141 Tasting Notes

68
drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
141 tasting notes

I lost track of the time, so I let this steep too long. The taste is fine, though the tea is more astringent and drying, though not bitter.

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

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85

Tasted much better this time now that I have the correct steeping time. Who would have thought that 15-20 seconds would make a difference?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

A pleasant strong spearmint flavor, reminds me of mint julep and candy spearmint leaves (especially since I added sugar). The directions say to steep 5 to 6 minutes, and it is definitely necessary to achieve a strong flavor. I love the taste of mint, and I love the fact that this is not mixed with green tea. This would probably make a great iced tea in the summer.
UPDATE: You can get a second steeping out of the bag and still have a good strong flavor.

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

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68
drank Darjeeling by Bigelow
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Comparable in taste to Twinings or Ahmad. Sweet flowery taste with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Not too astringent. I might try cold brewing this tea, the Twinings and Ahmad Darjeelings and see if the bitter edge disappears.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Ceylon Orange Pekoe by Twinings
141 tasting notes

I cold brewed a couple of cups last night, then reheated a cup this morning and added milk and sugar. The taste was good, though more flat and less full-bodied than hot-brewed. I would probably give this cup a 75 out of 100, instead of the 99 out of 100 I would normally give to Twinings Ceylon

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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68
drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
141 tasting notes

A nice pleasant Ceylon flavor, not bitter or astringent, not as good as Twinings Ceylon, but close enough. The packet says to steep for 1 to 2 minutes; I did not find this was long enough. Taken with milk and sugar. A nice everyday tea. In the summer I will have to see how it does as an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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35
drank Lemon Green by Ahmad Tea
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The lemon flavor and aroma are faint, even with honey and splenda added. The grassy flavor of the green tea seems to drown out the lemon, which I sense only as an aftertaste. I just cannot manage to like green tea.

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

I used to drink this one often. I recall the lemon being pronounced and tasting kind of like lemonhead candy.

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70
drank Strawberry Black Tea by Ahmad Tea
141 tasting notes

This tea has a candy-like aroma, but a more fruity taste. The strawberry flavor tastes natural, and is rather mild, and does not overwhelm the black tea. I actually wish the fruit taste was a bit stronger. It has a somewhat bitter finish, though this may be because I steeped it for four minutes instead of the recommended three.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
K S

Ahmad teas tend to not like those long steeps.

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76
drank Apple Tea by Ahmad Tea
141 tasting notes

I have a sore throat and I thought a fruit tea would be soothing. The apple flavor tastes natural, more like apple juice than apple cider. Added honey to overcome the bitter edge, but no milk. Their lemon and lime black tea probably would have been better for my throat, but I wanted to try a new tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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71
drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
141 tasting notes

Somewhat bland compared to Twinings English Breakfast, much blander than Twinings Ceylon, which I just had. Not offensive, but not really great either. Nothing to write home about; not my cup of tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I am a part time college instructor and also work in human resources in a family company. Apart from a rare cup of Lipton I drank in my parents’ home, I am a newbie to the world of tea. I have enjoyed Twinings and Ahmad bagged teas over the past month, and I am now just beginning to try loose leaf teas from Teavivre, Adagio, and Della Terra.

So far, I prefer black tea to green tea, and prefer to add cream or milk and sweetener to black tea. Unless the tea is white, green, or herbal, you can assume that I have added cream/milk and sugar to the tea in my reviews/ratings.

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