cup the smooth pale liquor has hints of umami and roasted vegetables, along with subtle grass and a hint of fennel in its aftertaste. A very nice oolong.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine by Ten Ren
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An ceylon tea with a whiff of lead pencil shavings mixed with roasted nuts in the pouch that evolves into a rich, slighty smoky, black tea powerhouse. It tastes vaguely of roasted brazil nuts tangled with bitter walnut, melded with a chocolately smoothness that lingers under a lightly floral top note. A delicious and strong tea that is perfect for morning, and well-paired with milk.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint by Teekanne
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The ass-kicker of all peppermint teas, and one of those longest in production. This tea has been around long before World Wars and our grandparents. Its a moroccan style mint tea— in other words it can be brewed as strong as coffee and sweetened to the point that it would keep any dentist in business.

You may opt to brew it long or short, and its mintiness will expand or dimish accordingly. I generally find one tea bag strong enough to make a full liter of tea.

Medicinally-speaking this tea is wonderful for an upset stomach and will even mildly numb a toothache, there’s that much peppermint oil in the infusion. I use it as an oncoming cold remedy, and even herbalist medicine says ‘it works!’

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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