141 Tasting Notes

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drank Rooibos by Ridgways
141 tasting notes

Tonight I am having a cup of Rooibos with honey and a little Vietnamese cinnamon. Yum! Honey is definitely better than sugar or splenda, and the cinnamon complements the tea very nicely. Milk is really not necessary, might even detract from the taste.

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

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Nice lemon-lime aroma and flavor; they taste natural, not artificial, and the flavor does not overpower the black tea. It has a bitter edge/aftertaste, but that is appropriate given the lime flavor. I added sugar, which reduced the bitterness, and some cream as well. I could easily drink this with or without milk or cream.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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41
drank Legendary Black by Adam
141 tasting notes

Okay for a Ceylon black bag, much better than Lipton or Tetley (which doesn’t say much), but not nearly as flavorful as the Twinings Ceylon. It is also more astringent and drying (higher tannin content?). I steeped this for less time than I did the Adam peach tea, which had a bitter aftertaste because I steeped it too long. Even at 2 minutes, 45 seconds it still has a bitter aftertaste. I will probably only drink this if I am out of other Ceylon teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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70
drank Luscious Peach by Adam
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Nice peach flavor, which goes better with ceylon black tea than with Stash’s oolong tea. The natural fruitiness of the ceylon is a nice match with the peach flavoring, though the ceylon tea they used is more bitter and of lower quality than Twinings ceylon. The black tea also adds body and depth which the oolong that Stash uses lacks. The tea has a bitter astringent edge that does not disappear with the addition of sweetener. Adding cream and sugar made it taste like peaches and cream, but the lingering bitterness spoils it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Jasmine Green Tea by Ahmad Tea
141 tasting notes

The bag has a sweet jasmine aroma, as does the tea, though without milk and sugar it tastes like straw, and rather bitter and astringent. I should say I am not a great fan of green tea, which often tastes like straw to me. Sweetener brings out the jasmine taste, and the addition of some milk reduces the bitterness, but doesn’t get rid of the straw taste entirely. The jasmine flavor is pleasant enough; I just can’t manage to like the green tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Darjeeling by Ahmad Tea
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Tastes very similar to Twinings Darjeeling, but a little stronger, and somewhat less astringent. A sweet flowery taste as it touches the tongue, followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste, even with sugar added.

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

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drank Rooibos by Ridgways
141 tasting notes

This Rooibos has a woodsy flavor and a honey-like sweetness that milk and a teaspoon of sugar brings out. Honey would probably accentuate this taste. A pleasant caffeine-free tea for the evening.

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

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The peach aroma was quite strong when I opened the bag. Without milk or sugar, the oolong taste is dominant, and the peach flavor is missing or very subtle. Adding the milk and sugar, the oolong flavor gets lost, and the peach dominates. The peach is a nice flavor, but I don’t think it meshes with the oolong tea very well. The flavor improved when cold – I think it might be good as an iced tea.

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

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drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
141 tasting notes

This is another tea about which I can’t decide whether I like it or not. I had never had earl grey before last week and this is my second cup. The mild citrus taste numbs the tongue a little, and is a little bitter. It is a generic citrus flavor, closest to grapefruit perhaps, but not as strong nor as bitter. I imagine it is an acquired taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Barry's Tea
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Flavorful, but has an unpleasant bitter aftertaste, and even with milk and sugar the bitter aftertaste lingers a long time afterward. Stronger than Twining’s Irish breakfast and more bitter; it is also much stronger than Barry’s Gold.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 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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