141 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
141 tasting notes

Somewhat bland – some aroma of lemon and a faint taste of it, even though I steeped it an extra minute beyond the directions. I don’t taste the black tea at all. Real lemon is not used, but soy lecithin instead. I doubt I will finish the cup. It is not offensive, just bland. Apparently today is not a good day for trying new teas. I have liked 0 out of 4 new teas so far, though Numi golden chai was okay.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I can taste the strength and maltiness of the Assam, but the other teas in the blend are drowned out. I don’t taste anything resembling Darjeeling or Ceylon, though it does have some of the smokiness of the Keemun. It is defintely not a naturally sweet tea. It is most similar to Ridgways’ pure Assam, though I prefer that tea to this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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48

Tastes like rose water, the flavor overpowers the tea. I could imagine some Victorian ladies or the women of Downton Abbey sipping this at high tea. Not really my cup of tea. Too perfumy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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63

Mainly I taste the cardamom and cinnamon, very similar to Ahmad’s Cardamom tea. I am surprised that the Assam tea does not come through more. The spices are not particularly bold; I don’t really taste the ginger or anise at all. It is a pleasant cup of spice flavored tea, but it is not really strong enough to be a chai. I drank it with half and half and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Emperor's Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
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This is my first puerh. I wanted to try an unflavored one first to get a sense of the tea by itself. The bag smells a little bit fishy, but not overpowering, and it continues to smell that way as it is steeping. As the steeping progresses, it smells like dirt. It tastes like a mixture of dirt and a little bit of fish-food, even with cream and sugar. I don’t think I will finish the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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69

Not a bad tea, but not great either. It had the grassy taste of green tea, but some sugar and a teaspoon of acacia honey brought out the lemongrass and ginger flavors. The lemon was the stronger flavor of the two; the ginger lurked in the background, so I added a pinch of ground ginger, which I felt improved the tea and balanced the flavors. I just don’t feel that a tea should need this much doctoring to taste good. It did feel good, however, on my throat, which is still hoarse from a cold.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Tea by Global Brands
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For a brand that costs only a dollar, this is a fairly good teabag of Ceylon orange pekoe. Nice citrusy flavor, and a little astringent at the finish, but this is typical of Ceylon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Darjeeling by Bigelow
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I had Twinings Darjeeling a couple times yesterday, and having Bigelows otday, it seems somewhat harsh in comparison. The muscatel flavor is there, but the the natural sweetness of Darjeeling is not. Adding more sugar helps, both in bringing out the flavor and in reducing the harshness, but I prefer Twinings with less sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73

Good flavor. I can taste both the mint and the chocolate, and yet neither overpower the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Fairtrade Assam by Ridgways
141 tasting notes

Very strong, very malty, unmistakably Assam. If I handed this to someone and did not tell them what it was, they might think it was coffee. Milk and sugar was not enough to tame this beast; it required some agave nectar as well. A definite wake you up kind of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 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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